Mossy Manse: Damon is writing down a list of names:
Benjamin Lockwood. John (sic?) Gilbert Honoria Fell William F (rest of name obscured -- I'm thinking Forbes)
When Stefan walks in, Damon cracks, "You've got the hair right," and since otherwise, I have no idea what to do with that, I'm marking it down as another crack at Twilight. Stefan probably doesn't know what it means either, so he just ignores it and gives Damon their father's journal, since he figures that's why Damon was ransacking their library. Damon asks, "Why would I want it?" Stefan says, "Gee, I don't know, Damon. Maybe you want to do a little bit of posthumous bonding." Nowhere in it does it say anything about Katherine, the tomb or how to open it. Doing his very best Angelus-deadpan, Stefan adds, "I'm very sorry that it won't be any help with your Diabolical Plan: The Sequel." Damon gives his brother a false smile, but Stefan ignores that too and offers to help Damon release Katherine (although not the other 26 vampires who are trapped along with her). He'll do anything to help get Damon out of town, and then so immodestly points out that he's the honest brother and Damon's the dirty rotten liar. That right there is when he tipped his hand, to me at least, that he's probably lying. And I'm thinking if I can smell a lie, Damon can practically taste it, but I digress. Anyhow, Stefan leaves Damon to think over his offer and we cut to...
Gilbert Gables: The ACTUAL VAMPIRE COMPASS lies open on Elena's bed, because she's not at all afraid that her brother Jeremy, from whom it was stolen, will see it and incorrectly assume she was the thief. Oh, no. She's too busy primping for the dance to think. You can tell, because she goes into the bathroom to dry her already dry hair -- her already dry hair which is already arranged over a Bumpit -- her already dry hair which is already arranged over a Bumpit and which is already being held back with a headband. Yeah, she's blow-drying it. But if she didn't do things in this order, she'd hear the ACTUAL VAMPIRE COMPASS whirling and whirring, way too soon. So it whirls and whirrs while the blow dryer blows dry her already dry hair until it looks COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY THE SAME as it did before. She then opens her closet, and that sound somehow also masks the whirling and whirring. And finally, after she grabs a pink scarf, she hears the damned thing. She grabs it and her phone and dials Stefan, but does she hide in the bathroom, or some other sensible place? No, she wanders the house looking for the vampire. Meanwhile, at Mossy Manse, Damon hears a phone ringing and answers it: "Stefan's phone." Hee. I love that Evil Pixie Monster, despite myself. It seems Stefan left his phone behind, so Damon and Elena decide that the compass must be acting up because Stefan has arrived at Gilbert Gables. The vampire who is camped out on the FRIGGING CEILING probably disagrees. As soon as Elena hangs up, the vampire swoops down, grabs her, and lunges for her neck. Elena screams. Stefan materializes in the room, grabs the vamp off of her. They struggle for but a moment, and then the vamp zooms out of the house. Stefan holds Elena tightly as she tries to climb back into her own skin. Nina Dobrev, by the way, rocks the freaked-out vibe in this scene. I want to hug her too, and set aside some of this week's batch of pudding I've made for Matt, and give it to Elena. Stefan can feed it to her, though. It's not Lesbian Friendship Pudding, not that there's anything wrong with that -- other than the name, that is. Commercial.