MFHS; Alaric's History Class: Since Mystic Falls is approaching Founders' Day (yeah, I know), Alaric has been instructed to set aside his lessons on WWII to teach his students about their high holy day, but that's not really the point of this scene. The point is that Bonnie's back, but although Stefan and Elena are thrilled to see her again, she barely looks at them. I love the friendship between the girls on this show, and yet? I'm so excited. I've been waiting for this since Grams died.
Mossy Manse: Anna visits Damon. She's sorry that Pearl's Suck of Vampires kidnapped and tortured Stefan, and is calling on Pearl's behalf, because Pearl doesn't "do" apologies. Damon thinks that's a swell coincidence, as he doesn't "do" forgiveness. He does offer a helpful hint, though. Don't hit the hospital blood bank so hard that even the stupid humans notice. Anna says they haven't been there in a week or so. Damon suggests maybe someone in the Suck did it. Anna explains that after the Stefan-Incident, Pearl kicked them out.
MFHS Exterior: Elena chases after Bonnie and gets frostbite as she tries to generate conversation about the family, Grams' death, etc. Finally Bonnie explains that once Elena told her the tomb spell failed, she just didn't want to come back, because it seems her Grams died for nothing. Elena understands, but didn't think it right to keep that information from Bonnie. Bonnie wishes she had. Just then Caroline runs up, embraces Bonnie, and tells her she missed her, even though they talked every day while Bonnie was at her aunt's. Elena's eyes water at that, but she doesn't cry. Anyhow, Caroline has the perfect busy work for Bonnie -- helping Caroline pick the perfect dress for the Founders' Court -- Miss Mystic Falls. It seems Elena missed the announcement and forgot she even applied or signed up, or did whatever one does to get named to a Founders' Court. When Elena is less that enthusiastic about the idea, Caroline asks (oh so hopefully) if perhaps she's dropping out. Elena can't. Bonnie explains that Elena's late mother is the one who encouraged her to sign up in the first place.
Sidebar: Lemme get that straight. Miranda and Grayson Gilbert died on May 23, 2009. This year's Miss Mystic Falls pageant is in April, presumably. From conversation I didn't bother recapping, it's pretty clear that Miranda was still alive when Elena registered for this year's pageant. So -- you have to register more than a year in advance for a local pageant? Really, Show? That's a little...dumb. I like everything that always happens at these founders events, and I know it's necessary to tie today's story back to the 1864 story, but the premise is nearly threadbare from overuse. It's less credible week to week. I hope it's less of an issue next year.