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NOT A-W-E-S-O-M-E Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) discussed her new attitude.
Having obtained Klaus' phone records offscreen, Damon paid Casa Klaus a visit to tell him he sucked at two things: Find Katherine and covering up his secret phone conversations with Hayley. Damon tried to convince him to let him speak to Hayley since they're back on the same side again: Katherine most likely wants to shove the cure down Klaus' throat, which neither of them wants to happen. Klaus said Hayley was off-limits but told him about the vampire who should soon be dying of a wolf bite who'd attacked Hayley on Katherine's behalf.
We cut back to the school, where I swear Elena's cheerleading uniform has gotten even shorter. Caroline went to stretch while Elena followed a cheerleader from another school who'd forgotten her makeup bag to her bus. She bit the girl and stole her blue hair ribbon. That color with her red uniform annoyed me more than it should have. It would have been stupid for Elena to kill that girl and wear her hair ribbon, but the length of drink Elena took from her, it really seemed liked she should have died. She lived, however, with a scarf around her neck. Caroline figured it out first: Elena no longer listens to Damon.
Stefan called Damon, and we got the explanation: the sire bond was based on her feelings for him, so without her feelings, the bond was gone. What happens if they turn back on her feelings? Don't think about that now. Damon was busy anyway. He was now at the truck stop, where he was quickly joined by Rebekah. She was back from the island, where, she told him, she saw Shane's dead body. Now she's looking for Katherine, too. They joined forces because she'd brought some of Klaus' blood, which they could use to save the vampire and interrogate him about Katherine.
Klaus had stayed at home so he could wine and dine the information out of Hayley. This connection still seems a bit forced but let's go with it. Klaus has lost hope of getting with Caroline, so he's more lonely than usual. In that regard, it makes sense that he'd entertain Hayley. She told him she'd been in New Orleans trying to find her real parents when Katherine found her and said she could help her. And so the bonding over being abandoned began.
At the school, it was Elena's turn to stretch and she threw her leg up on Stefan's shoulder. I wonder if they thought about having Nina do that suggestive yoga move she used on Conan O'Brien? This way, we got to admire Nina's muscular thighs. Stefan was fishing to find out if she'd stolen the blood bags. She assured him she prefers something warmer. He tried to tell her she's better than that, that she should be afraid of becoming him in 1912. She thought maybe this was the best version of herself. It was the Mystic Falls squad's turn to go. "No way, you are not cheering," Caroline told Elena, trying to punish her. Elena wouldn't be stopped. During the routine, she let Caroline fall to the ground when she was spotting her on a toss. I may have yelled the B word at my TV. Not proud. Elena just walked out.
Stefan followed her, and he figured out she'd joined the squad so she could feed on the vervain-free victims who'd come in from out-of-town for the competition. Elena said they all want her to be okay so badly, they’ll hear whatever she wants them to. He had a trick up his sleeve though: He made her think he wanted to take her to a dive bar where she could have fun with few witnesses, but when she caught the helmet he tossed her, he shot her up with vervain. That's when I yelled, SUCKER!
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