The CW has released the official description for the December 5th episode of The Vampire Diaries, "The Cell". Flashbacks to a very dark time in Damon's life help he and Elena to connect on a deeper level.
- Stefan continues to offer Katherine his support while trying to mask his own pain, until Caroline shows up with an unusual form of therapy.
- After trying to make amends with Caroline, Elena grows so concerned about Damon that she turns to Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos) for help.
- Later, when Damon tells Elena about a terrible ordeal in his past that he has kept secret for decades, she shares the disturbing information she just learned about her own family.
- Finally, Aaron decides on a desperate course of action after a conversation with Dr. Wes .