(Elena wakes up and calls Stefan. Stefan looks at his phone and ignores the call. Elena leaves a message.) Elena: Stefan, hey, umm… it’s me, I really have to talk to you. Please call me back.
(Elena hangs up and calls Damon. Damon is still in bed and rolls over to answer his phone.)
Elena: Hey, I- I called you ten times last night. We need to talk.
Damon: Sorry, I’ve been busy.
Elena: If you’re mad at me, Damon, you need to get over it.
Damon: Oh, I’m over it. (He hangs up and lays back in bed, staring at Rebekah.)
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Rebekah: So, let’s not make a big deal out of this.
Damon: My thoughts exactly.
Rebekah: Besides, I expect you’ll come calling soon enough.
Damon: Let’s not hold our breath.
(Damon opens the door. Elena is standing outside. She is shocked.)
Elena: Did you stop taking your vervain?
Damon: You think Rebekah had to compel me?
Elena: What’s wrong with you? She tried to kill me less than forty eight hours ago.
Damon: Can we just move pass that, Elena?
Elena: So is that how it’s going to be now? I hurt your feelings and this is how you lash out at me?
(Damon pours himself a drink.)
Damon: Well, maybe, for once, something I did had nothing to do with you.
Elena: You should know that Esther is planning on killing her entire family. She’s linked them all together with a spell. Whatever happens to one, happens to all of them.
Damon: Well, that’s great! Klaus will finally be dead. We win. Why do you look like someone just shot a panda bear?
Elena: Uh, because to kill Klaus she has to kill all of them, including Elijah. And he doesn’t deserve this!
Damon: I’m supposed to care about Elijah?
Elena: Shouldn’t you at least care about Rebekah.
Damon: Two seconds ago, you were pissed that she attacked you. It’s a win-win.
(Elena goes to leave, but Damon blocks her way.)
Damon: Don’t do anything to screw this up, Elena.
Elena: Why are you doing this?
(Stefan walks in.)
Stefan: He’s right, you know. Klaus has to die. They all do.
Damon: See? It’s democracy in action.
(Elena leaves, knocking into Damon on her way out and spilling his drink.)
(Elijah is walking around the study and finds the burnt sage his mother used last night.)
(Rebekah enters the living room, where Kol and Klaus are.)
Kol: Well, well, well, there’s our girl.
Rebekah: Get out of my way, Kol.
Kol: Out all night. What a scandal! I trust you did better than that commoner? Matt, was it?
Rebekah: If you don’t shut your mouth, the next thing to come out of it will be your teeth.
Rebekah: Don’t start, Nik!
Klaus: I didn’t say anything.
Kol: I’m bored. Our sister is a strumpet, but at least she’s having fun. I need entertainment.
Klaus: What are you waiting for? Go on, have at it.
Kol: It’s not fun to go alone. Join me, Nik! It’s the least you can do after sticking a dagger in my heart.
Klaus: Okay. Why not? I didn’t have nearly enough to drink last night, what with you trying to murder Rebekah’s date.
Rebekah: Yes, please go, this house has enough men rolling around it in.
Kol: Just like you, Bekah.
(Rebekah throws her shoe at Kol.)
Rebekah: Good riddance, both of you!
(Elijah enters the room, still holding the burnt sage.)
Rebekah: Not you too, Elijah.
Elijah: I’m worried about mother. Have you not noticed her strange behavior?
Rebekah: She’s been dead for a thousand years. What’s strange for her?
Elijah: Burnt sage.(Elijah shows Rebekah the sage and she takes it from him.) She was doing a privacy spell.
Rebekah: You know she fancies such things. Why don’t you ask Finn? He’s been doting on her.
Elijah: I don’t trust, Finn. He hates what we are, he always has.
Rebekah: That’s not true. And as for mother, she returned for one reason, to make our family whole. She loves us. What trouble are you looking to find?
(Bonnie is burning sage, while Elena talks to her.)
