This episode was all about the werewolves and Uncle Mason’s curse.
Stefan, Damon and Elena are trying to figure out what’s going on with the Lockwoods and Mason in particular. They meet up with Alaric and decide to go on a road trip to Duke University to look in Isobel’s office since she researched paranormal activity including werewolves. Damon balks because he’s been around a long time and he never bumped into any.
Stefan stays in Mystic Falls to watch over Caroline while the three amigos go on their road trip.
In the car on the way up to the Uni Elena is still mad at Damon for snapping Jeremy’s neck. She asks him if he knew Jer was wearing the ring and Damon says yes he saw it because it was big and ugly. At the University they meet up with one of Isobel’s former students Vanessa who seems helpful and lets them into Iso’s office. But then V pulls out a bow shooter thing and shoots at Elena. Fortunately Damon steps in front of her just in time and he gets shot instead. Alaric subdues the student and Elena pulls out the arrow from D’s back. What was that all about? The Vanessa says she thought Elena was undead Katherine and thought Damon was supposed to be dead and freaked out. Then V’s cooperative and tells the amigos about Aztec mythology. To protect themselves against the vamps and werewolves the Aztecs made them slaves to the sun and moon. Werewolves and vampires were enemies and the werewolf’s bite kills vamps. The werewolves hunt vamps so vamps hunted them to near extinction. Elena calls Stef to warn him, then asks V about doppelgangers. V explains that doppelgangers torment their look-alikes. This is something they already know about. Alaric tells Vanessa that Isobel turned into her research – she’s a vamp…
At the car Damon gives Elena a book named Petrova – Kat’s real last name. Back in Mystic Falls Elena asks Damon again if he knew that Jer was wearing the ring and D says no. Elena tells him that he’s lost her friendship forever… ouch.
Alaric gets back in to town and goes straight to Aunt Jenna and makes out with her.
At the Lockwood mansion Tyler follows Mason to their old property in the woods and an underground stone basement. Tyler looks inside when Mason leaves and sees chains and long scratch marks in an inner caged off area. At home he asks his mom about the property and mom says something about embarrassing old history and slaves. Ty then says he’s going to have a few friends over there. At the party Mason rolls by in a giant truck and tells Ty to take the party elsewhere after dark.
Meanwhile Caroline still can’t go in the sun and Matt keeps calling her but she doesn’t answer. Apparently she’s so bored stuck at home that she’s perfected the dark smoky eye look… love it! Stefan makes Bonnie make C a special ring so she can go out during the day a be normal again. Caroline takes a look at the ring and gets bitchy because she thinks it’s ugly, but she’s happy that she can now see Matt. Damon (secretly laughing inside about his little protégé) tells C that as a vamp your personality is amplified – that’s why C is so uber-bitchy! So after they go hunting for squirrels they head over to Tyler’s party by the swimming hole.
Caroline sees a girl chatting with Matt and gets pissed. So she confronts them and compels the girl to go flirt with somebody single. Matt is annoyed because he thought Caroline was done with the jealousy. She says she is and they head off into the woods for some privacy.
Mason is putting chains on himself in the underground bunker but gets disrupted by voices. It’s Tyler and the girl who flirted with Matt but compelled away. They’re making out but then the girl pulls away and says she really likes Matt and doesn’t know what she’s doing there and skips away. Mason escaped undetected from the bunker but now he’s trying to put the chains on himself by a tree near his truck. But the moon comes out and he scratches the ground in agony and then runs into his truck. It shakes around. Stefan comes upon the truck and sees something inside. He backs away but the wolf leaps out of the back window and runs away. He knows the bite is deadly because Elena called him and told him remember?
Matt and Caroline make out in the woods and Caroline gets aggressive with him and he scrapes his arm on a tree and some blood comes out. Caroline starts licking it while Matt freaks out and then she bites him! Stefan comes to the rescue and forces her away from Matt. Stef tells her that something is coming after them and they have to run away to lead it away from Matt. They run away and are surrounded by growls. The werewolf leaps on Caroline and Stefan grabs it and it’s growling at him. But then Tyler comes out of the underground bunker. He looks at the wolf and scolds it with a harsh “NO!” and the wolf scampers away.
Stefan and Caroline go back to Matt and compel him that he was attacked by an animal. He’s recuperating at the bar & grill when the same girl that was flirting with him before comes over to him and flirts with him again. Caroline sees this and goes up to her and says “SERIOUSLY?” with good reason. Matt tells her he’s done and when she questions if they’re breaking up he says yes.
It’s near morning and Tyler comes upon Mason’s wrecked truck. He pulls out a pair of shorts from the trunk and a very dirty Mason walks up behind him quietly and says he needs those. Tyler looks at him and just says in a statement: “it was you.” Mason says yup.
Caroline wakes up in the sunshine with someone else in the room. “Elena?” she asks. No silly it’s Kat and she says they’re going to have so much “fun” together…
Next episode: Elena meets doppelganger Katherine.
– Mason is HOT but tragic. What a curse… at least the vampires know what they are and can try to control it. Mason doesn’t seem like he can even control it when he’s the wolf. It’s like Ladyhawke awwwww.