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The Vampire Diaries: The Last Dance

As the high school prepares to throw a "1960s Decade Dance," Elena starts receiving disturbing messages from Klaus via an unusual source. Bonnie tries to reassure Jeremy that she is strong enough to help Elena, but a worried Jeremy asks Stefan for advice. Caroline talks Matt into taking her to the dance. Expecting Klaus to show up at the dance, Damon and Alaric attend as chaperones, but Klaus is playing a complicated game that keeps them on edge. Finally, Damon comes up with a new plan of action that shocks and upsets everyone.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x18
Airdate: Thursday April 14th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Apr 19, 2011


Guest Stars
Anna EngerAnna Enger
As Dana (Mystic Falls Student, Compelled By Klaus)
Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
As Elijah Mikaelson (One of The Originals, Killed By Damon and Stefan)
Gino Anthony PesiGino Anthony Pesi
As Maddox (Warlock Working For Klaus)
Marc BucklandMarc Buckland
As Chad (Compelled By Klaus To Fight Jeremy)
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes (Mother of Caroline Forbes, Local Sheriff)
Terrence GibneyTerrence Gibney
As Mr. Henry (Notary Who Signed Over The Salvatore House)
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
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman
Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.81 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Michael Trevino (Tyler) and Sara Canning (Jenna) do not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Birthday MassacreI Think We're Alone NowElena tells Bonnie not to sacrifice herself.
The DollyrotsDream LoverElena looks for Stefan and finds Matt & Caroline.
Kula ShakerHushAlaric/Klaus arrives at the dance.
The Mamas and the PapasDedicated To The One I LoveKlaus gets Dana to dedicate a song to Elena.
The ManhattansI Wanna Be (Your Everything)Mystic Falls students fight with Jeremy.
Patrick StumpSpotlight (Oh Nostalgia)Jeremy talks to Bonnie about the spell for Klaus.
Trent DabbsLast KissDamon tells Bonnie the spell will kill her.

Episode Quotes
Damon: So you'd lay it all out on the line for Elena, no matter what?
Bonnie: No matter what.
Damon: Good.
Bonnie: You can't tell her.
Damon: Your secret's safe with me, but, I mean, with all that power, is there no way to increase your odds?
Bonnie: Careful, Damon. I might start to think you actually care.
Damon: We wouldn't want that.

Elena: Bonnie, you're not dying to save my life.
Bonnie: I have the power to save you! If I don't use it and something happens, that would kill me more.
Elena: I can't let you.
Bonnie: Just answer one question... if the situation was reversed, would you do it for me? So you know why I have to.

Damon: I don't mind being the bad guy. I'll make all the life and death decisions, while you're busy worrying about collateral damage. And I'll even let her hate me for it. But at the end of the day, I'll be the one to keep her alive.

Elena: Let's get one thing straight Damon. Bonnie will not die for me, I will not let that happen.
Damon: We need to kill Klaus, Elena. Real Klaus. Who will probably come pay you a visit soon, now that he knows that Bonnie's dead. She's the only one who can do it.

Damon: You need to listen to me and prepare for what I'm about to say. Bonnie had to die. Klaus using Alaric's body was a total surprise. She wasn't prepared for that. And he wasn't going to stop and we weren't going to be able to stop him until he knew she was dead. He had to believe it. She cast a spell, Bonnie's okay.

Damon: How you doin'?
Elena: Umm, freaking out a bit. You?
Damon: Cool as a cucumber. Come on, remember the last decade dance? The vampires were all "wraaaah" and you were all like "waaaah".
Elena: Right, and you won.
Damon: Yes, we did.

Cultural References
The Beatles: When Alaric (being controlled by Klaus) is teaching history, he says that there was nothing good about the sixties except for The Beatles.

'The Beatles' were an English rock band that became hugely popular all over the world in the 1960's.

John F. Kennedy: Matt dresses up as John F. Kennedy, and Caroline as Jackie O, for the high school dance.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States.

Twiggy: While getting ready for the school dance, Elena asks Stefan if she should dress as a hippy or as Twiggy.

Twiggy Lawson is a model that made being skinny popular in the modelling world in the 1960's.

Pulp Fiction: When Damon cuts in to dance with Elena, he starts to do dance moves from Pulp Fiction.

There is a famous scene in the movie, 'Pulp Fiction,' starring John Travolta where he and Uma Thurman dance.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 17: In 2x17 "Know Thy Enemy," Isobel committed suicide using the sun because she was being compelled by Klaus.

Season 2, Episode 17: Matt got Caroline to tell him everything about her and the vampires in 2x17 "Know Thy Enemy" and he then told Sheriff Forbes.

Season 2, Episode 17: Bonnie went to the place where all the witches were burned in 2x17 "Know Thy Enemy" and was given all their powers.

Season 2, Episode 17: Katherine is being held hostage by Klaus, after being tricked by Isobel in 2x17 "Know Thy Enemy," who is using Alaric to speak through.

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