The Vampire Diaries Episodes

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The Vampire Diaries Season 1 episodes

Founder's Day Season 1, Episode 22

The first season concludes with a Founder's Day celebration that ends in destruction and death because of a plan set in motion by Johnathan Gilbert to kill all of the town's vampires. Meanwhile, Elena tries to repair her relationship with Jeremy, but he refuses to listen to her and considers Anna's offer to become a vampire. read more

Isobel Season 1, Episode 21

Alaric's vampire wife Isobel returns to town and demands a meeting with her daughter Elena in order to gain access to a mysterious device that can allegedly harm vampires. To ensure that Elena cooperates, Isobel kidnaps Jeremy and threatens to kill him. read more

Blood Brothers Season 1, Episode 20

Elena learns the truth about how Stefan and Damon became vampires back in 1864, and Stefan struggles with whether he wants to continue to live. Meanwhile, Pearl decides to move away from Mystic Falls after a nasty confrontation with Johnathan Gilbert, but Anna refuses to go with her. read more

Miss Mystic Falls Season 1, Episode 19

Elena and Caroline compete for the title of Miss Mystic Falls during the Founder's Day Gala. Meanwhile, Stefan's need for human blood continues to consume him and he kidnaps a girl from the gala to feed upon her; and Damon learns John Gilbert is seeking a mysterious device created in 1864 that Pearl has in her possession. read more

Under Control Season 1, Episode 18

Elena and Jeremy receive a surprise visit from an uncle who controls their estate, and he has a violent encounter with Damon. Meanwhile, Stefan struggles to resist drinking human blood to gain strength, and he gets drunk at a Founders Day event, where Matt and Tyler get into a fight. read more

Let the Right One In Season 1, Episode 17

Stefan and Damon face a dangerous new enemy. The encounter leads to a perilous situation for Stefan, and Elena tries to get Alaric to help. Meanwhile, Caroline makes a shocking discovery when her car breaks down during a storm; and Matt's mom visits, giving him hope that she will stay for good. read more

There Goes the Neighborhood Season 1, Episode 16

Elena and Stefan go on an awkward double date with Caroline and Matt; Anna brings her vampire mother to visit Damon; Jeremy cuts himself to see if Anna will reveal herself to be a vampire; and Damon tries to seduce Matt's mother. read more

A Few Good Men Season 1, Episode 15

Matt's mother appears unexpectedly; Damon takes part in a fund-raising bachelor raffle; Elena searches for information about her birth mother; Alaric confronts Damon about his late wife. read more

Fool Me Once Season 1, Episode 14

Bonnie and Grams attempt to open the mysterious tomb that Damon believes has confined Katherine for the past 145 years. Meanwhile, Anna threatens to kill Jeremy if Stefan doesn't help her get her mother out of the tomb, and Damon learns a devastating secret about Katherine. read more

Children of the Damned Season 1, Episode 13

Stefan and Damon recall the horrific events of 1864 that resulted in their broken relationship when their father became a vampire hunter who targeted Katherine, and Stefan confronts Alaric over why he's in Mystic Falls. Meanwhile, Bonnie learns the truth about Ben, and Anna searches for the Gilbert journal that holds the secret to opening Katherine's tomb. read more

Unpleasantville Season 1, Episode 12

Stefan and Damon attempt to learn the identity of a new vampire who is threatening Elena, and they accompany her to a school dance with a 1950s theme where they hope to lure the vampire. Meanwhile, Matt begins working at the Mystic Grill to earn extra cash, and Anna tries to gain possession of the journal that belonged to Jeremy's ancestor. read more

Bloodlines Season 1, Episode 11

Damon rescues Elena from a car accident and takes her to Georgia where he surprises an old flame (Gina Torres), but he's confronted by someone who attempts to make him pay for past wrongdoings. Meanwhile, Bonnie fears she is losing her powers, and Jeremy meets a cute girl (Malese Jow) who believes vampires are present in Mystic Falls. read more

Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "The Turning Point" Season 1, Episode 10

The last Vampire Diaries of the decade also (ironically) capped off ten episodes of death, witchcraft and drama—MAJOR drama.

Viewers have gone on quite a journey since first setting foot in Mystic Falls and that can be attributed to one thing—consistently solid writing. Show runners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson aren't content with simply spinning their wheels.

