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The Vampire Diaries: Bad Moon Rising

Elena, Damon, and Alaric travel to Duke University to study Isobel's research on folklore and paranormal phenomena, hoping to find some clues to the mystery surrounding the Lockwoods. Vanessa, a former student of Isobel's, helps them sort through the research and ends up learning more than she had anticipated. Stefan encounters a terrifying new danger in the woods, and Tyler uncovers a shocking discovery about his uncle Mason.

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Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x3
Airdate: Thursday September 23rd, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Oct 19, 2010

Guest Stars
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood (Wife of Richard Lockwood)
Taylor KinneyTaylor Kinney
As Mason Lockwood (Richard Lockwood's Brother, Tyler's Uncle)

Co-Guest Stars
Tiya SircarTiya Sircar
As Aimee Bradley (Friend of Sarah's, Interested in Matt Donovan)
Courtney FordCourtney Ford
As Vanessa Monroe (Isobel's Former Research Student at Duke)
Main Cast
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Elena Gilbert
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Kat GrahamKat Graham
As Bonnie Bennett
Zach RoerigZach Roerig
As Matt Donovan
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman
Sara CanningSara Canning
As Jenna Sommers


Alaric shows up to Damon and Stefan's home. They all (including Elena) want to know if he can tell them about the Lockwood family. He asks why they would think he would know anything and they tell him that he may not but his ex wife would since she did all of that research on the town. He says that it was fiction and Damon sarcastically replies with "like that amazing vampire story?" He is thinking it may be werewolves and Damon doesn't think that they exist. He wonders where they are if they actually exist. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.57 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast member Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: It took ten days to film this episode, starting on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 and ending on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Asteroids Galaxy TourFantasy Friend ForeverThe swimming party at the water hole.
The Duke SpiritSend A Little Love TokenCaroline compels Aimee and fights with Matt.
A Fine FrenzyAshes And WineMatt and Caroline break up, Alaric kisses Jenna.
LifehouseIn Your SkinStefan and Bonnie talk about Caroline.
MeikoUnder My BedCaroline hides in her house when Matt visits.
StarsChangesNight time at the water hole.

Episode Quotes
Vanessa: Werewolves will attack humans, but instinct and centuries of rivalry have hard wired them to hunt their prey of choice...vampires.
Damon: Well if werewolves are hunting vampires, I would know about it.
Vanessa: Not if there aren't that many werewolves left alive. Hundreds of years ago vampires hunted them almost to extinction.
Elena: Why would they do that?
Vanessa: To protect themselves. Legend has it that a werewolf bite is fatal to vampires.

Caroline: Why are you looking at him with your serious vampire look?
Stefan: My serious vampire look?
Caroline: Mmm hmm. I mean it's different from your worried vampire look. Neither of which stray too far from your "Hey it's Tuesday" look.
Stefan: Oh, I get it. Okay. You think I'm, um, you think I'm too serious. Is that it?
Caroline: I mean I wasn't going to say it like that but...
Stefan: Hmm.

Caroline: So you're saying that now, I'm basically an insecure, neurotic, control freak on crack?
Stefan: Well I wasn't going to say it like that, but...

Stefan: Thanks for coming Rick.
Damon: Can I get you something to drink, coffee, bourbon, bourbon and coffee?

Elena: Here. Take this.
Vanessa: Does vervain really work?
Damon: No. Not at all.
Vanessa: Can he hear us?
Damon: No, that would be creepy.
Vanessa: Can he read minds too?
Damon: Well, if you want to see me naked, all you have to do is ask.

Damon: Any luck?
Elena: There's nothing in here about Katherine that we don't already know.
Damon: Aww man! You know it's a bummer that we aren't friends any more because I can tell you what I know.
Elena: Now who's' manipulating who?

Episode Goofs

While at the Lockwood swimming hole party, Caroline's make-up changes from being very heavy and dark around her eyes, to hardly visible.


In the bonus material on the DVD for this episode, it is revealed that Katherine's date of birth is June 22nd, 1642. However, later in this season, Katherine is revealed to have given birth to a daughter in 1490, more than 150 years before her supposed birth.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Bad Moon Rising

'Bad Moon Rising' is the title of a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The Wolf Man: Damon says that werewolves are "way too Lon Chaney."

Lon Chaney Jr. was an American actor who played the leading role in the 'Wolf Man' films.

Dracula: Damon refers to himself as Bela Lugosi when talking about werewolves and the Lockwood family.

Bela Lugosi is the main star of the 1931 film version of 'Dracula.'

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 2: Caroline was turned into a vampire, and began attacking people, in 2x02 "Brave New World."

Season 1, Episode 22: Katherine returned to Mystic Falls in 1x22 "Founders Day."

Season 2, Episode 2: Tyler's boyfriend, Mason, displayed characteristics of being a werewolf in 2x02 "Brave New World" when he got in a fight at the carnival.

Other Episode Crew

Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorSean Albertson
CastingLesli Gelles  |  Greg Orson
Unit Production ManagerAida Rodgers
First Assistant DirectorRudy Persico
Second Assistant DirectorTyler Romary
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerJennifer Bryan
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Script SupervisorKellie Cyrus
Supervising Sound EditorJohn Benson
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
Director of PhotographyPaul M. Sommers
Story EditorBrian Young
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Executive Story EditorAndrew Chambliss
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Makeup ArtistJudy Lovell
Producers AssistantCharlie Charbonneau
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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