Elena: He was gloating. Like actual gloat. Like he was proud of himself for sleeping with her. Is it working?
(Caroline enters the room.)
Caroline: It’s not working. I can hear every word you’re saying about Damon, the vampire gigolo.
Bonnie: I don’t know, it’s a tricky spell.
Elena: When Esther did it, she kept the sage burning. There was a lot more smoke.
Bonnie: Alright. (Bonnie relights the sage.) Try it again. (Caroline scoffs and leaves the room again.)
Bonnie: Speaking of Esther, you should know that she came to see me and Abby this morning.
Elena: And all this time you let me vent about Damon?
Bonnie: I don’t want you to worry.
Elena: Okay, well, what did she want?
Bonnie: She wanted to introduce herself. Abby and I helped bring her back. She’s channeling our entire ancestral bloodline for power. I think she thought she was being polite.
Elena: Okay, well, is there a way to stop her from channeling you?
Bonnie: Even if there was, why would I want that?
Elena: I just keep thinking…. Before the sun and the moon ritual, Elijah found a way to keep me alive. And now I’m in exactly the same position and I’m just gonna let him die? It just doesn’t feel right.
(Caroline re-enters the room.)
Caroline: Okay. First of all, this privacy spell is totally not working. Second. Elena, you are not doing this, Esther is doing this.
Bonnie: There’s no time to change your mind, Elena. He’ll be dead by the end of the night.
Bonnie: It’s a full moon. Esther needs to harness the energy of a celestial event. She asked me and Abby to join her.
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(Damon enters with two glasses of blood) Damon: Join me for a little victory drink?
Stefan: Should wait until Klaus is dead.
Damon: Why are you so extra broody? Did you see the way we stood up to Elena? I like you on my team. Must have driven her nuts.
Stefan: You still think she’s gonna screw this up, don’t you?
Damon: I think somebody needs to talk to her. She’s not gonna listen to anything I say.
Stefan: Is it because of your little sleepover?
Damon: It’s not my fault she decided to get jealous.
Stefan: Well, given who you chose to sleep with, I would say it’s 100 percent your fault.
Damon: Whatever. Did you a favor. Now you can come in and sweep her off her feet.
Stefan: Nah. She’s better off without me. Sure as hell better off without you.
Damon: Fine. Neither one of us gets her. Just make sure she doesn’t screw up Esther’s plan.
(Damon leaves a glass of blood for Stefan. Stefan looks at it for a minute, then turns away without touching it.)
(There’s a knock on the door. Elena walks down stairs and answers it. Elijah is outside.)
Elijah: I don’t mean to intrude. I was hoping you might accompany me. I want to show you something.
(Elena and Elijah get out of a car and walk around.)
Elijah: Forgot how much I missed this land.
Elena: I can’t even imagine what it must have been like a thousand years ago.
Elijah: You know, your school was built over an Indian village. Where I saw my first werewolf. The town square was where the natives would gather to worship. Matter of fact, near that, there was a field where wild horses use to graze.
Elena: That’s incredible.
Elena: Do you know this place too?
Elijah: I do. Below us is a cavern I use to play in as a boy. Connects to a system of tunnels that stretch across the entire area. Perhaps it’s nature’s way of providing us with shelter against the savagery of the full moon. My mother said there must be a balance.
Elena: Elijah, I should probably go home.
Elijah: I admire you, Elena. You remind me of qualities I valued long before my mother turned us. It’s not in your nature to be deceitful and yet when I asked about your meeting with my mother the other night, you lied to my face.
Elena: That’s not true. I told you that all your mother wanted was a new start.
Elijah: I can hear you heartbeat. It jumps when you’re being dishonest with me. You lied to me at the ball, you are lying to me now. Tell me the truth.
Elena: I never wanted this to happen.
Elijah: What, Elena?
Elena: We were told that whatever was going to be in that coffin was going to kill Klaus. When we found out that it was your mother…. We didn’t know what to think.
