Time to tell Damon and Bonnie’s story (this can’t last – Elena isn’t here) so back to four months ago when the Other Side sucked them into whatever it sucked them into. They’re in some version of Mystic Falls and Damon is still vampirey (he did a fang check). The place is deserted (it could be worse. Elena could be there).
As they explore they find that they’re back in Mystic Falls in 1994 – well a deserted Mystic Falls in 1994. During an eclipse. Bonnie thinks it’s all done to some woo-woo her grandma did which Damon got caught up in. In theory magic could get them out – but Bonnie’s magic is still down
They discover the various things they had in 1994 – soft toys and booze – and Bonnie finds her grandmother’s grimoire with which bonnie hopes to re-teach herself withcraft (Damon isn’t supportive which Bonnie gives him grief for – but her reasoning makes no sense. She LEARNED about magic from the grimoire – which she now knows, hence her testing with a spell. Using an instruction book to fix her magic at this point would be like teaching someone how to write when they complain they don’t have a pen).
Added bonus – they keep repeating the same day over and over again. Because this trope clearly has not been used enough. C’mon guys, stop beating this horse, it’s an extra on the Walking Dead.
This goes on for 2 months – same breakfast, same crossword (wow they’re really bad at that crossword). They’re also getting on each other’s nerves – it’s not like they actually liked each other at the best of times.
But then – creepiness – someone unknown finishes the crossword.
Alas we can’t stay with them and have to deal with everyone else. Matt is angry at Jeremy for being mopey and having lots of sex, this time with visiting-snack-food, Sarah who Elena bit and Caroline compelled last week. Trip, the leader of Matt’s odd military neighbourhood watch who is definitely suspicious is also curious about Sarah. He checked out her car – apparently it’s stolen so Sarah is involved in nefarious activity and he wants Matt to tell him if she returns. Uh… or you could contact actual law enforcement.
And Elena is mopey. She talks to Jeremy about her planned memory erasure and he, at last, points out that she’s not thinking of erasing Bonnie (and her complete lack of grief). She says missing Damon makes her dangerous – nooooo… taking magical hallucinogens makes you dangerous Elena. Lack of decent grief counselling may make you dangerous. A supreme self-absorption definitely makes you dangerous. On that note, she now requires everyone in her entire life to edit history and continue play acting in front of her so she can pull off the memory trick, rather than, y’know, dealing with her grief like some kind of adult.
She puts her plan in action and goes to Alaric. Alas, unlike Klaus, Alaric can’t just say “forget Damon” and make it so – it takes a long montage of past events so we can focus on Elena (brief interval to call Caroline who isn’t 100% behind it simply because she’s focused on bringing Damon and Bonnie back).