The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 Episode 1

Growing Pains

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2012 on The CW
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  • Episode Summary

    Elena wakes up the morning after the accident to discover that her greatest fear has come true: she died with vampire blood in her system and must now decide whether to suffer through the terrible transition to become a vampire or face death. Stefan promises Elena that he and Bonnie will explore every possible solution to her predicament, but Damon is furious with Stefan for saving Matt instead of Elena. Bonnie faces extreme consequences after attempting to help Elena, and Damon focuses his frustration and anger on Matt. In a rare moment of empathy, Rebekah is touched by Stefan and Elena's love for one another. Pastor Young and the Town Council members start to round up the vampires and their supporters, but their efforts lead to a surprising tragedy.

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    Michael Reilly Burke

    Michael Reilly Burke

    Pastor Young

    Guest Star

    Lexis Shontz

    Lexis Shontz

    Deputy Adams

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    Neko Parham

    Neko Parham

    Council Member

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    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Marguerite MacIntyre

    Marguerite MacIntyre

    Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes

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    Susan Walters

    Susan Walters

    Carol Lockwood

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Stefan: (opening voiceover) Mystic Falls. I was born here. This is my home.
        Damon: And mine.
        Elena: And mine.
        Stefan: For centuries, supernatural creatures have lived among us.
        Caroline: There are vampires, werewolves, doppelgangers.
        Bonnie: Witches.
        Klaus: And even hybrids.
        Bonnie: There are those who protect them.
        Jeremy: And those who want them dead.
        Elena: They're our friends.
        Klaus: Our enemies.
        Elena: The ones we love.
        Klaus: And the ones we've lost.
        Elena: And then there is me. I'm human. At least I was.

      • Matt: Just stop! Stop saving me.
        Stefan: What the hell is your problem?
        Matt: What do you want me to say, thank you? Because honestly, I wish you'd just let me drown.
        Stefan: What, you think you were my first choice?
        Matt: Elena's a vampire because of me. I have to live with that every day for the rest of my life.
        Stefan: No, no, no. You don't have to live with that, you get to live with that. Because Elena put your life before her own. So every morning when you get out of bed, you sure as hell better earn it.

      • Stefan: Damon was right. You should have fed this morning. I'm so sorry.
        Elena: Don't be. You had hope. That's all I ever wanted you to have. And you had it.
        Stefan: I love you so much.
        Elena: Do you know why I was even on that bridge? I was coming back for you, Stefan. I had to choose, and I picked you. Because I love you. No matter what happens, it's the best choice I ever made.

      • Elena: If it had been you at the bridge last night and not Stefan, and I begged you to save Matt--
        Damon: I would have saved you! In a heartbeat, no question.
        Elena: That's what I thought. And Matt would be dead because...you couldn't let go. Matt would be dead!
        Damon: But you wouldn't be! And you would have gotten to grow up, and had the life that you wanted, the life that you deserve. And I know that I didn't use to get that, but I do now and I wanted that for you, Elena. And I would have gladly have given it to you and let Matt die because I am that selfish. But you knew that already. The first night we met's not all that you remember.

      • Meredith: When Caroline called to say she got away, did she know where they were planning to take her?
        Sheriff Forbes: No, just that she was in some van in the middle of nowhere and that she managed to escape.
        Damon: Perfect. We've narrowed it down to nowhere.

      • Rebekah: (to Damon) Not to make a gray cloud grayer, but, does Matt even have automobile insurance?

      • Rebekah: You should know better than to sneak up on a lady.
        Damon: Good advice! Have you seen one?

    • NOTES (3)

      • Matt Davis (Alaric) is no longer credited as a series regular.

      • Featured Music:
        "Twice" by Little Dragon
        "Whirring" by The Joy Formidable
        "Wait For The Morning"by Amy Stroup

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, October 11, 2012 on CTV 2
        United Kingdom: Monday, October 15, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
        Norway: Thursday, November 1, 2012 on FEM
        Sweden: Saturday, January 26, 2013 on TV6

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