The Vampire Diaries

Season 1 Episode 16

There Goes the Neighborhood

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 01, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Anna visits Damon and brings along an unexpected guest. Elena and Stefan endure an awkward double date with Caroline and Matt, but Stefan and Matt start to bond after realizing they share some common ground. Jenna reunites with her old friend Kelly, and Jeremy and Anna's relationship moves in a new direction.moreless

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  • What an amazing episode...

    As I said in the summary, what an amazing episode!

    The first thing I'd like to say is... well, ask, rather... is has anyone else noticed that The Vampire Diaries has changed a lot in the last two episodes? To my mind, it kinda sort of seems like in the earlier episodes it was more teen-drama-y, which is all right, but as the show has progressed, it has become more thriller/horror/action, and I'm loving every single second of it.

    IMO, this episode and the previous episode have been the best of the series. I loved the episode You're Undead to Me and the one before it (was it called Family Ties? I forget.. .. .. ..). But yes. I love this show.

    Things I loved about this episode:

    1. Everything. Hah.

    2. The ending! When Jeremy told Anna that he wanted her to turn him, I got chills. I did not see that coming. Why does he want to become a vampire? I mean, Vicki's gone. So what else is there? I guess we'll find out. Maybe so he can eternally be with Anna? Although he doesn't really know her that well. Ahh... yes... I'm rambling. Love it.

    3. Jeremy finding out that Anna was a vampire. Sweetto.

    4. Seeing Elena and Stefan being happy together. It's nice to have a couple have no drama and just be happy on a television show.

    5. The development of Matt and Caroline's characters and their relationship. Even though it's [the relationship] rocky, I like them together. Caroline can be a little stupid, I won't deny it, and Matt can say some stupid things (like the he and Elena making out in the sports car comment... c'mon), but their stupidity makes them one good couple.

    6. The double date. The tension was amusing.

    7. The scene was Jenna was with the vampire. I was pretty sure she wasn't going to die, but I couldn't quite be sure, and it was amazing for my eyes. lol. My heart was pounding.

    8. Pearl. I like her character. Mean!! In an awsomeeeee way.

    9. Jeremy and Anna. I like the idea of them being together. Kind of hope he gets turned. But I also kind of don't. Conflicted.

    Things I didn't like

    1. That two of the new vampires died. I mean, as a hardcore TVD fan, I should know that if a new vampire comes on the show and they don't seem to be very important to the storyline, they'll stick around for one episode... two tops. I understand the chick vampire dying, but I liked the guy. Wait, did he die? Never mind. Because he was in the next episode's preview... But Pearl staked him... Never mind... Oops.

    2. Where's Bonnie? I miss that witch!

    3. Where's Alaric? I miss that un-killable dude! After last week where Damon un-killed him, you can't just NOT have him in this week's episode. Well, I mean, you can, because they didn't, but they shouldn't have. Ahh, well.

    4. When it ended. :PP made me want so much more!!!

    TTY Next Weekmoreless
  • Season 1, Episode 16

    This show blows me away every single episode. I mean seriously. In this episode, Elena and Stefan go out on a double date with Caroline and Matt. Elena wants one night to be a "normal" girl where she doesn't have to worry about vampires or witches or anything. While on the date Caroline feels threatened by Elena because Matt and Elena are talking about the times when they used to date. All of the vampires who came out of the tomb are at Pearl's house where she tells them they cannot leave! But, Anna leaves with a man. That man sees Elena and calls her Katherine. Plus he sees her with Stefan Salvatore. Jeremy being more convinced that Anna is a vampire, slits this hand in front of Anna and Anna can't resist so she sucks his blood, but eventually runs away when Jenna arrives home. Later, Anna asks Jeremy how he knew she was a vampire and he tells her about Vicki and she tells him that she could have killed him. and THEN Jeremy tells Anna that he wants her to turn him!! Later, that man shows up at the Salvatore residence and hurts Stefan!


    I officially love this show!moreless
  • While Stefan and Elena are trying to normalize their relationship by double dating with Matt and Caroline, Damon is visited by Anna and her mother. The visit is not very pleasant and things are about to get extremely messy in Mystic Falls.moreless

    This show seems to waver back and forth between a show about teen angst and a show about bloody killing vampires. When there is intrigue and you have to figure out what's going on it is much more interesting. In this case they are hitting you over the head with what is happening. Yes, there are a few intriguing things still occurring, but for the most part the story is becoming very stale.

    So we have a huge nest of vampires now in Mystic Falls. Not just a few, but a few dozen all of which had been inhabiting the crypt that Bonnie's Grandmother opened and didn't properly seal afterwords. So it's taken quite a few episodes but we finally know that was all for naught.

    Anna has brought back her mother and all of the vampires that were in the crypt and they are living in a farm outside of town. It turns out that Anna must be pretty old and her mother has "four hundred years on Damon and Stefan." Hmmm, that important point was left out when they were fooling around opening the sealed crypt. Under these circumstances one actually might feel bad for Damon for the first time since this show started out. As far as the actions of the humans in this episode, only Elena's brothers bold declaration really was a surprise or was it?

    So the big question going forward is how will Stefan and Damon deal with this apocalypse of biblical proportions here in their little town of Mystic Falls? If they were smart they might just leave! Not likely. So I guess we will see what way this story goes beginning with the next episode. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Stefan and Damon starts to bond with more folks in Mystic falls, while Pearl and her vampire friends are planning something big. Jeremy encounters Anna again.

