The Vampire Diaries

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 2009 on The CW
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Elena Gilbert and her brother Jeremy come to terms with the death of their parents. Elena is popular amongst her peers and the perfect straight A student, but has difficulties hiding her grief from the world. Meanwhile, Jeremy treads on a dangerous path of using drugs to ease his pain. The arrival of new student Stefan Salvatore, however, makes Elena think about romantic possibilities.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Where can I watch the this episodes?

    10
    tell me plsss.....
  • A Good Introduction to the Vampire Diaries

    10
    I kind of love this pilot. Nina Dobrev plays Elena Gilbert, a smart, popular high school student who's grieving after her parents deaths. On the first day of school, she meets new kid Stefan Salvatore, a quiet, brooding vampire. Normally, I would make fun of shows like this but the incredible cast (particularly Dobrev) makes it a good show. This episode does a great job introducing the characters, and creates enough intrigue to get you to keep watching!moreless
  • It sucks that u cant watch it on here

    10
    I always wanted to see this episode but u cant wath it on here i have looked eveywhere to watch it if anybody knows how please tell me!!!!
  • An uninteresting start

    3.0
    Elena and Stefan is not engaging characters. Elena is a typical teen heroin: popular, A-student, sumissive, sad and no one understands her and obviously she is more special than everyone else. It makes her predictable. Stefan is hot, angsty and nobel. Like every teen girl fantasy vampire. There is nothing special about them and their romance is as flat as they are.

    Stefan's brother isn't that scary or threatening either, but comes of more as whiney.

    The one charcter I like is the brother. He is angsty without being whiney, he stands up both for himself and others, he has drug problems and deals them too and is in a very intersting romantic relationship. His character and story is interesting. Everything else isn't.

    There is no interesting storyline in the episode. The characters are boring. It's not romantic or scary, but you can predict many episodes of almost kissing and one or two scary scenes were complete strangers dies.

    It's all very teenage girl fantasy with no substance.moreless
  • Fans of the Fiction will be pretty disappointed in the changes made.

    1.5
    So the main concepts are pretty much there, They have made a lot of character changes. Firstly is Elena was blonde in the books not brunette, next is that her Aunt was not a college student, and she had a much younger sister not a brother. They have removed a key character (Meredith) and introduced the town to the concept of Vampires way too early. In the books Vikki was attacked in the cometary and appears to go insane uttering nonsense, she doesn't go telling people she was attacked by a Vampire. And Damon doesn't appear to Stefan until much later and after he has made appearances to other people. In this episode he pretty much admits he attacked Vikki, which was not mentioned in the books until much later on, when he announces that he has never seen Vikki before. I know if they stuck to the story line that people would just call it a Twilight wannabe(even though it WAS written years before twilight) but changing this much of the storyline and character bio's is just stupid. I was bored and wont be watching another episode even if i am a fan of Kayla Ewell and Nina Dobrevmoreless
Benjamin Ayres

Benjamin Ayres

Mr. Tanner

Guest Star

Steve Belford

Steve Belford

Darren Malloy

Guest Star

Cindy Busby

Cindy Busby

Brooke Fenton

Guest Star

Chris William Martin

Chris William Martin

Zach Salvatore

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The front door of Elena's house has a window in it only in this episode because filming of the series moved out of Vancouver after the pilot.

    • -The pilot was shot in Vancouver as New Moon, the second film in the Twilight Saga, was also being filmed in the city.
      -Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) revealed in interviews that his naturally pointy cuspids went unnoticed until he arrived on set for the pilot shoot in Vancouver.
      -According to Paul, he was cast less than two weeks before shooting began in Vancouver. Upon winning the role, he went immediately to a book store and bought and read the series.
      -Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) said the showrunners gave the entire cast journals to chronicle their experience during the Vancouver shoot.
      -Director Marcos Siega asked his Twitter followers for music suggestions during editing.
      -In screener copies of the pilot, "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups is used in the opening scene, but the show was unable to get clearance for air. "Sort Of" by Silversun Pickups was used instead.
      -935 is the house number of Elena, Jeremy and Aunt Jenna's home.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Stefan: I wanted to apologize for my disappearing act earlier. I know it was strange.
      Elena: No worries. I get it. Blood makes you squeamish.
      Stefan: Uh, something like that.

    • Elena: (referring to Matt) He hates me.
      Bonnie: That's not hate, that's "you dumped me but I'm too cool to show it but secretly I'm listening to Air Supply's greatest hits."

    • Stefan: I shouldn't have come home, I know the risk. But I have to know her.

    • Caroline: His name is Stefan Salvatore, he's a Gemini and his favorite color is blue.
      Bonnie: You got all that in one day?
      Caroline: Please. I got all that between third and fourth period.

    • Stefan: Stay away from Elena.
      Damon: I take that as an invitation.

    • Stefan: Why are you here now?
      Damon: I could ask you the same question. However, I'm fairly certain your answer could be summed up all into one little word: Elena.

    • Elena (voiceover): Dear Diary: I couldn't have been more wrong. I thought that I could smile and nod my way through it. Pretend like it would all be OK.
      Stefan (voiceover) I had a plan. I wanted to change who I was. Bring a life to someone new. Someone without the past.
      Elena (voiceover): Without the pain.
      Elena and Stefan (voiceover): Someone alive.
      Elena (voiceover): But it's not that easy, the bad things stay with you.
      Stefan (voiceover): They follow you. You can't escape them, as much as you want to.
      Elena (voiceover): All you can do is be ready for the good, so when it comes, you're invited in, because you need it. I need it.

