Mossy Manse Interior: Elena and Stefan kiss. And kiss. And kiss and kiss and kiss. And then they really kiss and he vamps out -- but the effect is quite subtle, because they're bathed in an amber light (akin to candlelight). He pulls away from her and hides his "true" face. From behind, Elena clasps his shoulders. "Don't." Stefan whispers, "Elena, I can't." Elena tries to turn him toward her as she says, "Yes, you can. Don't hide from me." And all I can think of is when Buffy kissed Angel's "true" face when they were ice skating and got attacked by vamps. Stefan's face is much less offensive. He looks like a burnout with moderate Rosacea. Elena smiles at him as she caresses his face, paying special attention to his moderate (if chronic) skin condition. Stefan watches, seemingly in agony, for her reaction. Elena's eyes narrow and she moves in for more kissing. Atta girl! As he kisses her back, his vamp face vanishes, BECAUSE THIS IS TWU LUV! They stop and stare into each other's eyes. We then cut to Elena, who is leading Stefan by the hand. Upstairs. To his BEDROOM! They stop on the landing to kiss, but then we cut to the bedroom, and their clothes magically start falling off. Did Bonnie do that? His over-shirt. Her shirt. His undershirt. He lays her down on the bed, and since I'm running out of purple prose, I think you'll know what I'm saying when I add -- and then lays her, down on the bed. Their sex scene is beautifully shot. It's all clasped hands, and gaudy bling, young skin and interesting angles. The music fades out as the camera cuts to the exterior of Mossy Manse, and then to commercial.
Warehouse Exterior; Night: Scum exits the warehouse, approaches his SUV and hears a clattering noise that stops him in his tracks. He looks around, but seeing nothing, he turns back toward his ride and is Stealth Salvatored. BY ALARIC! Scum backs up a few paces and asks, "Who are you?" Alaric says he's "a friend of Jenna's." When Scum takes that to mean Jenna sent him, Alaric clarifies that he came on his own. Logan smiles. "Oh, I get it. Well, buddy, I know you think this makes you brave, but actually it makes you pretty stupid." Alaric's not deterred. "Either way, here I am." When Scum asks Alaric what he wants, he replies, "Well, Jenna's a good person. She deserves the best. I'm here to make sure she gets it." Mmmmm. Alaric. Logan circles him. "Is that supposed to be a threat? Couldn't you throw a punch -- maybe provoke me a little?" Alaric stays on his toes. "I'm not a violent guy -- by design." Logan says he's not a very smart one, either and then turns his back on the man he mistakes for no threat as he adds: "Because you have no idea who you're talking to." As Scum speaks, Alaric lets a stake slip from his sleeve into his palm. When Scum turns on him -- in full vamp face -- Alaric is ready, and stakes him through his cheating heart. Scum falls to the ground with a gasp and starts to decompose like Vicki and Lexi before him, but this time, I'm cheering! Oh, my. What is it about me and slayers? Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Slayers. Alaric, for his part, looks like he's struggling to hold onto his lunch as he steps over Scum's rotting corpse and makes his way into the night. I do wish dead vamps poofed into ashes, don't you?