The Vampire Diaries

Season 1 Episode 15

A Few Good Men

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 25, 2010 on The CW
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Matt and Caroline are surprised when Matt's long-lost mother returns to Mystic Falls. Elena and Stefan are concerned about Damon's new positive attitude, and Alaric makes some surprising discoveries about his past life. Meanwhile, Stefan and Jenna help Elena search for information about her birth mother.

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  • Season 1, Episode 15

    This show is officially my replacement to LOST. Of course nothing ever will come close to being as incredible as LOST, but geez The Vampire Diaries has come pretty darn close. It is practically the best show on television right now, and yes it is on the CW, which it doesn't deserve to be on. It deserves to be on ABC!

    Anyways this episode was so incredible its hurting my mind thinking about how insanely good this episode was, just when you think you have figured everything out, BAM another dang twist!!!

    So, a new vampire has gotten out of the tomb and is friends with Pearl (Anna's mom). We learn more secrets about Elena's birth mother and that it was in fact Alaric's wife. We first think she is dead and that she was killed by Damon, but we then learn that she was turned by Damon and that she is now a vampire! Elena goes to visit Isobel's friend and her visit consists of very suspicious things including giving Elena vervein, and sending a text to someone saying, "she's here". Which must have been sent to this man who Elena see outside of Trudy's house. Elena and Stefan also see this man after Elena thinks Damon killed Isobel and this man tells Elena "stop looking for her!" and then he dies, Elena takes his cell phone. She then later calls the last person on his cell phone and Isobel answers!!

    Plus, in flashbacks, we learn more about Alaric and Isobel's marriage and how she became so obsessed with vampires and that she gave Alaric a special ring that supposedly save his life when Damon tried to kill him!

    Okay, more people need to watch this show, because it IS the best show on television right now!!

    an easy 10/10moreless
  • VD returns!

    After an unnecessarily long hiatus, Vampire Diaries returns, and though new story arcs are beginning, it is clear the break hurt the overall forward momentum of the show. It took a while to get settled back in with the inhabitants of Mystic Falls, and despite the 'previously on...' recap, on several occasions I find myself asking, "Wait, what's going on again?"

    Damon never found Katherine in that tomb, so he's been drowning in the bottom of bottles, and keeping company with weak-minded sorority girls. The character doesn't care about anything anymore, and that kinda sucks because I don't think people realize that Damon and his schemes are kind of what drive the show. Never was that more clear than in a Few Good Men.

    Caroline and Matt are settling into their relationship, but Matt's mom, a new character to the show, has arrived, and Frankly, she isn't very likable at all. For the most part, A Few Good Men was a bit of a slow burn for the audience to settle back into this show as well. The highlight was a bachelor auction that revealed Damon possibly killed Elena's birth mother, but what would have been a great development was washed over, because in the immediate next scene, Elena discovers her mother may still be alive. Damon and that teacher had a cool fight scene, and I was surprised at both the kill, and when he came back to life. The show will get rolling again next week, but hopefully Stephen, Jeremy (MIA this week) and others will have a little bit more to do.moreless
  • Damon is depressed after the Caroline incident. Elena is on to who her mother may be and even stranger it seems to be Alaric's dead wife. Damon is recruited to be in a bachelor raffle. Matt's Mom returns to Mystic Fall's after being dumped by Pete.moreless

    Some interesting revelations in this episode of The Vampire Diaries. There's a couple of problems with that in general. First of all it's been a while since we've seen an episode so we would expect to be weened back into the series. Secondly there are three major revelations that they drop on us all of which I won't mention because they all occur in the last ten minutes.

    We have Damon snacking on sorority girls to get over his depression. At least he's not killing them. The sheriff talks him into being a bachelor for their seasonal raffle. Then it turns out one of the larger revelations comes out about Alaric's wife who also was Elena's mother which will be a major plot in the coming episodes I believe. There is also is a major confrontation with Alaric and Damon which has major consequences as well.

    On a more bothersome note, we have Matt's mother Kelly played by the wonderful Melinda Clarke arriving back in town to cause trouble. She declares that she hates Caroline and in general acts badly towards her for really no reason except that's the way she is. Well we can hope that maybe she gets bitten soon I guess.

    Elena goes to meet a friend of her mother's she finds in an old school photo. The friend knows about vampires and some very interesting minor things happen related to one of the major plot lines revealed at the end of the episode. Elena ends up finding out that Alaric was married to her mother and that Damon "killed" her in North Carolina.

    We also have the other vampire who had been a slave who somehow walked out of the tomb show up. He kills someone even though he seems to feel bad for that when he does it. We have a major revelation to this at the very end of the episode.

