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The Vampire Diaries
Season 4, Episode 16
Air date March 14, 2013
Written by Elisabeth R. Finch & Michael Narducci
Directed by Jesse Warn
Episode Guide Transcript
Stand By Me
Because the Night

Bring It On is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the eighty-second episode of the series.


THE NEW NORMALElena’s new outlook has everyone concerned, leading Stefan and Damon to agree that going back to the normal routine of high school would be the best thing for her. Caroline is pleasantly surprised when Elena decides to rejoin the cheerleading squad, but her pleasure turns to shock when Elena’s behavior proves dangerous. Not giving up on their search for the cure, Damon and Rebekah work together until his unwanted advice catches her off-guard. Klaus tries to use Hayley to get the information he’s after and makes an intriguing discovery in the process. Meanwhile, a bored Elena throws a wild party and gets into an ugly fight.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonist: Elena Gilbert.
    • This is the first episode to feature Elena as an antagonist.
  • This is the first episode of the fourth chapter of Season Four, The Humanity Chapter.
  • This episode aired after a three-week hiatus.
  • This is the first episode in Season Four to feature the traditional Previously on The Vampire Diaries.
  • Steven R. McQueen is credited even though Jeremy is dead.
  • Damon keeps Elena from killing a vervain-free woman at the start of the episode.
  • The Salvatore Boarding House is revealed to have a special vervain filter so that way vampires won't burn using the water there.
  • Elena is shown to no longer have any modesty as she appears nude in front of Damon, Stefan and Caroline after coming out of the shower.
  • Stefan tricked Elena that he's gonna take her to have some fun but he actually vervained her.
  • Klaus had his first sex scene with Hayley.
    • Their child was conceived in this episode.
  • The party attendants could not be compelled to leave because they had vervain in their blood system. However, the obvious solution would have been Stefan simply telling them to leave, since they are in his house.
  • Someone is stealing blood bags from Mystic Falls hospital.
  • Despite being the same age, Caroline states she is stronger than Elena, possibly because she has been a vampire longer. Elena is still easily able to beat her because Alaric taught her how to fight a vampire, but the most likely reason is because Elena fed on human blood, while Caroline hasn't in a long time, making her stronger.
  • It's revealed that sire bond between Damon and Elena is broken because Elena turned off her humanity, which means that sire bond is rooted in Elena's feelings for Damon.
  • Matt now owns the Lockwood Mansion.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Will .
  •  Bonnie & Jeremy do not appear in this episode .
  • Tyler doesn't appear in this episode but his voice could be heard .
  • It is confirmed by Rebekah in this episode that Atticus Shane died on The Island.
  • This is the first and so far the only episode that Elena attempted to kill Caroline.
  • As stated by Damon, this episode starts a couple of days after Stand By Me.

Body Count

  • Will - Heart extraction; killed by Damon.
  • Unknown woman - drained of blood, killed by Elena.



Cultural References

  • Bring it on - The title refers to a movie of the same name starring Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union. It is a movie about cheerleading. Since its release, the film has become a cult classic to the popular culture.There is a cheerleading competition in this episode.
  • The phrase bring it on is used during a confrontation to dare someone to attack; whether the speaker actually wants such an action or if they are using it as an intimidation make the antagonist reconsider that particular course of action. It can also be applied to any difficulty as a self-motivating statement.
  • Prozac or fluoxetin is a medicine prescribed to treat depression.
  • Eighteen-wheeler is the common name of a big rig truck (specifically a tractor pulling a trailer, which together usually has eighteen actual wheels.)
  • Chaperone - an adult that supervises young children or teenagers in social occasions.
  • The Boonies - diminutive for Boondocks. Remote rural area.
  • Numbskull -  a fool or idiot.
  • Encore - an additional performance, usually after a concert.
  • The term "wild-goose chase" is used to decribe the fruitless pursuit of something unattainable.
  • Sherlock Holmes - A fictional detective whose uncanny abilities border on the fantastic.
  • Elena tells Caroline to "take Stefan out for a spin" - the expression means to test it, try it out and see if it's a good fit.
  • Scooby-Doo  is an animated cartoon series about a dog and a group of teens that travel around the countryside doing detective work. Ironically most of the mysteries the "Scoobie Gang" solve are debunking of fake ghosts, ghouls, zombies and other supernatural creatures - who invariably turn out to be a human in disguise.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.41 million viewers in USA which was 0.22 million less than the previous episode.


