SOMEWHERE IN THE WOODS
[Matt is frantically running for his life. A vampire is chasing him. He stops and hides behind a tree. He looks behind the tree, and when he turns his head back, a vampire attacks him. Jeremy shoots the vampire in the back with an arrow as the vampire drinks Matt's blood. The vampire falls over.]
A BAR SOMEWHERE
Jeremy: No way. I'm not doing this.
Klaus: What makes you think you have a choice?
Damon: You have to kill vampires to complete the hunter's mark. Mark equals cure. You're in a bar full of almost vampires, so get your hunt on.
Jeremy: Screw you. You said I wouldn't have to kill any innocent people.
Damon: Jeremy, they're not people.
Klaus: Enough! Have at it, or else.
Jeremy: I don't take orders from you, dick. [Jeremy drops a stake.] Hunters can't be compelled.
Klaus: [laughs and walks up to Jeremy] You're right. I can't compel you. But if your conscience is getting in the way, then allow me to make this easy for you. Because, I can compel them.
[They look at the vampires in transition; a few compelled humans are feeding them their blood.]
Klaus: I'm gonna give you a two-minute head start. Then I'm gonna send every vampire in here after you. You kill them, or they kill your friend...Matt.
Matt: What a second!
Damon: No, no. You turn them, he kills them. That was the deal, Klaus.
Klaus: I'm taking artistic license.
Damon: You know he can't take them all on at the same time.
Klaus: With you as his coach, he'll be fine. It's Matt I'm worried about.
Damon: Ah...Jeremy, go get the weapons out of the car. I'll be right behind you. [Jeremy runs out of the bar.] Both of you. [Matt follows.]
Klaus: If I hear an engine start, I'll kill Matt myself!
[Most of the transitioning vampires have been fed blood and are standing.
SOMEWHERE IN THE WOODS
[Jeremy is holding a piece of fabric to Matt's bleeding neck. Matt is on the ground.]
Jeremy: Are you okay?
Matt: Yeah, I just need a second.
Jeremy: We don't have a second. They can smell your blood. We need to go.
[Jeremy hears something behind him. He swiftly turns around, holding up his bow, but it's Damon. Damon deflects the bow.]
Damon: Don't hesitate! You're lucky it was me. Otherwise you two'd be dead.
Jeremy: You set us up.
Damon: I was trying to get this thing over with. You're the one that pissed off Klaus. Now you have to fight your way out of it.
Matt: All right, where are the other vampires?
Damon: They're newbies. They're still trying to figure out how to track, which means you have two seconds to get ready to fight.
Jeremy: [turns to Matt] The lake house is this way. If we can get there, they won't be able to get inside.
Damon: Wait, you want to run?
Jeremy: They're going to kill Matt.
Damon: [Hesitantly] Fine. Get out of here. I'll slow them down.
[Jeremy and Matt run to the lake house, and a vampire charges at them. Damon rips out the vampire's heart and looks at it. The vampire is dead.]
Matt: [running] Jeremy! Where are you?
Jeremy: Keep going. We're almost there.
[A vampire trips Matt, and Matt falls to the ground. The vampire stares at Matt hungrily and drags Matt closer to him by Matt's feet. Matt screams and struggles. The vampire is about to bite Matt, but Elena snaps the vampire's neck and throws him backwards.
Elena: Are you okay?
[Elena helps Matt up, and Jeremy is running towards him. Elena looks at Matt's blood covered neck.]
Elena: Oh my god...
Jeremy: Get to the house! Hurry!
[The three run to the house and make it in.]
Elena: Jeremy, what's going on?
Jeremy: They're coming.
[Elena looks backwards, and a group of vampires arrive. Elena closes the door, and the scene fades, going to the opening credits.]
GILBERT LAKE HOUSE
[It is the following morning. Jeremy is placing a gun down while Elena is cleaning Matt's neck wound.]
Jeremy: Sun's up. They're long gone.
Elena: What the hell were you thinking? [gets up] All I asked you to do was to teach him how to fight.
Damon: He's not the best student in the world.
Jeremy: Wait. Now this is my fault?
Damon: Stop talking. Look, I know you're angry, but my way was the easiest, fastest, and safest way to complete his mark to get you the cure.
Elena: I don't care about the cure, Damon. Not if it means putting the people that I love in danger.
