Bismuth: …You shoulda shattered me back then… At least if I
were in pieces, I wouldn’t have to know how little I mattered to you…
You didn’t even tell ‘em.. You bubbled me away and didn’t ever tell your friends… My friends!
Steven: I’m going to tell them! I’m gonna tell them everything!
As a Jewish person, I was so pleased with the 100th episode plot. This whole thing has rang so true for me and it hit really close to home and I am just incredibly thankful that they respected Lily and her religious beliefs. I’m currently entering an interfaith marriage with a husband who was raised Christian but never believed in it and doesn’t have any desire to raise children that way. On the other hand, I deeply value my Jewish faith but I don’t want to feel like I’m shoving it down his throat.
The Kennishes were raised Christian and feel like that needs to be the default for baby Carlton even though they don’t practice. They want their grandson to be baptized in the Christian church because “that’s what you do”. Obviously, this sounds upsetting to Lily but she hears them out. They meet with a reverend so he can explain the point of a baptism to Lily so she understands what it means and the whole thing really freaks her out. The ceremony is supposed to absolve their one year old son of sin? What sin? Original sin passed down by the parents? So he doesn’t burn in hell if he dies too soon? This is a flat no for Lily. She gave it a chance but as someone raised Jewish, how can you wrap your mind around any deity damning an innocent child to hell and that being acceptable?
She spoke her mind about how her religion is more than that, it’s a culture, a people, a way of life. It has their own community, their own food, their own language, their own sense of humor. Lily can’t imagine not sharing that community with her son. Toby agrees and then commits to educate himself on the religion and the culture and he accepts that his son will be raised in the Jewish faith. But what made me cry was when the grandparents conceded and didn’t hold any ill will against Lily. She said they could still expose Carlton to Christmas and Easter as secular holidays but that their house would be Jewish.
I literally cannot express how nervous I was about this story line and how relieved and emotional I am with the outcome. It hit me hard specifically because I’m dealing with this myself but mostly because it depicted a Jewish person sticking to her beliefs while respecting others. It showed her in such a good light and it even redeemed the proselytizing of the grandparents. In a day in age where antisemitism in on the rise and I often feel afraid to outwardly display my religion, I am overcome with happiness that SAB had the courage to allow positive Jewish imagery.
THANK YOU, SWITCHED AT BIRTH. And mazel tov on your fantastic 100th episode. :)
Okay, so I want you all to take a good look at this gif right here – does that look like the face of a man willing to let this woman go? I mean, he couldn’t even let her go the first time; as soon as he got the invitation to Caroline’s graduation, he hauled his ass right back to Mystic Falls. Then he attempts to leave her the second time (even going as far as to allow Tyler his freedom back so that she could be happy without him), and what does he do? He jumps at the first opportunity to see her. Now there is no way in hell he returned simply to taunt Katherine - I’m not saying that wasn’t part of it, but if that was his main purpose why go to Caroline first? Katherine could have died any second, so if his real reason in being back was to “gloat over her corpse to be” he wouldn’t be using up precious time walking in the woods with Caroline. Revenge on Katherine was simply an excuse to see this girl again - an opportunity he dropped all the shit going on in New Orleans for. Once again, he is unable to resist the temptation of seeing her, which is bad cause jfc he is practically at war in New Orleans and can’t afford to be leaving the quarter so often. But the simple truth of the matter is that there’s no way on earth Klaus could ever choose to leave Caroline behind for good - he tried, twice, and failed, twice - though he does have matters to attend to in New Orleans (as much as I might like to [visit mystic falls/see Caroline] I have pressing responsibilities here). To deal with those issues he can’t keep sneaking off to see Caroline every chance he gets. He knows this, but he also knows that he could never willingly give up an opportunity like that - unless she herself were to demand it. Unless he could somehow take the decision and make it hers. So he strikes a deal – his departure, for her honesty (I want your confession). He gets a lot more than he bargained for – still not over the perfection that was hot hybrid sex, holy shit – and leaves with not only a reason to stick to his duties in New Orleans, but also the truth of his relationship with Caroline. She wants him. Her plans for her future may not involve him at this point in time, but there is still, and will always be, hope – only now he’s put the ball in her court. He’s promised to not come back, but that doesn’t mean one day she won’t show up at his door and let him show her what the world has to offer.