The Vampire Diaries

Season 1 Episode 8

162 Candles

16
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2009 on The CW
8.0
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On his birthday, Stefan is surprised by a visit from Lexi, one of his oldest friends. Elena keeps Stefan at arms length, but Lexi gives her some unsolicited relationship advice. At Damon's command, Caroline tries to get his medallion back from Bonnie. Damon makes a kill that angers Stefan. FInally Bonnie reveals the truth to Elena that she is a witch.

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  • Season 1, Episode 8

    9.6
    I swear. How can anyone not love this show? It's insanely awesome and intense! and not som dumb love triangle which it looked like it was gonna be when it first premiered. In this episode, Stefan gets a visit from a really old friend, Lexi, a fellow vampire. Elena feels threatened when she thinks they are an 'item' and feels weird when she sees Lexi's reaction to her. Lexi asks Stefan whats the deal with her and why does she looks so much like Katharine. It's Stefan's 162nd birthday and they are throwing a birthday party for him, but no one knows its for his birthday. Caroline tries to get Damon's medallion back from Bonnie, who reveals to Elena shes a witch.



    Great Episode. I like where these storylines are going and I think the witch storyline is great!moreless
  • News flash: Stefan smiles!

    8.0
    I liked the opening scene at the police station with Elena and everyone covering for Vicki's disappearance. Damon's affects on Jeremy seemed to have worked well, perhaps even too well- now the kid is actually doing homework and behaving. This is a bad thing why? Elena was concerned, but Damon said he took ALL of Jeremy's suffering away. We'll see if there are any consequences from this (like not remembering his parents) or if this is all for the better.



    An old friend of Stefan's pops up in town- Lexi, a fellow vampire. I admit, I didn't like her opening scene where she tries to "scare" him, as the show plays like Stefan in in danger from an attack. In context, it doesn't really make sense, and the effects looked Smallville-cheap. I didn't think I'd like this Lexi character at all, (seemed like a slutty b*tch) but she ended up being a welcome addition to the Salvatore house. She seemed cool enough, and might even be stronger than Damon. The show did a good job of playing against expectations with her. It was also great to see Stefan being happy for a change! While Elena is trying to distance herself from Stefan, Bonnie comes at her with yet another huge secret. In one of the nicer scenes I've seen on this show, Bonnie goes all "The Craft" on Elena's pillows, and we get a beautiful shot of the young witch using her mind/powers to lift all the feathers and swirl them around her best friend.



    Damon continues his own investigation of the council, which, in all honesty, is for the better good of any vampire in Mystic Falls right now- as suspicion grows. He wants Bonnie's medallion back, though, and hypnotizes Caroline to get it- as well as talks her into throwing a "non-birthday" party for Stefan. That's right, his 162nd! I was amused at Elena's jealousy of Lexi at first impression, but I was also impressed by their heart-to-heart about Stefan at the party (there's a party of fundraiser, or pep rally every week), and was glad to see them bond. The best part of the episiode comes in its final moments. Damon randomly attacked a couple outside, and the surviving girl pointed him out to the police. But from a distance, they assumed she was talking about Lexi, a new face in the small town. Well, they were half-right! Lexi turns, and Damon, to my shock, stakes her right in front of everyone! It's clear he's winning favor with the council and keeping them off his scent, but I was sorry to see Lexi go. She was fun. A well executed scene.



    Stefan in a rage, nearly kills Damon, and in a form of payback for being rescued by him earlier, spares his life. I'm very conflicted with Damon. I think he's easily the best character on the show, and am always impressed with his sharp wit, and overall 'bad boy' image. But they make no bones about him being heartless (like the scenes tonight where he was ruthlessly mean to Caroline). There would be no show if he was killed, so I don't get worried when it looks like he might be. But it would make sense to just kill him and make life better for everyone. The way he manages to hang around is the one contrivance I hope The Vampire Diaries can continue to cleverly write around.moreless
  • A new vampire is in town.. for a while...

