The episode begins with a young man and woman walking down a New York City street after dark. They see a body lying motionless on the sidewalk. In the flash of an eye, the body is gone and is replaced by the young woman. Her boyfriend panics as Damon approaches. Damon chomps on the man's neck. The year is 1977. Flash forward to present day and Elena and Damon are strolling down the bustling streets. Damon tells Elena there's so much life all around that a little death goes unnoticed. Stefan calls and with Elena out exploring, Damon explains that he organized this little field trip to hunt down a lead in the search for the cure. ..Read the full recap
Ratings: 2.65 Million Viewers
Casting: Main cast members Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) do not appear in this episode.
Trivia: The scenes featuring New York City were shot in downtown Atlanta, GA.
Stefan: What do you mean, you took her to New York?
Damon: Relax, this joyride is actually a cure hunt.
Klaus: Desperate times, I take it.
Caroline: What are you doing here?
Klaus: Not judging you, for starters. Although, if you are determined to get drunk, then perhaps I might recommend something a little more sanitary.
Elena: Is this allowed? What would Lexi say?
Damon: Lexi thought the only way I would turn my emotions back on was if I started enjoying my life again.
Rebekah: Do not tell me she took you to Bon Jovi concerts too.
Damon: No. Wrong decade. Lexi was not allowed to feed with Stefan. I didn't have that problem. And neither do you.
Rebekah: So you really buy all this?
Elena: Not one bit. I know he's after the cure. I'm not stupid.
Rebekah: Well, let's not say things we don't mean.
Damon: That's the beauty of New York: so much life that so little death goes unnoticed. Let's go grab some lunch.
Because the Night
'Because the Night' is the title of a song by Patti Smith
and Bruce Springsteen
. It was performed live for the first time at CBGB in New York City on December 30, 1977.
The Son of Sam: When Damon is attacking the couple in New York in the flashback at the beginning of the episode, he is asked if he is "The Son of Sam."
'The Son of Sam' was a serial killer that operated in New York in the late 1970's.
Marcus Junius Brutus: When Klaus is talking to Caroline about Tyler, he says to her "Do you happen to know where the young Brutus is?"
'Brutus' was the politician living in Roman Republic who took a large part in the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Billy's Topless: When Damon talks to Elena about spending the 70's in New York, he says that "Billy's was the underground of the underground."
'Billy's Topless' was a bar that was popular in New York City in the 1970's.
When Damon talks to Elena about spending the 70's in New York, he says that "The Factory was too clean."
'The Factory' was the name of Andy Warhol's
CBGB: When Damon talks to Elena about spending the 70's in New York, he says that "CBGB's was too high profile."
CBGB was the name of a bar in New York City that was popular for Punk and New Wave bands.
Mother Teresa: Damon tells Rebekah that Lexi had a Mother Theresa complex.
Mother Teresa was an Indian Roman Catholic Religious Sister known for her extraordinary humanitarian efforts all over the world.
Jon Bon Jovi:
Rebekah asks Damon if Lexi took him to Bon Jovi concerts to help him in the 70's.
Jon Bon Jovi
is an American recording artist.
Ferdinand Magellan: Klaus tells Caroline that he was friends with Magellan.
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organised the very first expedition of the Earth.