The Vampire Diaries

Season 2 Episode 15

The Dinner Party

12
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2011 on The CW
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Stefan tells Elena about a dark time from his past and the unexpected person who changed everything for him. Jonas gets the truth out of Luka and makes his feelings clear to Bonnie and Jeremy. Damon schedules a dinner party with Alaric, Jenna, and Andie in attempt to catch Elijah off-guard, but some last-minute information disrupts Damon's plan.moreless

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  • ''Elijah, did John tell you that he's Elena's uncle/father? Of course, she hates him, so there's absolutely no need to keep him on the endangered species list'' - Damon

    6.0
    This episode felt a little...off. Maybe it's cos I felt a serious snooze come on the minute we hit flashback mode (though I did appreciate bringing back Lexi). Maybe it's because the episode is missing a fierce baby vampire. But I think it has more to do with pacing – everything crawls by like a vampire on vervain until Alaric stabs Elijah (go, Alaric!). Then we're attacked with a plethora of plot twists, only they're not really twists...just convenient cut-backs to Elena reading that stupid book like a five-year old. WHO reads only half a sentence like that...who?! We're fed some interesting tidbits one second, it cuts to a filler-ish scene, then we're treated to the rest of the sentence, which flips everything on its head. I mean she read most of it already, so just spill! It was a shoddy plot device.



    Elsewhere, Bonnie and Jeremy exchange more cringe-worthy dialogue (''Did you like it?'' ''I liked it'' Great job, guys), but then something awesome happens: Jonah appears as though he just got off the set of Supernatural and flings Jeremy up against the wall (I wouldn't have minded much if you also gave him a few bumps and warts...just sayin'), then puts some kind of mind-whammy on Bonnie, sucking her powers from her, sprinkled with a little threat and off he pops, closing the door behind him (I guess to remind us he's not TOTALLY evil in this fight). I'm still not convinced that there is anything remotely there between Bonnie and Jeremy, chemistry-wise, it just feels really awkward at this stage in the game. Like, REALLY awkward.



    The big dinner scene felt really contrived. I just couldn't buy it all, and John's presence made it all the more artificial. There were some really solid scenes (GO ALARIC!), but it didn't really click for me and I can't fully explain why...it's strange to only really notice this now, but there's an awful lot of posturing on this show. All bark and no bite between these fellas. Damon should have killed John the second he found out about the knife also killing the demon that possesses it (because Jenna can't cook to save her life, Damon would have had time to sweep both Elijah and John under the rug). All in good time, I guess.



    As for Elena stabbing herself...interesting, interesting. I didn't even think for a second that she'd kill, or could kill for that matter, Elijah the way she did, but hey, we know he'll be back...Katherine will make a deal with him, or something like that, because she's a survivor. If there's anything to take away from this episode it's...I think I just had an off day watching this...cos although the big Kathy reveal is good...all I could think was, ''how can her make-up stay on like that after only getting out of the shower?''



    Yeah, an off day.



    But, no, it really had a lot to do with pacing. And bad dialogue. Like how Alaric explicitly detailed where he stood with Damon right now...they're bffs, sigh. We get it. I'm nitpicking... I think I need to watch this episode again.



    There were a lot of shock-wow moments in this episode, but not a lot happens until the final few minutes. Elijah really isn't dead (he still hasn't found the burial ground, and is basically the vampire equivalent of the Terminator, yeah, he'll be back!) and Katherine won't really help out Damon...it feels like treading water, to me.moreless
  • Stabbed twice, dumped once and more of the same.

    9.5
    After taking away Tyler in the last episode, the show continues to get rid of the elements that makes it compelling, case in point: Bonnie's powers. Of course, the death of Elijah is meant to distract the audience from the fact that Mystic Falls is now minus a witch. On the love triangle front, the big shocker is that Elena doesn't make a choice between the Salvatore brothers (yet again). However, she does fight for her life in a way I would've found interesting if it weren't because she depends on both Salvatore, her stepfather (Alaric), uncle John and pretty much every male with or without superpowers in this town. The one good thing is that she's the one who stabs Elijah for a second, and final, time.



    If Caroline thought the werewolves's revenge was awful, Bonnie certainly had it worse after Martin Sr. takes revenge for what she did to his son. Unfortunatelly, neither one of these characters has enough screentime to actually delve on these issues. Fortunately for Damon, Alaric has just enough screentime to confirm they are, indeed, friends. Unfortunately for Alaric, Jenna also has enough screentime to confirm that she's no longer his girlfriend.moreless
  • The Dinner Party

    9.0
    The Dinner Party was a superb episode of The Vampire Diaries. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had interesting revelations adding to character and plot development. Jeremy and Bonnie continue hanging out which was cool until Jonah showed up and left with some thing surprising. Damon tried to get the truth out of Katherine about John Gilbert's story of how to kill and Original Vampire. Alairic meanwhile can't figure out why Jenna is a little distant, until John mentions what he said to her which added drama. Damon's dinner party was fun and full of suspense, shock, and surprise. I thought Stefan's past was interesting. This episode almost reminded me of Angel and Spike, as Stefan and Damon respectively. Not exactly the same, but the tones where there in certain scenes. I thought the end of this episode was awesome and I really look forward to the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Stephan and Elena are still in the lake house while Damon organizes a dinner party to kill Elijah... Possible Spoilr Alert!

