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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.

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Episode Info

Episode number: 4x2
Airdate: Thursday October 18th, 2012

Director: Rob Hardy
Writer: Jose Molina, Julie Plec

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Oct 22, 2012


Guest Stars
Grace PhippsGrace Phipps
As April Young
Marguerite MacIntyreMarguerite MacIntyre
As Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood
Todd WilliamsTodd Williams
As Connor Jordan
Randall TaylorRandall Taylor
As Pastor McGinnis

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Reilly BurkeMichael Reilly Burke
voiced Pastor Young
Marina DishkaMarina Dishka
As Memorial Attendee
Mary BullardMary Bullard
As Memorial Attendee

Hillary BrantHillary Brant
As Mourner
Michael HowellMichael Howell
As Choir 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


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. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.91 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast member Joseph Morgan (Klaus) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This is the first episode since season three's "Ghost World" not to feature any of The Originals.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The FrayUngodly HourDamon talks to Alaric at his grave.
The Gods Of MachoHurtElena and Stefan make out in the forest.
Kopecky Family BandChangeStefan and Elena drink a bottle of wine.
The Lonely ForestWoe Is Me…I Am RuinedLiz accuses Damon of killing the council members.
Lykke LiYouth Knows No PainConnor asks Matt about what happened to his neck.
Marina & The DiamondsFear And LoathingElena drinks Damon's blood in the bathroom.
St. Phillips Boy's ChoirHow Can I Keep From SingingElena feeds on Matt at the funeral.

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

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.

Cultural References
Bambi: Damon says, about Elena feeding on animals, "You better hope she`s not a fan of Bambi."

'Bambi' is the title of a Disney film from 1942 about a baby deer.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 1: Elena transitioned into a vampire in 4x01 "Growing Pains."

Season 4, Episode 1: Elena chose to be with Stefan in 4x01 "Growing Pains" instead of with Damon.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Leslie Morgenstein
Co-Executive ProducerCaroline Dries  |  Jose Molina
Supervising ProducerChris Grismer
ProducerMichael Narducci  |  Brian Young  |  Pascal Verschooris
Co-ProducerBrett Matthews  |  Lance Anderson  |  James L. Thompson III
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
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