Gilbert Gables, Exterior: Damon walks Elena to her door. She thanks him for picking her up. How the hell did he know where she was? He wasn't around when Klaus got the call from Stefan, and even if he had been, how would he know Stefan left Elena stranded on Wickery Bridge. It's not like she had her cellphone, anymore. I was tweeting while watching, Thursday night, so I asked executive producer Julie Plec: "If Elena didn't have her phone, how did Damon know where to pick her up, @julieplec?" Being an all-around lovely human, Ms. Plec joked back: "@CindyWrites she walked to a payphone, just like in The Firm." Now I see fans mocking her answer, which makes me cranky, because (while you still can find a stray pay phone here or there, so I suppose Plec's answer is also plausible) it seemed pretty clear to me, that she was owning up to an oops moment, what with that, "...just like in The Firm," crack. That's pretty classy, which is par for the course in my exchanges with Plec (not that we're pen pals or anything). Most of the cast and crew of this show are on Twitter, make themselves pretty damned accessible, not just to recappers and entertainment writers, but (and maybe even more so) to regular audience members. The writers, especially, regularly ride out waves of 'shipper wrath, if Love Interest A looks sideways at Love Interest B, or if they don't parse their interview answers in just the right way, to ensure that Love Interest C is getting "equal" treatment...oh shoot. I just spewed a whole paragraph of pity, didn't I? Never mind. I'll start again. (But hey, fandom, please be cool with real people, okay?)
Gilbert Gables, Exterior: Damon walks Elena to her door. She thanks him for picking her up. How the hell did he know where she was? He wasn't around when Klaus got the call from Stefan, and even if he had been, how would he know Stefan left Elena stranded on Wickery Bridge? Perhaps Damon ran into Klaus after the harrowing phone call. Or, I know! She must have walked to a pay phone, just like in The Firm. < /font mood="pity"> Damon tells Elena, "Anytime," and then asks, "Are you going to be okay?" Elena: "I'll survive. Somehow. I always do." Damon: "You know, Stefan won this round for us, today." He continues with his brotherly defense, even when Elena gives him her WTF, DAMON eyes. "He pushed Klaus to the edge. Klaus blinked." Elena turns from Damon and takes a few steps away, before facing him, again. "Well, his methods sucked." Technically Elena, you sucked, or you know, at least inadvertently swallowed... and that came out differently than I intended. Anyhow, Damon says they needed a win. He's a little proud that little bro was the better villain. When he sees how this conversation is affecting Elena, he caresses her chin. "Really, tell me, are you going to be okay?" Already asked and answered, counselor. Elena is silent for a moment as she looks at him. Sighing softly, she says, "You can't kiss me again." Damon: "I know." Elena looks like she's reconsidering, but then says, "I can't." Damon takes his hand from her face, before she adds, "It's not right." He nods the slightest nod. "It's right. It's just not right now." A beat. "Good night." Elena says, "Goodnight, Damon." He watches her walk in, before he turns and heads down the front steps. When Elena gets inside, she turns and watches him leave. As if snapping herself out of it, Elena turns her head away and shuts the door.