The Grill: Anna finds Jeremy playing pool and he catches her up on the success of his extra credit essay. She asks if the teacher believed his vampire angle and says vampire like you might... if you were an overly dramatic film vampire. Jeremy laughs it off then tries to give Anna the brush off. She's persistent though, and suggests they hangout later, but Jeremy can't -- part of his probation at school is serving punch at the dance. When she suggests hanging tomorrow instead, Jeremy looks like his brain is stuck -- and I'm chalking that up to the post-Vicki-death mind-wipe that Damon did on him. As far as we know, Damon removed his suffering, right? But love is not all pain; it's joy too. So here's this boy still in love with the woman he doesn't know turned into a vampire -- the vampire he doesn't know he killed. It's not just that he's recently out of a relationship. Since his suffering has been removed, I'm wondering if his ability to fall out of love is broken, or at least a little bent. And on the flip side, if his ability to fall out of love is out of whack, what does that do to his ability to fall in love again? That first rush of love always walks the pleasure/pain line, doesn't it? Unless/until you know your love is not unrequited, it can be as awful as it is awesome; Barney Stinson might deem it awfsome. At any rate, Germ doesn't want what Anna's giving away, so off he goes, leaving her looking like she's drowning in awfsome sauce.
Gilbert Gables: Jenna, who looks adorable in '50s garb, tries to make small talk with Elena, telling her she can continue to use her car for now (Elena's is totaled), and how she's going to help chaperone the '50s dance with Alaric. Elena cuts to the chase. She wants to know about her adoption and why Jenna never told her. Jenna insists Elena's mother was going to tell her, eventually, but she never got the chance on account of dying and all. Elena is, I believe, a junior in high school. Her parents died May 23, 2009 -- so at the tail-end of her sophomore year. When, exactly, were they going to tell her? The people who have been adopted into my family were never *told* they were adopted, because they never didn't know they were adopted. It was always part of the life story their parents told them, just like my kids know when I went into labor with them and yada yada yada.