This episode showed how Mason came to be a wolf and a few big reveals to Sheriff Forbes.
In a flashback, Mason is drinking at a Florida bar a year ago. He gets up to leave and a blond friend follows him out of the bar provoking him into a fight. The friend claims Mason is sleeping with his girlfriend but Mason denies it. The guy won’t back down and they duke it out. Finally Mason slams him on the ground and he’s dead. Mason’s eyes turn into wolves’ eyes…
Back in the present at the Lockwood mansion Mason is telling Tyler his tale and that it doesn’t matter how someone is killed, even if it’s a car accident, it will trigger the curse. That’s why Mason has to chain himself up. Then Mason says he upheld his bargain of telling Tyler everything and now Tyler has to give him the moonstone. Tyler pretends he doesn’t know where it is but says it might be in his dad’s safe. He opens it and Mason roots around but doesn’t find anything. Later on at the bar and grill he flirts with the girl who was flirting with Matt earlier in the season. Her friend says “when did Jeremy Gilbert get so cute,” and there’s Jeremy who’s been missing the past few episodes. And he does look cuter but still needs a better haircut. Jer goes over to Tyler and Tyler is a dick at first but then apologizes and invites the girls and him to his house to hang out and get drunk. While looking through his sketchpads Tyler sees Jeremy’s sketches of wolves. They go into another room and Tyler grabs Jer by the throat and demands to know what he’s up to. Jeremy admits that he knows what Tyler is because of what he read in his family’s journals and that he put two and two together when Mason showed up in town and Matt being attacked by the wolf. So after Tyler calms down he explains to Jer how the inner wolf turns into the real wolf and shows him the moonstone. The girls run into the room, grab the stone and run away. One girl taunts Ty on the stairs so he runs up to get it back and she somehow falls down the stairs. Tyler is scared but the girl opens her eyes and claims she was just joking. Drunk teen girls… gotta loathe them.
Meanwhile at the Gilbert house. Stefan hates having to fake fight with Elena but they have to because they know Caroline is spying on them and reporting back to Katherine. So they come up with masked sayings that really mean “I love you” when they’re “having an argument.” Eye Roll.
Everyone is going to the Historical Family picnic. Sheriff Forbes has decided to go and play “mom” to Caroline, since most of the time she’s too busy with work to spend time with her daughter. Caroline isn’t happy and Sheriff Forbes says she’s been acting weird lately. Forbes also questions why “Elena” was over late last night. At the picnic Stefan tries to get a truce from Mason. Mason isn’t buying it but Stefan threatens him by saying that they’re stronger than him until the full moon is out so they shake. Damon suddenly appears and wonders what Stef is up to. Mason talks to Sheriff Forbes about being on the secret council, she tries to deny it, but then Mason uses his trump card of telling her that her good pal Damon is a vamp. WHAT?? She denies it but he tells her she’ll believe him if he can prove it. Elena and Stef fake fight and Caroline and Damon listen in. They fight over Damon and then say their secret “I love you” words (barf) before going their separate ways. Damon calls Stefan out though because he says “when do you guys ever fight over me?” Mason was just over by the lemonade but takes off when the Salvatore brothers approach. Damon accepts some lemonade from a super-cute little girl. He sips it but instantly chokes and says “VER-choke-cough-VAIN.” OMG… Sheriff Forbes is watching and instantly looks grim. Caroline goes to talk to her but Sher Forbes says she has to go and Care is upset. Stefan and Damon see Mason dragging some leaves into the forest and go after him
Elena is “sulking” by a waterfall and Caroline shows up to comfort her. She’s about to tell Elena something but then gets disrupted by her super-sensitive-vamp hearing. Stefan and Damon confront Mason but he suddenly disappears and shots are fired into both of their chests. Sher Forbes and two associates come out of the woods holding guns. They along with Mason take the brothers into the Lockwood slave dungeon where Mason locks himself up during the full moon. Forbes tells Mason to go since she doesn’t want him to be an accessory to their disposal of the Salvatore bros. In the cage Damon wakes up but Stef is still out. Sher Forbes wants answers from him and shoots him in the knees (OUCH!) to get him to answer. Caroline and Elena are in the forest where the bros were shot. Mason shows up and threatens them, but Care pulls out a can of vamp whoop ass and kicks him into a tree knocking him out. Yay! The girls then make it to the dungeon entrance, Care listens in and tells Elena that Stef and Damon are going to be killed. Elena runs in surprising Sher Forbes. Caroline runs in after her. Sheriff Forbes sees something running around but doesn’t know what it is because it’s too fast. Then Care bites one officer and uses the other as a shield when her mom shoots. Then she reveals herself by saying “Hi mom,” with her mouth all covered with blood.
Later on Stef and Damon are released and everyone is sitting around quietly in the dungeon. Damon replenishes himself on one of the downed officers. Stefan refuses to drink. Sheriff Forbes doesn’t know want to accept Caroline and says she’d rather be dead than know. Damon offers to kill her but declines because they’re friends. Instead they take her to the Salvatore mansion dungeon to let her detox from vervain and then they’ll erase her memory. On the way back upstairs Stefan is drawn to the fridge full of blood bags and is standing there holding one when Elena walks by. Stef tells her that Katherine built up her tolerance to vervain so he should do that with human blood. He needs some to be strong and protect her. Elena freaks out and leaves him there. Upstairs Caroline is depressed and doesn’t want to go home because of Katherine. Elena finds her and Care spills the beans to Elena who says she knows. Caroline reveals that Kat threatened Matt so that’s why she had to spy on Elena for her. They both want to know what Kat is up to. Care falls asleep on the couch. When Elena leaves she thanks Damon for not killing Sheriff Forbes and that was the Damon she’s friends with. Damon tells her that Stef didn’t drink the blood but that he needs to. Elena goes to Stef in his room and tells him that she wants him to drink human blood. She stabs herself with a letter opener and offers her blood to him. He greedily laps it up and gets veiny eyes and vamp teeth. But he controls it and Elena makes out with him. Umm… a little gross.
Back at the Lockwood mansion Mason can’t get a hold of Sheriff Forbes so he leaves a message asking how everything went and to call him ASAP. Tyler shows up and decides to give Mason the moonstone. Mason smiles. Then he’s seen meeting someone in a black car in the woods. Flashback to a year ago when he had just finished triggering the curse outside the Florida bar. A girl’s voice is heard yelling out “Mason.” It’s… KATHERINE who is apparently Mason’s girlfriend at the time that probably compelled that guy to get into a fight with him so he would kill him and turn into a wolf. Argh. Back in the black car in the woods outside of Mystic Falls. Mason is sitting next to Katherine, she finds out that he got the moonstone, he shows it to her and they make out. WHAT??!!
Next episode: “Plan B” Bonnie returns to uncover info about Mason.
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 pm on the CW TV Network. Next new episode October 21.
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