In flashbacks, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) recall the long-ago actions taken by townspeople including their father, Guiseppe Salvatore (guest star James Remar, "Dexter"), and Pearl (guest star Kelly Hu, "Army Wives"), leading to the devastating events that caused the rift in their relationship. In the present, Bonnie's (Katerina Graham) date with Ben (guest star Sean Faris) takes a frightening turn. Elena (Nina Dobrev) 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 (Matt Davis) 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.