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Stefan and Damon come to Elena's assistance and, in the process, learn surprising new information about people, vampires and events in the distant past. Jeremy helps Bonnie after she casts a difficult and exhausting spell, and Caroline does what she can to make things easier for Tyler. Finally, Stefan and Damon reach a new understanding.

Source: CW

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x8
Airdate: Thursday November 04th, 2010

Director: Liz Friedlander
Writer: Brian Young

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Nov 23, 2010
BR (Warner) Jan 19, 2011

Guest Stars
Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
As Elijah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Vampire Rose and Trevor Want)
Lauren CohanLauren Cohan
As Rose-Marie (Vampire Holding Elena Hostage, Trevors Best Friend)
Trent FordTrent Ford
As Trevor (Vampire Holding Elena Hostage)

Co-Guest Stars
Russell ComegysRussell Comegys
As Man (Kidnaps and Brings Elena To Trevor)
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
Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.63 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This episode marks the first time Elena has ever been compelled by a vampire. First by Elijah and second by Damon.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The AftersOcean WideElena gets home and sees Jeremy and Bonnie.
Andrew BelleIn My VeinsElena finds Bonnie's note on the couch.
Cruel Black DoveLove SongStefan and Damon talk in the car while driving.
DragonetteWe Rule The WorldCaroline talks to Damon about Sarah and Tyler.
EditorsBloodStefan and Damon drive to find Elena.
SleeperstarI Was WrongDamon tells Elena that he loves her.
TV On The RadioWolf Like MeTyler and Caroline fight.

Episode Quotes
Stefan: I'm sorry.
Damon: About what?
Stefan: About being the guy that made you turn 145 years ago... what I did was selfish. I didn't wanna be alone. Guess I just needed my brother

Stefan : Thank you for helping me
Damon: Can we not do the whole road trip bonding thing? The cliche of it all makes me itch.
Stefan: Aww, come on Damon. We both know you being in this car has absolutely nothing to do with me being in this car anyway.
Damon: The elephant in the room lets out a mightily roar.

Damon: I just have to say it once, you just need to hear it. I love you, Elena. And it's because I love you that...I can't be selfish with you...and why you can't know this. I don't deserve you. But my brother does. God, I wish you didn't have to forget this. But you do.

Damon: Alaric sure likes his weapons. What the hell is that?
Stefan: Oh, it's a vervain bomber grenade launcher or something like that.
Damon: Weird.

Tyler: You're a werewolf. Say it.
Caroline: What?
Tyler: Stop lying!
Caroline: I'm not lying!
Tyler: Just say it!
Caroline: I'm not a werewolf, okay? I'm a vampire.

Stefan: Hey.
Damon: What?
Stefan: I'm sorry.
Damon: About what?
Stefan: For the guy who made you turn 145 years ago.
Damon: Enough Stef, it's late. No need to rehash that.
Stefan: You know, I've never said it out loud. I guess I need to say it and you need to hear it. I'm sorry. What I did was selfish and I want to be alone. I guess I just needed my brother.

Episode Goofs

The blood stain on the back of Elena's shirt is much smaller than it was in the previous episode.


When fighting with Tyler, Bonnie's scarf goes from being loosely tied around her neck to pulled tight.


When Bonnie pulls out her spell book and a note pad to write Elena a note, she rips out a piece of paper an stars writing. In the next shot, Bonnie is writing close up, but the paper she is writing on is still attached to the inside of the note book.

Factual Error:

When Bonnie and Jeremy are trying to locate Elena using the map, Jeremy says that the location where Elena is (Reidsville, NC) is over 300 miles away. However, the fictional Mystic Falls is located slightly north of Charlottesville, VA, which is only 150 miles from Reidsville, NC.

Cultural References
Teen Wolf: When Tyler uses his newly enhances skills from being a werewolf to play basketball, this is a slight reference to 'Teen Wolf.'

'Teen Wolf' is a film from 1985 starring Michael J. Fox.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 7: Katherine was trapped in the tomb in 2x07 "Masquerade" by Damon and Stefan.

Season 2, Episode 6: Elena and Stefan broke up in 2x06 "Plan B" because it was becoming too dangerous for Elena and her family.

Season 2, Episode 7: Tyler accidentally activated the werewolf curse in 2x07 "Masquerade" when a girl died after he pushed her away.

Other Episode Crew

Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorNicholas Erasmus
CastingLesli Gelles  |  Greg Orson
Unit Production ManagerHilton Smith
First Assistant DirectorMichael Allowitz
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerJennifer Bryan
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Supervising Sound EditorJohn Benson
Re-Recording MixerKen Burton  |  Andre Perreault
Director of PhotographyPaul M. Sommers
Story EditorBrian Young
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Art DirectorTim Beach
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Executive Story EditorAndrew Chambliss
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Makeup ArtistJudy Lovell
Producers AssistantGenessa Davis
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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