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The Vampire Diaries
Season 3, Episode 6
VD 306A 0472b
Air date October 20th 2011
Written by Julie Plec & Caroline Dries
Directed by Rob Hardy
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Smells Like Teen Spirit is the sixth episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the fiftieth episode of the series.

Summary

WELCOME BACK SENIORS — On the first day of their senior year, Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt are still reeling from recent events, while Tyler seems to be enjoying everything a little too much. Damon is annoyed by a new house-guest, and everyone is surprised by the arrival of a new student in Alaric's history class. Matt asks Bonnie for help when he realizes he made a serious mistake. Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.


Plot

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Co-Starring


Trivia

  • Antagonists: Esther (unseen) and Vicki Donovan.
  • This is the 50th episode of The Vampire Diaries.
  • This episode is an homage to the Pilot as it parallels events that happened in that episode, like:
    • Cheerleader Practice
    • Back-To-School Bonfire
    • Elena and Stefan meeting as she leaves the boys bathroom
  • Kevin Williamson did not write this episode with Julie, because of conflicts with The Secret Circle writings and production.
  • Klaus doesn't appear in this episode.
  • Elena, Damon, Stefan, Caroline and Tyler have appeared in all the first 6 episodes, for the second time since Season Two.
  • Having made cameo appearances in The End of The Affair and The Reckoning, this is the first episode to fully feature Mikael.
  • Rebekah meets Damon and Alaric in this episode.
  • Stefan mentions the Homecoming Dance to Elena, which will occur in Homecoming.
  • Elena gets jealous for the first time when she sees Damon with Rebekah. Stefan notices Elena's jealousy, which is the first hint that she has has feelings for Damon.
  • This is the sixth episode of the first chapter of Season Three, The Ghosts Chapter, (The Birthday to Ghost World.)

Continuity

Cultural References

  • The title is a reference to Nirvana's song of the same name.
  • Stefan is playing a twisted version of Twister , the viral game by Hasbro. Because of the awkward positions and close proximity, there is a level of sexual tension in this game.
  • Damon calls Rebekah "Barbie Klaus." A reference to the popular blond doll that is often an euphemism for dumb blond.
  • Vicki says she will fit right in a town with vampires, witches and werewolves. It could be a reference to the cult British TV series Being Human.
  • Damon says "Come on, Buffy" to Elena, which is a reference to the successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer which aired from 1997 until 2003.
  • Damon calls Elena "Warrior Princess." That is a reference to another successful TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, which originally aired from 1995–2001.
  • Damon says that "the way to a vampire's heart" is to reach it from beneath the ribcage. But he could as well have said through the stomach, since that is also a soft spot....
  • Caroline calls Tyler a Minion. That's usually reserved for a very obedient, subservient sidekick.
  • Rebekah has never eaten a S'more before. Maybe because they were invented in 1927, and she was daggered in 1922...
  • Tyler says "I consider it a challenge" - that is a reference to the meme used by Barney Stinson from the TV comedy series How I Met Your Mother.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.03 million viewers in the USA.

Quotes

Stefan (To Alaric): "You're not gonna want to mess with me."
Alaric: "Vampires, they will hurt whoever they want and they will do it without remorse!"
Elena: "You think that I'm crazy to believe that I can protect myself from a vampire."
Damon (To Elena): "No one's going to hurt you. Especially not my brother."
Caroline (To Tyler): "Vampire 101, don't wear your breakfast to school."
Elena (To Stefan): "I knew you'd catch me."
Elena (To Stefan): "You think I'm going to let a blood addict tell me how to drink?"
Damon (To Elena): "Come on, Buffy."
Bonnie: "Why should I let the fact that my boyfriend is seeing the ghosts of his dead girlfriends hinder this experience?"
Caroline: "And why should I let the fact that my boyfriend was turned into a hybrid put a damper on an otherwise fabulous day?"
Damon (To Katherine about Mikael): "We need him to kill Klaus so I can de-ripperfy Stefan before he destroys my house."
Vicki (To Matt): "In a town full of vampires, werewolves and witches I'll fit right in."
Caroline (To Tyler): "Klaus is the bad guy, Tyler. Why are you acting like some freaky, hybrid slave minion?"
Tyler (To Caroline): "Everything I like about me is you."
Caroline (Talking about Tyler): "How do we fix him?"
Damon: "Get a new boyfriend."
Stefan: "Why didn't you let me die?"
Elena: "Because I still have hope. I know who you really are. Better than anyone, Stefan. I'm not giving up."
Stefan: "Elena. Do you have any idea how pathetic that makes you?"
Elena: "No, Stefan, it makes me strong."


Multimedia

Soundtrack

Last.fm_play.png "This Too Shall Pas" – OK GO
Last.fm_play.png "Black Iron Lung" – The Gods of Macho
Last.fm_play.png "My Body" – Young the Giant
Last.fm_play.png "Brick By Brick" – Arctic Monkeys


Last.fm_play.png "Rave On" – Cults
Last.fm_play.png "Satellite" – The Kills
Last.fm_play.png "Take Your Time" – Cary Brothers



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