Caroline wakes up with Damon still in her bed. She finds her neck wound and tries to sneak away from him. Of course, she doesn’t succeed. He acts cool, but when she starts throwing things at him, he moves to attack her again.
When Matt and Tyler see Elena and Stefan walking together, Tyler throws a football at the back of Stefan’s head. Of course, Stefan turns around and catches it before it hits him. Then throws it back to Tyler with an impressive pass. Elena tries to convince him to join the team. At first, he refuses but then asks the coach for a try out, while Elena gets back to her first cheer practice because “can’t be sad girl forever.”
Caroline and Damon show up to a dinner Elena has planned for herself, Stefan, and Bonnie. He plays on the charm for Elena. He purposely mentions having watched most of the people they love die, including Katherine. Elena correctly deduces that apparently both of them loved Katherine. He implies he loved her first when asked, but doesn’t actually say it. She apologizes for his lost, because he “loved him too.” He suggests she give up on cheerleading, because she doesn’t seem to like it anymore. They have a moment, but then Bonnie interrupts.
Stefan speaks with Caroline in the living room, questioning her about her scarf, knowing full well Damon has fed off her. Damon comes in and persuades Caroline to go help the girls in the kitchen. Then, he threatens Elena who has now welcomed him into her home.
Elena has a dream about Stefan. They start making out. When she pulls off her shirt, he does too, but when his comes off he turns into Damon. She freaks out and wakes up with a crow secretly watching her from the window.
Tyler and Jeremy get into a fight and Stefan stops them. He gets cut pretty badly and Elena notices. When it goes away, Elena is freaked out. He claims it’s nothing, that it wasn’t his blood. Knowing something is off about him, she goes to ask Bonnie what she saw when she touched him. Death. She saw death.
While Elena is at her car, Damon sneaks up behind her and starts talking smack about Caroline who is a close friend of hers. He apologizes for making her feel uncomfortable. She calls him out on her crap. He starts suggesting she’s been attracted to her, that he bets she even dreamt about him—secret powers to make her dream about him?—and tries to persuade her to want to kiss him. It doesn’t work. She slaps him and says, “I don’t know what happened in the past, but I am not Katherine.” Then, she walks off like the badass she apparently is.
Matt befriends Stefan. Damon watches and mentions that a necklace Stefan gave her was full of some herb that I guess keeps the persuasion from working. He threatens to eat her again, but Stefan knows he won’t, because somewhere deep down he has feelings for her. He swears he still has some shred of humanity left in him. To prove he doesn’t, after he comes out to get Stefan to come in for the game, Damon attacks him. After 145 years, there must not be any humanity left in him. I assume there is, but I could be wrong.
Elena is seriously trying to figure out what’s going on in this town. She doesn’t buy it’s just an animal attacking everyone. She’s not convinced Stefan didn’t get cut. She’s slowly pieces the puzzle together. I can’t wait for her to find out who Stefan and Damon really are. I want to know what her reaction will be.
Perhaps there is a shred of humanity left in Damon, love or obsession or something. He shows up in Elena’s room while she’s sleeping and gently strokes her face in what seems to be a loving embrace. Only time will tell what lies ahead.
Elena wakes up to freaking noises and shadow movements. I’m sure it’s Damon, but who knows. The lights won’t come on, but the TV does, saying Elena Gilbert has been the most recent attack. Damon shows up and attacks her. The next scene has Stefan waking up from a nightmare that has apparently been induced by Damon. Stefan attacks him with a knife, but of course, Damon is fine. After explaining he plans to stay a while, Damon retaliates and stabs Stefan with the knife.
Stefan shows up at Elena’s house and they start making out in her room. When his lust turns to blood lust, Stefan pulls away and waits for his face to go back to normal. Elena invites him to go to the Founder’s Day party with him. He agrees and explains the Salvatore’s don’t get invited anymore. I’m assuming because they probably caused all the attacks back in the day. But, we shall see.
Caroline tries to say Damon can’t go with her to the party, but he persuades her to let him go. Then, he comments, “What’s so special about this Bella girl? Edward is so whipped.” She says he needs to start from the first book. I laughed because it’s hilarious. The evil vampire reading Twilight. Uh, oh. Caroline knows he’s a vampire and doesn’t care, I guess because of the persuasion thing. He asks if he’s going to kill her; he says he will, but not yet, because he needs her for something—digging into someone’s life. He explains becoming a vampire means getting bitten, drinking a vampire’s blood, dying, and then attacking another human.
