MYSTERIOUS ISLAND — Shane leads an expedition to a desolate island off the coast of Nova Scotia, where he believes the secret of the cure lies hidden. On the trek to the island’s interior, Rebekah and Elena continue their bitter rivalry, Stefan does his best to keep the peace, and Damon accuses Shane of leading them into a trap. Bonnie and Jeremy try to figure out the message of the hunter’s mark, while Shane reveals more of the legend of Silas and the witch Qetsiyah, along with his own personal history. Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler confronts Klaus, and Caroline is caught up in the violence that follows.
- Antagonists: Shane, Vaughn, Silas and Niklaus Mikaelson.
- Kol Mikaelson's corpse is seen in the episode, but Nathaniel Buzolic is not credited.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Vaughn. He's a member of the Brotherhood of the Five.
- Thought he appeared in Caitlin's visage, this is the first appearance of Silas in the series.
- Vaughn is the fourth member of the Brotherhood of The Five introduced in the series.
- Professor Shane takes Elena, Damon, Jeremy, Bonnie, Rebekah and Stefan to an island off Nova Scotia where Silas was entombed with the cure.
- Caroline and Tyler return after a two-episode absence.
- This episode begins the possible reparation of Klaus and Caroline's budding "friendship."
- Matt doesn't appear in this episode.
- Although Charlie Bewley is credited at the beginning of the episode, he only appears at the end and has no lines.
- A promotional synopsis for this episode was leaked onto the internet a week before the official air date.
- Jenna Sommers and Carol Lockwood were both mentioned by Caroline. They were killed by Klaus: Jenna in The Sun Also Rises and Carol in O Come, All Ye Faithful.
- Finn and Kol were mentioned by Rebekah. Finn was killed by Matt in The Murder of One and Kol was killed by Jeremy in A View to a Kill. Elena played a part in both of their deaths.
- Shane explains that one of Qetsiyah's descendants created the Brotherhood of the Five in order to find, cure and kill Silas. This descendant creating the brotherhood was shown in The Five.
- Damon taught Rebekah about s'mores in Smells Like Teen Spirit.
- Under the influence of Silas, Shane manipulated Pastor Young to kill himself and the Town Council (Growing Pains.) That was the first sacrifice of the Expression Triangle.
- Stefan and Rebekah discuss the events of The Departed, when Rebekah killed Elena in order to kill Alaric.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had about 2.51 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.06 million less than the previous episode.
- This episode is the first and only episode not to feature a single song.
- This episode is the first to cover almost three full days in a single episode.
- Hashtag during the airing is #FangtasyIsland
- Into the Wild is the title of a non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer, published in 1996. It tells the story of Chris McCandless, who abandoned all of his worldly possessions and traveled across America for two years until his death; his body was found inside an abandoned bus in Alaska. It was adapted into the 2007 film by director Sean Penn and stars Emile Hirsch as Chris McCandless.
- Nova Scotia - is one of Canada's maritime provinces, and one of the most populated. It is further south than Newfoundland, where the viking village of Vinland was located. It is about 10 hours drive from Virginia, but only one hour by plane.
- The Evil Eye - a look that can cause harm or bad luck to the recipient. It is a common belief from many different cultures.
- Team Building Exercises - a series of practices with the aim of improving team performance. It is supposed to go against the common office cut-throat office policies, where colleagues compete against each other for a promotion.
- Shane: (to everyone) "Congratulations! We made it!"
- Elena: (to everyone) "Is anyone else creeped out?"
- Stefan: (to Shane) "What is this place?"
- Shane: (to everyone) "Just keep walking and listen up. This place uses its own kind of magic."
- Shane: (to everyone) "We're not wanted here."
- Damon: (to Shane) "I'm done trusting you. Where's the cure?"
- Damon: "Looks like someone forgot her team-building exercises."
- Elena: "I'm not apologizing for not wanting her here."
- Damon: "You know Stefan just brought her here to make it seem like he's moving on. He wants you to think that he's over you, and wants me to think that I can't get under his skin."
- Elena: "You know, you're right. With any luck I'll only have to tolerate her for few more days and then we'll find the cure and I'll never have to deal with her again.
- Damon: "Human Rebekah. Can't imagine her without fangs."
- Elena: "You know, you never talked about what you will do about the cure once we find it. Will you take it?"
- Damon: (smirks) "I don't like to speculate."
- Tyler: (to Klaus) "Good morning, sunshine. You look pathetic."
NO SONGS FEATURED