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The Vampire Diaries
Season 2, Episode 16
Caro-Bonnie-Elena- The House Guest..
Air date February 24, 2011
Written by Caroline Dries
Directed by Michael Katleman
Episode Guide Transcript
The Dinner Party
Know Thy Enemy

The House Guest is the sixteenth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-eighth episode of the series.


A NIGHT OF CONFESSIONS - Katherine's mind games are getting on everyone's nerves, but Damon, Stefan and Elena realize that her knowledge of Mystic Falls history will help them stay alive. Frustrated with her relationship with Matt, Caroline finds a new way to get his attention. Alaric makes a surprising confession to Jenna, and Katherine makes a different kind of confession to Damon. Stefan and Bonnie try to convince Jonas and Luka that they should all be working together, but Jonas' lack of trust leads to violent and fiery confrontation.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Jonas Martin.
  • This is the last episode before 6-week hiatus.
  • Caroline demonstrates that she sing with Candice Accola singing in this episode.
  • Before his death, Jonas gives Bonnie her powers back and tells her of a way to kill Klaus.
  • Caroline tells Matt that she is a vampire in this episode. He remembers what Vicki said in Pilot about being attacked by a vampire and assumes that Caroline killed her.
  • Elena learns of Jeremy and Bonnie's relationship and gives Bonnie her blessing.  
  • This is the third episode where Katherine has more screen time than Elena.
  • This is the last episode in which the journals of Johnathan Gilbert are seen in the series after they are used to location of where the Witch House is.
    • In Season 3 Elena will come into the possession of the journal of her ancestor Samantha Gilbert which for some reason was in the possession of Meredith Fell.

Body Count

  • Luka - torched, killed by Damon.
  • Jonas - broken neck, killed by Stefan.


  • Tyler does not appear in this episode.
  • Caroline was last seen in Crying Wolf.
  • At the end Isobel comes back. Her last appearance was in Isobel, a gap of 18 episodes. She was uncredited for this appearance, in order to keep her return a surprise to viewers.

Cultural References

  • The Notebook is a romantic film, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
  • The House Guest is a 1995 film about a small time crook how poses as family's friend to escape persecution. Katherine usually passes as Elena, and is hiding in the Salvatore's house to escape Klaus.
  • House Guests is the name of an early 1970's American funk group.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.99 million viewers in the USA which was 0.08 million less than the previous episode.


Elena (about Katherine): "What is she doing here?"
Damon: "When we killed Elijah, it broke the compulsion and freed the bitch from the tomb."
Damon: "It's some kind of crazy ass psychic witch attack!"
Damon: "Katherine, there are six other bedrooms in this house. Go find one."
Jenna: "Tonight I have traded you for Senor Tequila."
Alaric: "Yeah, well Senor Tequila’s not gonna treat you very well."
Jenna: "Well the two of you have a lot in common."



Last.fm_play.png "Epiphany" – Angel Taylor
Last.fm_play.png "I'll Take The Bullet" – s.o.stereo
Last.fm_play.png "Eternal Flame" – Candice Accola with s.o.stereo

Last.fm_play.png "Hello Miss Heels" – s.o.stereo.
Last.fm_play.png "Broken Strings" – James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado


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