Stefan drives to school in his car. Everyone stares. Elena is happy to see him at school again and asks if this means he’s okay now. A concerned look crosses Elena’s face when Stefan tells her he’ll catch up with her. He opens the trunk of his car and there are several empty blood bags there.
Damon has a meeting with the sheriff and John. Someone stole blood bags from the local hospital and changed the numbers to make it look normal. John suspects Damon, but Damon is confused. John volunteers himself and Damon to look into the matter. John shows up at the estate and tells Damon Jonathon Gilbert had an invention Pearl stole the plans too. He asks Damon if he knows who Pearl is. That’s what tips the scale for Damon. He tells him to get out. The only reason he was letting John use the blackmail scheme was because he thought he could lead him to Katherine. Because Katherine and Pearl were best friends and John doesn’t know that, Damon knows he doesn’t know where Katherine is. John threatens to tell the whole counsel about the Salvatore’s. Damon doesn’t care. He’ll kill the whole counsel, severe John’s hand, take his ring, and then kill him too. Anna and Pearl come to Damon with the invention Pearl stole. The problem is, she stole the wrong invention. She knew that when she saw the compass in Jonathan’s hand the night she was captured.
Bonnie is finally back in school after her grandma’s death. She avoids looking at Elena and gives Damon a weird look. When Elena catches up to her later, she says she didn’t really want to come back after learning the spell failed. Elena says she wanted her to know before coming back. Caroline comes running up and lets it out that she and Bonnie talked every day she was gone. Such is not the case for Elena and Bonnie. Caroline mentions the Founder’s court. Elena has forgotten about it. Caroline asks Elena if this means she’s dropping out. She can’t back out because her mom wanted her to do it. Caroline goes over her competition with Bonnie. When they go into the dance room, Bonnie ignores Stefan altogether and tries to avoid Elena who asks her to talk for just a minute. Elena asks what’s wrong. “You’ve barely said 10 words to me and you won’t even look at Stefan.” She admits everything Grams did was to protect them from the vampires in the tomb. Now that they’re out it means she died for nothing. She blames Stefan and Damon. Elena wants to know what she can do to make it better. She can’t. Bonnie doesn’t want to put Elena in a situation where she has to pick sides. She’s just having a hard time. Of course, Stefan listens in.
Anna shows up the estate. She apologizes for the stuff that happened with Stefan. Damon blames her for taking the blood from the hospital. Anna says she hasn’t been to the local hospital in a week and that the other vampires all left Mystic Falls except for herself, her mother, and Harper. Damon is concerned. Damon accuses Stefan of taking the blood from the hospital. Stefan denies everything. He swears he hasn’t been drinking human blood. Damon doesn’t believe him and catches him the act. Like the addict he is, he claims he has it under control. Damon calls him on his crap. He stole from a hospital. Stefan claims he’s fine, but Damon knows he’s going through the Jackal and Hyde phase of being back on human blood. He asks if Elena knows. Stefan says she doesn’t need to know yet. The first step to prepping for the Founder’s court is learning to dance. Elena and Stefan flirt it up. And Elena notices he’s in an unusually good mood. She’s not complaining. It’s just different.
While Stefan is walking past the basketball court, one of the kids falls and scrapes his knee getting bloodied up. Stefan struggles the urge to go after the kid. Alaric comes up to him and notices something is wrong. Stefan chokes him and then quickly apologizes, saying he’s feeling sick. Alaric is the chauffer for the Gilberts and asks Elena how he’s doing. Elena says he’s bouncing back. Alaric doesn’t push it further.
Anna shows up at the court. Damon talks to her about John trying to get the invention from Pearl. His reasoning for Anna is that she wants to stay in Mystic Falls if John is gone, because he’s making it hard for vampires to live there.
