The Vampire Diaries

Season 2 Episode 3

Bad Moon Rising

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Elena, Damon, and Alaric travel to Duke University to study Isobel's research on folklore and paranormal phenomena, hoping to find some clues to the mystery surrounding the Lockwoods. Vanessa, a former student of Isobel's, helps them sort through the research and ends up learning more than she had anticipated. Stefan encounters a terrifying new danger in the woods, and Tyler uncovers a shocking discovery about his uncle Mason.moreless

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  • Call of the Wild

    Tyler's awakening takes place in a completely different setting than Caroline's, his first full moon, apparently, no more important than a contrived field trip to Duke University Elena takes with Damon because the show chooses to remember she's also the biological daughter of Alaric's wife.

    And so, Stefan stays behind to babysit Damon's baby vampire as his brother wonders off with Elena, the "research" led them to discover that, not only werewolves do exist but, in the realm of this how, their bite is deadly for vampires, before Elena remembers she actually has a boyfriend, Stefan remembers that Bonnie also has powers so she takes upon herself the task to spell a daywalker ring for Caroline - off camera - as "uncle" Stefan takes his vampire niece to the same forest uncle Mason roams around in werewolf form.

    A painful incident involving Matt is the one thing Mason needs to realize his mortal enemies are NOT at bay, so an adrenaline charged race ensues, in which uncle werewolf aims to hunt Caroline until the alpha male of his pack orders him to stop: Tyler has saved Caroline from his own uncle.

    Add one lovely kiss between Jenna & Alaric and one would think everything would be okay in Mystic Falls ...that is, until Caroline wakes up with Katherine Pierce hovering over her bed.moreless
  • Great episode!

    This show get's better and better. First I didn't like it at all, but now it's great. Much better then Twilight. And Elena is so freaking cute!!!

    SPOILER ALERT !In this episode the first wolf show it's true form and it's not huge like in the Twilight movies, in this show they look like real wolfs and by that this show get's extra points. ^^ Plus they are naked when they return to human form. No pants like in other movies. =)

    We also meet some new people that might change the story later on.

    77 words... gahh... oh well I don't know what to say. La la la la la la la la 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7,8,9,10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.moreless
  • See Summary

    Bad Moon Rising, the third episode of The Vampire Diaries Second Season, was very alluring and exciting to watch. Perhaps it was Damon's crazy eyes, Caroline's Compulsion, or the Lockwoods mystery unraveling. Bonnie continues to exude a confidence tempered by humility, her Grams would be proud. Stephan could have been a little more agile in the woods, but he continues to charm in a serious manner. Elena is slowly learning more about her origins, and is still the same. Katherine however continues to delight, although she made only a short appearance. I hope to see more of Katherine along with Isobel's Research Assistant. She was very impressive. The Lockwoods mystery is being revealed and I believe we have only glimpsed the begining of what is to come.moreless
  • I absolutely LOVED this episode. Completely breathtaking!

    With 'Brave New World' I felt like all of the good parts were kind of given away in the preview. This was definitely not the case with this episode even though I watched every preview I could find. I like Caroline a lot more as a vampire than as a human even though her neurotic personality is magnified. What can I say I liked the entire episode. There were a lot of Delena moments which I loved. I liked that Damon always steps in to save Elena. And I loved that he was honest with her even though he knew that it would make things worse. I hated that she manipulated him but I also think he kind of deserved it and I'm happy that she didn't forgive him so fast. He needs to learn that actions have consequences and that the bad ones often weigh heavier than the good ones When he accused her of manipulating him I would've answered that she learned it from him. Anyway the Delena moments weren't the only reason I loved the episode. I loved the way Stefan took Caroline under his wing, I think I saw him smile more in one episode than I've seen in the entire last season. I think that the Lockwood history is finally taking form and I love it whereas I found it boring in the beginning. Basically a thrilling episode with good twists and turns.moreless
  • Dramatically Entertaining!

