The Vampire Diaries

Growing Pains

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 10/11/12
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  • Episode Description
  • Elena wakes up the morning after the accident to discover that her greatest fear has come true: she died with vampire blood in her system and must now decide whether to suffer through the terrible transition to become a vampire or face death. Stefan promises Elena that he and Bonnie will explore every possible solution to her predicament, but Damon is furious with Stefan for saving Matt instead of Elena. Bonnie faces extreme consequences after attempting to help Elena, and Damon focuses his frustration and anger on Matt. In a rare moment of empathy, Rebekah is touched by Stefan and Elena's love for one another. Pastor Young and the Town Council members start to round up the vampires and their supporters, but their efforts lead to a surprising tragedy.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joseph Morgan

    Klaus Mikaelson

  • Candice King

    Caroline Forbes

  • Nina Dobrev

    Elena Gilbert

  • Katerina Graham

    Bonnie Bennett

  • Steven R. McQueen

    Jeremy Gilbert

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  • Quotes (7)

    • Stefan: (opening voiceover) Mystic Falls. I was born here. This is my home.
      Damon: And mine.
      Elena: And mine.
      Stefan: For centuries, supernatural creatures have lived among us.
      Caroline: There are vampires, werewolves, doppelgangers.
      Bonnie: Witches.
      Klaus: And even hybrids.
      Bonnie: There are those who protect them.
      Jeremy: And those who want them dead.
      Elena: They're our friends.
      Klaus: Our enemies.
      Elena: The ones we love.
      Klaus: And the ones we've lost.
      Elena: And then there is me. I'm human. At least I was.

    • Matt: Just stop! Stop saving me.
      Stefan: What the hell is your problem?
      Matt: What do you want me to say, thank you? Because honestly, I wish you'd just let me drown.
      Stefan: What, you think you were my first choice?
      Matt: Elena's a vampire because of me. I have to live with that every day for the rest of my life.
      Stefan: No, no, no. You don't have to live with that, you get to live with that. Because Elena put your life before her own. So every morning when you get out of bed, you sure as hell better earn it.

    • Stefan: Damon was right. You should have fed this morning. I'm so sorry.
      Elena: Don't be. You had hope. That's all I ever wanted you to have. And you had it.
      Stefan: I love you so much.
      Elena: Do you know why I was even on that bridge? I was coming back for you, Stefan. I had to choose, and I picked you. Because I love you. No matter what happens, it's the best choice I ever made.

    • Elena: If it had been you at the bridge last night and not Stefan, and I begged you to save Matt--
      Damon: I would have saved you! In a heartbeat, no question.
      Elena: That's what I thought. And Matt would be dead couldn't let go. Matt would be dead!
      Damon: But you wouldn't be! And you would have gotten to grow up, and had the life that you wanted, the life that you deserve. And I know that I didn't use to get that, but I do now and I wanted that for you, Elena. And I would have gladly have given it to you and let Matt die because I am that selfish. But you knew that already. The first night we met's not all that you remember.

    • Meredith: When Caroline called to say she got away, did she know where they were planning to take her?
      Sheriff Forbes: No, just that she was in some van in the middle of nowhere and that she managed to escape.
      Damon: Perfect. We've narrowed it down to nowhere.

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    Notes (3)

    • Matt Davis (Alaric) is no longer credited as a series regular.

    • Featured Music:
      "Twice" by Little Dragon
      "Whirring" by The Joy Formidable
      "Wait For The Morning"by Amy Stroup

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, October 11, 2012 on CTV 2
      United Kingdom: Monday, October 15, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Norway: Thursday, November 1, 2012 on FEM
      Sweden: Saturday, January 26, 2013 on TV6

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    • ag90_90 Jul 12, 2013

      how do you watch the episode?

    • EffieMelody Oct 16, 2012

      So what is going to happen next?? Is there going to be a season 5?? I hope there is!!

    • bethbelsham Apr 23, 2013

      season 5 and 6

    • linedybroncos Apr 01, 2013

      Is there a way I can watch the episodes on this website or is this just for reviews?

    • TrueTvWatcher Oct 12, 2012

      I LOVE Vampire Women!

    • thorswitch Oct 12, 2012

      WTF was up with the pastor at the end???? Bizarre cliffhanger, GREAT episode! I watched the first three seasons over the course of the summer (most in about 2 days) so I'm not used to cliffhangers I can't see resolved as soon as I can start playing the next episode, so this is gonna be a WEIRD week for me - hehe :)

    • mmmshuddup Oct 12, 2012

      I know right. I truly have no idea what to expect with that now..

    • etong87 Oct 10, 2012

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