    6.5
    It's Stefan's 162nd birthday and a friendly vamp from the old neighborhood comes to pay him a visit. Her name is Lexi and she's at least 350 years old.



    Now to the point. The moment I saw her pinning Damon down and bragging about being older and stronger, I knew at that moment, that she was a gonner. There can't be nobody who is able to bash Damon to oblivion. Neither will either Damon or Stefan get killled, ever. Period. If so, the show is over.

    Everyone else can go. The blonde girl is just used for kicks, Elena is the love interest of the main character. Her little brother is as useless as the other guy, Vicky's brother.



    The witch, I think it's a great storyline and I suppose she's still in development. But I wonder if she'll be almighty given time.. kinda like Willow in Buddy. Started small, sometimes even comical but ended up being one of the powerhouses of the show.



    I know I've been criticizing the show for a long time. It's just that it seems to much to allow Damon to kill so many people like that, whithout any consequences, especially from his brother, who apparently allows and tolerate everything he does.



    Anyways, let's keep watching ok.



    Cheers!moreless
  • Stefan's long time friend Lexi comes to visit him on his birthday. Elena, Matt, and Jeremy are trying to deal with Vicki's loss. Bonnie is beginning to feel her powers. Finally Damon is finding out who knows about vampires and figures out a cover up.moreless

    8.5
    A little disappointed in the direction this show has taken in the last few episodes. Stefan is like one of those characters that wants to save the world but if he needs to make an omelet to do it he isn't willing to break any eggs to make the omelet. His brother pulls what may be the ultimate back stab of one of Damon's best friends for over 100 years and all he does is nothing. Literally nothing. He's coming off looking very poorly. Don't tell me stabbing Damon with a stake is doing anything. That was an emotional reaction and didn't really hurt Damon at all. He should have killed him. I'm not sure what to make of Stefan's reaction. Maybe no one else really matters to him except Elena. One thing is for sure. You don't want to be a female vampire in Mystic Falls. There should be a sign on the outskirts of town with that motto. No Female Vampires Allowed!



    It was unfortunate that the final scene sort of did in the rest of the show which was perfectly fine. We have the Bonnie situation moving forward, Caroline still alive, Jeremy happier but he's actually doing homework etc. which is weird in itself, Matt is still upset about Vicki leaving as far as he knows. Finally we have Elena. Who knows what's suppose to be going on with her. She doesn't want to have anything to do with Stefan, but she keeps showing up where ever he is and is just getting in the way in general. First the house with Lexi and then the party at the bar.



    Overall it is a very strange time in Mystic Falls and we will see where this all takes us. This is getting too much like a soap opera for me like it was after just a few episodes originally. Thanks for reading...moreless
John Gilbert (I)

John Gilbert (I)

Guy

Guest Star

John Michael Weatherly

John Michael Weatherly

Bartender

Guest Star

Kevin Nichols

Kevin Nichols

Deputy

Guest Star

Marguerite MacIntyre

Marguerite MacIntyre

Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes

Recurring Role

Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Kebbel

Lexi Branson

Recurring Role

Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson

Emily Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Stefan is standing outside the police station, the police car he's standing by has the number 162 on it. However, after everyone comes out of the station, the car's number changes to 134.

    • In this episode, Stefan's birthday takes place after the Halloween episode, which means his birthday is in November. However, in the pilot episode Caroline said that Stefan was a Gemini, which means that his birthday would be in May or June.

    • When Stefan leaves the Police Station, the patrol car number is 162, which is Stefan's new age.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Damon: (referring to Lexi's IV bags of blood) Ugh, I prefer mine at 98.6.

    • Elena: Stefan...Stefan!
      Stefan: (referring to Damon) He killed her. He killed Zach, he killed Tanner, he turned Vicki. I have to kill him!

    • Lexi: I'm headed to New York for the weekend. Bon Jovi in the Garden. "Wanted Dead or Alive"! It's our theme song! It'll be a blast.
      Stefan: Hey, do you think that he would actually remember us? That was a pretty crazy weekend, huh?
      Lexi: We can make him remember us.

