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The Vampire Diaries
Season 3, Episode 14
Air date February 9th 2012
Written by Caroline Dries
Directed by Chris Grismer
Episode Guide Transcript
Bringing Out The Dead
All My Children

Dangerous Liaisons is the fourteenth episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the fifty-eighth episode of the series.


SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGElena  is surprised to receive an invitation to a formal ball, and when Damon and Stefan hear the party is being hosted at Klaus’ newly renovated mansion, they both insist on attending the event with her. Caroline and Matt also receive invitations to the ball from unexpected admirers. At the elegant party, Elena learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths and she must decide who she can trust with her new information. Caroline discovers a side of Klaus no one would have suspected. Finally, after an evening of violence and dashed hopes, Damon finds a new way to cope.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast


  • Antagonists: Rebekah Mikaelson and Kol Mikaelson.
  • Klaus was rumored to have a love interest in this episode.
    • It was later confirmed to be Caroline.
  • It is revealed that Esther has returned to correct her mistake and kill not only Klaus, but all her children and restore the balance of nature. She uses Elena's blood to bind her children together as one and hopes to eventually destroy them. Finn is helping her in this plan, but Elijah is suspicious of her true intentions and questions Elena.
  • Esther using Elena's doppleganger blood links all her children together as well their sire lines.
  • The Mikaelson's Ball took place in this episode.
  • The ball was held at The Mikaelson's mansion.
  • Kol tried to kill Matt.
  • Kol's neck was snapped by Damon.
  • Damon has revenge sex with Rebekah after Elena tells him that his love for her is the problem, a statement she regrets saying and tries to apologize to Damon.
  • Elena lies to Elijah about what his mother Esther wanted with her and not telling him about Esther's plan to kill all her children. In All My Children, he tells Elena he knows she was lying to him.
  • Bonnie, Jeremy, Alaric, and Katherine don't appear in this episode.
  • Tyler doesn't appear in this episode physically but his voice can be heard.

Production Notes


  • Rebekah mentions Elena's betrayal, which happened in Homecoming.
  • Caroline mentioned the kiss between Elena and Damon, which took place in The New Deal.
  • Carol Lockwood was last seen in Our Town.
  • Caroline mentions that she won the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant to Klaus, an event that occurred in Season One.
  • Isobel Flemming told Elena in Season One  that "As long as you have a Salvatore on each arm, you're doomed". This comes true as Elena enters the ball, and literally has one of the brothers on each arm. There is a running joke that Stefan (or at least sober Stefan) does not like to dance, although he always does in the end. So Elena refers to the fact that Damon likes to dance, and does not have to be asked.
  • It's the Second time that Damon tells Elena to her face that he loves her ( First being in Rose, but be compelled her to forget it) - just to be told that he is spoiling her plans...

Cultural References

  • Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 movie with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeifer, based on the 18th century novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.about scheming French nobles.
  • "Housewarming " is a tradition of bringing gifts to a family that has recently moved into a new house, or that has renovated their old one.
  • "Spill the beans " means to divulge a secret. Origins unclear.
  • "Walk into the Lion's Den " mean putting yourself in danger or in a dangerous situation. Could refer to gladiatorial games.
  • "She-Devil " is a woman regarded as cruel or malicious. It was used as the title of a 1980 movie with Meryl Streep and Roseanne Bar, about a fat housewife who takes vengeance on her husband when he begins an affair with a beautiful woman.
  • "Maserati " is the brand of luxurious sport cars.
  • "The Hermitage" is an art museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the largest and oldest museums in Europe.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.08 million viewers in the USA.


Elijah: (To Rebekah) "Leave. Are you challenging me?"
Esther: "For a thousand years its been my dream that this family could be as one."
Elena: "The Originals are throwing a ball. Like, an actual ball."
Caroline: "It's some twisted Cinderella fetish, that's what it is."
Stefan: "I think that there is more to this than some family reunion."
Damon: "No, I'm mad at you because I love you!"
Elena: "Maybe that's the problem."
Damon: "It would be rude not to dance, y'know."
Elena: "I can’t deal with either of the Salvatores right now."
Elena: (reading from card)"'Please join the Mikaelson family this evening at seven o'clock for dancing, cocktails and celebration.'"
Stefan: "Who the hell are the Mikaelsons?"
Elena: "The Original family."
Damon: "It's not bad enough they're moving into town, now they want a housewarming gift?"
Esther: "It’s going to be a magical evening."
Klaus: "You went after Elena? What is wrong with you?"
Rebekah: "Here we go."
Klaus: "Do you want another dagger in your heart?"
Kol: "Again with the dagger threats? Don't you have any other tricks?"
Klaus: "Oh, go back to staring at yourself."
Kol: "And who are you? My father?"
Klaus: "No, Kol. But you're in my house."
Kol: "Then perhaps we should go outside."
Elena: "I'm not leaving until I know what Esther wants."
Caroline: "What are you doing here with the she-devil?"
Rebekah: "Hi. What are you doing?"
Matt: "Well, let's see. I, I went to a dance and got my hand crushed, found out that I don't have health insurance, so I just needed a minute to myself."
Rebekah: "Well, I thought maybe I'd buy you an apology drink."
Matt: "Maybe you could just leave me alone."
Rebekah: "Look, I'm, I'm really sorry about Kol; he's a lunatic."
Matt: "Look, Rebekah, you're really fun and pretty and all... but I really need you to leave me alone."
Damon: "Burn. Rejected by the captain of the football team . Welcome to adolescence."
Damon: "You would've broken him in a second."
Rebekah: "Are you suggesting that I can't be gentle?"
Damon: " Nope. Just that you should be with someone more durable."
Rebekah: " And who would that be? "



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Last.fm_play.png "Up in Flames" – She Wants Revenge



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