Downstairs, it seems Jeremy has told Anna about reading Elena's journal after all. Part of him is angry that Elena covered up Vicki's death and had his memory erased, but in a nice parallel to Bonnie's wish for the pretty lie, he's sort of glad big sister did what she did. "I don't want to remember Vicki like that." Anna cringes. "As a monster?" Germ: "No. As someone who wanted to hurt me." Anna confesses that while Jeremy was just a pawn in her strategy to get her mother back at first, things changed. She'd never do anything to hurt him, now. Jeremy says he knows that. Off to the side, Uncle Snark watches and maybe eavesdrops.
Parking Lot: Stefan drags Anxiety Amber out to his car and goes into a completely manic breakdown over the fact that Elena "knows." Clearly compelled, Anxiety Amber sounds like the Buffy-bot as she notes he seems sad. Stefan laughs and rubs his eye. "I'm not sad. I'M FREAKING HUNGRY!"
Inside, Mayor Lockwood introduces the next member of the Court. "Miss Elena Gilbert, escorted by Mr. Stefan Salvatore." Yeah, not so much. As she rounds the curve in the staircase, Elena finds not Stefan, but some nameless boy who looks at her all Um... Panic flashes across Elena's face, but she takes a deep breath and continues her descent. It's then that Damon realizes her predicament and steps into his brother's shoes, or at least his place. He gives her a grim smile and as she asks where Stefan is, Damon says he doesn't know. They go outside, where Jenna whispers to Alaric, "What is she doing with Damon?" Alaric: "I don't know?" Pssst, guys. They're really hot, so shut up.
Outside; Dance Floor: The dance begins. The young ladies and gentleman honor their partners and Elena asks Damon what they're going to do. He tells her right now, they've just got to get through this. "This" appears to be proving Stefan oh so very WRONG about the effect of the near touch. My word, I don't know if I can recap this scene without swooning. People have been complaining about the use of Within Temptation's "All I Need" during this scene. Judge for yourself. In theory, I suppose they're right. In practice, all I can do is look at this beautiful couple. His tie matches his eyes which coordinate with her gown and the bejeweled comb holding back some of her hair. They circle one another like wary cats -- hands almost touching but not. Clockwise. Counter-clockwise. Clockwise. Oh FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, TOUCH ALREADY! The Within Temptation lead singer agrees with me. All my agony fades away, when you hold me in your embrace. And there, finally, he holds her in his arms. And that's it. That's the moment. That's the game changer. Somerhalder always has those pretty, flushed cheeks, so you really can't tell when he's blushing, but the olive-skinned Nina Dobrev is suddenly just as pink. They dance. They stare. Damon's gaze is mature, appreciative, flattering, and not at all a leer. He changes into the antebellum southern gentleman he was meant to be. When it's time for them to part, Elena realizes she's just had OMGEYESEX with her boyfriend's brother. She can't meet Damon's gaze. He can't take his eyes off her. Meanwhile, the Nielsen people try to figure out why the DVRs they monitor keep rewinding to the 8:40 PM mark.