You and I, we have something, an understanding.
Damon to Elena

Fool Me Once is the fourteenth episode of the first season of The Vampire Diaries and the fourteenth episode of the series overall.


SECRETS OF THE TOMBStefan helps Elena and Bonnie out of a dangerous situation. Jeremy asks Anna to a party in the woods, unaware that she has her own reasons for wanting to meet him there. When Stefan, Damon and Elena work with Bonnie and Grams to open the tomb, everyone is shocked by what they discover.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Anna.
    • This is the first episode where Anna is an antagonist in the series.
  • Anna before she took Elena in Children of the Damned must have overheard Stefan and Elena talking about the vampire blood in her system as to why she didn't break her neck when she took Elena hostage and threatening not letting her complete her transition. Note: This is due to the fact that the producers decided to keep Elena human in Season 1 but had planned originally to make her vampire near the end of Season 2.
  • Katherine is revealed to have escaped the tomb under Fell's Church before it was sealed shut by Emily Bennett to protect the victims of the vampire-round-up of 1864.
  • Anna tells Damon the last time she saw Katherine was in Chicago in 1983. She also tells him that Katherine knew where he was the whole time and didn't care.
  • Anna is the first character to refer to Elena as a doppelgänger in the series, in this case, she was describing Elena in reference to Katherine. It's also the first time doppelgängers are mentioned.
  • To prove to Damon that she is being sincere about helping him free Katherine, Elena removes her vervain necklace and asks if she's lying now, risking being compelled by Damon in order to prove herself as being genuine in her offer.
    • Damon tells Elena that he never compelled her in Atlanta, as they were having fun together, and he wanted it to be real.
  • Elena goes into the tomb with Damon of her own free will as reassurance for Damon that he wouldn't be sealed into the tomb by the Bennett witches afterward.
    • After Damon learns Katherine was never sealed in the tomb, Elena comforts him with a hug.
  •  Alaric and Jenna do not appear in this episode .
  • This is the first episode in which Matthew Davis is credited as a series regular, and he remains as such until the season three finale, The Departed. Interestingly enough, his character (Alaric Saltzman) does not appear in this episode.
  • While this episode is aptly named for its numerous 'fool me once' moments, it is notable in several ways regarding Damon's trust issues:
    • His trust is betrayed twice by Stefan in this episode; once in 1864 and again in the present day.
    • Katherine fooled him (and Stefan) once when she allowed him to believe that she had been entombed in the cellar of Fell's Church with the other vampires for 145 years.
    • Elena fooled him once, when she helped Stefan recover Emily Bennett's grimoire behind his back.
    • Sheila Bennett fooled him once by tricking him into entering the tomb without actually lifting the magical seal that trapped the vampires there.
  • This is the final episode of the second chapter of Season One, The Tomb Chapter.


Body Count

Cultural References

  • Escape clause, any clause, term or condition in a contract that allows a party to that contract to avoid having to perform the contract.
  • Duke University, a private university located in Durham, North Carolina.
  • The expression, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow someone to take advantage of you again and again.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.51 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.48 million less than the previous episode.


Stefan: "It's Elena, Damon if you know something, tell me."
Damon: "I mean this sincerely, I hope Elena dies."

Anna: "Well, well. Elena Gilbert. You really are Katherine's doppelgänger. You must have the Salvatore boys reeling."
Elena: "Who are you?"
Anna: "I'm Anna. Your brother may have mentioned me? I mean, we're, like, practically dating."

Elena: "Bonnie's not gonna open the tomb."
Anna: "Oh, I think she will."
Elena: "Do you really want Katherine out that bad?"
Anna: "Trust me. No one I know wants to see that girl again. Except Damon, the love-struck idiot."
Elena: "Then what is it? Or who is it?"
Anna: "My mother's in there. Katherine couldn't help herself. She just had to toy around with both of the Salvatore brothers. Then when she got caught, so did my mother. I watched Johnathan Gilbert take her away."

Bonnie: "How did you know where we were?"
Sheila: "Many things can fuel a witches power. Worry, anger. After Stefan told me that they had taken you, I had a lot of both. A simple locator spell was easy after that."

Damon: "I didn't compel you in Atlanta because we we're having fun. I wanted it to be real. I'm trusting you. Don't make me regret it."

Elena: "The Duke party. I forgot. I hope they stay clear of the church."
Damon: "Your hope, not mine."

Pearl: (gasps as Damon chokes her) "The guard, the one at the church, the one who locked us in. She promised to turn him. He was obsessed with her. She had him under her spell like everybody else. He let her go."
Anna: "Last I saw her was Chicago, 1983. She knew where you were, Damon... she didn't care."

Damon: "Fool me once, shame on you."

Damon: "I told you, I work alone."
Anna: "Yeah, so do I. But you're minus a witch and I'm minus a spell book. So, what do you say?"
Damon: "Stefan will come after you, you know that. For messing with Elena."
Anna: "Then he won't be too happy if I kill her when I don't get what I want."
Damon: "When do you wanna do this?"
Anna: "God, it's like 1864 all over again. You Salvatores are truly pathetic when it comes to women."

Caroline: "So, I have a speech. It is fully scripted and well-rehearsed. Are you ready for it?"
Matt: "You wrote a speech?"
Caroline: "Yes. It's a 'you kissed me and I don't want things to be weird' speech. It's preemptive."
Matt: "Preemptive?"
Caroline: "Yeah. You know, in case you were having second thoughts, or regrets or were, like, ooged out..."
Matt: (laughs) "Ooged,' huh?"
Caroline: "Can I just get on with the speech part?"
Matt: "Yeah, go for it."
Caroline: "So, I know that you don't think that this is going to work out between us. I just wanna let you know that right here and right now, I'm offering you an out. Like an escape clause."
Matt: "Why are you giving me an escape clause?"
Caroline: "I don't wanna make assumptions about what it is we are doing here."
Matt: "Got it."
Caroline: "So...if you would like to exercise it, just let me know."
Matt: "I'm good, but thanks."

Anna: "So you're finally ready to go out with me, are you?"
Jeremy: "It's been a while since I've been to a party, and I kinda wanna get back out there. You know, not be such a loner. And, uh, I like you. You're fun, and... you're also kinda strange and lurky, but, uh, I guess I like that too."



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