    This episode focuses more on how the vampires are mingling around in Mystic falls. It seems that Matt will always have something special for Elena and can't seem to let go. I think this is the third time, Caroline is doing another jealousy pout - I'm getting tired of watching the re-runs of it. She should have broken up with Matt because his heart still belongs to his ex. I feel like Matt and Elena never got a chance to talk about what really happened and move through their break up. Matt is a guy who's going to question about alot of things in his life and still haven't got the answers yet.

    A few interesting things are revealed again in this episode. Firstly, how Pearl has revealed her self to be 400 years (or older?) than Damon and she is seemingly more physically powerful as she moves with faster speed and stamina. This got me wondering if Katherine is around that number or even much older than Pearl? Sara, Elena's Aunty really threw me off as a fun, carefree and easy going blonde who's just going about her life looking after her relatives and hoping to meet someone to be in her life again but i guess it's just an act, perhaps every body puts on in Mystic falls? As she didn't get compelled by one of the vampires from the tomb. I guess she knew about vampires too? and takes vervain to protect herself. It didn't shocked me that Jeremy wanted to be a vampire. His character is portrayed as reckless, emotionally weak and can't stand on his two feet properly. He is too predictable!

    Finally, let's see which vampire will get nasty first in the next episode... or perhaps we will get to see where Isabel really is and what Alaric is getting up to?moreless
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Sterling Sulieman


Guest Star

Stephen Martines

Stephen Martines


Guest Star

Tiffany Morgan

Tiffany Morgan

Samantha Gibbons

Guest Star

Malese Jow

Malese Jow


Recurring Role

Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu


Recurring Role

Melinda Clarke

Melinda Clarke

Kelly Donovan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Stefan: Damon hasn't said a word to me. Every time I try to talk to him he shuts me down.
      Elena: Do you think he's still trying to find Katherine?
      Stefan: I don't know. He waited a hundred and forty-five years, only to find out that Katherine could not care less. I mean, it's gotta hurt, right?
      Elena: And it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

    • Stefan: This is all kind of new to me. I usually keep to myself, I don't always fit in.
      Matt: That's because you're that guy.
      Stefan: What guy?
      Matt: The guy who seems like he has everything so the people who don't kind of run the other way.
      Stefan: Is that what I seem like?
      Matt: Pretty much.
      Stefan: Hmm. What a dick.

    • Stefan: Have you thought any more about what you're gonna do?
      Elena: About what? Isobel, my vampire birth mother, who's related to my vampire ancestor, Katherine, who screwed over your vampire brother? Nah. Haven't thought about it at all.

    • Elena: Have you ever even been on a double date before?
      Stefan: Oh, absolutely. Uh, '72. Hef and the twins.
      Elena: What?
      Stefan: Yeah. Playmates. I got Miss June.

    • Jeremy: Why didn't you...kill me?
      Anna: I don't know. Maybe I'm a sucker for guys like you.
      Jeremy: Like what?
      Anna: Lost. But why would you confront me about it? Why would you risk it?
      Jeremy: Because if it was true, maybe...I don't know. Maybe it's true about Vicki. And also because...I want you to turn me.

    • Frederick: Katherine.
      Elena: I'm sorry. You have the wrong person.

    • Matt: Is there anything you're not good at?
      Stefan: Double dating.

    • Jeremy: I actually have to write another paper. I was thinking about squeezing in one more out on the vampires of Mystic Falls.
      Anna: Really? Haven't you exhausted the subject?
      Jeremy: No. No, I wanna go deeper, you know? I wanna understand why people were labeled as vampires back in the day. I mean, maybe there is such a thing as vampires. They're just different from the way we always thought they were.
      Anna: What do you mean?
      Jeremy: Well, uh, maybe they're normal...and good. Just outsiders, you know? Um, misunderstood.

    • Kelly: You're new around here.
      Damon: Oh, on the contrary. I'm very old.

    • Damon: What exactly are you trying to achieve?
      Pearl: Mystic Falls is our home, Damon. They took that from us. Our land, our home. It's time we rebuild.
      Damon: What, are you crazy? That was 1864. Wake up, woman. The world has moved on.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Katerina Graham (Bonnie), Michael Trevino (Tyler) and Matt Davis (Alaric) do not appear in this episode. This was the first episode where Alaric does not appear after Matt Davis became a regular in the opening credits.

    • Featured Music:
      "Better Than This" by Keane
      "CloudHead" by In-Flight Safety
      "The Ocean" by Tegan & Sara
      "Cross My Heart" by Marianas Trench
      "Perfect Day" by The Constellations
      "Crash/Land" by In-Flight Safety
      "Love Sick Mistake" by Erin McCarley
      "The Mess I Made" by Parachute

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, April 1, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: Monday, April 5, 2010 on GO!
      Latin America: Thursday, April 15, 2010 on Warner Channel
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 on ITV2
      Sweden: Thursday, June 3, 2010 on TV6
      Norway: Thursday, September 30, 2010 on FEM
      Germany: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 on ProSieben
      Slovakia: Sunday, January 9, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: Monday, April 4, 2011 on TVN
      Turkey: Saturday, May 21, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Thursday, June 21, 2012 on TV Nova


    • (Stefan, Caroline, Matt, and Elena walk into Stefan's house)
      Caroline: (referring to Damon and Matt's mother) Yeah. Uh, yeah, this is much better than watching Damon visit Cougar Town.

      This is a reference to the television series Cougar Town, which debuted in 2009, about an older divorced woman who begins dating younger men.