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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW) - The Ultimate Recap!

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Season 6 Episode 3

"Welcome to Paradise"

In an attempt to bring some fun back into their lives, Elena (Nina Dobrev) persuades Caroline (Candice Accola) to meet her at the swimming hole where she plans to introduce her to Liam (guest star Marco James). Tyler (Michael Trevino), still working on controlling his anger issues, asks Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) for a favor and is surprised when she makes an unexpected confession. Stefan (Paul Wesley) arrives back in Mystic Falls looking for Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and is caught off guard when he notices a strange change in Elena. Meanwhile, at the lake, Enzo’s actions cause Matt (Zach Roerig) to make a startling revelation, and Jeremy makes a discovery about the anti-magic spell that could potentially put Elena’s life in danger. Elsewhere, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) stumble upon clues that lead them to believe they’re not alone...[button color="black" size="small" link="http://cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries/welcome-to-paradise/?play=5b35a825-d372-4375-b2f0-f641a38067db" target="blank" ]Watch The Full Episode![/button]

Synopsis

Stefan pulls up to his garage to inform his boss he needs a few days off. When his jerk boss offers to fire him instead, Stefan compels him to bury Ivy in the woods and forget any of this ever happened -- and give him a raise when he gets back. Stefan plans to go back to Mystic Falls, the last place he wants to be, and kill Enzo for killing Ivy.

At Whitmore, Elena tries to convince Caroline to stay at school and come to a party at the swimming hole. Caroline is off to breakfast with Enzo.


Caroline calls Matt, saying that Elena doesn't seem like herself since Alaric took away her Damon feelings. Matt thinks it's just because Elena is happy.

Back in Mystic Falls, Matt finds the community patrol leader Tripp rinsing out the back of his van (where he incinerated about six vampires). He claims it's stains from red mulch. He gives Matt the afternoon off for the party, telling him to take his coworker Jay. Tripp warns them about a lot of "animal attacks" recently.

Jeremy entertains Sara at the Salvatore house, guzzling bourbon.

At Whitmore, Tyler asks Liv for kegs from the bar for the party. He assures her he's watching his drinking and trying to avoid situations that set off his rage. When Tyler leaves, Luke tells his sister she's doing that thing where she's a bitch when she likes someone.


Elena invites one of her fellow hospital volunteers, Liam, to the party. Then she sees Stefan standing in the hallway and hugs him hello.

In Nowhere Land, Damon and Bonnie go shopping. He is not willing to admit that someone else must have filled in Bonnie's crossword puzzle. Then she notices pork rinds aren't on the shelf where they have been for the last four months. He doesn't argue. They hear music playing and Bonnie goes outside to see a kid's carousel turning. Bonnie thinks it means there's hope.


At Whitmore, Elena tells Damon how much she's enjoying her volunteer time at the hospital. Caroline told Elena about Ivy, but doesn't know she's dead. When Elena mentions how it has been to get over losing Bonnie, Stefan notices that she doesn't mention Damon. When he says he wants to talk to Caroline, Elena invites Stefan to the party. Stefan agrees to come once he hears Enzo will be there.

Meanwhile, over breakfast, Caroline gives Enzo the rules about not mentioning Damon to Elena. She's determined to let Elena live her "happy zombie life," which Enzo finds both supportive and judgmental.

When she notices blood on his shirt, she's upset to learn he snacked before they ate. But he's not concerned with attracting attention by killing people.

Back in Nowhere Land, Damon tries to look for a mechanical reason for the carousel starting. Bonnie reasons that if there's someone else there, it's not Damon's hell, which means her Grams put them there and there's a way out.

Damon is ranting about Bonnie being useless without her magic when he notices his car in the parking lot.

On the way to the swimming hole, Stefan and Elena talk up Caroline to Jay.

In Nowhere Land, Damon is forced to admit someone must have put his car there. Then they both see something between the cars.

At the swimming hole, the party is in full effect, with beer, booze and bikinis. Elena strips down then shows off by doing a back flip from the rope swim. When she comes up, she sees Jeremy making out with Sara. With Sara gone, Elena asks him why he'd risk hanging out with the girl he attacked.

Sara walks by Matt and his coworker Jay, who refers to her as "dog bite girl," but says that story is ridiculous. When Tyler arrives and says it's possible, Jay gets in his face. Matt has to step between them to stop a fight.

Elena calls Stefan but doesn't reach him. Caroline isn't surprised. Elena summons Matt and Tyler for Jell-o shots, but Tyler declines for "rage issue" reasons and Matt says he has to deal with Jay.

Elena thinks they're drifting apart and Caroline makes a veiled reference to Elena choosing to forget about Damon, and all her problems. The boys excuse themselves. Caroline bites her tongue, but leaves Elena by herself.

In Nowhere Land, Damon and Bonnie inspect the cars in the grocery lot and realize what they saw was a tarp on a truck blowing in the breeze. Then the carousel starts itself, on a timer. Damon thinks he left his car in the lot in 1994 and Bonnie finished the crossword puzzle. He thinks it means they're never getting out.

