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The Vampire Diaries: Family Ties

Elena asks Stefan to go with her to the annual Founder's Park. Vicki gets Tyler to ask her, but then accuses him of hiding their relationship from his family. Meanwhile, Zach reveals a family secret to Stefan, Damon tells Elena about the Salvatore family past; and Stefan tries to get Damon out of his life for good.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 2J5003
Airdate: Thursday October 01st, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Feb 16, 2010
NL (Net 5) Feb 21, 2010
FI (MTV3) Sep 02, 2010


Guest Stars
Chris Johnson (1)Chris Johnson (1)
As Logan Fell (News Reporter Talking About Animal Attacks)
Chris William MartinChris William Martin
As Zach Salvatore (Stefan and Damon Salvatore's Nephew)
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes (Mother of Caroline Forbes, Local Sheriff)
Robert PralgoRobert Pralgo
As Mayor Richard Lockwood (Mayor of Mystic Falls)
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood (Wife of Richard Lockwood)

Co-Guest Stars
Leland L. JonesLeland L. Jones
As Pastor Bill
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
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood
Kayla EwellKayla Ewell
As Vicki Donovan
Sara CanningSara Canning
As Jenna Sommers


This episode opens with Elena waking up suddenly. She calls out but no one is there. She finds just the TV on. The news is reporting her death. Damon appears and bites her neck. Stefan wakes up from his nightmare. Damon, who is sitting at the foot of the bed, makes a snide comment. He says it was easy to get into Stefan's head. Stefan flings a knife at him. It lodges in Damon's chest. Damon informs him that a mountain lion has been caught and blamed for all the animal attacks. He returns the knife to Stefan by stabbing him in return. Stefan listens to the news where they discuss the mountain lion. He writes in his diary about Damon. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.53 Million Viewers.

Casting: Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) does not appear once in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Carolina LiarI'm Not OverBonnie and Elena get ready for the Founders party.
Glass PearWild PlaceBonnie sits at the party and lights a candle.
Matt NathansonAll We AreStefan and Elena dance at the Founders party.
SantogoldI'm A LadyVicki serves Tyler and his family at Mystic Grill.
Sofi BondeFalloutElena and Damon talk about The Battle.
The SubmarinesBrightest HourBonnie lights all the candles in the room.
Thievery CorporationShadows of OurselvesTyler and Vicki talk to each other.
Union Of KnivesOpposite DirectionDamon and Caroline talk about vampires.
Viva VoceBelieverEnd of the episode, scene with Damon and Caroline.
V.V. BrownBack in TimeStefan and Elena look at the items at the party.

Episode Quotes
Elena: How do you look in a suit?
Stefan: I can pull one off.

Damon: You really need some human blood. It might even the playing field... football reference! Too soon?

Damon: Oh well, here's to history repeating itself, huh? (Raises his glass and pours out the scotch) I admire your effort Stefan, pouring yourself a drink, then spiking the bottle with vervain. I'm not some drunk sorority chick, you can't roofie me. But I can't help but feel a little used, I thought we were having a moment. I have to go to the party angry...who knows what I'll do.

Damon: What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so wipped.
Caroline: You have to read the first book first, otherwise it won't make sense.
Damon: Uh, I miss Ann Rice, she was so on it.
Caroline: Hey, how come you don't sparkle?
Damon: Because I live in the real world where vampires burn in the sun.
Caroline: Yeah, but you go in the sun.
Damon: I have a ring, it protects me. It's complicated.

Elena: I burden you with all of my drama, and I want you to do the same.
Stefan: Thank you.

Caroline: Are you gonna kill me?
Damon: Hmm-mmm. But not yet.

Stefan: Damon is trying to get you to turn against me.
Elena: Well then I guess it's working.

Jenna: (Looking at the TV) Scumball. Scumbucket.
Elena: Who are you talking to?
Jenna: Him.
Elena: The news guy?
Jenna: Also known as Logan Scumfell.

Mayor Lockwood: Are you sure?
Sheriff Forbes: Five bodies, all drained of blood. I'm certain.
Logan: They've come back.

Episode Goofs

When Carol Lockwood is talking to her husband, the mayor, she called him Charles. Later in the episode, she calls him Richard. Richard is his name for the rest of the series.

Factual Error:

When Jeremy is in his room, there is a crokinole board hung on his wall, like a dart board. Crokinole is a game that is played flat on the ground with wooden stones. It is a very heavy, wooden board, and would not be easily hung on the wall.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Family Ties

'Family Ties' is the title of an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989.

Taylor Swift: Damon tells Stefan that girls can't resist his "unflinching ability to listen to Taylor Swift."

Taylor Swift is an American country music artist.

John Varvatos: Damon is mad at Stefan for stabbing him because it ruined his John Varvatos shirt.

John Varvatos is an American clothing designer that Ian Somerhalder (Damon) is a fan of in real life.

Twilight: Damon says to Caroline, "What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so whipped!"

Bella and Edward are characters from the 'Twilight' book and film series.

Anne Rice: Damon tells Caroline that he misses reading Ann Rice.

Anne Rice is an author of gothic novels and religious texts. She is best known for 'Vampire Chronicles,' which was published in 1976.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 3: Damon killed Mr. Tanner, the high school football coach and history teacher, in 1x03 "Friday Night Bites."

Season 1, Episode 3: Stefan joined the football team in 1x03 "Friday Night Bites" and gave Elena a necklace containing vervain in it before the game.

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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