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Four months after a car accident killed their parents, Elena and Jeremy Gilbert are still trying to adjust to their new lives. Elena bonds with best friend Bonnie and former boyfriend Matt, but Jeremy continues to have issues with Vicki who has stopped hanging out with him. As the new school year begins, Elena and her friends are drawn to the handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. Though Elena and Stefan are drawn to one another, Elena can't help but notice Stephan is hiding a dark secret -- he is a vampire.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 296766
Airdate: Thursday September 10th, 2009

Alternate Airdates:

Netherlands Jan 31, 2010
UK (itv2) Feb 02, 2010


Guest Stars
Chris William MartinChris William Martin
As Zach Salvatore (Stefan and Damon Salvatore's Nephew)

Co-Guest Stars
Cindy BusbyCindy Busby
As Brooke Fenton (Killed by Damon Salvatore)
Steve BelfordSteve Belford
As Darren Malloy (Killed by Damon Salvatore)
Marci T. HouseMarci T. House
As Mrs. Clarke (Mystic Falls High School Secretary)
Wesley MacInnesWesley MacInnes
As Peeing Boy #1 (Seen In Boy's Bathroom)
Curtis LumCurtis Lum
As Peeing Guy #2 (Seen In Boy's Bathroom)
Main Cast
Paul WesleyPaul Wesley
As Stefan Salvatore
Ian SomerhalderIan Somerhalder
As Damon Salvatore
Kat GrahamKat Graham
As Bonnie Bennett
Zach RoerigZach Roerig
As Matt Donovan
Candice AccolaCandice Accola
As Caroline Forbes
Kayla EwellKayla Ewell
As Vicki Donovan
Sara CanningSara Canning
As Jenna Sommers


This episode begins with Stefan Salvatore's voice in the dark. He states plainly that he is a vampire. He's been in hiding for over a century. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 4.91 Million Viewers

Trivia: The episode was filmed in Vancouver during the same time period that 'New Moon,' the second movie in the 'Twilight' series, was filmed.

Location: This is the only episode of 'Vampire Diaries' to be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. The rest of the show has been filmed in Georgia.

Casting: The CW originally wanted to cast
Ashlee Simpson in the role of Elena Gilbert.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
All American RejectsBack to MeElena and Matt talk about their breakup.
Bat For LashesSiren SongVicki wakes up in the hospital.
The FrayNever Say NeverElena invites Stefan into her house.
Katy PerryThinking of YouBonnie and Matt talk in the Mystic Grill.
Mat KearneyHere We GoJenna, Elena and Jeremy get ready for school.
MGMTKidsElena, Bonnie, Caroline and Stefan at Mystic Grill
PlaceboRunning Up That HillZach interrogates Stefan.
Silversun PickupsSort OfCouple drive home from the concert.
StarsTake Me to the RiotJeremy and VIcki talk at the Mystic Grill.
White LiesDeathThe back to school party at the falls.

Episode Quotes
Zach: You don't belong here anymore.
Stefan: Where do I belong?

Elena: Dear Diary, today will be different. It has to be. I will smile, and it will be believable. My smile will say, "I'm fine, thank you. Yes, I feel much better." I will no longer be the sad little girl that lost her parents. I will start fresh, be someone new. It's the only way I'll make it through.

Bonnie: (referring to Stefan) Hold up, who's this?
Elena: All I see is back.
Bonnie: It's a hot back! I'm sensing Seattle and he plays a guitar.
Elena: You're really going to run this whole psychic thing into the ground, huh?
Bonnie: Pretty much.

Stefan: Crow's a bit much, don't you think?
Damon: Wait till you see what I can do with the fog.

Damon: (to Stefan) When was the last time you had something bigger than a squirrel?

Stefan: I wanted to apologize for my disappearing act earlier, I know it was... strange.
Elena: No worries. I get it, blood makes you squeamish.
Stefan: Um, something like that.

Stefan: It's all fun and games, huh Damon? But wherever you go, people die.
Damon: That's a given.
Stefan: Not here, I won't allow it.
Damon: I take that as an invitation.
Stefan: Damon, please, after all these years, can't we just give it a rest.
Damon: I promised you an eternity of misery, so I'm just keeping my word.

Elena: Matt and I together, it wasn't...
Stefan: Passionate.

Caroline: His name is Stefan Salvatore. He's a Gemini and his favorite color is blue.
Bonnie: You got all that in one day?
Caroline: Please. I got all that between third and fourth period.

Stefan: Stay away from Elena.
Damon: I take that as an invitation.

Episode Goofs
Plot Hole:

During history class, there is a note on the board that says that The Battle of Willow Creek took place in 1865. This is the only episode that says this date. From this point on, The Battle of Willow Creek is said to have taken place in 1864.

Cultural References
James Blunt: While driving home from the concert, Darren says that the band they saw sounded like James Blunt.

James Blunt is an English singer-songwriter.

Heath Ledger: While driving Elena to school, Bonnie says that she "predicted Obama, and Heath Ledger."

Heath Ledger was an American actor that died from prescription drug abuse in January of 2008.

Air Supply: Bonnie tells Elena that her ex-boyfriend is probably sad and listening to Air Supply's greatest hits.

'Air Supply' is an Australian soft rock band.

Pete Wentz: Tyler says to Jeremy, mocking him, "Hey, Pete Wentz called, he wants his nail polish back."

Pete Wentz is an American musician who is best known as the bassist and lyricist for 'Fall Out Boy.'

Carson Daly: Jeremy calls Tyler Carson Daly while they are arguing.

Carson Daly is an American television host and radio personality.

Alfred Hitchcock: Elena says that the bird and the fog in the cemetery "was all very Hitchcock for a second."

Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who was famous for his films in the suspense and psychological thriller genres.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBob Levy  |  Julie Plec  |  Kevin Williamson  |  Leslie Morgenstein
CastingGreg Orson  |  Lesli Gelles
LeadmanDan Post
Art DirectorTimothy David O'Brien
Based On The Works OfL.J. Smith
Makeup Department Head Beverly Jo Pryor
ADR MixerJeremy Balko
Hair Department HeadDaniel Curet
TransportBubba Thrift
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