The Vampire Diaries, Season Four, Episode Three: The Rager
Tyler is asleep in hospital bed after being shot and a police officer is standing guard at the door to his room. Suddenly, a noise in the corridor attracts the cops attention and when he leaves to check it out, he is assaulted by Connor Jordan. Hearing the noise, Tyler awakes and when Connor enters his room, Tyler is nowhere to be seen. Tyler decides to attack Connor from behind, but Connor manages to inject a paralytic into Tyler. He lays Tyler on the bed and then draws some kind of liquid from his fangs, before rushing out of Tyler’s room. Connor returns to his RV and is clearly making something from the venom which he withdrew from Tyler. When he sits at his desk, he looks at two folders and decides to open the one with Jeremy’s name on it.
Stefan is outside the house working on a motorcycle. Damon sees this as his midlife crises but Stefan says that the transition has been rough on Elena and he wants to take her out to have a little fun. Damon informs Stefan that Connor stole some of Tyler’s venom last night and now he plans to hunt him and kill him. When Stefan offers to help, Damon turns him down and the brothers are back to arguing about Elena yet again. Damon plans to leave town because the agreement was that only the one Elena chose would get to stay, but Stefan says that things are different now because Elena is one of them. He justifies punching Damon in the face by saying that he was being dramatic and Damon did after all blood share with Elena.
Matt and Elena meet at their old make out spot. She again expresses angst for having to feed and Matt asks her to let him do this for her because he owes her his life. She only feeds briefly and when Matt asks her if she had enough, she responds, “no, but if I had anymore, I’m afraid I wouldn’t stop.” Elena wipes her lips and puts a bandage on Matt and then they head off to school. Matt questions whether she should be there or not, and Elena says that the vampire hunter knows that she knows Damon and so this place is safer and then adds she wants to be there because it is her senior year. Honestly, was I the only one rolling my eyes? How long are they going to keep these kids in high school already? They don’t act like the kids that they are supposed to be and never attend school for anything other than planning dances, or wretched founders events. As they walk through the parking lot, Elena notices a flyer stuck to a car, which calls for a town curfew of ten pm. Matt reminds her that Tyler was shot in front of half of the town and that everyone is a little freaked.
Carol and Tyler return home and Tyler is not pleased to see two men standing in the foyer when he enters. He assumes that they are more deputies and Klaus enters. Klaus says that he was halfway to Chicago, when he heard that Tyler was attacked but duty calls. Tyler sarcastically replies, “Nice to know you care.” As Klaus walks forward he says, “I don’t. I should have killed you for the stunt you and your little friends pulled, stopping my heart and leaving me in a coffin to rot.” Tyler reminds Klaus that he hijacked his body and kissed his girlfriend and suggests that makes them even, but Klaus is not convinced. It seems that Klaus is there because hybrids are a dying breed and he cannot make more, and will not allow anyone to take liberties with those that are left. Klaus points to the other hybrids and instructs Tyler to consider them his bodyguards.
Elena and Stephen are sitting in history class together and he points out that it’s been awhile since they were in a large class together. Uh huh, no shit sherlock and that would be because no one on this show actually attends class. Rebekah enters handing out fliers, announcing the anti curfew party that she is holding and invites Elena to attend so that they can bury the hatchet. Elena replies that it’s a pretty big hatchet. Elena notices the new address and asks, “new house huh, did your brother finally kick you out?” Rebekah replies, “he didn’t kick me out, I left.” They trade barbs until Stephen asks he Rebekah she is still in town. Rebekah says that history is her favourite class and then asks about Alaric, only to bring up the point that she killed him. Elena throws her pencil at Rebekah but Rebekah catches it and throws it at Elena, piercing her shoulder. Okay, what kind of material are their pencils made of in Mystic Falls?
Elena and Stefan go out into the hall, where he tells her to calm down and that she has never felt this kind of rage before. Elena says that she didn’t know that she was capable of hate, but she hates Rebekah. Then of course Elena adds that she hates that she hates her. Over Stefan’s shoulder, Elena spies Connor with Jeremy, a few feet away at his locker. Elena panics but Stefan assures her that he has this and walks off after Connor.
Elena goes into the bathroom to wash off the blood, when a girl named Heather walks in. Heather says that Rebekah sent her to see if Elena is okay and when Elena says that she’s fine, Heather says that she isn’t. The camera then flashes to blood dripping slowly down Heather’s neck. Rebekah walks in and dips her fingers in Heather’s blood and asks Elena if she is getting hungry. Elena tells her to get away from her but Rebekah takes a step forward and tries to smear the blood on Elena. Elena says, “you shouldn’t be here. This is my school, my life and I am not going to let you ruin it.” Rebekah counters, “it’s my school now and my life, maybe you’re the one who shouldn’t be here. I couldn’t help but hear that there’s a vampire killer roaming the hallways, how inconvenient for you.” Rebekah then smears a handful of Heather’s blood over Elena’s face as she rages. Rebekah then turns and leaves the room with Heather.
