Mystic Grill. Rebekah shows up and presents Matt with keys to a brand new truck she bought him to replace the one that's still probably in the bottom of the river, from when she tried to kill him. Matt snarks that perhaps Rebekah should be giving it to Elena, since she actually killed her. I love Rebekah, but I hope she gets less needy as the season progresses. I can empathize with her only to a point. After that, my compassion (sorry, Elena, I know that's your gig) turns to contempt.
Klaus watches the whole scene and taunts his sister about trying too hard. He's not wrong, and yet scenes between these two always make me glad I'm an only child -- yeah, even beyond their undeniable incestuous vibe. There's exposition about how Klaus didn't leave town, which, yes, we already get because he's standing in the Mystic Grill. Rebekah reminds Klaus they're still in a fight, just like the Salvatores, but Klaus tells her things have changed. There's a chance The Five have resurfaced. Rebekah is all: I don't care about The Five and I hate your stupid face, or similar.
Whitmore College. Damon drives his beautiful blue convertible onto campus, and as near as I can tell, parks in the middle of a walkway right at the quad. I don't know a campus in America where that wouldn't get you shot, but I guess vampires don't have to worry about non-wooden bullets. To my non-American readers: I kid about the getting shot thing. I just realized that since our reputation as gun-loving yahoos proceeds us, you might have taken that seriously. Parking on the quad would only get you water-boarded at most American universities. I swear.
I don't think I realized this when writing the recaplet, but one thing that screams out at me right now is how frigging exposition-heavy this episode is. Elena mopes that college may no longer be in her future. Damon tells her to stop the pity party. If he can go to college, Elena surely can. Taking the bait, Bonnie expresses surprise as she questions if Damon really went to college. He eye-things at the girls and says, "Sure. Plenty of times. I always had a thing for sorority girls." Elena rolls her eyes at him. Bonnie says, "You're disgusting." Damon whispers, "I know," as he eye-things some more. As they take off, he leers at a young co-ed who passes them.
Bonnie leads Damon and Elena into a lecture hall, where Anthropology Professor Shane (David Alpay) is giving a lecture on witches. The girls agree he's hot as the professor talks about how every culture "in reality, or in this reality at least" has witches who are the architects of everything that goes bump in the night like ghosts, etc. He includes doppelgängers in his short list, which is our first clue that he doesn't believe what he's saying about it not being real. I mean I watch a show which features two doppelgängers, and yet doppelgängers don't spring to mind, when I'm talking about popular beliefs on the supernatural.