At the Salvatore estate, Damon attacks Zach for questioning him. Stefan walks in and starts to plot with Zach who says Vervain can help him stop him. Damon made sure vervain hasn’t been grown in Mystic Falls since the 1800’s. Zach shows Stefan a secret garden deep in the depths of his basement because he trusts him.
Caroline shares information with Bonnie about Stefan saying Damon told her not to tell. Perhaps he did, but I’d believe it more likely he planted the info on Caroline to tell Bonnie so Elena would inevitably find out. Allegedly, Katherine picked Damon and that drove Stefan mad so that he manipulated her, filled her head with lies, and turned her against Damon. It’s possible Stefan did do that, but it’s just as possible that story is more about Damon.
Stefan and Damon were at the first Founder’s Day Party and go through the motions of a brotherly banter. Stefan took Katherine to the first Founder’s Day Party. He took her home, kissed her cheek, and said good night. Then, went inside to Damon. Maybe it is true? Maybe Stefan did go crazy? Maybe this is another case of dark, brooding vampire trying to make up for his past mistakes.
At the party, Damon does seem a bit jealous of a kiss on the cheek shared between Elena and Stefan. At the party, the original guest list is hanging on the wall with Damon and Stefan’s names on it. Another clue for Elena’s growing suspicions. Caroline asks Stefan to dance, likely per Damon’s orders, which leaves Damon and Elena alone to discuss family history. They play off the names on the list being “the original Salvatore brothers.” Damon shares a history lesson with Elena. A church of civilians was attacked by confederate soldiers during the civil war. Damon says the civilians weren’t there on accident. They were there because they were Union sympathizers who the confederates wanted rounded up and burned alive. “Stefan and Damon had someone they loved very much inside that church. When they went to rescue them, they were shot. Murdered in cold blood…” A woman who they loved was in the church. He gives her the smolder and she says she doesn’t want to get between them.
A candle on Bonnie’s table goes out and she lights it again with her mind. Freaked out, she quickly blows it back out.
While Stefan and Elena dance, Caroline comments about how cute they look. Damon snaps at her to stop talking.
Stefan apologizes for if Damon drove her crazy while they were together. She tells him he was on his best behavior, apologized about his past, and explained his behavior all goes back to Katherine. She asks him to talk about Katherine and he gets defensive. She says she wants him to open up, he assumes this is because of something Damon said. She denies it and asks him to say anything about himself. Anything at all, but he won’t. He thinks it’s Damon’s fault; but it’s sort of because Bonnie mentioned she doesn’t know him at all.
While with Caroline upstairs, Damon finds a very important crystal he apparently hid upstairs a long time ago, probably 145 years ago.
When Tyler’s mom, the mayor’s wife notices all the candles are out, she rudely tells the staff to light them. When she and the staff are gone, Bonnie lights the candles with her mind.
In the bathroom, Caroline and Elena run into each other in the bathroom. She notices the bite mark on Caroline’s neck and finds another on her shoulder. She immediately suspects Damon who Caroline swears didn’t do it. Elena storms outside and threatens Damon if he doesn’t stay away from Caroline, whose mother is the sheriff. She finds Stefan and apologizes for listening to Damon, telling him he’s left bruises and bite marks all over her and that he’s got her “all messed up in the head.” When Stefan doesn’t react, she gets upset and says he should be calling the police on him. He asks her to trust him, saying there are things she can’t understand, and he wants to tell her but can’t. She tells him trust is earned, not just handed over. Damon gets pissed off and drags Caroline away from the party. She swears she didn’t say anything except that he doesn’t mean to hurt her. He calms down a bit, but still bites her, saying he’s done with her. Then, he starts to weaken, because Stefan spiked Caroline’s drink, knowing he would drink from her. Then, he takes him and locks him the secret garden. Caroline finds the crystal on the ground when she wakes up.
The final scene is of the mayor, sheriff, and other important people who need special artifacts from various founding families to keep the vampires away.
Stefan leaves Damon in the basement with the vervain. His plan is to leave him weak and let him go without blood until he mummifies and becomes a living corpse. So far, his plan is working. Elena worries about Stefan’s secrets and lies after disappearing for three days.
Caroline tells Bonnie that she has a bunch of gaps in her memory and that for all she knows she let him bite her. When Stefan shows up at school, Elena is shocked and Caroline asks when Damon will be back. Stefan says in his dark and mysterious manner that Damon won’t be coming back.
