The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 Episode 13

Bringing Out the Dead

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2012 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Sheriff Forbes delivers some unsettling news to Alaric and Elena about the murder weapon used in a recent killing. In Damon and Stefan's ongoing mission to kill Klaus, Stefan turns to Bonnie and Abby for help, and Damon seeks out to an old acquaintance to help him put together an elaborate plan. With a plan of his own, Klaus hosts an unusual dinner party, where he reveals another story from his family's violent history, but a surprise visitor brings the party to an abrupt end. Meanwhile, Caroline's heart is broken when she is unable to prevent a tragedy.


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  • What the heck!

    At this point I've completely overused the phrase "I didn't see THAT coming!" Honestly, I don't know what else to say. This series manages to something like that almost every episode, like they're cramming half of a season into 43 minutes! Seriously, think about everything that happened just in season 1.. You could easily make that into at least two full seasons. Anyway, this was by far a spectacular episode hands down.

    I almost agree with nairhart01 except that there is at least one other episode that I liked as much or more than this one. Nevertheless, Bringing Out The Dead was a doozy.

    One question remains: who is killing all of these people on the founder's council? Part of me doesn't buy all of Fell's alibis but another part is starting to think that Alaric did it..moreless
  • Family Reunions Suck. Arf!

    Definitely an improvement over last week, ''Bringing Out the Dead'' certainly has its moments, particularly towards the end, but character decisions and spotty dialogue, red herrings and an odd cliff-hanger, make for a somewhat mixed bag. Still, as bags go, it's fairly watchable stuff, in a mixed sort of way.

    Did Katherine help Elena out with her scenes this week, or was it just me? Elena seemed to start up every scene for the first 15 minutes, randomly lurking in caves and hospital corridors like she had some secret teleporting device at the ready. She was everywhere and anywhere, helping other characters begin their own individual plots simultaneosly. And while I'm on the subject of Miss Doppleganger, did anybody else find it laughable that Elena met Caroline's idea of forcefully turning her father with a pro-choice response? Uhm, Elena, Jeremy much?!

    One of the fun things with the episode was finding all of those cop-out corpses of main characters show up everywhere. Bill died, then he didn't. Then he died again in a more typically CW setting. Tears, music, the works! I honestly didn't care for this and I will not respond to it [/Lucille Bluth]. And then Alaric is found half-murdered and it's up to Elena to full-murder him! That was some intense stuff, I must admit. Kinda funny, but still, intense stuff. And once again, I must roll my eyes at Doppleganger and her new side-kick, Matt. Of ALL the houses in all of the towns, when the electricity isn't working, please, for the love of Klaus, take it as a warning sign not to enter. Ever.

    But who is doing a horrible job of killing people? Is it Jeremy, pissed that he got kicked off the island? Is it Dr. Frell, is she some sort of hulking stealthy ninja? Is it Tyler? Oooh, it's fun to speculate!

    Meanwhile, back at the Bat-cave, Bonnie was giving her mother the best pep-talk. Pretty much ever. ''I used to think you were dead. That's how much I hate your stupid face. Now do the dang spell!'' Classic Bonnie! It wasn't exactly shocking to find out that mamma-Klaus was behind door number four, and I found her cliff-hanger entrance rather tame, especially compared to Klaus' siblings. I absolutely loved everyone ganging up on the emo-hybrid. I just wish they had killed him. Cos he's getting a bit old now. And all of this family stuff, especially in this episode, got a bit much, it was very sledgehammer-y to the face.

    Nevertheless, there's still a lot to enjoy here, as usual. I can't get enough of Damon and Stefan these days. The personality switch just continues in the right direction. I hope Stefan never comes back from the darker side. And I was happy to see Klaus actually physically harm Stefan for once. I'm all aboard for mind games and mental warfare, but there's only so many times Klaus can threaten to wear someones rib cage as a hat, with no follow through, before it just makes him look lazy. So, yes, I was a big fan of the arm and leg twisty goodness, topped off with a nice hand in the fire maneuver. And Elijah finally got a haircut. What a guy!

    So this was good, but not great. There's lots for us to chew on over the coming week. I just hope that now, with essentially a whole family of big bads, some hybrids, a mysterious killer, and everyones personal drama to deal with, the show isn't pulling a True Blood and over-crowding.moreless
  • More Questions!!!

    This episode raised so many questions, far more than it answered. so, yes we found out who was in the coffin but how did she end up in the coffin, Klaus killed her..... and even if it turns out he didn't how did she end up in the coffin, who sealed it etc? considering how powerful she must be i doubt anyone could have forced her into it, also how did the coffin end up in Klaus' possession. Did he know who was in it, did the other originals etc?

    I think this show is great but it is in danger of raising more and more unanswered questions which in the end lead to the plot having too many mistakes in it and not making much sense.

