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SECRETS AND LIES - Stefan and Elena get away for what they hope will be a romantic weekend at the Gilbert Family Lake House, not realizing that they’ve been followed. Jenna starts to worry that Alaric isn’t being honest with her. Jules explains the importance of the sun and moon curse to Tyler, but leaves out an important detail. Damon attends a tea at the Historical Society in order to talk to Elijah, but Elijah isn’t giving up any secrets. With help from Caroline and Jeremy, Bonnie uses deceptive measures to get shocking new information out of Luka. Finally, Tyler offers Matt some relationship advice.
|The episode starts with Brady burning the bodies of his friends who died last night. Stevie comes suddenly to tell Jules that he suspects that Mason was working with Vampire's when he saw him and Katherine (Kathy) in Florida. They decide to kill every vampire in town to prevent them from breaking the curse. In Caroline's house, Elena, Bonnie and Caroline are sleeping. Then Stefan calls Elena. She tells him that since her dad is in town, she wants to go as far away as possible. In the Salvatore Boarding House, Andie is about to leave. Damon compels her not to reveal any of his secrets. As she leaves, Alaric arrives. Alaric asks Damon not to kill Elijah or Andie.
At the Grill, Caroline and Bonnie talk about the plan to take down Luka. Matt passes by, but Caroline just waves to him. Tyler goes into the woods to Brady's trailer. Stevie, Brady and Jules ask him to help them to find the moonstone. They explain to him about the moonstone and the sun and the moon curse, but don't mention that Elena has to die in order to break it. Tyler wants to help because he doesn't want to turn into a wolf. Breaking the curse will allow him to turn when he wants. In the Grill, Caroline tries to talk with Matt. He tells her that he knows that she wasn't with Bonnie the night before because Bonnie was at the Grill. Then he leaves, but Tyler arrives.
They bump and a lot of her stuff falls on the floor. He quickly grabs her cellphone and puts it in his pocket. Matt returns and tells Tyler to stop lying, that he and Caroline are together. At Elena's house, Stefan and Elena prepare for a weekend at the lake house. "Caroline" sends a message to Elena asking where she is. She answers that she's going to the Gilbert Family Lake House. So Tyler and Brady head there.
Stefan and Elena arrive at the lake house. At first Stefan can't enter, and Elena tells him that the house belongs to John as a joke. Amused, she finally invites him in and they kiss.
At the Historical Society Tea Party, Elijah "meets" Damon. They go into another room to talk. Elijah grabs Damon's neck and stabs a pencil into it, telling him he should show some respect to an Original. John tells Alaric that he wants his ring back soon.
At the Grill, Bonnie uses a spell to take down Luka. Caroline and Jeremy help Bonnie carry him to the house. At the same time, Stefan and Elena are making out in the lake house. They discover a hollow in the wall. Stefan removes the planks to reveal a secret door. In the room, they see a lot of vampire-hunter's weapons and the rest of Johnathan Gilbert's journals.
In the Salvatore Boarding House, someone stabs Alaric. Damon comes quickly, but Stevie stabs him. After few seconds, Jules and Brady arrive. John raises suspicions about Alaric after he tells Jenna about Isobel's death. Luka reveals to Bonnie that Elijah is planning to go ahead with the sacrifice anyway and that Luka's sister has been kidnapped by Klaus.
Brady shoots Stefan and tells Tyler to finish him. Brady goes to catch Elena. She runs from him, then stabs him twice and as she runs away through the door, Stefan kills him.
Damon is being tortured by Stevie who wants to know where the moonstone is. Then Elijah enters with the moonstone. One wolf tries to get it, but Elijah rips his heart out. The same thing happens to the next two wolves. Jules runs away and Stevie is the only one left. Elijah breaks Stevie's neck and releases Damon.
Bonnie calls Damon to tell him about Elijah's real plan. Damon tells Stefan. When Stefan tells Elena, she's not surprised. She tells him that his promise is to protect her friends, but not her. Bonnie and Jeremy then share a kiss.