At the bar, Elena shoots pool with Matt and talks boy problems with him because they were best friends before dating. Stefan shows up an hour late and still refusing to give Elena any kind of answer. While there, an older man recognizes Stefan who freaks out and asks Elena to leave with him. She refuses and walks away.
Stefan shows up at Elena’s to make her dinner and says that if she’s going to break up with him, then she needs to know him. He starts with information about Katherine then proceeds with random facts about himself. She offers to take over slicing the cheese for their dinner. I bet she’s gonna cut herself. Oh, and she does! He gets her blood on his hand, turns vamp, she sees it in the mirror reflection, and… he manages to change back before she makes him turn around. Dang it! I want to know her reaction when she finds his secret!
Oh, snap! Damon has a power to call people without being with them? Is it the crow? He calls Caroline’s name and after a few calls, she hears him and the crow appears. She freaks out a bit, but tries to calm herself.
He taunts Stefan about how the only thing to get between him and Elena now is the truth. He just walks away.
At the “sexy suds” car washing event, one of the cheerleaders is very rude and Bonnie makes the water attack her.
While washing a car together, Elena starts questioning Stefan about his ring. It’s a family crest for the Italian renaissance. She suggests he take it off for protection and he tries to keep his cool while denying it.
Okay, so now Damon projects himself into the presence of Caroline?
The older man shows up at the car wash. Elena asks him about why he thought Stefan was the same guy from a while back. He explains he thought he saw him in early June 1953. He was passing through to see his uncle Joseph who was killed in an animal attack at the same time. He knows Stefan because of his ring and his brother. Elena asks her aunt Jenna’s sort of boyfriend for help finding info on the incident the old man mentioned.
Ooh, the summoning is working. Caroline is at the Salvatore estate and she’s about to let Damon out of his cage in the basement… Zach gets to the basement just in time to keep Caroline from completely opening the door, but she opens it enough for Damon to break free. Sapped of his power, he’s not strong enough to fight both of them, so she’s able to escape.
Bonnie tries to dry water from the ground with her powers, but accidently sets the street on fire instead. Then she finds herself in a trance that Stefan is able to break her from. Only he notices, because like her, he’s supernatural. She goes to her grandma for help and answers.
Matt, for Elena’s sake, warns Stefan that she’s big on trust, so the more he tries to hide something, the more likely she’ll be to push for more information until she finds her answers.
At the house, Jenna’s boyfriend and news reporter sneaks through Jeremy’s room and finds the Gilbert watch and takes it.
Elena tries to convince herself through her diary that she doesn’t believe in anything. She believes in birth, life, and death. But, she’s finally starting to understand who or what Damon is. Un-aging men. Men who don’t get hurt and change unexpectedly. Women bitten on the neck. People drained of blood. Vicki calling it what it is… a vampire. She knows, but she doesn’t want to believe it.
Damon shows up in the graveyard to attack Vicki. Stefan finds Zach dead and Damon escaped, so he gets a stake and plans to attack Damon, but is stopped when he finds Elena at the door as he opens it. “What are you?” Yes! Finally! Ugh, but I’m supposed to be going to bed… Guess not yet! Haha
Flash back to 1864 when Stefan is either human or barely not human. It’s the first official sight of Katherine.
“What are you? What are you?” Elena demands. “You know,” he tells her. “You wouldn’t be here if didn’t… Everything you know. Everything you believe is about to change. Are you ready for that? …I’m a vampire.” She says she’s shouldn’t have come. Then she freaks out and tries to leave. He flashes in front of her, begging her to let him explain. She leaves and he lets her, but then shows up in her room while she’s on the verge of a full-blown panic attack—aka the only sensible reaction to finding out your boyfriend is a vampire that I’ve ever seen! Ha, ha. She tries to run from him, but he stops her from opening the door. He begs her to let him explain, that he’d never hurt her, that it’s been Damon attacking people. She says that if he really won’t hurt her, then he’ll leave. She literally begs him.
Damon eats the stoners but leaves Vicki alive. While burning the corpses, he calls Stefan, begging for his ring. He waits outside her house for a while desperately wanting her to let him in.
Elena asks Stefan to meet her in daylight at a coffee shop so she can separate fact from fiction. Mirrors are myth. He can eat garlic. Crucifixes are decorations. Survives the sun because of the rings. The mind manipulation. He asks for the day so he can explain everything to her before she makes a decision.
