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The Vampire Diaries
Season 2, Episode 8
Air date November 4th 2010
Written by Brian Young
Directed by Liz Friedlander
Episode Guide Transcript

Rose is the eighth episode of the Second Season and the thirtieth episode of The Vampire Diaries (TV Series).


AN ANCIENT PRESENCE IN MYSTIC FALLSStefan 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.



Main Cast

Guest Cast


  • Antagonist: Elijah Mikaelson.
    • This is the first episode to feature Elijah as an antagonist.
  • 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.
  • 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 pureblood vampires in the books).
  • Jeremy didn't seem surprised when they asked for his blood to find Elena, which suggests that Elena told him off-screen about her relation with his uncle John Gilbert, making them cousins.
  • Elena would not remember her compulsion until the first episode of Season Four.
  • This is the first episode of the second chapter, The Werewolf Chapter.
  • It is the first time in this series, when Damon actually confessed to Elena that he's in love with her, but he compelled her to forget it.


Production Notes

  • This episode had about 3.56 million viewers in USA making it the most watched episode of Season Two.
  • Katherine, Jenna, Alaric and Matt do not appear in this episode, but Alaric is strongly mentioned twice. Katherine is mentioned 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 is the first time Elena was ever compelled, first by Elijah and second by Damon.
  • Elijah meets Elena, Stefan and Damon in this episode.

Cultural References

  • "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 story "The Stolen White Elephant". Coincidentally, one of the characters in this story is a detective called Alaric.


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."
Stefan (on saving Elena): "I can't think of a better reason to die."
Elijah: "Rose-Marie, is there somewhere we can talk?"
Damon: "Elena know you've been drinking blood?"
Stefan: "I've been drinking hers."
Damon: "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 cliche 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: "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."



Last.fm_play.png "We Rule The World" – Dragonette
Last.fm_play.png "Wolf Like Me" – TV On The Radio
Last.fm_play.png "Blood" – Editors
Last.fm_play.png "In My Veins" – Andrew Belle

Last.fm_play.png "Love Song" – Cruel Black Dove
Last.fm_play.png "Ocean Wide" – The Afters
Last.fm_play.png "I Was Wrong" – Sleeperstar


  • Damon compelling Elena with a tear in his eye, to forget that he loves her.
  • Damon kissing Elena on her forehead.
  • Damon confessing his love for Elena.
  • Bonnie sending Elena a message
  • Elena receives Bonnie's message
  • Bonnie's message

See also

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