Last week Bonnie and Damon did a sneak-attack kill on Heretic Malcolm. They were so proud of themselves. We were proud of them. But the fallout is wiping all that away. The consequences are legion. And it’s all because Damon broke a vase when he was so young he can’t even remember. But Lily remembers. And she never forgets or forgives — anything.
Her first act of retaliation for Malcolm’s death was having Enzo scoop up Caroline last episode. But now she has to tell her biological sons that she has Caroline, so she has Beau jump in front of Stefan’s car and give him a witchy migraine. Even though it’s news to Stefan that Malcolm is dead, Lily doesn’t care — she’s keeping Caroline.
Enzo is in the Salvatore dungeon (do we know what this room was originally built for, btw?) tying up his lady love interest. He’s using vervain rope to keep her in the chair, but when she bats her eyelashes and ask that he loosen the ropes, she gets the drop on him and runs upstairs. Nora and Mary Louise are right there to stop her. And their idea of capture is much worse than Enzo’s: They chain Caroline up by the arms to a rafter so she can barely touch the ground. Oh, and they’ve pumped her full of vervain.
After leaving Lily, Stefan gets Damon up to speed on the situation and tells him to fix it. Damon has no luck with Lily at the Salvatore house, but he learns that she had someone else’s name put on the deed to the house. So all the Salvatore brothers have to do is find that person, kill him/her, and then sneak Caroline out of the house. The problem is said person is Matt Donovan.
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The night before Matt had been patrolling the town — LOL forever — and stumbles upon two college kids Blair Witching across the town line. They want to find supernatural beings, but supernatural beings find them. Mary Louise and Nora come out to attack them; Matt tries to stop them and ends up unconscious. Fast-forward to Bonnie telling him that he is now the owner of the Salvatore Boarding House. Lily and Co. had put him as the deed owner that night and then compelled him to forget everything.
Bonnie’s brilliant idea is to stop Matt’s heart so Stefan and Damon can get into the Salvatore house and get Caroline out. According to TVD, you can stop a heart for six minutes without damage, but BonBon only needs 10 seconds. Riiight. This will go exactly as planned I’m sure.
But let’s rewind for just a bit (the show is doing it a lot this season, so these recaps can, too). In Alaric’s Occult Studies class at Whitmore earlier that day, he’s telling his students, including Bonnie, to stay away from Mystic Falls. Nothing to see there kids. After class, Bonnie and Alaric chat about how the evacuation plan isn’t working: 10 kids have been killed already because college kids love to explore ghost towns.
They also talk about the bouncy ball, which now has a name: the Phoenix Stone. Ric says it has resuscitative powers, and he stole it from the Maritime Museum when they were in New York before their Euro trip. Bonnie does her voodoo with the stone and gets flashes of death and blood. She tells Ric that the Phoenix Stone is evil, but he knew that already.
So let’s flash back to the random porch where Bonnie has decided to stop Matt’s heart. She sets her phone timer and does the deed. She’s about to bring him back when she starts getting those deadly flashes again — this time we see X’s carved into people’s skin, which we’ve seen on Beau and future Stefan. It causes her to pass out. Not good. Not good at all.
NEXT: Matt, you okay buddy?