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The Vampire Diaries: A View to a Kill

When Rebekah turns down Klaus' plea to stop Kol and protect Jeremy, Klaus turns to Stefan for help. After an angry confrontation with her father, Mayor Hopkins, over his unconventional approach to ending the violence in Mystic Falls, Bonnie has a frightening run-in with Kol, followed by an unexpected visitor. Klaus complicates the already tense feelings between Stefan and Damon by revealing a bit of Stefan's personal life, then surprises Damon by asking for personal advice. Elena tells Stefan about her dangerous plan for Jeremy, leaving Stefan in a difficult spot. When the high school's 1980s Decade Dance is cancelled by Mayor Hopkins, Stefan finds a charming way to make it up to a disappointed Rebekah.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x12
Production Number: 2J6662
Airdate: Thursday January 31st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (FOX8) Feb 01, 2013
UK (itv2) Mar 05, 2013


Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Nathaniel BuzolicNathaniel Buzolic
As Kol Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Brother)
Persia WhitePersia White
As Abby Bennett Wilson (Bonnie Bennett's Mother, Vampire)
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Rudy Hopkins (Bonnie's Father, Mystic Falls Interim Mayor)
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
voiced Carol Lockwood
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


The episode begins and Stefan wakes up in bed with Rebekah draped over him. He makes it to the door, where Klaus greets him. Rebekah is annoyed. Klaus is angry because Kol took his daggers, he wants Rebekah's dagger and white oak ash to go after Kol. She says no, she doesn't want to be left defenseless. Klaus makes a pitch to Stefan to get it so they can end Kol's compulsion of Damon and keep Jeremy safe. Bonnie in the meantime calls Elena from dance prep. Elena's on lockdown at home with Jeremy and Matt. She tells Bonnie about her plan to have Jeremy kill Kol. Elena washes her hands and gets burned. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.56 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Candace Accola (Caroline Forbes) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This is the first appearance of Persia White as Abby Bennett Wilson in season four of 'The Vampire Diaries.'

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
7 Seconds99 Red BalloonsBonnie sets up for the decade dance.
The Bird and the BeeManeaterRebekah tries to find something to wear.
Bon JoviWanted Dead or AliveRebekah and Stefan talk at the dance.
Bundle Of Hiss12 GaugeElena calls Klaus as he walks down the street.
Cary BrothersIf You Were HereRebekah gives Stefan a dagger to kill Kol.
The CureLovesongRebekah and Stefan dance at the decade dance.
Trever KeithHalf AsleepStefan and Rebekah arrive at the empty dance.
Wild BelleAnother GirlStefan tries to sneak out of Rebekah's bed.

Episode Quotes
Rebekah: What's going on with you? You're fun tonight.
Stefan: I can't listen to this music without thinking of my best friend, Lexi. We spent most of the '80's together. I remember this one time she snuck us backstage and compelled half the band to do tequila shots with us before the show. She was fearless. Kinda like you.
Rebekah: So, you slept with her, too?
Stefan: No, it wasn't like that. I was just a better person when I was with her. I didn't think I'd ever feel that way again.
Rebekah: Until Elena.
Stefan: Until Elena. And now that's over.

Stefan: They maybe dysfunctional lunatics, but they stick together no matter what.
Elena: We need to find the dagger and use it on Rebekah.

Rebekah: This is my place, Nik and I don't appreciate you invading my privacy like some kind of creeping tom.
Klaus: Well, I apologize for breaking up this sordid little tryst, but I do have some urgent business...or have you forgotten our paranoid brother Kol is running around with the White Oak Stake and homicide on the brain?
Rebekah: He tried to kill me last night. I didn't forget.

Klaus: Hello, mate.
Damon: What the hell are you doing here?
Klaus: Babysitting.

Rebekah: So is everything about the '80's so excessive?
Stefan: It had it's charm. Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler standing outside of a bedroom window with a boombox over his head, desperately trying to get back the girl of his dreams. Princess Bride, Wesley slays giant rats for love. Breakfast Club, one detention turns a bunch of outcasts into allies.
Rebekah: So it was a decade of sentimental drivel as well?
Stefan: Well, I was gonna say love, friendship, possibility of anything happening. You would've loved it.
Rebekah: And why is that?
Stefan: Because as much as we both hate to admit it, we care about those things.

Episode Goofs
Character Error:

While talking to Elena, Kol calls her "Nina." Nina Dobrev is the name of the actress that plays Elena Gilbert.

Cultural References
Episode Title: A View to a Kill

'A View to a Kill' is the title of the fourteenth film in the 'James Bond' series, starring Roger Moore.

Say Anything: While talking to Rebekah about the 80's, Stefan mentions 'Say Anything.'

'Say Anything' is a film from 1989 starring John Cusack.

Princess Bride: While talking to Rebekah about the 80's, Stefan mentions 'The Princess Bride.'

'The Princess Bride' is a film from 1987 starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Robin Wright.

The Breakfast Club: While talking to Rebekah about the 80's, Stefan mentions 'The Breakfast Club.'

'The Breakfast Club' is a film from 1985 starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald.

The Hulk: Damon tells Klaus that he would rather stay in his cell than try to bust out like 'The Hulk' to kill Jeremy.

'The Hulk' is a character from the Marvel universe, played most recently in 'The Avengers' film by Mark Ruffalo.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 11: Damon was compelled by Kol in 4x11 "Catch Me if You Can" to kill Jeremy.

Season 4, Episode 11: Rebekah got possession of the headstone that holds a clue to the location of Silas, and the cure, in 4x11 "Catch Me if You Can."

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 ProducerLeslie Morgenstein  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Julie Plec
Co-Executive ProducerCaroline Dries  |  Jose Molina
Supervising ProducerChris Grismer
ProducerMichael Narducci  |  Brian Young  |  Pascal Verschooris
Co-ProducerLance Anderson  |  Brett Matthews  |  James L. Thompson III
Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorNathan Easterling
CastingGreg Orson  |  Lesli Gelles  |  Marty Keener Cherrix
First Assistant DirectorMichael Allowitz
Second Assistant DirectorBrandon O'Neil Leonard
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerLeigh Leverett
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Supervising Sound EditorJohn Benson
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
Director of PhotographyDave Perkal
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sonnenshine
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Rigging GafferMike Robertson (1)
Makeup ArtistEssie Cha
Best Boy GripScott Satterfield
Special Effects Make-upMiles O'Reilly
Department Head HairstylistLori Rozman
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