'The Vampire Diaries' recap: The heart is a lonely hunter
Warning: Major spoilers ahead!
Just when it seems like Klaus might have a heart -- and even Stefan feels pity for him -- he does something to remind us how despicable, how brutal, how ... well, Klaus he is.
What separates Stefan, Caroline, and the "good vampires" from Klaus is that they have love and family connections. Klaus doesn't care about anyone but himself, and he has ended up alone.
Loved ones can be your weakness -- which is why he kills Carol Lockwood. It's the ultimate revenge on Tyler for leading the plan to kill Klaus.
It's going to be a not-merry-at-all Klausmas.
Back to regularly scheduled programming
Elena and Damon wake up in bed, this time fully clothed. He feels guilty for not keeping his word to Stefan to break her sire bond. But they put the issue on ice so that he can accompany her to the lake house, where Bonnie is trying to teach Jeremy not to kill his sister.
When they get to the house, Jeremy again tries to stake Elena. This deprogramming thing might take a while. Professor Shane is there to help and says they need to condition Jeremy's subconscious. They hypnotize him, and Elena says their parents "would've wanted us to stick together, to fight for each other." But it doesn't work; Jeremy still wants to kill her.
Damon notes that using Elena to appeal to Jeremy's warm and fuzzy feelings is like "dangling a cheeseburger to someone on a master cleanse." He suggests that they use Bonnie to deprogram Jeremy. The two exchange googly eyes.
Beremy fans, there might be hope!
Alpha and omega
At his house, Klaus shows Stefan his secret weapon: a sword that will decode Jeremy's mark!
Meanwhile, Tyler and his hybrids are planning to kill Klaus that night. They found a witch and plan to use the body-switching spell. Then they'll bury the body containing Klaus in cement. So whose body are they going to use? Tyler's!
Caroline is not happy about that idea, but he's determined. "This started with me. This has to end with me," he tells her.
She calls Stefan right away: If the hybrids kill Klaus, they need to get that sword first. Unfortunately, when Stefan breaks open the safe it was in, it's not there. He zooms around Klaus's mansion, looking for it, but stumbles across a trunk of old love letters instead.
At the charity auction, Stefan pleads with Tyler to hold off on killing Klaus, but Tyler and his pack of hybrids don't want to wait and hold him and Caroline hostage.
Tyler runs into his mom and lets her in on the plan. Carol is sad to lose him but proud that he's taking on a leadership role -- just like his dad once did.
Back at the lake house, Damon wonders again why he shouldn't just kill Shane. The professor reveals a very good reason: He knows where the cure is ... he's been there!
He tells them the story of a witch named Silas, who loved a girl so much he wanted to spend eternity with her. Silas's best friend cast an immortality spell but then got jealous and killed the girl. Silas, no longer wanting to be immortal, created a cure to overturn the spell -- but his friend buried him and the cure before he could use it.
Shane explains that Jeremy's hunter's mark holds the spell they need to dig up Silas. But he won't tell them where the tomb is just yet.
Meanwhile, Jeremy's session with Bonnie is over. He approaches his sister, stake in hand ... but after looking at Bonnie, turns it over to Damon. It worked! He hugs a relieved Elena.
Damon calls Stefan to fill him in -- lying about Elena's whereabouts and the fact that he didn't debond her yet -- and informs him that Shane can help them find the tomb. They don't need the sword -- or Klaus.
Winter is coming
Caroline goes to Tyler with the news and an idea: Instead of using his body to house Klaus, why not use Rebekah's? She's still daggered in a coffin.
He agrees, but Hayley's got her own agenda. After Tyler leaves, she breaks Caroline's neck and takes off. Poor, clueless April stumbles upon "dead" Caroline and starts to scream for help, when Caroline recovers. She calls Stefan to make sure Hayley doesn't steal Rebekah's body, then compels April to forget.
Except April can't be compelled; she's wearing Jeremy's vervain bracelet! Ruh-roh.