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The Vampire Diaries
Season 4, Episode 1
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Air date October 11th 2012
Written by Caroline Dries
Directed by Chris Grismer
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Growing Pains is the first/premiere episode of the Fourth Season and the sixty-seventh episode in The Vampire Diaries (TV Series).

Summary

ELENA’S WORST NIGHTMAREElena awakens on the morning after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true – she died with vampire blood in her system and now must go through the terrible transition to become a vampire... or face certain death. Stefan promises Elena that he and Bonnie will exhaust every possible way out of the situation, but Damon is furious with his brother for letting Elena die in the first place. Bonnie pays a terrible price for her attempt to change Elena’s fate, while Damon takes out his frustration and rage on Matt. In a rare moment of empathy, Rebekah is deeply touched by Stefan and Elena’s devotion to one another. Finally, Pastor Young and the Town Council members begin rounding up the vampires and their supporters, leading to an unexpected tragedy. 


Plot

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Cast

Co-Starring

Trivia

  • Antagonist: Although they treat Pastor Young and Sheriff's Deputies as the antagonists, the true antagonist is Atticus Shane, who makes his first appearance in The Five and is later revealed to have manipulated the Pastor to kill himself and the Council.
  • This is the first episode of The Transition Chapter.
  • It is revealed that Meredith Fell used Damon's blood to heal Elena.
  • The Founder's Council is now called the Town Council after Alaric's revelation.
    • The Founder's Council is called that way because they were the first families who founded Mystic Falls; however, after discovering the dark truth of the families: Lockwood, Forbes, Fell, Gilbert, Salvatore, they were expelled, leaving residents with only knowledge of the supernatural.
  • Those blood bags Rebekah destroyed were the last of Klaus' supply for making his hybrids. [1]
  • The sandwich tasted awful to Elena as a side effect of her transition. [2]
  • Bonnie didn't lose her powers, however, every time she does dark magic, she'll see Grams in pain. [3]

Cultural References

  • "Death Becomes Her" - a 1992 dark comedy with Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. It's a play in words and it can mean both "she became death" as well as "death looks good on her", (like clothing).
  • "Growing Pains" - an American television sitcom about an affluent family, residing in Huntington, Long Island, New York, with a working mother and a stay-at-home psychiatrist father raising three children together, which aired on ABC from September 24, 1985 to April 25, 1992.

Body Count

Tropes

  • The quirky dialogue between Elena, Stefan with Damon snarky remarks was a very elegant Exposition that recapped the events that led to this all. Could it be that trough all his Bitter Sarcasm Damon is the Only Sane One?
  • Well, this whole episode was a great Introdump, but there was lot of information to recap.
  • Pastor Young is introduced very much like Remember this new Guy? He remembers Elena wanted to be a writer, knew her parents and was part of the Council, although we had never seen him before.
  • Like many times before, Bonnie suffers from Psychic Nosebleed when she overexerts herself.
  • Very creepy when Klaus threatens to rip the living heart out of Tyler.

Behind the Scenes

  • This is the first season premiere to feature every main character since Pilot.
  • Following Matt Davis' departure from the cast in season 3, this is the first season to feature just 9 series regulars.
  • This is the first season premiere to feature Meredith Fell and Rebekah, the third to feature Carol, the second to feature Klaus and Liz and the fourth to feature Elena, Stefan, Damon,Jeremy, Bonnie, Matt, Tyler and Caroline.
  • This is the first season premiere to not be written by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.
  • Before the official title was revealed (July 24) it was rumored that it was named "Phases".
  • This is the first season premiere to not have a "Previously On..." voice over.
  • This episode had about 3.18 million views in USA.

Continuity

Locations

Quotes

Elena: "Am I dead? ... No!"
Damon (To Elena): "There is no way out. We all know the drill. You feed or you die. There is no door number three.
Stefan: "You know what, you weren't there the day Elena looked me in the eye and told me she absolutely never wanted this."
Damon: "Then you shouldn't have let her die."
Stefan: "I never meant for her to die. She asked me to help Matt first and I did."
Damon: "And now the world has one more quarterback. Bravo, brother."
Stefan: "I made a choice that I will regret for the rest of my life. Now let me try to fix it."
Jeremy (To Elena): "Your fangs coming yet?"
Rebekah: "Tragic about Elena. Not to make the grey cloud greyer, but does Matt even have automobile insurance for the car?"
Shelia Bennett: "She is not your problem to solve. Now go, before they keep you here."
Klaus (To Caroline in Tyler's body): "Easy, love. Wrong time. Wrong place. Wrong equipment."

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Last.fm_play.png "Twice" – Little Dragon
Last.fm_play.png "Whirring" – The Joy Formidable


Last.fm_play.png "Wait for the Morning" – Amy Stroup


Pictures

References

See also

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