NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 11:13 PM
Teressa Liane (l.) as Mary Louise and Scarlett Byrne as Nora in “Vampire Diaries.”
The ninth episode of “Vampire Diaries” starts off in the future — where Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) seem to be dating. This is simultaneously both hot and disappointing.
Back in the present, the Salvatore brothers and the remaining heretics are burying Lily (Annie Wersching). During the ceremony, Stefan and Valerie have a moment, which now creepily foreshadows the future.
Although Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is intent on getting drunk to celebrate the holidays, Stefan is still working on killing Julian (Todd Lasance). Stefan is trying to pressure his brother into behaving and being helpful but — as usual — that doesn’t seem to be happening.
In the mansion, Mary Louise and Valerie have a tense moment — Mary Louise (Teressa Liane) blames Valerie for her breakup with Nora. She still thinks Valerie made up the whole 150-year-old pregnancy story.
Nora (Scarlett Byrne), meanwhile, wants to switch sides and be a good(ish) guy. She’s hanging around Bonnie (Kat Graham) trying to be helpful with a gift drive.
Scarlett Byrne (l.) as Nora and Teressa Liane as Mary Louise in “Vampire Diaries.”
As Stefan and Damon stumble around town, eventually they find a trail of bodies that seems to indicate the presence of Julian.
They call Bonnie for additional help in locating Julian’s precise location and she turns to Nora for help.
In the meantime, Julian and Stefan continue drinking — until Julian stumbles into the bar, seemingly drunk.
He’s not totally trashed, though; he’s got a plan. It seems that he’s deliberately lured the Salvatores to the site of his destruction – and he’s brought a bunch of friends.
They have a tense standoff and it seems that the brothers are about to get slaughtered, until Stefan unexpectedly saves the day with an incendiary device that allows them to make a quick escape.
Caroline spends the whole episode struggling with her magical witch twin pregnancy. It turns out than an unexpected effect is that she’s constantly in need of blood, has a hair-trigger and is generally bordering on murderous all the time.
After escaping from the near-certain deathtrap, Damon and Stefan get in a fight and part ways.
Stefan comes across Mary Louise, who is drunk and in a bad way. Valerie sneaks up and knocks her out with a syringe to the neck. The goal, of course, is just to get her out of the picture to make killing Julian easier.
Back on campus, Bonnie and Nora have a heart-to-heart and Bonnie helps the heretic realize that maybe Mary Louise is not actually a nice person — she’s just nice to Nora.
Then, Julian texts Nora telling her that Mary Louise has been taken captive, and Nora flips out and uses magic to knock out Bonnie.
Meanwhile, Julian nearly kills Stefan until Damon shows up and they all have it out.
Although at first it seems that the Salvatores have a chance — it’s two to one — Julian soon stabs Damon with a magical sword and then goes for Stefan.
Caroline comes home to find Stefan mourning over an apparently dead Damon. But, Damon’s not dead — he’s stuck in the stone.
As Caroline and Stefan mourn Damon, Nora shows up and stabs Stefan, trapping him in the stone as well.