Thanks a lot, Kol! Yes, it was pretty sad watching Kol Mikaelson die (again) in his Daniel Sharman visage in the last episode of The Originals, but that didn’t exactly erase that he put his sister into a random witch’s body, you know, as a goof. But now that the latest episode, “They All Asked for You,” has revealed the identity of Rebekah’s host body, it’s an even bigger mess. Surprise! Rebekah is basically stuck in a child-killing, power-hungry, witchy Jack The Ripper! As I said before: Thanks a lot, Kol! You damn Loki wannabe. (But also, like, rest in peace.)
“They All Asked for You” is about a lot of things. It’s about that paragraph I just wrote above. It’s about Marcel really looking good in his wardrobes. It’s about Gia reminding me a bit of the best parts of Faith Lehane. It’s about this being the season of Elijah Mikaelson making permanent residence in the bone zone. It’s about Klaus trying to transform Aiden into Brutus. It’s about Freya being the best, even if her dumb brothers don’t see it. It’s also about me never trusting Jackson, no matter how good he is with kids. Like I said — a lot of things.
The episode begins with Rebekah off in the French Quarter, looking for something to boost her magic (so she can bring Kol back from the dead — because she’s the good sibling, you see), and three-way calling Klaus and Elijah to play nice and stop being passive aggressive. After all, Elijah moved out to Algiers to help Marcel with his vampires, which is an excuse for actually moving out because he doesn’t want to live with the woman he loves and her new (and totally untrustworthy) husband. And, as expected, Klaus is constantly teasing him about that. It’s actually very upsetting that this and a scene with Finn and Freya later are really the only interaction Klaus and Elijah have in this episode. Those damn wolves are already ruining everything.
But she’s not able to dwell on such familial squabbling, because she’s actually being followed. Well, her host body is being followed. Luckily, Marcel saves her (and know she’s her, not whoever the host body is), and they head to safety at Marcel’s place. If you weren’t already aware that Rebekah is in the top five category of all Vampy-Verse characters, I would hope this episode convinced you. While her mother and her brothers (even Klaus — see The Vampire Diaries Season 2) use their hijacked bodies however they damn well please, she doesn’t even want to think about kissing Marcel in this body. Because of consent purposes. She is a Vampy-Verse character straight up calling out the whole consent problem of all this body-snatching. She is a Vampy-Verse character straight up calling out the whole consent problem. Period. She’s … she’s just the best.
Marcel and Rebekah go into action to try to figure out who Rebekah is staying in (so weird), enlisting the help of Ruben Morris (played by the jerk science teacher from Teen Wolf), “seer, sage, and prognosticator for hire.” (By the way, they tell him that she’s just a witch he found wiped clean, which … is a mistake, to say the least.) Ruben does a tea leaves-reading ceremony, but it’s really just a way to poison Rebekah and weaken Marcel so he can snap his neck. It turns out Ruben 100% knows who Rebekah’s host body is: a witch by the name of Eva Sinclair. And as we all theoretically knew (and should have realized), there was a reason she was condemned to the witch asylum. Eva Sinclair is a “murderous psychopath” who was born with a dark side, tried to fight against it, and lost. When Ruben says “murderous psychopath,” he’s really not exaggerating; Eva Sinclair was imprisoned because she would kidnap child witches to take their power, and their bodies were never found. Ruben, a father himself, doesn’t want his son to be “her” next victim. Rebekah tries to explain that she’s not Eva (she’s “Rebekah bloody Mikaelson,” dammit), but it’s kind of difficult to explain that to, well, anyone. Especially when you and Marcel led with lying about your identity. Duh doy.
Meanwhile, Elijah and Gia are tasked with getting the attack order on “Rebekah” called off, and to do that, they need to go to Josephine LaRue, matriarch of the Treme witches and noted vampire hater. Elijah brings Gia (and her violin) along because Josephine was a music prodigy, and if they can’t appeal to her because of their vampirism, there should at least me one common bond. The episode also address the fact that Elijah and Gia already have something in common because the people they’re in love with — Hayley and Marcel, respectively (though Gia’s more in the stage of “potential something” than love) — are wrapped up in other people. You know I’m all about Hayley / Elijah and all that jazz, but you also know I became into Gia / Elijah (and Gia / Marcel — the people on these shows have crazy chemistry, remember?) when he was training her as a newbie vampire and talking about his feminism. So I welcome all of this and then some. (The “and then some” comes later in the episode.)
Josephine is played by Meg Foster, who you may also know as The Grunwald from Pretty Little Liars / Ravenswood, and continuing The Originals’ pretty great casting streak. Josephine, as expected, is not a fan of Elijah and Gia, calling them (and their) kind “calculating,” among other things. I’m going to be honest — the rhetoric Josephine uses when she’s talking about vampires is very much that of a racist old Southern woman. She calls them all “liars — monsters wearing the skins of humans.” The irony comes in the form of her eventually bonding with brassy Gia (who, as I mentioned above, reminds me a lot of Faith from Buffy / Angel in this episode) and telling her how she was in love with a “Jazz man” (clearly code for “black man,” because she’s not actually a racist, in the traditional sense). Because of their bonding over jazz and Gia’s “candor,” Josephine agrees to have her people leave “Eva” alone … with an exchange of someone equally powerful. That would be Vincent, by the way.
We’ve never really had to think about Vincent separate of Finn, have we? Yusuf Gatewood has been so dynamic in the role of Finncent, that it’s easy to get lost in that character and completely forget he was ever, technically, somebody else. But he was, and apparently, he was a power witch in his own right. That’s interesting to say the least, and I look forward to seeing how that shakes out. Klaus is honestly thisclose to killing Finncent before Elijah steps in to tell him the situation, and Freya — dear, sweet, plotting Freya — also shows up to remove Finn from Vincent’s body (and place his essence into her necklace, as you do, you see). Freya claims she doesn’t want Finn in the way or “our cause,” and that the only threat on their side came in the form of Hope, not herself. But now, the ultimate threat is Dahlia, and even though her brothers don’t trust of believe her — Elijah even calls her “this woman” — they’ll take her as an ally to protect Hope.
So for now, Finn is “gone,” but Vincent will be back with the witches, and Freya is now on the side of the good guys, supposedly. That’s all interesting, but not as interesting as Eva Sinclair battling Rebekah for body supremacy and finishing off the episode with her killing a teenage and channeling his witchy girlfriend. Whoops.
Like I said, thanks a lot, Kol!
A few more things …
- Jackson is in this episode, and he spends most of the time trying to pretend he’s not under Klaus’ thumb or that he’s a worthy stepfather to Hope. I believe he and Hayley consummated the marriage, and it’s just as terrible as I make it out to sound. Hopefully Klaus does a good job of turning Aiden against him.
- Also, because she’s not a fan of Klaus’ behavior when it comes to Jackson, Hayley literally threatens to run away with Hope if Klaus can’t be good. What the hell ever.
- Gia performed Beethoven for Josephine! And Gia HATES Beethoven!
- Mikael and Freya have an emotional father-daughter reunion in this episode, and while I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, it never does. That’s got to sting a bit for everyone, seeing as Mikael has treated all of his other children like garbage, and even Finncent tries to warn Freya that Mikael is a monster now. Meanwhile, Freya is NOT up for a family reunion with Esther — for all of her chill, she has not forgiven her mother for letting her go.
- Where is Davina?
- Where is Cami?
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