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The present-day murders in Mystic Falls remind Damon of a similar crime spree a century earlier. In flashbacks to 1912, Damon recalls a beautiful vampire, Sage, who showed him a whole new way to exist. Sheriff Forbes warns Damon not to get involved in her investigation, but Damon is convinced she's going after the wrong suspect. Elena and Matt resort to breaking and entering in their search for evidence to prove Dr. Fell is a murderer. For reasons known only to her, Rebekah, becomes interested in locating one of the town's oldest landmarks. Finally, Elena comes to a new understanding of the path her life has taken, and Damon makes an emotional confession to Stefan.

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Episode Info

Episode number: 3x16
Airdate: Thursday March 15th, 2012

Director: John Behring
Writer: Julie Plec

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Apr 10, 2012
AU (FOX8) Jul 24, 2012


Guest Stars
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Sage (Damon's Friend From 1912, Vampire)
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
David Colin SmithDavid Colin Smith
As Brian Walters (Medical Examiner, Appears In Archive Footage)
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Bill Forbes (Caroline Forbes Father, Appears In Archive Footage)
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes (Mother of Caroline Forbes, Local Sheriff)
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
As Dr. Meredith Fell (Medical Doctor, Town Council Member)
Hannah FiermanHannah Fierman
As Marianna Lockwood
Lindsey GarrettLindsey Garrett
As Samantha Gilbert (Town Council Member From 1912)

Co-Guest Stars
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood (Tyler's Mother, Town Council Member)
Lee SpencerLee Spencer
As Gerald Forbes (Founding Council Member And Sheriff In 1912)
Marcus HesterMarcus Hester
As Zachariah Salvatore (Half-Nephew Of Stefan And Damon, Killed In 1912)
Main Cast
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Elena Gilbert
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Zach RoerigZach Roerig
As Matt Donovan
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman


The episode begins at Mystic Falls 1912, Sheriff Gerald Forbes worries about Mr. Salvatore getting home safely, given the recent murder of another councilman. Mr. Salvatore heads out alone, and is soon stabbed in the back. Present Day Carol Lockwood yells at Sheriff Liz Forbes to tell her who committed the council murders. Cut to Alaric waking up in a cell, with a shoulder wound. Damon can't believe Liz is arresting him on Meredith's say so. Dr. Fell cured him with vampire blood and is claiming Alaric came at her with the knife. She also said Alaric's wounds from the earlier attack could have been self-inflicted. Alaric claims he's being framed, but since Liz has no evidence to the contrary, she's holding him. Elena and Matt go on a run. She's upset. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.64 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Candace Accola (Caroline Forbes), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Katerina Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), and Joseph Morgan (Klaus) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: Originally, there was supposed to be a back story between Damon and Kol featured in this episode, but it was deleted from the script.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Aidan HawkenThe ArgumentElena and Matt talk about the Salvatores.
Black DanielSnakeskin HeartDamon and Stefan leave Rebekah at the bar.
The FeaturesHow It StartsRebekah tells Damon about how she knew Sage.
Foy VanceBe The SongElena reads the diary, Alaric talks to Elena.
Gary Clark Jr. BandDon't Owe You A ThangRebekah talks to Mayor Lockwood at the Grille.
The Gods Of MachoLet's DanceRebekah, Damon and Stefan talk at the Grille.
Magic WandsBlack MagicDamon and Stefan play darts, Rebekah walks in.

Episode Quotes
Damon: I let you walk away. I watched you go over the edge, and I didn't do anything to stop you.
Stefan: You couldn't have.
Damon: Sure, I could have. But I just didn't want to. But I want to now. Whenever you go too far, I will be there to pull you back, every second, every day till you don't need me.
Stefan: Why?
Damon: 'Cause right now, you're all I got.

Matt: I just don't get it, your thing with them.
Elena: I know it doesn't make sense. But at the beginning, after my parents died, there was something about being with Stefan that just...felt safe.
Matt: Safe? Elena, he's a vampire.
Elena: I know, believe me, just saying it out loud sounds crazy,'s like I knew that he would never stop loving me, like he would never...
Matt: What?
Elena: Die. Like he would never die.

Meredith: You took pity on a borderline alcoholic vampire hunter, and you never even thought to look any deeper.
Elena: How could you do this to him? He didn't kill anyone, and you know it.
Meredith: You date vampires, Elena. It shouldn't come as a shock to learn that your guardian is a murderer.

Matt: I'll add breaking and entering to the list of life favours you owe me.
Elena: Skeletons in the closet. Just like a true founder.

Damon: Have you've been eating relatives again?
Stefan: It's been almost 50 years.
Damon: Why would I be mad at you, Stefan? You made me become a vampire, now I walk the world alone, drinking other people's blood.

Episode Goofs

When Elena and Damon are talking to Alaric in the jail, Elena's ponytail alternates from being straight behind her back to slung over her shoulder between shots.

Cultural References
The All-New Super Friends Hour: When Damon asks Stefan if he wants to hang out, he says that they usually team up and activate their "Wonder Team powers."

'The All-New Super Friends Hour' is a DC Comics cartoon from 1977 in which super heroes activate their powers by touching each other and saying "Wonder Twins super-powers activate."

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 15: Bonnie's mother, Abby, was turned into a vampire in 3x15 "All My Children" so that Elena's life could be saved.

Season 3, Episode 15: Esther failed in her attempt to turn her children, The Originals, into humans in 3x15 "All My Children."

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