OKAY so. I didn’t read that as Raphael threatening Simon’s family? I mean for a start he:
- Went to confront Elaine in a public place. Where there were loads of other people who would see them
- Made up some bullshit excuse to basically say ‘oh yeah btw Simon is okay so you don’t need to worry about him anymore’ which honestly benefited Elaine, Simon and Raphael
Plus Simon has a slight history of misinterpreting Raphael. In episode 2 Raphael told Simon what the clave does to vampires who break the Accords when he was explaining why it was so important that they don’t accuse him of being responsible for the den of vampires killing mundanes, but Simon chose to interpret that as ‘this is what Raphael will do to me if I don’t find Camille’, even though Raphael never said that.
Then there’s the whole ‘you’re threatening my family’ ‘and you’re threatening mine. Don’t make me stoop to Camille’s level’ exchange. Which…yes. Implies a threat. But it also shows that Raphael doesn’t want to hurt Simon’s family. He hasn’t hurt Simon’s family. I mean, Elaine was disappointed when Raphael said he was leaving and then she invited him for dinner. He was obviously very polite and friendly towards her. If he really intended to threaten Simon’s family and ‘stoop to Camille’s level’ he’d have straight up kidnapped Elaine and held her hostage. But he didn’t. He met her in a public place, he reassured her that Simon was okay, and he was very polite to her.
If it was intended as a threat, it seems like a very empty one. It’s almost like Raphael is actually a good guy, and while he needs to ensure the safety of his own family, he’s not actually willing to harm anyone else’s family to do it…