In Chicago, Rebekah tries to come to terms with the times and trends after her 90 years slumber. She quickly adapts to wearing next to nothing, but decides music is deader than she was until last week. She, Klaus and Stefan ask Gloria to do a locator spell on Rebekah's necklace. Gloria would love to find it herself, as it's an incredibly powerful 1,000 year old talisman that once belonged to The Original Witch. When Gloria taps into Rebekah's energy to find the doodad, she is able to see Elena with her friends, and the necklace. She doesn't let on to Klaus how much she's seen. Instead, she insists needs time alone, as he's harshing her Ju-Ju, so the fang gang goes off to feed. When Stefan's done, he makes like he's gotta go add the latest name to his list of kills, and heads straight for Gloria, who reveals she has no intention of giving crazy Klaus that necklace, but she does want it for herself. She knows Stefan is involved with Elena, because she heard what Elena was discussing with Bonnie and Caroline. When Stefan won't cooperate, she gives him a vampire migraine, ties him up, strips off his shirt (thank you, Glo), magically disables his ability to heal and tortures him, old style. Eventually, Stefan is rescued by Katherine, of all people, who wants him to join forces with her. Stefan proves he learns from some mistakes, and refuses her. Poor Kiki.
In Mystic Falls, Elena and Damon are growing closer, a fact which neither escapes Alaric's notice, nor pleases him. When Alaric gets Damon alone, he tells our Evil Pixie Monster to take a beat, where Elena is concerned. Damon spent a lot of time with John Locke when he was Boone on Lost, so he gets all "Don't tell me what I can't do!" Meanwhile, Bonnie is back. After giving big smoochies to Jeremy (who sees Anna in the mirror during said smoochies) Bonnie joins Elena and Caroline for some girl time. They all catch up on each other's lives, and Caroline makes it plain that she knows Elena's got a little thing for Damon, despite herself, and that Elena should not have a little thing for Damon because he is, after all, DAMON. Care Bear points out that if her own Daddy can't change her, Elena has pretty much no chance of changing Damon. It's during this time that Gloria is working her necklace-finding Ju-Ju, so it starts burning Elena's neck. When she takes it off and hands it to Bonnie for mystical inspection, it sparks, causing Bonnie to drop it to the floor. Later, when the girls are trying to figure out what's up with the necklace, it levitates on its own. Bonnie pronounces it magical (gee, ya think) and keeps it for further investigation. Toward the end of the episode, Elena meets up with Bonnie in town, and gets the necklace back, but as soon as she has it, she disappears, because PSYCHE, that was Katherine. Bonnie, aren't your powers strong enough for you to tell the difference between your best friend and a hellcat like Kiki?
There's a Founders' Event at the Lockwood Mansion. The Council meets during it, and as the meeting closes, Liz, Carol and Damon are surprised to see Bill Forbes show up, because earlier in the episode, Liz had Damon compel Bill to forget what he knows about Caroline and head back to wherever it is that he lives now. It seems Bill has trained himself to be uncompellable (note to spellcheck: if compellable is a word, uncompellable is too), a trick he picked up during his research into mind control. Damon meets up with Alaric and Elena, after his confrontation with Bill, and tells them Bill wants the Council to dose the town's water supply with vervain. Elena allows that that's not a bad idea. When Damon complains that he should have killed Bill instead of trying to compel him, Alaric again gets up in Damon's grill, so Damon kills him. But don't worry, it doesn't stick and Damon knows it won't stick, because Alaric is wearing his Protect-o ring.
Eventually, Damon goes off to kill Bill, which is what he wanted to do in the first place, but then he dithers and decides maybe he'll just enjoy the feed and skip the kill. At any rate, Caroline saves the Daddy who just last week was torturing her, and Stealth Salvatores him to safety. Bill eventually does leave town, but on his own terms, and with little appreciation for the daughter who saved his sorry ass. I don't think this is the last time we'll see him. Elena is furious with Damon for being... Damon, which is probably to her benefit. When Alaric wakes up, he's pissed at Damon too, and pronounces him a "dick." Having both his blossoming romance and long-standing bromance on the rails, makes our Evil Pixie Monster pouty.
