Mossy Manse: Damon tries to get Stefan to admit that his new swagger can be chalked up to a change in diet and I don't mean Activia. Stefan lies with a smile on his face and a song in his heart, but Damon's not buying. "You spent the last century and a half being a poster child for Prozac, and now you expect me to believe that this new you has nothing to do with human blood. Nothing." Stefan swears he's clean. Damon: "You're lying." Stefan: "Believe what you want." Oh Stefan, insisting on that last denial is such a dead giveaway. Small nitpick: Because of this show's strong track record of characters sharing important information, I'm a little disappointed that Damon fails to tell Stefan that the Council is aware of the missing blood.
Later, Stefan is on the phone with Elena, who tells him about the forgotten Founders' Court commitment and asks him to be her escort. Miranda Gilbert was way into this stuff and was even Miss Mystic in her day. Stefan says they'll do it up and it will be fun, which should set off all her alarms. After they hang up, Stefan checks his bureau for more blood. When there's none to be had in his secret stash, he heads down to the basement to his enormous, refrigerated, double-secret stash. Sadly, for him, Damon catches him. Sadly, for us, there's a COMMERCIAL.
Busted Stefan's all, "So, I'm drinking blood again?" Then he deflects blame for good measure. "You're the one who shoved it on me." Then he tries on a little denial. "I have it under control." Damon points out that robbing a hospital isn't having it under control. I want to know Damon's definition of same. A couple of weeks ago, he was dining on a couple of pre-packaged liters of Soccer Mom, right? Where was he getting that blood? Where's he getting his blood, now? At any rate, Damon reminds him they're trying to keep a low profile. "Why don't you just walk up to Sheriff Forbes and ask her to tap a vein." Stefan smirks. "Have my actions negatively impacted you?" Hee. Okay, Damon's right, but he totally deserved that. When Damon can't get Stefan's attention, he tries a new tack. "What's Elena think about the...new...you." Stefan says nothing has changed, and Elena doesn't need to know anything, yet. Damon reminds Stefan that since he's been off the human stuff for years, it's going to take a while for him to adjust to his fortified diet. Stefan can't and won't hear him. "I know it pains you to see this, but I'm fine, okay? I'm fine. So please, do me a favor -- and back off."