The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 Episode 17

Because the Night

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 21, 2013 on The CW
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    The Vampire Diaries "Because the Night" Review: The Vicious Cycle Turns and Burns

    Welcome back, friends, to another edition of The Vampire Diaries Presents: Flashback Theater, sponsored by Geritol. In this week’s installment, we take you to that seedy, sordid city that never sleeps, New York City 1970s-style.

  • Episode Summary

    Damon understands that Elena needs to get away from Mystic Falls, so he takes her to New York, where he used to live and party back in the 1970s. When Rebekah shows up as well, she is impressed by Elena's secret plan. Flashbacks reveal Damon's wild lifestyle in the 70s underground club scene, along with an encounter with Lexi. Back in Mystic Falls, Caroline and Stefan try to convince Klaus that it would be best for him to help them location Silas, and Bonnie works to keep her hold on reality and determine the best course of action.


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    • Because The Night

      Because the Night was a spectacular episode of The Vampire Diaries. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of character growth and plot progression. I liked how Damon took Elena to the place where Lexi helped him in NYC. It was interesting to see the flashbacks and present day intertwined. I liked how everything played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!
    • Badasses

      Still enjoying Elena's humanity turned off. Plus, her new found friendship with Rebekah didn't hurt either. (Fine, i loved Damon was a bad-ass as usual, making Lexi sleep with him and all and Caroline just killed 12 people without touching them or revealing her fangs. Yup, pretty much everything was perfect except Caroline's and Niklaus' fight (Really not pretty to watch even with good
    • Absolutely Brilliant

      absolutely Brilliant episode , really enjoyed it and that new look on elena very sexy
    • Rebecka and Elena FTW!!

      Really liked this episode and I'm really lovin Rebecka and Elena together!

      I think they writers are doing a great job at humanising the originals, cos lets face it, when they get their own show they can't be the villians all the time. We need to have someone to root for and I will definately be rooting for the Mikaelsons.

      Klaroline was awesome this week, especially when Klaus totally turned Caroline down when she needed comfort because I think it shows that he wants her respect and acceptance and that she's not just another conquest.

      Overall it was a good episode and I can't wait for more Rebecka/Elena next week!moreless
    • Bloody Fun In The Big Apple!

      This episode was amazing!

      We got to see Damon partying it up in 77', it was so awesome to see him being so ruthless, it was also fantastic to see Lexi & Damon back in the day to see their dynamic.

      I loved Elena (and her new rockin' hair do') , Damon & eventually Rebekah, in New York in the same club as Damon & Lexi were back in 77'.

      I also loved seeing Klaus, Caroline and Stefan search for a way to stop Silas.

      Seeing Bonnie's 'witch intervention' was really creepy.

      Also finally seeing Silas and Klaus meet face-to-face was a really great moment this season!

      I am super excited 4 next week cuz KAT IS BACK!! I can't wait to see Elena, Rebekah and Katherine interact!moreless
    Cynthia Addai-Robinson

    Cynthia Addai-Robinson


    Guest Star

    David Alpay

    David Alpay


    Guest Star

    Rick Worthy

    Rick Worthy

    Rudy Hopkins

    Guest Star

    Arielle Kebbel

    Arielle Kebbel

    Lexi Branson

    Recurring Role

    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

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