|“|| Elena: When I look into your eyes, I just...|
Damon: What? What are you feeling?
Elena: I feel like I'm looking at a stranger.
MEMORIES FROM ANOTHER TIME — When the past comes back to haunt her, Elena is forced to face her problems head on. After a night at the annual Whitmore Medical Center Fundraiser, Jo opens up to Alaric about her own tragic past. Meanwhile Stefan, Matt and Enzo resort to extreme measures when Tripp withholds information about his vampire-killing operation, and Caroline is in a race against the clock when Sheriff Forbes gets caught in the middle of a dangerous plan. Elsewhere, Tyler and Liv grow closer, and Damon stumbles upon a startling clue that renews his hope. Bonnie also appears.
|Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) meet for the first time since he came back but Damon's hope that Elena will remember their love when she sees him gets lost when she says she does not remember or feel anything about him. Damon visits Alaric (Matt Davis) at the hospital trying to find a way to uncompel Elena but there is no way since Alaric is now a human. Jo (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) joins them and invites Alaric as her date to the hospital fundraiser, where Elena will also be with Liam (Marco James).
Damon decides to go to the fundraiser so he can see Elena but he is surprise seeing her there with Liam. He introduces himself as Elena's ex and Liam is confused since Elena told him that Damon was dead. Damon compels Liam to leave them alone and Damon asks Elena to dance. While dancing, Damon tries to make Elena remember by telling her some of their moments together but it does not work. Elena admits that she wants to remember and asks Damon to keep telling her about their memories together.
Elena and Damon get at the borders, the last place where she and Damon were together. Damon tells her about the last day before he dies, when they blew up the Grill to save the town from the Travelers but Elena still cannot remember anything. Elena decides to cross the borders in order for the compulsion to wear off. Her memories start to come back but Damon runs and gets her before she dies. Later on, Liam visits Elena at her dorm to inform her about more mysterious things going on with the girl that should die at the corn maze and he tells her that if she will not tell him on her own her secrets he will find out on his own.
Matt (Zach Roerig) captures Tripp (Colin Ferguson) and brings him outside the borders of Mystic Falls. Along with Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey), they keep him tied and they try to get information from him about other vampire hunters. He tells them that they know about Caroline Candice Accola) and Stefan goes to her dorm to warn her. While being there, Liz (Marguerite MacIntyre) calls her to tell her that Tripp's men got her and they are threatening to kill her if they will not get him back. They arrange to trade Tripp to Liz at the borders. The exchange happens but the moment Tripp crosses the borders dies, making everyone realize that Enzo had turned him into a vampire before the exchange.
Jo and Alaric return at her place and after telling him at the fundraiser about her dysfunctional family and that she had put her magic away for safety, she now tells him that her brother tried to kill her few years back and she lost her spleen because of that attack. Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Caroline and Stefan discuss about Caroline's feelings about him and Stefan apologizes to her about his behavior but Caroline seems to not want to do anything with him anymore.
In 1994, Kai (Chris Wood) tries to fix the ascendant so he and Bonnie (Kat Graham) be able to do the spell again and get back to present. Bonnie tells him that she will not help him get out, she hits him, takes all the pieces of the ascendant and runs away. She tries to put the pieces back together so she can leave on her own but she cannot find the last piece. Kai appears with the last piece and Bonnie tries to get away from him but he captures her and they both go back to where they can do the spell. Kai tells Bonnie that he regrets what he did to his family to convince her that he has changed. Bonnie agrees to do the spell but instead of the two of them go back home, Bonnie puts her magic in her teddy bear and sends it back leaving her and Kai trapped in 1994.
The episode ends with Damon finding Bonnie's teddy bear, making him realize that Bonnie is still alive.
Special Recurring Cast
- Antagonists: Tripp Cooke and Kai.
- This episode marks the 100th appearance of Caroline Forbes on the show.
- Damon, believing that Kai killed Bonnie after he was sent back to the living world, lied to everyone about Bonnie being in the prison world with him to spare their feelings. However, he found Ms. Cuddles at the Salvatore crypt in Mystic Falls Cemetery, which revealed to him that Bonnie is still alive and had sent her bear through the portal to tell him so.
- Kai patched up the arrow wound he gave Bonnie in order to help convince her to send them both back to the living world.
- As of this episode, Bonnie Bennett overtakes Jeremy for total number of appearances on the series. Before this point, Jeremy had the second most total appearances after Caroline for three seasons straight outside the main three trio Elena, Damon and Stefan.