    • Elena: People are going to stop giving you breaks Jeremy, they just don't care any more. They don't remember that our parents are dead, they have their own lives to deal with. The rest of the world has moved on. You should try to.
      Jeremy: I've seen you in the cemetery writing in your diary, is that, is that supposed to be you moving on?
      Elena: Mom and Dad wouldn't have wanted this.

    • Stefan: I know it's late, but I needed to know if you're okay.
      Elena: You know, for months, that's all everyone's wondered about me, if I'll be OK.
      Stefan: What do you tell them?
      Elena: That I'll be fine.
      Stefan: Do you ever mean it?
      Elena: Ask me tomorrow. (Stefan stares at her) It's warmer in the house, we can talk. Would you like to come in?
      Stefan: (smiles) Yes.

    • Stefan: Damon, please, after all these years can't we just please give it a rest?
      Damon: I promised you an eternity of misery. I'm just keeping my word.
      Stefan: Just stay away from Elena.

    • Bonnie: Elena, there's no way I'm psychic, I know that. But whatever I saw or think I saw... I have this feeling.
      Elena: Bonnie, what?
      Bonnie: That's just the beginning.

    • Zach: You promised (shows him the newspaper with the news of the attack)
      Stefan: This was an animal attack.
      Zach: Don't give me that, I know the game, you turned them up enough and they always suspect an animal attack, you said you had it under control.
      Stefan: And I do.
      Zach: Please Uncle Stefan. Mystic Falls is a different place now, it's been quiet for years but there are people who still remember and you being here its just going to stir things up.
      Stefan: It's not my intention.
      Zach: Then what is? Why did you come back after all this time? Why now?
      Stefan: I don't have to explain myself.
      Zach: I know that you can't change who you are, but you don't belong here anymore.
      Stefan: Where do I belong?
      Zach: I can't tell you what to do. But coming back here was a mistake.

    • Stefan: You okay?
      Elena (upset): Were you following me?
      Stefan: No, I just-- I saw you fall.
      Elena: Uh huh, and you happened to be hanging out at the cemetery.
      Stephan: I'm visiting, I have a family here.
      Elena (embarrassed): Oh... Wow... Tactless. I'm sorry, it's the fog, it's making me foggy and back there there was this bird, it was all very Hitchcock for a second, that was the bird movie, right? the Hitchcock... (pauses, smiles). I'm Elena.
      Stefan: I'm Stefan.
      Elena: I know, we have History together.
      Stefan: And English and French.
      Elena: Right.

    • Elena: Dear Diary: Today will be different. It has to be. I will smile and it will be believable. The smile will say 'I'm fine, thank you. Yes, I feel much better'. I will no longer be the sad little girl who lost her parents. I will start fresh. Be someone new. It's the only way I'll make it through.

    • Stefan: You won't be sad forever, Elena.

    • Stefan: Um, I thought you might want this back.
      (hands Elena her diary)
      Elena: I must've dropped it. Uh...thank you.
      Stefan: Don't worry, I didn't...read it.
      Elena: No? Why not? Most people would've.
      Stefan: Well, I wouldn't want anyone to read mine.
      Elena: You keep a journal.
      Stefan: Yeah. If I don't write it down, I forget it. Memories are too important.

    • Stefan: For over a century, I have lived in secret. Hiding in the shadows, alone in the world. Until now. I am a vampire, and this is my story.

    • Elena: We were best friends since childhood, so we just had to try dating to see if we could make it work. ... But then my parents died.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: Monday, September 28, 2009 on GO!
      Latin America: Thursday, October 22, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Norway: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, on TVNORGE
      Germany: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 on ProSieben
      Netherlands: Sunday, January 31, 2010 on NET 5
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 on ITV2
      Sweden: Thursday, February 11, 2010 on TV6
      India: Thursday, November 4, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: Sunday, November 7, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 on TVN
      Turkey: Saturday, April 2, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Thursday, May 31, 2012 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "Sort Of" by Silversun Pickups
      "Here We Go" by Mat Kearney
      "Consoler of the Lonely" by The Raconteurs
      "Say (All I Need)" by OneRepublic
      "Thinking Of You" by Katy Perry
      "Kids" by MGMT
      "Running Up That Hill" by Placebo
      "Death" by White Lies
      "Back To Me" by The All-American Rejects
      "Siren Song" by Bat For Lashes
      "Never Say Never" by The Fray
      "Take Me To The Riot" by Stars

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Darren: He sounded like James Blunt.
      Brooke: Well what's wrong with that?
      Darren: We already have a James Blunt. One's all we need.

      James Blunt is an English-born singer and songwriter who became famous in 2005 with the song You're Beautiful from his album Back to Bedlam. The album topped the charts in England and reached #2 in the U.S.

    • Tyler: Hey, Pete Wentz called, he wants his nail polish back.
      Jeremy: Pete Wentz, huh? How old school TRL of you. Carson Daly fan?

      Total Request Live (TRL) was an MTV series that ran from 1998 to 2008, featuring music videos and guests. Carson Daly hosted the show from 1998 to 2002. Pete Wentz is most famous as a member of the band Fall Out Boy.

    • Elena: (to Stefan) And then, back there, there was this...this, this bird, and it was all very Hitchcock for a second. That is the bird movie, right? Hitchcock?

      This is a reference to the movie The Birds, a 1963 suspense film by director Alfred Hitchcock. The movie tells the story of a small town near San Francisco that was victimized by several major bird attacks over the span of a few days.

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