Damon updates Stefan and Elena on Evilaric. Stefan suggests the get Ric off vervain and compels him, thereby saving me from yet another sidebar salvo. Damon wonders how that would work. Would they just compel Evilaric to pretend to be Alaric. He maintains their friend is gone. He not only hates vampires, he also hates vampire sympathizers so Elena will be a prime target. Damon suggests putting Alaric out of his misery, just about the time Jeremy shows up. Germ is appalled and yells, "NO!" Damon argues that this is what the real Alaric would want. He'd consider it a mercy killing. Elena tries to calm everyone down, but when Jeremy storms off she follows after him.
Jeremy's outside the school, when Elena finally catches up with him. He needlessly reminds big sister of how good Alaric has been to them. Elena says no one will hurt Alaric, which isn't really in her control but there ya go. It's not long before Esther arrives on the scene. She orders Elena to come with her and points out she can force the issue, if Elena won't come willingly. Elena tells Jeremy to run and tell Stefan and Damon. When Germ returns with Stefan and Damon, Elena and Esther are gone. Jeremy keeps running, but Stefan and Damon hit a mystical barrier. They look down to see the entire school is surrounded by a thick ring of salt. Stefan (I think) blathers that it's the binding agent for Esther's spell. They're trapped. And? Sidebar.
Salty Sidebar: I'm just going to get this off my chest, right now. Some human (or witchy human) should have just frigging tried to break the salt line and see if that freed the supernaturals from their makeshift magical prison. I understand the goal -- the supernaturals cannot come to Elena's rescue this time. Fine. Try to break the circle. When it doesn't undo the spell, come up with some crap about how after the spell is cast, it doesn't matter if the binding agent is disturbed. To find time for this, cut down on 30 seconds of dancing. Done.