I believe the term we’re searching for is OMG.
Remember how I said in an earlier recap that on the day Tyler and Caroline have sex, my blog will be plastered with so many unicorn pictures you will think that rainbow has exploded on it?
Vampire Barbie and Teen Wolf may not be able to have baby Klauses (as far as we know), but they sure have fun trying in The Birthday.
I may have had just as much fun writing this recap, and let’s just say that my use of my unicorn images folder is… prolific.
New Spidey reader Jessy asked for a recap in this way: “pretty please, with Trevino on top”. How could I refuse that? ;)
So let’s get down you funky party weasels, and analyse the heck out of every last little bit of TC goodness.
The Last Day was the Naked Tyler Lockwood Show, and while there is plenty of his skin on show in this episode, what I liked best is that this was the Tyler Lockwood Calls People On Their Shit Show.
There is lupining aplenty as Tyler drops hints to an oblivious Caroline that they are MFEO.
Maybe if he had been in his Just Do Him Tyler get up, he would’ve gotten results quicker than he did
In foreshadowing that is about as subtle as a naked Damon clothed in soap bubbles walking up to Elena, Caroline and Tyler admit to each other that they are hormonal ticking time bombs, and you just know it is only a matter of time before their supernatural urges explode out of the naked gate.
Tyler gives up on the hope Caroline will ever truly return his feelings and goes to a party with Urges Girl Sofie, causing Caro’s chest monster to erupt and draw its claws in delightfully bitchy ways.
The birthday cake uber party planner Caroline mentions throughout the episode is hilariously absent from any screentime, but let’s just say she serves herself dessert… probably several times.
We learn that as bad as our potential future in laws may be, at least they are unlikely to shoot us in the back with three vervain darts.
Also although it appears Caroline may be worried about the implications of having sex with Tyler, as Summer Roberts would say, “You’ve gotta get back up on that horse, you gotta giddyup!”
One thing that has come up in fandom is how Caroline could possibly fail to notice her werewolf BFF is in love with her, and that she has strong feelings in return.
Caroline is very much like the heroine Ellie Linton from the Tomorrow, When The War Began book, which I happened to be re-reading recently. Let’s just say that Caroline’s tendency to live inside her own head and not always see or admit what is right in front of her, if it isn’t part of her perfectly scripted plan, was perfectly captured in this exchange between Ellie and (future love of her life) Lee:
“But my feelings are that I’m confused,” I said miserably.
“That’s probably because your feelings are being confused by your mind. Your feelings might be coming through loud and clear, but before they get to the surface your brain gets in the way and muddles them around.”
“So I’m sort of a TV that’s been put too close to a computer? I’m getting interference with my picture.”
“Yes!” Lee said. The question is, what programme’s showing on the TV? A debate on the meaning of life, or a passionate love story?”
“I know what you’d like it to be. A porno starring us.”
I thought the bolded reference was particularly relevant for this episode. ;)
So, in retrospect, far from being an annoying teen show plot device, Caroline’s jealousy at seeing Tyler with Urges Girl at the party is probably one of the few ways her feelings for him could come through loud and clear. I see jealousy as less one of Caroline’s main flaws, as her reluctance to deviate from thought-out plans and respond spontaneously to situations can sometimes mean she misses important things. Which is somewhat ironic given her tendency to overanalyse things. I love that being with Tyler seems to loosen up this part of herself.
We kick off the Tyler/Caroline parts of the episode with them fresh from a summer of hanging out and Tyler secretly longing for her.
Caroline is absolutely adorable in the way that she is wearing a wireless headset while planning Elena’s party, right down to the little mouth kink she does when she says bye to Elena after seeing Tyler.
Vampire Barbie will be running the world someday, Y/Y?
Tyler’s hair is still longer and fluffier like it had become after he left for Werewolf Obedience School with Jules.
Spidey: “Your hair. It’s kind of big.”
Tyler: “Well, I like to give the ladies something to hold onto.”
If you get this reference, you are my spirit animal.
LOVED the double meanings in the dialogue between Caroline and Tyler when they sit down outside at the Mystic Grill, with Jeremy as their server.
