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  Dead Man on Campus is the eighth episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the ninety-seventh episode of the series overall.


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THE PARTY’S OVER - At Whitmore College, Elena and Caroline decide it’s time to throw a big party, but their plans are interrupted when Jesse suddenly needs Caroline’s help. At Elena’s request, Damon comes up with an effective method to get Wes to answer his questions. At the party, Elena finds that she and Aaron have a lot in common, and Caroline grows more concerned about Jesse. Meanwhile, Katherine does a favor for Matt and manages to get through to Stefan, who is still struggling to overcome the events of the summer. Finally, Bonnie does her best to cope with her new reality, and Damon makes a terrifying discovery about a secret society.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonists: Gregor, Jesse, and Wes Maxfield.
  • This is the first episode of the second chapter of Season Five, The Augustine Chapter.
  • We learn that it has been fourteen days since For Whom the Bell Tolls, which means the events of Monster's Ball, Handle with Care and Death and the Maiden have taken place over the span of two weeks.
    • Likewise, it has been fourteen days since Wes turned Jesse into a vampire to make him his test subject for Augustine.
  • Despite having killed Silas to give him closure with regards to the trauma he cause, Stefan is still suffering from the effects of his time in the safe, and Katherine informs him that he has PTSD. When Stefan scoffs at her attempts to help him, Katherine admits that she suffered from PTSD as well after the loss of her daughter in 1490 and after Klaus slaughtered her entire family and hunted her for five hundred years.
  • Elena and Caroline throw their first college party in the common room of their dorm.
  • It was revealed that the experiments Wes did on Jesse turned him into an Augustine Vampire who craves the blood of other vampires rather than the blood of humans. It's was also demonstrated that an Augustine Vampire, even one who is a newborn like Jesse, possesses equal or superior strength to regular vampires; when Jesse caught the scent of Damon's blood, he attacked him and easily overpowered him despite the fact that Damon had been a vampire over 150 years longer than he had.
    • It's unknown if it's solely subsisting on vampire blood that causes Augustine Vampires to be stronger than regular vampires, or if it's a side-effect of the experimentation. There is only one non-Augustine vampire who feeds solely on vampire blood, and that is Mikael; like with Jesse, it's unknown if it's the vampire blood diet that makes Mikael such a formidable fighter, or if his enhanced abilities are only powerful because he is the oldest of all the vampires in the history of the species.
  • When Jesse began to feed so hard on Damon that he became concerned that the fledgling vampire would literally rip his head off, Elena was forced to stake and kill Jesse to save killed by Elena to save Damon after Jesse attempted to feed on him to death.
  • Katherine attempted to kill herself by jumping off the clock tower so she wouldn't have to face dying by aging, but was saved by Stefan.
  • Stefan meets Nadia, and finds out she is Katherine's daughter. 
  • It is revealed that Katherine speaks Czech when she translates the video Matt took of Gregor (the Passenger who had been possessing him) talking to a man named Kristof on the phone while he was in control of his body.
  • Katherine, feeling sorry for Matt and curious about Gregor and his involvement with Nadia, decided to help him by summoning Stefan (who had brought the Traveler knife) and Nadia to assist her. She then called Gregor's spirit forth to give him control of Matt's body so she could interrogate him as to what he's doing in Mystic Falls. Gregor reluctantly admits that he was only with Nadia so he could get closer to Katherine, because he had orders to kill her after he killed Silas.
    • Angered by Gregor's confession, Katherine stabbed Matt in the stomach with the Traveler knife to kill Gregor's spirit for good and rid Matt of his influence, much to the anger of Nadia.
    • It was later hinted that the Travelers wanted to kill Katherine, Silas and Amara because they needed to eliminate all of the doppelgängers except for Stefan and Elena in order to use their combined blood to break their curse.
  • Damon is revealed to be one of the Augustine Society's former vampires test subjects, on whom their doctors experimented for years in hopes of using their accelerated healing and their vampire blood in order to research their use for possible medical advancements for humans. Shortly afterward, Wes knocked Damon out with atomized vervain gas and captured him, making him an Augustine test subject once again. 
  • It is revealed by Katherine that her father/Nadia's grandfather was a Traveler, which is why she knew so much about Passenger spells and the culture of the Travelers.  
  • Stefan mentioned his first victims as a vampire when Katherine forced him to list them in order to come down from his PTSD-induced panic attack. Among those listed were his father Giuseppe Salvatore and fellow Founders Thomas Fell, Honoria Fell, Marianna Lockwood, Christopher Gilbert, and Margaret Forbes. This means Stefan has killed at least one member of each of the Founding Families of Mystic Falls.
  • Wes' major plan is to revealed to be his desire to create vampires that will only drink from other vampires, which would eliminate humans as a food source for them and would therefore protect them from harm and/or death at their hands.
  • Bonnie is now a freshman at Whitmore College, rooming with Elena and Caroline as the the three originally intended.
  • Following this episode, there was an one-week hiatus until December 5 when The Cell airs.
  • Katherine removed Gregor from Matt's body killing Gregor in the process without harming Matt as well.
  • Caroline expresses some signs to Elena that she does not approve of her relationship with Damon.
  • Bonnie and Jeremy make love for the first time.
  • Although this episode is the first time we have seen Bonnie and Jeremy make love, the way in which Bonnie refers to having sex while they are talking on the bench earlier in the daycould suggest otherwise. However this has yet to be confirmed, and because of this fact, this episode is the official marker for the first time they have sex.

