Elena saves me from thinking about that anymore when she spots Jeremy rushing through the crowd. She hustles off the stage and follows him. Thankfully, Matt takes everything in. Inside, Elena finds the Germ waiting for her -- stake in hand. She tells him to put it down, but he insists Connor was right. "All I can think about is killing vampires." Elena tries to talk him down. Jeremy wants to believe he's not like Connor. He doesn't want to hurt Elena, but everything inside him is telling him to stake her. Elena appeals to him as his sister and assures him she'd never do anything to hurt him. I saw people screaming about how she shoved a knife in his neck, but you know -- that was a Hunter's Curse thing. Since Jeremy is a hunter, he ought to understand, if you ask me.
Jeremy isn't even thinking. Instead, he stabs his palm with the stake until he begins to bleed. When she sees the blood, Elena starts getting into game face, despite herself. She shakes it off and tells Jeremy to get the blood away from her. When he comes after her, she throws him off. Jeremy lands on the ground and appears unconscious, but when Elena kneels over him and begs him to wake up, he surprises her and sticks a small stake into her neck. Partially immobilized by the wood, Elena can only clutch at her neck as Jeremy readies his full-sized stake. When he raises it above her chest, Matt enters the room and yells Jeremy's name. Jeremy tells Matt to leave, but Matt tries to reason with him. Jeremy hesitates, but he still looks determined to stake Elena. It's then that Stefan swoops in, pulls Jeremy off Elena, and tells Matt to get Jeremy out of there. After Stefan tosses Jeremy to Matt, he tends to Elena. When he gets the wood out of her neck, Elena, still struggling, looks up at him.
Party. Hayley is impressed that Carol Lockwood parties harder than Tyler, and wonders if she too carries the lycanthropy gene. Tyler explains that he got it from his dad. We get some Hayley backstory. She was adopted. Her adoptive parents found out she was a werewolf the night she did -- when she tore apart their living room. When Tyler asks what triggered he transition, Hayley says it was a drunken boating accident. I think she's lying. Is she lying? Tyler prods Hayley in an effort to get her to admit that she knows Professor Shane. She insists she doesn't. Don't believe her, Tyler. Don't believe her. Pudding Pup, I'll tell you right now, what I think her deal is. I think Shane has convinced Hayley to break the hybrids' sire bonds to Klaus so that Klaus will be more vulnerable, and while that isn't a bad thing, I suspect that by helping Hayley free the hybrids, you're helping Shane harm your town, your friends, and maybe yourself.