“Matt figures out Kai is still a threat. Jo and Alaric get closer, while Stefen and Caroline have their own issues.”
Damon (Ian Somerhalder) compels Alaric (Matthew Davis) to woo Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) and find out where she’s hiding the Ascent, in this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. Alaric takes it to Damon who then goes to Liv (Penelope Mitchell). Damon lies about how he obtained the Ascent, so Liv agrees to do a spell that sends Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon back to the 1994 purgatory where Bonnie (Kat Graham) is stuck.
There, Damon and Elena make contact with Bonnie. She’s in Muncie, Indiana and has a six and a half hour drive ahead of her (after Kai left her stranded in Portland) to meet Damon and Elena in Mystic Falls before Liv pulls them out.
Jo is enraged at Alaric when she discovers the Ascent is missing. Alaric swears he doesn’t know what she is talking about. Jo says she believes he has been compelled by Damon and they need to go to Mystic Falls, where he won’t be compelled.
Meanwhile, Kai (Chris Wood) is out of purgatory and he’s on a mission to find Jo. If he bonds with her, he believes he will absorb all her magic and be the one to lead the coven. He first runs into Liv at the bar where she works. When he touches her and starts absorbing some of her magic, Tyler (Michael Trevino) bursts in and saves her.
As Damon and Elena wait for Bonnie, they are shocked to realize they are being dragged back to the present. Liv has pulled them out an hour early because Kai is after her, meaning Damon and Elena have to leave without Bonnie.
In the real world, Stefan (Paul Wesley) meets the woman claiming to be Sarah Salvatore (Gabrielle Walsh). Things are going well during their meeting until Stefan tells her that he knows she’s lying. Turns out the real Sarah Salvatore is going to school at Duke University. Stefan says Sarah is family and he has always looked out for her and wants to know the identity of this imposter. She admits her name is Monique and she was friends with Sarah, and since Sarah didn’t want to find her real family, she decided she would take her place.
Stefan compels her to forget everything, saying she was putting Sarah’s life in danger. Matt (Zach Roerig) arrives, followed by Enzo (Michael Malarkey), and Enzo grabs the girl pretending to be Sarah and kills her.
Damon and Elena regret leaving Bonnie behind, and are surprised to see Kai. Flush with power he stole from Liv, Kai goes after them. Before Kai reaches them, Damon grabs the Ascent and tosses it against a tree. Devastated, Elena tries to put it back together as Damon fights Kai. When Damon tosses Kai into the invisible line of Mystic Falls, where there is no magic, he realizes he can have free reign to wreak havoc in Mystic Falls without any vampires. Damon has to go after him.
Matt, upset over what Enzo did to Monique, finds Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), hands him his crossbow, and asks him if he wants to be a hunter again. Matt is out to kill Enzo.
Alaric confronts Damon, punching him for compelling him against his will.
Bonnie finally reaches Mystic Falls to reunite with Damon and Elena, only to realize they aren’t there. “She is all alone,” Damon says, knowing there is nothing they can do for her.
The episode closes with Kai waiting for Tyler in his home. He offers him a Tyler can’t refuse. Kai says he wants to save Liv’s life and wonders if Tyler wants to help.