Jeremy finally made it to the party and quickly escorted Bonnie away to "register for classes." That's when Jesse and Caroline thought about signing up for an entry-level course, only when she swallowed his face, he bit her lip. According to what Wes was telling Damon at that moment, Jesse was the new kind of vamp he'd been hoping to create -- one that doesn't see humans as a food source.
Aaron arrived to do those Jell-O shots and swap sob stories with Elena. Yes, she lost both her birth and adoptive parents as a teen, but he was six when his parents were killed on a camping trip. The bite marks on their necks were blamed on a bear. He was shuffled around to relatives until Wes became his legal guardian. Elena knew she needed to phone Damon and make sure he wasn't going to murder Wes and leave Aaron without anyone. But did she have the thought we all did: Was that "bear" a vampire named Damon Salvatore?
"Why's the Grill so hopping?" my colleague/viewing partner Samantha Highfill asked when Stefan had his mini freakout, crushed his glass, and went outside. Seriously. It's the ONLY restaurant in that town. Katherine followed him out and Stefan grabbed her by the neck. She made him name the people he's killed to ground him, so he'd feel a part of that space with her and not like he was back in the safe. Nadia found them. Katherine told her she deserved better than Gregor. "Rot in hell," Nadia said. So that relationship will take some work.
Damon told Elena that "Doogie" said Jesse won't stop feeding on vamps once he starts. Elena made him promise not to kill Wes, and he did, for the time being, even though he knew Wes would just create more Jesses. Speaking of Jesse, he showed up to ask Wes why he wanted to feed on the girl he likes. Because Jesse feeds on monsters now. Damon thought he'd be stronger than Jesse because he's much older, but that wasn't the case. "What the hell did they do to you?" Damon said. And then Jesse drank from his neck. Elena showed up and saw the scene. "He's gonna tear my head off, Elena. Please," he said. She finally staked Jesse. Caroline appeared, just in time for Jesse to die. Damon tried to tell her Elena had no choice, but Caroline knew the old Elena would have given Jesse a chance to beat his hunger. She's right.
Back at the Grill, Stefan read a goodbye note Katherine had left for Nadia. There's one enemy Katherine didn't think she could outrun -- time. She stood on a ledge at the clock tower. She turned and fell backwards, just like Elena had when she showed memory-less Stefan the joys of being a vamp at the school. That was a nice touch. Of course, we knew Stefan would be there to catch her. And he was. Man, he looked good in that leather jacket. She told him she was dying of old age, that the cure had somehow sped up the process. "Hey," he said, touching her face. "You're Katherine Pierce. Suck it up." And then he walked away. I got chills. She smiled. It was perfect, really. Anything further would have felt false. (Am I shipping Stefan and Katherine?!) Like I said earlier, I rewound. Samantha leaned in with her head in her hand. "I want a picture of that, on my ceiling," she said. So I guess Stefan can be that sexy, even with his memory back. Noted.
NEXT: Bonnie and Jeremy get it on