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The Vampire Diaries: We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

When Stefan confronts Damon with a suspicion about Elena, Damon has no choice but to help Stefan investigate. Searching for answers, Damon and Stefan visit modern day New Orleans to see if they can find anyone who remembers the events of their last visit in 1942, including one of Damon's former flames, Charlotte. Elena, Caroline and Bonnie share a girls' night while the Salvatore brothers are out of town, and emotions run high when Elena delivers some shocking news. At Hayley's urging, Tyler confronts one of Klaus' hybrids, Kimberly, and the situation quickly escalates into violence. Finally, Damon is faced with a heartbreaking decision.

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Episode Info

Episode number: 4x8
Airdate: Thursday December 06th, 2012


Guest Stars
Alyssa DiazAlyssa Diaz
As Kimberly (One Of Klaus' Hybrids, Broke Sire Bond)
Arielle KebbelArielle Kebbel
As Lexi Branson (Stefan Salvatore's Best Friend, Seen In Flashback)
David AlpayDavid Alpay
As Professor Atticus Shane (Occult Professor At Whitmore College)
Phoebe TonkinPhoebe Tonkin
As Hayley Marshall (Werewolf Friend of Tyler's)
Adina PorterAdina Porter
As Nandi LaMarche (Daughter of Valerie LaMarche, Witch)
Madeline ZimaMadeline Zima
As Charlotte (Vampire Sired By Damon In The 1940's)

Co-Guest Stars
Micah Joe ParkerMicah Joe Parker
As Adrian (Klaus' Hybrid Trying To Break Sire Bond)
Takara ClarkTakara Clark
As Valerie LaMarche (Mother of Nandi, Witch)

Greg RementerGreg Rementer
As Navy Sailor
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
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood


The episode begins and Damon wakes up Elena is still there, in her underwear. He's happy. Caroline wants to go to Tyler for advice on the sire bond. Tyler, Hayley and Kim, who broke her bond, oversee Adrian's attempts to break the sire bond to Klaus. At his house, Damon tries to convince Elena to wait to tell Stefan about them, just for one day. She agrees. At school, Elena invites Caroline and Bonnie over to the Salvatores. Bonnie has some new small spells from Shane she wants to try. Shane comes back to his office to find Hayley rooting through his stuff. Once she brings him 12 unsired hybrids, he'll give her information on her biological parents. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.42 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Steven McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Joseph Morgan (Klaus) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: Bourbon Street is New Orleans is famous for its many bars and restaurants.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blue FoundationEyes On FireDamon and Elena wake up together in the morning.
DragonetteLet it GoElena, Bonnie and Charlotte dance and drink.
Duke EllingtonIt Don't Mean a Thing ft. Ivie AndersonDamon and Charlotte at the bar in New Orleans.
Felicia CarterHooray For YouLexi tells Damon not to go to war with Stefan.
Fort LeanThe MallTyler and the hybrids play pool at the Grille.
Junior PromTake It BackElena, Bonnie and Caroline start drinking.
Morning ParadeSpeechlessDamon and Elena talk at the end of the episode.
Pj ParkerSo What Do You SayLexi and Stefan find Damon at the bar.
Tvd Nola BandStop Breaking DownDamon and Stefan walk through New Orleans.
Tvd Nola BandIt Don't mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That SwingDamon and Charlotte meet up at the bar.

Episode Quotes
Elena: What is that face?
Damon: What face?
Elena: That face!
Damon: I'm happy.

Damon: Is it impossible to think that she can have feelings for me?
Stefan: No, it's impossible for her to be so blind that she doesn't see how wrong you are for her.
Damon: You doing what's best for her, or what's best for you?

Elena: Do you girls have any plans tonight? I'm in desperate need of some girl talk.
Bonnie: Yeah, I'm in! Shane taught me some small spells I've been wanting to try.
Caroline: Oh, creepy professor guys is Shane now.
Bonnie: He's not...he's not creepy.
Elena: We're not judging.
Caroline: I am.

Caroline: Ok, if you don't start hugging me back this is gonna get really awkward really fast.
Elena: You've got my hands pinned down.

Lexi: Stefan is better off alone, than with you.
Damon: What makes you think I'm not balanced and restrained?
Lexi: The fact you never have been.

Stefan: You know, prove me you're wrong. Tell her it's okay to drink from a blood bag.
Damon: She can't. Her weird doppelgänger body rejected the blood from the bag.
Stefan: Right, because you told her to. You said she had to drink warm human blood straight from the vein. She almost died to make you happy. Look, just ask her to drink from a blood bag. Tell her how happy you'll be if it works and if I'm wrong, I'll be the first who apologize.
Damon: When her body rejects this blood, which it will, your apology better be epic.

Episode Goofs

When Elena leaves the Salvatore house for school, she is wearing a red scarf. When she arrives at school in the next scene, her scarf is gone.

Cultural References
Episode Title: We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

'We'll Always Have Bourbon Street' comes from a famous quote from the 1942 film 'Casablanca' starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Fatal Attraction: While talking about Charlotte, Damon says he enjoyed her being sired to him until she went "Fatal Attraction" on him.

'Fatal Attraction' is the title of a film from 1987, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, about a woman who becomes obsessed with a married man.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 7: Damon and Elena kissed in 4x07 "My Brother's Keeper" after the Miss Mystic Falls pageant.

Season 4, Episode 7: Stefan forced Jeremy to kill a convicted murderer in 4x07 "My Brother's Keeper" so that his hunter tattoo would spread.

Season 4, Episode 6: Stefan and Elena broke up in 4x06 "We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes."

Season 4, Episode 7: At the end of 4x07 "My Brother's Keeper," Caroline and Stefan figured out that Elena is sired to Damon.

Season 4, Episode 4: It was revealed in 4x04 "The Five" that there is a cure to vampirism.

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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