Once the Mayor and Mama Mulva are gone, Tyler gets all friendly with Vicki, who reams him for treating her like trash. He seems quite sincere when he assures her he doesn't think she's trash, so she gets him to ask her (kind of) to the Founders Party. Once Tyler's gone, Germ, who has been pouting at the counter, points out that Vicki had to ask Ty to ask her. "You figure if you dress up like a respectable young lady, he'll finally treat you like one?" Vicki says, "Screw you, Jeremy." Germ adds, "You know you're making the wrong choice, and yet you make it anyway. It's sad." She scoffs and walks off. And Germ makes a constipated face, which is too bad, because young McQueen is a good actor. It's just that his character is stuck in the muck of this triangle.
Mossy Manse: Damon laments Stefan's So-Called Unlife to Zach, and then encourages him to speak his mind. Zach foolishly does -- he wants to know why Damon has returned to Mystic Falls, "This time." Damon fast-forwards across the room, and grabs Zach by the neck. "You're in no position to question me." Zach chokes that he didn't mean to upset Damon. Damon smiles. "This is not upset, Zach." He continues to throttle his relative until Stefan enters and asks what's going on. Damon jokes about them spending quality time together, and then leaves. Zach, who is so deferential to Damon gets all stompy with Stefan about his failure to do anything about the threat that is Damon. Stefan reminds him that because he won't drink human blood, he's not vamp enough to stop his brother. MYTHOLOGY MOMENT: Human blood is confirmed to be the good stuff. Zach suggests Vervain, but Stefan reminds him that Damon got rid of all the locally grown plants, back in 1865. Hand wave. Hand wave. Zach, deciding he can trust Stefan, leads him to a room in the dungeon of Mossy Manse, to reveal his own stash of Vervain, growing under his grow lights. "It's just something that's been passed down through the generations. Blood only runs so deep when you're related to vampires. Damon would kill me if he knew that I had it."