The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 Episode 5

The Reckoning

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2011 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Tyler decide to oblige Caroline when she urges them to celebrate Senior Prank Night, but uninvited guests make for a deadly evening. Damon convinces Jeremy that his connection to the other side may be the way to defeat Klaus. Klaus uses Stefan for more dangerous and brutal intentions.

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  • CHANGE

    10
    One of the best episodes in the whole series!!! To begin with we have a bunch of teenagers trying to act like normal teenagers and finally remembering they have school, which is ironic since school hasn't officially started yet. And then Klaus discovers Elena is alive, something that we lead to what we all suspected from the beginning and what Stefan also suspected; that Elena's blood was necessary for the creation of hybrids. Which is an interesting turn because now Elena is valuable to Klaus. He has to ensure her protection. And Klaus actually gave Tyler a purpose. It is also very interesting to find out there is a person Klaus is afraid of.

    Damon and Katherine: Love their interactions!!! The car scene was fun (the song was so nice, second time they used TV on the Radio!!). Katherine was teasing Damon about Elena and vice versa. Katherine seems to understand that she has lost her appeal on Damon. Also loved the scene with Jeremy and Damon. It was sweet, as scenes between them always are; kind of brotherly :)

    I liked Bonnie's and Matt's storyline too. It was one of the few times that Bonnie actually played a part and their interaction, one that we do not see very often was certainly interesting.

    Stefan: He was trying so hard to fight Klaus. The moment when he was trying to compell him to turn it off and he was fighting it was one of the strongest moments. Also I thing that this was a turning point in the whole triangle. Stefan did things under the compulsion, because of it, but even after it that affected his relationship with Elena.

    Damon and Elena: This episode was indicative of what they were trying to prove (or at least it seems so) in s03, that is that Elena was safe when Damon was around. This episode drew Stefan and Elena away and brought up a promise from Damon that Elena believed. The most important part though, I think was the fact that even though Damon smelled Elena's blood through the tubes, he did not react to it. Not even his face changed. Which I think shows how much he cares for her.

    Overall a great episode, that set things to motion and put forward things that changed the ballance in the show.moreless
  • Done with this show.

    1.0
    What was once a show that had great characters and storylines has just turned into a bloody mess. I can't care for a show that does not care about thier characters any more. Turning Tyler into that thing makes me sick. Stefan thinks he is so cool. He has turned into a cartoon. Elena has no back bone. Why doesn't she tell claus to shut the hell up! I am sick of him hurting people. The show has no human emotion anymore. Mostly because all the humans on the show were turned into witchs or Vamps. This episode was the last straw for me. I am offically done with this series.moreless
  • Yet another great twist of the show!

    8.5
    Proves yet again that story lines of the show were intricately woven together. All comes together here and we see the purpose of each character as well as the story lines that in the beginning seemed to be purposeless and quite off like Jeremy seeing ghosts. AND WHAT A TWIST!

    The scene where Damon carry Elena made me cry, coz I could really feel how much he really loves Elena.
  • WOW!!! What an episode!!

    10
    I was completely blown away by how great and amazing this episode was. It has to be my favorite episode so far for season three. The suspence was literally keeping me on the edge of my seat!

    Well.....For starters, As much as i like klaus as a character, how evil of him to be literally using Stefan as a puppet. But it makes everything so much more interesting and leaving me wanting and not being able to wait for the next episode.In the season 2 finale, i was sooooooooooooo so afraid that we would never see good stefan again ever in the series, but i was definitely wrong. He definitely has a chance because he is just under Klaus' compulsion.

    It literally warmed my heart when we saw that even after all of this, he still protects Elana and still loves her. I dont think that is going away. But then my heart was tv brokenlol when klaus took that away from him.

    Damon and Katherine, well...not much to say about themfor this episode because there wasnot much going on. Love lovelove thoughthat change in Katherine. She totally turned good. I am really interested in the installment of Michael. I aminterested to see what Klaus is so afraid ofsimply becauseklaus is a hybridAND an original.

