THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16
"THE VAMPIRE DIARIES" - (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
"Masquerade" (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
DEATH AT THE MASQUERADE BALL - Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) decide on a new plan to deal with Katherine (Nina Dobrev) at the Lockwood's masquerade ball. Katherine calls on an old friend, Lucy (guest star Natashia Williams), to attend the ball with her. Bonnie (Katerina Graham), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Alaric (Matt Davis) all do what they can to help Stefan and Damon, but Katherine has a surprise planned that none of them could foresee. Things take an ugly turn when Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) start doing shots with their friends. Sarah Canning also stars. Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec (#207).