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The Five is the fourth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the seventieth episode of the series overall.


A FRAT PARTY AND A FLASHBACK TO 12TH CENTURY ITALYDamon goes with Elena and Bonnie to visit Whitmore College, where Professor Shane is taking over the Occult Studies classes formerly taught by Bonnie's grandmother. At a fraternity costume party, Damon takes advantage of the wild scene to give Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Rebekah's attempt to buy Matt's forgiveness falls flat, but she is intrigued by unexpected news from Klaus. When Stefan questions Klaus about Connor's motives, Klaus reveals a long-ago encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters, but it's Rebekah who delivers the information that stuns Stefan.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Connor Jordan, The Five and Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • It is revealed that there is a cure for vampirism.
  • Rebekah gets neutralized again by a white oak ash dagger, making it the third time that it was done by Klaus and the fifth time overall.
  • Bonnie meets Professor Shane for the first time.
  • It is revealed that Professor Shane was the one that sent Connor to Mystic Falls.
  • This is the first episode to feature Elijah this season, although only in the flashback from 1114.
  • This is the first episode to feature Alexander.
  • We learn that Connor's tattoo is a map for the cure to vampirism and the map spreads as he kills more vampires.
  • Damon teaches Elena how to feed using Snatch, Eat, Erase.
  • Damon tells Elena she should go for the "blonde girl" because they are self-absorbed and easily flattered. That was the strategy he used to lure Caroline in Season One.
  • This episode marks Elena and Damon's fifth road trip.
  • This is the first fourth episode of the series that Matt appears in. It is also the first time both Caroline and Tyler have been absent in a fourth episode of a season. As of this episode, no main character apart from the main trio (Elena/Stefan/Damon) have appeared in all the first four episodes of a season.
  • The dinner setting between Stefan, Klaus and Rebekah is identical to the dinner party between Klaus, Damon, Stefan and Elijah in Bringing Out The Dead, including the "uniform" of the "waitresses".
  • Niklaus mentions to Stefan that the agreement between them to find the cure is like a deal with the Devil.
  • In the class of Professor Shane, Damon and Elena look at Bonnie when Professor Shane mentions that the witches are the architects of the supernatural.
    • This scene is a mirror of psychic actions or comments of Bonnie in novels.
  • Finn was mentioned in this episode. He was killed in The Murder of One.
    • This episode explains how Finn ended up being daggered for 900 years. Though, surprisingly, it reveals that Finn was not daggered by Klaus himself, but by the Brotherhood of the Five, with Klaus only leaving the dagger in due to his annoyance with his brother's attitude toward their new lifestyles.
  • Connor Jordan was still being held captive by Klaus, who took him in the previous episode.
    • Connor finally escaped after having killed his first hybrid, Nate, in this episode.

Body Count


  • Damon mentioned the explosion at Pastor Young's ranch in this episode, which happened in Growing Pains after Pastor Young killed himself and the Founders Council.
  • Sheriff Forbes was mentioned by Damon. She was last seen in Memorial.
  • This is the first episode this season to feature Elijah, but he only appeared in flashbacks. His last full appearance was in The Departed.
  • Stefan made a comment to Damon about him blood-sharing with Elena, which happened in Memorial.
  • Elena mentioned to Stefan that she almost killed Matt, which happened in The Rager.
  • Sheila Bennett was mentioned. She was last seen as a ghost in Growing Pains.
  • Matt mentioned Rebekah killing Elena, which happened in The Departed.
  • Rebekah mentioned Klaus snapping her neck, which happened in Growing Pains. Also, Klaus referred to Rebekah destroying the blood bags with Elena's blood in it, which happened in the same episode. 
  • Finn was mentioned by Klaus and Rebekah. He was killed in The Murder of One.



