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The Vampire Diaries: Before Sunset

Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Bonnie calls on Abby to help her with a difficult spell. As events spiral out of control, Elena is determined to protect Caroline, Damon and Stefan enlist Tyler's help, while Bonnie and Jeremy take a terrifying risk to make sure her spell is effective. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.

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Episode Info

Episode number: 3x21
Airdate: Thursday May 03rd, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) May 15, 2012
AU (FOX8) Aug 28, 2012


Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes (Mother of Caroline Forbes, Local Sheriff)
Persia WhitePersia White
As Abby Bennett Wilson (Bonnie Bennett's Mother)
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood (Tyler's Mother, Town Council Member)

Co-Guest Stars
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 with Bad Alaric contemplating his new vampire reality in his empty classroom at school. Meanwhile, Tyler calls Caroline to tell her he has to go help Klaus move. He's planning to fake the sire bond until Klaus leaves town. Someone streaks vamp fast through school, by Caroline. Rebekah is the only one there for the cleanup committee and, as she reminds Caroline, she didn't even get to go to the dance. Meanwhile, Caroline offers her sympathy about her mom and Rebekah says the same about Alaric. Rebekah heads to the gym and runs into Alaric. "You're supposed to be dead," she says. "I am," he says. He tries to stake her but Caroline comes to her aid and together they drive the stake into his stomach. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.54 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Analogue RevolutionLightElena is walked home by Stefan and Damon.
The Gods Of MachoRenoAlaric drags Caroline into the school.
James CarringtonAcheJeremy and Elena talk and paint the room.
Middle Class RutStart To RunKlaus throws part of a fence at Damon.
We Were Promised JetpacksAct On ImpulseDamon and Stefan talk about Elena.

Episode Quotes
Klaus: I'm leaving town; just need to pick up a few road trip necessities. Spare tire, flashlight, doppelgänger.

Rebekah: You are late. Clean up committee started at eight o'clock.
Caroline: It's like 8:02.
Rebekah: Exactly. I managed to turn up on time and I didn't even get to attend the dance that I organized.

Klaus: I'll collect Elena and we`ll be on our way.
Rebekah: Forget Elena! You don`t need any more stupid hybrids!
Klaus: What I need is protection from Esther's continued assaults against us.
Rebekah: We will protect each other, like we always have. Always and forever, Nik.

Stefan: Elena is not here. Alaric has her and Caroline and he is gonna kill them both unless you turn yourself over to him.
Klaus: Now, I know you are not asking me to walk into a certain death.
Stefan: I really wish we could, but unfortunately, if Alaric kills you there is a one in four chance that we die too.
Damon: I'll take those odds.

Bonnie: I might have an idea. My mom used a desiccation spell on Mikael that immobilized him for over 15 years. If I can get it, I might be able to use it on Alaric.
Klaus: If and might? Your words inspire such confidence.

Matt: You know, to be honest, I'm a little pissed none of you let me help you take down Original brother number two.
Tyler: Yeah, he would have taken you right down to the hospital, bro.
Matt: Please, I'm more stealth than that. I'm like a ninja.

Episode Goofs

When Klaus is trying to get into Elena's house, Bonnie is still wearing the same clothes and hairstyle that she had on the night before for the decade dance. A few minutes later, when she goes onto the porch, she is wearing different clothes and her hair is straight and loose.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Before Sunset

'Before Sunset' is the title of a film from 2004 by Richard Linklater.

El Mariachi: When Klaus throws a stake into the house, Damon ducks and then yells "You missed me!"

This is a reference to a line said by Antionio Banderas in the 1992 film 'El Mariachi.'

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 20: After Alaric chose not to transition to a vampire at the end of 3x20 "Do Not Go Gentle," he was lured into feeding on a human.

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

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