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The Vampire Diaries: Smells Like Teen Spirit

On the first day of their senior year, Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt are still reeling from recent events, while Tyler seems to be enjoying everything a little too much. Damon is annoyed by a new houseguest, and everyone is surprised by the arrival of a new student in Alaric's history class. Matt asks Bonnie for help when he realizes he made a serious mistake. Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.

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Episode Info

Episode number: 3x6
Airdate: Thursday October 20th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Nov 15, 2011
AU (FOX8) May 15, 2012


Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
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)
Sebastian RochéSebastian Roché
As Mikael (One Of The Original's, Vampire Hunter)

Co-Guest Stars
Onira TaresOnira Tares
As Cheerleader
TJ HassanTJ Hassan
As Coach Lyman (Coach of The Timberwolves, Compelled By Tyler)

Taylor KinneyTaylor Kinney
As Mason Lockwood (Werewolf, Attacks Damon)
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 Elena's alarm going off at 5:15 a.m. She covers up the bite marks on her neck with make-up. Alaric takes her out into the woods for training on using vampire weapons. She's having a hard time admitting she might have to use them on Stefan since Klaus made him flip the switch on his humanity. She's not strong enough. At school, it's the start of senior year. Elena realizes it's her one year anniversary with Stefan. She's resolved to put it behind her. Damon comes downstairs and has to step over women on the stairs. He finds Stefan playing drinking Twister, where he takes a bite for each square the women spin to. Rebecca barges in. Klaus left her there. She announces she'll be staying with them. Bonnie sees Jeremy. She is irked he's been seeing his ex-girlfriends' ghosts. Matt drives up to school. Suddenly, Vicki appears in the truck with him. He's glad to be able to talk to her about life stuff. She tells him there's a way he can help her "come back." They're interrupted by Tyler. Katherine tries to wake up Michael, but he won't eat. She answers Damon's call. "Try harder. We need him to kill Klaus so I can de rip-ify Stefan before he destroys my house," Damon tells her. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.03 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast member Joseph Morgan (Klaus) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This is the 50th episode of The Vampire Diaries.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Arctic MonkeysBrick By BrickThe start of the year bonfire begins.
Cary BrothersTake Your TimeDamon gives Elena some help after she is hurt.
CultsRave OnStefan watches Elena while at the bonfire.
The Gods Of MachoBlack Iron LungStefan plays Twister with girls at the house.
The KillsSatelliteRebekah stabs Damon with a wooden stake.
OK GoThis Too Shall PassEveryone arrives on the first day of school.
Young The GiantMy BodyTyler, Caroline and Rebeka at football practice.

Episode Quotes
Alaric: Look, I get why you're here. Stefan hurt you. You don't want it to happen again.
Elena: But you think that I'm crazy. To believe that I can protect myself from a vampire who's flipped the switch on his humanity.
Alaric: I think you found a way to get out of bed this morning. And that makes you the strongest person I know. I think that you can do pretty much anything.

Matt: You can't just keep appearing like this. Freaks me out.
Vicki: I'm a ghost, it's all I got.

Caroline: You're a vampire now, Tyler. Everything about your personality is heightened. So you have to be careful.
Tyler: I will. I promise. Just don't hate me. Everything I like about me, is you.

Damon: We're forgetting a key player here. Rebecca? Wherever Stefan goes, the blond ponytail tends to follow.
Elena: Which is why it's your job to keep her away.
Damon: How? She's an original. Last time I checked, we're out of daggers.
Elena: So then preoccupy her with your charm.
Alaric: Might have better luck finding the dagger.
Damon: So are ever not going to be mad at me, Ric?
Alaric: Doubtful.

Stefan: Elena, wait. You could have let me die in that fire tonight. Why didn't you?
Elena: Because I still have hope.
Stefan: After everything I've done, still think I'll be able to find my humanity again.
Elena: Yes, I do. I know who you really are better than anyone, Stefan. And I'm not giving up.
Stefan: Elena, do you have any idea how pathetic that makes you?
Elena: No, Stefan, it makes me strong.

Episode Goofs

When Caroline notices blood on Tyler's shirt she pushes him into the bathroom. When the camera angle changes and they are in the bathroom, the stain on Tyler's shirt is larger and more smudged.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Smells Like Teen Spirit

'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is the title of a song by Nirvana.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When Damon helps Elena while she is lifting weights, he says to her, "Come on, Buffy."

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is a television series than ran from 1997 until 2003, about a girl named Buffy who fights vampires and demons.

Xena: Warrior Princess: When Damon is asking Elena what she plans to do about Klaus and Stefan, he says, "What's the plan, oh Warrior Princess?"

This is a reference to the television series 'Xena: Warrior Princess.'

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 5: Klaus successfully turned Tyler into a Hybrid in 3x05 "The Reckoning" by feeding him Elena's blood.

Season 3, Episode 5: In 3x05 "The Reckoning," Klaus was scared away by Damon, who told him that he and Katherine had found Mikael.

Season 3, Episode 5: Katherine and Jeremy woke Mikael, the vampire hunter, in 3x05 "The Reckoning."

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