The death of Ivy has reminded Stefan he’s a vampire, so he menaces his arsehole both, compels a raise and a holiday and leaves him compelled to bury Ivy in the woods somewhere before heading off
Bye Ivy, you will now be forgotten
To college where Caroline is being passive aggress about Stefan (and a little about Elena) and Elena who wants everyone to play normal life with her. And since this is Vampire Diaries that means an Inevitable Party. Also Caroline and Enzo are now hanging around together.
Brief stop in on Jeremy and Sarah who moved into the Salvatore house; they’re also going to the party and we learn that a) Sarah’s mother is dead and b) her dad is in town but she doesn’t know who it is. I will also lay odds that by the end of the season she will die and/or be an evil weretapir (or similar).
So, time to rustle up the Inevitable Party cast – Matt is coming with a fellow military neighbourhood watch guy (and we’re reminded of Tripp being ominous and vampire killy), Liv is coming and also has the hots for Tyler (nicely lampshaded by Luke in case we didn’t see the obvious result of this – and despite Tyler willing to murder him in the pilot, Luke is now defending him. Because Vampire Diaries). Elena invites a guy called Liam who volunteers with her at the hospital (she wants to be a doctor remember) who is clearly being set up to be her love interest so when Damon returns we can have EVEN MOAR ANGST. Like Sarah, I suspect his neck will be broken by the end of the season and/or he will be revealed to be a vampire killing weretapir. Anyway, Elena wants to set him up with Caroline – I still go with my interpretation because with Stefan and Enzo, Caroline already has her obligatory love triangle set up. Stefan also drops in
Waaait, if Elena forgets why she loves Damon, does that mean she and Stefan are still a thing? I mean, part of the reason why she isn’t with Stefan is because she’s with his even-sexier and much less mopey brother?
Anyway, Stefan doesn’t tell Elena about the whole Ivy murdering but does agree to go to the Inevitable Party so he can murder Enzo over the punch (yes, he’s going. Because.) Caroline is hanging around with Enzo and briefly expresses how she’s not happy with Elena’s memory messing because it now means that she’s even more stuck as the only one trying to get Bonnie and Damon back (which highlights really how little Bonnie seems to matter to everyone) and how she can’t even talk about their loss any more without risking Elena’s precious memories. It is only brief because this implies that one of Elena’s deeply self-absorbed decisions may not be the right one. And Caroline is pissed at Stefan still and vexed at Enzo because he’s still murdering people for lunch
Shunning Stefan for not returning her calls, while Enzo gets a good talking to for, y’know, murder. Oh Vampire Diaries your moral code is so broken.
So, party at the… lake, pond, swimming hole? I have no idea – let’s just say “leech hatchery” and hope. This is an excuse to show all the men in knee length swim shorts to display chests and all the women in itsy bitsy bikinis to display their everything-the-censors-will-allow-them-to. Elena isn’t happy with Sarah being there because Elena tried to eat her. The guy, Jay, who came with Matt is both nasty and sexist AND very suspicious of Sarah’s compelled excuse of a dog bite. He has a run in with Tyler where we see Tyler’s temper and Jay’s arseholery do not combine well
Elena and Caroline finally argue because Elena wants to pretend everything is ok for her peace of mind and Caroline would much rather actually fix the problems than pretend they’re not happening. Caroline is lonely with all her friends gone – Elena says she’s still there. Except the memory thing means Caroline can’t really talk to her.
And Liam kisses Elena. This is my shocked face.
Enzo and Stefan meet, there’s a brief fight and Enzo kills Jay, who was sneaking up behind them with a big gun and no awareness of vampire senses. This doesn’t stop Stefan, who just has a new weapon to kill Enzo. And Caroline shows up – Stefan decides to mope off like a mopey thing rather than tell Caroline that Enzo killed Ivy.
Enzo does it anyway so while he takes the body of Jay to Matt for revelations and body burial, Caroline catches up with Stefan to tell him that killing Enzo won’t bring Ivy back. Oh Caroline, you think Ivy matters? No, it’s just that a dead Enzo will stop reminding him of Damon. Mope mope mope, love triangle, love triangle, Caroline begs Stefan to stay for all their friends (her). And Stefan leaves