Jenna and Elena talk about how she’s not getting cold feet, but she’s not exactly having fun either. She feels like she would be having more fun if her mom were here. Caroline is sitting nearby and overhears their conversation. When Elena goes to change into her dress, Damon is there waiting for her. He tells her Stefan is still drinking human blood. He admits he would have rejoiced a month ago, but not now with the counsel breathing down their necks. Damon explains it’s so much worse for Stefan because he’s spent his entire existence denying his thirst, rather than learning to control. “It’s Stefan on human blood. He’ll say anything. He’ll do anything. Because he’s not gonna want to stop. Trust me.” Elena blames herself. Stefan comes in at that moment. Damon straight up tells Stefan he’s been filling Elena in and Elena says she knows about the blood. Damon excuses himself to go downstairs and drink. Stefan claims he was going to tell her. He swears he’s fine. She tells him it’s changing him. She calls him out on stealing and lying. He uses the guilt trip of “I thought you believed in me.” Stefan goes to the bathroom and breaks a mirror, furious about Damon and Elena. One of the other girls, Amber checks on him, and he vamps up. In the next scene, Stefan and Amber are missing. Elena tries to drop out because this isn’t who she is anymore, but Caroline stops her. She reminds her she’s doing this because it was important to her mom. Stefan is taking Amber outside and walking away with her. He compels her and rambles to her about everything. When Stefan doesn’t show up to escort Elena, Damon does it instead. Jenna and Alaric wonder what she’s doing with Damon. Damon and Elena have to do the dance with each other and Elena is very clearly feeling something with him. It’s in her eyes and small smile. It’s in his too. At the end of the dance, she looks away from him, trying not to feel whatever she’s feeling. Stefan tells Amber he wants to kill her. He speaks of feeding on humans as an artform. He knows if he gives in there’s no going back. Under compulsion, Amber encourages him. He does. He gives in. He feeds off her. Caroline wins. He asks why she’s not afraid. Because he told her not to be. He comes her further to be afraid of him and to run like hell. Damon tells Stefan about the struggle in the bathroom and that Amber is missing. Bonnie overhears and follows them to find him. He chases after Amber again. He changed his mind. The three catch up to him. Damon physically tries to stop Stefan while Elena begs him to stop. Bonnie uses a mind trick on him. It stops him, but he runs away. The sheriff says Amber doesn’t remember anything. The story is that Bonnie and Elena find her and called Damon. They claim they didn’t see anything. Elena begs Bonnie to talk to her. Bonnie doesn’t want to make Elena choose, but she does have to choose for herself. Alaric asks Elena what’s wrong. Elena is in Stefan’s room when he gets there, shaking. She tells him it’s not him. It’s what the blood brings out in him. He says it is him. It brings out what’s inside of him. If she thinks differently, she’s an idiot. “I wanted to drain every ounce of blood from that girl’s body. It’s who I am Elena.” “No, you can’t scare me off.” “Why would you risk this? Why did you come here?” “Because this is my fault. I did this.” “All you did was expose me to who I really am.” “This isn’t you.” “Stop saying that! Don’t get any closer to me.” “I’m not going to give up. I believe in you.” He slams her against the wall yelling stop. She shaking in fear. “I’m so sorry.” He leans against her. She stabs him with one of Alaric’s vervain darts. And, per Elena’s request, Damon locks Stefan in the same dungeon Stefan locked him in in the first episodes. She decides to stay outside the dungeon and he stays with her. Yup! This is officially the official unofficial beginning and Damon and Elena.
Jeremy asks John about Jonathan. Jonathan tells him there are more journals. Jeremy asks what he thinks of his writing and he claims he believes it’s all the crazy ramblings of a mad man. While talking to John, Jeremy spots Anna. She avoids him. He follows her. She’s hurt that he was using her to turn him so he could be with someone else. He compares it to befriending him to give his blood to her mom. She’s surprised he knows about that. He tells Anna he knows these things because of Elena’s journal. Part of him is angry she lied to him and erased his memory, but the other part is glad. He doesn’t want to remember Vicki as someone who wanted to hurt him. Anna confesses that after all the time they spent together, she would never do anything to hurt him. John asks Jenna about Anna. The foolish uninformed human that she is, Jenna gives him all the info he needs. She and her mother Pearl are new in town and trying to buy the Gilbert building.