In flashbacks, Stefan and Damon recall the long-ago actions taken by townspeople including their father, Guiseppe Salvatore, and Pearl, leading to the devastating events that caused the rift in their relationship. James Remar guest stars as Guiseppe and Kelly Hu as Pearl.
In the present, Bonnie's date with Ben (guest star Sean Faris) takes a frightening turn. Elena helps Stefan as he and Damon race to find the missing journal that belonged to Elena's ancestor. Stefan learns the reason behind Alaric's interest in both the journal and the town's history. Damon discovers that an old acquaintance has returned to town with an agenda he understands.
The February 4 episode of "The Vampire Diaries" is called "Children of the Damned".