Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW Photo: Damon Drips Blood in Season 3, Episode 4: “Disturbing Behavior”

Damon was back to his old misbehavin’ self in tonight’s episode — drinking (blood and screwdrivers), toying with humans, killing for fun. It’s been so long since we’ve seen him that way that we almost forgot why we crowned him the Bad Boy Salvatore. But things didn’t start out with Dark Damon. Tonight’s episode actually starts out kind of light.

Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW Photo: Katherine Looks Lonely in Season 3, Episode 4: “Disturbing Behavior”

The deathblow

Damon has the slayer Bill down on his knees and is about to take one final bite when Caroline vamps in and tosses Damon off her father. She then proceeds to open a can of whoop ass, slamming the senior neck nibbler around. “I’m stronger than you, little girl,” Damon warns when he pins her down. “But I’m angrier,” Caroline says. She fires off an impressive punch kick combo, breaks free, grabs her dad, and runs. Damon doesn’t even bother following.

While the grown folk are dealing with Damon issues, Elena’s little brother is busy with troubles of his own. Jeremy’s still seeing his dead exes. This week Anna haunts him something fierce. He can even feel and touch her. At first he’s cool with it. But then, after she warns him about the negative energy that she suggests is pretending to be Vicki, she starts popping up every time he’s having a moment with Bonnie (who has just come back from vacation). Jer tells Anna to quit it. But she won’t. She even throws the blame onto him, saying, “I only pop up when you’re thinking about me.” Wrong move. After she says that, Jeremy thinks her away. Then he marches into the bedroom and tells Bonnie everything.

The next day Bonnie’s still stunned. She goes to sit outside the Grill to think about Jeremy and why she can’t find out where the magic comes from in Elena’s necklace. She’s lost in thought when Elena walks up, takes a seat, and asks for the necklace back. Disappointed that she couldn’t help more, Bon-bon gives it to her, gabbing away. When a passing waitress distracts her, she looks away from the table for a second. When she looks back, Elena is gone.

Turns out it wasn’t Elena after all. It was Katherine doing her best Elena impression. With the necklace in hand, Kat heads over the Salvatore mansion. She’s got a plan and she needs Damon’s help. And, tired of being good, he agrees to leave with her, no questions asked.

A little retail therapy never hurt anybody

The show opens with the newly awakened Rebekah shopping for modern clothes while Klaus and Stefan watch. They’re mildly entertained by her reaction to today’s hemlines. “There has to be more to this dress,” she says when she steps out of the changing room in a sparkling mini.
“There’s not,” Stefan replies.

“So women in the 21st century dress like prostitutes then? I got dirty looks for wearing trousers.”
Klaus chimes in: “You wore trousers so women today could wear nothing.” Touché.

Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW Photo: Klaus Enjoys a Beverage in Season 3, Episode 4: “Disturbing Behavior”

The “family cargo”

Back in Chicago, Stefan starts digging, trying to find out who Klaus and Rebekah were running from way back when. He’s not too subtle though. Rebekah catches him snooping by her family’s coffins. And he ends up asking her who was chasing them back in the 1920s. He tries to play it off, saying he can’t imagine whom Klaus would be afraid of. But she suspects something’s up. So she grabs him and plants one on his lips. And the kiss blows his cover. When her brother arrives she says, “He is not with us.” So Klaus knocks Stefan out and throws him in the back of a truck. When Stefan wakes up, they’re parked in the heart of a little place called Mystic Falls.

Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW Photo: Rebekah Looks at Stefan in Season 3, Episode 4: “Disturbing Behavior”

But then Katherine signals Stefan from outside the store and the mood changes. See, Kat knows that Stefan gave Rebekah’s necklace to Elena as a symbol of their “unbreakable bond.” In exchange for not putting that info on blast, she wants to team up with Stefan to take down Klaus. But Elena’s ex would prefer Kat stake herself in the heart.

Sadly Katherine isn’t the only one trying to squeeze our boy. The witch Gloria wants a piece of him too. Still working for Klaus, Gloria casts a major location spell in an attempt to track down Rebekah’s necklace. She doesn’t see exactly where it is. But she does hear Elena and Bonnie talking about Stefan.

When Stefan drops by to talk to Gloria about the necklace, she tells him the only reason she didn’t out him to Klaus was because she wants the talisman for herself. She feels like she has more of a right to it since it did belong to the Original Witch. Stefan refuses to tell her where it is. So she threatens him, “I’d hate to have to tell Klaus what a liar his sidekick is.”

Stefan moves to attack Gloria. But in what will be one of our favorite moments of the week, she stops him cold with a killer look that causes an aneurysm/super-duper migraine. “I guess I’ve gotta get it out of you the hard way, huh?” she says.

Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW Photo: Katherine Meets up With Stefan in Season 3, Episode 4, “Disturbing Behavior”

No pain, no gain

Flash forward a few minutes and Gloria has got Stefan, shirtless, chained down to a table in a circle of candles. “Why can’t I move?” Stefan asks when he comes to. “Relax. It’s just a little paralysis spell,” Gloria says. “Nothing major.”

The witch then proceeds to slit his wrist and let him bleed into a bowl. She dips her hands into a Vervain-laced herb mix and tries to torture the truth out of Stefan one hand press at a time. “Don’t do this. Don’t do this,” he begs when she starts scanning his memories. But it’s too late. Gloria sees the whole story in his mind. “She’s the doppelganger. She’s supposed to be dead and that’s why Klaus can’t make hybrids, isn’t it?” She smirks. But before she can grab a notepad to write the location down, Katherine steps up behind Gloria and stabs her in the neck. Drats. We were just starting to like her.

Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW Photo: Bill Looks Thoughtful in Season 3, Episode 4: “Disturbing Behavior”

Nice vampires finish last

Stefan won’t be the only Salvatore to have to move a dead body tonight. Back in Mystic Falls, Damon is pissed because everyone’s starting to treat him like he’s a nice guy. Elena has him cooking breakfast with her. The Sheriff even asks him to erase Bill’s memory. Even more surprising: He does it. Or so he thinks.

Turns out Caroline’s father is immune to a vampire’s glamour powers — a fact he can’t wait to reveal after the Mayor’s farce of a town council meeting. “Do you think everybody on the council is clueless or just stupid?” he asks the Mayor, Sheriff Forbes, and Damon, after the meeting clears out. He then goes on to try and take over the council, suggesting they put Vervain into the town’s water supply and out Damon as a bloodsucker.

This sends Damon over the edge. “I should have killed him this morning,” he tells Elena. She reminds him that Bill is Caroline’s dad. But D doesn’t care. His badness has been disrespected. And he’s not okay with that. In fact, when Alaric chimes in with an innocent “Oh, come on Damon,” the vamp breaks his friend’s neck. “Damon, no!” Elena screams. “What is wrong with you?”

Hello? He’s a cold-blooded vampire! Caroline tried to warn Elena not to forget that fact when she saw how chummy the two were getting. But Elena didn’t listen. Bill didn’t either, which is why Damon marches back into the mansion to kill him.