Caroline: “Something’s up with your mother.”
Tyler: “Like what?”
Caroline: “When I was over yesterday, she just kept… eyeing me.”
Jeremy comes up to serve.
Caroline: [to Jeremy] “Did Matt ask you to switch sections?”
Jeremy: [sighs cutely]
Caroline: [to Tyler] “He thinks we’re dating.”
Tyler: “So does my mother.”
Tyler: “We’re together all the time, it’s not a leap.”
Caroline: “That’s crazy!”
Tyler: [completely unconvincingly] “Right?”
I adored the supernatural spin on the mother who doesn’t consider any girl good enough for her son, which comes later in the episode but is established here. When Caroline says to Tyler when they meet at the Mystic Grill that his mother was “eyeing” her, it’s because Carol has obviously become suspicious of Caroline being a vampire, in light of what happened at the end of the episode, but you could interpret it (as Tyler did) that his mother was just picking up on the sexual tension-y vibes between our fave biting babies and not necessarily approving.
D’awww, you guys, the kicked puppy looks from Tyler in this episode killed me.
Tyler, having been shut down the last time he tried to kiss Caroline, has obviously been hoping against hope that Caro would realise there is something more between them.
He kept kind of quiet when she first broached the topic of his mother’s weirdness, but after she takes the lead about Matt’s annoyingness and deeming it him thinking they were dating, notice how he IMMEDIATELY jumps in with, “So does my mother.” I don’t think he would have said that unless Caroline mentioned Matt thinking the same thing, in case him bringing it up gave him away.
*Glitter in my eyes*
Tyler obviously didn’t think going to the couple-y stage was much of a leap; the double meaning in his statement is obvious to everyone except Caroline.
Jeremy even gives a knowing look (yay!), something he shares with a lot of other characters this episode. I desperately need Jeremy to rib Tyler about being whipped at some point. Please, TV Gods, make this happen.
Trevino’s delivery on “Right?” and his tiny lovesick puppy look before quickly concealing it hurt my heart so bad but were both absolutely perfect. He shoots these little glances at Caroline trying to see if maybe she is hiding how she is feeling like him, that her “crazy!” declaration is all a front, only to have his hopes dashed. Since I am all for lupining, I was loving it all.
He hasn’t quite given up on Caroline getting a clue in the next scene, where he is helping Caroline and Elena set up the party decorations.
I can’t be the only one who thinks his remark about Elena messing with Damon’s head by kissing him being as much about Forwood as Delena, right? I don’t know if it was a subconscious or deliberate clue, but let’s just say Tyler’s confusion at being told, “everybody needs to stop kissing me!” after the first TC kiss was the FIRST THING I thought of.
Tyler’s blunt directness in this scene was fabulous, as was Ponytail Elena’s shit-eating grin once she picked up on the UST vibes between our two biting babies, and Caroline’s indignant responses.
Tyler: “Maybe he [Damon] doesn’t want to find him [Stefan].”
Tyler: “What? He’s into you, isn’t he?” LOL by the way that he directs this at Caroline!
Elena: “The only reason Stefan left with Klaus was so that he could save Damon’s life. I mean, trust me, Damon wants to find him.
Tyler: “But… you kissed him. Probably screwed with his head.”
Elena: [shit-eating grin]
Ponytail Elena is awesome, so Elena wasn’t as annoyed as she might normally have been about Caroline spilling all this stuff to Tyler.
It is too cute to think of Caroline and Tyler sharing all these secrets, especially after Caroline’s well-intentioned withholding of information last season. You can only be with someone if you’re honest with them and get them, right? ;)
Also, Caroline’s “Just because I tell you things doesn’t mean you’re allowed to know them” was a TOTAL girlfriend line!
When Elena has trotted off to call Bonnie, Tyler brings up at the last minute that he has a date with Sofie. I think this is partly because he was hoping Caroline would ask HIM to the party, and partly because it was a last resort for him to work out his urges, and not intended as a way to make Caroline jealous (I am SO glad this part of my spec was right). The LOOK he gives Caroline when she admits she is horny all the time like him and sometimes feels like she is gonna explode, OMG you guys!