In the last scene, Tyler leaves a letter to his mom, tells Matt to be good to Caroline and goes to Caroline's house, just to see her. Then he leaves town with Jules.
- Antagonist: Jules.
- Bonnie and Jeremy kiss for the first time.
- This was the last episode filmed before the cast and crew's holiday break.
- Nina Dobrev had to kiss Paul Wesley's stunt double (who is coincidentally named John Gilbert) because Paul hurt his ankle while he was in LA some days before they began shooting, so he was on crutches and couldn't lift Nina with her legs around his waist during their scene at the lake house.
- Tyler leaves Mystic Falls with Jules at the end of the episode.
- He would later return in the episode The Last Day.
- Elena, along with Stefan, discovers a secret room in the closet of her parents' bedroom at the lake house while they were making out. The room was full of her adoptive father/biological uncle's vampire hunting weapons, as well as the rest of the Gilbert Journals written by her ancestor Johnathan Gilbert. These journals complete the collection with the one already in her and Jeremy's possession.
- Damon mocks Elijah's alias, "Elijah Smith," which is ironic, since, in the books, Damon used the same alias when he first arrived in Fell's Church.
- Damon mentions that being tortured for the location of the moonstone was ironic. He then informs them that someone will torture him, he won't talk, and someone will ultimately lose a heart, which referenced the events of Plan B, when Damon ripped out Mason Lockwood's heart after torturing him for the location of the moonstone. Damon ended up being right—he was tortured, didn't give up the location of the moonstone, and three werewolves lost their hearts, thanks to Elijah.
- In this episode, Elena and Tyler have an on-screen conversation for the second time in the entire series. Their first was in Season One's Family Ties.
- However, both Tyler and Elena have made reference to the fact that they've known each other their entire lives, so they have most likely talked off-screen at some point between the pilot and this episode.
- This is the first time Elijah is shown killing werewolves, but the second time he is shown murdering two people at the same time. He killed two vampires at the same time by ripping their hearts out in The Sacrifice.
- This episode features the third torture scene in the second season; the first was when Mason was tortured by Damon in Plan B, and the second was when Caroline was tortured by Brady in Daddy Issues.
- All the remaining werewolves from Jules' Pack are killed, except for Jules and Tyler.
- This is the final episode of the second chapter of Season Two, The Werewolf Chapter.
- Brady - heart extraction, killed by Stefan.
- Stevie - broken neck, killed by Elijah.
- Alaric Saltzman - stabbed, killed by Stevie; resurrected by his Gilbert ring.
- 3 werewolves - heart extractions, killed by Elijah Mikaelson.
- The expression "Cry Wolf" means to raise a false alarm.
- The documentary "Crying Wolf" is about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, and the controversy surrounding this issue. In this episode, a werewolf pack was "reintroduced" to Mystic Falls, where they have been thought extinct for generations.
- "Action News" is a local television broadcast format in the United States. It was developed in the 70s, and has a tight format that often limits the time exposure of each reporter, making it more dynamic. Its innovations have been assimilated to most newscasts nowadays - which makes Alaric's comment "It's not called Action News anymore" even funnier.
- The expression "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" means, beware of your enemies when they are being nice. It refers to the Trojan Horse, the trick that the Greeks used to infiltrate the Trojan defenses. Bonnie's coffee gift to Luka was also a trick to infiltrate his mind.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had 2.793 millons viewers in the USA, which was 0.407 million less than the previous episode.
- Bonnie: "Overnight, you turned into this hot guy, who's really sweet and..."
- Jeremy: "You think I'm hot?"
- Alaric: "Yeah, Elijah’s one scary dude. But, with nice hair."
- Elijah: "You realize this is the third time I've saved your life now?"
- Stefan: "No, what you’re doing is you’re being a martyr."
- Elena: "How is that any different than when you say that you would die to keep me safe?"
- Stefan: "Because I’ve already lived 162 years, and you’ve barely begun! Now you want to get yourself killed? That’s not heroic. It’s tragic."