The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 Episode 12

The Ties That Bind

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2012 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Bonnie believes her dreams she's been having about Klaus's coffins will help her figure out how he can be killed. The recurring dreams also lead Bonnie to a reunion with her mother, Abby, whom Bonnie hasn't seen for 15 years. When they visit Abby's farmhouse, Bonnie and Elena meet Jamie, a young man Abby took in years earlier. Though Bonnie's sudden appearance catches Abby off-guard, she does her best to explain the past. Tyler turns to an unexpected ally as he works to regain his free will. Damon is intrigued by Dr. Fell, and Klaus and Stefan continue their violent negotiations over control of the coffins containing Klaus's family members.


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  • kelly

    I can't even bloody watch it, I'm not happy at all
  • Guess who's back! (Spoilers)

    Well there's a twist that I stopped expecting about 5 episodes into this season! Elijah is back! But before I get into that, let's talk about Stefan..

    Apparently, Stefan is still holding onto some humanity. Tonight Elena decided to flap her gums about Damon which revealed some real concern in Stefan. Ugh. This better not get in the way of everything with - let's face it - the better brother. Elena has to see that!

    Klaus decided to get back on the offensive by compelling Bonnie's mom to find out where the caskets were being held, but not before Damon was able to hide the mysterious fourth one. Oh, and he apparently decided to de-stake Elijah in the process! :O Whoa! Personally, I miss Rebekah the most. I certainly hope Elijah doesn't figure out a way to kill Klaus.. I mean come on now, Klaus is the coolest villain ever!

    I give it a 9 because Elena and Stefan's little "mutual understanding" moment annoyed the crap out of me. That, and the whole unsiring thing with Tyler and Caroline wasn't as cool as I'd hoped.

    Still, a superb episode as always.moreless
  • The Ties That Bind

    This is episode was the worst episode of the season and i think it was the worst because they focused on Bonnie ( i love her but it seems that if there is an episode that focuses on her it is boring and eventually becomes the worst episode of the season) the best thing about this episode was Elijah coming back and that is what is making me so excited for the next episode, and for the rating i know it may be harsh that i put a 6.5 but it deserved this rating and as you can seethe rest of my ratings for this season has all been 10s.moreless
  • The Ties That Bind are..... AMAZING!!

    This episode was awesome! I loved how it took Elena & Bonnie out of Mystic Falls 4 a few hours.

    However I thought Bonnie's characterization was a bit rushed still it was nice 2 have Bonnie be the semi-focus of a episode she always seems 2 b in the background.

    I LOVED Elijah's reappearance so cool!

    Great job Damon 4 SPOILER, releasing him!

    I also loved how when Damon had that dagger in his hand you didn't know if he brought Rebekkah or Elijah, I hoped he had brought Rebekah back.

    However I'm SUPER happy it was Elijah!

    When he first appeared I was SO PSYCHED!

    This show just keeps getting better & better! So excited 4 February 2nd!moreless
  • The Ties That Bind

    The Ties That Bind was a great episode of The Vampire Diaries but by no means the best for the stories engaged. I did enjoy watching this episode because it did have some good character and plot development, I suppose it just felt like a lot of filler and fluffing for future episodes which is still a good thing in this case. It was interesting to meet Bonnie's mother and to see the return of a great character! There were some emotional and touching moments as well as a little action, and some new questions. I look forward to watching the next episode of The Vampire diaries!!!!!!!!!moreless
Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman


Guest Star

Robert Ri'chard

Robert Ri'chard


Guest Star

Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies


Recurring Role

Jack Coleman

Jack Coleman

Bill Forbes

Recurring Role

Torrey DeVitto

Torrey DeVitto

Dr. Meredith Fell

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Stefan: You've changed. Something's different about you. You're stronger, tougher.
      Elena: You're not the only one who changed, Stefan. We all had to.
      Stefan: That's good to know.

    • Dr. Fell: Why do you even care?
      Damon: Because Ric likes you. And if you're a psychopath, that would really suck for him.
      Dr. Fell: You think I killed my ex-boyfriend?
      Damon: I think psychopaths are incredibly high-maintenance.

    • Stefan: I shouldn't have kidnapped you. The car, the bridge, it was too far.
      Elena: Thank you.
      Stefan: But you shouldn't have lied to me today. You can't go off and do things like that, Elena. Not while Klaus is still alive.
      Elena: I know. I just, I wanted to give Bonnie a moment with her mother, without everything else getting in the way.
      Stefan: Without me getting in the way.
      Elena: I didn't plan on kissing him.
      Stefan: You're better than him, Elena. You're better than both of us.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) and Zach Roerig (Matt) do not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Code Red" by The Boxer Rebellion
      "Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys
      "Money Saves" by Delta Spirit
      "Rewind (Acoustic)" by Diane Birch

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, January 19, 2012 on CTV 2
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Sweden: Friday, March 30, 2012 on TV6
      Norway: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 on FEM
      Turkey: Sunday, July 21, 2013 on CNBCe