The love and lust in his eyes made me scream “just mount this unicorn standing before you already, Caro!”
Sadly, she just chirps that she hopes he gets lucky, and he smiles in appreciation of her sunny humour but with a sense of resignation that she will never be his. I think it’s at this point he gives up completely and decides to just focus on Urges Girl for the evening to try to move on.
What I particularly liked about this scene is that the similarities and differences of their supernatural sides were front and centre again.
When Tyler talks about his supernatural urges, he said, “It’s like I can’t turn it off”. Interesting that vampires have the option of turning off their feelings if they become too overwhelming, but werewolves might not have the same option. This hasn’t been set in stone by the mythology of the show AFAICR, and now I am curious to find out if werewolves have a supernatural switch or not too! This may have just been a throwaway line, but hardly anything is with our Forwood Unicorn, so I think the ability to turn off emotions versus not being able to turn them off is an interesting concept. Like, what if Caroline decides to turn off her emotions because loving Tyler is dangerous? We’ve heard of vamps flipping the switch for selfish reasons, but it would be kind of cool if they would explore this for altruistic ones.
By the way, blogger pal 12_12_12 made an AMAZING observation on her livejournal about the colour of the party decorations.
In season one Tyler ribbed Matt about hooking up with Caroline (oh, the irony), giving rise to the very first version of Tyler I loved: “we people” Tyler.
With snark and comic timing to die for, and a cocky little head tilt that made me think, “Hmm, I love this Tyler dude just because of Trevino!”, Tyler gave a mini speech about his worst nightmare version of soda shop couples drinking a milkshake with two straws.
“We can’t make it to the party.” “We’ll never miss a game.” “We don’t like the colour red.”
Tyler is such a “we person” now and he doesn’t even know it. It’s interesting though that as much as he IS becoming a “we person”, he and Caroline have already disproved his little spiel on two counts: not only are they making it to Elena’s party, but they love red so much they are decorating the party with it! Now, I just need Tyler and Caroline to be at a game.
His perceptions of what being part of a couple on a superficial level are being proving wrong with Caroline, so it will be interesting to see what deeper things he is surprised by.
In the “I get it” scene, Tyler basically endorsed the idea that it isn’t fair to be with someone if you can’t be honest with them.
I wonder what other relationship values he and Caroline have.
We next cut to the Tyler/Urges Girl dirty dancing scene. Nobody should ever put Caroline in the corner, because she will be forced to speak to Matt.
As far as being a glorified extra goes, being asked to rub up against Trevino seems to be a pretty awesome deal to me.
Caroline is staring daggers at the pair while swigging hard liquor straight from the bottle, and if looks could kill, Tyler would’ve ended up looking like this…
I love the detail that it takes a whole bottle of hard liquor to get a baby vamp with a stronger tolerance level than an ordinary human drunk. It’s all in the small details.
Matt comes up and gets this smug appraising look like, “this’ll teach you for hanging out so much with Tyler, he only wants girls for their ass” that made my blood boil.
I don’t want to harsh our squee by focussing on Matt too much. I hated that he kissed Elena longer than necessary on the cheek in a passive-aggressive bid to make Caroline jealous, and that rather than saying he regrets breaking up with her, he goes straight for the jugular, “I thought you two were mortal enemies”.
Matt, you admitted yourself that Caroline is still Caroline, and as far as you know Tyler is still Tyler, despite being baby supes. You didn’t want to be a part of this world, so you do not get to pass judgment on whether Caroline and Tyler should be together or not, ESPECIALLY as you dumped Caroline. You can’t have it both ways. At least he apologised, half-hearted as it was. It still just burns me up that he apologises for ignoring her during the summer and being out of line about her and Tyler rather than CONSPIRING AGAINST HER WITH HER MOTHER.
Inhale, exhale. OK, I’m back.
Tyler, who apparently has superstrong hearing for rampant douchery, heads over to check and see if Caroline is okay.
Got Forwood spoiler whores around the world cheer when Caroline compels Urges Girl to GTFO (“Nice party, Caroline!” “Thanks. Now leave it!”). We SO called it, you guys.
