10. Kat got into Stefan’s head.
The episode opened with the youngest Salvatore having a romantic nightmare where a modern-day Elena appears at the Founder’s Day Ball in 1864 as Damon’s date. When he gets frustrated and leaves, Stefan walks into 2010’s Mystic Grill where he watches Damon and Elena play the happy couple. It cuts him. When he wakes up, Katherine is cuddling in his arms, pretending to be Elena. Turns out she’d planted those thoughts in his head. Apparently dream weaving is one of her powers — which would go a long way toward explaining why the evil Miss seems to have a thing for watching people sleep. We’re just saying.
Their plan for Jenna’s barbecue was, as Damon so eloquently stated, to “put some silver into Mason Lockwood and prove that he’s a werewolf.” Of course, their antics didn’t work. But Damon had us howling in the process. He dropped dog jokes left and right, from drawing Dancing With Wolves during Pictionary to outright calling Mason a “lone wolf,” and claiming he was “barking up the wrong tree.” But Lockwood the Looker was on to Damon and Alaric. When they passed him an apple pie with a silver serving knife, Mason grabbed a piece with his hand. ”I apologize,” he said. “I’m an animal.”
That pie brings us to our first big WTF:
WTF #1: If silver burns vampires, then why was Damon able to pick up solid silver knife? Silver sizzles on vamps. It’s a vampire thing. TVD even acknowledged it two weeks ago when newly fanged Caroline snatched her pendant off her neck. Yet the Salvatore stud handled the Gilbert family heirloom as if it were Black Friday cutlery at Target — without a wince. No smoke rising off his skin.
8. Jenna’s got personality after all.
Not only was Elena’s aunt in this entire episode (yay!), once she got over the fact that Damon was indeed attending her party, she let loose, downing a few sip-sips and cracking wise. “I’ve no secrets only dirty shame,” she said when Alaric claimed to have invited Mason so he could dig up some of her embarrassing high school secrets. And when Damon dared to try to get chatty with her, Jenna shut his slickness down, warning him, “You’ve never dated you. I’ve dated many yous.”
7. Mason called a truce.
After he caught Damon alone in the kitchen, the wolfman told the neck nibbler that, not only does he know what they were trying to do with the BBQ, he knows the Salvatores’ secret and he doesn’t care. “I’m not your enemy Damon,” he said. “Let’s not spark some age old feud that does not apply to us.” He extended a hand in peace. “Let’s be above this.” With a quizzical look, Damon shook.
We gotta give it to the fine fanger: Once he makes up his mind about something he’s got amazing follow through. When Mason stopped by the Mystic Grill for drinks, Damon was waiting for him. “What, more dog jokes?” Mason asked. “Nah, those got old,” Damon replied then he stabbed Mason with the Gilbert’s knife and, without missing a beat, turned and opened the door to the bed of Mason’s truck preparing to put his body in it. Mason fell to his knees, grimacing. Then he pulled out the knife and stood barely wounded. “You know, I think it was werewolves who started this whole silver myth,” he said. “Probably for moments like this. He walked over to Damon, got uncomfortably close to the vamp, then added, “I was really looking forward to last call. Now you’ve made an enemy.” Daaang! With cojones that big, we wonder how he was able to walk away.
WTF #2: Did Damon have to steal the Gilbert’s knife? Dude’s 163 years old and owns impressive property. You mean to tell us he doesn’t have his own blade? Please.
WTF #3: Isn’t it about time the Mystic Grill got some security cams in the parking lot? We’ve lost count of the number of supernatural crimes that have happened out there. But we’re betting TMZ would pay a pretty penny for that digital feed.
5. Katherine let Stefan imprison her in the Salvatore’s basement so she could get some quality alone time with him.
Stefan’s so cute. He thought he was pulling one over on the ol’ girl. After her third love declaration, Stefan pretended to still harbor feelings for Kat. “What is it about you that makes me still care?” he asked, his lashes-for-days eyes filling up with tears. When she leaned in for the kiss, he tranq’ed her with a vial full of Vervain then took her down to the family dungeon and chained her to the wall.
