Gilbert Gables: Bonnie's at the door. She feels so badly about walking away from Elena when she was in pain that she couldn't sleep last night. She apologizes and says, "that can't be us." Finally, Elena tells her she met her birth mother. Her teary-eyed failure to answer when Bonnie asks how it went, is all the response Bonnie needs. She takes Elena in her arms, and hugs her tight. Yay.
MFHS; Exterior: Matt's working on float assembly in front of the field-house. We get a quick shot of the "HOME OF THE TIMBERWOLVES" sign, as Tyler approaches. "Hey, man. So, Caroline tells me you've been on your own the past two weeks. Is everything okay?" Matt laughs with disbelief. "You're asking me about my mom -- seriously? Look man, why don't I just have her give you a call when she blows back into town." Tyler tries to explain that that's not what he meant, but he doesn't know what to say to bridge the gap between them that TOTALLY DUG FOR HIMSELF WHEN HE MADE OUT WITH PUDDING POP'S MOM. I mean Ty, I try to feel badly for you, but I'm so with Matt, here. When a guy knows his mother is a boozy 'ho, what he needs are buddies who will play blind to that fact, rather than exploit it. Buck up, it can't be too long before Hallmark introduces a Um Bro... About Your MILF line of greeting cards. In the meantime, Matt tells him, "Don't say anything. You're a dick. End of story." Tyler: "I know..." while he searches for the right words, Matt storms off. Tyler: "Whatever."
MFHS Science Lab: Elena meets Bonnie in the science lab, where she's leafing through Emily Bennett's grimoire. She shows Elena the description of Original Johnathan's vampire hunting devices. The ACTUAL VAMPIRE COMPASS is in there, as well as some rings (the civilian rings, I guess) and the mysterious Gilbert Gizmo. Elena says, "Yeah, that's it. Well, part of it. Damon only has the one piece." Hmmm. I didn't notice that line, the first time I watched. The kicker? None of Original Johnathan's inventions worked until Emily (unbeknownst to O.J.) mojo'd them up. Sure she had a debt to Katherine, but she couldn't leave the townsfolk vulnerable to vamps, so she tried to ensure they had some protection. Whereas the ACTUAL VAMPIRE compass is a warning system, the mystery Gilbert Gizmo in an anti-vampire weapon. The girls are surprised Isobel's looking for it.