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In flashbacks, Stefan and Damon recall the long-ago actions taken by townspeople including their father, Guiseppe Salvatore, and Pearl, leading to the devastating events that caused the rift in their relationship. In the present, Bonnie's date with Ben takes a frightening turn. Elena helps Stefan as he and Damon race to find the missing journal that belonged to Elena's ancestor. Stefan learns the reason behind Alaric's interest in both the journal and the town's history. Damon discovers that an old acquaintance has returned to town with an agenda he understands.
Ratings: 3.99 Million Viewers
Casting: Main cast members Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) do not appear in this episode.
Trivia: Before the series was given a 22-episode order for Season 1, this was slated to be the season finale.
Damon: Rise and shine, sleepyheads!
Stefan: What are you doing?
Elena: Damon, please!
Damon: Oh, stop being smutty.
Stefan: Seriously, get out of here.
Damon: If I see something I haven't seen before, I'll throw a dollar at it.
Elena: What exactly is a Grimoire anyway?
Damon: It's a witch's cookbook.
Stefan: Every spell that a witch casts is unique onto itself so every witch would document their work.
Damon: Yeah. Cookbook.
Anna: You just couldn't live without me, huh?
Jeremy: Well, I kinda miss my daily dose of cute stalker chick.
Damon: So you've been here the whole time, then why are we just crossing paths right now?
Anna: I like to use others to do my dirty work.
Damon: Like Logan Fell? Oh yeah, thanks for that. By the way, the little bastard shot me.
Stefan: I can't let you bring her back, I'm sorry.
Damon: So am I, for thinking for even a second that I could trust you.
Stefan: You are not capable of trust. The fact that you're here means that you read the journal and you were planning on doing this yourself.
Damon: Of course I was gonna do it by myself, because the only one I can count on is me! You made sure of that many years ago, Stefan.
Damon: Who are you dodging?
Jeremy: This girl, Anna. She can be, uh... persistent.
Damon: Is she hot?
Jeremy: Yeah...yeah, but she can be weird.
Damon: Hot trumps weird...trust me.
Stefan: Damon! Damon stop, stop! I'll help you, we'll get her back!
Damon: Help me?! Don't you think you've done enough?! You promised you wouldn't tell him!
Stefan: I didn't think this would happen!
Damon: You did this. This is your fault!
Episode Title: Children of the Damned
'Children of the Damned' is the title of a film from 1963 about children with psi-powers.
Stefan says to Alaric, "So you show up like Van Helsing?"
Van Helsing is a character from the Bram Stoker
When talking about karaoke, Ben tells Bonnie that he "totally trashed that Metallica song."
' is an American heavy metal band.
Ben says that the next time he sings karaoke he is going to sing Pearl Jam.
' is an American rock band.
Broomhilda: While talking to Bonnie on the phone, Elena says "seize the day, Broomhilda."
'Broomhilda' is an American comic strip about a witch that is 1500 years old.