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The Vampire Diaries: Growing Pains

Elena awakens on the morning after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true - she died with vampire blood in her system and now must go through the terrible transition to become a vampire - or face certain death. Stefan promises Elena that he and Bonnie will exhaust every possible way out of the situation, but Damon is furious with his brother for letting Elena die in the first place. Bonnie pays a terrible price for her attempt to change Elena's fate, while Damon takes out his frustration and rage on Matt. In a rare moment of empathy, Rebekah is deeply touched by Stefan and Elena's devotion to one another. Finally, Pastor Young and the Town Council members begin rounding up the vampires and their supporters, leading to an unexpected tragedy.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x1
Airdate: Thursday October 11th, 2012

Director: Chris Grismer
Writer: Caroline Dries

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Oct 15, 2012


Special Guest Stars
Jasmine GuyJasmine Guy
As Sheila Bennett

Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood
Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
As Dr. Meredith Fell

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Reilly BurkeMichael Reilly Burke
As Pastor Young
Jason MacDonald (1)Jason MacDonald (1)
As Grayson Gilbert (Archive Footage)
Lex ShontzLex Shontz
As Deputy Adams
M. Neko ParhamM. Neko Parham
As Town Council Member

Claudia GentileClaudia Gentile
As Carrie
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
Zach RoerigZach Roerig
As Matt Donovan
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes


The episode begins and Elena wakes up to loud noises, lawn mowers, bells, birds, everything crashing in on her. She's home in bed with Stefan and Damon watching over her. Stefan tells her she was in an accident, Matt is fine. They tell her Meredith Fell healed her with vampire blood earlier, and she had it in her system when she and Matt crashed. "Am I dead?" she asks. Stefan tells her Bonnie is looking for a loophole before she has to feed or die in 24 hours. She doesn't want to be a vampire. Upstairs, Elena's gums start to ache. Jeremy checks on her. "I need my sister, not another one of them," Jeremy says. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.18 Million Viewers

Casting: Matthew Davis (Alaric Saltzman) has been removed from the main cast.

Trivia: Before the official episode title was released it was rumoured that this episode would be called "Phases."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Amy StroupWait for the MorningStefan gives Elena a daylight ring and they kiss.
The Joy FormidableWhirringKlaus, disguised as Tyler, and Caroline make out
Little DragonTwiceElena has a flashback to Damon compelling her.

Episode Quotes
Stefan: (opening voiceover) Mystic Falls. I was born here. This is my home.
Damon: And mine.
Elena: And mine.
Stefan: For centuries, supernatural creatures have lived among us.
Caroline: There are vampires, werewolves, doppelgangers.
Bonnie: Witches.
Klaus: And even hybrids.
Bonnie: There are those who protect them.
Jeremy: And those who want them dead.
Elena: They're our friends.
Klaus: Our enemies.
Elena: The ones we love.
Klaus: And the ones we've lost.
Elena: And then there is me. I'm least I was.

Matt: Just stop! Stop saving me.
Stefan: What the hell is your problem?
Matt: What do you want me to say, thank you? Because honestly, I wish you'd just let me drown.
Stefan: What, you think you were my first choice?
Matt: Elena's a vampire because of me. I have to live with that every day for the rest of my life.
Stefan: No, no, no. You don't have to live with that, you get to live with that. Because Elena put your life before her own. So every morning when you get out of bed, you sure as hell better earn it.

Stefan: Damon was right. You should have fed this morning. I'm so sorry.
Elena: Don't be. You had hope. That's all I ever wanted you to have. And you had it.
Stefan: I love you so much.
Elena: Do you know why I was even on that bridge? I was coming back for you, Stefan. I had to choose, and I picked you. Because I love you. No matter what happens, it's the best choice I ever made.

Meredith: When Caroline called to say she got away, did she know where they were planning to take her?
Sheriff Forbes: No, just that she was in some van in the middle of nowhere and that she managed to escape.
Damon: Perfect. We've narrowed it down to nowhere.

Rebekah: You should know better than to sneak up on a lady.
Damon: Good advice! Have you seen one?

Cultural References
Episode Title: Growing Pains

'Growing Pains' is the title of a television show that ran from 1985 to 1992.

Episode References
Season 3, Episode 22: After drowning with vampire blood in her system in 3x22 "The Departed," Elena woke up in transition.

Season 3, Episode 22: Klaus was killed in 3x22 "The Departed" by Alaric.

Season 3, Episode 22: Alaric died in 3x22 "The Departed" after Elena died in the car crash when she forced Stefan to save Matt instead of her.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJulie Plec  |  Leslie Morgenstein
Co-Executive ProducerCaroline Dries  |  Jose Molina
Supervising ProducerChris Grismer
ProducerMichael Narducci  |  Pascal Verschooris
Co-ProducerLance Anderson  |  Brett Matthews  |  James L. Thompson III
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
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