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|“||Do you want to know what I would write? "I met a girl. We talked. It was epic. But then the sun came up and reality set in. Well, this is reality. Right here."||”|
ELENA MEETS DAMON AND LEARNS ABOUT STEFAN'S PAST LOVE — As Mystic Falls prepares for a festival to celebrate the passing of a comet, Vicki is in the hospital recovering from the attack that she can barely remember. Stefan goes to the hospital and tries to use his abilities to make sure Vicki doesn't remember what really happened, his attempt is cut short when Vicki’s brother Matt arrives. Jeremy continues to struggle at school and with his feelings for Vicki. At a parent-teacher conference, Mr. Tanner makes Jenna feel that she is failing as a surrogate parent, especially when it comes to Jeremy. Elena decides to go to the Salvatore house to meet Stefan, but finds his charming brother Damon instead. Damon reveals some surprising information about Stefan’s past and when Stefan arrives home, Elena is confused and embarrassed when she realizes that he isn't happy to see her there. Meanwhile, Vicki’s memory of the attack begins to come back to her.
- Antagonist: Damon Salvatore.
- This was the first episode to show witch powers used, not counting Bonnie's vision in the Pilot episode.
- This episode establishes that it's the third day school by Mr. Tanner telling Jenna that it's only the third day school and Jeremy has already skipped classes and gotten into trouble.
- This indicates that the episode takes place on September 10, 2009. The same date as the series premiere.
- The "previously" sequence hints at Elena and Stefan's first encounter when he saved her after her parents' car went over Wickery Bridge. After Elena tells Stefan that they have history class together, it cuts to her revealing her parents' accident and how she survived.
- Compulsion is used for the first time in the series, by both Stefan and Damon on Vicki following her attack.
- Elena and Stefan have their first kiss in this episode.
- Elena and Damon meet for the second time at the Salvatore Boarding House, though as far as Elena is concerned this is their first meeting.
- It's revealed in a flashback in the The Departed, that they first met the night that Elena's parents died, (May 23, 2009), right before they got into their car accident.
- All main characters were present in this episode.
- Damon begins his abusive relationship with Caroline in this episode.
- He also demonstrated questionable behavior when he purposely scared Vicki with the intention of manipulating his brother into feeding on her. However, Stefan called his bluff, and Damon compelled Vicki to forget their encounter. After the debacle, Damon claims he is going to stay in town for a while.
- Unknown Couple - drained of blood, killed by Damon Salvatore.
- Although credited as "co-starring" in Pilot, Benjamin Ayres (William Tanner) is credited from this episode onwards as "guest starring".
- Night of the Comet, a 1984 zombie apocalypse B-movie.
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's only novel, originally published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell.
- Although she was unseen until Bloodlines, Anna arrives in town in this episode.
- Elena meets Damon for the second time. The first time was just a few hours before her parents were killed in the car accident. Damon compelled her to forget their first meeting.
- Kelly Donovan, Matt and Vicki's mother, is mentioned for the first time in this episode.
- She first appears in A Few Good Men.
Behind the Scenes
- This episode had about 3.78 million viewers in USA, which was 1.13 million less than the previous episode.
- The Night of the Comet refers to the event of a comet over Mystic Falls that has not occurred in a century and a half.