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Elena tries to cope with the extreme highs and lows that are part of becoming a vampire, and Stefan and Damon almost come to blows while arguing about what is best for her. Damon decides to help Elena in his own way and asks her not to tell Stefan. A stranger, Connor Jordan, arrives in town and begins questioning Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood. Connor's actions quickly convince Stefan that they are dealing with a dangerous vampire hunter. Jeremy and Matt are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April,, has returned to town and is enrolling at Mystic Falls High. At a town gathering, Elena comes close to losing control until Caroline steps in to help her. Finally, Damon confides his feelings to an unexpected friend. Source:
The episode begins and Damon tries to convince Stefan his plan to start Elena on only animal blood is a bad one. Stefan thinks one human kill would put her over the edge. "She can't learn to control the blood lust if she never experiences the blood lust," Damon says. Stefan takes her to the woods and traps a deer for her. She feeds and lets it go. Stefan takes Elena out into the woods to try to teach her how to be a vampire, but she's distracted by how good it feels when he touches her. They start making out ferociously but she stops suddenly and runs away, she throws up the deer blood. ..Read the full recap
Ratings: 2.91 Million Viewers
Casting: Main cast member Joseph Morgan (Klaus) does not appear in this episode.
This is the first episode since season three's "Ghost World
" not to feature any of The Originals.
Caroline: This is wrong. A bunch of people died and we're having sex.
Tyler: Grief sex. It's healthy.
Caroline: It's selfish.
Tyler: It's natural. Besides, if we stopped having sex every time somebody died in this town, we'd explode.
Damon: (at Alaric's grave) They're floating lanterns in the sky, can you believe that? Japanese lanterns is a symbol of letting go of the past. Well, here's a news flash: We're not Japanese. You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's gonna make everything okay, or even saying a prayer, or pretending Elena's not gonna end up just like the rest of us murderous vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. I know what you're gonna say: it makes them feel better, Damon. So what? For how long? A minute? A day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not gonna make up for the fact that the only thing that you have left is a hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be...and a rock with a birth date carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit, because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting with my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.
Damon: She needs human blood, Stefan. From the vein.
Stefan: Oh come on, you know what happens. You name me a vampire who didn't kill at least one person when they were new.
Damon: You name me one who went on the bunny diet and didn't kill dozens.
Damon: The council`s dead, Liz. I see that as a win.
Liz: I've known some of the council since I was a kid. They were my friends.
Damon: Well, your friends tried to kill your daughter.
Damon: That seat's taken.
Elena: There's no one there.
Damon: Well, I'm just going to pretend like there's someone there because the alternative is too damn depressing.
When Damon and Stefan are arguing about whether Elena should drink animal or human blood, Stefan asks Damon to name one vampire that has not killed a human as soon as they have turned. Damon can't think of anyone, however, he should have remembered that Vicki Donovan didn't kill anyone after turning.