    So a lot going on with all of the characters just not much one could mention in a review without ruining the surprises. Now one would think with all these surprises and revelations that this was a really good episode. I would say it was interesting and enjoyable, but not one of the better of this first season. It does one thing and one thing really well. It seems to set up the main stories for the rest of this season. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Good return for TVD!

    VD finally returned after an almost month-long break. The latest episode was good. The Story about Elena's mother Isobel is pretty interesting and a lot of questions came up. Why is she hiding? Who are the people working for/with her? Why are they killing themself for her?

    First I thought that the bachelor auction should be an eye candy for the female viewers but the Stefan-Alaric-scenes were fun to watch. It's a shame that the writers didn't actually kill Alaric off because it would have been a brave move. Besides the solution that Alaric survived thanks to Isobel's ring is very lame.

    This episode also had a nice guest star: Melinda Clarke (Matt's mother). Great to see her on TV again.
  • Looking for truth..

    Ok, this show just manages to turn everything upside down. I most say I think Elena's quest for her real mother was quite good and it just seems that every step she makes.. it just brings her closer and closer to the mess she is in.. That Isabelle is alive? That Isabelle can control others? The deal she is going to hide her..

    Ok.. When that was maybe confusing, and not so sure.. I totally loved Daemon storyline. I mean.. he is just so out of control.. and acting out.. doing all those crazy things like on stage or later on their house.. killing that teacher.. and the twist that teacher was not dead.. that was good..moreless
Mia Kirshner

Mia Kirshner

Isobel Flemming

Guest Star

Sterling Sulieman

Sterling Sulieman


Guest Star

Amanda Detmer

Amanda Detmer

Trudie Peterson

Guest Star

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Kelly Donovan

Recurring Role

Marguerite MacIntyre

Marguerite MacIntyre

Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes

Recurring Role

Malese Jow

Malese Jow


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (sitting next to each other at the bar)
      Damon: Behold the teacher. Don't you have some papers to grade?
      Alaric: It's, uh, more fun with a buzz.
      Damon: Well, most things in life are. Sober's...depressing.

    • Elena: (sarcastically) He's fine.
      Stefan: He's Damon.
      Elena: Maybe this heartache will be good for him. It'll remind him that he has one, even if it doesn't beat.
      Stefan: Won't hold my breath.

    • Stefan: There was a woman you may have known a few years back named Isobel. In North Carolina, at Duke.
      Damon: You want to discuss the women of my past right now, seriously?
      Stefan: You killed her.
      Damon: What's your point?
      Stefan: I just want to know if you remember anything about her.
      Damon: It's like a needle in a haystack, Stefan.
      Stefan: Well think hard, it's important.
      Damon: (whispers in Stefan's ear) Nothing is important...not anymore.

    • Jenna: Listen, there's something else. Mr. Saltzman, Rick, his wife was from around here...and her name was also Isobel.
      Elena: Wait...was? As in...
      Jenna: She died.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy), Katerina Graham (Bonnie), and Michael Trevino (Tyler) do not appear in this episode. This was the first episode where Jeremy does not appear.

    • Featured Music:
      "Black Hearts (On Fire)" by Jet
      "Time Is A Runaway" by The Alternate Routes
      "Your Eyes Are Liars" by Sound Team
      "Real You" by Above The Golden State
      "Winter Night" by Sweet Thing
      "Something In Common" by Free Energy
      "Portrait Of A Summer Thief" by Sounds Under Radio

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, March 25, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: Monday, March 29, 2010 on GO!
      Latin America: Thursday, April 8, 2010 on Warner Channel
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 on ITV2
      Sweden: Thursday, May 27, 2010 on TV6
      Norway: Thursday, September 23, 2010 on FEM
      Germany: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: Sunday, January 9, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: Monday, March 28, 2011 on TVN
      Turkey: Saturday, May 21, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Damon: (to Stefan, referring to the bachelor auction) Hey, are you coming? The Real Housewives of Mystic Falls await.

      This is a reference to a series of reality shows that started with The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006. This was followed by versions in New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Beverly Hills.

    • Alaric: (to Isobel, during a flashback) Look, this is why I love you, because you believe in all of this stuff. So much so that you're making a degree out of it. You're like Mulder, except hotter.

      This is a reference to The X-Files, a TV series that ran from 1993 to 2002. David Duchovny played the role of Fox Mulder, and FBI agent who specialized in cases involving the paranormal.

    • Episode Title: A Few Good Men

      A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, first produced on Broadway by David Brown in 1989. The play was adapted by Sorkin into a screenplay for a 1992 film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Brown and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.