It’s a nice callback to Caroline compelling away Thing Two from Matt in early season two, but the outcome and the way the guy reacts is entirely different.
(Sidenote: Why did I not call Sofie Thing Three? You have to die a gratuitously awful bloody death to earn that moniker. Seriously, pretty girls aside from the core cast drop like flies around Tyler).
Tyler asks, “What the hell?” but is hurt and shocked that Caroline would do that, rather than disgusted like Matt was. Not forgetting the fact that Tyler is entirely within his rights to flirt because at this point he and Caroline are not officially dating, as she was with Matt at the time.
Caroline lets out a huff and stomps off. I love seeing our girl pissed off about her jealousy rather than apologising for it for once. I’m not saying she is in the right or should have acted that way, but I liked her just being completely open about her bitchier sides.
Later at the party she is threading her way through the crowd in annoyance and LMAO physically picks a guy up off the ground and plops him down out of her way, leaving him befuddled at the show of strength from this teeny tiny girl.
Candice’s little “Excuse me!” was perfect!
I will say thought that Caroline has obviously become a lot less discreet about her vampire side (as also seen in the O Neg scene with Elena where she could easily have been caught holding a blood bag), which makes Carol’s suspicions even more understandable.
Tyler swoops out of nowhere all cute and hot to demand to know what her problem is.
Tyler: “You’re pissed that I brought someone??”
Caroline: “Why would I be pissed? You brought a date, you’re dating, that’s awesome [deep sarcasm]”
Loved Trevino’s little arm/hand movements here! LOL.
Tyler: “Ok, should I not be dating?”
Caroline: “Hey, you’re horny all the time, right? You’re a guy who has needs.”
Tyler: “Because if I shouldn’t be dating, all you gotta do is say something. If you don’t say something, then I’m gonna keep dating.”
This was the point at which my panties developed a mind and will of their own and plummeted to the ground.
The lines in bold easily win this week’s Milo Moment.
I love what Tyler is and chooses to be in this episode. He cares about Caroline and respects her feelings but this doesn’t mean he will mindlessly agree with everything she says and does, plus he’ll confront her with her feelings in a way that is open and honest and direct, and not passive-aggressive or belittling.
His message of “my body is ready for your body if only you would get your body ready for my body”, delivered with intense dark eyes, was swoonworthy. Heart palpitations, I WAS HAVING THEM.
Caroline: “What would I say?”
Tyler: “Oh, don’t do that Caroline. I’ve been there once with you, ok, and you said no. You shut me down. I’m not going back there again unless you make it crystal clear that-” [Caroline launches onto him and snogs him senseless, unicorns start parading around my block]
This scene, of course, has perfect symmetry to their first kiss, where they were arguing about feelings and eventually lapsed into hot kissing, complete with face cupping and insane eye contact. Only this time, Caroline was silencing Tyler, rather than the other way around.
Good Guh, this kiss was my absolute favourite of the episode! Love that Caroline just went for it!
The dazed expressions on their faces when they broke apart?
Tyler saying, “Let’s get out of here” and Caroline’s faint, slightly dizzy, “Uh huh”?
This may seem weird, but I preferred the pumping techno track (You Make Me Feel by Cobra Starship) backing this kiss to the song playing behind the sex scene (though I liked that too).
I have a penchant for trashy, non-sentimental music, especially of the cheesy pop and disco variety, plus, I loved these lyrics from the song:
Get a little closer to me girl
And you’ll understand
‘Cause if you want a guy that knows what you need
Well, then I’m your man
I take this as the stand in “everything you need, I’m here”, deleted from season two, until we get this in season three. Which we will, otherwise the writers know us TC fans will revolt ;)
Also, I adore that Caroline is heading off for the hottest sex of her life, yet still finds time to quickly admonish Damon for missing the cake. Love!
Now. We come to what you have all been waiting for: The Sex!
HANDS IN MOTHERFUCKING HAIR, GEN!!!!!!1
I loved it like Caroline loves to moan under Tyler (TM Cath).
Clothes: some people don’t belong in them. This Tyler/Caroline scene proved it.
