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The Vampire Diaries: Because the Night

Realizing that Elena needs some time away from Mystic Falls, Damon takes her to New York City, where he lived and partied hard in the 1970s. When Rebekah also shows up in New York, she's impressed with Elena's secret agenda. Flashbacks reveal Damon's hedonistic life in the underground club scene and a complicated encounter with Lexi. Meanwhile, Caroline and Stefan try to convince Klaus that it would be in his own best interest to help them track Silas down, and Bonnie struggles to keep her grasp on reality and do the right thing.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x17
Airdate: Thursday March 21st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Apr 09, 2013


Guest Stars
Arielle KebbelArielle Kebbel
As Lexi Branson (Stefan's Best Friend, Helping Damon In Flashback)
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Cynthia Addai RobinsonCynthia Addai Robinson
As Aja (Witch Cleansing Bonnie Of Expression)
David AlpayDavid Alpay
As Silas/Professor Atticus Shane (Working On Expression With Bonnie)
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Katherine Pierce
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Rudy Hopkins (Bonnie's Father, Mystic Falls Interim Mayor)
Dead SaraDead Sara
As Themselves (Plays At The Bar In New York)

Co-Guest Stars
Aaron Jay RomeAaron Jay Rome
As Will (Vampire Working For Katherine)
Adam C. JohnsonAdam C. Johnson
As Party Goer
Emmanuel MatasaruEmmanuel Matasaru
As Annoying Groupie
Holly LynchHolly Lynch
As 70's Girl (Killed By Damon In Flashback)
Judson BlaneJudson Blane
As 70's Guy (Killed By Damon In Flashback)
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


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. ..

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Episode Notes
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.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Cary BrothersLoudmouthDamon has a flashback to the band playing.
Dead SaraAsk the AngelsDamon, Elena & Rebekah have shots at the bar.
Dead SaraLemon ScentRebekah and Elena decide to work together.
The GodzIn The Search Of An AudienceLexi talks to Damon about Katherine at the bar.
Kopecky Family BandHeartbeatRebekah and Elena leave New York in Damon's car.
New CassettesBite Your LipDamon and Elena arrive at the bar.
The Quiet KindArms and EnemiesBonnie wakes up after the witches massacre.
RamonesLet's DanceDamon and Lexi make out during a flashback.
RookieShut Up and DanceRebekah and Elena realize Damon is gone.
Talking HeadsPsycho KillerDamon attacks a couple in New York.
The Young WerewolvesEvil SoulElena talks to Damon about his emotions and Lexi.

Episode Quotes
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.

Episode Goofs

When Klaus walks in on Caroline cleaning up after the party and drinking, she has just finished throwing out a blue plastic cup in the garbage. She them notices him standing behind her and she stops moving, without picking anything else up. The camera angle changes, and Caroline is suddenly holding a red plastic cup.

Cultural References
Episode Title: 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.

The Factory: 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 studio.

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.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 14: Jeremy was killed by Silas in 4x14 "Down the Rabbit Hole" while trying to get the cure.

Season 4, Episode 14: Katherine appeared in 4x14 "Down the Rabbit Hole" and stole the cure.

Season 4, Episode 16: Damon and Elena left for New York at the end of 4x16 "Bring It On" after Elena had a break down.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Leslie Morgenstein
Co-Executive ProducerJose Molina  |  Caroline Dries
ProducerPascal Verschooris  |  Michael Narducci  |  Brian Young
Co-ProducerLance Anderson  |  Brett Matthews  |  James L. Thompson III
Production DesignerChris Cornwell
EditorTyler Cook
CastingGreg Orson  |  Lesli Gelles  |  Marty Keener Cherrix
First Assistant DirectorTony Griffin
Second Assistant DirectorBrandon O'Neil Leonard
MusicMichael Suby
Music EditorStuart Goetz
Music SupervisorChristopher T. Mollere
Costume DesignerLeigh Leverett
Set DesignerSheila Nash
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Production AssistantNicholas Pirro
Supervising Sound EditorJohn Benson
Re-Recording MixerKen Burton  |  Andre Perreault
Director of PhotographyDarren Genet
Story EditorElizabeth R. Finch
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sonnenshine
Set DresserShane Garner
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Makeup ArtistLisa Layman
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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