Elena looks at Damon. "So, he didn't tell you why?" Damon: "Nope, although I'm sure it has something to do with you acting weird, so why don't you tell me?" When Elena says, "You..." all the emotions cross Damon's face. I know I like to poke fun at Damon's eye-thing, even though I get a kick out of it, but this, right here -- this is a world apart. Somerhalder's expressions convey more than words or his usual eye-thing antics, or even words and eye-thing antics combined. At first, there's a soft, but reflexive smile. Then Elena's answer actually hits his brain, you know, and it's almost like he's concerned (it must have hit his 'shipper center). Next, he narrows his eyes and searches Elena's face for meaning. When he gets it, he still can't believe it. Finally he lets a whispered, "Huh," pass his lips. He almost wants to smile but doesn't. Then stupid Professor Shane comes in and spoils the moment. My daughter and I are convinced he's evil. Damon looks at Elena like Oh God, don't go anywhere and don't change your mind. I'll be right back as he follows Shane. Once Damon is gone, Elena looks like she's not quite sure why she told him anything.
Exterior. Shane and Damon stroll the grounds sipping champagne, as Damon says he's looking for another Hunter. When Shane says he thought Damon already had a "Potential" Damon says, "I did, but he ended up being potentially a problem." Shane claims he can't help. Damon wonders why Shane is there -- what he's up to. Shane: "You think too highly of me, Damon. I'm going to go find the other judges." Damon stops him and says, "Hey, no pity votes for April Young, okay? I mean, just because her dad blew up a house with a dozen people in it doesn't mean she should get a tiara." When Shane shoots Damon a look, Damon continues: "But you knew him, didn't you -- 'cause I hear you two racked up a pretty impressive phone bill."
Shane tells Damon if he wants to know something, he should just ask it. I agree. That's how people on this show used to talk to each other -- like people. Oh, not Damon. This is par for the course with Damon. But in general, these characters used to be written such that they avoided the frustrating non-revelatory conversations which plague so many fictional characters. Anyhow, Damon takes Shane up on his challenge. "Okay. How did you convince the pastor to kill all those people?" Shane: "Did you just accuse me of mass murder in the middle of a high school pageant?" Well yeah, but it's a Mystic Falls high school pageant, Shane, so I don't think Damon's question is a problem for Miss Manners.