Our biting babies furiously unbutton Tyler’s shirt and he tears it off, treating us to a special guest appearance of partial Tyler!Ass unclad with cloth (Trevino’s pants were slung lowwww, I may or may not have noticed).
LOVE that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other and only broke away from kissing each other when they absolutely had to.
Caro rocks a cute little lingerie set and then has an “I am jungle cat (TM Cadlymack), see me pounce” moment where she throws Tyler down onto the bed and then jumps on top of him.
No doubt she was rocking his world with her vamp sex, but I think he was rocking her world with his were sex too. Tyler only emitted one audible moan to Caroline’s many, I’m just saying, so obvs he was doing something right.
Yes, I am a dirty, dirty moan perve. I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me ;)
Ecstatic about the use of superspeed in the sex scene, but I’m hoping for full vamp face and yellow glowy werewolf eyes during another encounter between the pair at some point.
I really liked the emphasis on reflections from the mirrors in Tyler’s bedroom during the sex scene. It fit the couple in terms of them understanding one another so well and Caroline’s self-reflection on her feelings after Tyler confronts her about compelling Sofie. Although vampires cast an image in mirrors in this mythology, I always appreciate subtle callbacks to typical vampire motifs.
Plus, mirrors don’t necessarily reflect things back exactly as they are, but flip them around, which is fitting considering the gender role reversals in this relationship and sex scene, not to mention how Tyler’s approach to relationships is completely different with Caroline.
For example, we have Caroline throwing Tyler on the bed and being on top first, a typical guy manoeuvre in TV sex scenes.
Later, Caroline sneaks off in a walk of shame, leaving Tyler to wake up and realise she has bailed. Given his track record with Vicki, I think it’s safe to say more often than not in the past he would’ve been the one to sneak out on someone else after having sex, potentially leaving them to feel used if they thought there had been an emotionally connection beyond the physical.
It remains to be seen whether Caroline is regretting her super hot bb supe sex with Tyler, or like any teenage girl realised she needed to sneak home before Mrs Lockwood realised what was up and her mother noticed she hadn’t come home that night.
Some have suggested that Caroline may have viewed it as a Friends With Benefits scenario and realised too late that Tyler was in a different place emotionally with the meaning of the sex. I don’t know, I think Tyler made his feelings pretty loud and clear. I mean he didn’t just suggest they randomly hook up, he implied that if she told him to stop dating anyone other than her, he would be all in.
I think it’s far more likely that if she was sneaking off to avoid an awkward conversation, it’s because she is scared about damaging such a friendship that is so important to her. Taking a platonic friendship to the next level can be scary as hell because you are leaving a comfort zone. Plus, while Tyler has had months of secretly being in love with Caroline to process his feelings for her, she is only just owning her own feelings.
So, baby girl leaves Tyler and his nipple to their nakedness.
The moral of the story, as we soon learn, though is that you should stay with your hot werewolf BFF you’ve just had amazing sex with, because otherwise his suddenly BAMF mother will shoot vervain into you.
Props to Mrs Lockwood for getting a Mean Girl dig in: “Leaving so soon?”
As much as I hate seeing Caroline in pain, I am withholding my judgment on Mrs Lockwood. Her husband has been murdered, and she may have drawn a link between vampires and Mason’s disappearance and Tyler’s sudden departure from Mystic Falls. For all she knows, Tyler is just an ordinary human being compelled by Caroline. I doubt she knows Tyler is a werewolf though, and boy am I looking for that bombshell to drop. She had better be ambivalent in her motivations rather than a straight up villainness, or make it up to Caroline at some point, though.
Well, guys, that is it for the week where Caroline and Tyler Get Wood.
If you are suffering a TC hangover (symptoms include incessant drooling over Trevino, repeated rewatchings of sex GIFs and us shaking with feeeeelllllllllings), might I suggest an antidote?
Fairy bread! It is an Aussie concoction where you plaster bread with butter and then hundreds and thousands (basically the candy equivalent of multi-coloured glitter).
To help make the wait for the next episode more bearable, let me know what your Milo Moment (Hot Trevino Moment) of the episode was and unleash your smut on me about how goddamn awesome the TC sex was.