5. Damon tortured and killed Mason.
What did you think was going to happen when the vampire chained the werewolf to the chair? Truth be told: We expected a little knife play. But not this. Showing his dark side, Damon took pleasure in torturing Mason with a fire-poker while he interrogated him. Then after Eager Beaver Jeremy arrived with an herb that burns werewolves, the vampire upped the anguish a level. Uncle Mason held on for a long time until Sir Salvatore threatened to poke him in the eye with the weed. Then and only then did Mason, in a you-can’t-be-that-naïve moment, confess that he’d gotten the moonstone for Katherine so that she could help him remove the werewolf curse. He claimed he loved her and she’d do it because she loved him. Then Damon lost his cool. “Katherine doesn’t love you. She’s just using you. You moron,” he said. “I look at you and I see myself. A less-dashing, less-intelligent version,” Damon continued. “I’ve been where you are. Katherine will only rip your heart out. Let me do it for her.” Then he — you guessed it — punched into Mason’s chest and pulled his heart out. And we watched, stunned as the light faded from Mason’s eyes.
4. Caroline — not Damon — compelled her mom to forget.
It was a touching moment. Caroline was telling her mother Liz about how she’d just saved Stefan when Liz looked at her with new eyes. “You’ve become this new person. This strong, this confident person,” she said with more than a hint of pride. “You don’t have to take my memories away. I’ll keep your secret,” Liz said. Caroline teared up. Unfortunately, Caroline couldn’t just let it go like that. Knowing her mother would never trust the Salvatores, she compelled her, erasing all memories of the last few days. “You’re going to forget that I’m a vampire,” Caroline told Liz. “You’ll remember that you got sick with the flu… I made you soup and it was really salty… and that when you got better your selfish little daughter, who loves you no matter what, went right back to ignoring you.” We’re not ashamed to admit it: We cried.
3. Katherine compelled Jenna to stab herself in the gut.
Vengeance, thy name is Kitty Kat. Turns out Aunt Jenna wasn’t just a light sleeper when she overheard Stefan and Elena knocking boots, she was doing the job Katherine brainwashed her to do. Always a step ahead, the Lady Pierce had snuck into the Gilbert’s house and replaced all of Jenna’s Vervain products with regular ones. When the herb’s effects wore off she promptly compelled Jenna to snoop on Elena and report back anything she’d found. So Kat knew all along that the lovebirds were faux fighting. And after Damon called Kat from Mason’s phone to let her know that her top dog was “right next to me, but his heart’s on the other side of the room” the vampiress put her Plan B into action. First she threatened the youngest Salvatore. Next she called Jenna (who was still having a date night with Alaric) and had her pass the phone to Elena. “Unlike you, Jenna actually listens to me,” Kat said. And, just as Elena looked up at her aunt, Jenna stabbed herself in the stomach with a butcher knife.
2. Elena broke up with Stefan, for real this time.
Mess with Elena and that’s one thing. But mess with her family and, well, that’s a whole ‘nother story. After she left the hospital emergency room where doctors say Aunt Jenna is lucky to be alive, Elena headed straight to Stefan’s house. “I’ve been so selfish because I love you so much. And I know how much you love me,” she told Stefan. “But it’s over. Stefan, it has to be.” She grabbed him and caressed his lip. “Stefan, it has to be,” she repeated. Then she kissed him goodbye. His eyes were all red and he was crying. We’re talking gut-wrenching crying. We can’t believe it. Stefan and Elena are done. For real this time.
1. Katherine compelled Matt to help her make a new werewolf.
Before we could digest what had just happened with Stefan and Elena, we saw Katherine, who was sitting in a room talking to someone. “I need to make a new werewolf,” she said. “I’ve lost the one that I had.” The camera pulled back to reveal that someone is Matt. Yes, Caroline’s Matt. “Now tell me what you’re going to do,” the evil vampires said. Matt replied, “I’m going to go after Tyler Lockwood. And I’m not going to stop until he kills me.” O to the M to the G!
Torture, murder, and some serious mother-daughter bonding: “Plan B” was truly compelling. Emphasis on the word “compel.” After a week off, our Mystic Falls crew came back in fine form — smart-mouthed, feisty, and making out like fiends. The show opened with parallel scenes where a barely-clad Katherine locked lips with Mason while, back at the Gilbert’s, Elena and Stefan got hot and steamy. Although it turns out Aunt Jenna heard them. How embarrassing! But we digress. Here are the top ten things you need to know about this shocker of a Vampire Diaries episode.
10. Everybody and their mama was in “Plan B.”
Jeremy, Matt, Alaric, Bonnie, Jenna, even Tyler and his mother: All the people who normally aren’t in the same episode together were out and about, helping decorate for the town’s upcoming Masquerade Ball. Alaric and Jenna even had an at home-dinner date like normal people. We know, we can hardly believe it ourselves. Though their evening in was only normal for a little while. (More on that in item No. 3.)
9. Jeremy got in on the game.
Armed with insider info on Tyler, Mason, and the moonstone, Jeremy wasted no time in heading over to ask Damon how he could help. Elena told him not to get involved, but Jeremy put her in her place. “I don’t really care what you want, Elena,” he said. “It’s because of you that I’m in this mess in the first place. So, sorry you don’t really get to tell me what to do.” Daaang. Give a kid an invincible ring and he thinks he can talk to people any way he wants.
8. Caroline and her mom made up. Sort of.
Apparently, the best way to squash the beef between a vampire-slaying mother and her vampire daughter is to lock Mommie Dreariest in a dungeon the way the Salvatores did to Sheriff Liz Forbes. New vamp Caroline took full advantage of mother’s temporary imprisonment and kept talking to her until she finally wore Liz Forbes down. “Are you really dead?” she asked Caroline with tears in her eyes. “Yes and no,” Caroline replied. And with that the door to the Sheriff’s heart cracked open.
7. Bonnie helped the brothers kidnap Mason.
At the Masquerade Ball decorating party, Bonnie accidentally brushed against Mason and got an image of him and Elena making out. She immediately told Stefan, who promptly concluded that Uncle Mason and Kat are in cahoots. So then Damon asked Bonnie — in a not-so-nice way — to do the same headache-inducing thing she’d done to him, only this time to Mason.
No, the witch of Mystic Falls hasn’t gone completely soft on vampires. The Salvatores had to play the Help-Your-Girl card when they asked Bonnie to lend a hand in the Katherine department. “Mason Lockwood’s a werewolf. Katherine’s evil. They’re the bad guys,” Damon said. “Let me put it to you another way. They’re a threat to Elena.” And you know Bon-bon’s always got E’s back. So, after a bit more cajoling she complied. And Damon barely let Mason’s body touch the ground before he scooped the dude up, tossed him in the back of his truck, and drove him back to Casa Salvatore.
6. Caroline and Elena saved Stefan from the well.
Yeah, it sounds like a Lassie joke. But we’re not kidding. After Bonnie texted Stefan, telling him where Mason had hid the moonstone (FYI, she can intentionally read minds now), Stefan jumped down an old well to get it. The problem? Mason had spiked the well water with Vervain, so the nice Salvatore basically dove into a vamp-incapacitating bath that promptly knocked him out. Elena couldn’t pull him up alone. Enter Caroline. She used the chain to lower Elena, who wrapped it around Stefan so Blondie could pull him out. Have we said we’re kind of loving Caroline’s kick-ass-ness? ‘Cause we are.