The Sheriff investigates Vicki's "disappearance," but Stefan, Elena, Germ and Pudding Pop don't give her anything to go on. The assumption is that she's taken off, which isn't a new addition to her repertoire. Because Germ was enthralled by Damon, he's not only good with this, he's great. He's clean, sober, and devoted to his school work. Elena, who last week said she didn't want to stop feeling whatever it is she feels for Stefan is back to wanting to avoid him. But that's okay, his female, be-fanged BFF (FBfBFF), Lexi, shows up to celebrate his 162nd birthday. The FBfBFF doesn't kill people, but she does drink human blood she gets from a phlebotomist (er... from his work, not his veins). She's older and stronger than our pretty brothers, and relishes in reminding Damon of that fact when he makes himself a pest. She's kind of delightful, so of course she's a goner.
Elena changes her mind about Stefan, AGAIN, and goes to see him, but he's in the shower, so the FBfBFF lets her in. She is shocked by Elena's resemblance to Katherine, and Elena is shocked that a blonde in a towel is answering her erstwhile boyfriend's door. She leaves in a huff and the FBfBFF and Stefan have a still-heart to still-heart conversation about the Elena/Katherine conundrum. He's in twu wuv and tells the FBfBFF all the ways in which Elena is superior to Katherine. When Caroline (who is again enthralled by Damon during a chance meeting on the town square) throws a party at the grill, Elena dithers because she knows Stefan will be there, and eventually shows up. Damon, who has been "helping" Sheriff Forbes by giving her Vervain, knows that the Sheriff is reexamining the possible vampire suspects, so he attacks a young couple he finds making out behind the Mystic Grill. He kills the boy and hypnotizes the girl, who later describes their attacker to the fuzz -- but since Damon "compelled" her, she thinks the FBfBFF killed her beau. She's-the-Sheriff and her storm troopers march into the Grill and inject the FBfBFF with Vervain, and then drag her out of the bar while she's incapacitated. Because she's so old and strong, the FBfBFF almost gets away, but she's stopped by Damon... and the wooden stake he plunges into her heart. Stefan sees this and vows to kill Damon, but Elena tries to talk him down -- not because she cares what happens to Damon, but because she's afraid what wreaking that sort of vengeance will do to Stefan. At Mossy Manse, Stefan beats Damon silly and then stakes him...in the gut. Since Damon saved his life, Stefan has spared his, but he declares they are now done.
In other news, Damon wants the amber crystal back, so he sets Caroline up to get it from Bonnie, but Bonnie's grandmother told her that it's her talisman and she must never let it go. When Caroline fails to retrieve it, Damon berates her; she gets drunk, and Pudding Pop takes her home -- and crawls into bed with her! Bonnie has a wild dream, which sadly doesn't involve Pudding Pop, but she does wake up somewhere unexpected.
I'll hit all the gory details in the full weecap, on the flip side. In the meantime, come on over to the forum, and for the love of puppies and birthdays, don't make out in alleyways, dears, it's just tacky.
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Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Stefan Salvatore, who has been "17" years old since 1864 (don't look at the crow's feet), remained in the shadows for a century or so, until he saw Elena Gilbert, the doppelganger of his sire/lover, Katherine. He "had" to know Elena y'all, so he leapt into the sunshine of her love and despite being a vampire, he didn't burn up or nothin', on account of his magic ring. Everything was aces until Elena figured out Stefan's fangy secret, and actually had the ovaries to break up with him, like a real girl would, if she met an actual vampire. To Stefan's chagrin, Elena wasn't the only one paying attention to the spooky goings on around town. The Founders Council (of Watchers [i.e. F'n CoW]) including Sheriff Forbes and (the now late) Logan "Scum" Fell, caught onto the fact that their town is once again infested with vampires. Don't blame Stefan. He only eats animals. All the hullabaloo is thanks to Stefan's good looking bad-boy brother, Damon, who sired Matt "Pudding Pop" Donovan's druggie sister, Vicki, and then set the new "vampire with issues" loose on the town, where she promptly tried to eat her boyfriends Tyler ('Roid Rage) and Jeremy (Germ), and I don't mean porn. When that didn't work, she tried to eat Jeremy's sister, Elena, and I still don't mean porn. Stefan had to stake Vicki to save Elena's life (no porno). Recently orphaned Germ saw the whole thing and promptly fell apart, so, Elena and Stefan set aside all common sense and had Damon use his vampyric powers of compulsion to make Germ forget the gristly way in which Vicki met her end. No links this weeks, babies. Two of my kids are down with two seemingly different illness, and their illnesses always come with the gift of compulsion too, so I can't tell if I'm sick in the body, or just (still) sick in the head. But this is a brand new series, so you can figure out what happened when from the recaps and recaplets, right? Tch. Thank you. You're not only good looking; you're as smart as you are sweet. So anyhow, that was then. This is...
Now: it's nighttime at Mossy Manse. Stefan wakes from a little snooze in the parlor and picks up the book he let slip to the floor during his impromptu nap. When he rises, something catches his attention. A little noise here. A little flitting figure there. He calls out for Damon, not for help, sillies. He just thinks Damon is having some of his sadistic version of fun at Stefan's expense. The whatever-it-is comes out of wherever-it-was and knocks him flat. It's a vampire, a blonde, female vampire, and she's locked in vamp mode and loaded for bear. Or vamp. You get the picture. As she growls at him, Stefan's expression relaxes from alarmed to confused. "Lexi?" Once she devamps and smiles at him, I can see that she is the adorable Arielle Kibbel, Dean's wife, Lindsay, on Gilmore Girls. For shits and giggles, I totally want to see Supernatural bring her on for a one off, call her character Rory, and hook her up with Sam (and Dean, but I digress). Lexi greets Stefan with a cheeky, dimpled smile and whips him up to his feet. They embrace and Lexi wishes Stefan a happy birthday. And... scene.