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The Vampire Diaries
Season 5, Episode 16
Air date March 20, 2014
Written by Caroline Dries
Directed by Pascal Verschooris
Episode Guide Transcript
Gone Girl
Rescue Me

While You Were Sleeping is the sixteenth episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred fifth episode of the series.


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A KILLER VIRUS — When Stefan tries to explain recent events to a very sick Elena, her first instinct is to call Damon. At the same time, Damon is trying to figure out how to make a disturbing confession to Elena. While going through Dr. Wes’ files, Caroline discovers a frightening secret, and is surprised when Enzo appears, claiming to have the solution everyone is searching for. At Enzo’s insistence, Caroline asks Stefan to meet her at a mysterious location where they are joined by a group of Travelers, including Sloan, who reveals new information on the importance of doppelgängers. During spring break on a mostly deserted Whitmore campus, Elena runs into Luke, a student who seems to know her, though she has no memory of meeting him. Recently dumped by his boyfriend, Luke proposes that he and Elena spend the break getting drunk together, but she sends him off on an urgent mission to find Bonnie and the newbie witch, Liv. Damon finally tells Elena the truth about his recent activities, and they come to a new agreement about their relationship.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • Antagonist: Katherine (indirectly), Elena.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Luke.
  • It has been 3 weeks since the events of 500 Years of Solitude as Stefan tells Elena how long she was possessed by Katherine.
  • This episode also marks the first appearance of Tom Avery, who is a Doppelgänger of Silas and Stefan.
  • We learn Luke is a witch and Liv's twin brother.
  • The title refers to Elena's adjustment to changes since her absence while Katherine was controlling her body. 
  • We see Elena's vampire face for the first and only time this season, but it's the vampire feeding Ripper version which is different displayed by both Jesse and Damon.
  • Elena made her first attempt to turn another in this episode.
  • Since this episode takes place during Spring Break, its now late March 2012 in the series timeline. Stefan tells Elena it has been 3 weeks since Katherine took over her life in The Devil Inside. Thus 500 Years of Solitude takes place in late February 2012 or early March 2012.
  • This episode aired on the first day of Spring 2014.
  • Damon and Elena were cured from the vampire ripper virus, the cure was given to them by Enzo.
  • Markos is mentioned for the first time in this episode by Sloan and Enzo as the leader of The Travelers.
  • We learn that Elena is important to the Travelers.
  • This episode establishes that prior to the death of Katherine's body in 500 Years of Solitude and her final death (spirit) in Gone Girl there were four Doppelgängers in existence. Meaning that at the time of the Pilot, there were two vampire (Stefan & Katherine) and two human (Elena Gilbert and Tom Avery) Doppelgängers.
  • Damon and Elena have breakup sex at the end of this episode.
  • This is the first episode of the fourth chapter of Season Five, The Travelers Chapter


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.28 million viewers in USA which was 0.09 million more than the previous episode.
  • This is the last episode of the series to date to have viewership over 2 million viewers. Oddly enough its Katherine's final appearance on the series to date aswell.

Cultural References

  • While you were sleeping; a movie from 1995 starring Sandra Bullock.
  • While you were sleeping (Elementary) a TV episode.
  • While you were sleeping (album), a compilation album by Canadian rapper Classified.
  • While you were sleeping a single by UK based band Sonic Boom Six.
  • While you were sleeping (South Korean TV Series).
  • While you were sleeping (song) by the Christian band Casting Crowns.
  • Spring Break is a one week break for students from their studies at college/university or in some cases elementary to high school which sometimes have a 2 week break from March to April. 
  • While You Were Sleeping is a song title used by Jill Sobule on her 2009 Album California Years.


Bonnie: "This is the virus, it's in your head."
Elena: "How exactly do we cure this?"
Stefan: "You have the antidote to this Ripper virus, right?"
Elena: "What's happening to me, Damon?!"
Damon: "Oh, yeah, it sucks. You gotta be craving carbs constantly."
Elena: "I love you!"
Damon: "Then stop loving me!"
Elena: "I can't!" 
Stefan: "We have a lot of catching up to do."
Elena(to Damon): "The last thing I remember, I was running into your arms. I felt so safe."
Stefan: "Well, you know Katherine. She's not allowed to go out without a grand finale."
Elena: "She's turned me into a monster."
Bonnie: "You have to fight it!"
Elena: "I will kill you!"
Bonnie: "Elena, stop!"
Elena: "I love you!"
Damon: "Well, then, stop loving me!"
Elena: "I can't!"
Elena: "What the hell is happening to me?"
Liv: "I mean, you gotta admit, it was pretty rad. I locked a vampire in her dorm with an invisible seal.  I mean, how many newbie witches have that on their resume?"
Bonnie: "If they do, they don't brag about it as loudly."
Liv: "Oh, come on, this place is dead. It's like serious Spring Break-itis. Besides you're not even a little proud of me?"
Bonnie: "Okay, hot shot (pours a line of salt on the bar), set it on fire."
Liv: "What?"
Bonnie: "It's a simple fire spell."
Liv: "Okay." (chants but it doesn't work)
Bonnie: "Well, that's weird. Guess your resume still needs a little padding."
Damon: "Hilarious. Give me the damn cup.  Wipe that smile off your face."
Jeremy: "Hey, you're lucky I'm even helping you, considering the last thing you did for me was tell Enzo to strangle me to death."
Damon: "Quit crying. You're still around."
Matt: "Yeah, more than we can say for Aaron Whitmore. Weren't he and Elena tight?"
Jeremy: "Yep."
Matt: "Does she know Damon killed him?"
Jeremy: "I don't know, does she?"
'Damon: "No, she doesn't because I'm going to be the one to tell her, and if either one of you clowns beats me to it, I'll rip your tongue out."



Last.fm_play.png "Aliv" – Empire of the Sun
Last.fm_play.png "Avant Gardner" – Courtney Barnett
Last.fm_play.png "Fire Breather" – Laurel




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