Mayoral Mansion: Mama Mulva receives Caroline and Damon and handily invites them in. After Damon's over the threshold, he says, "Lovely to meet you. I've been looking forward to this party for...quite a while." She tells them to "enjoy" and leaves them. She also leaves me wondering how Damon and Mulva would do as a match. They have a lot in common -- age, beauty, and tiny, hard, cold hearts. When Caroline spots the sheriff (from the newscast) talking to a minister, she tells Damon, "Wait here," so he walks right away. The sheriff is Caroline's mom, whom Caroline berates for not changing out of uniform for the party. She's-the-Sheriff points out that she's working this gig, and wants to know who the date is that Caroline just tried to sneak past her nose -- noting he looks a little long in the teeth. (Sorry.) Caroline tells her mother she wouldn't approve of anyone and we leave this loving pair for a moment, to watch the Mayor invite Stefan and Elena into the house. Once we're over that hurdle, we return to the ladies. She's-the-Sheriff says, "Where's your dad?" Caroline says, "Memphis. When her mom says that's good, Caroline snits over her shoulder, "With Stephen," and sashays off. Looks like Caroline might have two daddies, and her one mommy is not happy about that at all.
Party; Nighttime: Some guests are still partying out on the lawn, but Elena and Stefan are taking a look at all the items in the Heritage Project. Having seen the whole episode, I suspect some of these may be of some future import, so here's what the camera focuses on: some guns; a jewelry box (belonging to the Gilbert family); a mantle clock; a silver tea service. Stefan joins Elena as she looks at the wedding rings also on loan from her family, and she makes some trite comment about there being a "lot of history" there. We cut to Aunt Jenna, who looks smashing, but is all alone and obviously uncomfortable. Right after she snags herself a glass of champagne, Scum calls out to her. He aims for banter but she prefers bickering and making a hasty retreat. When he tries to flatter her by saying she hasn't changed, she begs to differ. "I'm meaner, now." Oh honey, in another 10 years you won't recognize yourself. Back at the Heritage Project display, Elena reads the original guest registry from the first Founding Families Celebration, circa 1864. She's delighted at the familiar names, "Sheriff William Forbes. Mayor Benjamin Lockwood. Her delight turns to confusion when she reads, Damon and Stefan Salvatore's names on the list. And it's Damon who saves Stefan from any questions. "The original Salvatore Brothers. Our ancestors. Tragic story, actually." Stefan says not to bore Elena and Caroline with it, but while Elena is all ears, Caroline is not. She wants to dance, and says Damon can't, so she cajoles Stefan onto the floor. Okay, since she had already planted doubt about Stefan with Bonnie (and Elena), and has now snagged him away so Damon can have some alone time with Elena, I suspect she's fulfilled her life's purpose, as far as Damon is concerned.