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The Vampire Diaries
Season 3, Episode 10
VD310A 0378b111230125745
Air date January 5th 2012
Written by Michael Narducci
Directed by John Behring
Episode Guide Transcript
Our Town

The New Deal is the tenth episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the fifty-fourth episode of the series.


A REASON TO FEEL GUILTY - Stefan has hidden the coffins containing the bodies of Klaus' family and Klaus quickly turns to violence to convince Damon and Elena that no one will be safe until he finds Stefan and gets his family back. Tyler continues to make the most of his new abilities as a hybrid, but he has to face the disturbing consequences of his actions as well. After a terrifying incident, Elena and Alaric grow increasingly concerned about Jeremy's attitude and, ultimately, his safety. Alaric meets the beautiful Dr. Fell, who is intrigued with his amazing ability to heal. While trying to strike a deal with Klaus, Elena delivers news that truly shock him.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Stefan Salvatore, Niklaus Mikaelson and Tony.
  • Elena finally realizes that she must move on from Stefan. "It means that she's open to looking elsewhere", says Plec.
  • When Damon and Elena finally confront Stefan about his recent actions, his response makes Damon think twice about acting on his feelings for Elena.
  • Elena allows the romantic tension with Damon play out as they flirt at The Mystic Grill.
  • Damon and Elena share a kiss.

(This is debated to be their first kiss as many say that As I Lay Dying marked their firt kiss, or, Heart of Darkness in which they both participated in)

    • Alaric alters the memory of their kiss of her telling Damon that it was wrong for him to kiss her.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Meredith Fell.
  • It is revealed and confirmed by Tyler that the only way to kill a hybrid is by heart extraction or decapitation.
  • Jeremy makes his first kill, Tony.
  • Alaric meets Meredith in this episode .
  • Matt and Caroline do not appear in this episode.
  • It is confirmed that this episode takes place on a Sunday, as said by Jeremy after killing Tony.

Body Count

Production Notes


  • Jeremy was last seen in Ghost World.
  • Alaric was last seen in Ordinary People.
  • Rebekah was last seen in Homecoming. She was neutralized by Elena.
  • The old witches' house was last seen in Ghost World.
  • The four coffins of Klaus' were last seen in Homecoming.
  • Elena mentions Stefan's betrayal to take down Klaus, which happened in Homecoming.
  • Tyler and Elena both mentioned Bonnie and Jeremy's breakup, which happened in Ghost World.
  • Tyler also mentioned his breakup with Caroline, which happened in Homecoming.
  • Tony was last seen in the previous episode, Homecoming.
  • Mindy was last seen in the previous episode, Homecoming.

Cultural References

  • The New Deal was a series of economical and political measures taken between 1930 and 1936 by President Franklin Roosevelt, with the intention of ending the Great Depression.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.32 million viewers in the USA.


Tyler: "Klaus isn't going to stop until he gets all those coffins back."
Stefan: "You're not safe."      
Klaus: "You people seem to respond best to violence."
Jeremy: "None of us are gonna make it out of this town alive."
Damon: "So all we have to do is find four coffins and voilà - no one else on your family's Christmas list has to die."
Damon: "I thought for one second that I wouldn't have to feel guilty any more … for wanting what I want." [walks away then turns back] "If I'm going to feel guilty about something I'm going to feel guilt about this." [kisses her]
Jeremy: "This is the way things are. It sucks, but I just got to get used to it.
Damon: "Really? Last time I checked, you were hiding out in a haunted house."
Klaus: "There will be more."
Elena: "You can go to hell."
Elena: "Vampires, hybrids and originals? No problem. My rebellious brother? I'm worried."
Klaus: "My sister has gone missing."
Damon: "Cute. Blonde bombshell. Psycho. Shouldn't be too hard to find."
Elena: "He's gonna kill Jeremy."
Stefan: "Not really my problem."
Elena: "The Stefan that we know is gone."
Bonnie: "How is Damon handling that?"
Elena: "Damon is... Damon."
Damon: "My brother is sort of running his own show right now."
Elena: "My brother just chopped off someone's head."
Elena: "Rick, hey. When did you return to the living?"
Elena: "Stefan, I need your help. Bonnie said you would be here."
Stefan: "Well, Bonnie sucks at keeping secrets."
Meredith: "Mr. Saltzman. What is your secret? Guardian angel or did you sell your soul to the devil?"
Alaric: "A little of both."



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