    • Jeremy: Wanna keep it down over there?
      Jenna: Why, what are you doing?
      Jeremy: Homework.
      Elena: Since when do you do homework?
      Jeremy: I gotta finish this. I'm way behind, and I have a quiz tomorrow, so...
      Elena: What do you think...alien?
      Jenna: Some sort of replicant.
      Jeremy: He can hear you.

    • Stefan: Katherine and Elena may look the same on the outside, but on the inside they are completely different.
      Lexi: Oh, so Elena's not a raging bitch then, huh?

    • Bonnie: (as feathers float in the air) It's true, Elena. Everything my Grams told me. It's impossible, and it's true. I'm a witch.
      Elena: I believe you!

    • Damon: Why are you so mean to me?
      Lexi: Uh, have you met you? You're not a nice person.
      Damon: Because I'm a vampire.
      Lexi: But you're only the bad parts.
      Damon: Teach me to be good.

    • Bonnie: I'm officially worried. What's going on?
      Elena: I'm tired of thinking... of talking. I...
      Bonnie: Can I get a one-line version so I can at least pretend to be helpful?
      Elena: Stefan and I broke up.
      Bonnie: I'm so sorry. Are you okay? Right. Stupid question.

    • Stefan: Elena is... Elena's warm. And she's... she's kind and she's caring and she's selfless... and it's real. And... honestly, when I'm around her... I completely forget what I am.
      Lexi: Oh my God! You're in love with her.
      Stefan: Yeah. Yeah, I am.

    • (Elena is watching Stefan and Lexi playing pool; Damon walks up to Elena)
      Damon: Stefan smiles. Alert the media.
      Elena: You haven't given him a lot of reasons to be happy lately.
      Damon: Oh, you're right. Poor Stefan. Persecuted throughout eternity by his depraved brother. Does it get tiring being so righteous?
      Elena: It flares up in the presence of psychopaths.
      Damon: Ouch. Well, consider this psychopath's feelings hurt.

    • Damon: I have a diabolical master plan.
      Lexi: What is it?
      Damon: Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be very diabolical, now would it?

    • Stefan: (To Damon, after staking him and missing his heart) You saved my life. Now I'm sparing yours. We're even.

    • Lexi: (After Stefan turns down her human blood stash) I'm just jealous of your restraint.

    • Lexi: (To Stefan on his birthday) It's not every day a guy turns 162 years old.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: Thursday, December 10, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Norway: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 on ProSieben
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 on ITV2
      Netherlands: Sunday, March 21, 2010 on Net5
      Sweden: Thursday, March 25, 2010 on TV6
      Slovakia: Sunday, November 28, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 on TVN
      Turkey: Saturday, April 23, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Monday, June 11, 2012 on TV Nova

    • The guy Damon killed was played by John Gilbert, who is also Paul Wesley's stunt double.

    • Although credited, Kayla Ewell (Vicki Donovan) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) do not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Happy Birthday" by The Birthday Massacre
      "Thinking Of You" by Pete Yorn
      "Feel It In My Bones" by Tiesto feat. Tegan & Sara
      "Escape Me" by Tiesto feat. CC Sheffield
      "Tokyo" by Telekknesis
      "Too Close" by Mike Sheridan and Mads Langer
      "All The World" by Fauxliage
      "Love In Your Head" by The Black Box Revelation
      "Yet" by Switchfoot

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lexi: (to Stefan) I'm headed to New York for the weekend. Bon Jovi, in The Garden. Wanted Dead or Alive, it's our theme song!

      Bon Jovi is a rock band that was formed in 1983, led by a frontman Jon Bon Jovi. The song Wanted Dead or Alive came from Bon Jovi's 1986 album Slippery When Wet.

    • Episode Title: 162 Candles

      162 Candles alludes to the 1984 film Sixteen Candles starring Molly Ringwald and written and directed by John Hughes.

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