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The Vampire Diaries
Season 4, Episode 8
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Air date December 6, 2012
Written by José Molina & Charlie Charbonneau
Directed by Jesse Warn
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We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street is the eighth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the seventy-fourth episode of the series.

Summary

A FLASHBACK TO NEW ORLEANS IN 1942 — When Stefan confronts Damon with a suspicion about Elena, Damon has no choice but to help Stefan investigate this matter. Searching for answers, Damon and Stefan visit modern day New Orleans to see if they can find anyone who remembers the events of their last visit in 1942, including one of Damon’s former flames, Charlotte, who was sired to him in the past. Elena, Caroline and Bonnie share a girls night while the Salvatore brothers are out of town, and emotions run high when Elena delivers some shocking news. At Hayley’s urging, Tyler confronts one of Klaus’ hybrids, Kimberley, and the situation quickly escalates into violence. Finally, Damon is faced with a heartbreaking decision.

Plot

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

Co-Starring

Trivia

  • Antagonists: Kimberley and Atticus Shane.
  • This episode features a flashback from 1942 that occurs in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Damon didn't know that Elena is sired to him when he slept with her. [1]
  • Elena feeds from a blood bag for the first time this season after feeding off people for five episodes since Memorial.
  • Damon and Stefan have been 30 years without seeing each other until the time of 1942's flashback. [2]
  • In the flashback, Damon tells Lexi that he does miss his little brother.
  • The killings of Pastor Young and the council were the 12 sacrificed for the ritual that were mentioned in this episode (Memorial)
  • It's revealed that the Sire bond between Vampires is literal as the sired vampire will literally do whatever he or she is told.
  • Tyler tells Elena that the sire bond only controls her actions and not her feelings as they go to rescue Caroline.
  • Jeremy ,Klaus,Matt do not appear in this episode.
  • Nandi reveals how a sire bond between vampires work; the turned vampire had to have had feelings for his/her sire. With this revelation, it is possible that there were other examples of this in the series. Examples include Sage and Finn, Lexi and Lee and Damon and Katherine although it was never confirmed if each of those pairs had a sire bond.
  • Stefan still doesn't believe Elena's feelings for Damon are real, even after Nandi told him Elena's sire bond is based on her strong human feelings for Damon before she turned. He tells this to Damon and saying there is no way she could be in love with him.
  • It is revealed that Damon was a soldier in the second world war as we see him wearing his uniform in a flashback.

Cultural References

  • The name of the episode is a play on "We'll Always Have Paris" - a famous quote from the movie Casablanca. It refers to the memories of the good time they spent together in the past, although they have been separated now.
  • Bourbon Street is a street in New Orleans, famous for it's bars and restaurants. New Orleans was founded by the French in 1718, and the main street named after the ruling family in France at the time: House of Bourbon.
  • Of course, bourbon is Damon's favorite drink. Sometimes called American Whisky, it is distilled from corn.
  • Damon says beads can be found in Bourbon Street. Beads are one of the gifts traditionally thrown from the floats during the Mardi Gras parade.  It is understood that girls need to bare their breasts to get the beeds, but the city of New Orleans strongly denies the claim.
  • Fatal Attraction was a 1987 thriller about an affair gone bad. After a weekend affair, the obsessive woman refuses to let go. The scene where the pet bunny is served for dinner is antologc.
  • Elena texts Damon that they are drinking "Dom". She probably means "Dom Pérignon " considered by many to be the world's best Champagne.
  • Stefan proposes to Damon they should "bury the hatchet" meaning to make peace.
  • In the corner of Bourbon and Dumaine is the famous "Clover Grill ". Established in 1939, it was already open in 1942, although it's a diner and not a bar. It featured prominently in "The Strange Case of Benjamin Button".
  • Elena describes herself as Superman, the popular comic book character created in 1932. Of course, Smallville, the series that followed the exploits of Clark Kent before he becomes superman was CW 's most popular show until it ended in 2011. Many of the actors from TVD are Smallville alumni.
  • Cooties -  in children's talk, an imaginary disease you can catch by body contact.
  • Skank - a derogatory term for a young woman, implying trashiness, tackiness, low status and sometimes promiscuity. Also the name of a popular band in Brazil.
  • Inequity -  injustice, unfairness. Caroline is implying that all women that ended up in Damon's bathtub were compelled.
  • Man-Slut - Caroline is trying very hard to Slut-shame Damon, even resorting to calling him names.
  • Narcissism -  a personality disorder where the individual is excessively preocupided with personal power, prestigy and vanity. Named after the Greek myth of Narcissus, a young man who became infatuated with his reflection on a lake, and died of hunger because he could not bear to leave it's side.
  • Hurricane Katrina - one of the most deadly natural disaster to hit the US. The devastation of New Orleans was severe because many areas of the city are below sea level. It hit in 2005.
  • Good Cop / Bad Cop - an interrogation technique where one person is excessively violent in order to elicit fear, then the next person comes in with a show of sympathy and hopefully will get the confession.

