“Run, Jer,” Damon shouts, “Kol’s compelled me. I find you, I’m going to kill you, and there’s nothing I can do about it!”
The compelled spy for some unknown party takes a cyanide tablet. They wonder who this third party is; I wonder if it’s part of Kol’s plans to prevent the resurrection of Cylas? Shane begins telling Bonnie about her grandmother’s suffering on “the other side” until Bonnie, wounded by guilt, loses it and begins hurting Shane’s hand, then starts a fire with her powers. Between her father and Shane, she regains control. Shane offers her father to help Bonnie; “she’s a prodigy…I could help her become one of the most powerful witches in the world…but without me…” Elena calls Stefan for help. “I know you don’t care about me anymore,” she says, but she tells of the compulsion predicament. Jeremy cuts himself, to bring Damon to him. Damon bites him, then Jeremy shoots him…but doesn’t finish him off. “In the heart, Jeremy,” he warns him, agitated. A shot is fired…before commercial break!
With all this wall-to-wall action, we don’t have as much character development-based speculation, this week. A lot of weeks have set up the psychological quandaries that give the show its spirit, but this is one of those pulse-pounding episodes where the pieces move in constant play. Speaking of moving, Damon sits up, and pulls a bullet out of his forehead. It’s apparent Jeremy probably really likes Damon somewhat. “Stupid idiot!” he swears. “Borderline brain dead moron! You should have killed me when you had the chance!” Rebekah uses a dagger in Kol’s back to try to end the compulsion. “A dagger in your sibling’s back?” he asks. “What has become of this family? Elijah won’t even show his face.” Kol then nearly kills her in return, until Klaus arrives, mocking her. “Then you need lessons,” he says cooly, in how to properly dagger a sibling.”