8. Stefan tried to bargain for a new vampire-werewolf truce.
At the volunteer picnic to celebrate the opening of Mystic Falls’ new public park, the nice Salvatore cornered Mason, apologized for his brother’s impulsive behavior, and asked for a ceasefire. Understandably, Mason would have none of it. (Ater all, Damon did offer him a gentleman’s agreement, then promptly tried to gut him with a silver knife.) “Tell your brother to watch his back,” he threatened. Stefan countered: “… There’s two of us. I think you’re the one who needs to watch his back.” Good point.
7. Mason outed the Salvatores.
We didn’t think he’d really do it. But the new Mr. Lockwood did. Seeing that he stepped into a battle he couldn’t win alone, Mason pulled Sheriff Forbes aside and told her he wanted to join The Council. To prove he wasn’t just some prodigal son trying to weasel in on the Founding Families’ secret society, he told her: “I know vampires exist. And you have two of them living right under your nose.” When she asked who it was, he didn't hesitate in outing the Salvatores.
The Sheriff refused to believe it, because not only do they walk around in daylight, she watched Damon kill vampires. Plus, she said, “Damon Salvatore is my friend.” So Mason proved it to her by lacing the lemonade with Vervain. Damon took a sip, choked — and the secret was out!
6. Then Sheriff Forbes shot them.
Oh, yes she did. After the attempted Vervain poisoning, the bloodsucking brothers agreed they would have to put the werwolf down. The minute they saw Mason walk off alone, they followed.. “Go ahead: Run. We’ll give you a head start,” Damon said to Mason. Just as it looked like Mason might take him up on the offer — pop-pop-pop! — Liz and her two deputies shot them from a neighboring hill. Mason had intentionally lured the Salvatores away from the picnic. It was kind of genius his plan worked so well. After they shot the Salvatores, Sheriff Forbes had them carted off to the dungeons on the old Lockwood estate.
“Kill or Be Killed” was such an action packed episode, we can hardly contain ourselves! There’s so much to say, we’re fighting the urge to transcribe the whole thing. If you haven’t seen it already, watch it. If you have, watch it again. Either way, here are 10 things you need to know about Episode 2.5. It’s a keeper!
10. Jeremy came back.
Like the kid who always cuts Algebra, the youngest Gilbert returned with no explanation for his absences. “I can’t believe Tyler Lockwood’s a werewolf,” Jer told Elena, leaning against her bedroom door as if he hadn’t disappeared for a few days. “We’re not sure about that yet,” she replied. “The only thing we know for sure is that Mason Lockwood is a werewolf.” Then she played the big sister card and told Jeremy not to go digging around in the whole Lockwood-wolf thing. “This is dangerous Jeremy. You have to stay out of it. Okay?” Elena looked up at her little brother in such a concerned way that she basically insured that the first thing he would do is — yep, you guessed it — do the exact opposite. (More on that in a sec.)
9. Mason told Tyler his origin story.
Uncle Mason sat Tyler down and told him about the time he accidentally killed his friend Jimmy, then turned into a werewolf. Somebody had convinced a fighting-drunk Jimmers that his boy Mason was “messing with” his girlfriend Marla. So Jimmy tried to beat the cheat out of his buddy, repeatedly refusing to back down. (Sound familiar?) To keep from decking his friend, Mason picked Jimmy up and body-slammed him on the concrete. Dude’s head made an unnatural wet cracking sound. And that was all she wrote.
Of course, that incident so closely mirrors Mason's carnival fight in “Brave New World” that it's very clear Jimmy boy had been compelled to commit suicide by vampire. But Mason doesn't see it.
3. Damon didn’t eat his Sheriff “friend” in retaliation.
For once in his crazy-long life, Damon didn’t do the wrong thing. And it took a lot of work. Rather than drink Liz Forbes, he let her live and took her back to his house, where the whole group agreed she would stay until the Vervain worked its way out of her system and he could erase that day’s memories from her mind. His good deed didn’t go unrewarded. “What you did for Caroline’s Mom, that’s the Damon who was my friend,” Elena told him. Awwww.
2. The day’s drama sent Stefan back to human blood.
Apparently, bunny juice doesn’t have all the vitamins a vampire needs. While the bullets and Vervain temporarily knocked Damon down, they took Stefan completely out — as in comatose. Not only that, but it was his still untrained student Caroline who saved his fine butt. You can understand why the fanged fellow would find himself hovering over his big bro’s human plasma stash. “I told you I’d find a way to stop Katherine, didn’t I?” Stefan told Elena. “Well, this is it. This is the only way. ‘Cause she’s stronger than me. And unless that changes, I can’t protect you.”
Elena stormed off. But both Caroline and Damon convinced her that Stef was right. Blood does a dead body good. So Elena decided if her boo was going to drink he’d do it on her terms. She grabbed a letter opener, walked up to him, opened her hand, and cut. And he drank. This is how you know it’s love: Even though Stefan’s eyes went all scary-vampire-veiny and he looked at her like he would eat her, Elena grabbed him and kissed him. Hard.
1. Katherine was behind it all.
So, after Tyler finally quits being a brat and gives Mason the moonstone, what does his uncle do? He heads out to the woods for a rendezvous with a fancy sports car. Sitting inside? Kitty Kat. Turns out, he’s in love with the Salvatores’ Maker and was dating her way back when Jimmy attacked him. It’s not entirely clear how much he knows about her. But one thing’s for sure: Mason came home not just for his brother’s funeral, but at Katherine request. The vampire needs her little werewolf to get the moonstone back. Is there a hottie within 100 miles of Mystic Falls who isn’t in love with Katherine? The girl’s got game.
5. Caroline saved her blood-sucking brethren.
Thanks to her heightened vampire senses, Caroline heard the whole ugly mess. She and Elena ran through the woods to stop her mother from killing their friends. (Along the way, she paused to kick Mason’s butt in a scene sure to make our OMG Moments list.) But when they got there, Caroline hesitated. She couldn’t let her mother find out about her new blood habit. But then Elena’s pathetic attempt to stop the stakings failed, so Blondie had to get down to business. And, for a newbie, she did a damn fine job. Caroline sped around the room, confusing the deputies, then pounced on one, taking a chunk out of his jugular and using his body as a shield before easily handling the other. “Hi mom,” she said at the end. Needless to say, Mom took one look at her daughter’s blood-drenched mouth and lost it.
4. Meanwhile, Jeremy bonded with Tyler.
On a mission to do exactly what his sister asked him not to, Jeremy tracked Tyler down at Mystic Grill, where they picked up some cute girls and headed over to the rich guy’s house to raid the liquor cabinet. Once at the Lockwood manse, the girls teased Jer into letting them thumb through his sketchbook — which was conveniently full of creepy werewolf drawings. None too thrilled with his artistic taste, Ty tricked Jeremy into going into his dad’s office, where he grabbed him by the neck and slammed him into the wall. “Why wolf pictures?!” he asked. “Because I know,” Jeremy replied. And now we know who not to tell our secrets to.
After a few awkward moments, Tyler and Jeremy kicked off a bro ‘ship, confessing truths left and right. (Jeremy told him about the diary. Tyler told him about Mason.) Just think: It only took one school year, three supernatural deaths (Vicki, Anna, and Mayor Lockwood), and a notebook full of werewolf drawings for them to drop their archenemy beef.