It was a big episode for Steroline fans – and for clunkily maneuvering to make Jeremy, Matt, and Tyler a real part of the show again. (Sorry, Bon Bon. Still not convinced they know what to do with you.) Let’s dig in.
We opened with Sloan pressuring Stefan to focus on his connection to doppelgänger Tom Avery so he could tell them where to find him: The Atlanta Metropolitan Hospital, where he just helped save a woman’s life by being a badass EMT.
In the morning, Elena thought she could creep out of bed and get dressed for Jeremy’s noon parent-teacher conference without Damon’s vampire hearing being alerted. Could they have put that sheet any lower on Ian Somerhalder’s naked body without setting off a network censor? For the record, I only freeze-framed on that shot to confirm the answer is, in fact, no. Equal opportunity objectification: Nina Dobrev also looked ridiculously sexy in this scene, so you can’t blame Damon for wanting to make another “big” mistake or naked breakfast. Somehow she resisted.
Speaking of food, Caroline and Enzo were at an Atlanta diner when they got the call from Sloan with the doppelgänger’s name and whereabouts. Caroline was not happy that Sloan was still using Stefan to “doppelbomb” Tom and threatened to kill her, too, which Enzo almost bought. Seeing the Travelers carry Stefan off on a stretcher? Not pleasant. But nice to see Paul Wesley getting to relax on set.
Damon went to the Grill to get wasted and to use bartender Matt and I’m-too-young-to-cook-for-myself Tyler as his amateur shrinks. He couldn’t talk to Stefan about Elena because it’s tough to tell someone that you just broke up with the former love of his life and then broke the bed. I first thought it was odd that Damon would even sit near those two, but the Grill has always been his watering hole (and the show’s go-to set), so just go with it. Really, he was there to see Liv buy a bottle of booze and then sit down for a chat with Jeremy.
While waiting in line to talk to the guidance counselor at Mystic Falls High, Elena phoned Bonnie and updated her on the break-up and sex with Damon. Bonnie was more concerned with the fact that no one knew where Jeremy had spent the night. Luke made his entrance to study near Bonnie. While Bonnie thought about hooking him up with Elena (or Damon, rather), Elena was joined by Damon, who was listed as Jeremy’s primary contact.
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