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LITTLE MONSTER Stefan (Paul Wesley) worked through his appetite issues.
Stefan went back to the crypt, where Caroline found him the next day. She was wearing a black dress. She told him that her friend -- their friend -- had died. He asked what had happened to Bonnie, and Caroline didn't want to answer because she'd have to think about it then. She might start crying and never stop. They sat down on the convenient bench in the crypt. Stefan wished he could remember Bonnie. Part of Caroline wished she could trade places with him. Without all the memories of Bonnie, maybe it wouldn't hurt so much. "It's okay," Stefan told her. "It's not," Caroline said. "I'm never gonna see her again. And I have no idea where Tyler is. I just got so used to them being there all the time. And now what? I'm supposed to just learn to move on without them? How do I do that when all I have is this sadness and this anger and..."
"Me. You have me," Stefan said. It sounds like she's always there for him, and he wants to be there for her, he explained. He touched her hand on the bench. Ah. Elena, meanwhile, was freaking out trying to find something to wear. She had all her "funeral clothes" in the house she'd burned down. It made me think of Willow not knowing what to wear after Joyce died on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unlike former-demon Anya in that episode, Elena was upset because she was supposed to know how to handle death. She's seen it so many times. She just cried and let Damon hold her. Ghost Bonnie was outside the window watching.
Jeremy, Caroline, Damon, Matt, and Elena had a service for Bonnie in the woods. They all placed objects on her makeshift grave: Jeremy had a photo. Caroline had a pompom. Matt had the whistle. Elena had feathers. Damon had the grimoire. As I've already mentioned, I didn't expect this scene to move me. I was sitting there thinking that Elena really should've worn flats. Bonnie was there. She said they needed this, and so did she. Jeremy picked up the bell and the waterworks began. She told Jeremy to tell them that even though they couldn't see her, she's been there the whole time. She's watched them have the summer of their lives, and she's not going anywhere. Jeremy continued to relay her messages as she stood next to Elena, Matt, and Caroline and said goodbye. She told Elena that she'd seen her be happy. She knows Elena thinks she can't have a normal life, but people will find their way. She wants her to pack her things and go back to college and live it up. She told Matt she would have sent him 300 emails if she could over the summer. She misses him. She told Caroline that she'd watched her decorate that dorm room like her life depended on it. I lost it again. She knows college hasn't felt like she expected and something is missing. Cue Tyler! I just got chills typing that. So yes, I'm going to forgive him. He was there was a single white rose. "This is good. This is all I wanted. I'll be okay. We'll all be okay," Bonnie told Jeremy. And they held hands. Anyone else feel sad for Matt, standing there all alone?
Back at Dr. Maxfield's lab, Jesse told him about his night and how he couldn't remember a chunk of it. Maxfield had taken a blood sample -- he knew there was vampire blood in his system. That meant someone had either healed Jesse from a near-fatal injury or tried to make him a vampire. Maxfield guessed the former... and then he himself did the latter. He injected Jesse with something that made him flatline. It did not look like Jesse was a willing participant in this experiment. That just makes me even more curious about what Elena's father was up to at that school...
Your turn. What did you think of the episode? Did you cry?