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The Vampire Diaries: The Departed

Determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. In the harsh reality of the present situation, Elena longs for simpler times when her parents, Grayson and Miranda, and Aunt Jenna were still alive and her biggest concern was her relationship with Matt. Stefan and Damon leave Mystic Falls together on a mission, but soon split up when Elena needs one of them. Caroline and Tyler are forced to make a life-changing decision. Finally, Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x22
Airdate: Thursday May 10th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) May 22, 2012


Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
As Elijah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Brother)
Erin BeuteErin Beute
As Miranda Sommers-Gilbert (Elena's Mother, Seen In Flashbacks)
Jason MacDonald (1)Jason MacDonald (1)
As Grayson Gilbert (Elena's Father, Seen In Flashbacks)
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes (Mother of Caroline Forbes, Local Sheriff)
Sara CanningSara Canning
As Jenna Sommers (Elena's Aunt, Seen In Flashbacks)
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 episode begins, and Elena wakes up in the morning and rocks out to Pink. She puts on her cheerleader outfit and goes downstairs to breakfast; Jenna and her mom are there. It's sophomore year. She wakes up in the hospital. Meanwhile, Meredith tells Jeremy that Elena is fine; she just has a slight concussion. Meanwhile, Jeremy calls the Salvatores on the road. They can't believe Jeremy took her to the hospital when all the originals are looking to kill her to stop Alaric. One of them has to go back; the other has to deal with Klaus's desiccated body. Meanwhile, Meredith returns to her office to find Alaric waiting for her. He takes her vials of vampire blood and dumps them out. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.53 Million Viewers

Casting: This is the first appearance of Sara Canning, as Jenna Sommers, since her character's death in "The Sun Also Rises."

Trivia: This is the first season finale of 'The Vampire Diaries' not to feature Katherine.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Low Vs DiamondWastedElena and Bonnie talk about Matt in a flashback.
MetricSick MuseElena calls her mom for a ride in a flashback.
PinkSo WhatElena gets ready for school in a flashback.
Shadow RewindAirplaneAlaric talks to Jeremy at the Mystic Grille.
Sigur RosDauĂ°alognEnd of the episode, Elena and Matt in the car.

Episode Quotes
Elena: He saved my life, you know. I never told you that. The night that my parents' car went off the bridge, Stefan was the one that saved me.
Matt: So do you feel like you owe him or something?
Elena: No. It's not that. It's after the accident, I kind of felt like I didn't know how to live any more. Like I didn't want to. But then being with Stefan, somehow I figured it out. And that's what love should be. You should love the person that makes you glad that you're alive.

Stefan: Hey. What's wrong?
Elena: Lately, I feel like every time someone walks out of this house, there's a chance they may not make it back home.
Stefan: Well, I promise I will do everything in my power to make sure that we all come back.

Matt: So you're just going to let her call the shots?
Stefan: I'm letting her make her own decisions.
Matt: Even if they're wrong?
Stefan: Nothing wrong with free will, Matt. Trust me. You don't realize that till you lose it.

Meredith: You need to know, when Jeremy brought Elena in here earlier tonight, her injuries were worse than I let on. It wasn't a concussion, it was a cerebral haemorrhage. Bleeding on the brain.
Damon: What are you saying?
Meredith: He was so worried, I didn't wan't tell him but I...I helped her. She needed my help.
Damon: You what?

Elena: Not to be rude or anything, Damon, but it's kind of creepy that you're out here in the middle of nowhere.
Damon: You're one to talk. You're out here all by yourself.
Elena: It's Mystic Falls. Nothing bad ever happens here.

Episode Goofs

In the second episode of season 2, "The Return," Jeremy asks John Gilbert why his father's ring didn't protect him when he was killed in the accident. John says that it is because his father's death was not from a supernatural cause. However, in the flashback scene with Elena and her parents under water, Grayson is not wearing a ring at all.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Departed

'The Departed' is the title of a film from 2006 by director Martin Scorsese.

America's Next Top Model: During a flashback, Elena tells Bonnie that she watches too much Top Model.

'America's Next Top Model' is a modelling reality show hosted by Tyra Banks.

Batman: When Damon and Bonnie are standing next to Klaus' coffin, Damon tells her to "jam the witch locator, Bat Signal, whatever."

The Bat Signal is the sign that is projected into the sky in Gotham City to summon Batman.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: When Alaric walks in to find Damon talking to Elena on the phone, Damon says "So I see you gave Goldilocks the slip?," referring to Rebekah.

Goldilocks is the blonde little girl from the nursery rhyme Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 21: Damon, Stefan and Tyler attempted to kill Klaus in 3x21 "Before Sunset" to save Elena.

Season 3, Episode 21: Alaric brought together a council meeting in 3x21 "Before Sunset" to tell everyone that there was a vampire problem.

Season 3, Episode 21: Alaric tried to kill Caroline, and the other vampires, in 3x21 "Before Sunset" after being made into a vampire hunter by Esther.

Season 3, Episode 21: Elena passed out, bleeding from her nose, at the end of 3x21 "Before Sunset."

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