  • Damon and Ripper Stefan, like all guys, want Sorority Girls. In movies and TV, they are a close-knit group of drop-dead gorgeous twenty-something girls, usually presumed to be of loose morals.
  • Frat Parties are supposed to be where wild things happen, far away from supervision of adults. After all, All Men are Perverts and All Women are Lustful. This is why it's the perfect place to teach a baby vamp how to snatch, eat, erase.
  • Deal with the Devil is also a trope. After all, devils always deliver their end of the bargain, but they are quite literal - so take good care use the exact words to express your wish, or it will end very badly indeed.
  • All the hybrids are just called "Hybrids" until they become plot relevant. Klaus even says: tell the hybrid to bring him (Jeremy) in. If there are just a few precious hybrids, he should know he name of each of them. As soon as we learn a hybrid's name, we know he has became plot relevant.

Cultural References

  • Damon is keen on snacking on Sorority Girls. Fraternities and Sororities are fraternal organizations for college students in the US, for male and female students respectively. They are single-sex initiatory societies, and kids have to "conquer" the right to belong to those organizations, which are often identified by Greek letters.
  • Damon claims that Elena needs to learn to snatch, eat, erase now more than ever. He tried to teach that to Stefan way back in 1912. Elena was properly horrified.
  • So there are Five instead of One, but there were too many parallels to the Slayers in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Universe.
    • Connor was a Potential when he saw the hunter's mark. The mark appeared on his arm after one of the original hunters died. (A new slayer is "called" when the active Slayer dies). Sometimes the Slayer has no idea what is happening to her until her Watcher finds her and starts training her, but most of the time the potentials were under the training of a watcher in the event they are "called." (Is Professor Shane his watcher?) In Buffy, the Slayers were created and imbued with magic powers to fight vampires (and all sorts of demons)-- so are the Five.
  • Damon calls Professor Shane "Witchipedia" - this is a clear reference to the free, collaboratively edited, Internet Encyclopedia called Wikipedia. It is the largest and most popular reference work in the Internet.
  • Professor Shane compares himself to Indiana Jones , the fictional, adventurer and archeology teacher.
  • Klaus says making a deal with him is like making a Deal with the Devil - in folklore that is a deal where the person agrees to give up his soul in exchange for something, usually youth, knowledge, wealth or power. Most of the tales are cautionary, and end up bad for the dealer...
  • Rebekah also made a Deal with The Five - she hoped it would lead her to a cure for vampirism, but all she got was a dagger in the back.............TWICE!!!!!
  • Sheila was reading Cujo , a Stephen King novel about a rabid dog - really!
  • Damon attends the Murder House Party dressed as Jack the Ripper and Elena and Bonnie are two of his Victorian-era victims.
  • In the party, a guy is slipping drugs into a girl's drink. Popularly referred to as Roofies , these are drugs that can render the victim unconscious or incapacitated. There are some ways that you an check your drink for Roofies.
  • Keeping on with the No Satisfaction theme of this season, Bonnie was the Moment Killer when Damon and Elena were having (bloody vampire) fun in the Murder House Party. Later Stefan interrupts their moment of truth in the porch.
  • Stefan calls Klaus torture chamber his "Red Room of Pain ," a reference to the pop novel, 50 Shades of Grey. It seems that Klaus did not get the reference - maybe because in October 2010, (according to the show's timeline), the book had not yet been published? (The book was print-by-demand in May 2011)
  • Klaus claims the shackles he uses to hold Connor are from the Inquisition, the systematic procedure used by the Catholic Church to "eradicate heretics." Among those, pursuing mainly Jewish and old religion practitioners. The practice started in the 12th Century, but torture was not officially sanctioned until the 1500s.
  • Bloody Mary are being served in the Frat Party. It is a drink made with spiced tomato sauce and vodka. It might be named after Queen Mary I of England and her bloody prosecution of Protestants.
  • The church that Rebekah and Alexander chose for their wedding is San Vittore in Brienno, Italy.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.27 million viewers in the USA, making it the most watched episode in Season Four. 


Klaus: (voiceover) "My siblings and I had followed the Normans as they conquered the South. Feeding, turning people as we went."

