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The Vampire Diaries: Down the Rabbit Hole

On the island, Damon has an ugly run-in with a Hunter named Vaughn, and realizes he is one of The Five. Stefan confesses his true feelings about the possibility of becoming human again to Elena. When a stunning new piece of information about the cure is suddenly revealed, it changes the stakes for everyone. Jeremy helps Bonnie recognize what is real and what is an illusion, and Shane is comforted by a woman from his past, Caitlin. Back in Mystic Falls, Caroline and Tyler find that their attempt to translate the code on the Hunter's Sword is futile without help from Klaus, who has his own reasons for solving the puzzle.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 2J6664
Airdate: Thursday February 14th, 2013

Director: Chris Grismer
Writer: Jose Molina

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Mar 19, 2013


Special Guest Stars
Jasmine GuyJasmine Guy
As Sheila "Grams" Bennett (Grandmother of Bonnie Bennett, Witch)

Guest Stars
Camille GuatyCamille Guaty
As Caitlin Shane (Atticus Shane's Wife, Witch)
Charlie BewleyCharlie Bewley
As Galen Vaughn (Member Of The Five, Holding Damon Captive)
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
David AlpayDavid Alpay
As Professor Atticus Shane (Occult Professor, Leading Expedition To Find SIlas)
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Katherine Pierce

Co-Guest Stars
John Gabriel RodriguezJohn Gabriel Rodriguez
As Massak (Witch Working With Atticus Shane)
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
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Michael TrevinoMichael Trevino
As Tyler Lockwood


The episode begins in the woods, and one of the five hunters has Damon tied to a tree. He knows all about the crew from Mystic Falls and what they're up to. His mark completed two days ago for no apparent reason, when they killed Kol. He doesn't appreciate Damon's glib approach, so he sticks a metal rod in Damon's neck. His name is Galen. Elena in the meantime calls Caroline to update her on Shane's shenanigans and Damon's disappearance. Elena wants help translating Jeremy's tattoos and wants her to get the sword from Klaus. Caroline goes to look for it. Shane takes Jeremy, Bonnie and Massak the witch to the cave where Silas is. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.31 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast member Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) does not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Rosi GolanBeen a Long DayCaroline tells Tyler that he has to leave.

Episode Quotes
Vaughn: My name is Galen Vaughn and you better start talking.
Stefan: Everyone's here because they wanna be.
Shane: We're gonna raise the most powerful immortal creature that ever was.
Jeremy: Take my hand. I'll get us there.
Vaughn: Your friends will be the end of you.
Damon: You don't know my friends.

Elena: And once again everyone's life is in danger looking for this cure because poor Elena can't deal with being a vampire.
Stefan: No. Everyone's here because they want to be. Not just for you, but for themselves too.

Caroline: Tell me you’re not serious.
Elena: I wish I weren't. When we got back from looking for Jeremy, Shane and Bonnie were both gone, too. Shane needs Bonnie in order to cast the spell and Jeremy’s tattoo in order to find the cure, and he managed to sneak them both out from under our noses.
Caroline: Well, where is Damon in all of this?
Elena: We had an argument. I thought he was just taking a walk, but then when we went to the beach and we saw signs of a struggle.
Caroline: Meaning what?
Elena: Meaning somebody probably jumped him and then grabbed him!

Klaus: Well, might I suggest using the magic of the internet to purchase an Aramaic-to-English dictionary from your nearest retailer?
Tyler: What's Aramaic?
Caroline: It's a dead language. It hasn't been used since, like, biblical times.
Klaus: Qetsiyah's native tongue, I'm guessing. You know, even if you had the best dictionary in the world, it could take days to translate. Perhaps weeks.

Jeremy: Just don't do anything stupid. If your Expression gets out of hand, Shane is the only one that can help you keep it in control.
Bonnie: Don't worry about me. I'm fine. But if Shane tries to lift one finger on his hand to hurt either one of us...I'll kill him myself.

Episode Goofs

When Elena and Stefan are on the cliff talking about the cure, her hair changes from being lying flat down to having just her bangs tucked in behind her ears.


When Damon is attacked by Vaughn, the amount, and pattern, of the blood beneath his nose changes.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Down the Rabbit Hole

'Down the Rabbit Hole' is a reference to the 'Alice in Wonderland' story by Lewis Carroll.

The Davinci Code: Caroline says she knows what the symbol on the handle of the sword is because she has seen 'The Davinci Code.'

'The Davinci Code' is the title of a film from 2006 starring Tom Hanks.

Shrek: While talking to Galen Vaughn, Damon calls him Shrek.

'Shrek' is a fictional character, an ogre, with a Scottish accent played by Mike Meyers.

The Hope Diamond: Shane tells Bonnie that the headstone is more valuable than the Hope Diamond.

The Hope Diamond is a very valuable, large, deep blue diamond that is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

Little Orphan Annie: Klaus calls Tyler "Little Orphan Lockwood" when he gets to Elena's house to help Caroline find the sword.

'Little Orphan Annie' is the title of a daily comic strip by Harold Gray that ran from 1894–1968.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Damon asks Galen Vaughn why he is so worried about "Bonnie the Teenage Witch."

This is a reference to the television series 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch,' starring Melissa Joan Hart.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 13: Professor Shane had Jeremy kidnapped and stole the headstone in 4x13 "Into the Wild" so that he could resurrect Silas without everyone else.

Season 4, Episode 13: Klaus bit Caroline, but then chose to save her, in 4x13 "Into the Wild" because he is in love with her.

Season 4, Episode 13: Damon, Bonnie, Jeremy, Stefan, Elena, Shane and Rebekah travelled to Nova Scotia in 4x13 "Into the Wild" to find Silas and the cure.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Leslie Morgenstein
Co-Executive ProducerJose Molina  |  Caroline Dries
Supervising ProducerChris Grismer
ProducerPascal Verschooris  |  Michael Narducci  |  Brian Young
Co-ProducerBrett Matthews  |  Lance Anderson  |  James L. Thompson III
Production DesignerGarreth Stover
EditorTyler Cook
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 DesignerJohn Moredock
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Supervising Sound EditorJohn Benson
Re-Recording MixerKen Burton  |  Andre Perreault
Director of PhotographyDave Perkal
Story EditorElizabeth R. Finch
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sonnenshine
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Visual Effects ArtistLuke Avery
Makeup ArtistEssie Cha
Set CostumerLa Shan Knox
Department Head HairstylistLori Rozman
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