Meanwhile, Jeremy isn't just seeing Anna in mirrors. He's seeing her in his bedroom, too. They have some very touching moments together, but despite that, I can't help but think that perhaps Anna's ghost is the one Jeremy should fear -- not Vicki's. Klaus and Rebekah become suspicious of Stefan, and Katherine seeks out Damon, who very much needs to go on retreat, for a road trip!
There's way too much to cover in a recaplet, so I'll be back with the full weecap ASAP. In the meantime, please grade the episode up top and join us in the forum, where the water supply is already spiked with vervain.
"Disturbing Behavior" pits irresistible force against immovable object. It may appear to be about witches, ghosts, vampires, hybrids, an enchanted necklace, but it is really a story about that most ancient of battles: heart versus head. "Follow your heart," is a favorite aphorism, but it's not always the right thing to do. The heart can be a stompy-footed two-year old -- at least mine can. Damon could relate to that if he would just -- as Alaric will soon tell him -- take a beat. Damon isn't the only character whose heart and head are at odds. Elena, Caroline, Bill, Liz, Jeremy, and Stefan are all in the same situation. Not all of these characters should listen to their heads over their hearts. Some are straddling the line, as if there is ever a demilitarized zone in this never ending war, because they feel as if they have no choice. But? There is always a choice. The problem is that choices, even the right ones, have consequences. Let's check in with the Fellowship of the Falls and the Fang Gang and see where they're at -- their hearts and their heads.
Chicago: Klaus and Stefan sip champagne as they slounge around a trendy boutique, while Rebekah shops. She is not impressed with modern clothes. "So women in the 21st Century dress like prostitutes, then. You know, I got dirty looks for wearing trousers." Sing it, sister, and then try finding suitable clothing that will please a 13 year old girl -- one who looks 16 and thinks she's 26. Klaus smirks at his little sister. "You wore trousers so women today could wear nothing." Rebekah: "And what is this music? It sounds like a cable car accident." I never expected to be kindred spirits with an Original, but there you go. Klaus ignores her complaints and reminds her of his own. He can't believe she lost her necklace. Rebekah says she didn't lose it; it's just been missing for 90 years. She then asks Stefan's opinion of her dress. When he says he likes it, Rebekah plays foreshadowing fairy. "I can always tell when you're lying, Stefan." As Rebekah returns to the changing room, Klaus turns to Stefan. "Nice one. Good work." Stefan: "You're the one who pulled the dagger out of her." Hee. Rebekah calls out, "I heard that." Stefan excuses himself for some fresh air. Outside, he spots Katherine across the street. She gestures for him to follow her. As he does, we cut to...
Mystic Falls, Gilbert Gables Kitchen: While Elena is trying to get Alaric to attend the latest Founders event at the Lockwood's, Damon teases her about what she's bringing to the potluck. Wait, there's a potluck party at the Mayoral Mansion? Really? I guess even fictional families aren't exempt from these hard economic times. Damon: "I just don't know why you want to bring chili to a potluck. Everybody brings chili. [...] You show up, there's going to be nine other people who brought chili." Elena: "It's an old family recipe, okay?" Damon: "Yeah, I know. I knew your old family. They made sucky chili." With that, he takes the knife from her hand and smiles at her. Elena laughs and bumps his hip with her own. It's all very flirty-wirty. Alaric catches the vibe too, so he cock blocks as well as he can and asks Damon, "Why are you here, exactly?" Damon answers, "She knows." Elena explains that Damon thinks she's going to break. "But I'm not going to break. I'm just going to keep making chili and pretend I didn't spend the entire summer looking for someone who didn't want to be found." Damon: "She's in denial." When Elena disagrees, Damon points out she's still wearing the necklace. "Isn't this a reminder of your unbreakable bond with Stefan?" Poor Elena, her heart wants both brothers, but she's trying so hard to listen to her head, which is extra difficult in her case, because that's where her eyes live, and although they're both bad, they're both so beautiful.