The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 Episode 18

The Murder of One

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 29, 2012 on The CW
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    Plot twists! Sexy torture! Righteous kills! "The Murder of One" was pretty great.

  • Episode Summary

    Damon and Stefan work on a new mission with the hope of bringing down Klaus, and they enlist the help of Caroline, Matt, and Elena. Bonnie is forced to help Klaus with a spell after he threatens someone important to her. Meanwhile, Klaus and Rebekah find a way to convince Finn to help them, but Rebekah is focused on her own plan to exact revenge on Damon. Stefan's emotions lead to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and, later, to a heartbreaking moment with Elena.


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    • Those Originals Just Keep On Giving

      Klaus reunited the 'lost lovers' in Sage and Finn, not for sentimental reasons but to get Finn on side and Klaus didn't bemoan the loss of his sibling since Finn wanted to make the ultimate sacrifice anyway. He was a weak member of the Mikaelson family; now he's gone and that reunion was a little short lived. Of course the originals (some of them) wouldn't be killed off that much we know). It's just an excuse to keep Klaus around for longer. But it also means the Salvatore blood line will also end if anything happens to the remaining originals namely Klaus. That's convenient. Yet Rose died so why didn't Katherine, Damon and Stefan and their line end in the same way Sage and others died when Finn expired. Does this mean there were vampires dying the world over and desiccating?

      Rebekah taking on torturing Damon for revenge as it suits her and another excuse for her to rip Damon's shirt open as we savoured the moment. Then she shows him what he'd like to be doing with Elena as she gets inside his head. Reality bites, Elena wouldn't have gotten into the mansion alone to rescue him. But agh, shame on Damon for being knocked out by a chick vamp Barbie.

      Stefan finally realizing revenge is wasteful and he only ended up hurting himself and those around him, seems that came a little late and Elena not being able to decide if she has feelings for Damon. Oh come on for someone who was so sure she wanted Stefan throughout early season 3 and would have done anything to get back the old Stefan and now she can't decide if she still wants him...

      Interesting scene when the Salvatore's were 'teaching' the others how to make their moves on the originals. Also how the potion isn't working on Alaric's alter ego which escapes to hide the stake which can kill the Salvatore's. Good to see Caroline realize she's got a lot in common with Alaric and how she killed for the first time when she was a vampire too.

      Bonnie being threatened once again to help Klaus for family, or rather she just wanted to be out of there, reminded me of the early episode from season 3, when she was meant to die to eliminate Klaus. When Bonnie rang them about Damon, didn't seem like Elena or Stefan wanted to do anything and were slow to react. Why not call Stefan? As for those stakes, carrying them all around like that was dangerous and why take all of them and tell how many there were. Since Klaus was going to use compulsion on Damon, that was obvious and Stefan should have realized he wouldn't have vervane in his body now, since Rebekah drained him.

      Fun part: Alaric reminding Damon on hiding the moonstone in a soapdish, I always used to mention that too (in fact Damon was the dish!) Well, Alaric hid his on the bookshelf...always a teacher. How wooden was that.

      As for the house being in Elena's name, so how did Sage come in last week and now and Rebekah too for that matter and also when she and Damon went at it, surely Damon couldn't have invited them in. Just some niggling points to end on.

    • confused!

      Great episode! but im a bit confused if you kill a vampire than everyone they turn dies too. well when Rose dies why dosnt katherine and than stefan and damon? :S
    Casper Zafer

    Casper Zafer

    Finn Mikaelson

    Guest Star

    Cassidy Freeman

    Cassidy Freeman


    Guest Star

    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Featured Episode Clip

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Klaus: Let's all say a prayer for Finn, who slept in a box longer than he lived as man. He was a lovesick fool. He's better off in death.
        Rebekah: Is that how you would speak of me if I died?
        Klaus: Well, you let the Salvatores loose with two stakes that could kill us, so I guess we'll find out soon enough. And since when did you have a soft spot for them?
        Rebekah: The Salvatores may fight like dogs, but in the end, they would die for each other. At least they know what family means. You destroyed ours.
        Klaus: I wanted a family. They just didn't want me.

      • Caroline: I have blood on my hands, too. You know, we all do.
        Alaric: Yeah, but the blood on my hands is your father's.
        Caroline: Yeah, it is. And maybe the guy I killed was someone's father, too. Look...all I know is, I'm no better than you. So I'm going to take a page from the Elena Gilbert handbook and choose to believe that you can be saved.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Featured Music:
        "Demons" by Sleigh Bells
        "Shame And Fortune" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
        "On Your Way" by Alabama Shakes

      • Although credited, Michael Trevino (Tyler) does not appear in this episode.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, March 29, 2012 on CTV 2
        United Kingdom: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
        Sweden: Friday, May 11, 2012 on TV6
        Norway: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 on FEM
        Australia: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 on FOX8
        Turkey: Sunday, August 11, 2013 on CNBCe

    • ALLUSIONS (0)