Continuity

  • This is the first episode of the season to not feature Jeremy or Matt.
  • This episode marks the first appearances of AdrianCharlotte, Nandi and Valerie LaMarche in the series.
  • As Valerie LaMarche is able to do magic in this episode, this means it takes place before the Harvest and Davina helping Marcel control the witches of New Orleans.
  • This episode marks the fourth appearance of Lexi Branson, and her first in Season Four. She appears in one episode in every season. She was last seen in Season Three's Ghost World.
  • Unlike Seasons Two and Three, this is the first episode number "8" in which Elijah doesn't appear.
  • It's the first time in Season Four that a "Girl's Night" is featured. Also, it's the first time it takes place at the Salvatore Boarding House.
  • The way that Damon walks Elena to the door and ties a scarf around her neck mirrors the way he interacted with Andie Star in Season Two's Crying Wolf.
  • This marks the the return of the "Right Now" conversation(s) begun in Our Town; after Elena tells Damon it wouldn't be right for Damon to kiss her again, he responds with: "It's right. Just not right now." In the The Departed, when Elena tells Damon she chooses Stefan over him, she says she cannot think about forever, she can think only about "right now." In this episode, when Damon is convincing her not to tell Stefan about them immediately he says, "This is our time. It's never been right before, but it is right now."
  • The interaction and awkwardness at the door between Damon, Elena and Stefan mirrors the scene between Damon, Rebekah and Elena in All My Children.
  • Bonnie was last seen in We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.

Locations

Tropes

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.42 million viewers in the USA which was 0.43 million less than the previous episode.
  • Ian Somerhalder grew up in a community rather close to New Orleans.
  • There's a very hidden reference to Pinky and The Brain in this episode. [3]
  • Apparently during the first take of "Damon, I know what you're about to do, please don't do this to me." in this episode, Nina Dobrev started crying and they had a break for 10 minutes. She said it felt so real.
  • In "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street," Stefan and Damon both sport an M-1943 uniform [4] with a pre-World War II artillery pin on their left collar. Additionally, Damon's chevron on his left shoulder indicates he is a private first class. Stefan is not shown to wear any chevrons, indicating he is a private[5].

Quotes

Damon: "Elena?"
Elena: "Hey!"
Damon: "Hey, thought you might have left!"
Elena: "No matter I've to be in school...for at least 20 minutes ago!" (kisses Damon)
Elena: "What is that face?!"
Damon: "What face?!"
Elena: "That face!
Damon: "I'm happy."
​​​Stefan: "She was sired to you, and I can only assume you took full advantage of that until you got bored of her, right?"
Damon: "Is it impossible to think that she can have feelings for me?"
Stefan: "No, it's impossible for her to be so blind that she doesn't see how wrong you are for her."
Damon: "You doing what's best for her or what's best for you?"
Lexi: "Stefan is better off alone, than with you."
Damon: "What makes you think I'm not balanced and restrained?"
Lexi: "The fact you never have been."
Damon: "Sired? Really, Stefan? This is the most pathetic nonsense I've ever heard come out of your mouth and you said some crap in your day."
Stefan: "It was your blood to turn her, right? I mean, she's been different since day one, because of you... you can't deny that."
Damon: "Sure I can. I finally got Elena to a good place about being a vampire. You two idiots can't stand that she's happy because of me."
Stefan: "You know, prove me you're wrong. Tell her it's okay to drink from a blood bag."
Damon: "She can't. Her weird... doppelgänger body rejected the blood from the bag."
Stefan: "Right, because you told her to. You said she had to drink warm human blood straight from the vein. She almost died to make you happy. Look, just ask her to drink from a blood bag. Tell her how happy you'll be if it works and if I'm wrong, I'll be the first who apologize."
Damon: "When her body rejects this blood, which it will, your apology better be epic."
Bonnie: "Elena, hey. Is everything okay?"
Elena: "Yeah, why wouldn't it be?"
Bonnie: "Caroline told me you had to move out to stay away from Jeremy."
Elena: "Matt's at the house staying with him right now. To make sure he keeps all of his hunter stuff in control. He's okay."
Caroline: "But are you? Clearly they don't have a flat iron at Hotel Salvatore."
Elena: "I was in a rush! Look, do you girls have any plans tonight? I'm in desperate need of some girl talk."
Bonnie: "Yeah, I'm in! Shane taught me some small spells I've been wanting to try."
Caroline: "Oh, creepy professor guys is Shane now."
Bonnie: "He's not... He's not creepy."
Elena: "We're not judging."
Caroline: "I am."
Elena: "Don't listen to her. So, girls night? We can raid the Salvatore wine cellar."
Caroline: "Are you sure Stefan and Damon are cool with us crashing at their place?"
Elena: "I can't go home because my brother's trying to kill me so their place is mine now too. I'll see you in a bit."
Caroline: "Her burning desire is to make him happy."
Elena (about Damon): "He kinda just... changed my life."
Damon (To Elena): "Can't we just let ourselves enjoy this one secret?"
Damon: "This is our time."
Elena (To Caroline about Damon): "He's not as bad as he wants you to think."
Caroline: "Okay, if you don't start hugging me back this is gonna get really awkward really fast."
Elena: "You've got my hands pinned down."

