In history class, the surly teacher busts Elena and Stefan for making eyes at each other while he lectures about the impending comet, which hasn't graced the skies of Mystic Falls in 145 years. I don't even need to do the math to know that means it was last here in 1864 -- the Katherine era. It will be its brightest right after dusk, "During tomorrow's celebration." Well then, why the heck were our Victims-Of-The-Week camping out last night? Too dumb to live -- right? Good, now that we're all agreed, let's continue. After class, Stefan gives Elena a copy of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights; it's vintage -- bearing her penname, Ellis Bell. He explains er... sexism, you know, but what's more interesting to me here is the question of how much Brontë's Catherine and LJ Smith's Katherine (and/or Elena) have in common. I'll have to put a mental sticky on that and see how and if it is reflected in the season's story. Meanwhile, Bonnie tells Caroline about her witchy lineage that she's learning all about from her liquor-loopy Grams (that's one liquor-loopy grandmother with an endearment ending in s). Caroline listens as well as she can when the subject isn't Caroline. She's still all dreamy about the handsome stranger (Damon) with whom she shared a look at the Mystic Grill the night before. Bonnie is one of those stock (albeit quite beautiful) TV teens who seems to have her head on straight and knows everything about the ways of boys and girls, so of course she's single.
Outside, Jeremy heads straight to Tyler, who, this week, comes off as more of a jock/prep, and less a greaseless, leatherless greaser. And he now looks like the poor woman's Tyler Christopher (or perhaps that should read "the young woman's Tyler Christopher"). Anyhow, Jeremy makes a beeline for Tyler, who is talking up some girls. Jeremy lays the sarcasm on nice and thick as he goes on about how close Tyler and Vicki are, and so Tyler must have an update on her condition. Tyler tells Jeremy that Vicki is fine, but we can tell he doesn't even know. He sure wants Jeremy to go away, though. It's like he doesn't want to be seen talking to him. The two stop short of getting physical, but Jeremy does tell Tyler that he'd better not hurt Vicki again, or he'll kill him. After Jeremy stomps off, Tyler looks around and adds in a lame voice, "Damn, that was like a death threat." He turns to the girls. "Did you hear that?" Tool.