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The Vampire Diaries
Season 1, Episode 8
162 candles
Air date November 5, 2009
Written by Barbie Kligman & Gabrielle Stanton
Directed by Rick Bota
Episode Guide Transcript
History Repeating

162 Candles is the eighth episode of the first season of The Vampire Diaries and the eighth episode of the series.


A HAPPY BIRTHDAY THAT WILL END IN TRAGEDY — On his birthday, Stefan is surprised by a visit from Lexi Branson, one of his oldest and best friends. Damon compelled Caroline to throw a party at the Grill because it was part of his diabolical plan. He then invited Stefan and Lexi and eventually they both excepted. Still upset by the events at the Halloween haunted house Elena does her best to stay away from Stefan, but for some reason Elena finds herself at the Salvatore Boarding House in search for Stefan. When looking for him, she meets his oldest friend Lexi in a towel. Lexi was shocked to see who Elena was for a certain reason who's name is "Katherine". Elena then left and went home. Later Stefan stops off at Elena's house before he heads to the Grill. They talk and he then asks if she is going to Caroline's party; she says no. Then Elena shows up at the Grill still not sure about the situation with Stefan, but Lexi gives her some unsolicited relationship advice. Elena and Jenna are surprised by a change in Jeremy's behavior which has changed for the better. At Damon's compulsive insistence, Caroline tries to get her amulet back from Bonnie. Finally, Damon's offer to help Sheriff Forbes has tragic results.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Damon Salvatore
  • Caroline's and Matt's relationship begins in this episode.
  • With this episode, both Elena and Caroline will have dated the same person, in this case Matt. 
  • The "boy" that Damon had killed was a stunt actor, John Gilbert. He would later return in Crying Wolf, when Paul Wesley injured his leg, and therefore couldn't carry Elena inside. He was used as the stuntman for Stefan.
  • This marks the first appearance of Lexi Branson, and this is the only episode to feature her alive (as a vampire) and in the present, as she is killed later on in the episode after getting staked.  She appears in flashbacks or as a ghost in later episodes.
  • Damon and Lexi meet for the first time in 32 years since he left Lexi to burn to death on a rooftop in 1977 New York as seen in in the Season 4 episode Because the Night.
  • Lexi talks to Elena about her relationship with Stefan, and her relationship with her mortal lover (Lee; whose name isn't said onscreen.) Although it's not confirmed until Bloodlines, it's implied in this episode that she turned him into a vampire.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the blood bags.
  • This is the first episode that Elena admits to Stefan that she loves him.
  • Bonnie reveals to Elena that she is a witch in this episode.
  • Caroline starts to dislike Damon in this episode.
  • Bonnie refuses to give Caroline the amulet in this episode.
  • Stefan is the first of the main character shown to celebrate their birthday on the series. Elena and Caroline are the next characters shown to do so in Season 3.
  • This episode establishes that Stefan was born in November 1847 as this is his 162nd birthday.
  • Lexi's dislike towards Damon is properly explained in the Season Four episode, Because the Night.
  • This is the first episode of the second chapter of Season One, The Tomb Chapter.

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Cultural References


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 4.09 million viewers in USA which was 0.9 million less than the previous episode.


Stefan: "Damon? (someone knocks him to the floor... sees who it is) Lexi?"
Lexi: "Hi!"
Stefan: "What are you doing here?"
Lexi: "How could you even ask that?" (hugs him)
Stefan: "I've missed you!"
Lexi: "Happy birthday!"
Lexi: "That's it, Damon. After a century I finally realized, death means nothing without you. Do me!"
Damon: "Why are you so mean to me?"
Lexi: "Um, have you met you? You're not a nice person."
Damon: "Well, because I'm a vampire."
Lexi: "But, you're only the bad parts."
Damon: "Teach me to be good."
Lexi (starts to choke him): "I'm older, and that means stronger."
Damon (chokes): "I'm sorry."
Lexi: "Don't ruin my time with Stefan, 'cause I'll hurt you, and you know I can do it."
Damon: "Deal!"
Bonnie: "Are you up?"
Elena: "No. (covers her head/Bonnie uncovers her head).... No, no!"
Bonnie: "Why haven't you called me back?"
Elena: "I'm sorry..."
Bonnie: "Are you gonna stay there forever?"
Elena: "Yeah..."
Bonnie: "Move over! (lies next to Elena) I'm officially worried. What's going on?"
Elena: "I'm tired of thinking, of talking..."
Bonnie: "Can we make it a one line version, so I can at least pretend to be helpful?"
Elena: "Stefan and I broke up."
Jeremy: "Want to keep it down over there?"
Jenna: "Why, what are you doing?"
Jeremy: "Homework."
Elena: "Since when do you do homework?"
Jeremy: "I got to finish this, I'm way behind and I have a quiz tomorrow so."
Elena: "What do you think? Alien?"
Jeremy: "Some sort of replicate."
Jeremy: "'He can hear you."
Lexi: "So, this Elena girl, she'll come around I'm sure of it. Have you had sex yet?"
Stefan: "No."
Lexi: "Sex always works, I mean you'll rock her world so hard with your vamp sex she'll be yours forever."
Lexi: "Relax I didn't kill anyone for it. This phlebotomist I went out with a few times, he's my supplier."
(Stefan looks at her funny)
Lexi: "Oh, don't judge, okay? I tried the animal diet, it lasted three weeks."
Stefan: "I'd never judge you."
Damon (looks at Lexi's blood packages): "Ugh, I prefer mine 98.6."
Damon (sees Elena staring at Lexi and Stefan): "Stefan smiles. Alert the media."
Elena: "You haven't given him a lot of reasons to be happy lately."
Damon: "Oh, you're right. Poor Stefan. Persecuted throughout eternity by his depraved brother. Does it get tiring, being so righteous?"
Elena: "Hmph. It flares up in the presence of psychopaths."
Damon: "Ouch. (puts his hand over his heart) Well, consider this psychopath's feelings hurt."
Lexi: "Ah, the famous Elena."
Elena: "Towel girl."
Lexi: "I've been called worse."
Stefan: "He killed her. He killed Zach, he killed Tanner, he turned Vicki. I have to kill him."
Elena: "No, you can't do that."
Stefan: "Why are you trying to save him? Elena, he's never gonna change. Don't you see that? He's never gonna change."
Elena: "I'm not trying to save him, I'm trying to save you. You have no idea what this will do to you. Please, Stefan."
Stefan: "Everywhere that I go, pain and death follow. Damon follows me. No more."
Caroline: "Do you ever feel like there's not a person in the world who loves you?"
Matt: "Life can be a little rough."
Caroline: "I just wish..."
Matt: "What?"
Caroline: "Wish that life was... different."
Matt: "Yeah, me too."
(Matt gets up to leave; Caroline grabs his hand)
Caroline: "Please. Don't leave me alone."
(Matt gets into bed with Caroline; Caroline snuggles up next to Matt)



Last.fm_play.png "Happy Birthday" – The Birthday Massacre
Last.fm_play.png "Thinking Of You" – Pete Yorn
Last.fm_play.png "Feel It In My Bones" – Tiesto feat. Tegan & Sara
Last.fm_play.png "Tokyo" – Telekenesis

Last.fm_play.png "Too Close" – Mike Sheridan and Mads Langer
Last.fm_play.png "All The World" – Fauxliage
Last.fm_play.png "Love In Your Head" – The Black Box Revelation
Last.fm_play.png "Yet" – Switchfoot


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