Anyhow, Vicki goes pale. Her veins and other vamp signs disappear. Stefan pulls out the stake. Did it hit her heart? Elena and Stefan stare at one another. Vicki gasps. Jeremy, who is still down on the pavement, calls out to her. She turns to him and her face seems to start to...melt. Stefan hustles Jeremy away as Vicki falls to the ground. Her chest is but bones covered in flesh, now. Elena looks on in horror as Vicki begins to decompose before their eyes. Jeremy's screams carry us to commercial. After the break, Elena holds onto her bloody shoulder as she orders Stefan to get Jeremy out of there. While Stefan escorts Jeremy home, he calls Damon for help.
Second-Sight Shack: When Bonnie returns home, Grams demands to know where she got the amber crystal. When Bonnie declares it a piece of junk, Grams explains that it belonged to one of the most powerful witches of their line. She grabs a book from a high shelf and shows Bonnie a picture of her great great great great grandmother, "Emily Bennett" dated 1864. Grams looks at the picture. "And there's your necklace."
A battered and bloody Elena waits with Vicki's decaying corpse until Damon arrives to clean up the scene. He tells her she should go -- he's got this. She's furious and blames this all on Damon, who tells her, "You confuse me for someone with remorse." Elena attacks him, but it does no good. He grabs her arm, and while she writhes in pain he says, "None of this matters to me. None of it." Elena says, "People die around you." Damon gets points for not replying, "Duh. Vampire." She continues: "It matters and you know it," and then slaps his face -- which does have some impact. He stares at her as she seethes, and then narrows his eyes. "Mmmm." He takes a big whiff. "You need to leave. Your wounds are bleeding. And you. Need. To leave." He raises his eyebrows. Elena clutches at her injured shoulder as she backs away. Damon watches her retreat with all sorts of emotions playing across his pretty face. Finally, he looks down at Vicki, crouches beside her, sighs and clucks his tongue.