Somehow I can't bring myself to be mad at Damon for compelling Alaric to help him. He is obviously feeling guilty about Bonnie still being stuck in the hell dimension and he desperately wants to help everyone out by bringing her back. Compelling Alaric was not the best option, but I do think it was the only viable option. In spite of how much he has changed, Damon is ruled by expediency and will take all sorts of shortcuts in order to do the right thing. And that is part of the reason I love him. I don't always like or agree with him, but he does have a moral compass (of sorts) and he does follow it. Granted, part of the reason he did what he did was to help Elena, but that is always part of the reason he does what he does now. Her happiness and love are two of the most important things to him and he will do what he must to ensure that she is happy.
I'm not sure telling Jeremy what they were going to do was smart on Elena's part. He has just gotten to the point where he is able to function without Bonnie and then Elena drags him right back into the pit. What she should have done was gone through with the plan and then present Bonnie to Jeremy once she was back. That way she wouldn't risk Jeremy slipping back into the funk he just got out of. Also, he wouldn't have assumed that she left Bonnie behind to save Damon instead of finding out that Live pulled them out of the dimension because of Kai's return.
At least Matt has something constructive for Jeremy to do: kill Enzo. Despite his protestations, Enzo couldn't be more different from Stefan. I always get annoyed when people look at the surface similarities between an hero and a villain and then assume that they are the same. Enzo relishes killing and will do it without a second's hesitation. Stefan, on the other hand, will only kill if needed or, like tonight, allow a death in the name of a greater good- in this case protecting the real Sarah Salvatore from Enzo. Enzo is a master at coming up with rationalizations for why he does what he does, but the real reason is that he is a sociopathic vampire and needs to be put down. He babbles on about looking for the truth, but he is really just looking for an excuse to kill people. And the fact that Matt bought into Enzo and Tripp's lies is just sad. He should know Stefan better than that.
You have to feel for Bonnie. She was *THIS* close to returning home, but Kai ruined it again, this time by finding Liv and attacking her and then destroying the Ascendent. The one thing I did not get is that he didn't seem to recognize Liv at first (basing this on his "Isn't this ironic?" line) but he figured it out somehow. That was more than a little jarring and should have been explained better. And Tyler gets home and discovers Kai in his house. That is not good...
Until next week!