Caroline haunts Bonnie about the amber crystal -- in the daytime. Witch-ancestor Emily Bennett, haunts Bonnie, thanks to the amber crystal -- all the time. In order to escape them both, Bonnie tosses the crystal in a field. But it returns to her when she's at Elena's, just after she's confessed to Caroline that she ditched the thing. Caroline declares her a "Liar," like you do, and there is so much DRAMA! But then they have a sÃ©ance, and there's even more DRAMA! And then Bonnie gets possessed by Emily Bennett and runs off into the woods, to the site of the old Fell's Church ruins, where more DRAMA! ensues, and I'll get to that.
Meanwhile, there's a new history teacher in town, but he'll never fill All-Trades Tanner's shoes. Who could? That said, he's young (he looks the same age as all the teenaged characters, because the actor portraying him basically is). His name is Alaric Saltzman, which makes him sound like one part vampire, one part Nazi hunter, don't you think? Anyhow, he's cute and we'll keep him. For now. He reaches out to Jeremy, in order to get him back on track at school. And? He takes a shine to Aunt Jenna (or at least, enjoys her taking a shine to him) when they meet up at The Grill. The thing is, when Alaric sees Jenna home, he pointedly waits for her to invite him in (which she doesn't, for Germ's sake). Oh, and did I not mention? He has a snazzy ring.
As for our dashing -- if sort of deadly, and at least one-half dastardly -- brotherly duo? Well, Stefan's still furious that Damon killed his best friend. Some people are so touchy. And Damon swears he only did it to protect them, and that he's now on the Stefan Diet, too. For about half the episode, Stefan responds to Damon as if he (Stefan) were Damon, so Damon, being the actual Damon, decides to play along and responds as though he were Stefan, that is, when he's not trying to steal jewelry from teenagers. After the boys toss the football around one night, Damon admits to Stefan that Katherine's only a little dead, and with the crystal, he can undo that and raise her, since this is the year of the comet. Back in 1864, Damon made a deal to protect Emily Bennett's progeny, if she would protect Katherine. And while Katherine compelled Stefan to love her, she never had to compel Damon, who knew the score every step of the way.
Stefan and Elena find Damon and Emily-possessed-Bonnie at the old Fell's Church ruins. Katherine's magically buried beneath it. So are more than 2 dozen other vampires, which Damon conveniently forgot to tell Stefan. In order to rescue Katherine, Damon will have to wake the whole crew, but he hates the town for what it did to the Civil War era vamps, or at least Katherine, so he's more than game. Emily-Bonnie won't let this happen, though. She destroys the crystal in a fiery spell. When it's done, she exits Bonnie's body and Damon latches onto Bonnie's jugular. Stefan drags him off, but Bonnie has lost too much blood. Stefan must feed her his own to save her. As long as she doesn't die while his blood is in her system (about a day), she won't become a vamp. Complicated. Anyhow, it all ends up with Damon being broken-hearted, and Elena ready to commit to Stefan. But Stefan thinks she's better off without him, and leaves, giving her permission to tell Bonnie what the hell just happened to her. Damon remains in the woods, just waiting for some fangirl to woobify him. Stefan has a temper tantrum at Mossy Manse. And Bonnie and Elena have a tearful confessional upstairs at Gilbert Gables. Downstairs, the door rings. It's Logan Fell. When Jenna stares at him in surprise, Scum says, "Aren't you gonna invite me in?" Eeeeeeeeeeeee!
In other news, Matt and Caroline form their own Lonely Hearts club, and Jeremy does extra credit, relying on his father's archives for research.
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[Note: I'm only covering the "previouslies" we don't see all the time, so that I don't go out of my mind.] Stefan turns to Elena with a sob in his voice. "[Damon] killed Zach. He killed Tanner. He turned Vicki. I have to kill him." Damon retrieves his "very important" crystal at the Founders' Party. Jasmine "Grams" Guy tells Bonnie the crystal belonged to one of the most powerful witches of their line. She grabs a book from a high shelf and shows Bonnie a picture of her great great-great-great grandmother, "Emily Bennett" dated 1864. She looks just like Kendra! Damon and Caroline meet up on the street and he hypnotizes her into getting the crystal back from Bonnie, but over at the Second-Sight Shack, Grams tells Bonnie not to give it to anyone.
Now: At school, Bonnie yawns as the teacher drones on about "shadow reckoning," which sounds more like magic than math, if you ask me. Bonnie bows her head on her folded arms for a moment, as if she were going to take some kindergarten-style "quiet time." When she raises her head again, she looks around the room. Something catches her eye. Make that someone. Bianca Lawson's Emily Bennett is strolling down the halls of MFHS. Bonnie can't resist. She rises from her seat and exits class. The teacher is as non-attentive as the parents in this town and doesn't say a word when Bonnie wanders out into the hall. Without a pass?! Oh, this must be a dream. Emily waits around a corner for Bonnie and then walks outside. When Bonnie follows her, she immediately ends up in the forest. Yep. Dream. At least it's light out, this time. She follows Emily to ruins that I'll just mention now are the ruins of the old Fell's Church (and book fans will appreciate that, because that's the name of the town in the L.J. Smith series). Emily turns to Bonnie and says, "Please help me." When Bonnie asks who she is, Emily replies, "I'm Emily.... You know that." Sheeesh, Bonnie, I don't even know why I bother with links in the ""previouslies." She tells Bonnie that they're family and then looks up at the church ruins. "This is where it started. And this is where it has to end." Bonnie says, "No, this isn't real," and turns to run, but she's Stealth-Salvatored by her own great-great-great-Grams. Twice. Emily's voice turns grim. "Help. Me."