Once there, Kat spent the day woozily walking down memory lane, telling Stefan things he probably didn’t want to know about their post-Civil War days. Turns out he and his brother got shot for nothing because Lady Pierce wanted to be captured with the other vampires. For reasons we still don’t know, she was working in cahoots with werewolf George Lockwood (who, for obvious reasons, was plotting a vampire genocide) to plan her own fake demise. “You sent 26 of your friends to their deaths just so you could fake your own?” asked Stefan, disgusted.
Later, Kat demanded he break up with Elena, saying she'll “kill everyone that [Elena] loves while she watches and then I will kill her while you watch.” Stefan didn't take too kindly to her threat, breaking a chair and raising his hand to start to stake Kat. Emphasis on the word start. He couldn’t do it. When she egged him on, he grabbed her neck and pushed her up against the wall. That’s when Kat’s I-Am-Woman-Hear-Me-Roar kicked in. She shook him off like a child and easily broke her chains. “I have been sipping Vervain every single day for the last 145 years,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt me.”
WTF #4: What made Stefan think he could so easily catch Kat? Yes, she’s an unbalanced über stalker. But Katherine’s also older, stronger, faster, and wiser. It’s disappointing that he thought she could be duped so easily.
WTF #5: Why didn’t Stef just stake Katherine when she had the chance? We hate to side with Lady Pierce on this one, but he did save her old photograph and fall in love with a 2010 version of her. He also put the pregnant in pause when Kat said “I never compelled your love. It was real and so was mine.” We can’t be the only ones who noticed that he hesitated a lot after that. Looked disturbed, even.
Apparently Blondie has been tasked to keep Elena away from Stefan and do everything in her power to break them up. So Caroline spent the day pointing out all the hazards of a human-vampire ‘ship. But, when despite all her best efforts Elena insisted on going to see Stefan, Car let the air out of her tire so they’d get stranded on a dark road and have to call AAA. Speaking of cars…
WTF #6: What was with the product placement? Not only did Caroline drive a new Ford Focus, she showed off its voice activated radio functions and Candice Accola (who plays Caroline) was in the commercial! We know bills have got to be paid. But, come on now. That shill was blatant and annoying.3. Caroline sucks at subtlety so Elena caught on to her lickety split.
She and Stefan pretended to have a fight in Mystic Grill because they knew Caroline was all ears. “It won’t be long before Katherine gets a play by play,” Stefan said later. “I wish I was wrong,” Elena replied. “But I know Caroline too well. And it was obvious something was up today.”
2. Mason finally told Tyler their family secret.
Not that he wanted to. But Tyler wouldn’t let it go. (Can you blame him?) “Yes, I turn into a wolf,” Mason said. “No, it’s not going to happen to you.” When Tyler asked why, Mason explained that the wolf curse needs to be triggered. Then he refused to tell Ty what the trigger is. And we had his back: Dude was trying to protect his nephew. But Tyler pushed and pushed and pushed some more. He even held the moon rock hostage, refusing to give it up until, as he demanded, “Tell me what it is, tell me what triggers the curse!” Finally his uncle gave in. “You have to kill somebody,” Mason said. “Human blood. You take another person’s life away from him then the curse is yours forever. Can you handle that?”
1. Katherine gave George Lockwood the moon rock.
Minutes after Damon and Stefan’s father shot them for trying to free her, Katherine sauntered up the road to meet George. They’d made a deal. He would help her escape and she would give him the stone. “If anyone learns of my escape I will find you and I will kill you,” Katherine said as she handed it to him. “We should take each other’s secrets to the grave,” George replied. Ooookay. We still don’t know what that moon rock does. But now we know how the Lockwoods got it.
WTF #7: Where is Jeremy? He’s been M.I.A. for two weeks now. Just wondering.