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The Vampire Diaries
Season 4, Episode 5
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Air date November 8, 2012
Written by Michael Narducci
Directed by Chris Grismer
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The Killer is the fifth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the seventy first episode of the series.

Summary

THE HUNTER’S MARKStefan and Klaus form an uneasy alliance to try and contain the danger that Connor has unleashed on the town. When Connor takes Jeremy, Matt and April hostage at the Mystic Grill, Stefan and Damon have a serious disagreement about the best course of action, and Elena is again caught between the two brothers. The situation quickly turns violent when Klaus sends one of his hybrids, Dean to stand up to Connor but is killed during the attempt. Caroline is surprised to find Hayley, Tyler's friend, at the Lockwood mansion. Meanwhile, Professor Shane works with Bonnie to help her get past her fear and guilt.


Plot

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

Co-Starring

Trivia

  • Antagonist: Connor Jordan.
  • Elena makes her first official kill in this episode. Previously, she only truly killed Alaric Saltzman, though he was revived with his Gilbert Ring.
  • Caroline meets Hayley for the first time.
  • Bonnie doesn't share any scenes with the other main characters in this episode.
  • This is the first time that Matt has been featured in all the first five episodes of a season.
  • This is the second episode of the season to feature all main characters, after Growing Pains.
  • Stefan tells Damon about the cure.
  • Jeremy gets the hunters mark.
  • Stefan and Elena are shown writing in their diaries for the first time in a while. Elena also mentioned in her diary that it's been a while.
  • Bonnie's powers have been represented using candles as a source to show her power or lack thereof.
    • The significance of her powers is shown in this episode.
  • During the writing of her diary, Elena writes from right to left instead of left to right.
  • This was the first and last appearance of the hybrid Dean.
  • Connor killed his second hybrid in this episode with the death of Dean.
  • This episode had about 3.02 million viewers in the USA.
  • Connor is killed by Elena in this episode.
  • This is the third episode of the second chapter of Season Four, The Hunter Chapter, (The Rager to O Come, All Ye Faithful.)

Deaths

Locations

Tropes

  • Damon and Elena sparring for the crossbow is very much an example of Interplay of Sex and Violence : when the fighting becomes a bit too heated and close, then stops being a fight. Sometimes it's the violence itself that is arousing.
  • Connor shows hints of MacGyver , jury-rigging in minutes, a very complicated booby trap filled with the Werewolf Venom he extracted from Nate's head. It was supposed to kill only vampires, in which case it would be a Phlebotinum Bomb , but any human in its range would be seriously hurt as well.
  • Don't threaten Jeremy! That is a sure way to press Elena's Bersek Button ! Berserkers were Norse warriors, who fought in uncontrollable, trance-like fury. "Going berserk" is used to indicate a person acting in wild rage or in uncontrolled or irrational manner.
  • Or maybe her Bersek Button is to get a stake in the stomach, that led to a Neck Snap ! Please note that unless you are a super-strong, super-fast vampire, most likely you will end up with a quatriplegic victim that can still scream for help.
  • With Connon's blood on her lips, Elena digs his grave and later head for the shower to wash out the guilt from her hands... Out, Damned Spot!
  • Concealment Equals Cover - Connor's bomb send shards and nails covered with Werewolf Venom in all directions - yet Stefan and Jeremy are protected behind a table....

Cultural References

  • Elena calls herself Crackhead - that is a user of crack, or somebody high on crack (a form of cocaine).
  • She talks about Dirty Dancing with Damon - that's the name of a romantic musical with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. While vacationing with her family, Baby falls in love with the dance instructor. The "dirty dance" she learns is Salsa, considered way too sexy in 1963, when the movie is supposed to take place.
  • Damon calls Bonnie the Wicked Witch of the West - she was the most significant antagonist in Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as well as other Oz Books. She is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute list of the 50 Best Movie Villans of All Times, making her the highest ranking female.
  • In Alaric's apartment there are some MacGyver contraptions - That is the name of the main character of a NBC 1994 TV Series. MacGyver's claim to fame was his uncanny and inventive ways to improvise complex devices with household items in a matter of minutes. This has entered pop culture - the constructs were called "MacGyverisms " click on the link for a list of them.
  • Crossbows are popular in vampire lore. They are handy because they can shoot stakes, and look cooler than a longbow. Real crossbows, though, are hard and complicated to reload, so fictional crossbows often can shoot several missiles before needing to be reloaded.

