THE VAMPIRE DIARIES returns to the CW at 8PM EST tonight for a brand new episode! In “What Lies Beneath,” Damon takes Stefan and Elena to a cabin to keep them safe, and then he devises a parlor game to get them to reveal a secret they’ve been hiding. Meanwhile, Bonnie keeps Jeremy in the dark regarding the truth about the Other Side.
On the last episode Enzo, through flashbacks to election night in 1960, learned what happened to his long-lost love; Elena obsessed over the state of her relationship with Damon; Markos enlisted Sloan’s help in a ritual designed to break an ancient curse against the Travelers. Stefan tried to distract Elena from obsessing about the state of her relationship with Damon. Damon demanded the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy and Matt to admit it was gone missing. Did you watch last week’s episode? If you missed it we have a full and detailed recap, right here for you.
On tonight’s episode When Tyler (Michael Trevino) turns up at the Salvatore house with the news that Markos’ (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) plan to break the witches’ curse puts Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) in imminent danger, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) suggests they hide out in the remote cabin once owned by Caroline’s (Candice Accola) father. Once there, it becomes obvious to Caroline that Stefan and Elena are keeping a secret, so Damon (Ian Somerhalder) comes up with a parlor game designed to expose the truth. A ghostly presence at the cabin uses violence and fire to make itself known. Meanwhile, Matt (Zach Roerig) takes charge of Tyler’s plan to get information from one of the Travelers, and Bonnie (Kat Graham) continues to keep the truth about the Other Side from Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), despite warnings from Grams (guest star Jasmine Guy).
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One of the Travelers kisses who she thinks is Julian awake, but it’s Tyler. She speaks his name and he pretends to be the Traveler. He tells her was having a bad dream and kisses her to cover for it. She tells him the chains are Marcos’ orders because he’s passengered in a hybrid. Marcos calls for Maria and tells her they’re on the move. She tells Tyler that it will have to wait and he asks where they are going. She says the next camp and that Marcos is taking the doppelgangers today so they can do the spell.
Tyler begins to struggle like he’s having a spasm and Maria tells him to open his eyes. It’s Tyler wolfing out and she runs for help as Tyler begins to shift. But it’s too late. He’s all wolf. She turns in horror wondering what’s behind the curtain where she ran from. Several of the Travelers creep closer as Tyler explodes from behind the screen. Maria screams.
Luke chants and it annoys Damon. He’s trying to run a locator spell but he says he can’t get a read on Enzo. Stefan is surprised that’s why Damon brought Luke there. He asks why he’s looking for him and Damon says he’s worried about Enzo coming back for revenge against him since his humanity is off. Stefan plants the idea that Enzo may be using a witch to run a cloaking spell. The two of them seem to buy that.
Tyler bursts in and gives them the 411 on how the Travelers are planning on using the doppelganger blood to break the witch spell by making them vampires and then human. They’re planning on ridding the world of magic completely. Stefan realizes he and Elena are at risk today. Damon asks where Marcos is so Damon can go kill him. Damon tells Luke to locate him but he says Travelers are hard to locate. Damon asks about the blocker spell and Luke says if the doppelgangers are both in one place, he can work it.
They head out to Caroline’s family cabin to hide out. Caroline says they don’t have to be invited in which is good news. Once alone, Stefan reminds Elena how important it is that Damon not know about Enzo. Stefan tells her that Damon was the one that brought her home last night and she says that was the exception to his “no Elena” rule. Caroline tells them to get into the house so they’re less of a target. They go in and then Caroline gets the heebie jeebies.
She looks out into the woods and then senses something. Enzo is there propped in the door jamb. Caroline walks past him into the house. Damon comes in as Elena unpacks and tells her it’s cozy. She says she used to come there when she and Caroline were younger. He comes into the room and says he’s supposed to be avoiding her. She asks if that’s still what he wants and he says yes and no and then I don’t know. She tells him Luke did the cloaking spell and if it’s too hard for him to be there he can go. He asks if she’s kicking him out and she says yes, no and then I don’t know.
Damon tells her he’s sorry that Enzo came after her. She says it’s not a big deal and he says it is and he’s going to hunt Enzo down, kick his ass then make him apologize in person. That reminds her of her lie and she makes an excuse to leave the room.