    This was an extremely enjoyable episode. Bad Moon Rising was the perfect combo of drama, suspense, a kind of Elena-Damon resolution and a light touch of humor. I have a new found like for Caroline. She had some killer lines in this episodes. Such as: "So you're saying I'm basically a insecure, necrotic control freak, on crack?" Lines like that were very well timed and made me smile. I also am starting to feel bad for her, she sure has a lot to deal with right now. It's obvious Damon regrets 'killing' Jeremy, maybe not because the act of killing another is wrong, but because he hurt Elena. This maybe because I love Damon so much, but when Elena used him and told his he lost her forever I really though I was uncalled for and cruel. I would have given Damon MAJOR points for honesty! It wasn't easy admitting he didn't see the ring. I mean come on Caroline would have been dead if Damon was set on killing her. I think he's trying to win Elena's friendship back while trying to get over the fact that she doesn't love him, and claims she never will. But other stuff is about to go down!! I doubt Damon is willing to let the fact that a werewolf bite is fatal to vampires go. That should throw a wrench into things. Just as a by the way, have Stefan's eyebrows gotten fuller? I don't know if it was just me but they seemed umm...puffier in this episode. But that's just me.moreless
Courtney Ford

Courtney Ford

Vanessa Monroe

Guest Star

Tiya Sircar

Tiya Sircar

Aimee Bradley

Guest Star

Taylor Kinney

Taylor Kinney

Mason Lockwood

Recurring Role

Susan Walters

Susan Walters

Carol Lockwood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Bonus material from the DVD reveals that Katherine's date of birth is June 22, 1642. However, in season 2 episode 9 it is revealed that Katherine gives birth to her daughter in 1490 and meets Klaus in England in 1492, more than 150 years before her supposed birth.

    • Bonus material from the DVD reveals that Katherine's date of birth is June 22, 1642 which Elena confirms is also her own birth date. That makes Elena's date of birth June 22, 1993 given that her 18th birthday is celebrated in the first episode of season 3, which takes place in 2011.

    • Goof: When Stefan and Caroline join the party at the Lockwood swimming hole, the makeup around Caroline's eyes varies from very dark to barely visible as the scenes change.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Vanessa: Werewolves will attack humans, but instinct and centuries of rivalry have hardwired them to hunt their prey of choice...vampires.
      Damon: Well if werewolves are hunting vampires, I would know about it.
      Vanessa: Not if there aren't that many werewolves left alive. Hundreds of years ago vampires hunted them almost to extinction.
      Elena: Why would they do that?
      Vanessa: To protect themselves. Legend has it that a werewolf bite is fatal to vampires.

    • Damon: (to Alaric) If this wolfman thing is true, I've seen enough movies to know it's not good. It means Mason Lockwood is a real-life Lon Chaney, and that little Tyler punk may just very well be Lon Chaney, Jr. Which means Béla Lugosi, meaning me, is totally screwed.

    • Caroline: (referring to Mason) Why are you looking at him with your serious vampire look?
      Stefan: My wha- My serious vampire look?
      Caroline: Mmm hmm. I mean it's different from your worried vampire look. Neither of which stray too far from your "Hey it's Tuesday" look.
      Stefan: Oh, I get it. Okay. You think I'm, um, you think I'm too serious. Is that it?
      Caroline: I mean I wasn't going to say it like that but...
      Stefan: Hmm.

    • Caroline: So you're saying that now, I'm basically an insecure, neurotic, control freak on crack?
      Stefan: Well I wasn't going to say it like that, but...

    • Caroline: (to Stefan) I haven't been in the sun for days, and everyone's at the swimming hole having fun, and Matt is there, and he finally told me that he loved me, but I've been blowing him off, and now you want me to eat bunnies, and I'm kind of freaking out okay?!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert) does not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Under My Bed" by Meiko
      "In Your Skin" by Lifehouse
      "Fantasy Friend Forever" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
      "Send A Little Love Token" by The Duke Spirit
      "Changes" by Stars
      "Ashes And Wine" by A Fine Frenzy

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, September 23, 2010 on A
      Australia: Monday, September 27,2010 on Go!
      Philippines: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 on ETC
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Latin America: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Norway: Thursday, December 2, 2010 on FEM
      Sweden: Thursday, December 2, 2010 on TV6
      Slovakia: Sunday, January 22, 2012 on Markiza
      Turkey: Sunday, June 3, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Damon: (to Alaric, Elena, and Stefan) Which means, Béla Lugosi, meaning me, is totally screwed.

      Béla Lugosi was a Hungarian actor who starred in a series of horror movies in the 1930s. His most famous role was that of the title character in the 1931 movie Dracula, which has become one of the most iconic fictional vampires in the U.S.