Recap & Review The Vampire Diaries “I Went to the Woods”!

Written by Kayla Falls   // April 8, 2016

Paul Wesley, Stefan Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

Was Damon able to save Stefan after the Phoenix Stone in The Vampire Diaries 7×17 “I Went to the Woods”?

The Vampire Diaries 7×17 “I Went to the Woods” begins with Stefan laying in the road. He has a cut on his head and is disoriented. There was a crash and someone is screaming. There’s a bus on fire, Stefan rushes to help everyone off of the bus. Police finally arrive to help. Stefan doesn’t remember who he is. The lady emt called Stefan a Hero and is reminded of who he is. He claims he’s in hell.

Meanwhile in Texas, Damon is still sitting at the airport. Valerie found the dagger and sees that the stone is gone. Damon goes to talk to her and she breaks the news. Damon is quite insensitive about the situation, he just wants to help Stefan.

Stefan thinks that he’s still in the Phoenix stone. Rayna calls Matt for help. Valerie finds Rayna and Rayna tells her that “they are coming from everywhere” it seems like every soul in the stone has been reincarnated in Stefan’s bodies. Damon picks up one of the Stefan’s. Turns out Stefan is trapped in a Marty Hammond’s body.

Stefan takes off running through the woods. Ric gets a call from Matt who wanted to “warn” Ric about Rayna. Ric is pissed at Matt for betraying them. Ric hangs up but gets a visitor, it’s Valerie with Rayna’s body. Valerie explains everything to Ric. They have to find all of the soul’s in the stone.

Meanwhile, with Stefan and Damon, Damon hands Stefan his old journal to read. The man looks in the mirror and sees Stefan’s face, realizing that’s not whoever’s body. With the real Stefan, he’s still handcuffed and on the run. He finds a cabin and tries to get inside. He manages to make it inside and tries to find something that will help him free his hands. He finds a she and goes in search in there. He finds vise and breaks his thumb so that he can slip his hand out of the cuffs.

With Damon and fake Stefan, they go to a diner and Stefan feeds from waitress. Damon can tell something is off, so he calls Ric. Ric tells him what’s going on and the race to find the real Stefan is on. He’s only got around 3 days to live.

“I Went to the Woods” press release synopsis

STEFAN FINDS HIMSELF IN THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE IN THIS EPISODE DIRECTED BY JULIE PLEC — In the aftermath of his brother’s fateful decision, Stefan (Paul Wesley) awakens to find himself thrown into a life or death situation with only his basic instincts to rely on. With time working against him, he sets off on a journey of survival while forced to confront a lifetime of irreversible damage Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has done to their relationship. Meanwhile, desperate to save his brother, Damon follows an unusual lead he has come across, while Matt (Zach Roerig) sends Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore) to Dallas to enlist Alaric’s (Matt Davis) help in the search for Stefan. Finally, when Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff) discovers the emergence of a new threat, she sets off on her own mission to find Stefan before the others do.

Stefan wraps his hand with duct tape to try to take away some of the pain. The cabin has no electric so he can’t call anyone. He was lucky enough to find a generator though so he does get some power going. The man  who’s body Stefan is in, was an alcoholic so he is also suffering through detox.

Rayna is still tied up by Valerie. Valerie gets a plan that will help Rayna get through the noises in her head to hopefully find Stefan. She finds him. Ric quickly calls Damon to tell him where the real Stefan is.

Stefan tries to get the truck to start outside of the cabin. He’s struggling with the detox and hot wiring the truck. He finally gets it started though. Whoever, is in Stefan’s body is quite the smartass. He was trying to trick Damon but Damon can’t stand it so he calls him out. He wants to go to Memphis but Damon says no but Stefan hops out of the car.

Damon calls Ric to tell him about his escapee. Rayna is nervous about the soul in Stefan’s body. Rayna escapes from Valerie and Ric and heads to the Memphis runaway.

Stefan is lost, but sees a woman on the side of the road. He asks to use her phone because his truck broke down. The woman gets away and Stefan is out in the cold with no phone or any source of heat.

Damon gets to Memphis and gets to the police station to get some Intel. Stefan is sitting in his truck freezing to death. He sees Damon but knows it’s a hallucination. He knows he doesn’t have long to live. Poor Stefan keeps throwing up and his very weak.

Damon is trying to think of a plan. The lady that Stefan tried to talk to comes into the station. The lady tells Damon where Stefan is. The woman lost her phone on the street so Damon calls it. Stefan crawls to it. Stefan is so thankful to hear Damon’s voice. Stefan tells Damon what he’s going through and Damon talks him through it. Stefan tells Damon that Damon always bails on him. Stefan tells him that he’s pretty much a horrible human being. Damon tells him he’s right. He’s selfish. Damon makes Stefan mad to give him something to fight for. Stefan gets up and tries to walk.

Valerie and Ric wait in a 24 hour diner. Valerie tells Ric that he’s insecure. He’s crazy if he thinks they will last. Valerie tells Ric she’s rooting for him and Caroline.

Stefan is walking in the snow covered road while talking to his brother on the phone. Damon is trying to hurry to him but it’s snowing pretty good. They talk about when they were kids. Damon tells Stefan that he was worried about him when he was little then Stefan passes out in the road. Damon finds him just as he falls to the ground.

Damon helps him into the car and after Stefan gets warmed up. He had him donuts waiting on him. Damon is kind of freaked out by Stefan’s new body. Stefan’s nose started bleeding.

Valerie gets a vision of Stefan’s body. He’s at a sorority in Memphis. Stefan’s body locks everyone inside of the house and seems in heaven as the party rages on.

The next episode of The Vampire Diaries will be 7×18 “One Way or Another” on Friday, April 15th, 2016, at 8/7c, followed by The Originals 3×18 “The Devil Comes Here and Sighs” at 9/8c, on The CW!

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