Stefan wakes up in the cell and has flashbacks to watching the vampires get caught. He acts as a distraction while Damon tries to set Katherine free. Damon gets shot trying to free Katherine. Stefan gets shot next. His flashback gets confused when Damon and Elena start trying to talk to him. He goes back and forth between seeing Elena and seeing Katherine.
Elena and Damon talk about how hard it is to see him locked up. Damon reminds her she did it. She reminds him he helped. He claims it’s for safety. She believes it’s because he kind of cares about his brother. Stefan makes no effort to let Elena know he’s awake, but he does look at his missing ring and flashback again to the first time he noticed it. He wakes up when he knows he shouldn’t. Emily explains the rings were made for them weeks ago per Katherine’s request and that Katherine has been compelling him to drink her blood for weeks. Damon needed no such compulsion. He tells him he watched them take Katherine inside and burn the church.
Elena asks Damon if he’s figured out the invention yet. He hasn’t. He asks if she’s talked to John at all lately. She hasn’t. She’s been avoiding him and she’s been there most nights. Elena goes to school and Damon goes to check on Stefan. “The human blood should be gone by now. You wanna explain why you’re sitting in her feeling sorry for yourself?” Stefan refuses to drink his animal blood.
Anna surprises Jeremy with a class schedule. She’s officially a student now. He’s her reason for going. He’s in awe. They kiss. Anna and Jeremy discuss everything in his room. She tells him he’s her weakness. They get really sensual. He stops for a minute, saying he doesn’t want Jenna walking in on them. She uses her hearing to impress him and tell him what Jenna’s doing downstairs. At home, Pearl tells Anna they’re leaving. “There’s too many people here who know the truth. Too much history.” She begs her not to leave. Pearl won’t force her. It’s her decision. Anna lets herself in Jeremy’s room and lays down with him. He’s only half away and quickly sleeps again. She was going to tell him she was leaving, but when he falls asleep again, she whispers goodbye and leaves. While Pearl and Harper are trying to leave, Pearl opens the girl and they get staked. Anna goes home and finds them. She breaks down.
Alaric calls Damon to let him know he’s been doing some digging on John. He found out he’s been contacting Isabelle a lot and that he’s found an address. He wants to go check on it together. Elena calls before Damon can agree or disagree. She asks how Stefan is. “Extra Broody. He won’t eat anything.” She asks about his favorite animal blood. Damon answers golden retriever flood and she knows he’s teasing her. John asks her to talk. He says he knows she knows. He asks what her mother would say if she knew she was dating a vampire. “Which mother,” she asks and walks away. Stefan tells Elena he doesn’t want to survive. He wants it over. She talks about it with Damon. He suggests she stay up here. She shouldn’t be down there by herself. He tells her he’s got an errand to run with Alaric. She jokes about them being friends now. He says he doesn’t have friends. Alaric and Damon are able to get into the house and find a vampire named Henry who was in the tomb. They talk to him about John and how he helps him keep an eye on the others. He says John is just trying to keep an eye on the others. John calls at that moment. Damon asks to answer the phone. When he doesn’t, Henry attacks and Alaric stakes him. Alaric and Damon joke with each other about looking for their vampire exes. He only looked for Isabelle for 2 years and now he says he’s done. He doesn’t want to look for answers he doesn’t really want to know. Damon is surprised it’s moderately healthy considering he’s been looking for Katherine for 146 years. He jokes he plans to stop at 200.
Flashback Stefan and Damon discuss whether they will or won’t drink human blood. Damon is the one who doesn’t want to do it anymore since Katherine is dead. Stefan isn’t so sure.
John and Pearl meet together at the Grill. John tells Pearl he was sorry for what he did to her. She believes he’s lying. He lies further. She gets emotional and he laughs saying his only regret was not staking her himself.
Stefan tells Elena Damon hasn’t fed him vervain in a while. He could be at the bars in a minute. He tells her to go away. He doesn’t want her there. She opens the door and walks in. He tries to scare her into leaving. She won’t back down. He unvamps and sits down. He tells her his choice about becoming a vampire. His father confessed to him that he’s the one who shot them. They were dead to him the moment they sided with the vampires. He goes to stake him and Stefan fights him. He accidently stakes his father and gets the blood on his hands. He can’t resist trying it even though he was going to let himself die. “How can you even look at me right now?” “You need to be able to talk about these things and I need to hear them.” She asks him to come upstairs. He’s not ready, but she is. She gives him his ring and tells him to come upstairs when he’s ready.
Elena is in the parlor when Damon gets home. They ask about their nights. She tells him Stefan is getting there, but he’s so full of guilt and Damon hasn’t helped that. She’s not blaming him, but she is pointing out he’s spent 146 years trying to make his life miserable, reminding him he’s the reason Katherine was caught. Damon gets upset. So far, Elena has only heard the sordid parts of Stefan and Damon’s story. Damon tells her the rest of the story. After drinking from her father, Stefan comes back feeling more alive than ever. He tells Damon he can now turn the guilt on and off. He brings a girl for Damon to drink from trying to encourage him to drink so he can turn off the pain. Stefan drinks from the girl and forces Damon to drink from her too. He doesn’t want to. He wants to die. Without Katherine, there’s no point in living anymore. “From his first taste of human blood, Stefan’s been a different person.” Damon calls him stupid if he decides to die. Elena tells him not to pretend like he doesn’t care. She goes down to Stefan, but he’s not there. His ring is, but he isn’t. He goes to the woods and flashes back to Damon’s promise of to make his life miserable. He doesn’t say it but he implies it’s because he didn’t want to live for eternity. He wanted to die. Emily tells Stefan that even death his heart is pure. She senses that about him. That’s what makes it a curse for him. Elena comes to him, telling him Damon told her the rest of the story. He feels so guilty about all the hurt and death caused by him. Elena tells him the reason she and her family were in the car that night was because she blew off family night to go to a party but got stranded so they had to come pick her up. “Our actions are what sets things in motion but we have to live with that.” He explains that pain is with him all the time. If he gives himself over to the blood, then he can make the pain stop. She reminds him that he’s made the decision to be good. She doesn’t believe he’ll give in to the blood. She kisses him, gives him his ring back, and walks away. “It’s your choice.” As she walks away, he says her name, puts the ring back on, and they kiss. Maybe this isn’t the temporary end of them and the beginning of Elena and Damon…? Elena and Stefan say good night to Damon. She goes upstairs and they talk. Stefan thanks Damon for helping Elena take care of him. Damon confesses the guilt is there if he wanted to feel it. He demands that Stefan not feel his guilt for him. And he tells Stefan he hates him not because he forced him to turn, but because Katherine turned him too. It was only supposed to be Damon.
Oh, snap! This show is freaking crazy! Isabelle is in Mystic Falls!