Fortress Forbes: Caroline explains to Tyler that booze helps her with her thing, so it might help him with his. As they share a drink, they compare notes on their supernatural circumstance. Tyler says, "I'm hot." Darn tooting. Oh, wait, he's not done. "It's like my skin is on fire." OH HAI THAR JACOB BLACK. Caroline doesn't get that, but they both get a jittery feeling inside, and then there are the heightened emotions. Tyler finally asks, "How can you be a vampire?" Caroline: "How can you be a werewolf?" Tyler wants to know how many vamps there are. She lies that she's the only one, and that her transformation is a long story. Tyler confesses that he and Mason are the only werewolves he knows about. Caroline wants to tell him about their parents, the founding families and the Council, but she needs his word that he will tell no one else. "This is life and death, Tyler." Nearly in tears, Tyler says, "I have no one else to tell." He's scared to death of the next full moon and what it will bring. Caroline hugs him and tries to reassure him. Oh my goodness, so many potential new romances. Is it Christmas?
Mossy Manse: Instead of knocking on the door, Rose lets herself in and zooms around the place, which is just showing off. She knows Stefan's reputation as a good vampire from Lexi (awww, Lexi). Rose is tired of running and thinks she can be of assistance, because even though Elijah is dead, it won't stop here. Scott yells out that Elijah isn't dead. I roll my eyes at him and tell him to shush. She tells Stefan that the Originals will come for Elena. "They have to. They're doing it for him." Stefan asks who he is. Rose: "Klaus." My daughter, who has read the books, goes into spasms. I warn her that if she spoils me, I'll lock her in the dungeon. It's a thing.
Gilbert Gables: Elena brushes her teeth and then returns to her bedroom to find Damon waiting. She warns him that she's tired and asks why he's there. He's brought her back her necklace. Oh my, the way he's looking at her makes me a little weak in the knees. When Elena reaches for the necklace, Damon pulls it away. "I just have to say something." Elena wants to know why he needs the necklace to say so. Damon: "Because what I'm about to say is probably the most selfish thing I've ever said." Oh man, he's near tears. I can't take it. Elena tells him not to "go there." I tell Elena to shut up. It's all good. Damon moves in on her, his voice still cracking as he says, "I just have to say it once and you need to hear it." He nods and looks her in the eye, takes a breath and says, "I love you, Elena." For all the emotion, he delivers this not at all surprising news in a most matter of fact way, which somehow makes it more effective. "And it's because I love you that I can't be selfish with you. And why you can't know this? I don't deserve you...but my brother does." He moves in closer. Elena looks like she's expecting a kiss and might not even fight it off, but Damon means every word he's said, so when he kisses her, it's on the forehead. As Elena is taking everything in, Damon strokes her hair. "God, I wish you didn't have to forget this." And then he turns on the thrall eyes: "But you do." A single, perfect manly tear (TM Dean Winchester) falls from his right eye. We cut to a close up of Elena's eye. She blinks. There's a whoooooosh. And when she snaps out of it, she's all alone in her room. Her window is wide open. Her vervain necklace is back around her slender throat. She grabs it and tries to remember how she got it back.