Elijah: Since her return she says she only wants this family whole again.
Elena: When she asked to see me, I… I thought that maybe she could help. That she would find a way to kill Klaus. It’s not just Klaus that she wants to kill.
Elijah: She wants to kill us all, doesn’t she? She wants to undo the evil she created.
Elena: I’m so sorry, Elijah. I wish there was something I could do to help.
Elijah: You know, one thing I’ve learned on my time on this Earth… be careful what you wish for. (Elijah breaks a hole into the Earth, grabs Elena, and jumps down the hole with her.)
(Elena is in the cavern, trying to get a signal on her cell phone.)
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(Damon is on the phone with Alaric.)
Alaric: I haven’t seen Elena since this morning.
Damon: Well she’s not answering her phone.
Alaric: Well, I’m surprise you have time to call, what with all this Original sex you’ve been having.
Damon: Ugh… she told you?!
Alaric: Oh, she told me.
Damon: Oh, really? Did she also tell you that she’s having an attack of conscience about this whole Original murder thing?
Alaric: Hey, listen, I’m not gonna judge her for having a conscience.
Damon: Well, you don’t have to judge her. Just tie her up, lock her in her room, till this is over.
Alaric: Well, I wouldn’t if I could and I can’t because I’m busy.
Damon: Busy doing what?
Alaric: Don’t worry about it.
Damon: Are you with the sexy, psycho doctor?
Alaric: Goodbye, Damon. (Alaric hangs up.)
(Damon sees the blood of glass he gave to Stefan earlier. It’s still full.)
(Alaric and Meredith are sitting at the bar.)
Alaric: Sorry about that.
Meredith: Does he still think I’m a serial killer?
Alaric: He’s a little judgmental.
Meredith: Speaking of. Your x-rays were inconclusive. Your knife wound was already semi-healed. It’s impossible to tell anything about whoever stabbed you. Short, tall. Left-handed, right-handed. No clue.
Alaric: Well, what about my head? Why can’t I remember anything about the attack?
Meredith: Your CT scans were clear. Maybe you were compelled to forget.
Alaric: Wait… you think the killer’s a… a vampire?
Meredith: There are no other suspects. It’s the obvious conclusion.
(Kol and Klaus walk up to the bar.)
Klaus: Oh come on now. Let’s not go blaming the new family in town just because you lot have got yourselves a killer at large. Don’t mind us. My brother and I are just here to let off some steam, right Kol?
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(Abby and Bonnie are walking up to the mansion.)
Abby: Who’s the creepy, lurky guy?
Bonnie: Esther’s son, Finn, he’s a vampire so.. (Bonnie points to her ear to indicate he can hear her.)
Abby: Wonder what your Grams thinks about the part we’re playing in all of this balance of nature stuff.
Bonnie: She’s probably on the other side, screaming about getting involved with vampire business.
Esther: Bennett witches. Thank you for coming. I can think of no better allies than the woman who sent Mikael into his long sleep and the girl who fought Niklaus so bravely.
Abby: Why exactly did you invite us here?
Esther: You are the descendants of the witch Ayana. She was a great mentor of mine and I think it’s only fitting that I draw from her bloodline.
Bonnie: So are you channeling our ancestors?
Esther: I draw from the entirety of the Bennett bloodline, living and dead. The connection affords me great power, although it is somewhat difficult to maintain, which is why I require you, mother and daughter. The bloodline made manifest. Tonight, my sisters, we shall bring peace to the spirits of nature that we serve and for that I thank you.
(Elena is walking around, trying to find a way out. She thinks she sees a way when Rebekah appears, blocking her escape.)
Rebekah: Going somewhere?
Elena: What are you doing here?
Rebekah: Not much. Unless you try to run. In which case, I get to kill you.
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(Stefan enters the house.)
Stefan: I can’t find her anywhere.
(He walks into the living room and sees Elijah sitting by the fire, talking to Damon.)
