Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Elijah Leans Away From Katherine in Season 2, Episode 19: "Klaus"
7. “The Curse of the Sun and Moon is fake.”
That’s a quote from O.V. Elij himself. Turns out Elijah’s big bro Klaus just made it all up, planting scrolls and paintings with different tribes around the world to hide the truth that he was the one who’d been cursed and to get supernatural folk he doesn’t even know to do his dirty work for him. “The easiest way to discover the existence of the doppelganger or to get your hands on some long lost moonstone is to have every single member of two warring species on the look out, Elijah explained. And, if it’s true, dude’s plan is kind of brilliant. Talk about a long con!

6. The creature from the Underworld movies is real.
You know the beast we’re talking about — the half-were, half-vamp, all-crazy thing. Elijah (who has come back to life in a talky-talky mood) told Elena all about it. Apparently his mother had an affair with a werewolf, gave birth to the child and it grew up to be Klaus. When her husband found out, he killed Klaus’ family, kick starting a vampire versus werewolf war. To prevent Klaus from going all Armageddon on the human population, some witch somewhere cursed him. Now O.K. (as we’re going to call Original Vamp Klaus) is trying to have that curse lifted.

5. Aunt Jenna’s in the know. Finally. Sadly.
We’re not sure what tipped her off first. Maybe it the fact that everyone she knows warned her to stay away from Alaric. Or maybe it was the fact that, when she ignored them all and met with Alaric anyway, her ex kept acting all weird, talking about vampires and stuff. Or maybe it was the fight Stefan and Ric had where Stef went all vamp face and O.K.-possessed Ric threatened to jump into Jenna’s body. Add that to the realization that the bedtime stories her big sister told her were all real and you can consider that aunt officially broken.

Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Klaus Takes Katherine's Hand in Season 2, Episode 19: "Klaus"
Damon has gone brother-hating rogue again. Klaus has officially arrived. And Elena’s calling the shots. (Say what?) We can barely handle it. Here are 10 other you-must-be-kidding things you need to know about “Klaus,” a.k.a. this week’s fantabulous episode of The Vampire Diaries.

10. Elena really did free Elijah.
We admit it. There was some debate as to whether the woman who snuck into the Salvatore’s basement and took the dagger out of The Original’s petrified corpse at the end of last week’s episode was really Elena or if it was Katherine doing her best imitation of E. Now we know. It was our brave, brave girl. Or foolish, foolish, girl. We can’t decide.

9. That Katherine really has super mojo.
Or at least her gene pool does. Centuries before the sexy Salvatore brothers came to blows over Kitty Kat, two Original Vamps duked it out over her human self too. Elijah wanted her because, well, he loved her. And his brother wanted her because she was a doppelganger and he had a nasty curse to break. Speaking of bros…

8. Klaus is Elijah’s brother.
Yeah. For reals. Apparently every member of their seven-child family is a bloodsucker of sorts. Elijah didn’t go into crazy-long details. But when he gave Elena the quick-and-dirty on his background, she was understandably stunned. “I’m a little behind on the times,” he said, trying to lighten the mood. “But I believe the term you’re searching for is ‘OMG.’” Try OMFG!
Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: COVER: Sneak Peek Photos: Stefan and Damon's Feud Begins Again in Season 2, Episode 19: "Klaus"
4. Damon goes dark. Again.
This time our moody mister tried to take a chunk of his little brother’s face with him. When Stefan called Damon out about using reporter Andie as a plaything, the elder Salvatore snapped. “You should be thankful she’s here,” he said. “She’s keeping me from going for what I really want.” Stefan replied, “You’re right. Thank you for being in love with my girlfriend.” And from there it was on like neckbone. The brothers came to wall-breaking vampire blows over this high school junior. Again, we say, we’d like one ounce of whatever it is the Elena/Katherine gene pool has that makes men want her so much they’re willing to kill fam for a femme.

3. Andie’s apparently suicidal.

Girl’s got some serious issues. When Damon threw her out, she saw that he was troubled in a dangerous, possibly violent way. Yet she didn’t go. Instead she went up to his room and undressed down to her sex kitten lingerie. “You need to know that someone cares about you,” she said. Again, he told her to go. She refused. He threatened her with violence. Again she stayed. He attacked her jugular, biting with all his might. And she fell to the floor crying instead of running to the door. Finally, Damon had to compel her to leave. We hope she finds the smarts to not come back.

2. Stefan’s getting all weepy again.
Tears welled up in his eyes as the noble Salvatore stood with his back against the wall, eavesdropping on Elena as she tried to soothe her Aunt Jenna. The truth of the situation was overwhelming even for him. Think about it: His girlfriend’s cutting deals with an Original and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. Her family’s falling apart. And, yes, it’s kind of all his fault. We’d cry too.

1. Klaus has officially arrived.
Body and soul. And it took two super witches, a lot of candles, and a truckload of Louis V luggage to make it happen. Now we just wonder if this is the end for Alaric.