The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 Episode 2

Memorial

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2012 on The CW
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  • POSTCARDS FROM MYSTIC FALLS

    The Vampire Diaries "Memorial" Review: Monster Dot Vom (PHOTO RECAP)

    "Memorial" was all about acknowledging the past while looking ahead to the future, and if this episode was anything to judge by, Season 4 is shaping up to be pretty fantastic.

  • Episode Summary

    Elena struggles to cope with the emotional swings as she becomes a vampire, and Stefan and Damon nearly come to blows while arguing about what is best for her. Damon comes up with his own plan to help Elena asks her to to reveal the plan to Stefan. A stranger, Connor Jordan, shows up in Mystic Falls and starts asking questions of Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood, and Stefan quickly decides that Connor must be a vampire hunter. Jeremy and Matt are surprised when April, a girl from their past, returns to town and enrolls at Mystic Falls High. At a town gathering, Elena nearly loses control, but Caroline steps in and comes to her rescue. Finally, Damon reveals his true feelings to an unexpected friend.

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    • help!!!

      8.5
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      8.5
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    • Memorial

      10
      Memorial was a perfect episode of The Vampire Diaries and I really enjoyed watching because the story was well written, intriguing and suspenseful. This series has nothing on Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Angel even though it has more scenes with skin and naked actors. I liked the story lines and the over all production of the episode along with the music. There was action, suspense, intrigue, drama and many layers of character development. It was so touching to see how Caroline forcefully stopped Elena from giving in at the church. The ending was surprising and unexpected and I wonder what it means. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
    • Damon the baby sitter!!!! Totally True!

      9.0
      I have to say the episode was not very good but the last scene where Damon has a heart to heart with his recently deceased bestee Alarick (is that how you spell it) was a very good scene - best scene in any season and it would stand up to critics in any show -the acting was perfect and the scene was solid and perfectly believable.I really don't get why these hundred year old men are so googoo about a teenager though. They should give Damon his own show. Kill off Elena already!!!moreless
    • Miss you too, buddy... :(

      9.5
      Can I just say, for what feels like the millionth time, how much I adore Damon? He is just too awesome for words. I'm sure I'll mention it at least four more times in the course of this.

      We were introduced to a couple of new characters tonight. We met April, daughter of Pastor Young, and an intense new vampire hunter to shake things up. However, before we got to any of that, we were treated to Elena's first hunt. Stefan and Damon, of course, were in disagreement about her diet. Stefan was all for Bambi, while Damon was a little more realistic about it. I'm definitely more in favour of Damon ripping the band aid off over babying her as Stefan seems to be so good at. Can I just say that Elena's compassion being magnified will be very annoying this season? She cried over eating Bambi, and she didn't even kill him! I can't even imagine what's going to happen when she kills an actual person That said, the moment between Caroline and Elena as Caroline convinced her she couldn't feed on April was great! I love that they're all dedicated to helping her transition.

      One thing I definitely loved about this episode was Elena turning to Damon for help when she couldn't keep the blood down. At least she still trusts him. On some level, I think she knew that Damon would understand her difficulties, and wouldn't judge her for needing human blood. Not that Stefan would, but she probably felt like she would be disappointing him. I liked that Damon tried to feed her himself before going to human blood, and I don't think he did it to mess around with her relationship with Stefan. He cares about her, and maybe this was his way of trying to respect her decision to try not drinking human blood. I absolutely loved how caring he was with her in this episode. She didn't need Stefan being his usual self. She needed someone who wouldn't make a big deal of it, like Damon. He was gentle and sweet when he needed to be, even after she accused him of blowing up the Council.

      Speaking of the Council, their deaths brought a whole new level of vampire hunter to Mystic Falls. I'm pretty sure my heart stopped both times he shot Tyler. And the fact that Damon couldn't kill him? Damon's the best of the group at murdering people, and he couldn't succeed? This guy is definitely a force to be reckoned with. From strange wooden bullets that burn to the touch, to gloves thatwere perhaps steeped in vervain, he knows what he's doing, and I want to know more. Especially about that strange tattoo only Jeremy could see and the letter to April proclaiming that a greater evil was coming. What's up with that?

