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NOT A-W-E-S-O-M-E Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) discussed her new attitude.
Damon and Rebekah had made their way to the Grove Hill medical center, where Damon believed the wolf-bitten vamp would go to avoid the fun and feed. After seeing the blood supply there was gone and thinking about what Stefan had told him about the Mystic Falls hospital having been robbed, he figured they had another vampire to worry about -- but not now. (Why wasn't anyone saying Silas?!) Rebekah distracted him by telling him that he's better off if she gets the cure because if Elena takes it, she'll go back to Stefan. In Elena's current state, she's still leaning Team Damon.
Over at Klaus' house, the conversation turned to his art. Hayley was unimpressed until she saw a painting of a lone man that "doesn't make me want to puke." She asked him why he painted it, and he told her painting is a metaphor for control: Every choice is his. He never felt that he belonged, and art taught him that his vision can be achieved through sheer force of will, as in life. You could see where this was headed: She challenges him like Caroline and she's hot, so he does enjoy spending time with her. And more importantly, they need something from each other. They talked about why Klaus was letting Tyler live for now: Is it because a lifetime of paranoia and fear is worse than a quick death, or because Klaus knows Caroline will never forgive him if he kills Tyler? Hayley said for Tyler to survive, it will take allies, a network of people willing to do anything for you. That's how Katherine has escaped Klaus all this time. Klaus heard that she has a name or two she might tell him; I heard that she would do anything to save Tyler.
Speaking of Katherine, Stefan compared Elena to her when Elena changed out of her cheerleading uniform in front of him at Salvatore Mansion. Like Katherine, he said, Elena is now manipulating people with sex. Elena said she's nothing like Katherine, who's been on the run so long that she’s afraid of her own shadow. Elena's afraid of nothing now, she's shut everything off including her feelings for Stefan. He looked a little hurt, so she clarified: She looks at him and can see he's hot: "I remember our sex, and it was good sex. I just don’t feel anything about it anymore." She asked Stefan why he still cared about her, and he said because he brought this all into her life. She told him his whole world revolves around her -- so maybe he needs to turn it off, too.
I was asking WHO IS SHE TEXTING long before Stefan finally did. The answer: Everyone. If he wouldn't let her go to a party, she'd bring the party to her. When Caroline finally made an appearance, Elena was dancing on a table. Yes, it's bad, Caroline said, but watching Elena made her want to let go, too, she told Stefan. His only concern was that if he partied too hard, he'd kill people. As his sober coach, she gave him permission to cut loose: He's single at a kegger with hot girls, and "Well, you're you," she said. The Stefan and Caroline 'shippers (like my colleague Nuzhat Naoreen) must have gone crazy when he picked Caroline up and carried her over his shoulder. So cute.
Back at the medical center, Damon bit a nurse and sent her bleeding to her car as bait for the bitten vampire, who'd be looking for his last meal. Damon grabbed the guy and knew him. His name was Will. Will asked for help, and Damon ripped his heart out. He didn't tell Rebekah he knew him, he just said he was too far gone for help. She had to know he was lying.
Rebekah reported in to Klaus about Katherine's assassin being dead, and then it was time for Hayley to make a decision: She could leave, or she could stay and tell Klaus what she knows in the hopes that he'll do something for her. He told her he'd never let Tyler live, and she again reminded him that he'll never have a shot with Caroline and she'll never get Tyler that way. Suddenly were to believe that Hayley can read Klaus better than anyone: Through their art chat, she'd seen how twisted he is and she can relate. (Would that be her willingness to sacrifice the 12 hybrids for her vision of learning about her parents?) Klaus moved in with his foreplay eyes working overtime. "So what’s it gonna be: going...," he said, pausing long enough for us to wonder if he was actually going to say "or coming" instead of "or staying." Hayley's answer was fairly obvious. "You like to be in control, you tell me," she said. He touched her face gently, then roughly grabbed her below frame. It's about time Klaus got some. They kissed. The shirts came off. He picked her and plopped her on a table in Original Hybrid speed.
It was hot, but I think there's definitely room for more steam. It's funny, I should love seeing Klaus get played -- and I can appreciate someone preying on his loneliness -- but I've never fully warmed to Hayley. Knowing she goes over to the Originals spinoff makes me curious: Could real feelings blossom, or will they just be friends with benefits? How are they going to make us see Hayley as worthy of associating with Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah? Is she still working with Katherine, and this is an elaborate scheme for Hayley to get close enough to him to help Katherine try to give him the cure and kill him? Killing Klaus would free Tyler up, too. Though if Hayley really wants Tyler, isn't her best case scenario being with him on the run? If Klaus calls a truce, Tyler could return to Caroline. I think Hayley would choose information on her parents over helping Tyler.
NEXT: Are we setting up Caroline and Stefan?