Lest you set yourself up for disappointment, there are no clues as to whose funeral everyone is attending in the new synopsis for Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 2, “Memorial.” In fact, the ceremony (where it looks like something really crazy happens) isn’t even mentioned — unless Mystic Falls calls such events “town gatherings.” Needless to say, spoilers ahead.

So what else is going on in Mystic Falls? Well, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is having trouble dealing with her vampmotions — so, spoiler alert, Bonnie (Kat Graham) failed to find a cure. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) argue (and nearly get into a tussle) as they make their case for how to best help the new vampire. Then Damon asks Elena to keep Stefan in the dark about his plan.

There are two new faces in town. First, Connor Jordan (Todd Williams) swaggers into town with a list of questions for Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood. (Are the ladies back in charge?) Stefan, blissfully unaware of what Damon and Elena are up to, figures out that Connor is basically a badass vampire hunter — and likely far less cuddly than Alaric (Matt Davis).

New face number two is familiar to Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig). April (Grace Phipps) is, sing it with us now, just somebody that they used to know. Her return catches them both off guard, but it looks like she’s planning on staying awhile, since she’s attending Mystic Falls High School.

Then Elena needs Caroline’s (Candice Accola) help to stay under control at a mysterious “town gathering,” which, yeah, is probably the memorial. Hide those fangs, E!

Last but not least, Damon confesses his feelings to “an unexpected friend.” What feelings? What friend? So many emotions.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
“Memorial” (TV-14, LSV) (HDTV)

A NEW DANGER COMES TO TOWN — Elena (Nina Dobrev) tries to cope with the extreme highs and lows that are part of becoming a vampire, and Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) almost come to blows while arguing about what is best for her.  Damon decides to help Elena in his own way and asks her not to tell Stefan.  A stranger, Connor Jordan (guest star Todd Williams, “Chicago Code”), arrives in town and begins questioning Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood.  Connor’s actions quickly convince Stefan that they are dealing with a dangerous vampire hunter.  Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig) are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April, (guest star Grace Phipps, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), has returned to town and is enrolling at Mystic Falls High.  At a town gathering, Elena comes close to losing control until Caroline steps in to help her.  Finally, Damon confides his feelings to an unexpected friend.  Kat Graham and Michael Trevino also star.  Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Jose Molina & Julie Plec (#402).

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