Connor and Jeremy are sitting alone in a classroom and though Jeremy is happy to miss biology, he wants to know why he is there. Connor says that he looked into Jeremy’s family and that he and Elena have been through quite a lot. Jeremy asks him why he cares and Connor replies because you saw this and he shows him the tattoo on his arm again. Connor says that his tat is a hunters mark, as in vampire hunter. Jeremy stands up with a snort and says vampire hunter. Through the window in the door Jeremy sees Stefan. Connor says that he has researched the Gilbert family history and that Jeremy playing dumb, only makes him look dumb. Jeremy asks, “why the show and tell? I don’t even know you.” Connor says that the tattoo is invisible, except to hunters and potential hunters. Connor gives Jeremy his address and instructs him to bring him a vampire, so that he can show him what to do. Jeremy asks how he is supposed to do that and Connor tells him to start by asking his friend with the bandage on his neck.
In the meantime, Damon has made his way to Connor’s RV. He enters without a problem but the minute he briefly touches a paper on a desk, two arrows shoot out and get him in his shoulder and his leg. Did Damon really believe it would be that easy?
Elena is pacing outside of the school in front of Caroline and Stephen. Caroline tells her that she has made a valiant first day effort and no one will judge her if she decides to leave. Since when does anyone judge Elena? Even when she makes the most ridiculous decisions, no one ever judges her. But Elena does not want to go home, she wants to take the white oak stake and murder Rebekah. Stefan suggests that they leave the murdering to Damon. He then points out that Rebekah knows that everyone hates her and that she is trying to hate harder. Stefan suggests that they skip the rest of the day and go and have some fun. There you have it folks, another exciting school day in Mystic Falls. Elena agrees and says that she has to go home and change, then they can hit Rebekah’s party. After Elena walks away, Caroline asks Stefan if Elena seems a little off balance. Stephen says that Elena is channeling all of her emotions into rage because it makes her feel like she has purpose. Stefan says that he used to do that as well when he was the ripper him. Caroline says that first saved her vampire life and now Elena’s. Caroline believes that Stefan is good at this and that he should write a book or appear on The View. Yes, I rolled by eyes yet again.
Taylor is lying on the couch tossing a football around when Hayleigh enters the room. They embrace briefly and then Hayleigh shoves Tyler in the chest saying that she thought Klaus killed him. It turns out that Hayleigh is the one who helped Tyler break his sire bond. Hayleigh is surprised that Tyler is rich and points out that the least he can do is pour her some fancy rich people scotch.
Damon calls Meredith and asks her to cut out the arrows because if he moves, a bomb will go off. She is surprised and wants to know why he didn’t call his brother. He says he didn’t call because he is proud and stubborn. As Meredith cuts the arrow, Damon asks how well she knew Pastor Young. Meredith says that he was a patient of hers and was always a nice guy. Damon points to the letter and Meredith asks what Young meant by saying that a greater evil is coming. Damon’s phone rings and it’s Elena but he chooses not to answer. Meredith calls him a good brother and points out that Damon is strung up to a bomb, while Stephan is playing vampire, with the girl he loves and Damon is pretending that it doesn’t suck.
Rebekah approaches Matt at his locker to invite him to her party. When he doesn’t answer, Rebekah says that she knows he’s still angry that she ran him off the bridge, but Alaric killed her brother and that she had to do something to stop him, because Alaric was trying to kill her as well. Rebekah tells Matt that she never wanted to hurt him, but he just closes his locker and walks away.
As Matt is walking through the hallway, Connor calls out, “what did you say hickies?” Connor then walks up to Matt, grabs his arm and pulls off the bandage to reveal two bite marks. Connor says kinky girlfriend and then asks who bite him. When Matt replies that he doesn’t know what he is talking about and doesn’t remember how he got hurt, Connor puts a knife to Matt’s throat and demands to know who the vampire is. As Connor applies more pressure with the knife, Matt gives up Rebekah. Connor thanks him and says “when you wake up, I should be long gone,” before bashing Matt’s head into a wall.
Elena is going throwing things around in a room that turns out to be Damon’s. When Damon tells her that he hopes she has plans to clean up the mess, Elena says that she is looking for bourbon to get through Rebekah’s party and that his is better than Stefan’s. Damon directs her to the top draw but it of course turns out to be his underwear drawer. Elena turns and asks him if he keeps alcohol in there. This is when Damon decides to let her know that her little ruse is over and that he knows she is looking for the white oak stake. Damon takes off his shirt (yes, thank you mr.director) and Elena notices the blood on his shoulder. Damon says that it’s a wound from the hunter and Elena says that Connor was there at her school today. When Damon replies that he already knows because Jeremy told him, Elena is not impressed and demands that Damon leave Jeremy out of this mess. Damon asks if she is afraid that Jeremy is going to do something useful for once? Damon starts to undo his pants, as Elena is watching clearly interested and he asks, “are you staying for the show?” Elena walks out saying that she is going to find the stake.