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The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 Episode 15

Stand by Me

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 2013 on The CW
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    The Vampire Diaries "Stand By Me" Review: Stages of Grief

    The quest to make Elena Gilbert human again has culminated in her choosing to become fully a monster.

  • Episode Summary

    Stefan returns to Mystic Falls with Elena and Jeremy, and Caroline quickly starts to worry about Elena's state of mind. Stefan turns to Dr. Fell and Matt for help, while back on the island, Damon shares some sad news with Rebekah, and is surprised at her reaction. Damon and Rebekah uncover s surprising piece of news from Vaughn. The group is terrified when Bonnie shares the remaining part of Shane's plan. Elena is able to devise a plan of her own after Damon's efforts to help her.


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    • Shocking acting from Nina

      Please tell me the writers will kill HER off in the near future? That crying scene was some of the worst fake crying I have ever heard. Plus so selfish to expect all the supernatural to come back just so she can have a couple of family members? Seriously?! The writing is getting so weak.
    • Ugh - Bonny

      You know, I really like the writers of TVD to give Bonny some decent storylines because I really like the character and the Kat Graham but if something incredibly awful isn't happening to Bonny, she's making the worst possible hair-brained decisions.

      Yeah and a bit gutted Jeremy is really gone.

    • AWESOME!

      Ok, that was the BEST episode of the whole season! Season 4 is a little bit boring but this episode was so emotional and interesting. I just loved it and it doesn't bother me that Jeremy died.
    • A perfect epsiode!

      Stand by me was an epic episode of Vampire Diaries! It's always hard when you have to kill a character off and its even harder to do it without it looking contrived. The fact that the first of the main cast to die properly was Jeremy was not a surprise. His death has been forshadowed all season and it works to create strong character development for Elena.

      No one should forget that last season they just sent him away for a long period of time. Jeremy hasn't had enough to do for a long time. His character has gone as far as it can for now and they couldn't exactly just compel him away like last time.

      Loved the scene in the house as Elena finally realises her baby brother is not waking up again. Powerful and emotional stuff from Nina Dobrov, despite the fact that she is a bit of an ugly crier - no offence. And Damon invoking the sire bond to turn off her humanity - pretty sure that is going to kick him in the guts later. No humanity means no emotions, means no love, no kindness just empty. How are the boys going to deal with that i wonder?

      Good twist when they burn down the house too! Time for some new sets i guess.

      Bonnie has fallen a little hard on the crazy sign of the fence. I hope she doesn't go too dark side but i'm pretty sure that is where this season is going. Stil great episode, loved it.moreless
    • Another useless character bites the dust.

      I for one was happy to see Jeremy go. His character served no purpose, much like Alaric's character did. Kudos to TVD for taking the ax in such a bold way. Some TV shows are too afraid to do anything to their main characters. It keeps the plot fresh and unpredictable.
    Charlie Bewley

    Charlie Bewley

    Galen Vaughn

    Guest Star

    Torrey DeVitto

    Torrey DeVitto

    Dr. Meredith Fell

    Recurring Role

    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    David Alpay

    David Alpay

    Professor Atticus Shane

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Rebekah: Where is it? The cure. I know someone has it.
        Damon: Yeah, someone. Katherine.
        Rebekah: Katherine? The doppelganger?
        Damon: Yeah, sneaky little bitch must've been spying on us for weeks. She killed Jeremy. Or somebody did. He killed your brother. Let's not with the fake sad face.
        Rebekah: I didn't say I was going to miss him. But I'm not heartless. He was Elena's only family.
        Damon: Good. Well, you can send flowers. After you help me find Bonnie.
        Rebekah: We need to find Katherine.
        Damon: If there's one thing that's a guarantee in this miserable little world, it's that Katherine Pierce is gone. We need to find Bonnie. Oh, and beware of the immortal Silas. He was asleep in that cave; he's awake now.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Although credited, Joseph Morgan (Klaus) and Michael Trevino (Tyler) do not appear in this episode. Grace Phipps (April) is credited as a guest star but does not appear in the episode.

      • Featured Music:
        "Family" by Noah Gundersen

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, February 21, 2013 on CTV 2
        Australia: Friday, February 22, 2013 on FOX8
        Norway: Thursday, April 11, 2013 on FEM
        Sweden: Saturday, May 11, 2013 on TV6

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