Woods Adjacent to Pearl's Pilfered Pad: It's pouring as Elena waits in Damon's car. When she spies him approaching, she gets out. Damon says they're not going to let Stefan out. "They want revenge." Elena says, "We've got to do something." Damon is right there, with her. "Elena, I know, but I don't know how to get him out."
Pearl's Pilfered Pad; Insane In The Basement: Stefan is shirtless and tied up. Yes, ruminate on that for a moment. I understand.
Pearl's Pilfered Pad; Insane In The Basement: Shirtless Stefan is tied up with ropes that have been soaked in Vervain. When Fred says, "That's gotta sting," I start having delusions of a shout-out, once again, but I get over it. He then drops some Vervain into Stefan's eyes. As our poor, well-muscled victim cries out in agony, Harper tries to stop Fast Freddy, but Freddy could not care less. "He killed Bethanne -- one of us, Harper, and don't you think for a second that he wouldn't kill you if he had the chance. Pearl says we're not here for revenge, right? I say that's exactly what we're here for, starting with this...." He slices into Stefan's magically delicious chest and then grabs his throat as he adds, "And then his brother, and anyone else who gets in our way." When Harper tries to intervene, Fast Freddy grabs him by the throat and screams, "You're gonna wanna let go of me." Harper says: "Miss Pearl will be home soon." Fast Freddy: "Miss Pearl... is no longer in charge." Nodding toward Harper, Fred tells his sub-minions, "Tie him up and then stake him down." He turns back to our poor, bound, bloody Stefan. As soon as I can breathe again, I'll continue.
MFHS Corridors: When Elena and Damon find Alaric, Damon -- ever the diplomat -- can't help but crack that Alaric looks alive. Thankfully, Elena is there to plead their case. They need the human Mr. Saltzman's help to rescue Stefan, since Damon has been denied an invite Miss Gibbons' home. Elena says, "I would go, but..." Damon interrupts her. "But your life is valuable." Oh, Damon. Elena explains that they know about Alaric's magical ring which brought him back to life after Damon killed him -- the point being that he's hard to kill. With all apologies to Elena, Alaric refuses to help at first, but when Damon tells him that the woman in charge of the new fang gang can help find him find his wife, Alaric agrees, even though he knows Damon is lying.