Elijah: Hello, Stefan.
Damon: He has Elena.
Elijah: Actually, she’s with Rebekah. As you can imagine, my sister is just dying to tear her throat out. So… if you want to save Elena’s life, I need you to help me stop my mother.
Damon: I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but when it comes to killing thousand year old resurrected witches, I’m a little rusty.
Elijah: Yes, unfortunately, even when killed my mother doesn’t seem to want to stay dead. Not with the spirits of nature at her side.
Stefan: So, what are we supposed to do?
Elijah: The witches that released my mother, she’s drawing her power from their bloodline, that line needs to be broken.
Damon: Yeah, he means. (Damon makes a cutting motion with his forefinger over his neck.)
Stefan: You want us to kill them.
Elijah: You know I’d do it myself, but I have absolutely no idea where they are. Besides, seeing me, they’d immediately know my intent. They won’t expect to be harm by the likes of you. In any case, you have until six minutes after nine to find them.
Damon: Oh, how super specific of you.
Elijah: By 9:07, the moon will be full, my mother will have the power she needs to kill me and my family. If you do not stop her before then, Rebekah will kill Elena. So we all have our timeline? I suggest you get started.
(Rebekah is recording Elena on her cell phone.)
Rebekah: Alright, love, now look into the camera.
Elena: What are you doing?
Rebekah: Shooting a picture to inspire your boyfriends. Why don’t you tell them how delightful it is being stuck in a hole with your biggest fan?
Elena: I guess you think I had this coming, huh? After what I did to you?
Rebekah: You know, I don’t know what I want more, to find out we’re saved or to find out it’s alright to kill you.
Elena: This isn’t my fault. I wanted to get rid of Klaus. At one point, so did you. I didn’t know that your mom was planning on killing all of you.
Rebekah: Do you think I want to spend what could be the last few hours of my life having idle chit-chat with a girl who literally stabbed me in the back? Of course not! But for some reason, everybody seems to want to bend over backwards to save your life, which is incredibly annoying, but makes you the perfect hostage. So, why don’t you sit down and shut up before I ruin everything by ripping your head off.
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(Stefan is looking in the freezer where the blood bags are. He pulls one out and looks at it and opens it. Damon enters)
Damon: Clock’s ticking. You gonna help me brainstorm a plan or are you too busy fixing yourself a snack?
Stefan: We need to call Bonnie. There’s got to be a way for her to stop Esther from channeling all that power.
Damon: A. What if she’s with Esther? B. What if she can’t cut her off? C. I don’t know how any of this stuff works and D. neither do you!
Stefan: You got a better plan?
Damon: Worst case scenario, simple mechanics. Can’t draw power from a dead battery.
Stefan: Kill them.
Damon: If it comes to that. (Stefan is still holding the blood bag. Damon takes it, drinks, and hands it back to Stefan.)
Stefan: There’s got to be another way.
Damon: Well, what if I told you I had a less diabolical plan. (He holds up the silver dagger.)
Stefan: You want to dagger Elijah.
Damon: They’re all linked. One goes down, they all go down. The witches live, Elena’s safe, problem solved.
Stefan: We don’t know if that’ll effect Klaus.
Damon: Ironically, Klaus isn’t our current problem.
Stefan: Dagger is lethal to any vampire who uses it.
Damon: Well, I just so happen to know someone crazy enough to give it a shot.
(Alaric is on the phone with Damon.)
Alaric: Yeah, no, they’re still here. Yeah, they’ve drank their way through half the grill’s liquor supply.
Damon: Good. It’ll be easier if they’re wasted.
Alaric: So, what’s the plan?
Damon: Divide and conquer. First, we’ll need a little blond distraction.
(Caroline enters the Grill. Alaric hangs up. Caroline and him exchange looks.)
Kol: (Pointing at Caroline.) I remember her from last night. She looks like a tasty little thing.
Klaus: Say another word and I’ll tear out your liver. Caroline!
