I think that the Vampire Diaries team would have been better off staying on hiatus, than offering the viewers this episode. As we know, since early in the season, founding family members have been found murdered. In All My Children, Alaric discovers Meredith's little stash of weapons and she promptly shoots him. When he awakes he is jail and Liz believes that he is the one who has been killing the council members. He tries to establish an alibi but it turns out that he was alone at the time of the murders. When Alaric tries to convince Liz that Meredith shot him, he learns that she said that it was a self inflicted gun wound. Turns out that Ms Fell is very crafty.
Elena and Damon are told by Liz to stay out of this and to let her do the investigation. The moment she said that, it was like an enticement for Elena stick her nose in the middle of things. Elena prods Damon who asks if she wants him to make a meal of Meredith but Elena is disgusted and accuses him of pushing people away.
Damon returns home to find Stephan with the shakes. Though he has not had any human blood, the desire is still very strong. Damon tells him that he needs to feed but that he needs to control it. The end up discussing the murders in Mystic Falls in 1912. They ran into each other for the first time in 50 years at the funeral of one of their family members. Damon is still highly pissed off with Stephan for turning him into a vampire, and Stephan's mission is to try to convince Damon to abstain from human blood. They decide to have a drink together and for the first time they run into Sage - a very old vampire. Sage is in the boxing ring taking on all comers for 100 dollars a shot. When Sage approaches Damon after he kills a woman, he tries to pull away from her saying that he is already spoken for, but she persists and tells him that he needs to hunt, not merely for survival.
At the bar, Rebekah is searching for the tree that could potentially kill the originals. It turns out that back in 1912 the Salvatores ran the logging mill. This of course means she is going to have to spend more time around Damon and Stephan. She doesn't however tell them the real reason why she is spending time with them. It's worth noting however, that this is one of the few episodes in which Rebekah acted remotely like a thousand year old vampire.
In the meantime, Elena has run into Meredith, who informs her that she really has no idea who Alaric is. It turns out that he has been arrested twice for fighting and his ex wife had a restraining order out on him before she married him. In a final slap, Meredith reminds Elena that she dates vampires, so she shouldn't be surprised that her friend is violent.
Elena and Matt decide to break into Meredith's home. Matt asks what they are doing there because he believes that the police have already been through the house with a fine tooth comb, but Elena assures him that they are there to find what the police cannot. They get into Meredith's closet and discover a secret founder hiding space. Meredith has the diary of Elena's distant cousin, and they also discover a coroner's report claiming that the time of death originally assigned was wrong. Before they can leave the house, Meredith discovers them in her closet and Elena and Matt are dragged back to Liz's office.
Elena thinks she has finally found the proof of Meredith's duplicity when she hands Liz the coroners report only to discover that Meredith handed it over earlier in the day and apologized for accusing an innocent man.