    All in all. GREAT episode!!! Cant wait for more.moreless
  • The Reckoning

    10
    The Reckoning was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The Vampire Diaries. I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development, the acting was superb, the story lines were awesome, and there were many scenes of intrigue and drama. It seems debatable about which ghosts to trust and it was interesting to see Stefan fight being forced to obey Klaus. Tyler was used for and survived a deadly experiment. There were many cool twists and turns. I look forward to watching the next episode to learn more about Michael and to see what happens next!!!!!!!!!

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Joseph Morgan

Joseph Morgan

Klaus Mikaelson

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis

Alaric Saltzman

Candice Accola

Candice Accola

Caroline Forbes

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce

Katerina Graham

Katerina Graham

Bonnie Bennett

Steven R. McQueen

Steven R. McQueen

Jeremy Gilbert

Anna Enger

Anna Enger

Dana

Guest Star

Mark Buckland

Mark Buckland

Chad

Guest Star

Vickie Eng

Vickie Eng

Nurse

Guest Star

Claire Holt

Claire Holt

Rebekah Mikaelson

Recurring Role

Malese Jow

Malese Jow

Anna

Recurring Role

Kayla Ewell

Kayla Ewell

Vicki Donovan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Klaus: I'd like you all to meet my sister, Rebekah. A word of warning, she can be quite mean.
      Rebekah: Don't be an ass.

    • Rebekah: You two are adorable.
      Caroline: Uh, do we know you?
      Rebekah: You're Caroline, Elena's friend, which makes you Tyler, the werewolf.
      Caroline: And who are you?
      Rebekah: I'm the new girl.

    • Klaus: There's my girl.
      Elena: Klaus.
      Klaus: You are supposed to be dead. What are we gonna do about that?

    • Stefan: I listen to the words that come out of your mouth, and all I hear is the sound of your heart pumping blood through your body. And when that clock ticks down...I'm going to have to feed on you. And you want to know what's worse? I'm not going to be able to stop.
      Elena: I don't believe that. You can fight it. You just have to want it bad enough.
      Stefan: Why, because I love you?
      Elena: Yeah. That's right, Stefan. Because you love me. You'll fight because after everything that we've been through, you owe me that!
      Stefan: You know what? You're right, you're right. I owe you everything. Because through all of this, you are the one thing that has kept me from giving up, from turning it all off. But I can't help what I am, Elena. The more blood that I get, the more I want, and if I get so much as near yours...you are dead.

    • Damon: I'm going back.
      Katherine: You're gonna get yourself killed. The Damon I remember wouldn't have been that stupid.
      Damon: I wouldn't have done it for you.

    • Katherine: What if I told you there was a way to kill Klaus? And not dagger dead. Dead dead.
      Damon: I'd say you were desperate and lying. Or drunk. Or a desperate, lying drunk.

    • Matt: Do you realize that just last summer, you and I were lifeguards at the pool? (Bonnie nods) And the only two problems I had in my life were that Elena was breaking up with me and I sucked at CPR.
      Bonnie: Everything was so different.
      Matt: Yeah. Now Elena's dating a vampire, you're a witch, my sister's a ghost, and I'm...I'm just a guy who's wondering how life got so screwed up.

    • Klaus: (as he drags Elena into the room with Stefan) Now this is fascinating, I've never seen this before. The only thing stronger than your craving for blood is your love for this one girl. Why don't you turn it off?
      Stefan: NO!
      Klaus: Come on. Your humanity is killing you. All the guilt must be exhausting.

    • Elena: Where were you, Damon?
      Damon: I shouldn't have left. I promise you I will never leave you again.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Matt Davis (Alaric) does not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Will Do" by TV On The Radio
      "Please Ask For Help" by Telekinesis
      "10,000 Lovers" by Ida Maria
      "Torch Song" by Shady Bard

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, October 13, 2011 on CTV 2
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Sweden: Friday, December 16, 2011 on TV6
      Norway: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 on FEM

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