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On Graduation Day, Mystic Falls is overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores and fulfilling their supernatural destinies. Damon's life is in danger after a ghostly encounter, while Matt and Rebekah join forces to battle a ghost determined to find the cure. As everyone gathers for the graduation ceremony and the ghosts converge, help comes from an unlikely hero. Caroline receives a touching and unexpected graduation present, and Bonnie's plan leads to the closing of the veil. Elena makes a decision about the Salvatore brothers and faces an epic confrontation with Katherine. Finally, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x23
Production Number: 2J6673
Airdate: Thursday May 16th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) May 21, 2013


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

Guest Stars
Claire HoltClaire Holt
As Rebekah Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Klaus' Sister)
Matthew DavisMatthew Davis
As Alaric Saltzman (Elena And Jeremy's Former Guardian)
Nathaniel BuzolicNathaniel Buzolic
As Kol Mikaelson (One Of The Originals, Appears As A Ghost)
Arielle KebbelArielle Kebbel
As Lexi Branson (Stefan Salvatore's Best Friend, Appears As Ghost)
Susan WaltersSusan Walters
As Carol Lockwood
Todd WilliamsTodd Williams
As Connor Jordan (Vampire Hunter, Apears As Ghost)
Paul TelferPaul Telfer
As Alexander (Member Of The Five, Appears As A Ghost)
Charlie BewleyCharlie Bewley
As Galen Vaughn (Member Of The Five, Appears As A Ghost)
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Mayor Hopkins (Bonnie's Father, Mystic Falls Interim Mayor)
Cynthia Addai RobinsonCynthia Addai Robinson
As Aja (Witch Who Tried To Bonnie Of Expression)
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Katherine Pierce

Co-Guest Stars
Micah Joe ParkerMicah Joe Parker
As Adrian (Klaus' Former Hybrid, Appears As A Ghost)
Vincent FarrellVincent Farrell
As Stefan Double
Thomas DouttThomas Doutt
As Student in Graduation

Emily PierceEmily Pierce
As Student
Sarah AcostaSarah Acosta
As Student
Lashone GarthLashone Garth
As Parent Family Member
Malcolm F. JohnsonMalcolm F. Johnson
As Student in Graduation Line
Josh TippeyJosh Tippey
As Camera Phone Graduate
Josh Turner (2)Josh Turner (2)
As Family Member
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
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes


Chairs have been set up on the high school football field for graduation, Kol addresses all the victims of the massacres who have risen since the veil dropped. Lexie enjoys her return to the living by rocking out to 80’s Bon Jovi with Stefan. Damon returns, wondering if they should do something about the supernatural apocalypse. Stefan plans to drink. Bonnie calls Caroline explaining that she hit a snag putting the veil back up. She has to wait until the full moon tonight to have enough power to do it...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.24 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast member Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) does not appear in this episode.

Trivia: This episode aired on May 16th, Joseph Morgan's 32nd birthday.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bon JoviYou Give Love a Bad NameLexi and Stefan drink and dance.
Cary BrothersBelongElena tells Damon that she loves him.
Delta RaeDance in the GraveyardsElena eats lunch with Jeremy and Alaric.
Liz LawrenceWhen I Was YoungerJeremy tells Bonnie he's ready to cross over.
Olivia BroadfieldGoneEveryone's names are called at graduation.
S. CareyIn the StreamMatt tells Rebekah he'll go on the trip with he.

Episode Quotes
Stefan: Damon, help me celebrate my seventeenth high school graduation. Hey, you remember my friend Lexi, of course?
Damon: Lexi, back from the dead? Goodie.
Lexi: What's up, buzzkill.
Damon: Stefan, are you just going to sit there and let her enact her ghostly revenge?
Stefan: You reap what you sow, buddy.

Elena: (eating hamburgers) No grease on the other side, huh?
Alaric: You have no idea how much I missed this.

Jeremy: Look, Elena. You're my sister and I love you. No matter what you choose.
Damon: How is it that even when you're dead you're the bane of my existence?

Caroline: Klaus, now is not the time to decide that you're over me. I'm going to call you every ten minutes until you get your ass over here to save Damon's life.

Stefan: Hey Damon.
Damon: Yeah?
Stefan: I'm not happy about Elena...but, I'm not not happy for you either. I just want you to know that.
Damon: Thanks brother.

Episode Goofs

When the group is standing together before the graduation ceremony and talking, Caroline's tassel on her hat laying towards the front. She yells "group hug" and everyone moves in. The camera angle changes, and Caroline's tassel is laying on the back of her cap.


When Katherine is attacking Elena there are a lot of scratches and blood on her forehead when she is seen from above. When the camera angle changes to the side, there is a small amount of blood between Elena's eyebrows, but the rest of the scratches and blood on her forehead have disappeared.

Cultural References
Dance Party USA: Damon tells Stefan and Lexi that they should be solving the problem with the veil, instead of having a 'Dance Party USA.'

'Dance Party USA' is a television show that ran from 1986 to 1992.

Episode References
Season 4, Episode 22: Bonnie opened the veil to the other side in 4x22 "The Walking Dead."

Season 4, Episode 22: Bonnie died at the end of 4x22 "The Walking Dead" while performing a spell that would hopefully allow Jeremy to stay alive.

Season 4, Episode 21: Elena turned her humanity back on in 4x21 "She's Come Undone," after she thought that Matt had died.

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 DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Assistant EditorPeter Lam (1)
Supervising Sound EditorAndrew Dawson
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
ResearcherMatthew D'Ambrosio
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
ElectricianMark Jeevaratnam
Makeup ArtistLisa Layman
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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