WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
Back in the world of flashbacks this week and we've worked our way up to 1986 where a mysterious figure finds himself at a roadside diner. We know he's a vampire, but the staff just think he's weird for ordering a rare steak and then just drinking the blood he squeezes out of it. Before he leaves, he inquires after "Harkers" - you know, Scarlett's last name - and the waitress points him down the road.
Back in the present, Walt and his cronies are getting their asses handed to them by the sisterhood. Scarlett wastes no time breaking herself - and ten of her friends - free and they immediately head for the armory. Their escape is complicated by the fact that the Sisterhood is cutting off their exit.
The last remaining deputy convinces them to let him tag along because he knows how to get to Crooked Falls. Scarlett suggests they split up. She gives Julius the key and sends him and Doc with the deputy while she and Axel head off in a different direction to draw the Sisterhood (and Dimitri, who they don't know has arrived) away.
Doc and Julius follow the deputy, who doesn't really seem to know where he's going, right into an oncoming vampire. That vampire turns out to be the man formerly known as Walt, onto whom Julius delivers a righteous beatdown. Doc, meanwhile, takes care of the now bitten deputy before they head out again.
Another flashback where we meet a teenage Scarlett. She's just like any other teenage girl -- bullies, boys, knife skills, the usual. When her date runs off, Scarlett chews out her dad because parents just don't understand.
In the present, Scarlett is much less concerned with boys and much more with staying alive. The Sisterhood has found them, so Scarlett leads Axel into a very convenient cemetery where the Sisterhood won't follow them.
Scarlett and Axel manage to put enough distance between themselves and the Sisterhood to stumble upon an armored truck full of dead people … and money. Both are useless to them but the armored truck provides some cover so they can get some sleep.
Doc and Julius are having similar luck, though they've found food too. Julius has been a vampire for a really long time so food is basically a religious experience for him. It's a very sweet bonding moment over chips and internal darkness.
Back in the past, young Scarlett works out her frustrations by practicing her knife skills. That is, until she is interrupted by an uninvited guest in the form of, you guessed it, the vampire from the beginning of the episode. Her dad shows up just in time to shoot him right out the window, then chastizes her for hesitating to kill a vampire when she got the chance.
So naturally, she's gonna kill this one and with the sword that has become her signature. She's scared, he's taunting, her dad yells, and she's finally able to slice the dude's head off before dissolving into a puddle of sobs.
Years later, adult Scarlett sits in the back of an armored truck with Axel. He asks where she got all her ninja skills, forcing her to talk about her vampire obsessed survivalist father who never told her who or what she was, assuming he even knew. She turns the tables on Axel who talks about his family's military service. Scarlett is impressed by the fact that he stayed with her sister for three years without orders.
Things get serious though, when Axel opens up about a painful memory from his childhood. He too had a sister, until he took her to the park when he was 13 and never saw her again. A rare moment of sincerity and vulnerability from the resident soldier which ends in some physical intimacy between the two of them, another rarity for this show.
All this niceness is cut short by the arrival of the Sisterhood, who have not only caught up to them, but surrounded them. The armored truck is starting to look like a bad choice. With no water and no food, they're gonna have to fight their way out, and they'll have to do it soon, cause the Sisterhood is smoking them out.
Axel gets an idea. When they finally burst out of the truck, he's clad in a brand new set of body armor made of … stacks of money? It's got no other uses, right? Scarlett takes two of the Sisters while Axel takes the remaining one and the money armor actually keeps him from getting stabbed long enough to stab this sister in the face.
Scarlett isn't having quite as good luck. One of the sisters gets the drop on her, biting her in an effort to turn her. But she's a Van Helsing, after all. Not only does the bite heal immediately, but the sister who bit her is human now and immediately killed by the remaining sister who runs away.
Doc and Julius are making good progess - Julius still eating - and they walk face first into Dimitri's trusty right hand man (who used to be one of Julius' minions). Dimitri is right behind them, of course and he and Julius finally come face-to-face again. Dimitri wants the key, Julius gives him the finger. Then again, you can't protect the key if you're unconscious or dead and Julius is definitely one of those.
To her credit, Doc holds her own against Dimitri, even spitting in his face. She's pretty sure Julius is dead and that she's next. Instead, Dimitri tells her to go to Vanessa and Scarlett and tell them he is here and has the key. With no other options, she leaves.
Back in the past again, where a young Scarlett and her dad are faking their own deaths in order to keep her hidden from the vampires. Looks like dad knew a lot more about her real parents than he ever let on.
In the present, Scarlett remembers that day, when her dad told her it would all make sense to her. Now though, as she learns more and more about who she really is and what she can really do, it's making less and less sense. She tells Axel they have to find Vanessa, and he promises to do so if it kills him.