Present, Night. Elena wakes with a start to find Matt watching a little too closely over her. You all know I love my Pudding Pop, but that was creepy. No wonder Elena couldn't sleep. When Matt asks what she was dreaming about, Elena confesses, "Sophomore year." She apologizes for stringing him along back then. The parallel to her current situation is ham-fisted even before she comes right out and says that she's doing the same thing with the Salvatores now. Anyhow, she knows she has to let one go. Matt asks, "Which one?" Just then, Stefan arrives, saving Elena from having to answer. She hugs him, and we cut to...
Mystic Grill. Jeremy, proving that Team Human has its act together, picks up some food for his injured sister. Before he can leave though, Vamparic sidles up next to him, and plops two bottles of beer on the bar. He looks at the Germ and says, "We need to talk."
Gilbert Gables. Elena complains about being over-coddled. Stefan, who seems to be cooking even though Jeremy just picked up some take-out, tells her she's supposed to be coddled. Matt mentions it would be smarter to just get her out of town, but Elena equates that with being on the run for the rest of her life. She rises from the couch, balls up her blankets and declares, "I'm not an invalid. I'm done with the couch." As she marches off the other room, Matt asks Stefan if he's just going to let Elena call all the shots. Stefan's all Yo, that's what I do. Matt: "Even if they're wrong?" Stefan: "Nothing wrong with free will, Matt. Trust me, you don't realize that 'til you lose it." Oh, the telegraphing resonates so hard in my brain, I'm struggling not to type the rest of this recap in Morse Code. .-- . / --. . - / .. - --..-- / ... .... --- .-- .-.-.- / . .-.. . -. .- / .. ... / --. --- .. -. --. / - --- / -... . / - ..- .-. -. . -.. --..-- / .- --. .- .. -. ... - / .... . .-. / .-- .. .-.. .-.. .-.-.- . Who cares about all that, though? Just then, Elena calls to Stefan. When the guys turn their attention to the Elena, they see the door open, and Elijah standing there is all his beautifully beautiful beauty! Commercial.
Mystic Grill. I've got to pick up the pace, huh? Vamparic wants to know where Desikklaus is. Jeremy's wouldn't tell Vamparic even if he knew. Vamparic tries to sweeten the pot. He knows Jeremy is no fan of the Fang Gang. He'll get rid of all the vampires and Jeremy will no longer have to deal with them even though his sister can't let them go. Once the vamps are gone, Vamparic will die, too. Jeremy doesn't want Elena to die (which is what's going to kill Vamparic) so Vamparic tells him that after the rest of the vamps are dead, they can lock him up. Bonnie can desiccate him and Elena can live out the rest of her natural life. When she passes, he'll be gone, too. Vamparic then takes out the Indestructo Son of White Oak stake (ISoWOs), but it's just more Original-killing exposition. Vamparic tells Jeremy to be on the right side of this issue. Xander and I sorta agree.