Jeremy and Bonnie are making out but he stops and wants to talk about the Other Side slipping away. She reminds him they have the weekend to themselves and that Liv is working on a spell to save her. Jer gets a text telling him Tyler’s back. He says they should get over there. He goes to grab his stuff when she senses something from the Other Side. It’s her Grams and she wants to know about the spell Liv is working on. She tells Bonnie she shouldn’t be lying to Jeremy and she needs to be honest.
Grams tells her people are being swept away and when it all goes, Bonnie will go too. Grams knocks a lamp over and Bonnie is amazed. Grams tells her the place is falling apart and orders her to tell Jeremy soon. She says false hope isn’t protecting him, only her.
Elena tells Stefan she had to lie to Damon’s face and he tells her that Damon’s lied to her plenty. They’re in the barn and so is Enzo’s angry ghost. Stefan tells her that Enzo wanted his blood on Stefan’s hands so Damon would hate him. He’s worried Damon will be so mad that he’ll just leave. They leave the barn and Enzo slaps the light then gets excited because he realizes he can manipulate objects in the corporeal world. He says – now there’s an interesting development.
Damon is playing bartender and Caroline is writing down clues for charades. They are all secrets people think they are getting away with – like Watergate and the JFK assassination. She takes an odd tone and he asks her what’s up. She says Stefan and Elena have been secretive. She says she caught them being hushed and whispery and then he says Elena got cagey when he mentioned Enzo. He asks her how much she’s had to drink. Before they can chat more, Elena and Stefan come in acting odd. Damon whispers to Caroline – let the games begin.
Jeremy is working on something when Bonnie tells him she wasn’t picturing them spending time with two other guys. Jeremy mixed up a solution of wolfsbane and vervain and Matt chains Tyler up. The formula was Tyler’s idea. Bonnie leaves and says she can’t watch. They think him drinking this will put him in the background and let Julian take control. He tells them they have to deal with it. Bonnie says a spell word and Julian is there struggling in his chains freaking out. He asks where he is and they ask where Marcos is.
Matt tells him he’s in his best friend and it’s about to become his own personal hell. They force him to drink the solution as he struggles. Marcos chews out Maria for not knowing that it was Tyler in the body instead of her husband Julia. He yells at the other Travelers to get to chanting and find him the doppelgangers.
Outside the cabin, Enzo skulks. Inside, the vamps are playing charades. Team Stefan-Elena is kicking ass. Damon and Caroline stare at them suspiciously. Damon suggests they play never have I ever. Caroline starts and says never have I ever died. They all drink. Stefan says possessed by his evil doppelganger. Elena drinks then says she’s been possessed and fooled everyone. Caroline says kissed a Salvatore brother today. No one drinks.
Damon says never have I ever lied about Enzo. No one drinks but then Damon gets suspicious. Elena says she’s drunk and going to bed. Damon goes to fix another round. Elena runs a hot bath. In the steamy mirror, we see Enzo behind her. He says she’s trying to wash the guilt straight down the drain. She turns the water off and gets into the tub. She relaxes in the bubbles. Enzo pushes her head under the water and she struggles!
Enzo holds her under but she gets her head above water and cries out for Damon. He rushes in and pulls her out. He asks what happened and she says someone is in there. She says she couldn’t see them but they were pushing her under the water. He asks why a ghost would be targeting him. She cries.
The guys are working over Julian demanding to know where Marcos is. He asks why it matters and he says Marcos destroyed their Traveler knife and the only way to get rid of him is to kill Tyler. Matt says he won’t kill him but will get answers and causes some horrible pain. Julian has had enough and then tells them he doesn’t know where Marcos is but knows where his body is. He says if Marcos destroys it then he will be permanently in this body and that’s what Marcos will want.
Stefan calls Bonnie and asks her if a ghost could physically affect this plane. She says it could happen and Stefan says it must be Enzo. Caroline overhears and he admits that he killed him. She asks why he didn’t tell her and he says it’s complicated. Damon comes in and says Elena just told him. Stefan asks if they can talk about this later and Damon gets snippy. He says the other side is following apart and Enzo is missing with them. Damon calls out to Enzo and tells him to stop it.
