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The Vampire Diaries: Friday Night Bites

As Elena tries to ignore Bonnie's warnings about Stefan, Tyler tries to embarrass Stefan by throwing a ball at him. However, his effortless catch and football skills impress everyone, leading Mr. Tanner to let him join the football team. Meanwhile, Elena invites Stefan and Bonnie to dinner in order to try to get the two to know each other, but the night ends up backfiring. Finally, the town is shocked by an act of violence.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 2J5002
Airdate: Thursday September 24th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Feb 09, 2010
NL (Net 5) Feb 14, 2010
FI (MTV3) Aug 26, 2010


Guest Stars
Benjamin AyresBenjamin Ayres
As Mr. William Tanner (History Teacher and Football Coach at Mystic Falls)

Co-Guest Stars
Main Cast
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Elena Gilbert
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueenSteven R. McQueen
As Jeremy Gilbert
Kat GrahamKat Graham
As Bonnie Bennett
Zach RoerigZach Roerig
As Matt Donovan
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood
Kayla EwellKayla Ewell
As Vicki Donovan


This episode begins with Caroline waking up next to Damon. She touches her throat and tries to get up without waking him. She makes it to the bathroom but he wakes. She tries to throw things at him and none of them make a scratch. She screams at him to get away and he tells her this could have happened differently...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.81 Million Viewers.

Casting: Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: It is revealed that Stefan has been alive (or alive as a vampire) for 145 years.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
3OH!3StarstruckThe cheerleaders practice their routine.
The Airborne Toxic EventPapillonElena talks to Stefan about quitting cheerleading.
The Black KeysStrange TimesStefan tries out at football practice.
The BraverySlow PoisonBonnie tells Elena she doesn't like Stefan.
Darker My LoveBlue DayDamon drops Caroline off at cheerleading practice.
MobyTemptationFinal scenes of the episode.
Oh MercyCan't Fight ItElena and Bonnie get ready for dinner with Damon.
Sea WolfYou're a WolfMatt and Jeremy argue about Vicki.

Episode Quotes
Damon: I don't see it going anywhere in the bigger picture. I think she'd drive me crazy.
Elena: Caroline does have some really annoying traits, but we've been friends since the first grade and that means something to me.

Elena: How did you know all that?
Stefan: Years and years of crossword puzzles. It's a loner thing.

Stefan: Salem witches are a great example of individualism and non conformity.

Stefan: It's time for you to go.
Damon: That's not a problem. Because I've been invited in. And I'll come back tomorrow... and the following night.

Stefan: They are people, Damon. She's not a puppet, she doesn't exist for your amusement, for you to feed on whenever you want to.
Damon: Sure she does. They all do. They're whatever I want them to be.

Stefan: I'm not too versed, but I do know that there's a history of Celtic druids that migrated here in the 1800's.
Bonnie: My family came by way of Salem.
Stefan: Really? Salem witches?
Bonnie: Yeah.
Stefan: I'd say that's pretty cool.
Bonnie: Really? Why?
Stefan: Salem witches are heroic examples of individualism and non-conformity.

Elena: We're a pair. I quit, you start.
Stefan: Great. We're a work in progress. We'll figure it out.

Tyler: Oh look, there's Elena and her new boyfriend. And what are they doing? Oh they're walking, walking, walking, yup right into the sunset.
Matt: You're a dick.
Tyler: While you're just standing there looking like one of those little yard trolls.
Matt: Gnomes.

Episode Goofs

In this episode, Bonnie's Prius is white, yet in the Pilot it was blue.


When Elena is helping to get ready for dinner by getting out the serving spoons, she takes two wooden spoons from the drawer. A moment later, when she hands them to Bonnie, there is only one metal spoon.


When Elena, Bonnie and Stefan are eating dinner, Elena is wearing a long necklace. The camera angle changes, and Elena's necklace is much shorter and tight around her neck. When the camera changes again, her necklace is long once more.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Friday Night Bites

The episode title is a take on the novel, film and television series title Friday Night Lights. Series star Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig) had a recurring role on the Friday Night Lights television series.

Damien: Omen II: The scene where Stefan is in class, answering questions from the history teacher, is similar to a scene in 'Damien: Omen II.'

'Damien: Omen II' is a film from 1978 directed by Don Taylor.

90210: While at dinner, Bonnie mentions watching "9-Oh."

"9-Oh" is a reference to the teen television drama 90210.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Damon tells Stefan that his writing in his journal is "very Emerson."

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a 19th century American philosopher, essayist, and poet.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 2: After getting out of the hospital in 1x02 "The Night of the Comet," Vicky was attacked again by Stefan, who threatened to out Damon as a vampire.

Season 1, Episode 1: Stefan's brother, Damon, arrived in town in 1x01 "Pilot" and has begun to attack and kill people.

Season 1, Episode 2: Stefan and Elena shared their first kiss in 1x02 "The Night of the Comet."

Season 1, Episode 1: Elena's best friend, Bonnie, began to have psychic visions in 1x01 "Pilot."

Season 1, Episode 2: Elena's brother, Jeremy, is close to being kicked out of school. In 1x02 "The Night of the Comet" his teacher revealed that he has been skipping class and getting high.

Season 1, Episode 2: Caroline Forbes was attacked by Damon at the very end of 1x02 "The Night of the Comet."

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerBob Levy  |  Julie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Leslie Morgenstein
Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorJoshua Butler
CastingGreg Orson  |  Lesli Gelles
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault
LeadmanDan Post
Art DirectorTimothy David O'Brien
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
Makeup Department Head Beverly Jo Pryor
ADR MixerJeremy Balko
Hair Department HeadDaniel Curet
TransportBubba Thrift
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