The Vampire Diaries

The Ties That Bind

Season 3, Ep 12, Aired 1/19/12
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  • Episode Description
  • Bonnie believes her dreams she's been having about Klaus's coffins will help her figure out how he can be killed. The recurring dreams also lead Bonnie to a reunion with her mother, Abby, whom Bonnie hasn't seen for 15 years. When they visit Abby's farmhouse, Bonnie and Elena meet Jamie, a young man Abby took in years earlier. Though Bonnie's sudden appearance catches Abby off-guard, she does her best to explain the past. Tyler turns to an unexpected ally as he works to regain his free will. Damon is intrigued by Dr. Fell, and Klaus and Stefan continue their violent negotiations over control of the coffins containing Klaus's family members.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matthew Davis

    Alaric Saltzman

  • Joseph Morgan


  • Candice King

    Caroline Forbes

  • Nina Dobrev

    Elena Gilbert

  • Katerina Graham

    Bonnie Bennett

  • Photos (3)
  • Fan Reviews (11)
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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Stefan: You've changed. Something's different about you. You're stronger, tougher.
      Elena: You're not the only one who changed, Stefan. We all had to.
      Stefan: That's good to know.

    • Dr. Fell: Why do you even care?
      Damon: Because Ric likes you. And if you're a psychopath, that would really suck for him.
      Dr. Fell: You think I killed my ex-boyfriend?
      Damon: I think psychopaths are incredibly high-maintenance.

    • Stefan: I shouldn't have kidnapped you. The car, the bridge, it was too far.
      Elena: Thank you.
      Stefan: But you shouldn't have lied to me today. You can't go off and do things like that, Elena. Not while Klaus is still alive.
      Elena: I know. I just, I wanted to give Bonnie a moment with her mother, without everything else getting in the way.
      Stefan: Without me getting in the way.
      Elena: I didn't plan on kissing him.
      Stefan: You're better than him, Elena. You're better than both of us.

    Notes (3)

    • Although credited, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) and Zach Roerig (Matt) do not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Code Red" by The Boxer Rebellion
      "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys
      "Money Saves" by Delta Spirit
      "Rewind (Acoustic)" by Diane Birch

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, January 19, 2012 on CTV 2
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Sweden: Friday, March 30, 2012 on TV6
      Norway: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 on FEM
      Turkey: Sunday, July 21, 2013 on CNBCe

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