The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 Episode 15

All My Children

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 16, 2012 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Elena, already upset after learning of Damon's latest indiscretion, is frustrated when none of her friends agree with her on how to handle the Original family's power struggle. Bonnie and Abby, still entangled in the destiny of the Bennett witches, participate in a ritual to appease the spirits of nature. Elijah presents Damon and Stefan with a dangerous ultimatum that puts Elena's life in danger, forcing Damon and Stefan to seek help from Alaric and Meredith with a plan that leads them to a terrifying option.


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  • Superb (Spoilers)

    This entire episode was a serious emotional roller coaster! After everything that's happened I've come to like a few of the originals a lot and now I find myself concerned at their possible departure! I can't imagine this series without Rebekah or Elijah or most of all Klaus anymore. I seriously hope their demise is not what the writers have planned for us. But either way, this is so intense!

    On other events, Damon took one for the Salvatore team by sticking it to Bonnie's mom and sorta indulging in a little self-destructive behavior by sabotaging his chances with Elena when he spent the night with Rebekah. Although, Elena can hardly blame him for that and she really has no right to be upset after the way she rejected him and, aside from that, practically begged Stefan to come back. What's next for Damon and Elena? Or Stefan and Elena for that matter?

    Caroline seems to have done irrevocable damage to her almost non-relationship with Klaus. I hope we haven't seen the last of those two!

    And last but certainly not least, it turns out that I was right about Fell. She's a psycho killer and now Alaric got a first-hand taste of that. Wow, what an episode!moreless
  • Ending The Triangle Or Ending The Show

    At first it was the classic ingridient, The triangle drama and other stuff. but now its time to end it, if this show is gonna go on, the triangle must end and she must choose, the other must find another meaning or/and die. thats just how it is
  • all my children

    that was an amazing episode

    i mean all the emotion and all that revenge

    it was epic i think it was one of the most amazing episodes of vampire diaries
  • Stefan and Damon: Seek & Destroy!

    Given the serialized nature of The Vampire Diaries, the writers cannot afford the luxury of a stand-alone story, and must continue to bleed each episode into one another even when they have very little to run on, like with this episode. We have characters literally stalling the plot in this instance, some incredibly underwritten scenes, and a final scene I wouldn't even class as a couch-hanger, let alone a cliff.

    My main gripe with this episode is that it aims for finale-worthy fireworks, in terms of story, but who are they kidding? We have more than our fair share of waiting before that comes around, so Esther's spell was never going to work. Elena was never really in any trouble. Abbey was such a non-character that her transformation was welcomed rather than something to sympathize with Bonnie over.

    So what actually transpired that has any knock-on effect? Klaus and his siblings know that their mother wants to take 'em out wiccan style. Alaric is shot off-screen so therefore he's PERFECTLY fine. Annnd Bonnie doesn't want to speak with Elena. Fair enough.

    Just a few bite-size thoughts on the rest of the episode:

    - This is the episode that Caroline was to Klaus: one giant distraction.

    - It's just so typical of Elena to gain a conscience AFTER she went through with Esther's binding spell. Uh. I kind of wanted Rebekah to set her on fire this week

    - Speaking of Rebekah, she looked fab! New hair? I guess that's what happens after you have a rough and tumble with Damon.

    - And speaking of Elena, when she finally made it to the anti-vamp chamber, I was dying for her to show Rebekah a bit of sass. Anything, really. A cheeky smile. The middle finger. ANYTHING. ''No Vampires Allowed'' in the most monotonous voice ever, Bella would have given off more sass. Poor show, Elena.

    - Caroline also had amazeball hair this week.

    - When Alaric stabbed Cole I thought the episode finally grew a pair (and I got great flashbacks to Alaric stabbing Elijah last season) but things quickly fizzled out. Le sigh.

    - Seeing Klaus acting like a little schoolboy over Caroline kind of creeps me out.

    - Holding Elena hostage is getting reeaaaallly old. Can she get a superpower, or something? I want a lead female to root for, so that the inner teenage fangirl in me has someone to look up to.

