Isobel's: Our blue-eyed Evil Pixie Monster is playing strip poker with Cherie. "Oh oh, Cherie. You won again. I hope I'm wearing my good underwear." He stands, unbuckles his belt, and unbuttons and unzips his pants, when Isobel returns and spoils the moment. "Tonight's just one blast from the past after another." Damon does up his pants and belt. Isobel says, "No, no, no," but has earned our undying ire, nonetheless. In French, Isobel tells Cherie to leave the room (or says something that makes Cherie leave). It's viewer's choice. Watch Cherie bounce out, or get lost in Damon's abs, especially those ones highlighted by his extra low-slung trousers.
Sidebar: Good news! Good news! Remember how I was never sure what to call those abdominal muscles (possibly obliques) other than the dirty, dirty name I use in my head? Reader Pam rode (or wrote) to my rescue. Pam writes: "My gay, male friends call them the 'Adonis Belt'. I think that's fitting." Thank you Pam. Thank you Pam's gay male friends. I'll pause here so we can all get another good long look. [...]
Damon gives Isobel a big O.K. on her choice of Cherie and says, "Good to see you, Isobel. I was just having fun with your naughty little minion." Isobel sparked one up on the way home, so it takes her five minutes to ask: "How'd you find me?" Damon Stealth-Salvatores himself up into her face. "Searched all the neighborhood bank-owned foreclosures and found the most expensive one." Isobel acknowledges she learned that trick from him and wants to know what he's doing there. Damon points out she's caused quite a stir in town, and yet didn't bother to pop in on the man who made her. "I'm a little hurt." Isobel's as "sorry" as Damon is "hurt." She starts to hug him, but in a flash, it turns violent and Izzy? She's a hair-puller. "Did you bring the device?" Hey, wait a second. Damon is 140 years or so older than she, right? How come she's roughing him up? Maybe he's just playing nice.
He ows over his pulled hair -- eliciting a laugh from his former prey. Damon wants to know what Isobel is doing with Uncle Snark. Isobel: "We dated a few times when we were young. He's a little bit in love with me." She then claims not to have any personal interest in the mysterious Gilbert Gizmo; she's just doing as told and informs him they're on the same side. Damon approaches her again, and grabs her chin. "What side is that?" Isobel: "Katherine's." She puts her hands on the back of his head, but plays nicer, this time. "She wants John Gilbert to have the device, and I think you know that she's not happy when she doesn't get what she wants." Damon shoves her off and asks why she's doing Katherine's dirty work. Isobel: "Don't kill the messenger. We both know that you can't control Katherine. She does what she wants."