      Finally, I just wanted to mention two more things. Matt was really trusting of Elena in letting her feed off him at the funeral. I absolutely loved the looks on everyone's faces when he said she could bite him. They seemed so shocked that he would trust a new, starving vampire to NOT kill him, and Damon's face was almost dare I say it respectful of Matt. Hopefully this means Damon will stop hating him and let him live in peace

      And, to round out the night, in true, cheesy Stefan fashion, he brought the group together to grieve. While it was a nice moment, I felt underwhelmed by it. They lit Japanese lanterns even though, as Damon so adequately put it, they aren't even Japanese! (A perfect, lighthearted to break up the two heavy ending scenes.) Damon absolutely broke my heart throughout this episode. He said he doesn't do grief, but really, it's just that he doesn't do grief in front of people. The chair bit at the beginning of the episode reminded me of Rookie Blue's Oliver saving a seat for the recently deceased Jerry. He even bought his friend a scotch! Things like that always get me. But then Damon was at the cemetery talking to Alaric's grave, and I was just done. The Damon/Alaric friendship was one of my favourite things about this show, and this insight into Damon's grief, despite his adamant declaration that he doesn't do grief, was absolutely awesome. I can't really blame him for wanting to do it alone, considering every single time he's been vulnerable on this show he's had his heart ripped to pieces I also loved that the burned down candles suggested to me this wasn't the first time Damon's done this, and that Alaric's ghost was sitting beside him the whole time. The "Miss you too, buddy" from Alaric as Damon walked away (having said nothing about actually missing his friend) had me completely. Perfect ending. If it would have just been the group with Damon having walked away, I wouldn't have liked it as much.

      Overall, this episode was a reminder of why I love this show (and Damon!) so much.

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    Randall Taylor

    Randall Taylor

    Pastor McGinnis

    Guest Star

    Michael Reilly Burke

    Michael Reilly Burke

    Pastor Young

    Guest Star

    Susan Walters

    Susan Walters

    Carol Lockwood

    Recurring Role

    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Marguerite MacIntyre

    Marguerite MacIntyre

    Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • During their argument on how Elena should feed, Stefan asks Damon to name one vampire that has never killed a human soon after they turned. Though Damon doesn't mention it, Vicki Donovan didn't kill a human after she turned in season 1.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Caroline: This is wrong. A bunch of people died and we're having sex.
        Tyler: Grief sex. It's healthy.
        Caroline: It's selfish.
        Tyler: It's natural. Besides, if we stopped having sex every time somebody died in this town, we'd explode.

      • Damon: (sitting in front of Alaric's grave) They're floating lanterns in the sky, can you believe that? Japanese lanterns is a symbol of letting go of the past. Well, here's a news flash: we're not Japanese. You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's gonna make everything okay, or even saying a prayer, or pretending Elena's not gonna end up just like the rest of us murderous vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. I know what you're gonna say: it makes them feel better, Damon. So what? For how long? A minute? A day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not gonna make up for the fact that the only thing that you have left is a hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be...and a rock with a birth date carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit, because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting with my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
        Alaric: I miss you, too, buddy.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Although credited, Joseph Morgan (Klaus) does not appear in this episode.

      • Featured Music:
        "Hurt" by The Gods Of Macho
        "Woe Is Me....I Am Ruined" by The Lonely Forest
        "Change" by Kopecky Family Band
        "Fear And Loathing" by Marina & The Diamonds
        "How Can I Keep From Singing" by The St. Phillips Boy's Choir
        "Youth Knows No Pain" by Lykke Li
        "Ungodly Hour" by The Fray

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, October 18, 2012 on CTV 2
        United Kingdom: Monday, October 22, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
        Norway: Thursday, November 8, 2012 on FEM
        Sweden: Saturday, February 2, 2013 on TV6

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