|This article is about Rose, an episode in season two. You may be looking for Rose, the character.|
|“|| Rose: The moonstone is what binds the curse. The sacrifice is what breaks it.
Elena: The sacrifice?
Rose: The blood of the doppelgänger. You're the doppelgänger. Which means, in order to break the curse you're the one who has to die.
AN ANCIENT PRESENCE IN MYSTIC FALLS — Stefan and Damon come to Elena's assistance and, in the process, learn surprising new information about people, vampires and events in the distant past, things that aren't what they wanted to hear. Jeremy helps Bonnie after she casts a difficult and exhausting spell and Caroline does what she can to make things easier for Tyler. Finally, Stefan and Damon reach a new understanding.
- Antagonist: Elijah Mikaelson.
- This is the first episode to feature Elijah as an antagonist.
- This is Elijah Mikaelson's first episode appearance in the series.
- With one word (four letters), this episode, along with Home, has the shortest title of either series.
- It is not explained how Rose and Trevor tracked down Elena, leaving it up to the imagination of the viewer.
- This is the second episode to be named after a character, the first being Isobel in Season One.
- This episode marks the first mention of Klaus, an important character from the books.
- This episode marks the first mention of the Originals (The Old Ones, the pure-blood vampires in the books).
- Elena would not remember the fact that she was compelled by Elijah to tell him the whereabouts of Katherine until the first episode of Season Four.
- Elena was also compelled by Damon to forget the fact that he admitted that though he was in love with her, he didn't deserve her, but Stefan did.
- She would later remember this scene in vivid detail in Season Four's Growing Pains while she was in transition to become a vampire.
- This is also the first time in the series that Damon himself admits to Elena that he is in love with her.
- This is the first episode of the second chapter of Season Two, The Werewolf Chapter.
- Mystic Falls, Virginia
- Reidsville, North Carolina
- Katherine, Jenna, Alaric and Matt do not appear in this episode, but Alaric is mentioned twice. Katherine is referred to almost exclusively by her birth name, Katerina Petrova, throughout the episode.
- This episode marks the first appearances of Trevor, Rose and Elijah on the show.
- This episode features the first and second instances of Elena being compelled; first by Elijah and then by Damon. However, the Season Three finale would later reveal that she had met and been compelled by Damon once before, right before the accident that killed her parents.
- Damon confesses to Elena that he's in love with her for the first time in the series, though countless others had pointed it out before now.
- Elijah meets Elena, Stefan and Damon for the first time in this episode.
- He also learns that another human Petrova doppelgänger existed after Katherine was turned into a vampire, something that he thought was impossible until this episode.
- Continuinty Error: Although originally owned by his mother, and was wore by his younger sister for the better part of a millennium, Elijah did not recognize Elena's necklace.
- The Original vampires are introduced in this episode, though much of what they learn is simply rumor and legend. However, the connections between the "Original Family," Katherine, and the Petrova doppelgänger line will become a major story line throughout the second and third season.
- "The Elephant in the Room" is an idiomatic expression that refers to an obvious truth or problem nobody wants to address. It is used when the subject is emotionally charged. It might have its origin in Mark Twain's 1882 short story "The Stolen White Elephant". Coincidentally, one of the characters in this story is a detective called Alaric.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had about 3.633 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.143 million more than the previous episode, making it the most watched episode of Season Two.
- Damon: "I just need to say it once. You just need to hear it. I love you, Elena. And it's because I love you, that I can't be selfish with you. Why you can't know this. I don't deserve you... but my brother does. God, I wish you didn't have to forget this... but you do."
- Stefan: "I'm sorry."
- Damon: "About what?"
- Stefan: "About being the guy that made you turn 145 years ago. What I did was selfish. I didn't wanna be alone. Guess I just needed my brother."
- Elijah: "Rose-Marie, is there somewhere we can talk?"
- Damon: "Elena know you've been drinking blood?"
- Stefan: "I've been drinking hers."
- Damon: (rolls his eyes) "How romantic."
- Jeremy: "When I'm worn down, I take a nap. You were unconscious."
- Stefan: "Thank you for helping me"
- Damon: "Can we not do the whole road-trip-bonding thing? The cliché of it all makes me itch."
- Stefan: "Oh, come on, Damon. We both know that you being in this car has absolutely nothing to do with me, anyway."
- Damon: (mockingly) "The elephant in the room lets out a mighty roar."
- Stefan: "Well, it doesn't have to be an elephant. Let's talk about it."
- Damon: "There's nothing to talk about."
- Stefan: "That's not true. Sure there is. Let's get it out. I mean, are you in this car because you want to help your little brother save the woman he loves or is it because... because you love her, too? I mean, come on. Express yourself. I happen to like road-trip bonding."
- Damon: "Keep it up, Stefan. I can step out of helping as easily as I stepped in."
- Stefan: "Nope. See, that's the beauty of it-- you can't."