Damon takes Vicki home and leaves her on the couch. He drinks, begs Stefan for his ring because he’s bored, and then appears to turn Vicki into a vampire.
Stefan takes Elena to the middle of the woods where his home used to be. It’s now in ruins. She notices how old it looks and asks how long he’s been… He’s been 17 since 1864. “OMG…” “You said you wanted to know. I’m not going to hold anything back.”
Damon and Stefan used to be best friends until Katherine came into the picture. While they’re playing the new game of football, Katherine asks to join in, takes the ball and runs away, begging him to chase her. Damon was in the confederacy but left right before the founder’s ball. The conniving and manipulative Katherine pits the boys against each other. While fooling around with each other, Stefan says he’ll love her forever, she says forever is very long time, he says not long enough, and she vamps up and bites him. Then, persuades him never to tell anyone. She does the same with Damon. She wants to be with both of them forever.
Stefan hid Damon’s ring at the ruins of their old home. He explains to Elena that if doesn’t give it back, then Damon will retaliate in the only way he knows how to hurt him, by attacking her.
At the estate, Vicki and Damon are partying. She’s going on about being over Tyler and being into Jeremy, because he’s always seen something more in her. She asks why he doesn’t have a girlfriend because he’s hot. He does the cocky, I know thing. Then, says, “I’ve been in love, it’s painful, pointless, and overrated.” They spend the next while just dancing around the house. They trash someone’s bedroom, probably Stefan’s, maybe his. She pours her heart out to him, and he decides to “help” her. Then, he kills her by snapping her neck. When she finally wakes up, she’s dead and a vampire. At first, he tries to persuade her to let him go with her, because she doesn’t believe it. He warns her she’s about to go crazy. Then, he lets her go, telling her to go to the Gilbert’s house. She does and that’s where she starts to freak out. He head is killing her, the sun bothered her, and she’s got the major munchies.
Elena asks if Stefan’s ever used the persuasion power on her. He explains the necklace and tells her to keep it on so she always knows she’s free to make her own decision.
Jeremy calls Matt to come over. She freaks out about the quiet speaking being too loud and her mouth hurting where he fangs will be coming in. They become mesmerized by the TV. Then Elena and Stefan show up. He explains what’s going on and that if she doesn’t choose to feed, once she remembers what’s going on, then she’ll die. Elena freaks out again realizing Stefan had to make the choice. Upstairs, she almost bites Jeremy but fights it and runs away. Stefan informs Elena that he can track Vicki. Without hesitation, she tells him to go after her. She tries to keep calm and convince herself and Jeremy that everything will be okay. While they’re talking, there’s a ring at the door. It’s Damon. She tries to block him from coming in, but he overpowers her. She orders Jeremey to go upstairs. He takes note of her fear, knows Stefan’s told her the truth. He claims he’s just looking for Stefan. He claims Vicki is going to thank him some day and she asks if he thanked Katherine.
Stefan finally finds Vicki in the wounds. She’s starting to remember everything. She asks what happens if she doesn’t feed. “It’ll all just be over.” She wants to know if she’ll be better, he doesn’t answer. She asks him to take her home. And that’s when reporter boy comes in after tracking the vamps. He shoots Stefan with a wooden bullet which hurts, but doesn’t kill him. Damon shows up just in time and attacks the guy. “If anyone’s gonna kill you; it’s gonna be me.” Then, Vicki, not necessarily by choice, feeds off reporter boy and officially changes.
Elena waits on her porch for Stefan. She worries about his injury. Then, Stefan tells her he tried to stop her, but he couldn’t. He is going to do everything he can to show her she can live on animal blood. Elena gave him the day, believes he won’t hurt her, and promises to keep his secret, but officially breaks up with him. Then, she goes inside and breaks down crying. It’s heartbreaking and I want to hurt for her, but mostly I’m just really pleased that her reaction to everything is so sensible. She hurts so much to say she can’t be with him, he’s the only thing that has helped her feel more than sadness since her parents’ death, but right now she can’t be with him. Eventually she will be, I know. You don’t get to eight seasons and a five season spinoff without the original romance lasting at least a while, but still. It’s not happening just yet. I hope it takes a while for her to give in to her love, or lust or whatever, for him. This thing needs to continue to be sensible! As is, just for her reaction to him being a vampire, it is the superior vampire drama.