Pep Rally; Nighttime: The band plays. The bonfire blazes and burns away a player from the opposing team -- in effigy. And Germ (who yes, will be called that until he makes up with my Matt) -- he hangs on the bleachers and openly pours hooch into the waiting cups of his equally stupid classmates. All-Trades Tanner is like, I can't patrol the stands right now, I have to make a speech. And so he does. He psyches up the Timberwolves by telling them just how profoundly they sucked until they landed Stefan Salvatore. This makes Tyler bitter, so he wanders off and, after speaking to Vicki for but a moment, spies Germ and decides this would be a good time to pick a fight. Vicki tries to stop it, but to no avail. Germ does get in one good punch before Tyler flattens him. But never fear -- Stefan Salvatore and his super-hearing are there in a flash. Matt, Elena and half the pep rally attendees soon follow. Stefan pulls Tyler off of a fallen Jeremy, while yelling, "He's down. Enough." Tyler's got to let his 'roid rage out somewhere, so he sucker-punches Stefan's stomach, which is about as effective as sucker-punching a brick wall. His hand just bounces off. Meanwhile, Germ reaches for his prematurely empty and sadly broken liquor bottle and slashes at anything moving. Too bad for Stefan that it's his hand that gets the worst of it. Matt then tackles Tyler and Elena steps in and tries to talk sense into her now-bleeding brother. As Matt pushes 'Roid Rage away from the scene, Elena goes to check Stefan's hand, but his wound has vanished. There's just a trace of blood smeared across his palm, and he makes a great show of wiping it off on his pants, as he tries to convince Elena it was never his blood. She's not buying it, though. It's almost kick-off time, so he makes his excuses and leaves her standing there looking after him in wonder, all through the COMMERCIAL!
Episode Report CardCindy McLennan: A- | 1843 USERS: B-
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