Damon: (to Elena about Shane) "What is this guy, Witchipedia?"

Klaus: (to Elijah about Alexander) "He is nothing. I could eat him for sport."

Rebekah: (To April about Matt) "Hey, off limits. I have dibs!"

Elena: (to Damon) "I care because I'm still me. I still have the same feelings, Damon. I'm sorry if that spoils your master plan to turn me into a super-vampire."

Damon: (to Bonnie about Elena) "She is a different person. She's a vampire. We're a predatory species. We enjoy the hunt, the feed and the kill. When the guilt gets too bad, we switch off our humanity and we revel in it."

Damon: (to Bonnie) "You know what makes me able to drink my fill, and leave someone breathing, and not rip their head off like my brother? It's that I can revel in it. I can make it fun."

Stefan: "So, what is all this?"
Damon: "Some personal items that I snaked from the vampire hunter’s RV. May he rest in peace. I’m searching for a supernatural handbook."
Stefan: "And you know for a fact that he was supernatural?"
Damon: "He definitely wasn't natural. The guy magically appears just as someone blows up the entire Founders Council, covering the tattoo that only Jeremy Gilbert - of all the people in the world - seems to be able to see. Klaus mentioned something about him being one of The Five. And he kamikazes himself with explosives."
Stefan: "What’s the Five?"
Damon: "That’s what I’m hoping is in the first chapter of the handbook."(His phone rings and he picks it up.) "Liz Forbes, my favorite sheriff."(He pauses and looks worried.) "What? That’s concerning. Keep me posted." (He hangs up.)
Stefan: "What? You’re not going to tell me?"
Damon: "I can’t. It’s private. We’re in a fight."
Stefan: "I’m not in a fight. You’re in a fight. I’m over it. I've been over it."
Damon: "You’re still mad at me about Elena?"
Stefan: "Elena fed on you. I’m always going to be mad at you, but I’m not in a fight."
Damon: "Very well then. They didn't find any remains at the explosion site."
Stefan: "So, Connor is still out there."
Damon: "Apparently. So, ’m going to need to get on this today. I have to take Elena to college."
Stefan: "I’m sorry. You have to do what exactly?"
Damon: "I’m teaching her to feed. She needs to learn snatch, eat, erase now more than ever."(He makes a funny noise just as Stefan goes to protest) "We’re in a fight, remember?"

Bonnie: "If I could spell you out of wanting blood I would, but I can’t. So, better you learn this now than in freshman orientation."
Elena: "Something tells me college isn't in my future any more."
Damon: "Oh stop with the pity party. If I could go to college, you could go to college."
Bonnie: (grins in disbelief) "You went to college?"
Damon: "Sure. Plenty of times. I always had a thing for sorority girls."
Bonnie: "You’re disgusting."
Damon: (smirks) "I know." (He's suddenly distracted by an attractive young woman walking by, who he blatantly checks out.)

Elena: (to Stefan) "You're the one that's gonna get me through this."

Stefan: "Let me just name the million other people I’d rather be having dinner with right now."

Rebekah: "Well, now we have the map, what do we do next?"
Klaus: "We don’t do anything. You can’t be trusted, little sister. You’ll be blabbing this secret to the first boy who calls you pretty. I mean, it’s pathetic, really, isn’t it? How she continues to hand her heart to any man who shows her a hint of affection. You’d think she would have learned by now from the endless cycle of disappointment and deception."
Rebekah: "But I haven’t! Instead I stayed with you and let you leech every moment of happiness from my life! You know, at least I fared better then Finn. Klaus left him daggered because he was tired of his judgement."
Klaus: "No, Finn was a dullard. He was more interesting lying in a box."
Rebekah: "You want the cure for Elena, don’t you? So you can go back to mass-producing your hybrids. That’s why you brought Stefan here, because you knew that he’d help you even though he hates your guts! You know what? You can shove your cure."



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