Damon: Hey, there would have been no danger if he hadn't gone all bleeding heart.
Elena: He killed someone. These were innocent people.
Damon: The mark grew, didn't it?
Elena: [sighs] OK. Look. We need a plan. There's a group of compelled vampires out there, and as soon as the sun goes down, they're gonna come after Matt, so we have to find a way to protect him.
Damon: Yes, I know. [Damon walks over to Jeremy and puts his arm around his shoulder.] But there will be no problem when big Jer and I here go on a hunting expedition. [Elena doesn't look on board with the plan.] Elena, I know, it's tragic. I get it. But we also agree that he had to kill them. Now, we have added incentive. So you take the least most valuable player home; Jeremy and I will finish this.
Elena: I'm sorry? Are saying I should leave him here with you?
Damon: Trust me. I will keep him safe. Okay?
[Elena looks at him warily before nodding her head 'yes.']
SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE
[Stefan is coming out of the shower. He stops and turns around to see Rebekah reading his diary on his bed.]
Stefan: [clears his throat] I know you were, uh, daggered for a little while, but, uh, knocking is still a thing.
Rebekah: So is writing in your diary apparently. I'm just checking for doubts. You can never be too cautious when it comes to love. One minute, you're begging me to compel Elena from your mind, and the next, I'm up coffin creek with a dagger in my back.
Stefan: Right. Well, you can read it all you want. I'm done with her.
Rebekah: [turning a page] Until we find the cure, right? [Stefan doesn't answer and pours himself a drink.] Hey, I'm talking to you. [closes the book]
Stefan: Oh, I know you are. I'm ignoring you.
Rebekah: [gets up] Look, we're at a bit of a disadvantage in this whole race for the cure. Team Klaus has Jeremy the hunter, team Shane has Bonnie the witch-
Stefan: If you're here to remind me of our last place status, I'm very well aware.
Rebekah: Actually I have a plan. The cure is buried with Silas, that ancient evil guy my brother Kol is afraid of. Shane was so eager to prove his existence that he gave away that he has one of the keys to resurrecting him, his headstone.
Stefan: I see. You wanna steal it.
Rebekah: Yes, and then Team Shane will have to join Team Rebekah, and Team Klaus will be left out in the cold where he belongs.
[A candle is lit. Bonnie looks rather stressed as she and Shane are sitting at his desk.]
Shane: You know, just because your eyes are closed doesn't mean you're meditating. Come on, use your breath. Use your breath to calm your nerves.
Bonnie: Great. So now, I can't even meditate right? What else can I fail?
Shane: Bonnie, you didn't fail.
Bonnie: I did an expression spell that almost killed April.
Shane: Exactly! Almost. Failing would have been actually killing her. You got like a...D Minus.
Bonnie: It's not funny. [Candle ignites] I have all this power now, and I'm worried I won't be able to control it.
Shane: Bonnie? Look at me. [he grabs her hand and hypnotizes her] I'm here with you. You don't have anything to worry about. You are strong; you are focused. You are in complete control.
Bonnie: You're here with me. I'm in complete control.
[The candle's flame goes out, and the door opens. Liz and one of her deputies barge in.]
Liz: Bonnie, I'm gonna need you to go.
Shane: What the hell are you doing?
Liz: We need to ask you a few questions.
[Her deputy takes Shane and handcuffs him.]
Shane: [laughs] Are you serious? I'm sure I can answer without the handcuffs. Come on, this isn't even your jurisdiction.
Liz: Then, I guess we better get you to Mystic Falls ASAP.
[The deputy takes Shane out of his office, and Bonnie is angry.]
Bonnie: Wait! Why are you doing this?
Liz: That's something you should ask your dad.
[The sheriff leaves.]
AT CAR BY THE BAR
Jeremy: Do you really think they went back to the bar?
Damon: [opens the trunk] Where else are they gonna go? It's all cabins and vacation homes; they can't get in anywhere.
[Damon hands Jeremy a gun. Jeremy puts it behind his back as Damon hands him the compound bow.]
Damon: All right. There you go.
Jeremy: Fine. Let's get this over with.
[Jeremy pulls back the compound bow.]
Damon: Listen, just go one at a time, only shoot for the heart, don't hesitate, and don't miss. [hands Jeremy an arrow]
Jeremy: Save the teaching moment. Elena's not here. You don't have to pretend like you give a damn about me.
