This episode brought the return of Katherine. I was so hoping that narrowly escaping with her life last season, would be enough to end the characters purpose on the show. More than anything, Katherine shows just how much Nina Dobrev needs to take acting classes; however, I suppose that as long as Paul Wesley is playing Stefan, she will never hold the title for the worst actor on The Vampire Diaries.
Shall we get right into it? Damon tracks Stefan down to beantown and brings Elena along for the ride. This episode is filled with flashbacks from the roaring twenties, when Stefan was the ripper. Not only did he kill willfully, he wrote the names down of his victims -- so that he could remember and experience the kills again. Think of it sort of like a vampire trophy. Damon takes Elena to Stefan's old apartment (okay, gotta say, why is this building still standing, and why is it in such good condition?) and she sees the list for herself. Any normal person at that point would go screaming for the door. All Elena can see is a vampire in need of help to get over his little habit of draining people of their life blood. Awww poor baby waby just needs help. I don't for the life of me understand how she can still see him as good, when she now has evidence of exactly what kind of killer Stefan is.
In the flashback we learn that Stefan and Klaus had a friendship. They were so close that Stefan referred to Klaus as his brother. Stefan and Klaus were introduced by Rebecca, Klaus' sister. It seems that over time, Stefan and Rebecca had a relationship, but when someone bursts into Stefan's bar, shooting wooden bullets, Klaus decides that it is once again time to leave town. Before he leaves, he orders Stefan to forget about them, until he tells him to remember and this is why Stefan has no memory of his previous relationship with Klaus. Rebecca refuses to leave without Stefan, and when Klaus tells her that she has to chose either himself or Stefan, Rebecca chooses Stefan. Never being one to accept the word no, Klaus stabs her with knife making it impossible for her to move. She is essentially dead. If you remember, this is what happened to Elijah last season.
The reason Klaus brought Stefan to Chicago was to find out why he was not able to create more hybrids. Of course the answer lies in finding another witch and surprise, surprise, surprise, the witch is a woman named Gloria who used to work in the club that they hung at during the twenties. Gloria appears to not have aged a day, and this is because she is a powerful witch and is able to slow the aging process.