    - Bonnie has literally lost all of her family now. I will eat my hat if she doesn't meet the reaper this season. (Or turn Evil.)

    Yawwwn, I guess. This one felt a little pointless in the grand scheme of things. At least everyone had great hair?

  • All My Children

    All My Children was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The Vampire Diaries and I really enjoyed watching because Esther's plans were coming together utilizing Abby and Bonnie along with their ancestors, Elijah figures out the truth from Elena, and Damon takes action to save Elena. There was action, drama, intrigue as well as great character and plot development. There was some suspense, and I liked how things played out, though I kind of wish there would have been more to it. The twists at the end seemed a little to convenient but they were well executed. I'm glad that certain characters will be around longer, though one may not be. I certainly look forward to finding out what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
Casper Zafer

Casper Zafer

Finn Mikaelson

Guest Star

Claire Holt

Claire Holt

Rebekah Mikaelson

Recurring Role

Torrey DeVitto

Torrey DeVitto

Dr. Meredith Fell

Recurring Role

Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies

Elijah Mikaelson

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene after Damon turns Abby, Esther and Finn disappear from inside of the circle and Kol, Klaus, and Elijah are standing next to each other outside the circle. Immediately after the flames go out, Kol is in the middle of this circle, away from Elijah and Klaus.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Rebekah: You know, I don't know what I want more, to find out we're saved or to find out it's all right to kill you.
      Elena: This isn't my fault. I wanted to get rid of Klaus. At one point, so did you. I didn't know that your mom was planning on killing all of you.
      Rebekah: Do you think I wanna spend what could be the last few hours of my life having idle chitchat with a girl who literally stabbed me in the back? Of course not. But for some reason, everybody seems to want to bend over backwards to save your life. Which is incredibly annoying, but makes you the perfect hostage. So why don't you sit down and shut up before I ruin everything by ripping your head off.

    • Elijah: All my talk of virtue. When it suits my needs, I kill, maim, and torment. Even today, I terrorized an innocent.
      Rebekah: Elena is hardly innocent.
      Elijah: And I used your hatred of her to get what I wanted. Wielded you like I would a sword. My sister.
      Rebekah: You did it to protect us, Elijah, and rightly so. We deserve to live. We are better than they are.
      Elijah: Are we? Mother made us vampires. She didn't make us monsters. We did that to ourselves.

    • Elena: I wish there was something I could do to help.
      Elijah: You know, one thing I've learned in my time on this careful what you wish for.

    • Elijah: (voiceover, as Elena reads his letter) Elena, today I did things I abhor to protect the one thing I value most, my family. If anyone can understand it, it's you. Your compassion is a gift, Elena. Carry it with you, as I will carry my regret. Always and forever, Elijah.

    • Caroline: So what do you want to talk about?
      Klaus: I want to talk about you. Your hopes. Your, your dreams. Everything you want in life.
      Caroline: (laughs) Just to be clear, I'm too smart to be seduced by you.
      Klaus: Well, that's why I like you.

    • Stefan: I lost that coin toss, Damon. It should have been me who turned Abby. Why'd you do it?
      Damon: 'Cause I'm not blind. I see what's been going on around here. You're hanging by a thread, Stefan. Barely over your last ripper binge and all you want is to be the old Stefan again.
      Stefan: That part of me is gone for good.
      Damon: Oh yeah? How long has it been since you had a drop of human blood?
      Stefan: How'd you know?
      Damon: Spend a hundred and forty-six years with someone, you kind of start to pick up on their tells. Answer the question. How long's it been since your last drink?
      Stefan: Since the night I threatened to drive Elena off the Wickery bridge.

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • Featured Music:
      "Poison & Wine" by The Civil Wars
      "Fire Escape" by Civil Twilight
      "Medicine" by We Were Promised Jetpacks
      "Teardrops On My Pillow" by Dum Dum Girls
      "Rubicon" by Ume
      "Guarded" by Kevin Daniel

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, February 16, 2012 on CTV 2
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Sweden: Friday, April 20, 2012 on TV6
      Norway: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 on FEM
      Turkey: Sunday, August 4, 2013 on CNBCe