Motel: Anna leads Pearl in. Damon is waiting for them in the dark. "You knew Katherine wasn't in there." Anna says, "You wouldn't have helped me." Damon Stealth-Salvatores across the room and grabs Pearl by the throat as he yells at her daughter. "Why do you get a happy ending? [...] Why do you get it and I don't?" Despite his hand around her neck, Pearl says, "The guard -- the one at the church -- the one that locked us in. She promised to turn him. He was obsessed with her. She had him under her spell...like everybody else. He let her go." Damon releases Pearl. Anna adds that she last saw Katherine in Chicago, in 1983. "She knew where you were, Damon. She didn't care." When he just looks at her, Anna adds, "Sorry," as she takes her mother in her arms. When Damon leaves, they're still embracing.
Second-Sight Shack: Bonnie pours some tea as Elena calls Stefan to tell him she just got to Bonnie's. She asks him about Damon. Stefan says he doesn't know how he is and asks if he can call her later. They hang up and we cut to...
Mossy Manse: Damon sits in front of the fire but he's a million miles away. Stefan takes the seat next to him and sits. And watches. And waits.
Second-Sight Shack: Bonnie brings a cup of tea to Grams who is already asleep. Bonnie places the cup on the bedside table and covers Grams up, but when she sits next to her on the bed, she realizes Grams is not sleeping. She calls her name over and over and finally screams, "ELENA!" Elena enters to find Bonnie crying and trying to wake her grandmother. "She's not breathing. She's not breathing. Please." Elena calls 9-1-1 as Bonnie digs through the grimoire shouting and crying that she can fix it. Elena holds her tight as she sobs.
End-tag; Inner Tomb: We close in on the wall newly stained with the blood Damon threw against it. We follow its drips to the floor. A torch the Salvatores left in the tomb still burns and illuminates the form of a desiccated vampire. His hand moves. He grabs the all-but-spent bag of blood lying next to him. We cut to him lumbering through the inner tomb. He reaches the door and pulls it open -- crossing over to the outer chamber. The door was shut, but the tomb wasn't sealed. The seal Grams died to prevent from going back up too soon never came back up at all. The vampire -- an African-American from 1864 -- looks up the stairway to blood, to freedom, to 2010.
Okay, my nitpicking about "I can't keep the seal open/Oops, I didn't re-seal it" aside, that was a kick-ass episode. I love the fact that Katherine wasn't ever sealed inside the tomb and that Damon's been mooning over her and plotting for 145 years. She's so bad. I can't wait until we get to see her again. And how scary was that tomb scene? I'm so sorry Jasmine Guy's Sheila "Grams" Bennet is dead -- even though her upper lip was scaring me in this episode. At first I thought she needed to wax her mustache -- but I think it might have had some misadventures in line-filler, because I didn't see any whiskers. More seriously, Grams' death is a smart move because it is poignant and does so much for Bonnie. Of course primarily -- it breaks Bonnie's heart and leaves her without her mother-figure. But since Grams' death will mean Bonnie gets to stand on her own two feet as she develops and learns about her abilities, I'm all for it. I just hope we get a ghostly visitation from time to time. Guy is too good for such a limited run. Grams' death is also great because it brings with it the potential for strained feelings between Bonnie and just about everyone else, even Elena. I hope we haven't seen the last of Pearl and Anna. I hope we haven't seen the last of Jeremy/Anna. I loved Caroline and Matt in this one. I was so glad to see Tyler, even if I wish they'd give him something to do besides bark at Jeremy and hound Matt. I find Elena's attachment to Damon interesting, and yet I don't find it unseemly or any real threat to her and Stefan. It seems like the Salvatore brothers have a new chance at a relationship -- so I'm looking forward to watching them screw it up in new and interesting ways. One thing I'm not looking forward to is this accursed hiatus, though. March 25th. Are you kidding me? Grr Argh.
Don't know what to do with yourself during the hiatus? Come on over to the forums, where we never throw blood on the walls.
Cindy McLennan was never in that tomb, either. For proof, email her at CynthiaMcLennan[at]gmail.com or follow her on Twitter.