Caroline: Oh, it’s you.
Klaus: Join us for a drink?
Caroline: Mmm, I’d rather die of thirst. But thanks.
Klaus: Isn’t she stunning?
Kol: She certainly looks good walking away from you.
Klaus: I’ll take that as a challenge.
(Klaus gets up and walks after Caroline.)
OUTSIDE THE MYSTIC GRILL
(Klaus runs after Caroline, almost getting run over by a car.)
Caroline: Are you serious? Take a hint.
Klaus: Don’t be angry, love. We had a little spat. I’m over it already.
Caroline: Ah, well, I’m not.
Klaus: How can I quit myself?
Caroline: You and your expensive jewelry and your romantic drawings can leave me alone.
Klaus: Oh, come on, take a chance, Caroline. (Klaus sits down on a bench.) Talk to me. Come on, get to know me. I dare you.
Caroline: Fine. (She sits down next to him.) So, what do you wanna talk about?
Klaus: I want to talk about you. Your hopes, your dreams, everything you want in life.
Caroline: Just to be clear, I’m too smart to be seduced by you.
Klaus: Well, that’s why I like you.
OUTSIDE THE ABANDONDED WITCH HOUSE
(Finn is lighting torches around a pentagram.)
Esther: The pentagram represents our connection to magic. The salt is a symbol of the Earth.
Bonnie: The torches?
Esther: Five torches. One for each of my children.
Bonnie: What’s the spell you’re doing?
Esther: As the witch who cast the spell that made them vampires, I can also reverse it. When they become human again, they can be killed. As they are linked as one, my brave Finn will be the sacrifice. With his death, will come theirs.
Abby: And you’re just willing to die?
Finn: My mother has released me from an eternity of shame. It’s not a sacrifice, it’s a gift.
(Kol is watching Meredith play pool. He walks up to her.)
Kol: A woman of your caliber ought to choose more suitable company. What’s your name, love?
Meredith: None of your business.
Kol: Let’s try that again. I’ll start. I’m Kol.
Meredith: Why don’t you get lost, Kol?
Kol: And why would I do that? I like pretty little things with sharp tongues.
(Kol walks towards Meredith and touches her face. She slaps his hand.)
Alaric: I’m pretty sure she told you to get lost.
Kol: I’m pretty sure I don’t care. (Kol turns around and faces Alaric. Alaric stabs him with the silver dagger.)
Alaric: Next time, take a hint.
(Rebekah dies and falls to the ground. Elena runs past her and makes her escape.)
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(Finn dies and falls to the ground.) Esther: Something’s wrong.
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(Klaus gets up and puts his hand on his heart.)
Caroline: What is it?
Klaus: What did you do?
(Klaus grabs Caroline forcefully.)
Klaus: What did you do?!
Caroline: I didn’t do anything. Stop it!
(Alaric drags Kol into an alleyway. Stefan and Damon are waiting for him.)
Alaric: Here, grab him!
Damon: Tell your sexy doctor, good work.
(Klaus appears, undaggers Kol and knocks Alaric against the wall. Stefan tries to attack Klaus but Klaus knocks him out too.)
Klaus: I should have killed you months ago.
Damon: Do it. It’s not going to stop Esther from killing you.
Klaus: What did you say about my mother?
Damon: You didn’t know I was friends with your mummy? Yeah, we have a lot in common. She hates you as much as I do. (Klaus is about to attack Damon when Elijah appears.)
Elijah: Leave him! We still need them, Niklaus.
Klaus: What did mother do? What did she do, Elijah?
(Elijah walks towards Damon, holding a phone.)
Elijah: You tell me where the witches are or I’ll have my sister kill Elena right now.
Damon: You told me we had until after nine.
Elijah: I’m sure Rebekah will be more than happy to start her work early.
(Rebekah gets up from the floor and sees Elena is missing. Elena is running throughout the tunnels, trying to escape.)