Behind The Scenes

Quotes

Damon: "So we each take a different entrance and hit him at the same time."
Elena (Stefan enters and Elena goes to hug him): "Stefan."
Damon: "Where the hell have you been?"
Stefan: "Coming up with a plan" (Elena hugs Stefan)
Damon: "Yeah? We have a plan. Plan is I'm going to rip Connor's heart out and feed it to him."
Stefan: "That's not a plan. We need to be careful. Connor has Jeremy and who knows how many other hostages."
Damon: "Hence the open heart surgery."
Elena: "Damon's right. Connor is strong but he's not going to be able take all of us at once."
Tyler: "I called hybrids. They are up too." (Caroline walks in)
Caroline: "My mom put squad cars blocking the streets. They're saying it's a faulty gas main. We're good to go."
Damon: "Good. Great. No cops, no witnesses, no reason to wait around."
Stefan: "Alright, hold on. We are not all going."
Tyler: "He shot me like nine times. If we are killing him, I want in."
Elena: "He's got Jeremy. I'm going."
Stefan: "Listen, nobody is going anywhere until I figure out what we’re walking into."
Damon: "Until you figure it out? Is that you've been all morning? Out buying bossy pants?"
Stefan: "This guy is known for setting traps, alright? We'll be pretty dumb to walk into him especially if has werewolf venom."
Elena: "Does he?"
Stefan (Turns to Elena): "He's had it before."
Damon: "Fine. Fine. You want to take some time to do recon. You get one hour. But we need some extra help. So where the hell is the wicked witch of the west?"
Caroline: "She can't do magic."
Damon: "Really? Call her. Tell her Jeremy's life is in danger. Maybe that'll bring her out of retirement."
Elena (Damon enters Elena's bedroom abruptly as she opens the door): "Oh - Excuse me. What are you doing?"
Damon (Walks past Elena and turns to face her): "Where's Stefan?"
Elena: "O.K., uh, good morning to you too."
Damon: "Well, he's not answering his phone and he's not here, which yunno - big deal; we've only got a killer Vampire Hunter on the loose."
Elena: "I haven't talked to him yet today."
Damon (Damon walks toward Elena): "Mmmmm. Gimme your phone. Maybe he's dodging me."
Elena: "Why would he be dodging you?"
Damon: "Ooooooh, I don't know, maybe the hot, sweaty, dance party business. I figured you spilled your guilty little guts the minute I left last night."
Damon (Elena rummages through her purse for her phone looking flustered): "Ooooooooh, you didn't tell him, did you?"
Elena (Elena hands Damon the phone): "No, I didn't tell him that I got high on blood like some crack head and then dirty danced with you. It was a mistake, ok.. I wasn't...myself and besides, he has enough on his plate with trying to get me through this vampire stuff."
Damon: "Oh, I see, this is classic shame spiral."
Elena: "I'm not in a shame spiral."
Damon: "Oh, you so are. Newbie vampire remorse. Woooof, it's worse than a hang-over."
Elena: "I'm not in a shame spiral, Damon."
(Elena and Stefan are both writing in their journals)
Elena: "Dear Diary, I know it's been a while. A long while. I haven't needed... I haven't wanted to write this stuff down. But I don't wanna say it out loud either. The thing is, I'm a vampire. And I hate it."
Stefan: "She's been spiraling since her transition. There are times I barely recognize her. But now, for the first time in a while, there's hope."
Elena: "I feel hopeless, depressed, angry. But most of all, I'm scared."
Stefan: "Somewhere in the world, there's a cure for vampirism. If I can get it, Elena can be human again. I can give her back her life."
Elena: "Part of me just wants to end it. But then I think of Jeremy. I'm all that he has left. So I need to find a way through this. No matter what it takes."
Stefan: "So that's what I need to do. No matter what Klaus asks, no matter what lies I have to tell or secrets I have to keep, I'll do it. No matter what it takes."

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Last.fm_play.png "Smother" – Daughter
Last.fm_play.png "Tick" – Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Last.fm_play.png "Keep On Runnin" – Cat Power
Last.fm_play.png "The Light" – The Album Leaf


Pictures

  • Bonnie meets with Prof Shane
  • He explains to her there are several ways to skin a cat.
  • Tyler is not buying it.
  • May I suggest an option that does not involve killing? Or is this the wrong crowd?
  • I'll just rip his heart and serve it to him on a plate!
  • Seriously, you can't do that! Klaus would kill me! Literaly!
  • Mom has just isolated the area with a lame excuse about a gas leak.
  • Seriously? Do you want me to believe that????
  • Hello and who the hell are you?
  • Don' mind me, I have been living here for a few days...
  • Script
  • Bloody handprints, never a good sign...
  • Bloody H...!
  • KILLER!!!!
  • Dude! I never liked tribal tattoos...
  • I sure hope the insurance covers the damage to the Grill or we are both out of jobs...
  • Shall we dance?
  • Elena fights for her life.
  • Not to self: Ripping their hearts out DOES kill them, as I suspected...
  • NEVER. Threaten. My. BROTHER!!!!
  • Elena, the vampire Slayer!
  • He's dead, Jim!
  • Connor heads to the Mystic Grill - not for coffee...
  • Connor's secret cache of weapons under the floor
  • Extracting werewold venom - from the gums?????
  • So? Killed enough vampires yet?
  • Why did you send me to that vampire infested town????
  • Which of your vampire friends I should call first?
  • Seriously Nate, you don't have to blindly obey Klaus!
  • You have been warned, Nate!
  • Jeremy 4x05

References

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