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Last.fm_play.png "Eyes On Fire" – Blue Foundation
Last.fm_play.png "It Don't Mean a Thing" – TVD NOLA Band (Originally Duke Ellington & Ivie Anderson)
Last.fm_play.png "Take It Back" – Junior Prom
Last.fm_play.png "Stop Breaking Down" – TVD NOLA Band (Originally The White Stripes)
Last.fm_play.png "The Mall" – Fort Lean


Last.fm_play.png "Let it Go" – Dragonette
Last.fm_play.png "So What Do You Say" – PJ Parker
Last.fm_play.png "Hooray For You" – Felicia Carter
Last.fm_play.png "Speechless" – Morning Parade


Pictures

  • Lexi returns
  • Lexi and Damon
  • Lexi and the Salvatores in 1940's
  • Salvatores in the 40's
  • Charlotte
  • Lexi
  • Damon in the 40's
  • Stefan in the 40's
  • Damon in New Orleans
  • Paul BTS 408
  • Ian and Paul on set BTS
  • Sire bondGo to http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=302340436551367&set=a.103319126453500.3632.102537193198360&type=1&theater
  • "We'll always have bourbon street" Promotional Poster
  • Elena is so happy!
  • I'll eat you for breakfast!
  • Hot vampire sex!
  • Hello Chris! Now that you have a name you've became plot relevant!
  • You are just not trying hard enough!
  • Really, that is torture! Literally!
  • I bow to you, oh mighty Alpha!
  • I will NOT hurt my friends! Just ignore the fact that I have my hand in your chest! This is just a heart massage!
  • He's better off without you. And so is she.
  • I can barely control myself! How will I drive ambulances in the battlefield???
  • Damon dear, you are late for lunch!
  • A toast to the Salvatore Brothers!
  • I apologize for blaming you for my bloodlust!
  • Let's shake hands and let bygones be bygones???
  • Sure, Brother! Been missing you something fierce!
  • Valeries' address.
  • You spilled my drink, NOW PREPARE TO DIE! Necksnap!
  • Guys, I was just standing here, outside the door... with my super-vampire-hearing...
  • See you in history, then?
  • Your excuse better be epic!
  • You just had to spoil my "happy" day, week, MONTH!
  • So YOU think you are doing what is better for ELENA, are you?
  • Nobody beats my little brother, but ME!
  • She KISSED me!!
  • Hello, Lover! Been waiting for you for 70 years!
  • You haven't been counting bricks for 70 years have you?
  • Of course not, it would be crazy! Only in my free time!
  • Look, I'm incredibly drunk!
  • Look, I stole my wardrobe from Glee!
  • So are you helping me "Good Cop Bad Cop" that witch?
  • With our super hearing we should hear Caroline screaming from miles away...
  • Hello guys, can we crash the party and torture Caroline a bit?
  • You just have to tell her to forget you!
  • A vampire only get sired when they have HUMAN feelings for their sire before they are turned...
  • I'll torture you a bit, and Klaus will be annoyed! I am not sure what this will accomplish, though
  • Elena: "Me! Me! Torture me! I'm steak!"
  • I'm telling you to stop doing what I tell you, so stop doing that!
  • Hey, bro, remember that time I was not selfish at all?
  • Why do you think he will erase Elena's mind?
  • Hey! Hey back! How was your night?

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