Rebekah: You can’t hide, Elena!
(Elena trips and falls.)
Rebekah: Not sure why I’m feeling under the weather. Must be your boys trying to find a loophole. Won’t matter, I could chase you down on my worst day.
(Elena gets up and gets to the entrance of the cave with the Native American drawings. Rebekah grabs her from behind.)
(Elena headbutts her and jumps into the cave.)
Rebekah: You little bitch!
(Rebekah tries to enter the cave but can’t.)
Rebekah: What is this?
Elena: Sorry. No vampires allowed.
(Meredith gets an ice pack from the fridge for Alaric and pushes him back down into a chair.)
Meredith: No, no, no, no.
Alaric: Listen, Elena’s still out there. I need to go find her.
Meredith: Shut up, stay seated, you might have a concussion.
Alaric: So this is your place, huh? Kind of a slob.
Meredith: Housekeeping is not high on my priority list.
Alaric: I see that.
Meredith: Look at me.
(She points a light into his eyes.)
Meredith: Pupillary response is normal. You might have a broken rib.
Alaric: That kind of sucks, getting my ass kicked on a date.
Meredith: That’s what you get. Picking fights with guys thirty times your age.
Meredith: Rest. Damon and Stefan are going to take care of Elena. I am going to take care of you.
(Alaric takes Meredith’s hand and smiles.)
NEAR THE ABANDONED WITCH HOUSE
(Damon and Stefan pull up into the woods in Damon’s car.)
Damon: So how do we know they’re going to be at the old witch house?
Stefan: We don’t. But if they’re not, then we have about ten minutes until Rebekah tears Elena apart.
Damon: You know, if we sit this out, Esther completes her spell, Klaus dies, you get your revenge. It’s what you wanted the whole time. The only collateral damage is….
Damon: You know what she’d choose.
Stefan: She’d let herself be killed to save her friend.
Stefan: Hm. If we do this, it’ll wreck her.
Damon: Well, she’ll hate us. Thing is, she only has to hate one of us. Only one of us has to do the actual deed.
Stefan: So, who’s it gonna be, brother?
(Damon pulls out a coin.)
Damon: Heads I do it, tails you do it.
Stefan: Awful lot of effort for someone who pretends not to care about her anymore.
Damon: Pot, kettle, brother.
(Damon flips the coin.)
(Elena turns on a flashlight and searches for an exit.)
Rebekah: Elena! Let’s pick it up where we left off.
(Rebekah is holding a canister filled with gasoline. She throws some on Elena.)
Elena: What are you doing?
(Rebekah pours more gasoline around the rest of the cave.)
Rebekah: Thought I'd shake things up a bit.
Elena: Are you insane?
Rebekah: I prefer spontaneous. It’s probably why Damon likes me so much.
(Rebekah throws the canister at Elena. Elena ducks in time and the canister hits the back wall instead. Rebekah pulls out a match.)
Rebekah: Here’s what’s gonna happen. (She lights the match and throws it into the cave, starting the fire.) Rebekah: You’re gonna come outside. (She lights another match and throws it into the cave.) Or you’re going to stay in there and burn.
(The fire goes out)
Rebekah: The next match is landing on you. So, Elena, how does it feel to know that these may be your last moments? (Rebekah is recording Elena with a phone.)
Elena: I don’t know, you tell me. You’re the one whose mother’s trying to kill you.
Rebekah: You should be very careful what you say to me.
Elena: You’re still wearing her necklace.
Rebekah: Do you want it? Is that your last request? (She rips the necklace off and throws it in the cave.) Here. It’s all yours.
Elena: She’s not doing this because she hates you, Rebekah. She told me that she… she just doesn’t have another choice.
Rebekah: Spare me your pity, Elena. We’re not girlfriends. Want me to prove it? Just say the word. (She lights another match.)
Elena: You’re not gonna do it.
Rebekah: And why is that?
