The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 Episode 3

The Rager

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 2012 on The CW
out of 10
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  • Episode Summary

    Connor continues to investigate the secrets of Mystic Falls and tries to recruit Jeremy to help him. Damon and Klaus enlist Dr. Fell's help to question Connor, but the situation takes a deadly turn. Elena turns to Matt and Caroline for support as she tries to maintain some normalcy in her life and continue her senior year at Mystic Falls High. Elena struggles to control her anger when Rebekah show up at school, but she learns that confronting Rebekah can be extremely dangerous. Later, Rebekah is feeling lonely and reaches out to April. Stefan tries to show Elena that her life can still be fun by taking Elena on a wild motorcycle ride. Tyler receives a surprise visit from Hayley, a werewolf who helped him break his sire-bond to Klaus. Stefan turns to a Caroline for advice as he worries about Elena and his own emotions.


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    • The best episode of the season so far.

      Complete with action, drama, twist and intrigue. Keep them coming please.
    • Oversight

      Did anyone notice that the feeding marks on Matt's wrist were the wrong way around?
    • I forgot what I was going to say...

      I forgot what I was going to discuss, mainly because halfway through the episode Elena fantasized about Damon and I was plotting little stories here and there. LOVE this episode.
    • These folks need to listen to some Bob Marley...

      The Rager was a hell of an episode, but if you dig deep... It had some flaws. I mean, halfway through the show, when Rebekah shove Elena's ring down the sink, I thought: "didn't she save Elena, like, two episodes earlier? Why in the earth is that woman doing that". And then again, there's the logical reason: she loved her brother more than anything and Klaus treated her like a piece of junk. Fine. But why take it out on Elena all of a sudden? Is Elena that guilty? Didn't she already killed her once? Why trying to ruin the girl's death? Things like this get you wondering.

      But nahhh, we can all move past this and talk a little bit more about The Rager, where, in my opinion, all the characters were useful and capable of caring. Let's start with Elena, last week, she was on fire! And this week, she's even more badass! Yay Elena! I'm a huge fan of this new girl we got, and I'm happy she's making her own choices. So, at the beginning, we get to see she's still drinking from Matt, and this makes her feel a little bit... high (is this even the right word to use?). Everything is "heightened" (I feel like I need to emphasize this word, because it's the show's favorite). She wants more blood, she's craving a lot, and her emotions are all over the place, she's a total mess! And when Rebekah starts playing around with her (for reasons of pure enjoyment, I believe), her first reaction is to wanting to grab the white oak stake and killing the blonde. Isn't it nice? It was really cool to see how Elena was getting over the edge. Really, really, really cool. Also, she got infected with werewolf poison through beer in Rebekah's party (which is cool because I never knew their poison was just there, chillin in their gum, waiting to get pulled out with a syringe). But, anyways, it wasn't a big deal since Klaus saved her right away. He mentioned that she's important to him now (again!!!!!! this show) because of some deal with The Five... Also, she almost killed Matt by the end, but Damon showed up because he totes sense when his girl is feeding or in trouble and saved the guy. Oh yeah, and now he's gonna teach her how to live.

      Ok, The five. We know pretty much nothing about them, only that Connor is one and Klaus knows the history and, for some reason (that, as mentioned it also involves Elena) wants to keep him alive, that's why he saved the hunter from the blast. OH YEAH, THE BLAST! So, best part of the episode: they all made up a pretty nice plan in order to kill the hunter, and it feature Jeremy being a total liar? At the very beginning, that got me pretty much confused, I mean, did Jeremy actually want to be a vampire hunter? Where did that come from? But no, he was just carrying on with the plot. They set up a trap in the hospital (OK, THAT'S RESPONSIBLE!) and Damon, teaming up with no one else but Klaus faced the hunter with this FAQ and stuff, wanting to know secrets and what is the greater evil coming. Connor said nothing, because he's just that smart. So, it appeared that Damon had a plan to make the room where Connor was blow up, or did Connor do that with some trick? Didn't follow it, it happened fast. But the room exploded, Connor was dead.....ish. This show. As mentioned, Klaus saved him, and this was my favorite scene in the episode. The Vampire Diaries is awesome when creating mithology, and I just can't wait to see what the series is up to.

      Ok, Matt, useful, helped with the plan, helped Elena, AND SHOOT OUT A BUNCH OF TRUTH TO REBEKAH'S FACE (oh wait... it was Rebekah's dream)! There you go, Matt! You didn't appear enough, but you were definetely a scene-stealer in The Rager. And oh, speaking of characters that aren't useful at all, hey there Meredith! Damon tried to make her the new Alaric, which is so not cool, btw. She was smart enough to deny that offer, as she mentioned, she is not his new partner in vampire crime. So yeah, I liked her this episode.

