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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
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. ..Read the full recap
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."
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.
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 human...at 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?