Elena: Because there’s still a chance that you might be alive tomorrow. And if that’s the case and you kill me now, you’ll have used up all of your revenge. Wasted it and isn’t that what you want? Revenge? Because I- I pretended to like you and then I stuck a dagger in your back. I mean, that’s why you slept with Damon, isn’t it? That’s why you’re tormenting me, because I hurt your feelings. (The match burns out, Rebekah drops it.)
Rebekah: The tough act doesn’t suit you.
Elena: I never said I was tough. But we both know that I’m right.
OUTSIDE ABANDONED WITCH HOUSE
Finn: They’re coming, Mother!
Esther: No, it’s too soon, the moon is not high enough. Go! Quickly! (Bonnie and Abby retreat into the house. Kol, Elijah, and Klaus appear.)
Esther: My sons, come forward.
Finn: Stay beside me, Mother.
Esther: It’s okay. They can’t enter.
Kol: That’s lovely. We’re stuck out here, while the favorite son plays sacrificial lamb. How pathetic you are, Finn.
Esther: Be quiet, Kol. Your brother knows virtue you cannot even imagine.
Elijah: Whatever you think of us, killing your own children will be an atrocity.
Esther: My only regret is that I did not let you die a thousand years ago.
Klaus: Enough. All this talk is boring me. End this now, Mother, or I’ll send you back to Hell.
Esther: For a thousand years, I’ve been forced to watch you. Felt the pain of every victim, suffered while you shed blood. Even you, Elijah, with your claim to nobility, you’re no better. All of you. You’re a curse on this Earth. Stretched out over generations. If you’ve come to plead for your life, I’m sorry, you’ve wasted your time.
INSIDE THE ABANDONDED WITCH HOUSE
Abby: This place has some serious vibe in it.
Bonnie: The witch spirits will protect us from the Originals, but we should get into the basement. (Bonnie walks down into the basement, but Abby doesn’t follow.) Abby. (Stefan appears.) Stefan? What’s going on?
Stefan: They took Elena. They’re going to kill her unless we stop Esther.
Bonnie: Stefan, I- I can’t stop her. She’s channeling us!
Stefan: Bonnie, if you can’t stop her. I have to find another way.
Bonnie: No… Stefan, no. (Bonnie tries to escape but Stefan blocks her way.)
Bonnie: What are you gonna do? Even if you kill us, Esther is channeling every witch in our ancestry, living and dead.
Stefan: Esther’s drawing from the witches. The only way to cut her off is if one of you is no longer a witch. (Damon grabs Abby, bites his wrist and feeds her his blood.)
Damon: This will only hurt a second. (Damon kills Abby.)
OUTSIDE ABANDONED WITCH HOUSE
Esther: No! Sisters! Do not abandon me!
Finn: Mother! (Finn grabs Esther and they disappear. The torches flare up and die out. Elijah, Klaus, and Kol stand around in shock.)
(Elena is sitting on the floor.)
Rebekah: You can come out now. Seems your boys took care of the problem.
Elena: How did they do that?
Rebekah: Damon turned your witch friend’s mother into a vampire.
Rebekah: Quite clever, actually. They needed to sever the witch line and, well, you can’t be a witch and a vampire. In any case, you’re free to go. Oh and, uh, by the way, you were right. I do prefer taking my time watching you suffer. Much more satisfying.
(Abby is in bed. Bonnie is holding her hand and crying. Caroline is at the front door, talking to Elena.)
Caroline: She doesn’t want to see you.
Elena: Please, just let me talk to her.
Caroline: Abby’s in transition. It’s going to be really hard over the next few days and if Bonnie needs some time to deal then I think you should give it to her.
Elena: She’s always been there for me, Caroline. Please. Let me just be there for her too.
Caroline: I’m sorry, Elena. I know that you want to help, but put yourself in her shoes. Everything that happened tonight was to save you and that’s okay because she loves you. So much. But somehow she’s always the one who gets hurt.
