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The Vampire Diaries
Season 2, Episode 15
Dinner party
Air date February 17, 2011
Written by Andrew Chambliss
Directed by Marcos Siega
Episode Guide Transcript
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The Dinner Party is the fifteenth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-seventh episode of the series.


STEFAN TELLS ELENA ABOUT HIS DARKEST DAYS - Stefan tells Elena about a dark time in his history and the surprising person whose influence changed everything, and how he's a "ripper". After getting the truth out of Luka, Jonas makes his feelings clear to Bonnie and Jeremy. Trying to catch Elijah off-guard, Damon arranges a dinner party for him with Jenna, Alaric, and Andie, but last-minute information throws Damon's plan into chaos.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Elijah Mikaelson.
  • It is the sixth flashback episode.
  • Tyler does not appear in this episode, the beginning of a four-episode absence for his character exactly like Bonnie during Season One.
  • John's claim about the white ash wood killing an Original proved to be correct, but only as long as the dagger stays temporarily in Elijah's heart.
  • Jonas takes away Bonnie's powers in this episode.
    • This is the first time a witch is shown to take away the powers of another.
  • Elena is shown to have started reading the journals of her ancestor Johnathan Gilbert where she reads a entry that describes a night when he as well as Honoria Fell and Thomas Fell are killed by Stefan Salvatore.
  • Elena learns that Johnathan Gilbert researched the Original Family which includes the White Oak Ash Daggers which will kill any vampire who uses the dagger on an Original vampire and the dagger must stay in for the said Original to stay dead.
  • Following Elijah's 'death', Katherine finally escapes the tomb after being there for 8 episodes.
    • This indicates when an Original is daggered, their compulsion is lifted.
  • Foreshadowing: Katherine tells Damon that "killing an Original is a suicide mission." It turns out it really is—if a vampire daggers an Original, that vampire would die.
  • Foreshadowing: When they find the moonstone on Elijah 's body, Damon calls it the "moonstone bar of soap", indicating its future hiding place in Damon's soap tray.
  • After hearing that Jules and Tyler left, Damon says the "werewolf chapter" ended. This is the name given to the episodes 8-14.
    • This is the first episode of the third chapter of Season Two, The Klaus/Curse Chapter.
  • Elijah is 'killed' with a silver dagger and white oak ash on-screen for the first time.
  • This is the first time Elena daggered an Original.

Cultural References

  • Damon says he will "dot his t's". The full expression is "Dot my i's and cross my t's" and it means that one should check all the details, no matter how small. Just as he botched the expression, Damon did not check all the details because he did not know that wielding the blade would be fatal for a vampire.
  • Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is a 1967 movie about a young woman introducing her family to her high educated and well mannered black fiancé. The events of the movie also take place during a dinner party.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis.
  • The Dinner Party is  the name of an installation artwork by feminist artist Judy Chicago depicting place settings for 39 mythical and historical famous women.
  • The Dinner Party is also the name of 2007 movie.
  • The Dinner Party is also the name of 1994 adult movie.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.07 million viewers in the USA which was 0.277 million more than the previous episode.


Elijah"I need to find Elena. Now."
Elena"I'd like to see you lure Klaus into Mystic Falls after the doppelgänger bleeds to death."
Elijah"Stefan won't let you die."
Elena"No he won't; he'll feed me his blood to heal me, then I'll kill myself and become a vampire just like Katherine did. So unless you want that to happen again, promise me the same as before. Promise me that you won't harm anyone that I love even if they've harmed you."
Elijah"I`m sorry, Elena. I`m going to have to call your bluff."

Elena stabs herself

Elijah"Yes, yes you can have your deal. Let me heal you."
Elena"Give me your word."
Elijah"I give you my word."

Elena exits the house and heads to Elijah. He hugs her, but she daggers him.

Lexi"Because once you can hurt, you can love. Love, Stefan. That's the point."
Elijah"Alaric Saltzman. So you're one of those people on Elena's list of loved ones to protect?"
Alaric"So is Jenna."
Elijah"You don't have to be jealous. I don't really pursue younger women. It's a joke, Ric, lighten up."
Damon: "There's no such thing as a bad idea. Only poorly executed, awesome ones."
Elena: "He described you as a monster."
Stefan: "That's what I was."
Stefan: "Elena, you’ve agreed to sacrifice yourself to Klaus. To say that we have a difference of opinion is the understatement of the century."
Elena: "You would know."


  • none have been recognised in this episode



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