Now, I swore you would not die by my brother's hand. I said nothing of my own. Nobody hurts my family and lives. No one.

Fruit of the Poisoned Tree is the sixth episode of the first season of The Originals and the sixth episode of the series overall.


The Originals - Fruit of the Poisoned Tree Trailer

The Originals - Fruit of the Poisoned Tree Trailer


TRUST ISSUES — When Klaus discovers Hayley’s life is being threatened, he goes to extreme lengths to protect her and their unborn baby. Having a difficult time dealing with the tragic events of her past, Camille turns to Father Kieran for guidance. Feeling as though he can trust no one, Marcel visits an old friend to seek out some advice, while Davina takes steps to learn how to control her magic. Finally, Klaus delivers some surprising news to Kieran.


"I would write... Dear Diary"

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Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonist: Agnes.
  • Narrator: Rebekah Mikaelson.
  • Title meaning: a reference to Agnes's belief that Klaus and Hayley's baby is a demon who will destroy the witches, as well as a reference to the fact that her demon nature comes from her father Klaus, the Original hybrid.
  • Marcel temporarily broke Thierry out of his prison in the Garden to talk to him because he is the only person he trusts.
    • However, Thierry will not officially be released until Dance Back from the Grave, after Rebekah convinces Klaus to pardon him in an effort to turn Thierry to her side against Klaus.
  • Elijah gave Davina some pages from his mother's grimoire, as he promised in the previous episode in order to help her gain control over her magic.
  • The poem Klaus was reading is entitled "A Poison Tree" from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.
  • This episode marks the second time that a member of the French Quarter Coven has been killed by an Original. The first victim was Katie, who was killed by Klaus in Tangled Up In Blue.
  • It was revealed in this episode that Agnes was the last living Elder of the French Quarter Coven.
  • Elijah called off the original deal with Sophie in this episode and stated that it was now null and void. This was because he had learned from Davina that Sophie's true intentions were to find Davina and finally finish the Harvest to return her niece Monique to life and to ensure that her coven continued to have their powers.
  • We see the first interaction between Kieran and Camille in this episode.
  • We see the Human Faction for the first time in this episode.
  • It is revealed that until this episode, Marcel didn't know where the Originals were really living. Klaus had been telling him that they were staying at The Palace Royale, but in reality, they were staying in the plantation house where Marcel was formerly a slave in the early 1800s.
  • Rebekah reveals that a mixture of sage and mugwort makes quite the vampire repellent. However, whether this is true or simply a joke remains to be seen.
  • Sophie reveals that the Needle of Sorrows used on her to make Hayley miscarry was similar to the dark object used on Sean O'Connell to make him kill himself, known as the Rosary of Madness.
  • Marcel and Hayley meet for the first time in this episode and soon after his visit, she goes missing. Initially, it is assumed that Marcel took her captive, but it was revealed in the next episode that it was actually Tyler Lockwood, who was using her to confirm a theory about her and Klaus's baby.
  • Camille and Kieran now know that Agnes was responsible for Sean's psychosis, which led him to kill his fellow seminary students and then himself.
  • This episode marks the first time in modern times that Elijah wears something other than a suit.
  • This episode confirms that Elijah is developing feelings for Hayley.
  • In this episode we see Elijah is a master at finding loopholes in his promises. When Sophie begged him to stop Klaus from killing Agnes, he does so, but in the end Agnes is killed by his own hands.
    • This continues the trend of Mikaelson siblings taking their promises quite literally and/or finding loopholes in order to technically keep their word. A past example of this is from The Vampire Diaries episode As I Lay Dying, when Elijah reminded Klaus of his promise to reunite him with the rest of their family. Instead of bringing Elijah to his family members, he daggered Elijah, and then put his daggered body with the rest of their similarly-daggered siblings.

Body Count



Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.03 million viewers in USA, which was 0.02 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References

  • The title is in the past tense from Fruit of the poisonous tree, a legal metaphor in the United States used to describe evidence that is obtained illegally.
  • This is also the title of the eleventh episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.
  • Fruits Of The Poisonous Tree is the fifth episode of the second season of Hill Street Blues.
  • Marcel eating the apple is a subtle nod to the 1986 vampire movie Fright Night in which the one thousand year old vampire Jerry Dandridge is seen regularly eating apples.
  • Hayley says she had been held captive by witches who think her baby is Lucifer. Lucifer is the true name of The Devil/Satan, who is also often known as the Morning Star, or the Light-Bringer.


The poem Klaus is reading:
I was angry with my friend
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow
And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
- from "A Poison Tree" by William Blake

Rebekah: "My brothers and I are the first vampires in history, the Originals. Three hundred years ago, we called New Orleans home. Now, we've returned, drawn by a witch who seeks to use my brother Klaus' unborn child as leverage in a brewing war. But his quest for power has turned brother against brother, leaving our family more divided than ever. Now that Elijah has returned, can our family unite to face this new threat?"

Elijah: "You know, I do hope my siblings were hospitable toward you in my absence."
Hayley: "In your absence, as you like to call it-- which is a way-too-polite way of saying that your brother put a dagger in your heart-- I have been attacked by French Quarter vampires, I've had to live in a house with a secret dungeon full of coffins, and I was nearly murdered by witches who are convinced that my baby is Lucifer."

Rebekah: "What are you doing with Mother's spellbook?"
Elijah: "Well, in exchange for my freedom, I promised the witch Davina that I would share a few pages from Mother's grimoire. To help her to learn to control her magic. I thought we'd begin with a little unlinking spell."
Rebekah: "Wait, you want to use her to unlink Hayley from Sophie Deveraux?"
Elijah: "Sophie brought us to this town under false pretenses. She doesn't just want us to take down Marcel and his minions, she wants to take Davina back. So, she yolked her own cause to ours, with magic threats and half-truths. Well, no more. As of now, our deal with Sophie Deveraux is null and void."

Agnes: "You made a deal with him?"
Father Kieran: "After what you did to Sean, I'd deal with the devil himself just to see you suffer."



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