Damon met up with Matt and Jeremy, who'd mapped the anti-magic zone by marking the areas where he hated Damon less. Ha. We started to learn the plan: "Crazylocks" Liv would do the spell as Jeremy and Matt started a leak in the gas line that runs under the town and into the Grill, where Sheriff Forbes would assemble the Travelers for their forced sacrifice.
Lexi and Stefan were looking for Alaric at the Grill on the Other Side. She likes day drinkers, she said, but not all-you-can-eat potato skins. She asked Stefan why he hadn't left Mystic Falls. She tried to tell him it was because he should be with Caroline, but she got cut off. Bonnie was on the phone with Jeremy, who had to go be a "younger, hotter Bruce Willis." She told him once he and Matt set the deaths in motion, the Travelers would swarm her, and the others could return. She said she'd no longer be the anchor (lie!) and Jeremy wondered how she'd make it back then. She told him not to worry. We knew she wasn't coming back.
The Traveler who Enzo had found to teach Bonnie the spell that Liv would need to do made his grand entrance -- SILAS. I hadn't thought we'd see him either, but man, I missed him. Bonnie reminded us that Silas had killed her father. Now she'd have to let bygones be bygones so she could bring back her friends -- and him? Just wait.
Stefan asked Lexi why she hadn't found peace. They decided if all else fails and the Other Side falls, they'll find peace together -- a death peace pact. She said she'd hate for him to miss his come-back-to-life window before he even had his first date with Caroline. "Oh, shut it," he said. She said it. Thank you.
Silas taught Bonnie the spell. It didn't go well. She was nervous about unleashing him, a plague, back on humanity. Speaking of mass murder, "How is my shadow self?" he asked. "Is it a crime for someone so good-looking to be so sad all the time?" When Elena asked who the Traveler was that would be helping them, Silas quipped, "Just the perfect specimen of man, that's all." Seriously, I missed him. Bonnie lied and told Elena it was a moody, senile old lady.
As Matt and Jeremy contemplated blowing up the only place dumb enough to hire them -- another great line -- Sheriff Forbes lured the Travelers to the Mystic Grill with an open bar and free food. She was supposed to speak to them, but since they were partying, she told Markos she wanted to take her own advice and evacuate town. Read: She wanted to get out before the explosion. He told her to stay so he could convince her that this could still be her home even if her daughter couldn't visit her there.
Operation Massacre was on. Elena and Damon were in the woods. Project Kaboom needs someone to trigger the explosion, he told her. He'd volunteered. Now I always thought if we were going to lose Damon, it would be him sacrificing himself for Stefan, so I was thinking he may really die. Elena asked him if he saw a future with her, because he's all she sees in hers. He told her it was only half a suicide mission since Bonnie would bring people back. Playing one of Elena's favorite cards, he said she had to respect his choice. They kissed, and he promised her twice that he'd make it back. Just watching that epic backlit kiss, I wrote, "Lord, he's going to get trapped on the Other Side!!!" in my notes.
NEXT: Mass murder!