Dangerous Liaisons is the fourteenth episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the fifty-eighth episode of the series overall.


SOME ENCHANTED EVENINGElena is surprised to receive an invitation to a formal ball, and when Damon and Stefan hear the party is being hosted at Klaus' newly renovated mansion, they both insist on attending the event with her. Caroline and Matt also receive invitations to the ball from unexpected admirers. At the elegant party, Elena learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths and she must decide who she can trust with her new information. Caroline discovers a side of Klaus no one would have suspected. Finally, after an evening of violence and dashed hopes, Damon finds a new way to cope.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonists: Rebekah Mikaelson and Kol Mikaelson.
  • Klaus was rumored to have a love interest in this episode.
    • It was later confirmed to be Caroline.
  • Esther uses Elena's doppelgänger blood to link all of her children together, including those vampires in their respective Sirelines.
  • It is revealed that Esther has returned to correct her mistake of creating vampires in the first place by killing not only Klaus, but all of her children in order to restore the balance of Nature. She uses Elena's blood to bind her children together as one in hopes of eventually destroying them. Finn was also revealed to be helping her in this plan, but Elijah is suspicious of her true intentions and questions Elena on her motives.
    • It was later learned in All My Children that her plan to accomplish this feat involved channeling the power of the Bennett witch bloodline (living and dead) to reverse the spell that made her children vampires, making them mortal so that she could kill Finn with the normal means, and, through the linking spell, kill the rest of them as well.
  • The Mikaelson's Ball took place in this episode.
  • The ball was held at the Klaus' Family Mansion.
  • Kol tried to kill Matt, but was stopped by Damon, who snapped Kol's neck and threw him off of a balcony after he broke Matt's hand.
  • Damon has revenge sex with Rebekah after Elena tells him that his love for her is the problem, a statement which she immediately regrets. She tries to apologize to him the next morning, but is rebuffed.
  • Elena lies to Elijah about what his mother Esther wanted to speak with her about, and chooses not to inform him of Esther's plan to kill him and his siblings.
    • However, in All My Children, he tells Elena he knows she was lying to him, forcing Elena to confess what she knows.
  • Bonnie, Jeremy, Alaric and Katherine don't appear in this episode.
  • In this episode The Original Family's last name was revealed to be Mikaelson.


Production Notes


Cultural References

  • Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 movie with Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, based on the 18th century novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos about scheming French nobles.
  • "Housewarming" is a tradition of bringing gifts to a family that has recently moved into a new house, or that has renovated their old one.
  • "Spill the beans" means to divulge a secret. Its origins are unclear.
  • "Walk into the Lion's Den" mean putting yourself in danger or in a dangerous situation, which could refer to gladiatorial games.
  • "She-Devil" is a woman regarded as cruel or malicious. It was used as the title of a 1980 movie with Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr, about a fat housewife who takes vengeance on her husband when he begins an affair with a beautiful woman.
  • "Maserati" is a brand of luxurious sport cars.
  • "The Hermitage" is an art museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is one of the largest and oldest museums in Europe.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.08 million viewers in the USA.


Elijah: (to Rebekah) "Leave. [...] Are you challenging me?"

Esther: "For a thousand years, it's been my dream that this family could be as one."

Elena: "The Originals are throwing a ball. Like, an actual ball."
Caroline: "It's some twisted Cinderella fetish, that's what it is."

Stefan: "I think that there is more to this than some family reunion."

Damon: "No, I'm mad at you because I love you!"
Elena: "Maybe that's the problem."

Damon: "It would be rude not to dance, y'know."

Elena: "I can’t deal with either of the Salvatores right now."

Elena: (reading from card) "'Please join the Mikaelson family this evening at seven o'clock for dancing, cocktails and celebration...'"
Stefan: "Who the hell are the Mikaelsons?"
Elena: "The Original family."
Damon: "It's not bad enough they're moving into town, now they want a housewarming gift?"

Esther: "It’s going to be a magical evening."

Klaus: "You went after Elena? What is wrong with you?"
Rebekah: "Here we go."
Klaus: "Do you want another dagger in your heart?"
Kol: "Again with the dagger threats? Don't you have any other tricks?"
Klaus: "Oh, go back to staring at yourself."
Kol: "And who are you? My father?"
Klaus: "No, Kol. But you're in my house."
Kol: "Then perhaps we should go outside."

Elena: "I'm not leaving until I know what Esther wants."

Caroline: "What are you doing here with the she-devil?"

Rebekah: "Hi. What are you doing?"
Matt: "Well, let's see. I, I went to a dance and got my hand crushed, found out that I don't have health insurance, so I just needed a minute to myself."
Rebekah: "Well, I thought maybe I'd buy you an apology drink."
Matt: "Maybe you could just leave me alone."
Rebekah: "Look, I'm, I'm really sorry about Kol. He's a lunatic."
Matt: "Look, Rebekah, you're really fun and pretty and all... but I really need you to leave me alone."

Damon: (to Rebekah) "Burn. Rejected by the captain of the football team. Welcome to adolescence."

Damon: "You would've broken him in a second."
Rebekah: "Are you suggesting that I can't be gentle?"
Damon: " Nope. Just that you should be with someone more durable."
Rebekah: (smirks) " And who would that be?"



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