Founders Hall: Damon arrives at a meeting of the Council. She's-the-Sheriff, Liz Forbes, announces that Vicki's death will be ruled an overdose, and then the Mayor takes center stage and asks Uncle Sark to make his report to the group. Liz explains that new-guy is Elena's Uncle, Jon Gilbert, "But I call him Jackass." Awesome. I'm going to try that for a while. Jon tells the Council about blood bank thefts and a rash of missing persons in surrounding towns. "You think all your problems are over, but... nothing has been solved." Damon tries to hide all the bricks he just shit.
MFHS; Alaric's Classroom: Alaric catches Elena up on Isobel. No, don't be ridiculous. He catches her up on Jeremy and his Vampire history paper. They decide to hope that Jeremy is still innocent to the reality of vampires, and then Alaric gets personal (oh, not in any bad way, just stop that -- although they don't have bad chemistry) asking how she manages to lie to everyone she cares about. Well, it's not everyone, Alaric. Bonnie knows, and of course there's Stefan (and Damon), but I'll let you get back to your conversation. Elena lies to protect the ones she loves. (Just like Stefan lied to her, which put her in danger and royally pissed her off. Excellent hypocrisy there, E.) Then Alaric gets almost fatherly. "I think Stefan's a good guy, but at the end of the day, he's still a vampire." Which is really this episode's thesis. Elena's almost as good at denying Stefan's dark side as Stefan himself is. "Stefan's different. He would never do anything to hurt me." Isn't it romantic?
Gilbert Gables; Suppertime: Jeremy announces he doesn't want to go to the Founders Day Kick-Off Party. Uncle Jackass will have none of that. It's tradition! "The Gilberts have been part of this town for 150 years. We're one of the founding families. With that distinction comes certain obligations. [...] One day, when you can appreciate the significance, I'll tell you all about your heritage." Over in the peanut gallery, Jenna takes a poke at the Gilbert's and their sacred legacy. "I was never a Gilbert, so I wasn't cool enough to hear about it." Germ leans in toward his uncle and asks why Jenna hates him. Jon says, "We used to sleep together." Oh, that's it. He's Uncle Snark. Jenna throws something at him -- but sadly, I think it's Chinese food, not a knife.