This is the story of Mystic Falls and its inhabitants— living and undead. There's a lot of moving pieces to this story and boy are they moving. I noted in my very first recap for the series just how many characters are being juggled in this show and I can't believe how far we've come with them in only ten chapters.

So, what happened into night's chapter, "The Turning Point?"

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Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "History Repeating" Season 1, Episode 9

First there were vamps, then witches... Now, the ghosts — well, it's actually just one ghost, for now —have come to town.  Man, Mystic Falls just can't catch a break.

Proving yet again that the word "stall" doesn't exist in the Vampire Diaries' writers' room, "History Repeating" brought Bonnie's first significant adventure as a witch to a close while also revealing the reason for the timing of Damon's return to Mystic Falls.  Hint: It's not for the high-school football.

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Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "162 Candles" Season 1, Episode 8

Halloween may be over but the witches and vamps of Mystic Falls didn't get the message. If the All Hallows' Eve-themed "Haunted" tied the bow on a lot of dangling ribbons, then "162 Candles" started wrapping a whole new present. Taking full advantage of their chance to stop and a take a breath, the writers introduced us to an old — make that really old — friend of the Salvatore brothers while giving screen time to characters we haven't seen much of lately.

So, what happened?

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Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "Haunted" Season 1, Episode 7

You've got to wonder, what really changes in a town like Mystic Falls when Halloween rolls around? I mean, we've already got vampires and witches. Other creatures, demons and warlocks are bound to follow. 'Halloween' owns the town and only a few humans admit it. I suppose the holiday gives the townspeople a chance to let their freak flag fly. You know, subconsciously admit there's something unsettling about their settlement.

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The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "Lost Girls" Season 1, Episode 6

Written by series developers Williamson/Plec and directed by Marcos Siega, "Lost Girls" signaled the start of a new chapter for The Vampire Diaries.  In last week's recap, I submitted that "You're Undead to Me" will be remembered as the episode that changed everything.  This week's installment reaffirmed that belief by featuring an Elena like we've never seen, revelatory flashbacks (should you choose to believe Stefan's side of things) and a major change — er, transition for Vicki.

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The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "You're Undead to Me" Season 1, Episode 5

Bringing a number of plot lines to a head, "You're Undead to Me" featured the Diaries characters staring harsh realities directly in the face. The episode also went a long way in proving there are plenty of interesting characters besides Ian Somerhalder's Damon by using him sparingly and minimizing his trademark energy and wit.

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The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "Family Ties" Season 1, Episode 4

With "Family Ties," The Vampire Diaries delivered a slower entry designed to build up its characters (new and old) before, no doubt, returning to murder, revelations and football in upcoming episodes.

To say the episode was slow is not to say it was without surprises. The last quarter of the story featured two twists on top of one another. One of these story turns I saw coming, and the other completely surprised me while leaving this episode with a great aftertaste. More on that later.

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The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "Friday Night Bites" Season 1, Episode 3

On the same day the CW announced they ordered nine new scripts from the writer's room, The Vampire Diaries returns with its third outing, "Friday Night Bites."  Damon continues to make good on his promise/threat to Stefan (it's been almost 150 years, why stop now?) by literally using the people in Elena's life as pawns on the giant chessboard known as Mystic Falls.

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Vampire Diaries: "The Night of the Comet" Season 1, Episode 2

Following a record-setting, mythology-heavy first chapter, The Vampire Diaries returned with a streamlined plot, more Somerhalder and solid plot twists.  I'm a firm believe it's the second episode of a series that tells viewers whether a show works or not and after having seen Night of the Comet, I definitely think this show works... read more

The Vampire Diaries Episode Recap: "Pilot" Season 1, Episode 1

Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, Scream) and Julie Plec (Kyle XY) bring the world of author L.J. Smith to life with the series premiere of The Vampire Diaries. The pilot features Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as the Salvatore brothers, vampires whose centuries-old war spills over into their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia as well as the life of Elena Gilbert, played by Nina Dobrev.

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Premiered: September 10, 2009, on CW
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A Virginia high-school student falls for a new boy in class who is actually a centuries-old vampire struggling to live peacefully among humans. Based on the young-adult book series by L.J. Smith.

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