Elena: You know, you’re right. I just – just tell her that I love her, okay? (Elena starts to cry.)
Caroline: Of course I will.
(Elena walks away. Bonnie is standing in the hallway, crying too.)
SALVATORE BOARDING HOUSE
(Damon is in the bathroom, washing his hands. Stefan is in the bedroom.)
Damon: Is she safe?
Stefan: Elijah kept his word. Rebekah let her go.
Damon: Good. All’s right in the world again.
Stefan: I lost that coin toss, Damon. It should have been me who turned Abby. Why did you do it?
Damon: Cause I’m not blind. I see what’s been going on around here. You’re hanging by a thread, Stefan. Barely over your last ripper binge and all you want is to be the old Stefan again.
Stefan: Hmm. That part of me is gone for good.
Damon: Oh yeah? How long has it been since you’ve had a drop of human blood?
Stefan: How’d you know?
Damon: Spend 146 years with someone, you kind of start to pick up on their tails. Answer the question. How long has it been since your last drink?
Stefan: Since the night I threatened to drive Elena off the Wickery Bridge.
Damon: See? You have enough to feel guilty about! Why add to the list? By the way, you’re welcome.
Stefan: You know, you’re not fooling anyone either. You still love her, Damon.
Damon: I do. And I thought I could win her from you fair and square. She didn’t want me. It’s for the best. I’m better at being the bad guy anyway.
(Damon leaves the room.)
(Elena walks into her room and picks up a letter on her bed from Elijah. She opens it and reads.)
Elijah: “Elena, today I did things I abhor to protect the one thing I value most. My family. If anyone can understand that, it’s you. Your compassion is a gift, Elena. Carry it with you. As I will carry my regret. Always and forever. Elijah.”
(Rebekah walks into the room. Elijah is staring out the window.)
Rebekah: Where the bloody hell is everyone?
Elijah: It’s over, Rebekah.
Rebekah: Where’s mother?
Elijah: We have no mother. Only Esther and Esther was right.
Rebekah: What do you mean?
Elijah: My talk of virtue. When it suits my needs, I kill, maim, and torment. Even today, I terrorized an innocent.
Rebekah: Elena is hardly innocent.
Elijah: And I used your hatred of her to get what I wanted. Wielded you like I would a sword. My sister.
Rebekah: You did it to protect us, Elijah, and rightly so! We deserve to live! We are better than they are.
Elijah: Are we? Mother made us vampires. She didn’t make us monsters, we did that to ourselves. (Elijah leaves.)
(Klaus is in the parlor, burning pictures he drew of Caroline. Rebekah enters.)
Klaus: I thought you’d have gone by now. Elijah’s leaving. Kol’s fled. Esther and Finn are gone too.
Rebekah: I hated you when I learned you killed our mother. But I realize now that after a thousand years together as a family, you’re the only one who never left me.
Klaus: Well, I'll be your pair.
Rebekah: There’s something I need you to see.
(Rebekah pulls out her phone and shows Klaus the video of Elena she took.)
Klaus: Come to brag about your skills as a torturer.
Rebekah: Look at the images on the wall behind Elena. The Natives told the story of our family history, look at the images on the far wall.
Klaus: What is it?
Rebekah: A Native worshipping at the Great White Oak tree.
Klaus: And? We burned that tree to the ground.
Rebekah: Look at the markings that precede it. That’s the native calendar.
Klaus: This can’t be right.
Rebekah: A White Oak tree, 300 years after we fled back to the Old World. There must have been a sapling, a new tree to replace the old. That tree could kill us. It’s not over, Nik.
(Alaric wakes up and heads to the kitchen to get some medication. A folder with Bill Forbes name catches his eye and he rifles through it. There is crime scene evidence in it. He looks at the other victim’s folder as well and finds one of his knifes wrapped in a cloth. He hears the trigger of a gun being pulled. Meredith is aiming the gun at him.)
Meredith: You weren't supposed to see that.
(She shoots at him.)