|The Vampire Diaries|
|Season 1, Episode 11|
|Air date||January 21st 2010|
|Written by|| Story: Sean Reycraft |
|Directed by||David Barrett|
|Episode Guide Transcript|
The Turning Point
SummarySTEFAN 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 Anna 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.
|Damon's arrival causes the mysterious stranger to flee, and Damon frees Elena from her overturned car. Damon brings Elena with him to Georgia to see Bree, a witch and an old flame of Damon's, hoping she can help open the tomb to free Katherine. Bree calls Lee, Lexi's boyfriend (as Lexi was her friend), who wants revenge on Damon for killing Lexi. Elena saves Damon, and he kills Bree after she tells him to find Emily's spellbook. Back in Mystic Falls, Stefan opens up to Bonnie's grandmother in an attempt to help Bonnie come to terms with her new powers. Meanwhile, Jeremy meets Anna, a young woman who knows the true past of Mystic Falls. When Elena and Damon return, Stefan reveals that he saved Elena from the crash that killed her parents. Stefan also tells Elena that her parents adopted her, but knows nothing more about her parentage. He claims his love to Elena and she forgives him. Also, Alaric sits at the Mystic Grill bar and recognizes Damon as the vampire who killed his wife.|
- Antagonist: None.
- Elena is revealed to be adopted in this episode; ironically, with the eventual revelations about her true parentage, she still turns out to be a Gilbert by blood.
- This episode had 3.68 million viewers in USA.
- Bonnie's house number is 2136.
- Elena and Damon take their first road trip together in the series. Which begins their friendship.
- Bree thinks Elena and Damon are a couple.
- 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 with the amount she's drunk so far.
- Damon tells Elena that vampires can't procreate despite their love of trying.
- First formal appearance of Anna. Although unseen, she played a key role in the preceding episodes Lost Girls and The Turning Point as Logan Fell's sire.
- 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 the car crash. No one knew how she survived until now.
- Elena's father knew 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 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 till now 2010.
- This is the first episode to air in 2010.
- Caroline, Matt and Tyler do not appear in this episode.
- The actress that plays Bree is fan favorite Gina Torres. She was in several genre pieces like Serenity, Firefly, Angel and Matrix, as well as the voice for Superwoman and Airachnid in Transformers.
- The Lost Boys, the first vampire movie to portray the vampiric "lifestyle" as something to be desired. "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 for. Just like Damon and Stefan fall for Katherine.
- 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, yea 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."