We've got our Elena back. And, she's gunning for Katherine. Hello, Sweeps! Speaking of May, since it's this time of year, I truly thought we'd lost Liz Forbes for good. I just sat there with my hand over my mouth, ready to open my own emotional floodgates when it was official. But Liz lived. Let's dig in.
We began with Damon using a trick these TVD vamps should utilize more often -- invading each other's minds. He was inside Elena's, making her think she was walking on school grounds talking to Caroline, who'd just been named valedictorian. He wanted to show her all she's missing out on. The Salvatores had her locked in their version of solitary, a tall safe.
Caroline didn't understand the torture tactics. But they were trying to trigger fear, anger, self-pity, anything. Caroline begged to talk to Elena and Stefan gave in. Elena wasn't happy to see her, even if Elena had brought her a little vervain-free blood in a bottle. I was certain Elena was going to stab Caroline with that glass, but no, she wanted to cut her with her words. Elena told Caroline she'd been too clingy to keep Tyler and too much of a tease to keep Klaus in Mystic Falls. She tried to ruin Caroline's excitement for graduation -- and then she tried to kill her again. Caroline snapped her neck. Yay! She told Stefan to do whatever he needed to.
Rebekah was at the Grill, drinking alone, when Matt showed up. She told him her sob story -- she lost the cure to Silas, her brothers have run off to New Orleans so she's free (but also alone). She wanted him to stay for a drink, but on his way out to go see Caroline, they got into a fight about the efforts to save Elena. Rebekah doesn't think Elena is broken and wants her Mean Girl sidekick back. In short, Matt told Rebekah if she's so miserable in Mystic Falls, she should take her freedom and get the hell out. He'd do that, if he wasn't trapped there with no money and no hope of actually graduating. (We've seen photos of him in a cap and gown at graduation, so I was already thinking someone would offer to compel someone to change his grades.)
Bonnie was back in the picture this hour. When Caroline phoned her to invite her over to the Salvatore Torture Party, Bonnie said she was busy studying French. Really, she was off meeting with Katherine.
At Salvatore Mansion, Elena was brought upstairs and tied to a chair without her dayring. Stefan opened the curtains, and I learned that I AM A HORRIBLE PERSON. I REALLY DO LIKE TO SEE NO HUMANITY ELENA SUFFER. When we came back from a commercial, Damon was using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames on her arm. It's so Damon to be proud of the fact that he was able to get a hint of rage from her (the usual emotion he elicits from people). She told him she was going to kill him. Stefan kept playing good cop, which was kind of annoying, but he didn't hesitate to pull back the curtains far enough to burn her face the next time.
When Matt arrived, Caroline told him he had to keep talking to her so she wouldn't listen in and hear Elena suffer. She said she ordered both him and Elena graduation gowns. Always the planner. Rebekah showed up next, sweetly delivering Matt burgers because she knows the only thing the Salvatores stock up on is blood and booze. Caroline wanted Rebekah to go immediately, but then Rebekah asked to stay and help tutor Matt. Caroline hadn't known he was seriously behind in History, Italian, and Math. (He's a senior -- that should have been more specific, like Calculus.) "This year's been a little distracting," Matt said, defending himself with an understatement. That's it: Caroline was off to go home and get her flash cards, study guides, and energy bars. "You dated that?" Rebekah quipped. "She likes projects," Matt said. Cute.
Outside, Caroline sensed someone was there. Klaus appeared. We all guessed it was Silas. Why didn't she?
NEXT: Silas wants in on the torture, too