The scene opens with a young woman looking for her dog in the front yard. She runs into Klaus, who gives her a story about his car breaking down. She doesn't buy it. He ends up compelling her and forces her to invite him inside. When they he get inside he asks her roommate about a man named Ray Sutton. The roommate tries to get away and runs smack into Stefan at the front door. The compelled woman tells them Sutton hangs out at a certain bar near the border, where they would find what they need. Klaus instructs Stefan to kill them both; so as to avoid leaving any trace, and then he leaves. Elena wakes up Jeremy who is late for work. She calls Caroline who is planning Elena's birthday party. Caroline also mentions an attack in Memphis; they both share the feeling that it could be Klaus. ..Read the full recap
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Casting: Joseph Morgan (Klaus) is now credited as a series regular.
Two months have passed since the events of the season two finale, 'As I Lay Dying
Alaric: I am every parent's worst nightmare. I'm the chaperone teacher from hell.
Damon: I love high school parties.
Elena: Jeremy's smoking again.
Damon: Is his stash any good?
Elena: You're an ass.
Damon: It's Stefan for sure.
Alaric: How do you know?
Damon: It's his signature. There is a reason they called him the ripper. He feeds so hard he blacks out, rips them apart, but then when he's done, he feels remorse. It's the damnedest thing. He puts the bodies back together.
Damon: Andie wants me to pick her up.
Alaric: Your fake, compelled girlfriend wants you to be a chivalrous boyfriend?
Damon: Well, it's a complicated dynamic. Hold the fort down, will you?
Alaric: You mean the fort full of my drunk history students?
Damon: Drink more. It'll feel less weird.
Stefan: Hello, Brother.
Damon: You don't write, you don't call.
Stefan: I need you to stop following me, causing some...problems.
Damon: With who? Klaus? I'm supposed to care what he thinks?
Stefan: What you're supposed to do is let me go.
Damon: I saw your latest artwork in Tennessee. You're walking a fine line there, my friend. Keep that up and there will be no saving you.
Stefan: See, the thing is, I don't need any saving. I just want you to let me go.
Klaus: You're back.
Stefan: Did you doubt me?
Klaus: Not for a second. I knew you'd pass the test. You still care for your brother, for your old life.
Stefan: I don't care about anything anymore.
Klaus: You put on a good show, Stefan. I almost believe you. Let's hope, for your brother's sake, he does. You never stop caring about family, do you? But every time you feed, the blood makes it easier to let go.