Dr. Maxfield has Jessie chained to a table, having killed him with vampire blood in his system. He now has to drink human blood to complete the transition. Why? Apparently for some kind of experimentation on the baby vamp – perhaps more disturbing is that he calls Jessie “Subject 62547” which is both dehumanising him down to a number, but also suggests that he’s burned through 62,546 other subjects. I’m sure someone would have noticed 62,000 people going missing. He runs through various observations before saying that Jessie is a “perfect candidate.”
At college, Elena is using her diary to treat us to a big info-dumpy recap. Bonnie’s ghost is hanging around Elena because even when dead she has to orbit around her –talk about a hellish afterlife. And Damon shows up to point out Elena is avoiding him and to accept her invitation to the Costume Ball. The Whitmore Historical Ball
Are you serious? ANOTHER big social event? Yes this one at least cleaves to an actual tradition – but we’re 5 episodes in and they’ve already had 3 of them! How does anyone in Mystical Falls actually get anything DONE?
Caroline and Tyler don’t seem to be as sunny as Caroline and Elena think – since he doesn’t want to talk about anything to do with College and doesn’t even seem all that thrilled about the Costume Ball (and he’s a native of Mystic Falls, he should be used to parties every second Sunday).
Elena spots a guy clearly upset over Megan’s little memorial and hurries over to intrude on his grief. He grew up with her, doesn’t think Megan committed suicide and doesn’t really want to talk to Elena.
Meanwhile in actual stuff happening, Silas wants Katherine, Nadia doesn’t want to give up Katherine, Silas isn’t happy at losing his super-mind-powers but still intends to follow them and Katherine gets the not-very-shocking-news that the immortality cure in her blood will take every last drop of blood she has.
On the road and getting Katherine something to eat, Nadia decides to play Q&A with Katherine – giving Katherine chance to run down the many awful things she’s done over the years. Nadia reveals she’s been following Katherine for 500 years, she is a vampire and she even became a vampire so she could follow and match Katherine. Sound super-stalkery? Well Katherine killed her mother – when Klaus’s minions caught up with her in the 17th century in Paris, Katherine threw Nadia’s mother to the wolves to escape. Katherine responds to this revelation by stabbing Nadia in the chest with a walking stick and running away.
Nadia staggers around a little, unable to remove the stick and Katherine returns – she deliberately missed the heart because she wants to know what’s going on – she knows Nadia’s story is bullshit. Nadia calls it a test and is cryptic for a little while before revealing Katherine DID kill her mother – but in England in the 15th century. She killed her mother by hanging her… hanging herself. Yes, it’s Nadia Petrova and Katherine is her mother. SHOCK!