- The title may refer to the first time you meet someone, fell in love, first date or had sex with someone, which is fitting considering Elena's lack of memories of loving Damon.
- Liam considers him and Elena going to the Whitmore Fundraiser together a date even though Elena reminds him that their attendance is mandatory. She looks slightly guilty after he leaves because he kissed her.
- Damon compels Liam to get Elena some Chardonnay, which Damon knows she doesn't like, so he can talk to her alone.
- Liz was captured by Tripp's team and they held her captive until Tripp was released.
- Tripp is killed by Enzo.
- Damon goes over some of his worst moments with Elena while talking to Alaric in his room at the Whitmore Medical Center. Alaric reminds Damon of the time he killed Jeremy in The Return after Elena told him she could never love him.
- When Elena and Damon shared a dance at Whitmore Medical Center Fundraiser, the song "Belong" by Cary Brothers was played in the background. It's the same song featured in Graduation during Elena's confession of love.
- After being forced by Kai to rebuild the Ascendant, Bonnie seals her magic inside her bear and uses the passing of the eclipse to send it back to the present where it is found by Damon. This leaves both Bonnie and Kai still trapped in the time loop with no magic to allow them to break free.
- It is revealed in this episode that witches can "store" their magic into an object by binding their power to it for safe-keeping.. This has so far only done by Jo and Bonnie.
- Damon tells Elena that he knew she was the girl for him when got into his car, in Home, to go with him to set off the explosion at the Mystic Grill, because it was then that he knew she was as crazy as he is.
- Elena crosses the border for a few moments in a desperate attempt to regain her memories of loving Damon, but when she starts coughing up water from the anti-magic spell, Damon pulls her back and tells her that her safety is what matters to him most. This method was also used by Sarah and Tripp to inadvertently strip away their compulsion.
- Elena has flashes of her relationship with Damon, but retains only part of her memory of the last night she and Damon had together before she went off to Whitmore, when they went to the docks at the lake to watch a meteor shower and got caught in a heavy rain storm. When Elena asks him what happened after the rain started, he lies about the rest of the memory by saying that they were cold and miserable and left early. However, in reality, Elena had made him promise that their relationship would be forever and then passionately kissed him in the pouring rain.
- Damon decides to let Elena go by telling her that she can live this new happy life without him but tells her that he still loves her.
- Jo revealed a tragic history of her past in which she was stabbed and lost her spleen as a young adult, which indicated that she's Kai's sister.
- Liam confronts Elena about the girl who played "Lady Whitmore" at the corn maze that Elena saved with her blood. He tells Elena that the girl got into Whitmore on a tennis scholarship but injured her shoulder, which required regular surgical procedures to treat so she could retain her scholarship. However, since the night at the corn maze, her shoulder has been completely healed as well. Just before Liam leaves, he says that Elena is both a liar and a girl with secrets, and insists that he's going to figure out what those secrets are.
- Bonnie killed Kai by stabbing him in the neck in order to buy herself some time to rebuild the Ascendant and go home by herself. However, he woke up too quickly and stopped her before she could leave, instead forcing her to take him with her.
- Bonnie's teddy bear Ms. Cuddles is similar to Elena's teddy bear which can be seen in Elena's bedroom in earlier seasons.
- Tripp - slit throat (first time), the Magic Purification Spell (second time), killed by Enzo. (as a human/vampire)
- Kai - killed by Bonnie Bennett, later resurrected because of the metaphysical laws of the 1994 Prison World.
- Whitmore College
- Elena and Caroline's dorm room
- Whitmore Medical Center
- Jo's home
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
- 1994 Prison World
- Tyler, Liv, Kai, Bonnie and Liam were last seen in The World Has Turned and Left Me Here.
- Whitmore Hospital's Fundraiser Party is second party at Whitmore College that Elena and Damon have attended but not as a couple as they were in Monster's Ball, when they went as a couple to the Historical Ball in Season Five.
- This is the second time that Damon has let Elena go, the first time was in Rescue Me.
- This is the second episode to feature a rain scene between Elena and Damon.
- Tripp is second member of the Fell Family to be turned into a vampire.
- Damon mentions turning Vicki Donovan into a vampire. He turned Vicki in Lost Girls, and she was last seen as a ghost in Resident Evil.
- Damon alludes to Amber Bradley, as Stefan had a bloodlust issue in the episode Miss Mystic Falls.
- Damon pours bourbon on Honoria Fell's grave in a symbolic gesture, but drunkenly calls her "Horatio" instead.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had 1.54 viewers in the USA, which is 0.05 million less than the previous episode.