Mandi Bierly
March 22, 2013 AT 05:32 AM EDT

The Vampire Diaries

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Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley
The CW

You know what this episode felt like, a drag race. For months, we’ve been at the starting line of Silas’ story, revving our engines, and finally, we got the green flag and zoom. We sped to the finish line and got all the answers we needed to care about this arc.

And bonus: No Humanity Elena was less annoying this episode.

We opened with a flashback to 1977, when a couple walked along an empty New York City street near the Empire State Building and spotted a man playing dead on the sidewalk. Oh, Damon, we know this trick. No, he’s not the Son of Sam serial killer; he’s the Son of Giuseppe. Bye-bye. (If you haven’t seen our video with Ian Somerhalder helping us imagine what Stefan would have looked like in the ’70s, you’ll want to click here.)

While Damon told Elena that they were in New York City so she could feed — “There’s so much life, a little death goes unnoticed.” As someone who works in New York, that’s comforting. While Elena was off getting her hair done, Damon gave Stefan an update over the phone: He’s there because his buddy Will used to get fake IDs for vampires (that would be a booming business now that you think about it), and he thinks Katherine was one of his clients.

Back at Salvatore Mansion, Klaus interrupted Caroline’s clean-up duty (is she living there now, too, because of the shower situation?), and after she told him she can hate him for driving Tyler away even if Tyler was plotting to kill him, Stefan revealed he’d asked Klaus over because they need his help to find Silas.

So apparently Silas really is using Shane’s body (or rather a double, I guess). He said he wants her to complete the Expression triangle with another 12-soul sacrifice.

Klaus got an update on Silas that was really a refresher for us, so thank you, Stefan: Silas wants to die and be reunited with his one true love. But he’s supernatural, so if he takes the cure and dies, he gets stuck in the other side. If he destroys the other side all together, he can take the cure, die, and pass on. But in destroying the other side, every dead supernatural being will return to our side. Klaus cares because he has a lot of enemies he’s killed over the years. Stefan said they have to find Silas before he can complete the third massacre. I can’t believe we’re finally at the third massacre!

In New York, Damon took Elena to Billy’s, the underground club he frequented in the ’70s. He used to kill people to get their IDs for Will, and Will would let him feed in the club. Damon was asked to get a lot of 5’7” brunettes for Will to give a client who was a runner. In a flashback, he was about to feed when Lexi stopped him. “You got Lexi’d?” Elena asked in present day. And then Damon’s head was down on the table. It was Rebekah, pissed that he left without her.

Rebekah told Elena that Damon was there following a cure lead, but Damon seemed to save it. The flashback continued, and we found out that Stefan had heard about Damon being reckless all the way in Mystic Falls and sent Lexi to find out what had flipped his switch. Elena pretended she was mad because Damon was clearly going to try to Lexi her. He went to the bar, and Elena admitted to Rebekah that she was returning the favor and playing him right back. She wants to find the cure first so he and Stefan can’t shove it down her throat.

NEXT: A new love triangle?

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