October 25, 2012 9:31pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Vampire Diaries': 12 Top Moments From 'The Rager'
[Warning: Spoilers ahead.]
A new character, Hayley, dropped by Mystic Falls and her entrance ruffled some feathers.
On the latest installment of The Vampire Diaries, Rebekah threw a "rager" of a party, Elena struggled to adapt to her vampire lifestyle and Damon set out to take out Connor, the dangerous vampire hunter, who sought out Jeremy to be his potential protege.
Here are the top moments and revelations from "The Rager," complete with timestamps:
8:04 p.m.: Ever the good guy, Matt (Zach Roerig) continues to offer his blood as a food source for Elena (Nina Dobrev) in a shaded corner on the grounds of the high school. Where else? While Matt doesn't believe that Elena should even be at school, with her being a vampire and all, and one senses that it's a forewarning of what's to come for the Gilbert. Oh, and there's a curfew being instilled throughout the town. Wonder why.
8:08 p.m.: The rebellious Rebekah (Claire Holt) decides to throw an anti-curfew party and to keep ragging on Elena, throwing a sharpened pencil straight into Elena's shoulder in Alaric's classroom. Ouch. Moments later, the blonde Original plays a mean trick, taking the fresh blood from an unsuspecting classmate and slathering it all over Elena's face. Brutal.
8:13 p.m.: That "invisible" tattoo only Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) saw last week? Connor (Todd Williams) reveals it's a "hunter's mark" for vampire hunters. Interestingly, it's a mark that only potential vampire hunters can see. Is that a direction Jeremy may be headed in?
8:15 p.m.: Welcome to Mystic Falls, Hayley! It's safe to assume Hayley and Tyler (Michael Trevino) have some unfinished business. (And The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" playing in the background certainly put viewers in a certain mood.)
8:25 p.m.: Elena's desperate for Damon's bourbon stash, because it's much better than Stefan's. In classic Damon fashion, he tricks her into rummaging through his underwear drawer.
8:30 p.m.: Rebekah ups the ante in her torture, throwing Elena's daylight ring into the sink, causing Elena to feel the painful aftereffects. Fortunately, Elena recovers her prized possession and Stefan talks some sense into her when he sees the dagger she has in her hand, presumably to go after Rebekah.
8:35 p.m.: Elena finally has fun. For once.
8:39 p.m.: Damon and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) team up to beat Connor at his own game. "Nice try, I'm faster than your average vampire," Klaus declares, grabbing Connor's wooden stake. Seconds later, Connor says before setting the room on blast: "I'm faster than your average hunter." Boom!
8:46 p.m.: Rebekah has a nightmare of sorts, when she -- as well as Elena -- realize that something's not right (thanks to Connor's werewolf venom). During Rebekah's troubling hallucination, her former love interest Matt reveals to her why she can't find love: "The reason you don't find love is because you don't deserve it." And there's Matt's heart. But whew, it's not real.
8:50 p.m.: This is a telling scene between a weak Elena, who hallucinates seeing Damon again. Elena: "Why am I thinking about you?" Damon: "Because you're a vampire now and a part of you knows you're a lot more like me than you are like him." Klaus is needed to help cure Elena. Funny how that works.
8:52 p.m.: This smells like trouble. Does Rebekah have a new friend in April (Grace Phipps)?
8:57 p.m.: Elena feeds on Matt, and unlike in the top of the hour when she successfully controlled her hunger, she's close to endangering him. Damon swoops in and saves the day: "Stop!" The elder Salvatore gives some sage advice: "You're a vampire now, you just have to learn the right way to be one." (Translation: Like me!)
What was your favorite moment from the episode?
The Vampire Diaries airs 8 p.m. Thursdays on The CW.