Mystic Falls Common: People with lit candles light the candles of others in a familiar way that indicates this is a well-practiced town tradition...even though it only happens once every 145 years. Yeah. See: Christmas tree; step-brother; wake. Since Matt carries a torch for Elena, he lights her fire, but only in the literal sense. After exchanging uncomfortable pleasantries she turns to light the next dark candle she sees, and only once it is ablaze does she realize it's Stefan's. How am I going to finish this cheese without some more wine to wash it down? He smiles, "Hi." Elena is startled. She glances back at Matt who looks on in resignation. Then Elena actually surprises me by walking away from both boys, but only about a half dozen steps. Matt tries not to watch but can't resists a few sneak peeks as Stefan approaches Elena and gives her the history of the comet. "It's been traveling across space for a thousand years. All alone." Elena shares Bonnie's "harbinger of evil," theory (it's like they want me to link to another Buffy recap, but I just won't do it this time). As they look up at the sky, Stefan says, "I think it's just a ball of snow and ice, trapped on a path it can't escape. Once every 145 years, it gets to come home." Is it me, or was that the most ridiculous contradictory mix of science and romance? ["It may be a cluster of inert gasses and radioactive isotopes held together by a trace magnetic charge, but it still has feelings." - Zach] Stefan says he's sorry for his treatment of Elena at Mossy Manse. She snarks that he apologizes a lot (which is true, so you think he'd apologize for that comet bit, but no...). He says...oh, I'll spare you. Anyhow, she brings up Katherine, and the subject turns to loss, and familial and romantic complications. Elena has no spunk whatsoever. "It's okay. We met, and we talked and it was epic, but..."
OH COME ON! You just met. That's not epic. Let Logan Echolls give you the definition of epic: "[...]You know...spanning years and continents. Lives ruined. Bloodshed." I mean, when I typed "Veronica Mars quotes" into Google, it offered me a bunch of suggestions before I even hit the "Google Search" button, and the very first one was "Veronica Mars quotes epic." I'm not saying you and Stefan cannot be epic, Elena. I'm sure your writers are shooting for just that, but they just overshot. "I met a boy and he liked me one day and froze me out the next," isn't epic, it's adolescence. EPIC FAIL! Also, Logan wants you to tell Stefan that when he offered up the word anthropomorphic, he never thought some moody vamp would employ the technique on a comet. Anyhow, Elena says something like, "Then the sun came up and reality set in." They search each others eyes for a moment, then Elena lamely adds, "So..." and walks off.