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DREAM TEAM Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) have now joined forces.
Back at the lake house, Jeremy practiced slowly loading a gun while Damon fished for information on Elena's mood. Their conversation was interrupted by Klaus, who wanted to know how many vampires Jeremy had killed. He needs that hunter's mark to grow so he can find the cure and make more hybrids (since he just murdered 12 of them). Damon said Jeremy wasn't ready, and Klaus said he wanted to help. So Damon told Jeremy to watch and learn -- and then he fired two bullets into Klaus. "That was for Carol Lockwood," Damon said.
At the school, it was Elena's turn to fire a shot at Stefan's heart when Rebekah asked her if she thought she'd slept with Damon because of the sire bond. "I didn't sleep with Damon because of the sire bond, I slept with Damon because I'm in love with him," Elena said. I literally shouted, "OUCH!" Mercifully, Caroline steered Rebekah back onto the subject of the cure. Stefan told Rebekah that Professor Shadypants knew where to find it.
Cut to Bonnie in Shane's office complaining about her dad, who travels so much because he hates her witch heritage and suddenly wants to be a protective father. She wanted to do more magic therapy to distract herself but Shane informed her that she's graduated. He gave her the necklace (made of human bone) that 2,000 year old witch Qetsiyah supposedly drew on for strength. Shane had papers to grade, so Bonnie left -- and passed a grinning, cute Kol on his way in to kidnap Shane. The men arrived at the school right after Rebekah phoned Tyler to summon him using Caroline as bait. "Maybe you have a better shot at saving her than you did your mother. Bye now," she said. Evil, evil, impolite and evil!
Is Rebekah really as bad as Klaus, as Kol said? No. Not yet, at least. Klaus joined Damon by the fire to give him whittling advice and a therapy session. He knew Damon would have thought to turn innocent people into vampires so Jeremy could stake them with lower risk to himself -- and that Damon wouldn't do that now because Elena wouldn't like it. That's why Klaus did it for him. Pizza Girl showed up claiming car trouble, and flirty Matt went to look for his phone for her. She couldn't enter the house until Jeremy gave her a softcore-porn invite: "Well, I'm about to go take a shower, but you're more than welcome to wait inside."
To let that suspense build, we went back to Rebekah and Kol trying to compel Shane to tell them where the cure was. Only he can't be compelled -- something he picked up in Tibet. So Rebekah ordered Kol to beat it out of him the old-fashioned way. Finally, something Rebekah and I agree on! Rebekah went back into the library and wanted to play a game of Truth or Dare. Elena chose dare, but Rebekah cheated: "I dare you to tell Stefan the truth about Damon." Elena said when she's with Damon, it feels unpredictable, like she's free. And when she's with Stefan? She feels like a project, a problem that needs to be fixed. "I think I make him sad, and I can't be with someone like that, because when he looks at me, all he sees is a broken toy," Elena said. She's not wrong.
Rebekah: Do you still love Stefan?
Rebekah: Are you still in love with Stefan?
Rebekah: Did that hurt, having someone you love drive a dagger through your heart?
Stefan: Go to hell.
Rebekah: Did that hurt?
Rebekah: Welcome to the last 900 years of my life.
Could this get any more uncomfortable? YES! Tyler arrived, and Rebekah told them all to stay in the building and not vamp run in the hallway. Why? She compelled Tyler to turn into a werewolf. Now that she had Shane, she didn't need them. They were just competition, and whoever finds the cure first gets to decide how to use it. Okay, now that is evil (if we thought there was any chance Tyler would actually kill Caroline, Stefan, or Elena).
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