Weirdo Mystic Falls, 1994
After bumping in to Kai, Damon is determined to get out of Kai’s prison. Kai explains to Damon there is a reason they are Groundhog Daying May 10, 1994. Kai explains that Bonnie’s magic is part of the equation to get out, Kai’s knowledge is another part, and now Damon needs to explain what he did on May 10, 1994.
Damon confesses May 10, 1994 is the day he did the worst thing ever: he killed the attendees of an Eclipse Party at Salvatore Manor, including his descendant, Zach Salvatore’s pregnant girlfriend Gail. Kai tells Damon they’re going to use the power of the eclipse (BOOM CALLED IT!) to help them get home. They’re going to use an ascendant to harness the eclipse’s power, but Kai tells Bonnie she needs to perform a locator spell to find an ascendant.
Bonnie performs the locator spell to find that Kai has the ascendant on him already. He claims that he wanted to make sure Bonnie had the magical capabilities to be able to get them out of the repeating day.
Kai is outside using the ascendant, and Bonnie notices a headline in the paper reporting the massacre of a family in Portland, Oregon. Kai confesses that he committed the murder of his siblings. Kai tells them the people he killed were members of his coven, the Gemini coven. After these murders, the Gemini coven banished Kai to this prison. It isn’t Damon’s hell that they’re trapped in; it is Kai’s.
After learning this information, Bonnie does not want to let Kai out of the prison. Damon insists, saying he needs to go back not only for Elena, but for Stefan as well. Bonnie realizes that Gail must have had a thing for pancakes. Damon makes them everyday which means he has remorse and pain. Kai tells them he doesn’t have magic himself, but he can consume it from others. He grabs Bonnie and takes some of Damon’s magic. He’s straight up crazy pants. Kai tells them that if he consumes all of Bonnie’s magic, he can kill her. He’s going home with or without them.
Jeremy is puking his guts out at the hospital in Mystic Falls, with Alaric with him. The cute doctor, Jo, shows up and tells Jeremy he’s going to get the full work-up. She and Alaric are so flirty, it’s cute. Alaric explains to Dr. Jo that Jeremy has had a rough couple of months. Jo tells Alaric that if Jeremy and Elena are similar, then Jeremy will be ok. As the two are talking, a patient walks in with blood on his face, distracting Alaric with the scent.
Following his visit to the hospital, Alaric tries to train with Jeremy to try and get Jeremy to pull himself together. Jeremy tells Alaric he’s mad that no one thinks he should have a problem. He’s mad that Bonnie told him she was dying over the phone to save everyone but herself. Really, Jeremy? You’re mad that your girlfriend sacrificed herself for your sister and other friends? Selfish, bro. Alaric says he has just as much resentment: Isabella died. Jenna died. Then Damon died and he was sad even though Damon turned Isabella. Alaric tells Jeremy he’s had resentment for years, but they have to find a way to keep going.
Stefan, Elena, and Caroline are still looking for Sarah considering her compulsion is now gone. Stefan is getting ready to leave town, but Elena arrives to stop him. She tries to tell him that Georgia is not his home. Stefan says he’s going to start over again and he tells Elena it’s easy to forget the past. Stefan tells Elena he has a system to move on, and Elena says he needs to show her, then she will let him go. IT’S HAPPENING YOU GUYS! THEY’RE GONNA REUNITE
Turns out, Stefan brought Elena to Georgia. Elena points out that besides Stefan’s claims to start a new life, he brought along his old car, and that Damon loved to torture people with nick names, and just plain torture people. Stefan tells Elena all she has to do is pick what she wants to be for the next 30 years, and she’s it. They’re flirting, and I love it.
At a bar, Stefan asks if Elena is ready to see the “feel better” system in action. She hands over her daylight ring. Stefan then gets down on one knee and proposes. They’re so silly, making a scene for everyone in the bar. They’re having so much fun and it’s so adorable. At one point in the fake proposal, Stefan says that Elena brought him back from the edge, which is 100% true. Elena accepts the proposal, and the bar erupts in excitement.
After the excitement, Elena asks why Stefan came back to Mystic Falls after 15 years, ahead of his 30 year schedule. He tells her it’s because he met her. Awwww. Elena says it must have been hard without a constant presence in his life. Elena says they should talk about “your brother,” and Stefan comments it’s weird to hear Elena call Damon only his brother, but this doesn’t make sense to her.
Elena is headed home, and Stefan tells her he’s avoiding Mystic Falls, not her. They’re goodbye is kind of sad. Then, one of the bar patrons slides the bartender a slip of paper. Earlier, he was eyeing Stefan and Elena during their engagement. The Aaron Paul look alike is still pissed that Stefan apparently put his brothers in the hospital. The guy then starts kicking the shit out of Stefan. As fake Aaron Paul goes to hit Stefan again, Elena comes back in and compels the guy to go home.
Elena is furious that the next step of Stefan’s plan is to get in a fight in order to feel something. Stefan, tired of being lectured by someone who couldn’t cope either, tells Elena that she had her memories of Damon compelled away. Stefan then tells Elena that she was in love with Damon and that when Damon died, part of her died. Elena says she couldn’t have loved Damon, but Stefan says he couldn’t believe it at first either. But Damon inspired her, pushed her to own the darkest parts of herself. When she died, he was the only one who could make her feel alive again. Both Stefan and Elena loved Damon for the same reasons: in spite of everything they couldn’t live without him. Now Elena doesn’t have to, but Stefan does and he’s gong to do it his way
After hearing this from Stefan, Elena pays a visit to Alaric to ask why she agreed to compel away her memories of Damon. He says he’s tired of acting like why he knows what is best for everyone. So he gives Elena her diary with pictures of her and Damon and the journal detailing her life with Damon. The journal tells Elena that she did love Damon and that she compelled him out because she couldn’t face an eternity without her soulmate. Alaric can restore the memories, but old Elena asks that she doesn’t because she cant see the end to the pain. Elena then has the decision to make. She asks Alaric to hold on to the diary in case she needs to read it again, and decides to keep the memories of Damon away.
After Elena leaves Georgia, Stefan is back at the car repair shop, restoring Damon’s old car. As he’s working, Ivy comes back. It turns out, Enzo fed her his blood before he killed her, and now she’s a vampire. And also, WHO THE FUCK CARES ABOUT YOU IVY?! Answer: NO. ONE.
Meanwhile, back at Salvatore Mansion, Sarah is back. She shows Jeremy a picture of her parents. It turns out, it is Zach Salvatore and his girlfriend Gail. It turns out, Damon didn’t kill the baby. Stefan took Gail to the hospital, and the doctor performed an emergency C-Section and saved her. Jeremy tells her that Zach is her daddy.
Elsewhere, Matt pays a visit to Tripp to explain that Jay got drunk at the swimming hole party and insisted on driving home by himself. Matt then expresses some faux concern to Tripp about how Jay died. Tripp agrees to show Matt something. Tripp takes Matt to a building. He tells Matt that when he came back to check on his grandmother after the gas leak, he remembered a bunch of things. His wife was murdered, she didn’t die in a car accident. The vampire made Tripp believe he killed her. Tripp takes Matt into the building, and he has Enzo chained up. Tripp wants to get Enzo to give up other vampires.