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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Season 6, Episode 9: I Alone [The CW]

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The CW’s The Vampire Diaries I Alone TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 6, Episode 9: I Alone is the episode every show should have. Kai (Chris Wood) manages to escape his banishment and places everyone on alert. Alaric (Matthew Davis), without knowing it, helps Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) return to help bring Bonnie back home.

Having Alaric and Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) relaxing on the couch like they just finished hitting garage sales was a bit strange. Then again maybe not thinking about all of the pending threats is her way of coping. Keeping score, we have Joshua Parker (Christopher Cousins), who almost killed Jo and is missing. He is dangerous and could be headed to town to finish the job. Then there is Kai, who just arrived. He left his sister with some nasty scars and is not one to play with. Alaric is a little too relaxed as well. Maybe Damon compelling him has put a little pudding on his brain. If he wants to keep his girlfriend safe…he will need to start taking matters more serious. In the meantime, he has been compelled to steal the Ascendant from Jo. Damon must really like trouble; he goes from one situation to the next…almost like changing socks.

It took a number of episodes to get Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Liv (Penelope Mitchell) together. Not that is wasn’t a good investment. Both are damaged characters and make for an interesting couple. The problem here is Tyler has his own demons to try and control. What makes him think he is mentally equipped to keep her safe? In her boredom she makes a mistake that could change the show. I thought she understood what was at stake?

Will the real Sarah Salvatore please stand up? When Elena snacked on Sarah (Gabrielle Walsh) I knew there was something more to her. She appeared to be pretty good at doing her homework. Stefan (Paul Wesly), after giving her a ride, smoothly exposes her as an opportunist. This was a very clever twist. I was thinking there would be a bigger purpose for her on the show. Then I thought to myself Enzo (Michael Malarkey) has been keeping close quarters with Stefan for a reason. Turns out he is becoming the resident neck-snapper. Stefan has allowed Enzo to kill two women and he will have to carry the guilt of getting the pretty little con artist and his ex girlfriend killed. Actually, Enzo didn’t kill Sarah…or should we call her Monique? What killed her was story karma. She came to town impersonating the real Sarah and paid the ultimate price for her willingness to deceive. Her biggest crime was picking the wrong family to try and con. Now I’m wondering how long Stefan is going to let Enzo live? Their little partnership looks to be at an end.

When Kai finds Liv he didn’t kill her right away, which suggests there is a bigger plan. All this time I thought Kai was annoying but he is starting to build real interest. After being banished all that time I would expect to see him hurt her for a little while. Then, Tyler soars into action and saves the damsel…sort of. If ever there was a time for Tyler to channel his wolf side…now is the time. After hearing just how dangerous Liv’s brother was, why didn’t Tyler just finis him off? These are the little things that come back and bite you in the rear. He was down for the count and needed to be finished off and they chose to run.

Sending Damon and Elena back to Kai’s personal hell started out like a good plan. This was actually more of an opportunity for them to try and reconnect with one another. When they spoke with Bonnie (Kat Graham) and assured her they will wait for her to come back to the house, something in the air didn’t feel right. When they are both whisked back prematurely by Liv, I gasped. It looked like Damon was about to get lucky. Once again Bonnie gets the short end of the stick. It’s sad but this leaves us wondering when the poor girl is going to catch a break. Now she is truly alone. To make matters worse, Damon and Elena run into Kai and he destroys the ascendant and ends up outside of the magic shield. Basically Damon makes him a sociopath who won the lottery. With Kai back and Joshua in route, they will need Bonnie back more than ever.

This episode put some of these friendships to the test. Damon, in the course of trying to do the right thing for a change, compelled his best friend. Alaric found out and the trip to save Bonnie fell apart. Will Damon be able to fix the damage done?

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