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Although Caroline is in no mood to celebrate her 18th birthday, Elena, Bonnie and Matt surprise her with a small party in an unusual location. Damon and Stefan disagree on the best way to handle Klaus, and a reckless Stefan decides to test his theory by taking things to dangerous extremes. Bonnie is concerned when Elena tells her about Jeremy's new plans. At a Founder's meeting, Alaric once again runs into Dr. Fell, who is in the middle of an argument with her ex-boyfriend, the medical examiner. Tyler refuses to go along with Klaus' latest demand, and is surprised when Klaus seems to accept his decision.

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Episode Info

Episode number: 3x11
Airdate: Thursday January 12th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Mar 06, 2012
AU (FOX8) Jun 19, 2012


Guest Stars
Daniel Newman (1)Daniel Newman (1)
As Daniel Warren (Werewolf Hybrid Working For Klaus)
David Colin SmithDavid Colin Smith
As Brian Walters (Medical Examiner, Meredith Fell's Ex-Boyfriend)
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes (Mother of Caroline Forbes, Local Sheriff)
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood (Tyler's Mother, Town Council Member)
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
As Dr. Meredith Fell (Medical Doctor, Town Council Member)
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 kicking the daylights out of a punching bag, and Damon enjoying a shower. Elena tells Alaric that she is worried for him. A hybrid’s sniffing around the Witch House as Bonnie is shown chanting incantations and trying in vain to open a mysterious coffin. Damon manages to rip the hybrid’s heart out through its back before it can cause any trouble; Stefan’s convinced that this means war. He’s prepared to do just about anything to get Klaus’s minions out of town. At Mystic Falls High—things are no less tense. Bonnie is angry with Elena after learning that Jeremy’s been compelled to leave town; she doesn’t feel much better after approaching him to ask if he was planning on telling her about the move. Meanwhile, Caroline and Tyler have a sad encounter—he tells her there’s nothing he can do about his desire to serve Klaus, and she glumly accepts his words. The conversation ends when Tyler hands Caroline a small gift—it’s a charm bracelet—and walks away. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.86 Million Viewers

Trivia: If Caroline had not been turned into a vampire, she would have turned 18 in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Airborne Toxic EventGoodbye HorsesMeredith and Brian argue at the meeting.
ColdplayUp In FlamesCaroline talks to Tyler before school.
CourrierBetweenJeremy says bye to Elena and Bonnie.
The DaylightsYou Know Who You AreDamon and Alaric talk outside at the party.
Gemma HayesKeep RunningStefan tried to kill a hybrid at the party.
The Naked And FamousPunching In A DreamDamon showers, Elena and Alaric work out.
Trent DabbsFalse AlarmAlaric talks to Damon about Elena.

Episode Quotes
Damon: You want to take Klaus, you want to beat the villain, you gotta be smarter.
Stefan: No, no. To beat the villain, Damon, you have to be the better villain.

Alaric: I thought Stefan saved your life.
Damon: He did.
Alaric: And now he's willing to risk it just to see how far he can push Klaus?
Damon: Seems so.
Alaric: Well, is his humanity on or off?
Damon: Yeah, I'm thinking there's another option here in play, a bit of a dimmer switch, which is a huge problem.
Alaric: Why?
Damon: Because I can't predict how far he's willing to go until somebody gets killed.
Alaric: Suddenly you care who lives or dies?
Damon: I have a small list.

Klaus: You see, if you continue to threaten me, I'm going to be forced to retaliate. Kill people. And it'll get messy again.
Stefan: Do whatever you want. I don't really care. Or you know what? Maybe I do. Yeah. Yeah, maybe I care so much that I drop Elijah in the Arctic.
Klaus: Well, maybe I'd be willing to lose one brother if it meant killing yours.
Stefan: Try me. Let's find out.

Elena: You can't kiss me again.
Damon: I know.
Elena: I can't. It's not right.
Damon: It's right. Just not right now.

Stefan: Destroying Klaus is all I have left.
Elena: You had me!
Stefan: I lost you the minute I left town with him.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Our Town

'Our Town' is the title of a film from 1940 starring William Holden and Martha Scott.

John Lennon: Klaus says to Damon at the Founder's party, "Give peace a chance."

'Give Peace a Chance' is the title of a song by John Lennon from 1969.

Jonestown Massacre: Damon tells Sheriff Forbes not to "drink the Klaus kool-aid."

"Don't drink the kool-aid" is a phrase commonly used in reference to the poisoned kool-aid fed to followers of Jim Jones in 1978.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 10: Damon kissed Elena at the end of 3x10 "The New Deal."

Season 3, Episode 10: After saving Jeremy's life in 3x10 "The New Deal," Alaric's ring stopped working as well.

Season 3, Episode 10: Damon compelled Jeremy to leave Mystic Falls in 3x10 "The New Deal" after he was almost killed by Klaus.

Season 3, Episode 9: Stefan stole the coffins containing Klaus' family in 3x09 "Homecoming."

Season 3, Episode 10: Bonnie has been helping Damon and Stefan hide the coffins from Klaus since 3x10 "The New Deal."

Other Episode Crew

Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorLance Anderson
CastingLesli Gelles  |  Greg Orson  |  Marty Keener Cherrix
First Assistant DirectorRudy Persico
Second Assistant DirectorBrandon O'Neil Leonard
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerLeigh Leverett
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Assistant EditorTyler Cook
Supervising Sound EditorJohn Benson
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
Director of PhotographyDave Perkal
Story EditorRebecca Sonnenshine
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Executive Story EditorBrian Young
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Hair Department HeadDaniel Curet
Digital Imaging TechnicianEric Henson
Makeup ArtistEssie Cha
Writers' AssistantDaphne Miles
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