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The Vampire Diaries: By the Light of the Moon

As the full moon approaches, Caroline helps Tyler prepare for the transformation he is powerless to stop. While Stefan and Katherine play mind games on one another, Damon and Alaric are suspicious when a stranger named Jules shows up in Mystic Falls, searching for her missing friend, Mason. Elena is frustrated at the lengths Jeremy and her friends have gone to in order to keep her safe. Bonnie and Luca work together on a spell, while still keeping secrets from one another. Finally, Elijah makes an unexpected appearance with an offer that could change everything.

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Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x11
Airdate: Thursday December 09th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Dec 14, 2010
BR (Warner) Feb 23, 2011

Guest Stars
Bryton JamesBryton James
As Luka Martin (New Student At Mystic Falls, Warlock)
Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
As Elijah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Looking For Elena)
Lauren CohanLauren Cohan
As Rose-Marie (Vampire, Helping Elena, Stefan and Damon)
Michaela McManusMichaela McManus
As Jules (Friend of Mason's From Florida)
Randy J. GoodwinRandy J. Goodwin
As Jonas Martin (Father of Luka Martin, Warlock)

Co-Guest Stars
Taylor KinneyTaylor Kinney
As Mason Lockwood (Appears In Footage Of His Transformation)
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
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman
Sara CanningSara Canning
As Jenna Sommers


A masochistic Tyler re-watches the video of Mason's werewolf
transformation, as he gets ready for his own first time. He calls
Mason's land line because the cell doesn't have any message space left.
A woman overhears him mention the full moon. He tells Mason he found his
recording, and it's really freaking him out. Caroline is there...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.16 Million Viewers

Casting: Guest star Michaela McManus (Jules) is engaged to 'Vampire Diaries' writer Mike Daniels.

Trivia: The filming of Tyler's transformation took about 14 hours to complete.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Agent RibbonsI'm AlrightAlaric buys Jules a drink, Damon shows up.
The DrumsLet's Go SurfingJules asks about Tyler while at the Mystic Grille.
GoldhawksThis Time Next YearCaroline drives Tyler out into the woods.
Howie DayLongest NightElena and Stefan reunite with one another.
Land Of TalkQuarry HymnsDamon offers to help Jules find Mason.
Ra Ra RiotShadowcastingJenna tells Alaric about the project she's doing.
SuperchunkEverything At OnceDamon and Jules talk about Mason at the Grille.

Episode Quotes
Rose: I'm gonna help you.
Damon: Help me do what?
Rose: Save Elena. Protect Elena. All things Elena.

Elena: Do you think this is funny?
Damon: Yes, Elena, I find hilarity in the lengths I need to go to save your life.

Elena: What?
Jeremy: Why are you on some suicide mission?
Elena: I'm trying to prevent everyone else from getting hurt.
Jeremy: Oh, so bringing Klaus the moonstone so you can get yourself killed is okay?

Katerina: Elijah.
Elijah: Good evening, Katerina. Thank you for having the good sense to be frightened. (to Stefan) Your release has been requested.
Stefan: What? By who?
Elijah: The lovely Elena drives a hard bargain. However, we reached a peaceful agreement, she and I. Please...come.

Elena: What do you want?
Elijah: I think it's time you and I had a little chat.

Episode Goofs
Character Error:

When Bonnie puts up a forcefield in the house so that Elena can't leave, Bonnie says, "It's for the best...Nina." Nina Dobrev is the name of the actress who plays Elena Gilbert.


After Tyler turns into a human again, Caroline rushes to help him. She grabs a lamp and puts it on the ground next to Tyler and it falls over and rolls. The camera angle changes to Tyler, and when it goes back to Caroline, the lamp is sitting right side up on the ground.

Cultural References
Episode Title: By the Light of the Moon

'By the Light of the Moon' is the title of a novel by Dean Koontz.

The Hulk: When Tyler is taking his clothes off, getting ready for his transformation, he says to Caroline "I don't think it's like The Hulk where you get to keep your pants."

'The Hulk' is a character from the Marvel Comics universe. When he changes he rips through all his clothes, except for his pants.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 10: Stefan got trapped in the tomb with Katherine in 2x10 "Sacrifice" after saving Jeremy from her and getting the moonstone.

Season 2, Episode 10: Elena offered herself as a sacrifice to Klaus in 2x10 "Sacrifice" to try and save her family and friends.

Season 2, Episode 10: Bonnie was not able to open the tomb in 2x10 "Sacrifice," even while being linked to Luka.

Other Episode Crew

Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorSean Albertson
CastingLesli Gelles  |  Greg Orson
Unit Production ManagerHilton Smith
First Assistant DirectorRudy Persico
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerJennifer Bryan
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Assistant EditorRevis Meeks
Post Production SupervisorAni Arutyunyan
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
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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