THE NEW NORMAL — Elena’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.
- 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 opening.
- Steven R. McQueen is credited even though Jeremy is dead.
- Damon prevents Elena from feeding on and killing a vervain-free woman at the start of the episode.
- The Salvatore Boarding House is revealed to have a special water-purifying filter so that vampires won't be burned by the vervain in the town's water supply there.
- Elena, as a result of having turned off her humanity, is shown to not be concerned about modesty, as she appears nude in front of Damon, Stefan and Caroline after coming out of the shower.
- Stefan tricked Elena into thinking that he was going to take her to have some fun by feeding on people at a bar so he could vervain her while she was distracted and take her home.
- Klaus had his first sex scene in this episode when he sleeps with Hayley.
- Their daughter, Hope Mikaelson, was conceived in this episode.
- The party attendants could not be compelled to leave because they had vervain in their system. However, the obvious solution would have been Stefan simply telling them to leave, since they are in his house.
- Someone is revealed to be stealing blood bags from Mystic Falls hospital.
- Despite being nearly the same chronological age, Caroline states that she is stronger than Elena, likely because she has been a vampire longer. However, Elena is still easily able to beat her in a fight because Alaric taught her how to fight a vampire while she was still human, so the addition of vampire strength and speed gave her an edge. It is also likely that the fact that Elena had fed on fresh human blood from the vein before the fight gave her an extra advantage, as Caroline has only drank blood bank bags since she was turned.
- It's revealed that the sire bond between Damon and Elena has broken because Elena turned off her humanity, which means that sire bond was indeed rooted in Elena's feelings for Damon.
- Matt now owns the Lockwood Mansion, after Tyler put his name on the lease to help protect him and Caroline.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Will.
- Bonnie and Jeremy do not appear in this episode.
- Tyler doesn't appear in this episode, but his voice could be heard during his narration of his letter for Caroline.
- It is confirmed by Rebekah in this episode that Atticus Shane died on the Island.
- As stated by Damon, this episode begins a couple of days after Stand By Me.
- Hayley was last seen in O Come, All Ye Faithful.
- Klaus was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.
- Klaus mentioned Kol. He died in A View To A Kill.
- Liz was last seen in Catch Me If You Can.
- Hope is conceived in this episode.
- Katherine was mentioned by Klaus, Damon, Stefan and Elena. She was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.
- Miranda Sommers-Gilbert was mentioned by Liz. She was last seen as a hallucination in We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.
- Alaric Saltzman was mentioned by Elena. He was last seen as a ghost in Memorial. Elena reminded us that he trained her to fight vampires starting after Stefan became a Ripper.
- Bonnie was mentioned by Matt and Caroline. She was last seen in Stand By Me.
- Shane was mentioned by Rebekah. He was last seen in Stand By Me.
- Silas was mentioned by Stefan. He was last seen in Shane's visage in Stand By Me.
- Jeremy was mentioned by Stefan. He died in Down the Rabbit Hole.
- Caroline is in the Salvatore Boarding House to take a shower because Mayor Hopkins dumped vervain in the public water supply.
- The Gilbert House was mentioned by Stefan. It was last seen in Stand By Me, when Elena burned down the house with Jeremy's corpse inside.
- If there were still any doubts, Elena confirms that she had sex with Stefan, and that it was good.
- The last party to happen in the Salvatore Boarding House was Elena's 18th Birthday Party that happened in The Birthday. Elena did not enjoy the other party at all because Stefan was still in Ripper mode. She was certainly enjoying this one.
- Stefan's motorcycle was last seen in The Rager and Catch Me If You Can.
- Damon tells Rebekah he has already been on the receiving end of a werewolf bite. He was bitten by Tyler in The Last Day.
- Tyler's voice could be heard reading over a letter. He was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.
- Matt sees Elena for the first time since she turned off her humanity. He won't see Elena again until prom in Pictures of You.
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
- Grove Hill, Virginia
- Truck Stop
- Grove Hill Trauma Center
- "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 "the boondocks," or a 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; it is usually used to describe test driving a vehicle of some kind.
- 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 "Scooby 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 the USA, which was 0.22 million less than the previous episode.
- Damon: (about Elena) "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... (He smirks) 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. (Stefan looks guilty and apologetic) 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: (to Caroline about Elena) "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: (upon seeing Hayley's crescent-moon birthmark on her shoulder) "That mark... I've seen it before."
- Hayley: (rolls her eyes) "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 thirty 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 two thousand 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!"
- Caroline: "I think taking her back to school is a great idea."
- Damon: "Don't eat anyone."