    I am curious to learn more about this Kol, as it is spelled on the vampire diaries website, Klaus seemed genuinely afraid of him when he saw him and Elijah made that comment to Klaus about having to deal with Kol, sounds interesting to me.

    Also, are the original family just going to become part of mystic falls life and everyone lives happy ever after? I mean next weeks episode involves a part thrown by Klaus which Elena attends...i mean come on he killed Jenna, no matter what happens, if they all become one happy town it will be absurd.

    I hope it all makes sense in the endmoreless
  • A Family Reunion: Vampire Diaries Style!


    This episode was fantastic! It had everything but a kitchen sink LOL!

    I adored Coraline's scenes with her Dad they made me weep.

    It was horrible that Bill Forbes went the way he did I would of loved to learn more about him like how he could of trained himself to avoid Compulsion.

    Elijah is back and of course causing trouble LOL!

    I loved seeing Damon, Stefan, Klaus and Elijah in the same room together talking, it was so cool seeing two sets of brother's who were basically the same expect different "ages" LOL!

    Poor Alaric how many chances can't that man get?! I'm so happy he's okay.. again!

    Bonnie's scene with her mom was cool and effective.

    Okay who is the person killing Founding Family/Council Members?

    It's so bizarre to see a actual "human" problem in Mystic Falls that seems has nothing to do with supernatural beings.

    Or Does it?, I personally think it's Katherine but then again why would she come back to Mystic Falls and risk Klaus catching her? I can' t wait to see how that gets tied up!

    At last the 4th coffin is opened, it was a awesome way to leave us fans hanging for next week!

    I don't trust Esther (aka Original Witch & Mother) as far as I can throw her! I mean Klaus did try 2 kill her and I think she may be plotting revenge underneath that sweet veneer of hers!

    The "Family Reunion" was incredible, it was so cool to see the Originals Siblings get their "revenge" on Klaus!

    So many questions

    What will the "Original" Family do to Elena?

    Who is killing Founding Family/ Council Members ?

    I am SUPER excited 4 next week!moreless
  • By far the best episode

    I just finished watching it, and the last 10 minutes could fit into 5 more episodes! Didn't see that one coming! It was so amazing!!!! The original family intro was so great, that Klaus crapped his pants, he was so frightened!!!!!!
Casper Zafer

Casper Zafer

Finn Mikaelson

Guest Star

Nathaniel Buzolic

Nathaniel Buzolic

Kol Mikaelson

Recurring Role

Claire Holt

Claire Holt

Rebekah Mikaelson

Recurring Role

Marguerite MacIntyre

Marguerite MacIntyre

Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Klaus: I offer Elena's future happiness. You see, what she needs right now is to be rid of you lot and to fall in love with a human. Maybe that nice football player. You know, the blond one.
      Damon: Matt Donovan? Really?
      Klaus: Yeah, why not? They'll marry, live a long and fruitful life, and pop out a perfect family.
      Stefan: And continue the Petrova bloodline. Every few hundred years, you'll have a new doppelganger to drain and never run out of hybrids. Right, Klaus?
      Klaus: Consider it a small return on my investment in her well-being. See, after you hand me back the coffin, I'll ensure her safety for the rest of her natural life. You know it's what's best for her.

    • Caroline: How can you hate who I am so much?
      Bill: No, no, no, sweetheart, I don't hate you. I love you. You're strong. You're beautiful. You're good.
      Caroline: No, I'm not.
      Bill: And even after everything that's happened to you, you are exactly who your mother and I hoped you'd grow up to be.
      Caroline: (cries) Then please don't leave me, Daddy. Please...please don't leave me! Daddy, just don't leave me.
      Bill: Shh. Parents aren't supposed to outlive their children, Caroline. It's okay. This is life. This is what it means to be human.

    • Elijah: Stefan, where is the lovely Elena tonight?
      Stefan: I don't know, ask Damon.
      Klaus: (laughs) I'm sorry, you missed so much. Ah, trouble in paradise.

    • Elena: Did you kill the medical examiner?
      Stefan: Why would you think I did that?
      Elena: Maybe because I don't know what you're capable of anymore.
      Stefan: Well, believe what you want, Elena.
      Elena: I don't want to believe any of it, Stefan.
      Stefan: But you had to ask me anyway.

    • Stefan: (referring to Elena) I love her, Damon.
      Damon: So do I.

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • Featured Music:
      "Lullaby" by Sia
      "With Wings" by Amy Stroup
      "Hate N' Love" by Jack Savoretti

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, February 2, 2012 on CTV 2
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Sweden: Friday, April 6, 2012 on TV6
      Norway: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 on FEM
      Turkey: Sunday, July 28, 2013 on CNBCe