Enzo is there and they try to figure out what he wants. Caroline says drowning Elena wouldn’t have killed her and she wonders if he’s just trying to scare them. Then Damon says it was just a distraction – he says Enzo must have figured out a way to kill them all at once. Damon runs out to the porch and Luke is gone and the blocking spell has been broken. They hear the Travelers chanting. Marcos tells the other Travelers – I found them. They realize the Travelers know where they are.
Caroline and Elena run outside calling for Luke. Elena asks Caroline if she’s upset. She says because she and Stefan lied they are all now at risk. Elena says she was worrying about Damon spiraling. Caroline says she’s not Damon and they could have told her. Elena asks why Caroline implied she and Stefan were hooking up and Caroline says she doesn’t know but is over it. They continue the hunt.
Damon and Stefan are hunting for Luke elsewhere. Stefan tries to explain about killing Enzo. Damon says it’s the lie that bothers him, not so much the killing. Stefan says he was your friend. Damon says that means that he should have known that Enzo was dead. He tells him to focus on finding Luke.
Bonnie and Jeremy go searching for Julian’s body in a creepy cave. She doesn’t think this is much fun for their date weekend. They come upon a cache of dozens of Traveler bodies and they realize that means that many people have been taken over.
Damon asks Stefan what he thought he would do if he found out he killed Enzo and Stefan says – I thought you would hate me. They hear a creaking noise and go into a building and find Luke barely breathing. Damon sniffs and smells gas. Enzo’s ghost is there and throws the light down to the floor. The building goes up in flames.
The flames build higher. Stefan unties Luke. Enzo stabs Stefan with a tool and jams the door shut. Damon gets stabbed too. Enzo thinks it’s funny that he and Stefan will die a flaming death. Damon tells him that he can help bring him back. He tells him about all the people they’ve brought back from the dead and says can help him or he can just poof out of existence.
Stefan gets free and pulls Luke up and Damon tells him to go now. They head out and then Enzo pulls the wood out of Damon’s abdomen and says don’t let me down again.
Bonnie searches the bodies. Julian told them he has an eagle tattoo. She finds a bird on an arm and Jeremy says it’s a dove. He tells her this is the worse date ever and she says at least they’re together. She says it could be worse and then Maria is there and she says it just got worse. The Travelers chant and are choking Jeremy by restricting his airway magically.
Stefan asks Luke if he’s okay and Luke says his family has no compassion but he says that the Salvatores protect each other. Stefan tells him they need to get moving so Luke can protect them. Damon comes back in and Stefan tells him that Enzo bought the lie. Damon says it wasn’t a lie – he says he is going to find a way to bring him back. Damon punches Stefan in the face and says that was for Enzo but tells Stefan that’s the last time he’ll hear about it from him. Elena is shocked. Damon walks out the door.
Bonnie and Jeremy come back and tell Tyler the Travelers took Julian’s body. He asks why they took it. He’s getting flashbacks of memories when Julian was possessing him. Tyler tells them that he’s seeing Julian’s life. He sees when Marcos took the knife and destroyed it and killed Sloan. Bonnie says they are doing the spell to make Julian in Tyler permanently. Tyler begs them to make it stop. He moans in pain and then collapses. Jeremy touches him but it’s the Travelers’ black eyes he sees. Julian is back and tells them they must not have found his body.
Stefan and Caroline watch the building burn and he tells her – never have I ever had a ghost try to burn me alive. She’s upset at him because he trusts Elena more than her. He tells her there are things he tells her that he doesn’t tell Elena. Stefan tells her he didn’t want her to know he killed Enzo. She asks why and he says she had a little chemistry thing going on with Enzo and he didn’t want her to think any less of him. He sighs and says he’ll meet her at the car when she’s done.
Stefan gets an odd sensation and turns around to look. Elena comes up and Damon tells her to pack her stuff because they’re leaving. He tells her to hurry. She asks if they’re going to talk about it and that she’s sorry she lied to him. He says he doesn’t care that she lied. She asks why he’s being this way and he says he knows she was worried that he would spiral. He tells her he didn’t spiral like she thought he would.
He says he’s holding it together for her. He tells her being around her drives him nuts and so does not being around her. Elena says she’s confused. He grabs her up in a kiss. She asks what that was for and he says he’s had a really crappy day and he needed it. He walks back into the cabin. She gets an awful pain in her head as Travelers come pouring out of the woods. Marcos grabs her around the neck while she groans in pain.