Professor Shane almost got a shirtless scene. I feel like we could have seen more skin as he changed into dry, non-blood-soaked clothes at his office. "It turns out I miscalculated. Kol's gonna be a problem," he told Bonnie when she entered. She was pissed that she almost killed April for him. You see, Bonnie's dad just became mayor, so she can't be out doing black magic. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON, BONNIE? I don't know what to think about Shane's explanation of Expression. He says it's how you use it that determines whether it's good or bad. It's just a way to do limitless magic not monitored by nature or the spirits. He told her she is the key to everything and he's not gonna let anything bad happen to her. Maybe it's because he was standing really close to her, or because his shirt had a few buttons undone, but I think that might have been the start of some sexual tension. It would be smart: Make Bonnie think he loves her, so she trusts him more. Then eventually, make her chose between Shane and Jeremy when both of their lives are in danger. (Jeremy's biceps for the win!)
Speaking of love!!! Elena phoned Damon, who neglected to tell her that he was burying the Pizza Girl, and told him that Stefan knew about them and hadn't taken it well. Blah, blah, blah, how's Jeremy? You're burying the lead, Elena. She told Damon she realized something about him today. He could say it's the sire bond, and maybe it is, but it's the most real thing she's ever felt: "I love you, Damon," she said. He was speechless. So she said it again. "I love you."
"Look, I'm gonna get this cure for you, and I'm gonna have to do things you're not gonna like," he said. "But listen carefully, get in your car, right now. Come to me." [Insert squeal!] That, to me, was better than watching them have hot shirt-tearing sex because it felt real. It felt like Elena's choice. And Ian Somerhalder played it perfectly: The way he let the phone linger by his ear, as if in that moment, time stood still. The way he looked to the heavens and smiled (at God? at Alaric?). His voice -- he wasn't trying to be sexy or forceful -- it was honest, and happy, and relieved. He wanted to hold her, not shove her against a wall. And P.S. I loved that Elena was sitting on the front porch of her house when she made that call. That's her and Damon's special place.
Stefan, we learned, had also made a call that night. He'd invited Rebekah over. He knows she still wants the cure (to ram down Klaus' throat), so he told her Shane is still alive. Why share that? He'll go insane if he doesn't know how Elena truly feels about Damon, so he needs to find the cure, too. Everyone else has something: Damon has Jeremy, Klaus has the sword, and Shane has Bonnie. They're the only two left with nothing. HE WANTS TO BE HER PARTNER. I am so onboard with spiraling Stefan working with needy Rebekah. I don't want them to hook up (though I could see him doing it in the future when he's drunk -- ominous close-up of the bottle). But I do hope we hear her recount the good times they had together. (Shouldn't he be curious? Again, maybe when he's drunk he could bring it up. Especially if he's a friendly drunk like me: "Why don't we ever hang out? We should hang out more!" )
Rebekah had told Stefan about Shane's dark agenda and penchant for mass murders of 12 people, which Stefan knew was used for Expression. How will they "manage" Shane? I assume it was Rebekah who sent April to see Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Bonnie's Dad. She told them about Shane orchestrating the Council deaths. I'm guessing they could lock him up. Or, at the very least, Bonnie's dad will tell Bonnie not to see Shane anymore -- assuming he knows she's spending time with him. That could slow Shane down.
I'm glad we didn't end there. That wasn't nearly dramatic enough. Instead, we cut to Jeremy, Matt, and Damon showing up at a bar littered with patrons Klaus had in transition to become vampires. Is Matt there for them to feed on to complete their transitions? Sorry, Matt. Jeremy was pissed. He thought Damon was going to convince Klaus there was another way to do this. "Well, I thought about it," Damon said, "and then I realized his idea was better." Does Jeremy kill those vamps, or are they the ones chasing him in the promo for next week? Either way, it will be fun to see Jeremy being hunted (even if he is wearing a sweatshirt). And P.S. If Elena is sired to Damon, will she really be upset with him for allowing Klaus to target innocent people? Won't she see it Damon's way?
Your turn. What did you think of the episode?