      Hmmm, ok, quick reviewing some other stuff because I've already written a lot: WELCOME HOME, PHOEBE! And may I say you've already changed a lot in this show? Looks like unbreakable Forwood faced some ups and downs, since Tyler cheated on Caroline in his time out (which is no surprise, since he's always so horny). That's a twist, and I no longer hope Tyler to be with Caroline, he doesn't deserve someone as awesome as her anymore, sorry, get out. Anyway, Phoebe's character (which name didn't appear or I didn't pay attention) sure has a few secrets that I'm dying to know. Ok, Caroline was awesome as usual, and I loved her bonding with Stefan more than the natural. I don't like Caroline with Klaus and I don't like (anymore) Caroline with Tyler, so, Caroline and Stefan are a great couple, since I'm getting to the fact that Delena will end up happening. It is true, Elena is a lot more like Damon, and I kinda liked Delena this episode, and that had never happened before. That's the beginning, although, I hope that they treat this situation nicely: Stefan and Elena are still in love and dating, so... I trust the writters to built everything (and by that I mean at least 15 episodes) to Delena, not just throw scenes at the screen like last season did. And I also started shipping Rebekah and April? Am I crazy?

      This episode reminded me of Bad Moon Rising, from season 2, one of my favorite episodes of all time. Don't think TVD will ever be what it was in Season 2, but so far, I'm liking season 4 way better than season 3. But TVD is awesome either way. I get in love with this show more and more every week. ALSO, WHERE'S BONNIE???????????? Grading a 9 because of Rebekah's issue, lack of Bonnie an Phoebe's low screen time.

      PS.: I really loved Connor's plan last week, but really, spiting Rebekah's party beer with wolf poison was just... brilliant, brilliant.

      PS2.: ALSO, I HAVEN'T MENTIONED... But next week's episode looks like it's the best :o. Now really, that promo... No, really...moreless
    • The Rager

      The Rager was a multifaceted explosion of awesomeness! I really enjoyed watching because the story lines were well written, the actors were superb, and there was more mystery added to the ever increasing drama. I liked seeing Rebekah and Klaus. The Hunter makes some moves and there are some revelations and more questions surrounding him. I liked seeing Elena battling with her hunger and it was great to see her rage along with it in certain scenes. A girl from Tyler's past when he was away shows up and Caroline was awesome in her short appearances. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching what happens next along with answers to some of the questions raised in this episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
    Nicci Faires

    Nicci Faires


    Guest Star

    Phoebe Tonkin

    Phoebe Tonkin


    Recurring Role

    Torrey DeVitto

    Torrey DeVitto

    Dr. Meredith Fell

    Recurring Role

    Todd Williams

    Todd Williams

    Connor Jordan

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Elena was the fifth main character to get infected with werewolf venom, after Damon, Katherine, Stefan and Caroline. They were all healed by Klaus. Rebekah also got poisoned but she needed no healing since she is an original.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Connor: You two are gonna kill me anyway.
        Klaus: Well, let's not be too hasty. I feel we're just getting to know each other.
        Damon: Let's start with the basics. Where are you from? What do you know? Maybe you can cue me in on this greater evil, because I've fought this guy (points to Klaus) and there's nothing more evil than that.
        Klaus: Yeah, truth be told, I'm as evil as it gets.
        Connor: I'm not telling you anything. You think if you kill me it's gonna be over? There's another waiting to take my place.
        Damon: See, this is what I like to hear. Vague threats, ominous prophecies, disappearing tattoos.

      • Damon: So how well did you know Pastor Young?
        Meredith: He was a patient of mine. He was always a nice guy.
        Damon: A nice crazy guy. He wrote a letter about sacrifice and war brewing in Mystic Falls.
        Meredith: What does he mean, "a greater evil is coming"? Don't we have great enough evil already?
        Damon: You'd think.
        Meredith: How'd you get stuck on hunter duty?
        Damon: Stefan had a physics test.
        Meredith: You are a good brother.
        Damon: I'm the bad brother.
        Meredith: You're strung up to a bomb while Stefan plays vampire with the girl who broke your heart. But you are doing a very good job of acting like it doesn't suck.

      • Meredith: (while Damon is trapped) Tell me that is not a bomb.
        Damon: Ok. It's a kitten. It's an adorable, exploding kitten.

      • Elena: (to Stefan, referring to Rebekah) I hate her. I didn't think I was capable of hate, but I hate her and I hate that I hate her.

      • Rebekah: (seeing Matt during a hallucination) I'm surprised you came to my party.
        Matt: Well, I thought about it. You explained why you ran me off the bridge, so the least I could do is explain how I feel. The truth is, Rebekah, I think you're amazing. You've had a thousand years to learn, to grow, and to start fresh. And somehow you've managed to throw it all away. Now you're alone. You're compelling your friends. Your brother hates you. You whine about not finding love. The reason you don't find love is because you don't deserve it.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Although credited, Katerina Graham (Bonnie) does not appear in this episode.

      • Featured Music:
        "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
        "Diparate Youth" by Santigold
        "Keep You" by Wild Belle
        "Girl Like Me" by Ladyhawke
        "Don't Say Oh Well" by Grouplove
        "Too Close" by Alex Clare

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, October 25, 2012 on CTV 2
        United Kingdom: Monday, October 29, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
        Norway: Thursday, November 15, 2012 on FEM
        Sweden: Saturday, February 9, 2013 on TV6

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