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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episodes

22 Episodes 2011 - 2012

The third season of "The Vampire Diaries," based on the novels by L.J. Smith, finds Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) leaning on Alaric (Matt Davis) after Jenna's (Sara Canning) death. Stefan (Paul Wesley) joins forces with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), leaving a brokenhearted Elena and an angry Damon (Ian Somerhalder) back in Mystic Falls. Jeremy begins to experience some of the supernatural world on his own; and Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) grow closer despite their differences.

Episode 1

The Birthday

Thu, Sep 15, 2011 60 mins

The third season begins with Elena and Damon searching for Stefan, who is with Klaus tracking a werewolf. Meanwhile, Caroline plans a party for Elena's 18th birthday, and Jeremy sees the ghosts of his former girlfriends Vicki and Anna.

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Episode 2

The Hybrid

Thu, Sep 22, 2011 60 mins

Klaus tries to create werewolf-vampire hybrids, but his plan goes awry. Meanwhile, Damon battles a werewolf; Tyler reveals his secret to this mother; Caroline encounters a stranger from her past; and Vicki's ghost tries to get Jeremy to bring her back to life.

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Episode 3

The End of the Affair

Thu, Sep 29, 2011 60 mins

Klaus and Stefan travel to Chicago, where Stefan is reunited with a vampire who was in love with him decades earlier. Meanwhile, Damon and Elena follow Stefan's trail; and Tyler worries about Caroline and turns to her mom for help.

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Episode 4

Disturbing Behavior

Thu, Oct 6, 2011 60 mins

Klaus contacts a witch from his past to see why his plan isn't working. Meanwhile, Damon faces a new enemy and lashes out in a way that brings about lasting consequences; Jeremy makes a breakthrough with one of his ghostly visitors.

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Episode 5

The Reckoning

Thu, Oct 13, 2011 60 mins

A high-school prank night turns deadly when uninvited guests arrive. Meanwhile, Damon tries to get Jeremy to use his ghostly connection to help defeat Klaus, who is tightening his grip on Stefan and using him for increasingly dangerous purposes.

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Episode 6

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 60 mins

Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt begin their senior year of high school. Meanwhile, Damon becomes annoyed with a new houseguest, and everyone is surprised by a new arrival in Alaric's history class.

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Episode 7

Ghost World

Thu, Oct 27, 2011 60 mins

Mystic Falls is invaded by spirits of the dead during the town's Illumination Night, and Damon encounters an angry ghost with surprising power. Meanwhile, Elena persuades Jeremy to use his connection to the spirit world to help find Stefan.

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Episode 8

Ordinary People

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 60 mins

Elena and Rebekah engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah reveals her family's ancient secrets and violent past with Klaus. Meanwhile, Damon tries a reckless new approach to make a breakthrough with Stefan.

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Episode 9

Homecoming

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 60 mins

Rebekah opens up to Elena on the night of the homecoming dance. Meanwhile, Klaus puts his latest plan into action, but Damon enters into a dangerous partnership to stop him. My Morning Jacket perform.

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Episode 10

The New Deal

Thu, Jan 5, 2012 60 mins

Klaus threatens violence unless Stefan returns the coffins containing his family members, but Elena tries to strike a deal with him. Meanwhile, Alaric meets a woman (Torrey DeVitto) who is intrigued by his ability to heal; and Tyler makes the most of his new abilities as a hybrid.

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Episode 11

Our Town

Thu, Jan 12, 2012 60 mins

Elena, Bonnie and Matt plan a surprise 18th birthday party for Caroline. Meanwhile, Damon and Stefan disagree over the best way to handle Klaus; and Alaric runs into Dr. Fell, who is in the middle of an argument with her ex-boyfriend.

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Episode 12

The Ties That Bind

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 60 mins

Bonnie is reunited with her estranged mother; Klaus negotiates with Stefan to control the coffins of his family members; Tyler tries to regain his free will; and Damon becomes intrigued by Alaric's new friend, Dr. Fell.

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Episode 13

Bringing Out the Dead

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 60 mins

Klaus hosts a dinner party and an unexpected guest arrives; Sheriff Forbes shares upsetting news with Alaric and Elena about a weapon used in a murder.

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Episode 14

Dangerous Liaisons

Thu, Feb 9, 2012 60 mins

Elena attends a formal ball at Klaus' newly renovated mansion and learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths.

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Episode 15

All My Children

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 60 mins

Elena learns about a startling indiscretion by Damon. Meanwhile, Bonnie and Abby take part in a ritual to appease the spirits of nature; and Elijah gives Damon and Stefan a dangerous ultimatum that puts Elena in danger.

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Episode 16

1912

Thu, Mar 15, 2012 60 mins

Damon recalls murders from 1912 that are eerily similar to a present-day crime spree. Meanwhile, Elena and Matt try to prove that Dr. Fell is a killer.

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Episode 17

Break on Through

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 60 mins

Damon and Sage reunite a century after their first encounter. They meet again at a ceremony to begin restoration of Wickery Bridge. Meanwhile, Abby has trouble adjusting to her new reality; and Elena tries to help Stefan with his latest struggles.

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Episode 18

The Murder of One

Thu, Mar 29, 2012 60 mins

Damon and Stefan focus on a plan to destroy Klaus. Meanwhile, Klaus threatens someone close to Bonnie in order to force her to conduct a spell for him.

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Episode 19

Heart of Darkness

Thu, Apr 19, 2012 60 mins

Tyler returns to Mystic Falls and soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Meanwhile, Elena and Damon visit Jeremy in Denver and learn that he is hanging with the wrong crowd.

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Episode 20

Do Not Go Gentle

Thu, Apr 26, 2012 60 mins

The school holds a 1920s-themed dance, and Caroline goads Elena into asking Stefan to accompany her. Meanwhile, Bonnie invites Jamie to the dance; Klaus tries to derail Tyler's plans for Caroline; and Damon and Stefan need help undoing a perilous spell.

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Episode 21

Before Sunset

Thu, May 3, 2012 60 mins

Klaus tries to leave town with Elena, but he encounters resistance from a new enemy. Meanwhile, Bonnie gets Abby to help her with a difficult and dangerous spell.

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Episode 22

The Departed

Thu, May 10, 2012 60 mins

The third season concludes with Elena wishing she could go back to simpler times when her parents were alive. Meanwhile, Stefan and Damon leave Mystic Falls on a mission; and Caroline and Tyler are forced to make a life-altering decision.

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