Bree's Bar: Zoe knocks back a shot...**SPOILER**...like there's no tomorrow -- because there isn't, for her. Oh, at first she tries to fake like she didn't set Lee on Damon's trail, but then she warns him that she's chock full of Vervain. Don't do that, Zoe. It only encourages Damon to improvise, but I'm jumping ahead. Damon puts her on the spot. "And you're telling me this, why?" She reminds him that Lexi was her friend. When Damon zooms up to her, Zoe tries to talk herself out of her now certain death and indicates there are other ways to open the Katherine-tomb. "Emily's grimoire -- her spell book. If you know how she closed the tomb, the reversal process will be in her book. You can open that tomb!" Damon moves in closer. "And where is this book? [...] You have no idea." Bree stammers, "No, I am telling you the truth." Damon tilts his head and caresses her hair and cheek. "And I believe you. My dear sweet Bree, that's why I'm sorry." Then the Evil Pixie-Monster reaches right in our Zoe Washburn's chest and rips out her heart. Literally. Zoe falls to the floor, but YOU CAN'T TAKE THE SKY FROM HER, DAMON!
On The Road Again; daylight: Damon and Elena head back home toward Virginia. Elena wants to know why Damon brought her along to Georgia. Damon tells her: "Well, you're not the worst company in the world, Elena. You should give yourself more credit. [...] I don't know. You were there in the road, all damsel-in-distress-like. And I knew it would piss off Stefan. And... you're not the worst company in the world, Elena." Elena shifts in her seat. "I used to be more fun." That's all right, Elena. Damon used to be witty. When Damon assures her she did okay, Elena reminds him that she saved his life. Oh, Elena. If only you knew what he just did to Zoe.
Mossy Manse: Elena marches into Stefan's bedroom, and after a loaded, "Hi," she chastises him, because he told her there would be no more lies. She can handle all his truths. "I can accept the fact that the world is a much more mysterious place than I thought possible, but this lie -- I cannot take." Stefan promises that she isn't like Katherine, but Elena demands to know when he figured that out. "Before I kissed you? Before you slept with me." Stefan says, "Before I met you. [...] The first day of school, when we met, it wasn't for the first time, Elena." Elena says, "Then when was it?" Stefan looks her straight in the eye. "May 23rd, 2009. [...] That was the day your parents' car went off the bridge. [...] Every couple of years I come back here to see Zach and see my home. And last spring, I was out in the woods by Old Wickory Bridge, and I heard the accident. All of it. I was fast getting there, but not fast enough. The car was already submerged. Your dad -- he was still conscious. I was able to get to him, but he wouldn't let me help him, until I helped you." Elena cries as she recounts that nobody in the hospital could figure out how she escaped the car. Stefan explains that he went back for her parents, but it was too late to save them. When he pulled her out and saw her ridiculous resemblance to Katherine, he spent months making sure she wasn't actually Katherine. And not only was she not, she was Katherine's polar opposite. He wanted to leave town, but he couldn't without first knowing her. He wanted to tell her, but he couldn't -- she was so sad. Elena catches her breath. "Why do I look like her?" Stefan swears he doesn't know, but he does have one more MAJOR news item. "It didn't make any sense to me. You were a Gilbert, and she was a Pierce. But the resemblance was too similar. And then I learned the truth. You were adopted, Elena." !!!