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The Vampire Diaries
Season 2, Episode 6
Air date October 21, 2010
Written by Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain
Directed by John Behring
Episode Guide Transcript
Kill or Be Killed

Plan B is the sixth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the twenty-eighth episode of the series.


KATHERINE CHOOSES A NEW VICTIM — Despite Elena's efforts to keep Jeremy safe, he offers to help Damon and Alaric deal with Katherine. Sheriff Forbes and Caroline share a few rare moments of quality mother/daughter time. Bonnie accidentally discovers new information about Mason and shares it with Stefan, leading Damon to take matters into his own hands.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast


  • Antagonist: Katherine Pierce.
  • This is the first episode this season to feature all the main characters in it.
  • This episode marks the death of Mason, whose story-arc was wrapped up in 6 episodes, much like Vicki from last season, who also appeared in the first 7 episodes, only to wind up dead. The difference is that Vicki was a main character.
  • This is the third episode this season to end on a cliffhanger that features Katherine using a character for her future plans: Caroline (Bad Moon Rising), Mason (Kill or Be Killed) and Matt.
  • This episode includes a reference to the novels with the well and Mrs. Flowers.
  • This episode marks the temporary end of Stefan and Elena's romance.
  • Mason meets Bonnie in this episode.
  • Damon tortures and kills Mason. Mason's death marks the first werewolf to be killed by a vampire.
    • This also marks the second time heart extraction has been used as a method to kill supernatural species. The first time this was used was in Season One's Bloodlines.
  • Only two promotional pictures were released for this episode.
  • When Caroline compels Liz to forget about vampires, she only mentions herself, not Damon and Stefan. However, it can be assumed that Caroline included the necessary details off-screen, as Liz did not appear to know about Caroline, Damon, and Stefan's true identities as vampires again until the episode Know Thy Enemy, when Matt admitted to Liz that he learned Caroline was a vampire.


Cultural References

  • Indiana Jones: is a fictional professor, archaeologist and adventurer. He was first seen in the 1981 movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Kill or be Killed is a common catch phrase in many genre movies and series, including Buffy, The Vampire Slayer.
    • The common usage today is often credited to Jack London's The Call of the Wild: “He had learned well the law of club and fang, and he never forewent an advantage or drew back from a foe he had started on the way to Death. He had lessoned from Spitz, and from the chief fighting dogs of the police and mail, and knew there was no middle course. He must master or be mastered; while to show mercy was a weakness. Mercy did not exist in the primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death. Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time, he obeyed.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.58 million viewers in USA which was 0.08 million more than the previous episode.


Katherine: "Mason? Should've been here an hour ago."
Damon: "Wrong boy toy."
Damon: "Mason? Oh, he's right next to me if you want us to send him over. Except his heart's on the other side of the room."
Katherine: "You shouldn't have."
Jeremy: "It's gonna be okay."
Elena: "No it's not."
Jeremy: "She's gonna pay, Elena. I don't know how, but she's gonna pay."
Jeremy: "Damon..."
Damon: "You wanted to be a part of this? Well, here it is. Kill or be killed. The guy’s a werewolf. He’d kill me the first chance he got! So you suck it up, or leave. He wants me to kill him, anyway. Don’t you, Mason? It really is a curse, isn’t it? You know, I look at you and I see myself. A less dashing, less intelligent version."
Mason: "I love her."
Damon: "Oh, I know! I’ve been where you are. But Katherine will only rip your heart out. Let me do it for her."
Stefan: "You’re staring."
Elena: "I’m gazing."
Stefan: "It’s creepy."
Elena: "It’s romantic."
Damon (to Jeremy): "Kill or be killed. You either suck it up, or leave."



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