Stefan learns the reason Damon returned to Mystic Falls - Jeremy gets a break from the mysterious new history teacher, Alaric Saltzman and introduces Alaric to Jenna. Bonnie is having terrifying dreams about one of her ancestors. Despite Elena's efforts to smooth things over, Bonnie and Caroline continue to argue over the medallion. When the girls hold a séance to help them decide what to do, the results are stranger than any of them expected. Matt comes to Caroline's aid when she needs a friend. Damon finally reveals to Stefan the stunning reason he has returned to Mystic Falls.moreless
Elena: You weren't in class, I was worried.
Stefan: Yeah, I got your messages, and...sorry I didn't get back to you. But what I want to say shouldn't be said over the phone.
Elena: A simple "I didn't kill my brother" text would have sufficed.
Stefan: I didn't kill my brother...as much as he deserved it.
Bonnie: I can't talk to you, you don't listen!
Caroline: That's not true!
Bonnie: I'm a witch.
Caroline: And don't we all know it.
Stefan: Now what do you want with Katherine's crystal?
Damon: She didn't tell you?
Stefan: We had other things on our mind.
Damon: I could rip your heart out and not think twice about it.
Stefan: Yeah, I've heard that before.
Damon: I have a bigger surprise, Stefan. I'm gonna bring her back.
Damon: I got the town off our back, it was for the greater good, but I'm sorry. And to prove it, I'm not going to feed on a human for at least a...week. I'll adopt the Stefan diet, only nothing but feathers.
Stefan: Because I realize killing your closest and oldest friend is beyond evil and yet, somehow it's worthy of humor.
Damon: Are you mimicking me?
Stefan: Yes, Stefan. Now that the secret society of vampire-haters if off our back, I can go back to my routine of "how can I destroy Stefan's life this week?"
Damon: And I can go back to sulking and Elena-longing and forehead brooding. This is fun, I like this.
Stefan: And I will finally reveal the ulterior motive behind my evil and diabolical return to Mystic Falls.
Damon: Yeah...I'm done.
Elena: I'm sorry, Stefan. I thought that I couldn't be with you, but I can. You don't have to push me away. I can do this.
Stefan: I can't. I...I have to leave, Elena. Too many people have died, too much has happened.
Caroline: That's twice, that is two heys, that...do you have any other words in your vocabulary?
Matt: What's wrong with hey?
Caroline: It reeks of awkward subtext. You spent the night in my bed. There was...cuddling, and then you snuck out before dawn so you wouldn't have to face me. Which I must say, is a total lame guy move that I did not appreciate. Now the heys? Seriously? I mean, I may have been some pathetic, insecure mess after the party, but do not mistake that for me being a pushover. Because I do not let guys mess with my head anymore.
Stefan: Are you telling me that Katherine is alive?
Damon: Well, if that's what you want to call it. She's been trapped in a mystical holding cell for the last century and a half. But you're an expert on starving a vampire, so how do you think she's doing, Stef?
Saltzman: (to Jeremy) You know that your old teacher had a jackass file? No joke. It's, uh, typed on a label. It has all the troublemakers in it. But really, it's just an opus to you.
Bonnie: I'm gonna scream.
Damon: Oh, no. Don't do that. Let's stay on point.
Stefan: You could always just leave, find another town to turn into your own Gas 'n Sip.
Caroline: Let's summon some spirits. This Emily chick has some serious explaining to do.
Damon: What are we doing here?
Stefan: This isn't about love. This is about revenge.
Stefan: You're blaming innocent people for something that happened 145 years ago.
Damon: No one here is innocent!
Kayla Ewell (Vicki) was removed from the main credits.
Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman) is the first actor to be credited as a "Special Guest Star".
Original International Air Dates:
Latin America: Thursday, January 14, 2010 on Warner Channel
Norway: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 on TVNorge
Germany: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 on ProSieben
United Kingdom: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 on ITV2
Sweden: Thursday, April 1, 2010 on TV6
Slovakia: Sunday, December 5, 2010 on Markiza
Poland: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 on TVN
Turkey: Saturday, April 30, 2011 on CNBC-e
Czech Republic: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 on TV Nova
The séance scene when Caroline insists they play with a Ouija board is reminiscent of a similar scene in the Dark Reunion novel, L.J. Smith's fourth book in The Vampire Diaries series on which the TV show is based.
This is the first appearance of Alaric Saltzman.
"Come Back When You Can" by Barcelona
"Houses" by Great Northern
"Lies" by Pablo Sebastian
"Post Electric" by Idlewild
"The Spectator" by The Bravery
"Think I Need It Too" by Echo & The Bunnymen
Although credited, Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) does not appear in this episode.
Stefan: (to Damon) You could always just leave, find another town to turn into your own Gas-N-Sip.
Gas-N-Sip is a convenience store from the 1989 film Say Anything directed by Cameron Crowe.
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