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The Vampire Diaries
Season 4, Episode 15
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Air date February 21st, 2013
Written by Julie Plec
Directed by Lance Anderson
Episode Guide Transcript
Down the Rabbit Hole
Bring It On

Stand By Me is the fifteenth episode of the Fourth Season, and the eighty-first episode in The Vampire Diaries (TV Series).


THE TERRIBLE TRUTH — When Stefan arrives back in Mystic Falls with Elena and Jeremy, Caroline is immediately worried about Elena’s state of mind.

Stefan reaches out to Dr. Fell and Matt for help. Still on the island, Damon relays somber news to Rebekah, and is surprised at her reaction. Together, Damon and Rebekah learn an unexpected bit of recent history from Vaughn. Everyone is horrified when Bonnie reveals the rest of Shane's plan. Finally, after Damon does his best to help her, Elena comes up with a plan of her own.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast


  • Antagonists: Atticus Shane/Silas, Galen Vaughn.
  • This is the last episode of The Silas Chapter.
  • Jeremy is confirmed dead in this episode.
  • Although she is a new vampire at the time, Elena switches her humanity off for the first time.
  • Ironically, after the threats from Kol and Klaus to burn down the Gilbert House, Elena burns it down herself.
  • As of this episode, Tyler has never been featured in episode 15 of any of the first four seasons.
  • Jeremy is the fourth main character to be killed off, after Vicki, Jenna and Alaric.
    • This continues the trend of one main character dying each season.
    • Jeremy is the second main male character to be killed off.
    • Jeremy is the first main character to be permanently killed without transitioning into a vampire.



Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.91 million viewers in the USA.

Cultural References

  • This episode has the same title as the 1986 movie starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell about a group of boys' journey to find a dead body after the passing of a close friend.
  • "Stand by Me" is also a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song.
  • "Scaredy Cat"  is the name of a 1948 Merry Melodies Cartoon featuring Porky Pig and Sylvester the Cat. Since Rebekah has been daggered since the 20s, she should not be aware of the connection.
  • Lividity - the settling of blood in the lower part of the body that causes a purple discoloration of the skin. It starts about 20 minutes after death and peak at about 6 hours. Because Jeremy was drained of blood, Meredith says he presents no lividity.
  • Rigor Mortis - the stiffening of muscles that occur after death. In  human it begins about 3 hours after death, and peaks after 12 hours. Little known fact, it dissipates after 48 or 60 hours.  So what Meredith says makes no sense. If Jeremy is "past Rigor Mortis" it means that his muscles are becoming flexible again, mainly due to decomposition - so they cannot be tightened past the point of rigor mortis".
  • Caroline goes into overdrive thinking about the funeral for Jeremy. Casseroles are a traditional food to bring to a grieving family - it is assumed they will either be busy with funeral preparations, or too grieven striken to prepare food.
  • XBox has featured prominently in the past episodes. It burned with the Gilbert House.



Elena: "Jeremy! You're going to be okay. The ring is gonna bring you back."
Stefan: "Jeremy was one of the Five, a hunter."
Meredith: "I need you to release the body to me."
Elena: "He's not dead!"
Damon: "She's out of her mind."
Elena: "We need Bonnie. Find me Bonnie!"
Stefan: "She doesn't say anything except that she's waiting for him to wake up."
Matt: "This town...this crazy world we live's okay to have a hope."
Stefan: "Denial is the one thing protecting her from letting it all in."
Damon: "I'm not enough. Not this time."
Elena: "We need Bonnie. Find me Bonnie!"
Caroline: "Hey, you're home. I was trying to clean the burn mark where Kol....I couldn't get the spot out."
Elena: "Come on, let's get him upstairs."
Rebekah: "Where is it? The cure. I know someone has it."
Damon: "Yeah, someone. Katherine."
Rebekah: "Katherine? The doppelgänger?"
Damon: "Yeah, sneaky little bitch must've been spying on us for weeks. She killed Jeremy. Or somebody did. He killed your brother. Let's not with the fake sad face."
Rebekah: "I didn't say I was going to miss him. But I'm not heartless. He was Elena's only family."
Damon: "Good. Well, you can send flowers. After you help me find Bonnie."
Rebekah: "We have to find Katherine."
Damon: "If there's one thing that's a guarantee in this miserable little world, it's that Katherine Pierce is gone. We need to find Bonnie. Oh, and beware of the immortal Silas. He was asleep in that cave; he's awake now."
Damon (to Vaughn): "Here's the thing, I was completely willing to accept the fact that you were one man on a lonely mission to kill old Silas. And then I got boned by my vixen nemesis, Miss Katherine Pierce. And then I started thinking, "There's no way this is a coincidence." So, what do you know?"
(Rebekah walks up)
Damon (to Rebekah): "Took you long enough."
Rebekah: "Sorry. I had to dig the arrow out of my spine. Thank you for that."
Damon: "Well, if you want a lead on Katherine Pierce, (sing-song voice) here's your guy."
Vaughn: "Torture me all you want. You can't kill me. The Hunter's Curse will torment you forever."
Damon: "It'll be worth it."
Rebekah: "He's right. We can't kill him. But that doesn't mean we can't tear him apart, piece by piece, nerve by nerve, until the pain is so severe that your brain shuts it off to give you one tiny moment of blessed relief. And then we'll heal you and do it again and again and again."
Damon: "You are creepy."
Rebekah (smiles): "Thank you."



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