I'm still flailing over this episode, which makes me cringe, because it might be my most favorite episode ever, but my brain has checked out. I'm counting on the fact/possibility that you're still flailing, too. You ready? Okay.
The cold open consists of cross-cuts between Stefan and Elena's tender love scene and Katherine and Mason's sizzling heat. While Elena frets that Katherine could discover they're still undercover lovers, Katherine frets that Miss Flowers (her B&B hostess and book tie-in) will think she's a floozy, which she totally is, and I fret that if Stefan and Elena are starting out this snuggly-wuggly, things will likely change by the end of the episode. There have now been so many events in Mystic Falls that even the writers struggle to come up with a new one, so Elena tells Stefan she's got to motor, because she's decorating in preparation for "the Lockwood charity thing." Of course Stefan is, too, because if this isn't event week, it's event prep week, and as soon as you're within the town's borders, you must agree to participate or die. Their talk soon turns to serious as Elena reminds Stefan that Mason Lockwood tried to kill him, which I'm pretty sure he remembers, E. Meanwhile, in Katherine's bed, Mason admits that while he lurves Katherine, he doesn't trust her, so he's hidden the moonstone in a safe space. Back in Elena's room, Stefan notes that he doesn't trust Mason, but there's so much pretty between these
four three actors, it's really hard to concentrate. The overriding point is that Elena and Stefan will keep faking that they're broken up, and Katherine will continue to be a dangerous, if sexy vampire with impeccable taste, which is demonstrated when she sinks her fangs into Mason's neck -- not in a lethal way, just in a bad girl way. Everyone loves each other. Everyone smooches. Everyone envies Nina Dobrev. Title Card.
The Germ arrives at Mossy Manse and tells Damon that Mason is looking for a moonstone, which is connected to the werewolf curse. No, Elena doesn't want him involved; yes, Damon is snarky and resistant, and yes, he lets the Germ in, even though he ought to know better.
Lockwood Mansion: Jenna chats up Mama Mulva about the upcoming Masquerade Ball. We fans fall on our knees in thanksgiving that the writers have come up with yet another event. Meanwhile, Mulva moves off to scold Ty and Matt that they're being too rough with her furniture, and Jenna moves off to invite Stefan to join her, Alaric and the family for dinner. Stefan begs off by claiming that he and Elena are currently on "pause." Jenna smirks at him, and notes that she's a light sleeper, and heard no such pause this morning -- thereby cementing her title as the world's most crap guardian through the 2010-2011 TV season. Stefan blushes, and I'm not sure vampires ought to be able to do that, but I can't blame him.