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The Vampire Diaries: Do Not Go Gentle

Alaric finds an unexpected ally to guide him on his dangerous new path, while Damon and Meredith try to figure out what their next move should be. At the school's 1920s Decade Dance, Bonnie asks Jamie to go with her and, at Caroline's suggestion, Elena asks Stefan to be her date. Caroline is pleasantly surprised when Tyler shows up at the dance determined to sweep her off her feet, but Klaus does his best to come between them. The dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and especially Bonnie to undo a spell that could prove devastating for everyone.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x20
Airdate: Thursday April 26th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) May 08, 2012
AU (FOX8) Aug 21, 2012


Guest Stars
Alice EvansAlice Evans
As Esther Mikaelson (The Original Witch, The Mikaelson's Mother)
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Robert RiRobert Ri'chard
As Jamie (Adoptive Son of Abby Bennett Wilson)
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 episode begins, and Rebekah returns to the house and presents Klaus with the stake. He throws it on the fire and tells her to pack her bags, they're leaving town and taking Elena with them. Rebekah convinces him to stick around for the Decade dance tonight. She has big plans. Damon calls Alaric. He doesn't know if he turned over the stake, he woke up alone. He's going to leave town for a few days because he keeps blacking out so he's still a threat to everyone. He says he's taking Bonnie's herbs. Alaric gets off the phone and Rebekah joins him. It's bad Alaric, lying to Damon. She tells him Klaus burned the fake stake without a second thought. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.22 Million Viewers

Trivia: 'The Vampire Diaries' executive producer Julie Plec said she cried during the read through of this episode.

Music: The winning song from the "Bitten by.. A Fresh New Artist" contest was featured in this episode. "Love Triangle" by Semaj Foreman was chosen and played during the commercial break.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blind PilotWe Are The TideCaroline and Elena decorate for the decade dance.
Caro EmeraldThat ManCaroline and Matt talk at the dance.
DaughterMedicineElena cleans up Alaric's things, End of episode.
The FrayBe StillElena and Jeremy say goodbye to Alaric.
Helen Forrest (1)The Man I LoveKlaus and Caroline dance at the decade dance.
Semaj ForemanLove TriangleContest winner, Played during commercial.
Sinéad O'ConnorYou Do Something To MeElena dances with Stefan at the decade dance.

Episode Quotes
Stefan: So, given our dangerous dance sure you're up for this?
Elena: Getting out of bed is dangerous these days, but we have to live our lives.
Stefan: Hmm, who gave you that horrible advice?
Elena: Some guy I used to date said it once or twice.

Klaus: You know, all of this reminds me of our time together in the twenties.
Stefan: You say that like I'm supposed to have happy memories about it.
Klaus: Well, there were moments, real friendship, brotherhood.
Damon: Oh, he already has a brother. Not to be, you know, territorial or anything.
Klaus: Oh, no, of course. The Salvatores and their unshakeable bond. I wonder what'll happen when Elena finally makes her choice. Will we see you shake just a little bit?

Elena: Jeremy's got a lot on his mind. The whole thing with Alaric has got him really stressed out.
Caroline: Are you sure it had nothing to do with witnessing you and Damon getting hot and heavy in a skeevy motel?
Elena: I didn't tell you that so you could torture me with it.
Caroline: Ah, what are friends for?

Esther: (About Alaric) I'm going to remake him, make him strong, fast. Like my children. Indestructible. For one final time, I'm going to tap into the dark magic I used a thousand years ago. Like my husband, Mikael, before him, I will make Alaric into a true hunter. The Vampire to end all vampires.

Damon: Sorry I killed you...twice.
Alaric: So I have to actually die to get a real apology out of you.
Damon: Drink?
Alaric: Actually I've been thinking about cutting back.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Do Not Go Gentle

'Do not go gentle into that good night' is the refrain, and title, of a poem by Dylan Thomas, written for his dying father.

The Bachelor: Caroline says to Elena, about her and Damon, "But nothing! I've watched The Bachelor, okay? Fair is fair. It is Stefan`s turn."

'The Bachelor' is an American reality television dating series.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 19: Esther possessed Rebekah's body in 3x19 "Heart of Darkness" and tricked Alaric into showing her where the last stake was hidden.

Season 3, Episode 19: The Decade Dance in this episode was decided on and planned during 3x19 "Heart of Darkness."

Season 3, Episode 19: Damon and Elena kissed in 3x19 "Heart of Darkness" while going to Denver to keep Jeremy safe.

Other Episode Crew

Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorTyler Cook
CastingLesli Gelles  |  Greg Orson  |  Marty Keener Cherrix
First Assistant DirectorMichael Allowitz
Second Assistant DirectorBrandon O'Neil Leonard
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerLeigh Leverett
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Re-Recording MixerKen Burton  |  Andre Perreault
Director of PhotographyDave Perkal
Story EditorRebecca Sonnenshine
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Executive Story EditorBrian Young  |  Brett Matthews
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Hair Department HeadDaniel Curet
Makeup ArtistEssie Cha
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