Not all family reunions end happily as in The Originals mid-season finale 2×09 “The Map of Moments”!
The Originals mid-season finale 2×09 “The Map of Moments” begins where part 4 of The Originals: The Awakening left off, back in 1914 at the Folly mansion where Kol, Mary-Alice, and Astrid are looking for the paragon diamond to make the dagger a black object which will put Klaus into an everlasting sleep.
Klaus and Marcel, dressed in white gloves, top hats, and opera caps, are waiting for Kol, while a witch puts a boundary spell on the mansion so Mary-Alice and Astrid are imprisoned inside. Seems Marcel has been keeping tabs on Kol and they know he has the diamond.
Rebekah decorates the safe house in Arkansas for Christmas, but Elijah isn’t happy she’s handling him with kid gloves after snapping his neck in the cafe. After all, he’s supposed to protect her and hope.
He’s doesn’t know what happened in the cafe, but he tells her what Esther did to him.
Kol and Davina are doing a spell with a voodoo doll to protect Cami from Esther’s magic. He tells Davina that it was always Elijah, Rebekah, and Klaus. He was always odd-man out at the table. He tells her about the diamond and she agrees to help steal it back from Klaus.
Mikael is tearing werewolves apart, hoping that one of them will be Esther’s lover Ansel that she brought back from the dead instead of him. She shows herself to him in spirit form to discuss their children. At the mention of Klaus he goes mad and makes her promise to leave Klaus to him so he can finally kill him.
Elijah holds Hope as Rebekah makes a bonfire for a family tradition. Klaus and Hayley arrive and Hayley rushes to Hope to hold her, then she gives Hope to Klaus, who smiles and kisses her. All four of them seem so happy at last.
As they talk by the bonfire, Klaus brings up Dahlia and Esther’s deal. After 1000 years Elijah doesn’t think Aunt Dahlia will be back. Rebekah wants to revive the tradition of writing down wishes and burning them in the fire so they’ll come true. Klaus says, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Hayley doesn’t care. She’s all for it!
As Klaus plays with Hope, Hayley comes in and wants him to write his wish. His wish is for Hayley to tell Elijah about marrying Jackson and then telling him he dodged a bullet! She’s pissed and crumples the note and tosses it on the floor as Klaus laughs!
As Elijah stacks wood, he has visions of the red door and his killings. Rebekah is concerned and he tells her about Esther’s deal. He says he’s thinking about it. Esther has Finn and Kol. Maybe with one more she’ll be happy with just a majority.
Davina and Kol search for the diamond but can’t find it. In a flashback to 1914, Kol tells her about Rebekah helping him steal the diamond back. Rebekah promised to cover for him while he searched. But did she really?
At the bonfire, Rebekah produces a Polaroid camera and Klaus reluctantly takes a selfie of the 5 of them. He tells them they have to burn it so nobody will ever find out and know Hope is alive. Hayley takes the picture, looks at it, and throws it in the fire. Rebekah announces she’s tired of all of this and will offer herself to Esther, then take her down.
“The Map of Moments” press release synopsis
A HOLIDAY REUNION – When Rebekah (Claire Holt) notices an unusual change in Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) behavior, she asks Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) to meet her at their safe house, reuniting them with baby Hope. After reliving memories of being the odd man out, Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) opens up to Davina (Danielle Campbell) about his resentment towards his siblings and sheds some light on a spell he created in 1914. Meanwhile, when Cami (Leah Pipes) discovers Esther’s (guest star Sonja Sohn) plan will put her life in danger, she demands answers from Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood), who remains steadfast in his convictions. Elsewhere, Esther makes an unlikely alliance that could prove dangerous for Klaus, and Hayley makes a decision that could change her relationship with Elijah forever. Lastly, while Elijah continues to struggle with the lingering effects of being captured, Rebekah and Klaus devise a plan to take their mother down once and for all.
Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah formulate a plan, but they’ll need Kol’s help. Klaus calls him and he agrees if Klaus gives him the diamond. He promises he won’t use it on Klaus if Klaus promises not to attack him.
On the way back to New Orleans, Klaus promises Rebekah he’ll take care of her body so she can return to it. She jokes that with the two of them on the same side it must be Christmas!
Back in Arkansas, as Hope sleeps, Hayley tells Elijah about Jackson. She doesn’t love him, but it has to be a true marriage. Elijah understands and tells her to do it. To do whatever she has to do. They finally make love!
In New Orleans, Kol tells Marcel he found another body for Rebekah in place of Cami, but he needs Esther’s hour class and the White Oak Stake. Davina and Marcel want to call the deal off, but Kol promises he’ll do what’s right by the family. Klaus arrives and has overheard his promise, so he gives him the Stake.
Kol goes and gives Esther the Stake. Rebekah shows up and tells her she’s going to take the deal. Instead of tea she wants some wine. While Kol distracts her, she puts some of her blood in Esther’s wine.
Esther starts the spell. She wanted the Stake to dispose of Rebekah’s body. Rebekah tells her to stop the spell because that wasn’t part of the deal. Esther says it’s too late. Klaus comes and tells her to take him instead as Kol shouts for her to stop the spell. Esther says it’s too late because she promised Klaus to Mikael. It’s too late to stop the spell, but not too late to kill Esther. Klaus stabs her in the neck and she dies. He catches Rebekah as she falls. Kol tells Klaus he didn’t know the Stake was part of the spell.
Davina tried to divert the spell to a different location and away from Cami. As they wait for something to happen, the hour-glass shatters as the spell completes. Cami passes out. Then they notice Finn is missing from his coffin.
Klaus and Kol comes with an unconscious Rebekah. Cami wakes up, but Rebekah doesn’t. Marcel asks if Esther is dead. Klaus says she’s where she’s supposed to be.
As Kol and Davina take a walk, he tells her how Rebekah betrayed him and told Klaus he was looking for the diamond. In a flashback, as the Mikaelson family stands on the stairs, Klaus makes a speech and mentions treachery. Kol runs away but Klaus and Elijah grab him on the balcony as Klaus daggers him again for betraying him. In the present, instead of the body he said he had for Rebekah he reveals she’ll really be in a witch in the Folly mansion, where crazy witches go, and where Mary-Alice and Astrid will never leave.
Kol tells her about the tradition of making wishes and says he made one, too, and then he kisses her. Afterward, she smiles and kisses him. There’s that old Claire witch Kol Mikaelson attraction again!
Klaus goes to Esther in some type of ruins and tosses her a bag of blood. She died with vampire blood in her. She can’t be a witch and a vampire. She’ll have to make a choice. Complete the transition and become what she loathes (i.e., a vampire) or die. Either way, he wins.
Rebekah wakes up in the Folly mansion, the Asylum, in the body of a black witch, played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. She hears crying and screaming and rushes to the door, but she’s a prisoner there and can’t get out.
The “Silver Bells” Christmas carol plays as the episode ends.
The Originals returns with new episodes on Monday, January 19, 2015, on The CW, so happy holidays and safe New Years to fangsters everywhere!
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