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The Vampire Diaries: Original Sin

When Elena and Katherine have the same dream that Stefan is in danger and desperately needs their help, they convince Damon to help them find Stefan. However, their plans are thwarted by a mysterious young woman named Tessa who seems to know everything about Stefan's history. In flashbacks to a distant time and place, Tessa reveals the shocking secrets in her past and what she has planned for the future. She also has a disturbing message for Damon about his own future. Silas forces an unwilling accomplice to help him search for Katherine, leading to a confusing and life-threatening situation for Matt. Finally, Silas reveals the reason he's determined to find Katherine, and Damon and Elena face a disturbing new reality.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x3
Airdate: Thursday October 17th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Nov 12, 2013
IE (TG4) Jun 17, 2014


Guest Stars
Janina GavankarJanina Gavankar
As Qetsiyah/Tessa
Olga FondaOlga Fonda
As Nadia Petrova
Main Cast
Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
As Elena Gilbert
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Zach RoerigZach Roerig
As Matt Donovan
Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.93 Million Viewers

Casting: Main cast members Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) do not appear in this episode.

Trivia: Nina Dobrev plays three different roles in this episode: Elena, Katherine and Amara.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bass Drum Of DeathWay OutElena dreams about Stefan attacking the bartender.
EmpiresHello LoverKatherine tells Elena and Damon she's going too.
Fitz & The TantrumsDear Mr. PresidentSilas talks to Nadia about killing Matt.
J. Roddy Walston & The BusinessHard TimesDamon talks to the bartender about her neck bite.
MetricBreathing UnderwaterKatherine and Elena talk about their dream.
Sara BareillesSatellite CallElena and Damon talk about Qetsiyah, Stefan wakes.

Episode Quotes
Katherine: Shotgun! What? I get carsick in the back seat. Another charming human side effect you stuck me with.
Elena: Please tell me that she's not coming.
Damon: Trust me, I have no interest in Katherine's well being, but for some reason Silas wants her real bad and if Silas wants her I want her more.
Elena: Can't we just stash her in the cellar? Or maybe a deep, dark well with a pair of water wings?

Qetsiyah: I'm Qetsiyah, that sane, rational, well-adjusted woman you seem to know so much about. Clearly you've heard the man's version of the story, the one where I'm a back stabbing lunatic that ruined everything for Silas, a raging bitch-witch, whose obsession with vengeance created a whole new dimension of suffering in the afterlife!

Stefan: So, Silas was the first version of me and your friend was the first version of Elena?
Tessa: Amara was hardly a friend. When they drank the immortality elixir, they violated the natural law that all living things must die. So nature found a balance by creating mortal shadow selves.
Stefan: Doppelgängers...
Tessa: Like you...and Katherine, and Elena. All caused by the ripple effect from Silas and Amara's sin.

Katherine: Do you really think that I want to take a road trip with you? America's most boring, self-righteous, vampire. Just remember, Damon wouldn't have to play bodyguard if you hadn't shoved that cure down my throat.
Elena: You were trying to kill me!
Katherine: I will admit, though, I take great pleasure in knowing that you wasted your one shot at human life on me.
Damon: Alright, play nice. Or I'm going to revisit the deep, dark well idea.

Episode Goofs

The blood pattern on Stefan's chin changes between shots from when he is inside the bar to when he goes outside the bar a second later.

Crew or Equipment Visible:

When Silas is talking on the phone to Nadia while driving, the shadow of a crew member can be seen walking by his car window.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Original Sin

'Original Sin' is the title of a film from 2001 starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas. It is also the title of a song by Elton John. It may also be a reference to the Original Sin from Christian theology,

Episode References
Season 5, Episode 2: The coffin that contained Stefan was found at the end of 5x02 "True Lies" with the body of a person Stefan attacked inside.

Season 4, Episode 23: Elena forced Katherine into taking the cure in 4x23 "Graduation."

Season 5, Episode 1: Caroline and Elena started college in 5x01 "I Know What You Did Last Summer," where their room-mate was killed by a vampire on the first day.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerCaroline Dries  |  Leslie Morgenstein  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Julie Plec
Co-Executive ProducerPascal Verschooris
Supervising ProducerMelinda Hsu  |  Sonny Postiglione  |  Brian Young
ProducerBrett Matthews
Co-ProducerRebecca Sonnenshine
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
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