When Stefan reminds Tyler that this is about more than revenge for them, Tyler spits back that he knows they just want the cure. The problem as he sees it is that hybridism has been the cure for the monthly bone breaking transitions of being a werewolf. I don't like the implications here. Tyler and crew worked really hard to make their transitions painless. Are we now to believe that if their vampire element is taken away, that will all be undone? I mean -- none of this is real. The writers can set the rules. I just don't like that. I guess Tyler needs a reason to be in conflict with Stefan and Caroline, and this is as good as any. When Caroline tries to appeal to her boyfriend, he says that he needed her on his side. That's all he wanted. Ouch.
Lake House. Damon enters as Bonnie is just about to begin another Persuasion session with Jeremy. I'll just let him talk, here. "Professor Shane has been dipping into the magical herbs a little too much, if he thinks using a vampire to suppress the need to kill another one is going to work on a hunter. It's like dangling a cheeseburger in front of someone on a Master Cleanse." And in fact, Pixie Monster, Shane wasn't even using one vampire to get Jeremy to suppress his need to kill another vampire. He was using Elena to get Jeremy to suppress his need to kill Elena (and then the others, too, but Elena is the main point, as far as Jeremy and Bonnie are concerned). Damon continues, "Just find someone else to attach your warm and fuzzy detour feelings to." He waits a beat, looks around the room, then says, "Gee, I wonder who that could be."
Jeremy looks at Damon and says, "You," and I nearly fall off my couch. Of course, Bonnie is standing right next to Damon, so that's really who he means, but wouldn't it have been much more fun if Damon was Jeremy's detour. When Jeremy explains that he feels that way about Bonnie, she smiles, because it's the first time anyone has felt anything about her in approximately two seasons. All Damon is feeling is awkward, so he awkwardly announces his awkwardness and takes his awkward leave.
Shane finds Elena down on the dock. She's wrapped in a blanket, or some sort of blankety poncho thing. Should Elena even get cold, anymore? Well, I guess Nina Dobrev does, so I'll cut this some slack. Besides, I'm pretty sure Elena always wraps herself in that thing when she's at the lake.
Shane praises Damon's suggestion of using Bonnie as Jeremy's touchstone, because we're not calling it a detour, anymore. When Shane brings up Elena's relationship with Damon, Elena asks if he has any idea how to use hypnosis to free her from the sire bond. Shane says, "In all my world travels, the one spell I've never found is how to break somebody from loving too much. Trust me. I've looked." When Elena gives him a curious look, Shane explains that his wife and son died. He was trying to figure out a way not to miss them. I'm sorry. Real world stuff is still keeping me from caring. Well, real world stuff and the fact that I don't think Shane is above manipulation, because it seems to be his gift.