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Stefan continues to offer Katherine his support while trying to mask his own pain, until Caroline shows up with an unusual form of therapy. After trying to make amends with Caroline, Elena grows so concerned about Damon that she turns to Aaron for help. Later, when Damon tells Elena about a terrible ordeal in his past that he has kept secret for decades, she shares the disturbing information she just learned about her own family. Finally, Aaron decides on a desperate course of action after a conversation with Dr. Wes.

Source: The CW

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x9
Production Number: 2J7509
Airdate: Thursday December 05th, 2013

Director: Chris Grismer
Writer: Melinda Hsu

Alternate Airdates:

UK (itv2) Feb 25, 2014


Guest Stars
Michael MalarkeyMichael Malarkey
As Enzo
Rick CosnettRick Cosnett
As Doctor Wesley "Wes" Maxfield
Shaun SiposShaun Sipos
As Aaron Whitmore
Trevor St. JohnTrevor St. John
As Dr. Whitmore

Co-Guest Stars
Jason MacDonald (1)Jason MacDonald (1)
As Grayson Gilbert
Judd LormandJudd Lormand
As Joseph Salvatore
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
Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.36 Million Viewers

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

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Buddy StuartA New Pair Of BluesDamon visits Joseph and gets kidnapped.
Buddy StuartI Need YouDamon escapes during the Augustine party.
Buddy StuartNo Other OneDr. Whitmore shows how vampire blood heals.
The ColouristYes YesElena and Aaron talks about Jesse's death.
Deap VallyCreeplifeKatherine writes in her journal angrily.
Eddie RobbinsA Girl Like YouEnzo tells Damon his plan for them to escape.
The HeartsOo-WeeEnzo asks Damon about his girlfriends.
Lee Silver ProductionsI Need YouKatherine and Stefan talk near the fireplace.
Patsy ClineWalkin' After MidnightDamon and Enzo meet in their Augustine cells.
SantogoldMy SupermanCaroline hears Stefan and Katherine kiss.

Episode Quotes
Katherine: What kind of sentimental idiot writes down everything they feel? Is this what the prophecy meant when it said all of the doppelgängers were drawn together like magnets? Because if it is, I want my money back.
Stefan: I'm just trying to make sure you don't slit your wrists.
Katherine: Well this whole neurotic granny vibe doesn't exactly make me want to live. Do you really have nothing better to do than stand there all day and watch me write in cursive?
Stefan: I'm trying to make sure you don't kill yourself.

Elena: How long were you here?
Damon: Five years, give or take.
Elena: Damon, how did you not go crazy?
Damon: Believe it or not, I made a friend.

Damon: Well, he doesn't call, he doesn't write. Of course, neither do I. In all fairness, I am the one that abandoned him on a train platform in the middle of World War II.
Joseph Salvatore: Well, there's always time to be a better man.
Damon: Eh, not sure I got one of those in me.

Elena: Stefan is gonna figure this out. When you don't come home and no one hears from me, he will...he will find us.
Damon: Points for optimism. But unfortunately, Stefan doesn't even know this place exists.
Elena: But you were here for 5 years.
Damon: Yeah, and in the first year, I'd thought he'd rescue me. He didn't. Once I escaped, there was no point in giving him more to feel guilty about, so I never told him what happened here. I never told anyone.

Episode Goofs

When Damon wakes up after being shot in the head he has blood trickling down from head head wound that stops right about level with his eyes. The camera angle changes, when Damon realizes that Elena is gone, and the blood is suddenly all down his face and neck.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Cell

'The Cell' could be a reference to multiple things, outside of the fact that Damon and Elena are locked in cells. 'The Cell' is the title of a film from 2900 starring Jennifer Lopez. 'The Cell' is also the title of a song by Jandek.

Episode References
Season 5, Episode 8: Jesse died in 5x08 "Dead Man on Campus" after it was revealed that Dr. Wes was trying to make vampires that would feed on vampires.

Season 5, Episode 8: Bonnie started going to Whitmore College with Elena and Caroline in 5x08 "Dead Man on Campus."

Season 5, Episode 8: Katherine tried to kill herself in 5x08 "Dead Man on Campus," but Stefan saved her life.

Season 5, Episode 8: Damon was taken captive at the end of 5x08 "Dead Man on Campus" by Dr. Wes for Augustine experiments.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperJulie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson
Executive ProducerLeslie Morgenstein  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Julie Plec  |  Caroline Dries
Co-Executive ProducerPascal Verschooris
Supervising ProducerMelinda Hsu  |  Sonny Postiglione  |  Brian Young
ProducerBrett Matthews
Co-ProducerRebecca Sonnenshine
Associate ProducerKellie Cyrus  |  Ani Arutyunyan
Production DesignerGarreth Stover
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
Key GripJoe Kraft
Set DecoratorKaren Bruck
Property MasterJoe Connolly
Supervising Sound EditorAndrew Dawson
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
LeadmanTroy Borisy
GafferStar Barry
Director of PhotographyDarren Genet
Story EditorElizabeth R. Finch
Stunt CoordinatorJohn Medlen
Art DirectorMichael Ward
Sound MixerPatrick Hanson
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
AssistantMissy Woodward
Casting AssociateStacey Taylor-Singerman
Makeup ArtistMark Sanchez (1)
Writers' AssistantMatthew D'Ambrosio
Department Head HairstylistDaniel Curet
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