After everything she’s been through, you’d think Hope Mikaelson would know better than saying something like “Today is going to be a good day” out loud. In Mystic Falls, that’s basically a problem.
The atypically chopped up tribrid invited Cleo to picnic in the woods on Thursday under the guise of roommate bonding, but Hope’s real motives were revealed before either of them could even reach for the cheese knife. Hope suspected that Malivore was actually targeting her roommate and suggested using Cleo as bait to catch the nightmare that might come next. Come in … the Banshee!
Unfortunately, the Super Squad quickly learned that getting a Banshee to talk is much more difficult than getting them to scream. It took Jed volunteer work to serve as the Banshee’s voice, plus a healthy dose of Truth Weed to learn that Malivore had promised the Banshee her freedom in exchange for Cleo. The Banshee even threw in a bonus prediction for Hope, revealing that Cleo’s presence at Salvatore School will ensure Landon’s imminent death. (Damn it. When this lady speaks, she speaks.)
Hope promised Cleo that she would find a way to protect her from the banshee, but after being unknowingly drugged with truth tea, she somehow admitted that she would feel better if Cleo left … so did she it. But when the Banshee revealed that her real mission was to lure Cleo away from Hope’s protection and that both Landon and Cleo were now doomed to die, Hope turned from plan A to plan … oh, who am I kidding? She had no other plan.
However, she had wicked witchcraft powers and an unwavering desire to protect her friends, who both go a long way in these situations. After tracking Cleo in the woods, Hope quickly got to work with her kidnapper – this skull masked guy who she said felt “familiar” as if she’d fought him before – and fixed things with her roommate. Hope admitted that she is lucky enough to have Cleo as a friend, even if it brings danger.
When Alaric spoke of danger by helping the grieving Banshee ship find closure, he learned the real reason Malivore is after Cleo: she’s a muse, and he needs all the inspiration he can get to to escape his prison world. (Side note: When Alaric told the grieving woman that her son Tristan survived his abduction, Originals fans were hoping it would turn out to be Tristan? Maybe I’m just looking too hard for Easter eggs here.)
Anyway, all was well that ended well – which, ironically, was the name of last week’s episode – when Landon gave Hope a thank you for saving the day’s picnic. I’m pretty sure at least some of it was repurposed from Hope’s failed picnic with Cleo, but as I mentioned earlier, they didn’t touch a damn crumb of this thing. It was still good.
Meanwhile at Mystic Falls High …
* When Lizzie discovered Josie was telling Alaric about Finch before telling her own twin, she did what any sane sister would. Was just a joke! She attacked Josie in the middle of the hallway and fully fitted herself into their love life, drawing on her encyclopedic knowledge of rom-coms. It was cute at first when Lizzie made Josie drop her books to trigger a classic cute meetup, but things quickly got out of hand. For example, when Lizzie convinced Josie to tell Finch how she felt and made her lose heart with a quickly spoken, lengthy speech … only to be publicly rejected. (I know I thought this was a slam dunk too.)
* And then there were MG and Ethan who formed their own super squad with Sheriff Mac’s old police scanner to map the criminal underworld of Mystic Falls. To their credit they succeeded in preventing an armed robbery and forcing the potential burglars to transform themselves into the authorities and devote their lives to community service – even though MG had drawn the line to wear a silly costume and the ” terrible “pseudonym to use Blursome. (Does anyone feel like Ethan has become a completely different, much more playful character overnight? It’s like the show finally knows what it wants to do with him, and I’m not a bit crazy about it.)
* These two stories overlapped in the light of a full moon … and we all know what these mean in this universe. A high school alarm went off and put MG and Ethan into vigilante mode, where they met Lizzie, who was spying on Finch at Josie’s orders. The turn? Finch broke into school so she could safely transform into a werewolf (!!!) without harming anyone. And speaking of people getting hurt, does anyone think it was a good idea for Lizzie to keep this hairy secret from Josie? This is not going to end well.
OK, let’s talk: were you surprised by Cleo and / or Finch’s great secrets? Do you like Ethan 2.0 as much as I do? And who is the “familiar” hair clipper who is hiding under this skull mask? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and theories.