Body Count

  • Jesse - staked, killed by Elena.
  • Gregor (spirit) - stabbed, killed by Katherine with the Traveler knife.
  • Old Woman - unknown.


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.67 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.05 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References


Stefan: "I thought that killing Silas would have let me move on with my life, but I was wrong."
Bonnie: "See you tonight?"
Jeremy: "Yeah."
Unknown witch: (to Bonnie before passing though her to the Other Side) "I'm ready."
Bonnie: "We knew there'd be consequences."
Katherine: "Stefan, relax."
Stefan: "I can't.. do that!"

Damon: "So, apparently we've been invited to a college party." (He pauses when he hears nothing but silence from Stefan) "Yeah, that was my first reaction too. But then Elena promised ..... alcohol." (Damon sees Stefan is in the midst of a panic attack and becomes concerned) "Stefan, are you okay?"
Stefan: (embarrassed) "Yeah, I'm fine."
Damon: (worried) "How about my favorite ..... chair?"
(Stefan realizes that he clawed through the arm of the leather armchair and quickly takes them out)
Stefan: "Just tell Elena thanks, but I'm not really up for a party tonight."

Elena: (to the newly-turned Jesse) "First rule of being a vampire is realizing how awesome you are."

Elena: "Okay. I know this is going to sound lame, but-"
Damon: "Anytime you start with "This is gonna sound lame," guess what? It is!"

Stefan: "Just out of morbid curiosity, which one of you is younger?"
Katherine: *simultaneously) "I am."
Nadia: (simultaneously) "I am."

Katherine: "Dear Nadia... Sorry I had to kill your boyfriend, but it was the motherly thing to do. Suicide, however? Not very motherly of me. I ran from my enemies for 500 years, and then one day, I stopped. Now, a new enemy wants me dead. Sure I could run from the Travelers, but there's still one enemy that I can never escape-- time. So, call it pride or vanity, but after the life that I've led, I refuse to drift off into the sunset. Good-bye, Nadia."

Stefan: "Hey. You're Katherine Pierce. Suck it up."



Last.fm_play.png "Harlem" – New Politics
Last.fm_play.png "Bad Intentions" – Digital Daggers
Last.fm_play.png "Slipping Away" – Barcelona
Last.fm_play.png "The Night Out" – Martin Solveig
Last.fm_play.png "Come A Little Closer" – Cage The Elephant
Last.fm_play.png "All Night" – Icona Pop
Last.fm_play.png "The Other Side" – David Gray
Last.fm_play.png "My My Love" – Joshua Radin




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