Is there anything better than a Bon Jovi-loving Stefan? Than Jeremy FINALLY ripping his shirt off Hulk-style to reveal his full Hunter’s mark after teasing us with that white tank top for weeks? Still no Caroline and Tyler in this episode — they’re back next week, when Tyler gets to confront a captive Klaus, I presume — but the race for the cure is picking up the pace. Let’s dig in.
Stefan woke up in Rebekah’s bed, with Rebekah’s arm on him, and too quickly got his clothes on. He opened her bedroom door, and Klaus was there. He’d come to momentarily unite their teams against Kol, who now has the white oak stake as well as Klaus’ set of daggers. Klaus knew Rebekah has the last dagger and some white ash, and he wanted it so he could put Kol back in a box. Rebekah didn’t want to leave herself unprotected, so she told Klaus to get gone. Klaus asked Stefan to talk some sense into her: If they dagger Kol, Damon will no longer be compelled to kill Jeremy, and the hunt for the cure could continue.
Of course, Elena still has her plan to kill Kol, which she informed Bonnie of over the phone. No one seems at all upset that if Kol dies, and his bloodline follows, there could be nice vamps like Stefan and Damon among that body count. Elena was stuck in the safe house with Jeremy, who insisted he’s playing video games “to train.” That was another classic Matt face when he turned around to tell Elena, “Me, too.”
Bonnie was stuck at the high school blowing up 89 of the 99 red balloons Caroline had requested for the Welcome to the ‘80s decade dance. After Elena burned her hands trying to wash dishes, Bonnie phoned her Mayor dad so he confirm he’d done what should have been done a long time ago in Mystic Falls — put vervain in the water supply. (Did it not hit Rebekah’s neck of the woods, yet?) Mayor Bonnie’s Dad also reinstated a curfew and canceled town events, including the dance. Bonnie had the nerve to say it’s her job to protect this town and she’s been doing it well. Have we forgotten about all the lanterns we lit after the public memorial for the 12 dead Council members, Bonnie? She hung up, and Kol was there. He slammed her into the lockers and was going to kill her so the race for the cure would stop. Only she did to him what she’d done to Professor Shane when he was being interrogated and pissed her off. This time, however, as his bones broke, the balloons in the hallway burst and tons of paper flew out of opened lockers. I guess the kids had most of their books with them for homework? Kol collapsed, and off Bonnie ran.
We cut to Damon, who was still on the ground in the Salvatore family cellar. Stefan tossed him a vial of blood and offered him a bottle of water. When Damon got up, he was greeted by Klaus, who was going to play the role of Original Babysitter. Stefan told Klaus to give Damon a vial of blood every couple of hours so he doesn’t dessicate. He gave him permission to bleed him out again, if needed. Damon told Klaus that Stefan was still mad at him for sleeping with Elena, and Klaus told Damon about catching Stefan sneaking out of Rebekah’s bed. Revenge sex, Damon knows it well.
On Stefan’s way out to try to get the dagger from Rebekah, he got a call from Elena. She told him that Kol had just tried to kill Bonnie, and about her plan to have Jeremy kill Kol. Stefan smartly turned on his motorcycle motor so Klaus wouldn’t hear Elena explain that Bonnie thinks she can use her newfound power to hold Kol down long enough for Jeremy to get a shot. “They may be dysfunctional, bickering lunatics, but they stick together no matter what,” Stefan said, worrying about Rebekah and Klaus’ wrath. That’s why Elena wanted him to find the dagger and use it on Rebekah. Stefan said he can’t do that, which I took to mean because they’re partners, but Elena’s right: A vampire dies if he uses the dagger on an Original. So Matt will do it. And Bonnie also thinks she can get Klaus out of the picture, too, Elena said. Someone named Bonnie is AWFULLY full of herself now. Once they had the cure, they could use it against Rebekah and Klaus if they’re still pissy. Stefan agreed to it.
NEXT: Kol comes calling