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The Vampire Diaries
Season 1, Episode 11
Air date January 21, 2010
Viewers 3.68 million
Written by Story: Sean Reycraft

Teleplay: Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec

Directed by David Barrett
Episode Guide Transcript
The Turning Point

Bloodlines is the eleventh episode of the first season of The Vampire Diaries and the eleventh episode of the series.


STEFAN UNCOVERS A STARTLING CLUE TO THE PAST —- Damon takes a trip to Georgia with Elena, where he surprises an old flame, Bree, and enlists her help to figure out how to open the tomb. In the process, Damon comes face to face with someone who is determined to make him pay for past wrongs. Stefan opens up to Bonnie's grandmother in his effort to help Bonnie overcome her fears and accept her powers. While researching his history paper in the public library, Jeremy meets a cute but geeky girl named Annabelle who has her own theories on the folklore of Mystic Falls. When Damon returns from Georgia, Stefan is waiting with news that will change their world.



Main Cast

Special Recurring Star

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: None.
    • It's the first episode with no antagonist, unless one counts Bree and Lee for their actions against Damon.
  • Elena is revealed to be adopted in this episode.
  • This episode marks the first and last appearance of Bree and Lee.
  • Bonnie's house number is 2136 (her house door is shown in this episode).
  • Elena and Damon take their first road trip together in the series, which marks the beginning of their friendship.
  • Atlanta, Georgia (where The Vampire Diaries is filmed) is seen in the series for the first time. The next time Atlanta will be seen is when Caroline and Enzo go there in the Season Five episode Rescue Me to kill Stefan's doppelgänger, Tom Avery.
  • Bree mistakenly assumes Elena and Damon are a couple. Elena attempts to tell her that she is dating Stefan but decides to let Bree believe what she wants.
    • This could be considered foreshadowing the complicated relationship that Damon and Elena would eventually come throughout the series following this episode.
  • Elena is shown to have a high tolerance for alcohol in this episode, as one patron in Bree's Bar says she should be on the floor as a result of the amount she had drunk.
  • Damon tells Elena that vampires can't procreate despite their fondness for trying.
    • He also establishes that vampires can eat and drink human foods and beverages with no difficulties as long as they still consume some kind of blood as well.
  • Elena learns she's a descendant of Katherine in this episode, though it's not confirmed until Season Two's Katerina.
  • This episode marks the first formal appearance of Anna. Although unseen, she played a key role in previous episodes-- specifically Lost Girls and The Turning Point-- as she was the then-mysterious vampire who sired Logan Fell.
  • It is revealed that every couple of years, Stefan would visit Mystic Falls to see Zach and his home.
  • Stefan reveals that he was the one who saved Elena from drowning at Wickery Bridge on the night her family's car went into the water. No one knew how she survived up until this confession.
  • Elena's father appears to have known that Stefan was a vampire when he attempted to rescue the Gilberts even though they had not met each other before.
  • This is Lee's only appearance in the show; he is never seen or talked about again.
  • Anna tells Jeremy that there has been a string of "animal attacks" periodically in and around Mystic Falls for the past 75 years up until now in 2010.
  • This is the first episode to air in 2010.
  • This is the first episode in which we see heart extraction being used as a method to kill, as Damon used heart extraction to kill Bree at the end of the episode.

Body Count

Cultural References

  • The actress that plays Bree is fan favorite Gina Torres. In addition to extensive television work including Firefly and Angel, she has appeared in films such as Serenity as well as the second and third installments in The Matrix trilogy. She also provided voice-work for several animated television series and video games.
  • The Lost Boys, the first vampire movie to portray the vampire "lifestyle" as something to be desired. The movie's tagline, "Party all night, Sleep all Day [...]" is exactly what some teenagers would see as an ideal party standard, and not something dreadful. It also seems to be the take on vampire life that Damon chose.
  • Near Dark, another vampire movie. Coincidentally, both movies feature "good guys" who join a vampire group because of a girl they fell in love with. Just like how Damon and Stefan both fall for Katherine.
  • Bloodlines is the 20th episode of the ninth season of the series Supernatural as a backdoor pilot for a proposed spin-off titled Supernatural: Bloodlines for The CW that was not picked up for the 2014-2015 season.
  • Bloodlines is the 22nd episode of the seventh season of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation which aired in 1994.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.68 million viewers in USA, which was 0.11 million more than the previous episode.



Alaric: "I found one. After years of research and study, there it was, right in front of me. I was terrified. As I stared it in the eyes, I drove a stake through its heart. I was right about Mystic Falls. There is evil here. I can sense it, feel it. It's everywhere."


Damon: "Morning."
Elena: "Where are we?"
Damon: "In Georgia."
Elena: "Georgia? No, no, no we're not. Seriously, Damon, where are we?"
Damon: "Seriously, we're in Georgia."

Elena: "What about that man in the road? Was he a..."
Damon: "From what I could tell, yeah."
Elena: "You didn't know him?"
Damon: "If I've never met him, I wouldn't know him. I mean, it's not like we all hang out together at the Vamp Bar and Grill."

Bree: (about Damon) "Listen up, everybody. Here's to the man that broke my heart, crushed my soul, destroyed my life, and ruined any and all chances of happiness."

Elena: "How am I connected to Katherine, Stefan?"
Stefan: "I honestly don't know."
Elena: "And I'm supposed to believe that?"

Anna: "Maybe we can have a Fright Night and rent a whole bunch of vampire movies."
Jeremy: "Uh... Yeah. Yeah, sure."
Anna: "Why does that sound like a 'No way in hell?'"

Damon: "Who are you?"
Lee: "That's perfect. You have no idea."
Elena: "What are you talking about. What did he do?"
Lee: "He killed my girlfriend."

Stefan: "Well your family has a very long history of keeping my secret. I knew that I could trust you, if you believed that I was worthy of your trust."
Sheila: "Bonnie knows, doesn't she?"
Stefan: "Yes."
Sheila: "Well, please understand that our loyalty can only extend so far. This town won't be easy on any of us if they figure it out... and I'll protect my own before anybody else."

Stefan: "And last spring I was out in the woods by old Wickery Bridge and I heard the accident. All of it. I was fast getting there but not fast enough. The car was already submerged. Your dad, he was still conscious. I was able to get to him, but he wouldn't let me help him until I helped you."

Elena: "Let's just say that I'm descended from Katherine. Does that make me part-vampire?"
Damon: "Vampires can't procreate. But we love to try. No, if you were related, it would mean that Katherine had a child before she was turned."
Elena: "Did Stefan think that he could use me to replace her?"
Damon: "It's kind of creepy, if you ask me."



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