If I could use only one word to describe this episode it would be ANGST. Between Elena and her conflicted feelings for Damon, the return of
Esther mommy dearest, Rebekah vampire barbie quarreling with Caroline over a dance it was all a bit too much.
The episode begins with Stefan sending Elena and Damon off on a road trip to find Jeremy so that he can talk to Rose and find out who their line began with. Stefan feels that he can make amends for everything that he has done, but he must know if Elena truly loves him. Stefan decides to stay with Alaric in the hope that when Alaric falls asleep that his other half will make an appearance.
At the highschool, Vampire barbie and Caroline are arguing over the theme for an upcoming dance. I understand that The Vampire Diaries is supposedly a YA show, but they just need to stop with the high school talk, since they never actually attend class. Furthermore, if they expect me to believe that Rebekah is actually over one thousand years old, they need to stop writing her character like an angsty teenage girl. It's nonsense and an insult to the viewers intelligence. It's bad enough to have these two snipping at each other, but the upped the ante by having Caroline through in a little slut shaming for good measure. Yes, we know that Rebekah is insecure and falls for anyone paying her the slightest bit of attention but that is no reason to shame her for her sexual behaviour. It turns out that the little squabble was simply a distraction so that Caroline could sneak off and see Tyler.
When Elena and Damon find Jeremy he is at batting practice. They quickly explain that they need him to talk to Rose but Jeremy tells that he doesn't even know Rose and that his powers don't work like that. He promises to help them after he hangs out with his buddy who just happens to be Kol. Elena tells Jeremy to run just as Kol picks up a bat and starts to beat up Damon. They manage to get away when Damon grabs a broken wooden bat and stakes Kol with it.
Caroline and Tyler meet up on the old Lockwood plantation. They go into the cell where Tyler used to change and make love. When it's over, Caroline tells him about the plan to kill Klaus and Tyler quickly realizes that this could mean his death, because Klaus turned him. In turn, he tells Caroline that he still needs to check and see if he has really broken Klaus' sire bond.
Back at the Michaelson mansion, who should show up but Mommy dearest. Rebekah is not impressed by this arrival and becomes even less sympathetic when Esther tells her that she is dying because the the connection to the Bennett witches has been severed. Rebekah is still upset that her mother tried to kill her, and complains that she never got the chance to live a life. Uh huh, and this somehow explains her fascination with high school right? Esther comforts her by telling her that she watched over her from the other side before collapsing at Rebekah's feet. When Klaus walks in, she simply tells him that their mother is dead.
Not big on mourning the two head to the Salvatore's where Stefan is busy trying to get Alaric drunk enough to pass out. Klaus simply wants to Klaus but Stefan tells him that they cannot leave the stake unaccounted for because if an original dies, so do all of the vampires in their line. Klaus is not impressed that the fate with vampires lies in Alaric's hand and kills him. Luckily, Alaric is wearing his ring so he is down but not out.
Back at the hotel, Jeremy starts asking questions about Rose in order to contact her. Damon tells them about Rose's last day which catches her attention. They start of with pleasantries and this includes a request from Rose to tell Damon that she is rooting for him and Elena. This completely throws Jeremy off his guard. He clearly is not happy about any potential relationship between his big sister and the big bad vampire. Rose promises to return when she has tracked down her sire.