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The Vampire Diaries: The Birthday

Damon and Elena wonder where Stefan went. Bonnie hears bad news that Elena must hear. Damon digs and texts Stefan to see what happened to his little brother, and where Stefan and Klaus went. In the end they see something no one ever thought of.

Source: CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Thursday September 15th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Oct 11, 2011
DE (Pro7) Mar 19, 2012
AU (FOX8) Apr 10, 2012


Guest Stars
David GallagherDavid Gallagher
As Ray Sutton (Werewolf Tracked Down By Klaus and Stefan)
Dawn OlivieriDawn Olivieri
As Andie Star (Mystic Falls Newscaster, Damon's Girlfriend)
Kayla EwellKayla Ewell
As Vicki Donovan (Appears As Ghost, Jeremy's Former Girlfriend)
Malese JowMalese Jow
As Anna (Appears As Ghost, Jeremy's Former Girlfriend)
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood (Tyler's Mother, Town Council Member)

Co-Guest Stars
Cherilyn WilsonCherilyn Wilson
As Blonde Girl (Friend of Ray Sutton, Killed By Stefan)
Diany RodriguezDiany Rodriguez
As Claudine (Tells Klaus Damon Is Tracking Him)
Lilly RobersonLilly Roberson
As Sofie (Tyler's Date to Elena's Birthday Party)
Sarah CooperSarah Cooper
As Keisha (Friend of Ray Sutton, Killed By Stefan)
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


The scene opens with a young woman looking for her dog in the front yard. She runs into Klaus, who gives her a story about his car breaking down. She doesn't buy it. He ends up compelling her and forces her to invite him inside. When they he get inside he asks her roommate about a man named Ray Sutton. The roommate tries to get away and runs smack into Stefan at the front door. The compelled woman tells them Sutton hangs out at a certain bar near the border, where they would find what they need. Klaus instructs Stefan to kill them both; so as to avoid leaving any trace, and then he leaves. Elena wakes up Jeremy who is late for work. She calls Caroline who is planning Elena's birthday party. Caroline also mentions an attack in Memphis; they both share the feeling that it could be Klaus. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.10 Million Viewers

Casting: Joseph Morgan (Klaus) is now credited as a series regular.

Trivia: Two months have passed since the events of the season two finale, 'As I Lay Dying.'

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Andrew BelleMake It Without YouDamon gives Elena her present.
The Civil WarsBarton HollowKlaus finds Ray at a hotel bar.
Cobra StarshipYou Make Me FeelCaroline and Tyler kiss at Elena's birthday party.
DragonetteHelloElena and Damon arrive at her birthday party.
Ingrid MichaelsonAre We There YetElena wakes Jeremy up for work.
The KicksHawk EyesCaroline watches Tyler dance with Sophie.
Location LocationStarpusherJeremy and Matt leave Elena's birthday party.
Mona (1)Shooting The MoonElena sees Jeremy and Matt smoking.
Ron PopeA Drop In The OceanStefan calls Elena, Damon throws things around.
Trent DabbsMeans To An EndStefan shoots Ray with shots of wolfsbane.
Two Door Cinema ClubWhat You KnowJeremy and Bonnie talk on the phone.
Walk The MoonAnna SunElena talks to Damon on the phone.

Episode Quotes
Alaric: I am every parent's worst nightmare. I'm the chaperone teacher from hell.
Damon: I love high school parties.

Elena: Jeremy's smoking again.
Damon: Is his stash any good?
Elena: You're an ass.

Damon: It's Stefan for sure.
Alaric: How do you know?
Damon: It's his signature. There is a reason they called him the ripper. He feeds so hard he blacks out, rips them apart, but then when he's done, he feels remorse. It's the damnedest thing. He puts the bodies back together.

Damon: Andie wants me to pick her up.
Alaric: Your fake, compelled girlfriend wants you to be a chivalrous boyfriend?
Damon: Well, it's a complicated dynamic. Hold the fort down, will you?
Alaric: You mean the fort full of my drunk history students?
Damon: Drink more. It'll feel less weird.

Damon: Stefan.
Stefan: Hello, Brother.
Damon: You don't write, you don't call.
Stefan: I need you to stop following me, causing some...problems.
Damon: With who? Klaus? I'm supposed to care what he thinks?
Stefan: What you're supposed to do is let me go.
Damon: I saw your latest artwork in Tennessee. You're walking a fine line there, my friend. Keep that up and there will be no saving you.
Stefan: See, the thing is, I don't need any saving. I just want you to let me go.

Klaus: You're back.
Stefan: Did you doubt me?
Klaus: Not for a second. I knew you'd pass the test. You still care for your brother, for your old life.
Stefan: I don't care about anything anymore.
Klaus: You put on a good show, Stefan. I almost believe you. Let's hope, for your brother's sake, he does. You never stop caring about family, do you? But every time you feed, the blood makes it easier to let go.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 22: Stefan was forced into leaving Mystic Falls and working with Klaus in 2x22 "As I Lay Dying" so that he could save Damon's life.

Season 2, Episode 22: At the end of 2x22 "As I Lay Dying," Jeremy saw the ghost of both Vicki and Anna.

Season 2, Episode 22: Klaus broke the curse of the sun and the moon in 2x21 "The Sun Also Rises."

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