Damon: "That's the plan? You're gonna take her back to school?"
Stefan: "Well the fun route didn't actually pay off, did it?"
Damon: "I don't know, got a free meal out of it."
Stefan: "Look, you think I want to go to school and play chaperone? You can't go because you're not a student. Besides you have to look for Katherine. I mean, Elena needs this cure now more than ever."
Klaus (To Hayley): "You were foolish enough to make a deal with Katerina Petrova. She used you to find the cure and now you're just a loose end. You'll be lucky if she lets you live."
Klaus: "I can't help you, mate. Hayley's off limits. Although, I did have a run in with a vampire who may know where Katerina is."
Sheriff Forbes: "The entire blood supply from the hospital... all of a sudden just gone. Vanished."
Stefan: "I don't understand... Are you accusing us?"
Sheriff Forbes: "No, I'm not accusing you, but this town is at a tipping point. Any more unexplained house fires and things are going to boil over. I'm sorry, I know it's not your fault, it's been a rough week. Miranda Gilbert was one of my best friends in high school. To see what's happened to her family is just..."
Stefan: "Elena's sire bond stems from her feelings for you. With her humanity off she has no feelings."
Damon: "All I wanted to do was break that damn bond. You're telling me now this whole time all she had to do was turn it off? What happens if she turns it back on?"
Klaus: "If I simply killed Tyler, my revenge would be over in a moment. Sentencing him to a lifetime of paranoia and fear. That's Tyler's true punishment."
Stefan: "Alright listen, you search the woods. I'll check the road. If you see her... Don't hesitate, just snap her neck. Got it?"
Caroline (on phone): "Hey Tyler. It's me. You'll never believe the crazy day I've had. Look, I know that you said you wouldn't, but I really wish that you would answer. It'd be great to talk to you."
Klaus: "That mark... I've seen it before."
Hayley:"Yeah, it's a birthmark. People have those."
Klaus: "In my considerable lifetime I've only seen that mark on a handful of others. All from the same bloodline. A werewolf clan that once thrived through of what we now call Louisiana."
Stefan: "Well, we got a little problem. You said blood was stolen from Grove Hills Hospital? Sheriff says there's been reports of 6 other blood bank thefts all within 30 miles of Mystic Falls. Somebody's stockpiling blood. It wasn't Elena. It's not us."
Damon: "Okay, so..."
Stefan: "I think Silas followed us back from that island. He hasn't fed in 2000 years so he'd need to gorge on blood."
Stefan: "Her humanity is switched off. She's numb to everything that makes her who she is."
Damon: "Fine. We'll show her a good time."
Stefan: "You really think that's gonna work?"
Damon: "There's only one way to find out."
Caroline: "You're feeding on the competition!"
Damon: "Show a little restraint."
Elena (Elena walks in naked): "What? It's nothing you guys haven't seen before."
Caroline: "Elena!"
Stefan: "She's basically numb to everything that makes her who she is."
Caroline: "I think taking her back to school is a great idea."
Damon: "Don't eat anyone."



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Last.fm_play.png "5 To 9" – Fidlar
Last.fm_play.png "Temporary" – White Rabbits
Last.fm_play.png "Lions Of East" – Pontiak
Last.fm_play.png "I Love It" – Icona Pop
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Last.fm_play.png "Professional Griefers" – deadmau5 feat Gerard Way
Last.fm_play.png "Dance With Me" – Ra Ra Riot
Last.fm_play.png "Anymore of This" – Matthew Perryman Jones & Mindy Smith
Last.fm_play.png "White On White" – Fidlar



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