The next morning, Matt was at the house helping Jeremy get dressed. Really wish Jeremy would've gone ahead and put down his shirt collar before they had their disagreement about whether Jeremy was having a psychotic break like Alaric had because of the ring, or, as Matt determined by reading the hunter research, it was Jeremy's subconscious pushing through so the urge to kill vampires would become a basic instinct. (Remember how Jeremy referred to vampires as "them" earlier in the season to Elena.) Matt said either Jeremy tells Elena what's happening, or he will.
Elena had bigger concerns at the moment, like disagreeing with Caroline over whether April should wear a safe blue dress (Caroline's pick) or a more revealing red one (Damon's choice). Elena decided it should be
red April's choice and ran after Damon, propelled by the fact that he'd remembered she'd worn blue to last year's pageant -- which was sweet. I'm sure we all appreciated the callback to the staircase -- at last year's pageant, it was Damon who surprised Elena at the foot of it to step in for bloodthirsty Stefan, now it was Elena asking for Damon to wait for her there so she could tell him the reason she broke up with Stefan was because of him. Damon's surprised reaction was also sweet. Not now, Shane! Damon went off to ask him about a new hunter, but he couldn't help but look back at Elena and smile. I think this Shane quote sums up how that convo went: "Did you just accuse me of mass murder, in the middle of a high school pageant?"
It wasn't a mass murder, but Stefan had brought that killer into the Lockwood cellar and summoned Jeremy. He used Jeremy's blood to make the guy a vampire, and then Stefan grabbed the chains so the vamp could advance on Jeremy. That was disturbing. Jeremy finally staked him, and the look he gave Stefan -- I hope Stefan knows he's creating a monster, I thought.
Above ground, Caroline was about to metaphorically murder a waiter and the band when Klaus showed up looking perfect, which annoyed her even more. Tyler made his entrance with Hayley, who was wearing a tiny red dress that Mayor Lockwood would not approve of, I'm sure. She mocked the contestants and Tyler warned her not to. "Those girls will cut you. They have nails," he said. "I have claws," she quipped. Oh, no we're getting to see that Secret Circle sass come out.
Matt realized Jeremy wasn't there to escort April as Caroline announced the contestants for the traditional dance number, so he told Elena that Jeremy had been having nightmares in which he killed her so she'd be motivated to go find him -- and then he escorted April. That look. I paused. I howled. I photographed it.
Was April falling for Matt? Are we seeing the start of a new love triangle with her, Jeremy, and Matt? We'd didn't get to find out, because we had to watch Damon and Elena remember their first dance at the pageant. Loved seeing Caroline run through the grass in heels, trying not to seem like she was running. She wanted to know where Jeremy was. Damon told her and Elena not to worry. Jeremy had probably just enjoyed the open bar -- because you know how easy it is for kids to get their hands on alcohol in this town. Elena said Damon was probably right, and that set Caroline off. She reminded Elena that Damon is sneaky, manipulative, and rude -- never right. Sneaky and manipulative Klaus appearing to tell Caroline she was making a scene probably didn't help Caroline's moral high ground routine.
Damon called Stefan and learned that Stefan had enlisted Jeremy in Operation Cure Elena. Stefan wanted to know how much Jeremy's mark had grown, and Jeremy wouldn't tell him. In fact, he staked Stefan in the stomach when he tried to compel him to talk. Yep. Now Stefan knows he's created a monster.
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