    6.0
    Don't get me wrong but where's the Vampire Diaries I couldn't wait a week to watch?

    It's been a few weeks now and so many things have happened in the show but time doens't seem to pass in Mystic Falls.

    Only one day has passed since last weeks insidents and we find Elena reading Gilbert's diaries where she finds out how Stefan used to be.. OK... but we already knew how he was when he first became a Vampire... Nevertheless, I love the show's flashbacks - even though this one wasn't essential to the plot.

    In Mystic Falls Damon plans to kill Elijah in the dinner party (one of most interesting characters of the show), he knows the way to do it and confirms it when he visits- my fave one- Katherine. What he doen't know is that he cannot kill Elijah without dying himself... And that's the main plot of the episode..

    Interesting but once again boring... Stephan and Elena once again save he day, Elijah dies - but not anyone thought to cut his head, rip ihs heart or whatever would prevent him of waking up again because the dagger can easily be pulled out of his chest...

    As far as Jenna, Alaric and Uncle/Father John are considered their characters are so boring that I don't even want to comment on them... only something on Jenna.... So many things have happened in Mystic Falls the last days and she still has no idea how is that even possibe??!!moreless
  • wasn't so good

    8.5
    It was full of tension and shocking but It wan't enough for a "the vampire diaries"!

    I like the flashbacks to 1864 and watching innocent Damon saving those girls and asking Lexi to help Stephen, but I also like to see what did turn Damon to a bad person.

    that plan Elena, Stephen and Damon set for Elijah was smart. I liked that part.

    about Bonnie, I couldn't even imagine a witch can take another one's power! it's not fair.

    there is nothing else to talk about but I realy think I should mention again that John is the only person who doesn't deserve tobe alive!!

    I hope next episode be better than this one.moreless
Kelly Finley

Kelly Finley

Honoria Fell

Guest Star

Daniel Thomas May

Daniel Thomas May

Thomas Fell

Guest Star

Joe Knezevich

Joe Knezevich

Jonathan Gilbert

Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders

Jonathan Gilbert

Recurring Role

Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies

Elijah

Recurring Role

Bryton James

Bryton James

Luka Martin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the previous episode, the sign on the outside of the Gilbert's lake house is located to the right of the front door and is visible as Stefan is waiting for Elena to invite him inside. In this episode, when Elena falls out of the house after stabbing herself, the sign is on the left side of the door.

    • It is revealed in this episode that at the time Lexi and Stefan first met, Lexi was going by the name Alexia Branson.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lexi: (in flashback) You know the hate you're feeling, towards Stefan, towards everyone? You think you have it under control, but you don't. It will get the best of you.
      Damon: (referring to Stefan) Help him. He needs it.
      Lexi: I'll help him.

    • Katherine: (after Damon walks in on her in the shower) Hello Damon. Hey, do you have a robe?
      Damon: (confused) How did you get out?
      Katherine: I knew that if I begged you not to kill Elijah, that's exactly what you'd do. Little known fact: Originals can compel vampires, but as soon as they die, compulsion wears off.

    • Stefan: Wow, Damon, tellin' me you're actually gonna be careful for once?
      Damon: Yes, Stefan, I've become you. How tragic for both of us. Gotta run. I've a murder to plan. Busy day.

    • Alaric: You said there wasn't going to be any violence.
      Damon: Says the guy who did all the killing.

    • Damon: So let me guess--in addition to the moonstone, the doppelganger, the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, you need to find this witch burial ground.
      Elijah: Because I feel that we've grown so close, Damon, I'll tell you "yes."

    • Stefan: Elena, you've agreed to sacrifice yourself to Klaus. To say that we have a difference of opinion is the understatement of the century.
      Elena: You would know.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Candice Accola (Caroline), Zach Roerig (Matt), and Michael Trevino (Tyler) do not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People
      "When I Grow Old" by Pet Lions
      "Islands" by The XX
      "Lemonworld" by The National
      "Happiness Is Overrated" by The Airborne Toxic Event

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, February 17, 2011 on A
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Philippines: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 on ETC
      Latin America: Saturday, April 2, 2011 on Warner Channel
      Norway: Thursday, April 7, 2011 on FEM
      Sweden: Friday, April 8, 2011 on TV6
      Slovakia: Sunday, March 4, 2012 on Markiza
      Turkey: Sunday, July 22, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Damon: (to Elijah) So let me guess-in addition to the moonstone, the doppelganger, the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, you need to find this witch burial ground.

      The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a 1950 children's fantasy novel written by C.S. Lewis. It is the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia series.

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