<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

The Vampire Diaries: Unpleasantville

Damon, Elena and Stefan attend the school dance with a 1950s’ theme, where Alaric introduces himself to Damon. Stefan and Damon try to figure out the identity of the new vampire in town, Stefan gives Elena jewelry filled with Vervain to protect her family and friends. To make ends meet Matt takes a job at the Mystic Grill. Ben comes to help Bonnie when he notices Damon is bothering her.

Source: The CW

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 2J5011
Airdate: Thursday January 28th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Apr 13, 2010
NL (Net 5) Apr 18, 2010
FI (MTV3) Oct 28, 2010

Special Guest Stars
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman (New History Teacher at Mystic Falls High School)

Guest Stars
Malese JowMalese Jow
As Anna (Helped Jeremy With His Paper)
Sean FarisSean Faris
As Ben McKittrick (Bartender at the Mystic Grill)
Dillon CaseyDillon Casey
As Noah (Vampire Trying To Attack Elena)

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
Sara CanningSara Canning
As Jenna Sommers
Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.71 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast member Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: Guest star Dillon Casey starred alongside Nina Dobrev in the Lifetime movie 'Too Young To Marry.'

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AutovaughnEverybodyBonnie asks Ben out on a date at the Grille.
Jef ScottDreams Are For the LuckyElena asks Damon about the 50's at the dance.
JockoA Slow DanceAnna asks Jeremy for his journal at the dance.
The MisfitsThis Magic MomentAlaric see's Damon at the dance.
The MisfitsRunawayAlaric approaches Damon at the dance.
The MisfitsGreat Balls of FireStefan shows Elena how to do 50's dance moves.
OrangerMr. SandmanAnna and Ben kiss.
The RaveonettesMy Boyfriend's BackDamon dances, Elena gets a threatening phone call.
Rogue WaveEverydayJenna and Alaric talk about his wife at the dance.
St LeonardsNow That We've GrownMatt tells Caroline that he is still loves Elena.
Systems OfficerPacerAnna and Jeremy talk about his paper.
U.S. RoyaltyKeep It Cool (Bo Flex Remix)Caroline and Bonnie go to The Mystic Grille.
We BarbariansThere's This There's ThatElena and Bonnie talk about her being adopted.

Episode Quotes
Elena: I looked at my birth certificate, it lists Miranda and Grayson Gilbert as my birth parents. None of it makes any sense.
Bonnie: Which is why you should ask Jenna. First of all, the Elena I know would always want the real truth, good or bad.
Elena: And second of all?
Bonnie: You just found out your boyfriend is a...vampire, so unless your birth parents are aliens, how bad could it be?

Jenna: You dad was about to leave the office one night when this girl showed up. She was sixteen, a runaway, and about to give birth. He delivered her baby and he gave her a place to stay, but a few days later she disappeared. And there you were.

Anna: Hey,, do you wanna do something later, maybe?
Jeremy: Oh, sorry, I'm stuck on punch duty at the school dance.
Anna: Oh. How'd you get stuck with that?
Jeremy: Well, I'm failing English, so I copped a plea.

Damon: I think we need a fresh start.
Bonnie: You tried to kill me.
Damon: But I didn't. And if I wanted to I would have. Does that not count for anything?
Bonnie: You know I can start fires with my mind. Fires kill vampires, right? Just stay the hell away from me!

Stefan: I'm talking about Atlanta.
Damon: Oh yeah. Elena and I had a blast!
Stefan: I get it, you're just bitter because one of us gets to be with the person we love and poor Katherine is just out of reach. Unless there's another way to get to the tomb. Is that what Bree said?
Damon: You're pathetic when your fishing.
Stefan: And you're transparent when you're deflecting.

Stefan: I could help you.
Damon: You? Help me? Seems a little unnatural.

Episode Goofs

In 1x06 "Lost Girls" when Vicki's driver's license is found, her address was listed as 749 Birch Street, Mystic Falls, VA. However, in this episode, Matt writes his address down as 529 Harrison, Mystic Falls, VA.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Unpleasantville

'Unpleasantville' is a reference to the 1998 film 'Pleasantville,' starring Tobey Maguire.

American Bandstand: Elena says to Stefan, "Seriously, what was it like, the fifties? Cause in my mind I have this picture of somewhere between American Bandstand,'s all varsity sweaters and milkshakes."

'American Bandstand' was an American music-performance show that was hosted by Dick Clark.

Grease: Elena says to Stefan, "Seriously, what was it like, the fifties? Cause in my mind I have this picture of somewhere between American Bandstand,'s all varsity sweaters and milkshakes."

'Grease' is a musical film from 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 11: Elena found out in 1x11 "Bloodlines" that Stefan was there the day of the car crash.

Season 1, Episode 11: Elena found out in 1x11 "Bloodlines" that she was adopted and that her birth parents last name was Pierce.

Season 1, Episode 11: In 1x11 "Bloodlines," Damon travelled to Georgia and learned he can open the tombs if he finds Emily Bennett's spell book.

Season 1, Episode 11: Alaric realized at the end of 1x11 "Bloodlines" that Damon is the vampire that killed his wife.

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
Missing Information
Click here to add Analysis