1912 is the sixteenth episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the sixtieth episode of the series.


THE MURDER MYSTERY DEEPENS — The present-day murders in Mystic Falls remind Damon of a similar crime spree a century earlier. In flashbacks to 1912, Damon recalls a beautiful vampireSage, who showed him a whole new way to exist. Sheriff Forbes warns Damon not to get involved in her investigation, but Damon is convinced she's going after the wrong suspect. Elena and Matt resort to breaking and entering in their search for evidence to prove Dr. Fell is the murderer. For reasons known only to her, Rebekah becomes interested in locating one of the town's oldest landmarks. Finally, Elena comes to a new understanding of the path her life has taken, and Damon makes an emotional confession to Stefan



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonist: Samantha Gilbert (past).
  • This is the first episode of the third chapter of Season Three, The Bloodline Chapter.
  • This is the only episode to have only numbers instead of a word made from the letters of the alphabet in its title. 
  • This episode is described as having an insight on the "Salvatore Boys."
  • There was going to be a backstory between Damon and Kol in this episode, but it got deleted from the script.[1]
  • This is the first episode after the spring hiatus. It aired on March 15, 2012.
  • This is the first flashback episode since Lost Girls to feature Matt.
  • This is the first episode to feature Cassidy Freeman's character, Sage.
    • In the books, Sage is also a vampire, but he is male and in terms of age, at least 1500 years older than the Klaus from the show.
  • It was revealed that Rebekah also knew Sage from when she and her eldest brother Finn first became romantically involved in the 12th century.
  • Jeremy, Bonnie, Tyler and Klaus do not appear in this episode.
  • The crow reappears in this episode. It was last seen in You're Undead To Me.
  • The serial killer was revealed in this episode, both in the past and present (Samantha Gilbert and Alaric Saltzman, respectively, and both because of the effects of their Gilbert rings).


Body Count


Cultural References

  • "Wonder Twins" are fictional characters from the DC Comics universe. To activate their super-powers they need to touch each other, and normally they shout "Wonder Twins Super-powers Activate.
  • "Quitting Cold Turkey" is to stop consuming an addictive substance abruptly, rather than by gradual reduction. May cause severe withdrawals symptoms that are extremely unpleasant and, in some cases, life threatening.
  • "Jonesing" to have a strong desire or craving for something.
  • Sage is betting 100 dollars on her boxing fight. 100 dollars had the buying power of about 1400 dollars today. However as labor value it would be between 14000 and 25000. That is a pretty penny to wage on a fight!
  • "Skeleton in the closet" an expression meaning a shameful secret.
  • "Master Cleanse" is an extreme detox diet, consuming nothing but lemon juice with maple syrup for several days.
  • "I am spoken for" not available because he is on a romantic relationship - although his woman is locked in a tomb (or so he thinks).

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.64 million viewers in the USA.


Damon: (to Stefan) "'Dear Diary, a chipmunk asked me my name today. I told him it was Joe. That lie will haunt me forever."

Damon: (to Stefan in flashback to 1912) "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'd like to live out my eternal existence as far away from you as possible."

Damon: (to Stefan) "What do you say, brother? You wanna go get drunk?"

Stefan: (to Damon) "Ah, I get it, I get it. You're bored! Your best friend's in jail, and you don't have anything better to do with yourself."

Damon: (to Stefan about Rebekah) "Ooh, she-devil, nine o' clock."

Damon: (to Stefan) "You know, quitting blood cold-turkey after a Ripper-binge? Probably not the best approach."

Damon: (to Rebekah) "You know, you don't have to disguise your true motives, Bonnie-Bex. If you want more sex, just ask for it."

Damon: (to Rebekah about Stefan) "You'll have to excuse my little brother. He is jonesing for some O-positive."

Stefan: (to Damon): "Remember Sage?"
Damon: (about Sage) "Speaking of great sex."

Sage: (in flashback to 1912) "Who's next? One hundred dollars to any man who can beat me."

Rebekah: (to Damon and Stefan) "I knew Sage once. Trashy little thing."

Meredith: (to Elena about Alaric) "You took pity on a borderline alcoholic vampire hunter and you never even thought to look any deeper!"

Meredith: (to Elena) "You date vampires, Elena. It shouldn't come as a shock to learn that your guardian is a murderer!"

Matt: (to Elena) "I'll add breaking and entering to the list of life favors you owe me."

Elena: (to Matt about Meredith) "Skeletons in the closet. Just like a true Founder."

Rebekah: (to Damon) "That's a bit sexist. A woman could easily kill a man, with the right motivation."

Damon: "Sage showed me how to have a good time."

Sage: (to Damon in flashback) "A woman isn't just for food. She's for pleasure."
Sage: (to Damon) "What is being a vampire if not relishing in the pleasure of it?"
Damon: (compels Marianna Lockwood in flashback) "Don't be afraid."
Sage: "Now that's more like it!"

Damon (to Stefan in flashback) "Have you've been eating relatives again?"

Stefan: "It's been almost fifty years."
Damon: "Why would I be mad at you, Stefan? You made me become a vampire, now I walk the world alone, drinking other people's blood."

Sage: (to Damon after he killed a girl in flashback) "Bad vampire!"

Damon: (to Stefan) "Save her. Go on, have a bite! I snatched, you eat, I'll erase."

Elena: (to Matt about Damon) "Damon just sort of snuck up on me. He got under my skin, and no matter what I do, I just... I can't shake him."

Matt: (to Elena) "Sometimes it pays to be the only normal one in a town full of vampires. You're practically invisible."

Stefan: (in flashback) "I can teach you how to survive without human blood, you know."
Damon: "You do not get to lecture me on how to live my life."

Damon: (in flashback) "Go ahead, Stefan, pick one!"

Damon: (in flashback) "Yes, they are people, Stefan, people with blood pumping through their veins, waiting to be opened up and sucked dry."
Stefan: "I don't do that anymore."
Damon: "But you can, Stefan. We can. You've just forgotten how good it feels."
Damon: "Let the past be the past. Have a drink with me, brother."

Meredith: (to Alaric) "You have a ring that lets you cheat death, Ric. How many times can you die before it changes you?"

Liz: (to Alaric) "I don't know what to think! I've got nothing except murder weapons from your stash and a respected member of a Founding Family pointing a very long finger..."
Alaric: "She is setting me up! I'm being framed here!"



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Last.fm_play.png "Let’s Dance" – Gods Of Macho
Last.fm_play.png "Snakeskin Heart" – Black Daniel
Last.fm_play.png "Black Magic" – Magic Wands

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Last.fm_play.png "The Argument" – Aidan Hawken
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