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.