Bonnie gets angry about his lack of hope and tells him to just end it if he's serious.

Damon heads to the empty, full-stocked liquor store. He sees a dude eating chips in a lounge chair. He introduces himself as Kai and offers Damon a pork rind.

Later at the swimming hole, Elena apologizes to Liam that he didn't meet Caroline, but he's fine with it. He kisses Elena. She thinks it's a red flag given that she's trying to set him up with her friend, but he has a sneaking suspicion that's her type.

In the forest outside the swimming hole, Enzo hears something and deflects a stake thrown by Stefan with a bag of ice in his hand. He uses the other to knock Stefan over when he rushes him. Then Enzo picks up the stake, explaining he doesn't want to kill Stefan. He throws the stake past Stefan -- and into the throat of Jay, who was aiming a shotgun with wooden darts at them.

Caroline is in a foul mood and compels a girl nearby to go get ice. Then she chews out Jeremy for bringing the latest in a series of flings intended to help him pretend he doesn't miss Bonnie. Enzo texts her about a problem.

In the woods, Stefan picks up Jay's stake gun and turns it on Enzo, but Caroline zips in front of it before he can fire. Caroline looks to Enzo for an explanation of Stefan's rage.

In Nowhere Land, Damon quickly loses patience with Kai, who he realizes has been following them. Kai urges Damon to have a drink before he explains. Damon takes a long pull of his favorite bourbon off the shelf as Kai confesses the reason he's been following them: "It's because I want to kill you."

Damon collapses, sputtering, his insides ripped up by the vervane in his bourbon. With Damon lying wounded on the floor, Kai breaks a patio umbrella in two and jams it through Damon's hand. Damon manages to get up and come after him, but Kai cracks all the bourbon bottles with the umbrella, shattering their vervane-laced contents all over Damon.

Then Bonnie shows up. He taunts her as the "useless" one. "What are you going to do? Fail at me. It's embarrassing, I'm embarrassed for you," he says.

Bonnie eyes a nearby candle and lights it with magic. She warns Damon to run, then she surrounds Kai with flame as Damon comes up behind him and knocks him out.

Back at the party at nightfall, Enzo tosses Jay's dead body in Matt's truck. Matt doesn't want to believe Jay was a vampire hunter, but Enzo doesn't have time to let him process, he needs to bury the body.

Caroline tracks down Stefan in the woods. Even if killing Enzo won't bring Ivy back, Stefan thinks it'll help him get over Damon and be able to leave Mystic Falls.

Caroline is disappointed and upset when he says that's the only reason he came back to town. She tells him everyone needs him, including her. She hopes a small part of him came back to check on her. She begs him to stay, but he walks away. Elena sees him go.

She hugs Caroline.

Back by the lake, Jeremy sees the girl Caroline compelled for ice and asks her about it. She says she realized how mean Caroline was being to her, which alarms Jeremy. She says she realized it halfway to the store and he asks exactly where that is -- right around route 13 when you go into Mystic Falls.

Jeremy tells Caroline and Elena what just happened, realizing that compulsion is magic and doesn't work inside Mystic Falls. Which means Sara knows what Elena is.

Back in Nowhere Land, Kai wakes up tied to a chair by Damon's fireplace. Kai tries to convince them he knew Bonnie would save Damon and get her magic back. He says her having magic is the key to them getting out of there.

After the party, Matt feels dumb for spending all summer with a member a Founding Family and believing he was just trying to protect old ladies. Liv shows up with her Jeep to retrieve the kegs, since Enzo has Matt's truck. Tyler tries to tell her he's not in the mood for games, but she toys with him, scooting the keg around out of his grasp. He confronts her, asking if he's trying to make him break.

"It's just easier for me if you're an aggressive, unlikeable dick. So I don't have to worry about falling for you," she admits.

Tyler waits a second too long to kiss her and she pushes him away.

Back at the Salvatore house, Jeremy finds that Sara is gone and trashed the house. At Whitmore, Elena and Caroline prepare to go search for her. Caroline tells Elena she's going to stay. She admits to Elena that she misses Stefan. Elena asks Caroline if she has feelings for him. "Yea, I think maybe I did," Caroline says.

Enzo comes into the diner for pie, but the only person there is Tripp. Tripp quickly injects Enzo with vervane, telling him he should be more careful when he kills people. Tripp expects Enzo to be knocked out, but Enzo explains he can fight the vervane (after years of being experimented on). He grabs Tripp by the throat and is about to kill him when Enzo gets two wooden stakes through the chest -- courtesy of Stefan.

Stefan introduces himself to Tripp as a member of a Founding Family. Stefan is ready to finish Enzo, but Tripp says: "I have my own way I like them to die."

Stefan hands him the stake shotgun, telling him to just make sure it's painful.

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