Readying himself for his first transformation, Tyler calls Mason's house and leaves a werewolf-laden message. In life, Mason was a 20th century fox, so Ty's call goes to his answering machine, rather than a more private voice mail service. How convenient for the woman who looks like the third Hilton sister (THS), and is at Mason's place right at that moment. THS makes tracks for Mystic Falls, where she tells the Lockwoods that Mason is missing. Carol puts Sheriff Liz Forbes on the case. Ty's too preoccupied with the full moon to be of much help. THS makes a mysterious call, informing someone Mason is missing and that there is another werewolf about, then heads for the Grill, because there is no place else to go in town.
At the Grill, Alaric hears the scuttlebutt about Mason being "missing" so he fills Damon in, and they pretty quickly peg THS as Mason's friend who bore the bad news to the Lockwoods. The boys then play good cop/bad cop with THS, and get this -- Alaric is the bad cop. He's also really bad at pretending to be drunk. THS humors them for a while, until she takes a sip of the drink they spiked with wolfsbane. Then it's game on, pretty boys. She tells Damon she sniffed him out as a vampire from the first and now -- he is marked. Does that mean she peed on him? Sure enough, when the full moon crests, THS transforms into Furry THS and heads straight for Mossy Manse. She jumps through a window and attacks, sinking her teeth into the recently returned Rose. Damon stabs Furry THS with a sword and she leaves. When Rose doesn't die, she and Damon decide that the werewolf's bite must not be fatal to vampires after all. Rose then takes a shower and comes back downstairs in that rose-colored robe, and proceeds to tell Damon that she'll help him protect Elena, but she'll only be his friend, because she doesn't fall in love with me who are already in love with someone else. Damon flashes his best Evil Pixie Monster eyething at her, and she wastes no time clarifying that she means they'll be friends with benefits. But then, her shoulder wound (which had already healed) starts to ache. Damon pulls her robe off her shoulder to reveal that her bite wound has reappeared and the flesh around it is corroding.
Meanwhile Bonnie enlists Junior Manwitch to help her de-spell the moonstone. And it seems like it works, but when he returns to his apartment, we learn it was all a big fake-out, since he gives the moonstone to Senior Manwitch.
Down in the dungeon at the Lockwood ruins, Caroline stays by Tyler's side for as long as she can, during his agonizing transformation. When the wolf takes him over, she has to flee. But she returns later to find he never escaped. She finds him shaken, crying and naked, and tends to him the best she can. This is going to be one heck of a triangle. Oh, my poor, poor Pudding Pop. And? Oh, my poor Pudding Pup.
Having proven herself bent on martyrdom, Elena is magically sealed inside Gilbert Gables. Bonnie and Jeremy don't care that she's furious, and Damon kind of loves that she is. Since everyone's still keeping Aunt Jenna in the dark, she of course invites Elijah into the house in which Elena is TRAPPED, thinking he's volunteering on the latest Mystic Falls historical project. When Elijah gets Elena alone, he proposes a deal. She should stop trying to kill herself, and live her life, while he uses her to draw the reclusive, paranoid Klaus out of hiding. In return, he promises he will not harm her family and friends. Elena will agree with one small addition. Elijah must find a way to free Stefan from ye olde tomb, where, unbeknownst to Elena, Katherine has been coming on strong and hard, even invading his dreams. Elijah is a vamp of his word. He lowers the seal long enough for Stefan to escape, but raises it right in Katherine's face, and then compels her to remain in the tomb until he releases her. Stefan and Elena reunite, this time with kisses and joy, not tears and fear. Silly young lovers. I think everything's about to go straight to hell.
What a meaty episode. I'm still chewing it over, but right now, the main thought in my mind is that while Elijah may always keep his word, he's very clever with his wording. I don't recall him promising that he wouldn't harm Elena. And since Senior Manwitch obtained the moonstone on Elijah's behalf, I'm thinking Elena is more of a pawn than she fathoms in some sort of Originals power-play. And of course Katherine wanted a werewolf for the spell, and THS is tracking a wolf for someone. None of this looks good. But what's most distressing is that the show is now on hiatus until January 27, 2011. I can't take it, people. I can't take.
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Well, babies, this is our last blast before the evil hiatus. Speaking as a recapper, I'm looking forward to having a break over the holidays, but I'm not just a recapper. I'm an unrepentant fangirl of this show and these characters, and I think I'm already going into withdrawal. Let's get right to it, and let the healing begin!
Tyler is trying to prepare himself for his first full moon since he transitioned into a werewolf. Since he's filled up Mason's cell phone's voice mail with pleading messages, he now tries Mason's home phone. He's fairly explicit about his werewolf predicament, but of course Mason's never going to hear this, thanks to the heartectomy Damon performed on him. Someone else is listening in, though -- it's a woman. The show tries to pretend her name is Jules, but they can't fool me. Jules is my sitcom best friend who always has a glass of wine ready for me. Look at this girl. She's clearly the third Hilton sister, so let's call her THS. Meanwhile, at...
Gilbert Gables: Bonnie talks to Elena about de-spelling the moonstone. Elena's worried that if Satan Klaus wants it, and gets it back de-spelled, he'll kill everyone she loves. She pretends to go along with Bonnie's plan, but when no one's looking, Elena swipes the stone out of Bonnie's purse. As Elena tries to sneak out of the house, Bonnie and Jeremy stop her. Leaving her alone with the moonstone was a test to see if Elena can be trusted to stop offering herself up as a sacrifice, and she just failed. Bonnie grounds her. With magic. Elena is mystically sealed in Gilbert Gables, even though everyone else can come and go. Uh-oh. I sympathize with you Bonnie, but that can't be good! Elena has cadre of Originals after her. You've just made her the cheese in your mousetrap. Eek!
Ye Olde Tomb: Damon brings Stefan a survival pack, including a bottle of blood, but Stefan won't take that, as he says Katherine would only end up drinking it, too. He's glad to desiccate as long as he takes her with him.
Lockwood Estate: THS arrives at the mansion, just as Tyler is heading out. She asks him and Carol where Mason is. The Lockwoods are distressed to learn that Uncle Brick House never returned to Florida. While Carol deals with THS and this distressing news, Tyler makes tracks to the Grill, because Caroline essentially lives there, these days. He fills her in on the fact that Mason is missing. Alaric, who had been lunching with Jenna, takes this all in.