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The Vampire Diaries
Season 3, Episode 11
Air date January 12th 2012
Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine
Directed by Wendey Stanzler
Episode Guide Transcript
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Our Town is the eleventh episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the fifty-fifth episode of the series.


BIRTHDAYS AND GOOD-BYES — Although Caroline is in no mood to celebrate her 18th birthday, Elena, Bonnie and Matt surprise her with a small party in an unusual location. Damon and Stefan disagree on the best way to handle Klaus, and a reckless Stefan decides to test his theory by taking things to dangerous extremes. Bonnie is concerned when Elena tells her about Jeremy's new plans. At a Founder’s meeting, Alaric once again runs into Dr. Fell, who is in the middle of an argument with her ex-boyfriend, the medical examiner. Tyler refuses to go along with Klaus’ latest demand, and is surprised when Klaus seems to accept his decision.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonist: Stefan Salvatore.
  • This episode marks Caroline's 18th birthday and the first episode to feature a birthday since The Birthday.
    • This is the second birthday celebrated this season. The first was Elena's in the premiere.
    • Caroline's birthday is also the third birthday celebrated in the series. The first was Stefan's in 162 Candles in Season One.
  • Damon’s continued evolution from villain to hero is shown.
  • It is the first time Wickery Bridge is shown.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of Meredith Fell.
  • This is the second episode this season to feature all main cast members.
  • The scene where Klaus gives his blood to Caroline is a mirror of the scene in the novels when Katherine von Swartzschild meets Klaus, who then turned her into a vampire. It also marks the beginning of their frenemy relationship, although the "friend" aspect does not emerge fully until American Gothic.
  • Damon killed his second hybrid in this episode, the first being in Homecoming.
  • This episode marked the first appearance of Klaus' new right-hand hybrid, Daniel Warren.
  • Stefan killed Mindy, marking his first on-screen kill of a successful hybrid, though he had killed Ray Sutton, an unsuccessful hybrid prior to this episode.
  • This is the first and only time that Stefan threatens to turn Elena into a vampire against her will.

Body Count

Cultural References

  • "Give Peace a Chance " is a song written by John Lennon in 1969.
  • "Drunk Texting " is sending text messages while during drunken stupor. It is usually something that one would not do while sober.
  • "Drinking the Kool-Aid " refers to the 1978 Joneston Massacre. It suggests following the leader mindlessly, without thinking of the consequences.
  • "Getting caught in the cross-fire " is to be caught between two warrior factions.
  • "White Knight " a man who sees a damsel in distress and thinks he feels the obligation to protect her.
  • "Crash the party," or to attend a party without invitation.
  • "Collateral Damage " is when something that is not the target is damaged or destroyed. In military terms, it usually means civilians. Although the phrase was only coined in 1962, it is widely used now. It is also the name of a 2002 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger .
  • Our Town is the name of a 1940 film adaptation of the Thornton Wilder play of the same name.


  • Caroline will be young, sexy, blond and superstrong forever (or until somebody stakes her). Still, she does not want to celebrate her birthday because immortality sucks !

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.86 million viewers in the USA.


Stefan: "Get your hybrids out of Mystic Falls, or I will remove them myself."
Klaus: "Get Stefan to stop decapitating my friends!"
Elena: (About Jeremy) "He's in danger!"
Damon: "You wanna beat the villain, you have to be smarter!"
Stefan: "No, to beat the villain, you have to be the better villain!"
Damon: "He's operating crazy!"
Elena: "I can't lose anyone else that I love!"
Stefan: "Destroying Klaus is all I have left!"
Elena: "You had me!"
Stefan: "If I know his weakness, I can destroy him!"
Bonnie: (Frustrated that the sealed casket won't open) "Why won't you open?"
Stefan: "Say goodbye to your family, Klaus!"
Elena: "Stefan, no!"
Stefan: "Maybe I'll just turn you into a vampire!"
Elena: "Stop the car, Stefan!" (Stefan feeds Elena his blood)
Stefan: "I don't really care what you think about me anymore, Elena."



Last.fm_play.png "Punching In A Dream" – The Naked and Famous
Last.fm_play.png "Up In Flames" – Coldplay
Last.fm_play.png "You Are" – The Daylights
Last.fm_play.png "False Alarm" – Trent Dabbs

Last.fm_play.png "Goodbye Horses" – The Airborne Toxic Event
Last.fm_play.png "Keep Running" – Gemma Hayes
Last.fm_play.png "Between" – Courrier


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