Muck And Mire: Caroline's in her car. When her phone doesn't work, and the car remains stuck, she exits. Holding her lavender umbrella (which strikes me as unbelievably quaint) she walks near the falls and tries her phone again, but it fails. When she holds it up in attempt to get a signal, she loses her footing and slides down the embankment. Once she stops sliding, she sets to work on climbing her way back up again. As she grunts and groans, she grabs onto tree roots and pulls herself up, that is, until she happens across...AN ARM!!!!
Grill; Ladies Room: As Anna washes up, she is confronted by Pearl, who knows all about her and Jeremy Gilbert. "Is that what you've been up to?" Anna: "He's my friend. What's the big deal?" Pearl reminds her daughter that the Gilbert family is responsible for her century-plus imprisonment in a mystical tomb. Anna: "That doesn't mean he'll make the same choices." When Pearl says she wants Anna to stop seeing him, Anna says that she's been on her own for a long time and can make my own decisions. Pearl cautions that as soon as Jeremy knows what she is, he'll turn on her. Anna: "He already knows. [...] He likes it and he likes me." At that, Pearl hauls off and slugs her. We cut to the bar. Jeremy watches as Pearl stalks off and Anna follows in her wake, texting: "I'll do it."
Pearl's Pilfered Pad; Insane In The Basement: Suffering Stefan addresses Harper, who is staked to his chair. He thanks him for his attempt to help. Harper says the fang gang just needed somebody to blame and punish. Maybe there's more conversation. Maybe there's not. I'm just looking at Paul Wesley's impossibly chiseled abs -- wishing for an adverb more impossible than impossibly.
Just then Elena bursts in, and takes in the sight of the love of her young life, tied up and tortured. Damon's close on her heels and already making excuses to his brother. "She was supposed to stay in the car." When Damon tries to free him, Stefan warns that the ropes have been soaked in Vervain. Maybe it's not such a bad thing that the Vagina-American insisted on involving herself in the first place. Once his brother is free, Damon is ready to take off, but Stefan insists they free Harper, too. Elena frees Harper and then looks to Damon for the next move. He complies. "You rescue; I'll distract. Go!"
Upstairs, Fast Freddy orders that this sub-minions turn down the stereo. When one of their female members is staked, he grabs his own weapons and orders the subs to spread out.