"The Vampire Diaries" season 5 premiered Thursday, Oct. 3, with "I Know What You Did Last Summer," in which Elena and Caroline discovered that some things didn't change with college and Silas wasn't exactly being secretive.
Giving it the good ol' college try After living with Damon in honeymoon bliss—poor Jeremy had to risk coming home to finding them on the couch—Elena was off to college with Caroline, and they thought Bonnie was joining them, so they were in for a surprise when their third roommate, Megan showed up, meaning they had to hide those blood bags. So much for toasting to college. "What's the point in going to college if we're just going to recreate what happens in Mystic Falls?" Elena asked Damon when he suggested they just compel her. But it wouldn't be "The Vampire Diaries" without some trouble, as Caroline vindictively drank from one of her protein waters only to discover there was vervain in it. She became convinced Megan knew about them, so Elena thought they just needed to act normal so she'd think they were normal. And that meant going to a college party.
However, the problem with their plan was that they couldn't get into the party because someone owned the house—and they did a terrible job of explaining themselves when Megan found them stuck at the threshold. After Elena left her a voicemail to say they had left, Megan called her, yelling for help. Someone was after her inside, and Elena said they couldn't come in because…of the long line. Right. It didn't matter though because Megan's body fell to the ground right behind them. She was dead, and a vampire had killed her. However, the chief of security told them it had been a suicide—and Megan had left a note. Back at their dorm, they discovered someone had been there and Megan's tablet was gone. But the real surprise came in the photos on Megan's phone. There was one of Megan with Elena's father. And they thought they could be normal, functional vampires at college. They should have realized there's no escaping death, destruction, and drama.
The trouble with being human Katherine turned to Damon for help, clearly doing a terrible job at being human. "You're miserable," he realized even as she protested she was "a survivor. "You're a liar. Your hair's messed up, your nails are chipped. You're a sad and miserable human being." He offered her his blood to turn her, but she refused to take it because they didn't know what would happen since no one had taken the cure before—and she didn't want to end up dead. But someone was chasing her and she couldn't protect herself. She was weak, she was slow, and she had blisters from running in heels! Human Katherine may be one of the greatest things to happen to "TVD."
Going all hunter on bullies Jeremy was helping Bonnie keep her friends in the dark by emailing them as her since he was the only one who could see her, and she wanted him to keep it up as long as possible as she saw how happy her friends were. "We're lucky, Jer. How many people die and still get to talk to their best friends?" She told him, but he pointed out, "How many best friends can't feel each other?" Jeremy was back at school—and had gone over a cover story with Elena that consisted of him acting out after losing his parents and aunt—but when guys began picking on him, he went all Hunter on them and ended up getting expelled. Damon, who had convinced Elena to go off to college while he helped her brother settle in at school, compelled the principal into a three day suspension, telling Jeremy he was lucky he didn't do any serious damage. The hunter reminded him that he killed him. "Yes, in the privacy of your own home, away from prying eyes," Damon argued.
You're going to have to learn to spell, Damon Silas wasn't exactly going around pretending to be Stefan. First, he stopped by to see Liz in the square and cut her wrist for a drink. Why not the neck? "I came first. Vampires are nothing more than a disgusting perversion of me. I'm unkillable, I'm immortal, and I'm psychic, and to function I need human blood, but don't ever call me a vampire," he told her as Paul Wesley stole the entire episode. She didn't remember he was Silas when he left, but after he fooled Damon into thinking he was Damon—and after he found out Katherine was staying at the Salvatores'—he made the mistake of touching Jeremy, who got the same chill he had when Silas grabbed him. Unable to tell Damon the spell had broken because Bonnie died, Jeremy just said he knew because of his hunter side.
Silas got the jump on them and found Katherine taking a bath. "Human looks better on you than I would have guessed," he told her. "You sitting here all weak and vulnerable, it works." He attacked, but she fought back and got downstairs to Damon and Jeremy. Damon sent her off with Jeremy and got an update on the Stefan/Silas shadow self thing. But what did he want with Katherine? Silas wasn't telling. What he was telling Damon was that his brother was suffering, and if he wanted to know where he was, he had to bring Katherine back. Damon called Jeremy, but Katherine refused to go back and instead crashed the car into a telephone pole. By the time Damon found them, Jeremy was close to death, but luckily his blood worked. And for now, Damon was keeping everything from Elena so she wouldn't come back to help.
Misery, oh misery Poor Stefan was drowning over and over and hallucinating conversations with his brother. "Damon" told him to just turn it off so he wouldn't have to feel the misery and fear, but he refused to because of what would happen if/when he got out of there. "What good is it if I'm a monster again?"
Throughout the episode, Elena was worried about Stefan. "I just got this weird feeling like something bad is about to happen," she told Damon, and in the best shot of the episode, we transitioned from seeing Elena underwater in her bath to Stefan still trapped, still drowning. Caroline dismissed the nagging pit in her stomach as guilt and her brain telling her she made a horrible (and reversible) mistake. And just as Stefan was considering turning it off, he saw Elena. "Stay with me," she told him. "I know this is torture, but stay with me. Your humanity is the one thing that makes you who you are. Don't let go. Please, Stefan. For me."
Matt's wild summer follows him home Matt and Rebekah spent a wild summer in Europe—and not always alone. Unfortunately, their threesome bedmate, Nadia, made off with their jewelry and the Gilbert ring, something Matt was going to have to explain to Jeremy. "Tell him you had a threesome. He'll understand," Rebekah told him as their "no strings" continued in Mystic Falls as she tried to convince him to leave town with her. "Don't call. Don't write. And whatever you do, don't you dare miss me," she said as she left. However, Nadia surprised Matt when she showed up in the town square, and he followed her into a back alley—big mistake. Even as she gave him back the ring—"This wasn't mine to take," she explained—a guy grabbed his head from behind and began chanting. Matt's eyes turned back, and then he collapsed. And with that, we once again became worried about his chances of surviving the season. Poor Matt! (Though we are very intrigued to see where this is going because we've wanted to see Matt get a storyline of his own.)
Where's Tyler? He was off helping a werewolf pack in Tennessee, but that didn't stop Caroline from sending in a college application for him. Unfortunately, as the episode ended, she received a voicemail—their only way of communicating it seemed—in which he told her he was deferring school because the pack needed him.
And this week's cliffhangers was… Silas took the stage at the End of Summer party in the Mystic Falls square and showed off just what consuming a lot of blood could do: he could compel the entire party. Bonnie could only stand by, watch, scream, and cry as he slit her father's throat, and as she knelt by her father's side, Silas told the town he needed a favor: find Katherine for him.
"The Vampire Diaries" season 5 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. What did you think of the premiere "I Know What You Did Last Summer"?