In this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Damon’s happiness with returning to the world of the living, or in his case un-dead, is short-lived when he finds out Elena asked Alaric to compel her to forget about him. He is frustrated and upset with both of them – Alaric for agreeing to do it and Elena for giving up on him, or just plain forgetting about him.
Tripp (Colin Ferguson), who picked up Ivy (Emily Chang) at the end of last week’s episode, killed her and some of the other vampires he had picked up. Turns out the tip about her was courtesy of Enzo (Michael Malarkey), but Tripp wasn’t happy with just them – he wants to know about all of Enzo’s vampire friends.
Struggling with leaving Bonnie in ’90s purgatory, Damon spares Jeremy the truth by telling him Bonnie was happy and decided to stay on her own.
Damon also tries to connect with Elena, standing outside her room saying he will break the door down unless she lets him in. When she finally conceded and opens the door, Damon enters her room only to see her jump out the window.
Elena is also charged by Alaric with finding out why Dr. Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) can’t be compelled. After Jo calls Elena out on being a vampire, and tells her she knows Alaric is one as well, she admits she is a witch.
After a few moments of reflection, and a chat with Caroline, Elena decides maybe she needs to see Damon after all. She even thinks about asking Alaric to take the mind compulsion away. She tells Damon they can meet and sets up a time.
Meanwhile, Sarah (Gabrielle Walsh) is trying to find out all she can about her Salvatore roots after learning her father was the Salvatore relative Damon killed in the first season. It isn’t until the end of the episode, as Sarah and Matt are back at the Salvatore mansion, that he tells her about Damon and Stefan and their vampirism.
As Damon waits for Elena, he is surprised by Tripp. It looks like Damon will have the upper hand when he catches Tripp’s dart, but Tripp has some of his followers with him and they capture Damon.
Damon awakens in Tripp’s van and finds Enzo is there, too.
Elena arrives to meet Damon and discovers there has been a struggle and Damon is gone. She calls Alaric in a panic who is trying to fend off Jo’s questions. He tells Jo that he doesn’t have time for this – that his friend is in trouble and needs his help.
Alaric tries to set a trap to stop Tripp, feigning car trouble on the side of the road. Alaric’s attempt fails, and after a struggle, the van speeds ahead and away from Mystic Falls towards its borders. All three vampires, Damon, Enzo and Alaric, are dying because of the depleting magic.
Stefan steels himself and goes to save Damon and Enzo. Jo shows up and finds Alaric dying. As Stefan drags Enzo and Damon out of the Mystic Falls borders, Jo is desperately trying to save Alaric. She brings out some sealing bandages and says an incantation. It looks like Alaric has died, but soon after he is breathing, but feels different – he is human again and not a vampire.
It is a moment of happiness for Elena – happy her friend Alaric, who despised being a vampire, is back to being human – only to realize he won’t be able to lift the compulsion that made her forget about Damon. Unless Damon and Elena can naturally break the compulsion to forget him, Elena will never remember she loved Damon.
The episode ends with Damon arriving at Elena’s door again and knocking. He feels certain that once they meet eye to eye that she will remember her feelings for him.