Elena freaks out when the storm slams her back-porch door open.
Anna tells Jeremy she won’t turn him. He wants to know why he wants to be turned. He doesn’t answer. Anna asks Jeremy about his vervain bracelet. She offers to give it to her. She says he should wear it. Jeremy tells Anna he wants to be turned because he’s alone. She says there are only four reasons why vampires turn others. Boredom. Dirty work. Love. He’s none of those yet. They flirt over text message when she gets stuck at the grill with her mom. Pearl notices Anna and Jeremy flirting and asks the mayor who he is. When he answers, she’s quietly upset. She goes to the bathroom and talks to her. she’s still mad that his family is the reason she was stuck in the tomb for 150 years. “When he finds out, he’ll turn on you too.” “He already knows and he likes me.” her mom slaps and she leaves. As she does, she texts Jeremy that she’ll turn him. After learning about Vicki, Jeremy goes to his room and starts destroying his articles about animal attacks. Anna shows up and learns she’s the reason why he wanted to be turned. He admits it and she disappears before he can apologize. She’s hurt. He betrayed her not unlike Jonathan betrayed Pearl.
The vampire wants to kill everyone. Pearl says they have to be patient. These people aren’t their enemies, even though they are the same families. Pearl runs into the mayor at the Grill and starts chatting him up. When Anna and Pearl get home, they find most of their coven dead and the other obedient.
Caroline and Matt talk about his mom and Vicki. She tries to encourage him. Caroline’s car gets stuck in the mud on a back route. Her phone doesn’t work when she tries to call someone. She sits in her car until nightfall. Then finally gets out of her car and goes to look for a signal, alone, in the woods. She finally gets a signal at the tops of a hill, but slides when she stops pay attention. She grabs some vines and finds someone’s arm.
Damon, Elena, and Stefan discuss the other vampires and how Damon made a deal with Pearl. Stefan says Elena is going to sit and wait while he handles everything. She doesn’t argue, but I don’t think she agrees. Stefan goes hunting. Three vampires stake him in the gut. Damon calls Elena and she ignores him six times. He comes to the house, worried about Stefan. They go to Pearl’s. The vampire answers the door saying Pearl isn’t home. He shows Stefan weak and tortured. They compel the woman not to let Damon in. Elena can get in, but Damon won’t let her go after him. Elena and Damon go to ask Alaric for help. Harper defends Stefan as the bully vampire tortures him. When he refuses to help, Damon tells Alaric Pearl can help him find his wife. He reluctantly agrees. Elena argues that she wants to help. He won’t let her go in the house. She claims he doesn’t understand. He does get it. He cares enough about her that he tells her he can’t protect her. Alaric watches them. Either trying to figure out if he does understand or if there’s a thing between Elena and Damon. Alaric plays the role of a stranded traveler. The vampires let him in and Alaric tries to get the woman to let Damon in. She can’t because she’s compelled. Damon has to kill her to get in. Alaric is concerned, but Damon doesn’t care. When Alaric goes back to the car, Elena is gone, trying to help save Stefan. She finds a basement and goes to find him. Damon stabs the vampire guarding him and asks her if she’s insane. Stefan thinks Harper for trying to help him. When Elena and Damon come to help him, Damon can’t because of the vervain on the ropes. Elena has to help Stefan get to the car while Damon and Alaric act as distractions. They fall and she starts bleeding, making him weaker than he already is. Fredrick is waiting by the car when they get in. He starts beating Stefan more. Just before he stakes Stefan, Elena stakes him. Stefan passes out. Alaric and Damon finish off the vampires in the house, but there are still several outside. Elena realizes she can save him with her blood. She puts her cut palm in his mouth. When he wakes up, she tells him to take her wrist. “I trust you.” He drinks enough he can and does beat Frederick, but he kind of loses his mind. She’s freaked out. At the house, he says she could have been killed. He apologizes for making her see him that way. She apologizes for it being her fault. Alaric asks Damon if he lied about being able to find his wife. Damon confesses he did. Later at the grill, Alaric punches him.
Matt gets home and Kelly has made dinner for him. She promises she’s really going to try this time, but he has to bear with her. Caroline and the sheriff show up telling them the body was Vicki’s. Jeremy calls Elena about Vicki. They all gather together at Matt’s house. When Caroline tries to comfort Matt, he tells her needs to be alone. When Elena gets there, she and Matt hold each other. Of course, Caroline is jealous.
Damon finds Stefan in the parlor with a bunch of his blood pouches emptied. He sits there sipping like an addict. He tasted human blood again and it won’t be easy for him to go back.