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The Vampire Diaries
Season 1, Episode 12
Air date January 28th 2010
Written by Barbie Kligman & Brian Young
Directed by Liz Friedlander
Episode Guide Transcript
Children of the Damned

Unpleasantville is the twelfth episode of the First Season of The Vampire Diaries (TV Series).


50's DANCE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS —- As Stefan and Damon try to figure out the identity of the new vampire in town, Stefan gives Elena jewelry filled with vervain to protect her family and friends. Hurting for money, Matt takes a job at Mystic Grill, where former high school football-star, Ben, works as a bartender. Ben comes to Bonnie's aid when he notices Damon is bothering her. Damon and Stefan accompany Elena to a school dance with a 1950s theme, where Alaric introduces himself to Damon.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonist: Noah.
  • This episode had about 3.71 million viewers in USA.
  • Elena drives Jenna's red Mini-Cooper, since her car was totaled in the previous episode.
  • It is mentioned that Elena's dad, Grayson Gilbert, was a doctor.
  • Elena learns that her biological mother's name was Isobel.
  • Stefan tells Elena, when she asks, that pictures of him in his past were burned/buried.
  • Stefan is not happy that Elena quickly agrees to Damon's plan to use her as bait at the 50s Decade Dance to get the vampire (Noah) who attacked her and can enter her house.
  • Matt is shown to drive some kind of truck.
  • Elena displays some knowledge of self-defense when fighting off Noah. She also stabs him multiple times with a pencil, confirming that vampires may be wounded by any wooden weapon.
    • Elena will not actually kill a vampire until season two's episode The Dinner Party.
  • Dillon Casey, who played Noah, also starred alongside Nina Dobrev in the Lifetime movie "Too Young To Marry", in which the two played teen lovers who got married after high school graduation.
  • One of the songs in from the 50s dance, "My Boyfriend's Back", was actually released in 1963.
Episode Title:
  • The title "Unpleasantville" is a reference to the movie Pleasantville in which two teens were transported into a 1950's sitcom. Turning the title of that movie on its head juxtaposes an outwardly carefree, 1950s-themed school dance with Elena's decidedly unpleasant encounter with a vampire named Noah.

Cultural References


Damon: "You're pathetic when you're fishing."
Stefan: "And you're transparent when you're deflecting."
Damon: "Don't you have school?"
Noah: "Hello, Elena."
Elena: "Hey, who's this?"
Noah (spying on Elena): "You hit me with your car, is that a new one? You got away from me... you won't next time."
Caroline: "Since when are you a busboy?"
Matt: "It's a job, you know some of us have to work, Caroline. With my mom in and out...things are tight so."
Jenna: "Your dad was about to leave the office one night, when this girl showed up. She was 16, a runaway, and about to give birth. He delivered her baby and gave her a place to stay, but a few days later she disappeared... and there you were. Your parents were trying so hard to have a baby... it just wasn't happening. All Miranda ever wanted was to be a mom."
Stefan: (talking about Damon) "I'm really sorry that it won't be of any help with your 'diabolical plan: the sequel'."
Jenna: "Okay, I'm a sucker for the decade dance. I went to school here you know, they do the 60's and 70's too FYI."
Alaric: "Oh, can't wait. Can I get you a drink? I hear the punch is real boss."
Caroline: "So what is this like a threesome now? You and the Salvatore brothers."
Elena: "No, but if I'm going to be with Stefan, then I have to learn to tolerate Damon. It's not like I can kill him."
Bonnie: "There's a thought."
Caroline: "Mmm, I'll help."
Anna: "She's not Katherine, Ok, Katherine is in the tomb."
Noah: "I know, but until we open that tomb I have her to play with."
Anna: "Don't be stupid, that girl is with the Salvatore brothers."
Noah: "They don't scare me, they never have."
Noah: "Hello, Elena. Here's what your going to do, there's a exit door behind you. You have 5 seconds."
Elena: "No."
Noah: "Or your brother dies. I can snap his neck so fast, I bet there's not even a witness."
Damon: (attempting to compel Alaric) "Why are you in Mystic Falls?"
Alaric: "I got a job as a teacher."
Damon: "Do you know what I am?"
Alaric: "You're my student's brother."
Damon: "Is everything you're telling me the truth?"
Alaric: "Yes."
Damon: "Then forget we had this conversation."



Last.fm_play.png "There's This There's That" – We Barbarians
Last.fm_play.png "Pacer" – Systems Officer
Last.fm_play.png "This Magic Moment" – The Misfits
Last.fm_play.png "Everyday" – Rogue Wave
Last.fm_play.png "Dreams Are For The Lucky" – Jef Scott
Last.fm_play.png "Keep It Cool (Bo Flex Remix)" – U.S. Royalty
Last.fm_play.png "Runaway" – The Misfits

Last.fm_play.png "Everybody" – Autovaughn
Last.fm_play.png "Slow Dance" – Jacko Marcellino
Last.fm_play.png "Great Balls of Fire" – The Misfits
Last.fm_play.png "My Boyfriends' Back" – The Raveonettes
Last.fm_play.png "Now That We've Grown" – St. Leonards
Last.fm_play.png "Mr. Sandman" – Oranger


  • Elena at the 50's decade dance.
  • Elena cornered by Noah.
  • Noah cornering Elena.
  • Elena at her home and Noah on the ceiling.
  • Stefan in Elena's house.
  • Elena and Stefan talking.
  • Elena at the school dance.
  • Elena and the Salvatore brothers planning to get rid of Noah.
  • Elena, Damon and Stefan discussing Noah.
  • Damon asking Caroline for a dance.
  • Bonnie and Ben.
  • Bonnie and Damon.
  • Elena and Caroline at the 50's decade dance.
  • Anna turning her back from Jeremy.
  • Anna talking to Jeremy at the school dance.
  • Damon talking to Bonnie at Mystic Grill.
  • Damon at the dance.
  • Damon.
  • Stefan at the school 50's dance.
  • Jeremy serving drinks at the school dance.

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