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The Vampire Diaries: The Ties That Bind

Bonnie believes her recurring dreams about Klaus' coffins will tell her how he can be killed. The dreams also lead Bonnie to a reunion with her mother, Abby, whom Bonnie hasn't seen for 15 years. At Abby's remote farmhouse, Bonnie and Elena meet Jamie, the young man Abby took in years earlier. Bonnie's sudden appearance catches Abby off-guard, but she does her best to explain the past. Tyler turns to an unexpected ally in his quest to regain his free will. Damon is intrigued by Alaric's new friend, Dr. Fell, and Klaus continues his bitter negotiations with Stefan over control of the coffins containing his family members.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x12
Airdate: Thursday January 19th, 2012

Director: John Dahl
Writer: Brian Young

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Mar 13, 2012
AU (FOX8) Jun 26, 2012


Guest Stars
Daniel Newman (1)Daniel Newman (1)
As Daniel Warren (Werewolf Hybrid Working For Klaus)
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Bill Forbes (Caroline Forbes' Father)
Persia WhitePersia White
As Abby Bennett Wilson (Bonnie Bennett's Mother)
Robert RiRobert Ri'chard
As Jamie (Adoptive Son of Abby Bennett Wilson)
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
As Dr. Meredith Fell (Medical Doctor, Town Council Member)

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
As Elijah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Brother)
Main Cast
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Elena Gilbert
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Kat GrahamKat Graham
As Bonnie Bennett
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman


The scene opens with Bonnie walking through the cemetery towards a coffin above ground. She tries to open it. Klaus appears behind her and asks if she can open it, then he rushes her and bites her. She wakes up, but her situation has not improved. She's trapped in a coffin, with only the light of her cell phone. She tries a spell, but it does nothing. She hears someone outside and pounds furiously. It opens and she sees a woman looking over her. She wakes up again. Bonnie shows Elena the secret coffins and tells her about her dreams. She thinks the dreams mean whatever is inside will help them kill Klaus. She needs Elena to find the woman in her dreams; her mom. Bonnie and Elena go through descriptions of Abby Bennetts around the country, from the sheriff. Damon arrives with the answer: Abby Bennett Wilson is in North Carolina. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.71 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) and Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This episode marks the first appearance of Bonnie Bennett's real mother.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Black KeysLonely BoyStefan returns home to find Klaus waiting for him.
The Boxer RebellionCode RedMeredith leaves after having lunch with Alaric.
Delta SpiritMoney SavesDamon tells Alaric that Dr. Fell took his blood.
Diane BirchRewindStefan apologizes to Elena, Bonnie talks to Abby.

Episode Quotes
Bonnie: I know who can open the coffin Stefan.
Stefan: Who is this?
Bonnie: It's my mom.

Bonnie: What's going on with you two?
Damon: We kissed. Now it's weird. Have a great trip!

Klaus: I want my family back.
Stefan: Or what, Klaus?
Klaus: Or I will tear your heart out from your chest.

Stefan: I shouldn't have kidnapped you. The car, the bridge, it was too far.
Elena: Thank you.
Stefan: But you shouldn't have lied to me today. You can't go off and do things like that, Elena. Not while Klaus is still alive.
Elena: I know. I just, I wanted to give Bonnie a moment with her mother, without everything else getting in the way.
Stefan: Without me getting in the way.
Elena: I didn't plan on kissing him.
Stefan: You're better than him, Elena. You're better than both of us.

Dr. Fell: Why do you even care?
Damon: Because Ric likes you. And if you're a psychopath, that would really suck for him.
Dr. Fell: You think I killed my ex-boyfriend?
Damon: I think psychopaths are incredibly high-maintenance.

Bill: To break the sire bond, turning needs to be painless. And from what I saw today, we're still a long way off.
Tyler: I can't put myself through that again.
Bill: You will. Because until you're able to act on your own free will, I'm not going to let you near my daughter again.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Ties That Bind

'The Ties That Bind' is the title of a song by Bruce Springsteen from 1978.

Fatal Attraction: When Damon is talking to Alaric about his new girlfriend, he goes to the stove and lifts the lid of a pot, saying that he is "looking for a bunny."

This is a reference to the film 'Fatal Attraction,' is which Glenn Close's character boils her ex's pet rabbit after they break up.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 11: Jeremy left town at the end of 3x11 "Our Town."

Season 3, Episode 11: Tyler bit Caroline in 3x11 "Our Town" after being told to do it by Klaus.

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

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."

Season 3, Episode 11: Brian Walters was found dead at the end of 3x11 "Our Town."

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