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The Vampire Diaries: American Gothic

Elena and Rebekah take off in search of Katherine and find themselves in a small town in Pennsylvania, where Elena has a surprising encounter with another old acquaintance -- Elijah. Stefan and Damon are both concerned about Elena's state of mind and are determined to do what's best for her, but she makes it clear that helping her will be difficult. Damon is not sure how to react when Stefan reveals his unexpected plan for the future. Meanwhile, in Mystic Falls, Klaus receives Caroline's reluctant help and comes to a new understanding of Silas' powers.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x18
Production Number: 2J6668
Airdate: Thursday March 28th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Apr 16, 2013


Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
As Elijah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Brother)
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Katherine Pierce

Co-Guest Stars
Mackenzie BrittMackenzie Britt
As Elena Double
Emily MorrisEmily Morris
As Lanie (Woman Who Tells Elena About Katherine)
Reegus FlenoryReegus Flenory
As Mailman (Man Elena Asks For Her Mail)
Samantha KachoSamantha Kacho
As Jolene (Sees Katherine Get Stabbed In The Hand)

Cameron MillsCameron Mills
As School Kid
Taylor HallTaylor Hall
As Diner Patron
Main Cast
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Elena Gilbert
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes


The episode begins with Elena pulling over her stolen Porsche in the third city in their Katherine search. Elena says she's hungry and goes to feed on a woman on the street. The woman addresses Elena as Katherine and tells her to feed from her wrist not her neck. Rebekah and Elena realize they have stumbled upon Katherine’s hideout. The woman doesn't recognize Katherine's name when Rebekah says it. They figure Kathrine’s compelled people to forget about her unless they were talking to her. The woman tells Elena she had promised they could all be friends as long as they kept her secret, but she doesn’t seem to know what it is. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.46 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: The scenes that are filmed in the small town of "Willoughby" were shot in Stone Mountain Village in Stone Mountain, Georgia

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Civil WarsForget Me NotPlays in the background at the cafe.
Don GallardoDays Long GoneKatherine, Elena and Rebekah make a plan.
Young SummerWhy TryElena, Stefan & Damon talk about the cure.

Episode Quotes
Elijah: You've abandoned your emotions. Why?
Elena: My brother's dead. Your girlfriend killed him. You didn't know? Of course you didn't.
Elijah: She lied.
Elena: I hate to say 'I told you so', but... duh.

Damon: Do you know where she is?
Katherine: I can give you a hint. Start by looking at the town morgue. She's probably dead. She went to meet up with a friend of mine. You may know him. An Original brother, impeccable taste.

Rebekah: I want to be human again.
Elijah: How do you know that being human is the answer you're looking for? I mean, it's nothing but a romantic notion. The grass won't necessarily be greener, Rebekah.
Rebekah: You might be right. But I don't care. I want to live a simple life as a normal person and when it ends, it ends. We've had twenty lifetimes together, Elijah. Isn't that enough?
Elijah: I just don't understand. I mean, why must you always consider our family a burden? "Always and forever." I mean, those words are as important to me today as they, as they ever were.
Rebekah: You will always be my brother and I will never stop loving you, but now it's time for me to live and die the way that I choose. Not the way you and Nik want me to. Please. Please just give me the cure.

Damon: Elijah's here?
Stefan: Well, you sort of have to question Elijah's impeccable taste if he's friends with you.
Katherine: Oh, when I say "friend," I mean "friend." It probably took him about 10 seconds to realize that she wasn't me. At which point he probably yanked her heart right out of her chest.

Episode Goofs

The direction that the handle of Elena's coffee cup faces changes, as the camera angle changes, without Elena ever touching it.

Cultural References
Episode Title: American Gothic

'American Gothic' is the title of a painting by Grant Wood that is currently located in the Art Institute of Chicago.

There Goes the Neighbourhood: When Damon and Stefan show up at the diner, Rebekah says 'well there goes the neighbourhood.'

'There Goes the Neighbourhood' is the title of a book by William Julius Wilson and Richard Taub.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 17: Elena and Rebekah stole Damon's car at the end of 4x17 "Because the Night" to go and search for the cure.

Season 4, Episode 17: Klaus was stabbed by Silas in 4x17 "Because the Night," and a piece of the stake was left inside of him.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerLeslie Morgenstein  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Julie Plec
Co-Executive ProducerCaroline Dries  |  Jose Molina
ProducerPascal Verschooris  |  Michael Narducci  |  Brian Young
Co-ProducerBrett Matthews  |  Lance Anderson
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
Production CoordinatorAmy Chance (1)
Supervising Sound EditorAndrew Dawson
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
Director of PhotographyDave Perkal
Story EditorElizabeth R. Finch
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Copeman
Post Production CoordinatorNantale Corbett
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
Executive Story EditorRebecca Sonnenshine
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Digital Imaging TechnicianEric Henson
Makeup ArtistLisa Layman
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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