The Originals Episode 6 Recap: Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

As this episode of The Originals unfolds, Klaus is sitting calmly, reading a poem by William Blake. And what a poem it is – it basically tells the story of the episode, right down to the apples:
 
A Poison Tree
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
 
And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
 
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
 
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree. 
 
– William Blake
 
While the foes in The Originals are many, there is only one who follows the apple trail, and that’s Marcel. His history with the Mikaelsons comes back to bite him once again. Not only does Marcel discover they aren’t staying at the hotel he believes they are, but they’re instead staying at the plantation home where he was once a slave. He figures this out based on – surprise! – the apple Rebekah pulls out of her bag after they hook up (on her way out of town – although she doesn’t make it, of course.) Their steamy scene is the most action we’ve seen on this show so far, which is a surprise, considering this is a spin off of The Vampire Diaries.
 
On the other hand, pregnant Hayley’s baby bump is definitely growing and she keeps making googly, crushy girl eyes at Elijah. What I can’t understand is why he’s making them back.
 
The problems really start when masked men kidnap Sophie and bring her to Agnes, the eldest witch in the French Quarter coven. She’s trying to set everything right in her witchy world by completing the harvest ceremony but also by killing off Klaus and Hayley’s baby because she believes it will only bring evil to the witches.
 
Since Sophie and Hayley are still linked, the easiest thing for Agnes to do is to use dark magic on Sophie and wait for it to take effect on baby mama. She gives Sophie a shot that should raise their body temperatures to the point where Hayley will lose her baby.
 
However, sneaky Elijah, who promised to help Davina control her magic, has strategically started her off with an unlinking spell. She masters it just in time to unlink the two witches and save Hayley and the new Mikaelson offspring. Davina seems none the wiser to the ulterior motives.
 
Although they’re safe, Klaus has no qualms about punishing those responsible for hurting and threatening his family. He takes steps to get Agnes to the church (by revealing to the priest that Agnes was the one who vexed his nephew, Cami’s twin brother) and is about to kill her when Elijah steps in. He has promised Sophie he won’t let Klaus kill Agnes… so he kills her himself, instead.
 
While that’s exciting because we didn’t really care about Agnes as a character, Cami has definitely grown on us. So it’s sad when she visits her uncle for advice on her brother. She is questioning things, wondering what happened but also frustrated by the fact she’s no longer upset by it. At the end of the episode, she confronts Klaus about this. He tells her it was Agnes who vexed her brother and implies she’ll no longer be a problem. Cami comes back saying she knows she’s compelled not to care and that she’s determined to get it “undone” and that Klaus will regret ever laying eyes on her. This seems to take him off guard, which doesn’t happen too much to this Original.
 
Through the whole episode, Rebekah has threatened to leave town now that Elijah is alive and well, but of course it will never happen. See you next week, lady Original!
 
Cheer-worthy moment: Hayley basically growling at Sophie in her mama-wolf way that if she ever tries to link them again, she’ll kill her.
 
Most brilliant facial expression: Klaus’s massive grin when Elijah sheds blood in the church, then says, “No one hurts my family and lives. No one,” before snapping Agnes’s neck.
 
Biggest uh-oh: After Marcel discovers the Mikaelson family’s whereabouts, he pays a visit to the plantation. Hayley answers the door. When Elijah and Klaus return, she’s nowhere to be found.
 
Favourite quote: “I feel like I’ve been microwaved,” – Hayley. To which Rebekah replies, “Just because you’re carrying a baby doesn’t mean you can act like one.”
 
Back-from-the-dead: Thierry, Marcel’s former right-hand man. He has realized Thierry’s the only person he can trust.
 

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