Damon: [closes the trunk] I'm trying to keep you alive, dumbass. [hands Jeremy more arrows] Come on.
[Jeremy and Damon head into the bar, and music can be heard in the background. They walk in cautiously, and Jeremy holds up the bow. A giant blood smear can be seen on the ground, and Damon walks around it.]
Damon: Something's not right.
[They follow the trail of blood into the back storage room. A giant pile of the vampire corpses are in the corner.]
Damon: Looks like we're gonna have to find some new vampires. What a waste.
Jeremy: What the hell happened?
Kol: I confess. [Jeremy turns around and holds the bow up to see that Kol entered the room.] I did it.
Kol: Jeremy, good to see you, mate. Sorry about the mess. Ugh, it was a little crowded when I arrived, and I prefer more intimate gatherings. We three need to have a little chat. [takes a sip of alcohol]
Kol: Care for a drink?
Damon: He's underage, and I don't like you, so let's just cut to it.
Kol: You know, my brother bragged about his plan to complete Jeremy's hunter's mark. It was easy enough to track this lot down. They were all hiding in the shadows. Now, killing young vampires is easy or old ones, for that matter.
Damon: Why? What's it to you either way?
Kol: Because, you fools, in your zeal to find the cure, you risk waking someone very dangerous.
Damon: Oh...You must be talking about Silas.
Kol: What do you know of him?
Damon: Nothing. Don't want to. Not our problem.
Kol: Isn't it?
Kol: A few hundred years back, I came across a group that worshipped Silas. His followers told me that he would rise again, and when he did, he would trigger the end of all time. You know, being an immortal, you can see why I'm opposed to time's ending. So I murdered all of them. And now, here you are willing to risk raising him in your search for the cure. I can't exactly sit back and let that happen, can I?
Damon: We're not going to back off the cure 'cause you were told one too many scary bedtime stories, you idiot.
Kol: [pushes Damon] Jeremy, we were mates in Colorado. You're a smart lad. Why don't you call off this imbecilic treasure hunt?
Jeremy: [holding up the bow] I'm not calling anything off, mate.
Kol: [takes a step backwards] Well I could kill you. But then, I'd have to deal with the hunter's curse. And I, I don't particularly feel like being haunted for the next century. Better idea. I'll just rip off your arms.
[Kol rushes at Jeremy, but Damon rams Kol into the wall. The fight.]
Damon: Jeremy, run!
[Jeremy flees, and Damon continues to hit Kol. Kol catches Damon's hand and puts him in a headlock.]
[Stefan and Rebekah are rummaging through Shane's office in search for the tombstone.]
Stefan: Well. Headstone's not here.
Rebekah: Don't ripper out on me. We'll find it. Oh, you're all bottled up. You need a release. Maybe we can find a voodoo doll or something.
[Rebekah opens a desk drawer and moves a bottle. She lifts up a stack of papers to find Shane's herbs.]
Rebekah: Ah, this should do the trick. Exactly what you need. [walks over to Stefan] The professor's stash of herbs.
Stefan: Not interested.
Rebekah: What happened to you? You were so much fun in the twenties.
Stefan: I was a psychotic killer with no emotions in the 1920s.
Rebekah: You may have been a killer, but you were far from emotionless, Stefan. [smiles] You had a blast. I know you remember. The jazz, the booze, our little table at Gloria's... Don't make me compel it out of you.
Stefan: All right, um...I guess we had a little bit of fun.
Rebekah: Thank you, so now that we've established that fun is, in fact, possible, maybe you'd like to start having some? [Stefan hesitates] Don't worry about the professor. He won't be back anytime soon; I made sure of that.
[Stefan takes the jar of herbs, and Rebekah smiles.
POLICE STATION INTERROGATION ROOM
[Shane and Liz are sitting at a table.]
Shane: You're accusing me of orchestrating a mass murder? Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?
Liz: It's Mystic Falls. It's actually one of the least ridiculous things I've heard.
[Outside the room Bonnie and Hopkins are watching the video of the interrogation]
Bonnie: He already explained this Dad. Pastor Young came to him for help. He was crazy.
Hopkins: No, he was grief-stricken and Shane took advantage of it.
Bonnie: And somehow talked him into killing a house full of people? It doesn't make any sense.
