Caroline's Room: When Klaus enters, Caroline opens her eyes. Her voice is small, sweet. "Are you going to kill me?" Klaus: "On your birthday? Do you really think that low of me?" Caroline: "Yes." Klaus moves closer and pulls back the blanket to examine her wound. He apologizes, telling her, "You're what's known as collateral damage. It's nothing personal. He notices the charm bracelet around her wrist and fingers what I believe is the football helmet charm. His voice is nearly a whisper, now. "I love birthdays." Caroline: "Yeah. Aren't you like... a billion, or something?" I am compelled (oops) to transcribe everything Klaus says, because this scene touches me more deeply than it ought. (Cut that out, Scene. I'm married, and my husband is watching.)
Klaus smiles. "Well, you have to adjust your perception of time, when you become a vampire, Caroline. Celebrate the fact that you're no longer bound by trivial human conventions. You're free." Caroline says, "No. I'm dying." Klaus sits down on her bed and whispers, "And I could let you die, if that's what you want. If you really believe your existence has no meaning... I've thought about it myself, once or twice, over the centuries, truth be told. But I'll let you in on a little secret. There's a whole world out there waiting for you -- great cities, and art, and music..." He fondles her charm bracelet, again. "...Genuine beauty, and you can have all of it. You can have a thousand more birthdays. All you have to do is ask." Caroline's eyes flutter to hold back the tears. "I don't want to die." Tears are poised at the rim of Klaus's eyes, ready to spill. He tilts his head, bares his right wrist, while he lifts Caroline's head with his left hand. She gasps. He moves his wrist to her mouth. "There you go, sweetheart. Have at it." Caroline sinks her teeth into his flesh. The vampire veins appear under her eyes, but they're faint at first. Klaus whispers, "Happy Birthday, Caroline." As Caroline continues to drink, the whites of her eyes turn red.
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?)