Deciding Isobel's research may hold some clues to the Lockwood family mystery, Damon, Stefan and Elena summon Alaric to Mossy Manse. Praise the Lord and pass the (silver) ammunition; the first idea Alaric offers is lycanthropes, a.k.a. werewolves. Damon -- the vampire -- says there's no way there's any such thing as werewolves, but he and the gang would like to take a look at Isobel's research. The only problem is -- it's all at Duke. Road trip! Stefan's got to stay behind and babysit Caroline, so on the way, Damon works his eye-thing and his Evil Pixie Monster charm, trying to win back Elena's friendship. He even tells her that he saw Jeremy's protect-o-ring before he "killed" him. At Duke, Isobel's star grad student mistakes Elena for Katherine and shoots at her with a crossbow. Luckily, Damon jumps in front of her -- taking the arrow, saving her life, and the day. Poring over Isobel's research, they learn that according to some legends, the vampire is the werewolf's prey-of-choice, and the lycanthrope bite is rumored to kill our favorite bloodsuckers. Bad dog. No biscuit. When Damon is alone with Elena, he also presents her with some additional information on Katherine Pierce (a book entitled Petrova) and reveals Katherine's original name: Katerina Petrova.
Meanwhile, Bonnie cooks up a daywalker ring for Caroline, so Stefan takes her on a bunny (!!!) hunt, and later to Tyler's party at a swimming hole on the old Lockwood grounds. Now that she's a vampire, Caroline's usual, jealous, control-freaky personality goes up to 11, which cheeses off Matt. Mason, who was scoping out the old grounds earlier, orders Tyler to move the party off the premises by nightfall. As the kids are packing up to go, Caroline and Matt kiss and make up, then move off into the woods to make out. Elena calls Stefan and educates him on werewolves. When he goes to warn Caroline, he has to pull her off Matt's carotid. Seems our favorite Pudding Pop cut his arm against a tree and Caroline's lust and bloodlust got all mixed up in a big, hot fangy mess. Stefan saves Matt. Caroline compels him to forget and then? They're stalked by Mason -- who has been transformed into a werewolf. The vampires flee, leaving my Pudding Pop all alone and bleeding, in hopes that the werewolf will follow them. It's a good thing it does, because I'm a carpenter's daughter and can totally whittle. When the fang gang finds Tyler at the ruins, the werewolf catches up to them and attacks Caroline. Stefan pushes it off her but wolfy is ready for another go-round until Tyler yells at him to stop. The wolf obeys and runs off through the woods. I wonder -- does moonstone possession make one a wolf master? Later, Tyler finds Mason's truck. The rear window has been smashed out and Mason's drawers are in the back. Have mercy! Here comes a muddy, nekkid Mason now. (He IS a Brick House.) He asks for his pants back, and Tyler complies, damn it.
Meanwhile, at the Grill, Caroline acts up in order to get Matt to dump her, for his own sake. Back at Gilbert Gables, Alaric finds Jenna and lays a wet one on her -- letting her know he's come to terms with Isobel's "death." Out on the porch, Damon tries to get Elena to forgive him, and even admits that he was lying; he never saw Jeremy's protect-o-ring. Elena says he's lost her friendship forever. Damon says she knew that going in and that she used him, today. She cops to it; he had information about Katherine she needed to know. Damon throws her own words back in her face about how friends don't manipulate each other and leaves her with a final zinger: "You and Katherine have a lot more in common than just your looks." This stings Elena, which is stupid BECAUSE ELENA, GIRL, HE TRIED TO KILL YOUR BABY BROTHER! Ugh.
The next morning, Caroline wakes in the sun to find Katherine hovering over her, telling her they're going to have the bestest time together. Hey! Who invited her in?
I'll be back ASAP with the full weecap. In the meantime, join us on our forum, where we're tending to a broken-hearted Pudding Pop.
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Mossy Manse: Hoping to unravel the Lockwood mystery, Damon, Stefan and Elena talk to Alaric about Isobel's research on area folklore and whatnot. The first idea Alaric offers is lycanthropes a.k.a. werewolves. Damon -- the vampire -- says there's no way there's any such thing as werewolves. "Way too Lon Chaney. [...] I've been on this planet 160 some-odd years and have never come across one. If werewolves exist, where the hell are they?" We cut to Tyler Lockwood stalking his supernatural mystery uncle, Mason "Brick House" Lockwood, on a run through the woods. Brick House descends a brick staircase that we'll later learn is part of the ruins of the original Lockwood Estate. Back at Mossy Manse, Alaric tells the gang he can get them access toIsobel's research at Duke, and there's a bunch of stupid exposition about how and why her office remains untouched that would have been better left unsaid, so I'm unsaying it. Let's get back to Damon, who, unfortunately, is still trying to make the "Ric" nickname happen for Alaric. I'll unsay that as well. Damon's point is: "If this wolfman thing is true, I've seen enough movies to know it's not good. It means Mason Lockwood is a real-life Lon Chaney and that little Tyler punk may just very well be Lon Chaney Jr., which means Bela Lugosi -- meaning me -- is totally screwed." Heh. Meanwhile, Brick House ascends the mysterious staircase and resumes his forest run. Once he's out of sight, Tyler investigates to find an old cellar that looks more like a dungeon with cells, decorated with chains, collars and some interesting looking claw marks scratched into the wall.
Fortress Forbes: Matt shows up looking for Caroline, but she can't come to the door or the phone right now on account of the fact that she's a vampire and will burst into flames. Sorry, Pudding Pop. Please leave your message at the beep.
Gilbert Gables: Stefan and Elena exposit for us as they discuss whether or not Elena can stand a road trip with Damon. Since she wants to learn more about her birth mother and their connection to Katherine, as well as the Lockwood mystery, she really has no choice, but figures she'll be fine. Alaric will be there, and he's not inclined to play Tommy Chong to Damon's deranged Cheech Marin. Speaking of Alaric, he's downstairs talking to Jenna who is grateful that Alaric is helping her niece learn more about Isobel. Alaric is awkward as he tries to explain to Jenna why he's been hot and cold with her. She tells him to do what he needs to do to put his "late" wife's affairs in order. She'll skip the half-apologies and vague promises. Note: people on the boards have been wondering why Jenna didn't give Elena crap about going somewhere with Damon. I figure she didn't see Damon or realize he was going along for the ride. It's not like he came in the house. Anyhow, outside, Damon tries to make nice with Elena as they get in Alaric's car, but she'll have none of it. Instead, she purposefully turns towards his brother and lays a big smoochy kiss on him. When she pulls away, her smile is so coquettish, I expect Stefan to object, but he too seems to enjoy rubbing their love in Damon's face, and good for him. I don't care how much Katherine addled his mind. He tried to kill her brother, y'all.