Hopkins: I've met people like this Bonnie. They're fast-talking, they're charismatic, they're manipulators. They prey on the weak-minded.
Bonnie: Mmm. And you're worried that's what he's doing to me. That's why you brought him in, isn't it?
Hopkins: No. We brought him in because April Young told us what he did. Rebekah Mikaelson confirmed it. He confessed to her.
Bonnie: [Getting up from her seat] I'm going in there.
Hopkins: Bonnie, no, you're not.
Bonnie: If he's gonna tell anyone what he did, it's me. Unless of course you think I'm too weak-minded. [She goes inside]
[Bonnie opens the door and walks in]
Liz: Bonnie, now is not the time.
[Hopkins walks in behind Bonnie]
Hopkins: Let her talk. [Liz gets up and walks out of the room with Hopkins]
Shane: I Think your Dad's confused about the format of the parent-teacher conference.
Bonnie: I'm so sorry. Rebekah told them you confessed. I know she's lying.
Shane: [Leans forward and speaks in a low voice] You know, the truth is, she's not.
[Bonnie looks shocked and confused]
[Elena and Matt enter the house.]
Elena: I'm so sorry. Listen. When I asked to to stay with Jeremy, I never thought--
Matt: What did you expect, Elena? It's Damon.
Elena: I never wanted anyone to get hurt.
Matt: Well, then you shouldn't have left him in charge. Look. I'm sorry. I know you didn't have a choice. Sire bond and all.
Elena: Sire bond doesn't work like that.
Matt: All I know, Elena, is that the old you would have never left Jeremy with Damon, especially after what happened last night.
[Elena's cell phone rings; she answers it.]
Jeremy [on the phone]: Elena, we're in trouble.
Elena: Whoa whoa whoa, slow down. Where's Damon?
Jeremy: Listen to me. Kol attacked us. I barely got away, but he has Damon.
Klaus: A bit ironic, you coming to me for help. Weren't your friends just trying to bury me in a cement tomb?
Elena: This is your fault. You started this when you forced Jeremy to kill those vampires.
Klaus: And now my little brat of a brother has gone and made things worse. Well, he never did like Damon. I suppose I should do something, shouldn't I?
Elena: Call him off, Klaus.
Klaus: You are in no position to make demands, love. Whilst I'd like to cure you to make more hybrids, I do have other reasons for finding the cure, not the least of which is destroying it so you lot can't use it against me.
Elena: Whatever our differences, we want the same thing. Please. Klaus, I'm begging you.
[Klaus smiles at her then rolls his eyes as he gets out his cell phone. He calls Kol.]
Klaus: Little brother. Just two days home, and I'm told you've already gone and made a mess.
[Cut to Kol in the cold storage room; the shots alternate throughout the phone conversation.]
Kol: Come on, Nik. I was only having some fun.
Klaus: Those vampires were for my hunter.
Kol: I'll make some more. There's no shortage of people.
Klaus: Where's Damon Salvatore?
Kol: I gave him a good and proper beating just for old time's sake.
Klaus: Yes. Well, you've had your fun. Now let him go and come home. Avoid any more trouble, or you'll find yourself back in a box.
Kol: Hey. No need to be nasty about it.
Klaus: On the contrary, I find nastiness to be essential whenever my siblings try to sabotage me. Listen closely, Kol. Stay away from the Gilbert boy. You understand?
Kol: Fine. I won't touch him. You have my word. [Kol hangs up. Cut to Damon holding a stake in his chest.] Very good, darling. Now stab yourself a little bit further. [He compels Damon to obey.]
Damon: [pushing the stake into himself, he groans in pain] If you're gonna kill me, do it like a man.
Kol: I don't want to kill you. I just wanted to make sure you could be compelled.
Damon: I'm gonna rip out your spleen.
Kol: You ought to be thanking me. I mean you don't really want the cure found. You fancy Elena. I mean, even more now that she's a vampire. Admit it. The last vestige of her humanity is her annoying little brother Jeremy, and deep, deep down, I bet you want him dead, don't you?
Kol: [laughing] You're lying. I bet you'd love to rip his head right off... And I'm gonna give you your wish. [He crouches down in front of Damon and compels him.] You're not gonna remember what I say, but you're going to find Jeremy Gilbert, and when you do, you're going to kill him.