Nostalgia's a Bitch is the tenth episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and sixty-fifth episode of the series overall.


THE RINGING OF THE BELLSybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state. Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon's mind and run into familiar faces from the past, only to discover Stefan is the key to Damon's fate. It's a race against time for the bell as both Sybil and her sister Seline jockey for its control. Matt also appears.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star


Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • Antagonists: Stefan Salvatore, Seline and Cade.
  • Stefan finds Violet Fell in the Mystic Grill where she has killed several people, he then tells her why he turned her in the first place before he kills her.
  • Cade kills Sybil and Seline.
  • Damon is the latest character to have his birthday revealed in the series.
    • Damon's birthday is revealed to be June 18, 1839.
  • Damon is the third character revealed to have a birthday in June. The first was Katherine Pierce (Katerina Petrova) born on June 5, 1473 and the second was Elena Gilbert born on June 22, 1992.
  • The Bell must be rung 12 times to kill a Siren but Seline reveals that Hellfire comes with it after it opens a bridge between the mortal world and Cade's (the psychic imprint of his death). The Hellfire will kill anything within miles of the bell. So Stefan and Seline plan to sacrifice the whole town of Mystic Falls to Cade by sending them to his Hell including Matt, Peter Maxwell, Sybil, Damon, Caroline and Bonnie.
    • In this episode, Matt rung the bell 11 times before Damon knocked him out.
  • Caroline discovers through Sybil that Bonnie offered the Cure to Enzo.
  • This episode revealed that Caroline had forgiven Damon for everything he did to her because he was there for her mother, Liz.
  • Bonnie tells Damon's version of her Grams that most of her friends are vampires and that she's in love with one.
  • We finally learn what Damon wrote to Bonnie in his letter to her before he desiccated himself next to Elena.
  • Matt becomes the Sheriff of Mystic Falls again.
  • Damon apologizes to Matt for Vicki's death, even knowing that Matt may never forgive him for what he did.

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Behind the Scenes

Cultural References


Caroline: "Damon is trapped in his own mind. Sybil is the only one who can fix him."
Damon: "Remember that vampire that I was warning you about running around in my head? It's not me, it's you."
Stefan: "I'm about to burn Mystic Falls to the ground."

Caroline: "Damon is trapped in his own mind. Sybil is the only one who can fix him. How do we change his mind?"
Sybil: "I suggest you go in there and ask him yourself."
Stefan: "Sounds dangerous. I like it."
Damon: "Remember that vampire that I was warning you about running around in my head? It's not me, it's you."
Stefan: "I'm about to burn Mystic Falls to the ground."

Caroline: "Good Morning."
Bonnie: "That was thoroughly unconvincing. What are you up too?"
Caroline: "Oh you know, just… motivating."
Bonnie: "Translation: You are still in bed, moping about Stefan."
Caroline: "Guilty as charged. Why are you breathing so heavy?"
Bonnie: "I’m jogging. I needed to get out; clear my head."
Caroline: "What’s on your mind?"
Bonnie: "Enzo. I need your advice. You wanna grab breakfast?"
Caroline: "I’m the last person you should be asking for relationship advice. My fiancé turned Miss Mystic Falls into a vampire just to spite me, so no, I’m not going anywhere."
Bonnie: "Fine. Breakfast in bed it is. How do you like your eggs?"
Caroline: "Are you really here right now?"
Bonnie: "Damon?"
Caroline: "Wait Damon’s here too?"
Bonnie: "Get down here Caroline... now."

Caroline: "I told you to stay away from me. What are you doing here?"
Stefan: "I made a mistake. I’m here to convince you to marry me. … Nah. Honestly I’m here just because when you killed me last night Cade and I had a little chat and turns out Hell needs more souls than what I’ve providing and time for Damon to do his part. Just wake Damon up so he can earn his kept and we’re good."
Caroline: "We are trying."
Stefan: "More like failing. You do know what he’s doing, right? Damon’s humanity is on which means that he’s all emo and afraid of owning up to what he did when it was off. When we were kids we used to hide out every time we did something wrong until I’d find him and tell him everything’s going to be okay. So all you need to do is find out where he’s hiding in there and do the exact same thing. By the way, why are you helping them?"
Sybil: "I need the Maxwell bell before my sister uses it against me so I’m willing to play ball with whoever can deliver it."
Stefan: "Well I'll see what I can do, in the meantime... fix this."
Sybil: "Alright you heard the man."



Last.fm_play.png "All The Pretty Girls" – Kaleo
Last.fm_play.png "Enjoy The Silence" – Anberlin
Last.fm_play.png "Ludlow Expectations" – Butch Walker
Last.fm_play.png "Baleen Morning" – Balmorhea
Last.fm_play.png "Everything Has Grown" – Colouring
Last.fm_play.png "Earth Angel" – The Penguins




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