Elijah is back. Bonnie knows Damon and Elena kissed. Elijah is back. Stefan knows Damon and Elena kissed. Elijah is back. Klaus retrieves three of his four coffins. Elijah is back. An awful lot happens in this emotionally resonant episode, so you're probably expecting another one of my recaps (or even a mega-recap like last week), but I am turning over a new leaf. It's an actual weecap or bust. Stop laughing and pointing, you fresh kids. I mean it this time. I really do.
Have I mentioned Elijah is back? He doesn't return until the very end, so let's beat a hasty path to our sweet, sweet reward. I'm mostly going to attack this episode plot by plot, rather than tell the story in the order in which is appears on screen, because I am serious about this being a weecap. (No snickering.) Let's start with our Evil Pixie Monster, shall we?
Damon sees Alaric with Dr. Meredith Fell. When he realizes Meredith is the dead Medical Examiner's ex, Damon decides to gather some intel on her, to protect his BFF Alaric (who still can only just tolerate being in the same room with him). Damon finds Meredith at the hospital. He makes it clear he's suspicious of her, so she dopes him with vervain and then draws some of his blood.
Meanwhile, Tyler turns to Caroline's father, Bill Forbes, to get help resisting his sire bond. Bill thinks the root of the bond is Tyler's gratitude to Klaus for releasing him from the monthly agony of transitioning into a werewolf. He chains up a (shirtless, bless) Tyler and orders him to turn. If Tyler owns his pain, he will no longer feel indebted to Klaus and the sire bond will be broken. Tyler gives it his all, but is in so much agony, Caroline wants to let him rest, before he tries again. Tyler knows he has to go through with this. He doesn't want to endanger her or anyone else again. He eventually tells Care Bear she has to leave.
Once his little girl is gone, Bill gets tough with Tyler, who can't quite make himself go through with the transition. And when I say tough, I'm not exaggerating. Bill takes an axe to Tyler, and even cuts into his lovely flesh a few times, in an attempt to both intimidate him into complying and to anger him (thereby inducing his transition). Either Tyler forces himself to complete the bone-breaking transition, or Bill will kill him. Tyler, the poor noodle, is determined to break his bond to Klaus (and to be fair to him, he is so determined, not just because of Bill's threats, but because it is the right thing to do).