Recap & Review The Vampire Diaries “One Way or Another”!

Written by Kayla Falls   // April 15, 2016

Matt Davis, Alaric Saltzman, Ric, The Vampire Diaries

Were Damon and Alaric able to find Ambrose to help save Stefan in The Vampire Diaries 7×18 “One Way or Another”?

The Vampire Diaries 7×18 “One Way or Another” begins with Damon watching over Stefan as he sleeps. He’s still a little creeped out by Stefan’s new body. Damon got him some medicine but Stefan is still coughing up blood. Damon calls for help.

Ric meets Damon and Stefan. Damon has compelled the ambulance workers to take care of Stefan while he’s gone. Ric tries to tell Damon needs to spend time with Stefan, before he has no time left. Damon doesn’t like that plan and tells him to get in, they’re going on a body hunt.

Meanwhile, Bonnie is in Asheville, North Carolina group. She’s talking about her feelings but has some kind of tension with one of the girls there. Damon asks Ric about Bonnie but Ric doesn’t say anything. Ric explains how upset everyone was after Damon left and not even saying goodbye.

Two years ago in the Philippines, Stefan is sitting at the bar thinking about Caroline. In present time, Stefan still wants to tell Caroline he’s sorry. In Memphis Tennessee there’s a party going on and Stefan’s body is having a blast. Damon then busts into the door. Damon can’t get inside though because he wasn’t invited.

Damon is mad and goes to the car to get to plan B. Ric has to go inside to get Stefan. However Ric isn’t wanting to cooperate. Someone brings him a phone and Stefan wants Damon to know he’s having fun and very uncaring about things.

The new Stefan wants Damon to make a deal. He wants Damon to kill Rayna since Rayna wants to kill the man in Stefan’s body. Damon agrees to Stefan’s terms.

Valerie gets a call from Damon. They argue and Valerie assures Damon that she will do anything to save Stefan. Rayna is in a vehicle and the driver is rattling on. Someone blocks the road and Enzo appears, stealing Rayna.

Bonnie is taking her medicine at the crazy house when she knows she’s being followed. Bonnie goes to her room and the girl that was following her knows that she’s been swapping her medicine out. Bonnie explains that she did it to help her and the girl seems happy about it.

Damon and Ric also get to the blocked road, however from the other side of the traffic stop. The driver is waiting there confused. Damon immediately calls Enzo. He wants to know why he stole Rayna. Enzo then brings up Bonnie. Enzo then makes it clear that Damon will not be getting Rayna anytime soon.

Ric tells Damon that Enzo and Bonnie are dating. He then tells Damon a little bit about Bonnie’s situation. Fake Stefan calls Damon wondering where they are. Fake Stefan is quite disappointed by Damon.

“One Way or Another” press release synopsis

THE RACE TO SAVE STEFAN — Determined to capture an escaped vampire named Ambrose, who may be the key to getting Stefan (Paul Wesley) back safely, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) heads to Memphis with Alaric (Matt Davis) in tow. However, reluctant to step back into his former vampire hunting ways, Alaric makes his unwillingness to participate clear, while revealing the truth about the past three Damon-less years of his life. Meanwhile, in the psych ward, Bonnie (Kat Graham) meets a young woman named Virginia (guest star Aisha Duran), who provides her with some valuable information about why The Armory may be after her. Finally, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) takes matters into his own hands when he learns some devastating news from Rayna (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff).

Bonnie and her new found friend are getting to know each other. Bonnie knows who the girl is. Bonnie tells her new friend that Alex is looking for her, since her new friend is Alex’s sister. Bonnie tells her she’s a Bennett witch. The girl promises to keep her secret as long as Bonnie takes her with her when she leaves the hospital.

Ric and Damon get to the Frat house, Damon can enter so that means the owner is dead. Stefan made everyone kill each other. Damon calls the ambulance workers to make sure that they don’t stop for anything. Then they are rammed by the fake Stefan.

The ambulance driver gets out of the vehicle, as well as the other guy. Fake Stefan then knocks out the driver and feeds from the other man. He then goes looking for the real Stefan, who is already on the run. Stefan got to a house so the fake Stefan can’t enter to get him.

Rayna wakes up in the back of Enzo’s car. Rayna doesn’t want to go back to the Armory. Enzo asks about a pill that can hide magic. But those pills have side effects. Enzo is super upset and asks Rayna if she’s sure. Rayna knows that Enzo gave the pills to Bonnie and that Bonnie is dying.

Fake Stefan starts throwing bricks at the Real Stefan’s body. The fake Stefan then throws a propane tank into the house and was going to light it on fire. Damon and Ric get there just in time to save the day.

At the hospital, Bonnie is wanting information from the girl. There’s a vault in the Armory that the Bennett witches are the only people that can open it. The girl freaks out when Bonnie won’t promise to not open the Vault. The guards have to drag the other girl out.

Valerie, Damon, and Ric get the Stefan’s to the hotel rooms to start the switch. Valerie then starts the spell. Stefan wakes up on his couch in the Salvatore house. Valerie is there, in his mind. Valerie promises that he’ll be fine. Stefan is a little worried but Valerie tries to calm him down. Stefan tells Valerie that he doesn’t have to run anymore. He wants to stay home. However, they can’t go back to Mystic Falls.

Valerie asks Stefan what he wants pretty much and he tells her that he wants her. Valerie is killing herself to save Stefan. Damon begs her to get up and helps her refocus. She keeps chanting and keeps visiting Stefan in his mind. He begs her to stop but she continues. Stefan wakes up and Valerie is still alive.

Ric quickly leaves the hotel, he wants to go home to his family. Damon rushes after him and gives him an apology. Ric tells him the last three years were the happiest of his life is because he got to start over. He calls Damon a screw up pretty much and then leaves. Damon thanks him for his honesty then Ric tells him where Bonnie is.

Valerie waits for Stefan as he cleans up and she seems tired. Valerie knows Stefan doesn’t love her. She knows he loves Caroline. She loves him enough to let him go. Valerie is amazing during this conversation, but it doesn’t change anything. Stefan loves Caroline. Valerie seems hopeful of her future. She kisses him, tells him to be happy, and then leaves.

Bonnie packs her things when she finds a note. Enzo shows up. They run to each other, happy to see one another. They kiss and he looks her over. Bonnie is ready to go but Enzo doesn’t want her taking the pills. Bonnie had no clue the pills were making her sick. Enzo promises that he won’t let her die and that she’s his world. They hug and Damon shows up interrupting the moment.

Enzo watches as she bravely walks over to Damon and closes the door in his face.


The next episode of The Vampire Diaries will be 7×19 “Somebody That I Used to Know” on Friday, April 22nd, 2016, at 8/7c, on The CW!



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