Back on the well-lit bridge, Stefan tells Elena he likes her friend Bonnie, but notes that Matt can't keep his eyes off them. Elena confesses that Matt is a childhood best friend. They dated, because they owed themselves the what-if. But after her parents died, everything changed and she realized the relationship just wasn't.... Stefan supplies the word, passionate. When Elena agrees, rather than pointing and laughing, Stefan's eyes go all bloodshot again, and Elena asks if he's okay. He covers by leaving her on the bridge alone and goes to get some fresh drinks.
Vicki wanders alone through the woods -- when a fog settles in upon her. She calls out for Jeremy, sure he's following her, but as the fog thickens, Vicki is confronted by something far worse than a freshman boy with a crush and stalker tendencies. A vampire sets his sights upon her, and goes in for the kill. Oh frak, Vicki. You're the most interesting girl on this show. Grab a pointy stick and fight him off, mama. Fight him off. COMMERCIAL!
Party: Elena looks around for Stefan, but all she finds is Matt who pours his heart out. She told him she wanted some time alone when they broke up, but he's not giving up on them. Thanks to his bionic vamp hearing, Stefan takes this all in. As he makes his way back to Elena, he's confronted by Caroline who's decided to do the hard sell. When she ignores his soft brush-off, Stefan says, "Caroline -- you and me -- it's not going to happen. I'm sorry." Incredulous, Caroline searches for words or the right expression to hide her humiliation, but Stefan walks off -- away from her -- toward Elena, who assures him that Caroline will back off eventually. Before they can work their way back to flirting, Elena spots a drunk Jeremy stumbling off into the woods. Stefan offers to help her track him down, but Elena chooses to go it alone.
Elena tries to stop Jeremy -- or at least to get him to say where he's going. But before he unleashes the full force of his teenage angst upon her, he trips over something and lands right on top of it. That something is Vicki's still form -- blood oozes from her savaged neck. Jeremy touches her and her eyes spring open, as she gasps for air. When the severity of her wound sinks through Elena and Jeremy's skulls, they carry her back to the party, where brother Matt freaks out and someone calls for an ambulance. "Squeamish" Stefan makes a hasty retreat, which does not escape Matt's notice. We cut to...