Rescue Me is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and sixth episode of the series overall.


The Vampire Diaries - Rescue Me Trailer

The Vampire Diaries - Rescue Me Trailer


MARKOS ARRIVES IN MYSTIC FALLS — In order to keep Stefan from being harmed by Sloan and the Travelers, Caroline and Enzo agree to make a trip to Atlanta to find a newly discovered doppelgänger. Caroline is surprised when Enzo opens up to her about his past. Damon and Elena spend an awkward afternoon at Jeremy’s parent-teacher conference, where they hear bad news about his behavior at school. Afterwards, Damon reluctantly tells Elena upsetting news about Jeremy's personal life. Bonnie has an unsettling encounter with Luke, and learns more about his family history. Liv fills Jeremy in on the rumors about The Travelers’ next move and demonstrates her considerable power. Jeremy makes an unexpected deal with Liv, then makes a decision that is devastating to Elena. Stefan and Caroline share a special moment of friendship. Finally, a terrifying turn of events at the Travelers’ camp leads to the appearance of their mysterious leader, Markos. Matt and Tyler also appear. 



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast




  • Antagonists: Markos, Sloan and Liv.
  • This is the last episode before another three week long break. It is the first time in the show's run that no more than two or three episodes have aired back-to-back during the second half of the season.
  • This is the second time that TVD has gone to Atlanta, GA (where the series is filmed) since Season One's Bloodlines, when Damon and Elena had their first road trip together.
  • Caroline and Enzo go on their own first road trip in this episode.
  • This is the third time that Mystic Falls High School has been featured this season.
  • Liv tries to kill Elena in this episode, as the Traveler's need both a female and male doppelgänger for their plans-- if Elena were to die, the Travelers would have nothing. Liv informs Elena that she was originally sent to protect her from the Travelers, but was willing to kill her, if necessary, to stop the Travelers from successfully completing their mission.
    • However, Elena was saved from dying by Damon at the last moment.
  • Elena and Stefan are the last living (undead) doppelgängers, as Tom Avery was killed in this episode. This also confirms that any other doppelgängers with previously unknown status (such as Tatia) are also deceased.
  • This episode confirms that it has been four months since Silas's death in Death and the Maiden, this means that the episodes Dead Man on Campus through this episode takes place between December 2011 to at least late March or early April 2012 in the series' timeline.
  • Since the previous episode While You Were Sleeping takes place during spring break, and this episode is the following day, it means that Elena, Caroline and Bonnie's freshman year at Whitmore College is almost over, as most American colleges/universities end their school year in April or May, as opposed to K-12 schools, who often start their summer breaks in late May to early-mid June.
  • This is the fifth episode this season to have all eight main cast members present.


Body Count


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Markos, this season's primary antagonist and leader of the Travelers.
  • This episode marks the 90th appearance of Caroline, and the 80th appearance of Bonnie in the series.
  • Tyler was last seen in Gone Girl.
  • Anna is mentioned in this episode; she was last seen in Ghost World.
  • Silas is mentioned in this episode, he was killed by Stefan in Death and the Maiden.
  • All of the main characters were present in this episode.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 1.73 million viewers in USA, which was 0.55 million less than the previous episode.
  • Hashtag during the airing is #ToKillADoppelganger

Cultural References

  • Rescue Me is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on the FX Network on the 21st of July, 2004 and concluded on the 7th of September, 2011. The series focuses on the professional and personal lives of a group of New York City firefighters working in a fictitious Harlem firehouse, post 9/11. The protagonist and focal point of the series is veteran New York City Firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary). The series follows Tommy's troubled family and co-workers as they deal with real life issues, either with post 9/11 trauma or their own domestic problems. Tommy struggles with the loss of his cousin and best friend Jimmy Keefe, as well as fifty-nine other firefighters whom he knew, who died in the World Trade Center on the 21st of September, 2001.
  • Rescue Me may also refer to the Rhythm and Blues song by Fontella Bass which has been covered by many performers.
  • Rescue Me is also the name of songs by the following artists: Madonna, Daughtry and You Me at Six.
  • Rescue Me was also the name of the final episode of season 3 of the TV series Cheers.


Liv: "The Travelers are up to something big."
Sloan: "Tell me where to find your doppelgänger!"
Elena: "Last night was a mistake."
Damon: "Maybe we should keep making mistakes."
Liv: "Elena Gilbert?"
Damon: "It's very difficult to explain to your brother that you just broke up with the former love of his life and then broke the bed."

Damon : "All I know is I wanna rip your clothes off right here in the middle of this hall, throw you in one of these rooms, and kiss every square inch of your body."

Elena : "You and I, we're messy and complicated. That's why I need you to let me go."

Caroline : "We had a deal-- I find Stefan's last living doppelgänger, and in return, you stop using Stefan to psychically doppel-bomb him."

Luke : "And how is our precious anchor to the Other Side?"
Liv : "I'm letting her think she's teaching me magic. It's actually sort of cute."

Grams : "Something's wrong over here, Bonnie."
Luke : "We think the Travelers are about to make their move. Their leader, Markos, is here."
Elena : "Perfect. A dead, old guy with a mysterious evil plan. I'll take that drink, now."

Markos : "I'm the reason Stefan and Elena are being drawn together."

Enzo : "Break out the popcorn, Blondie."

Damon : "Don't you dare! Hey, Enzo!"

Damon : "Well this just keeps getting better and better."
Elena : (Wakes up gasping)

Markos : "It's done."

Damon: "Clock's busted. What am I paying my PTA dues for? I am gonna file a complaint."
Elena: "Is that why you're here?"
Damon: "You left me in charge of Jeremy when you went off to Whitmore. I've had this on my calendar for months.
Elena: "Really? So, no other reason?"
Damon: "Why? Is there something else you wanna talk about? Oh come on, don't pretend like you're not still tingly from this morning."
Elena: "Could we just focus on Jeremy, please?"
Damon: "Right. Okay, well speaking of hypotheticals. If Jeremy was running around with another girl, would you wanna know about it?"
Elena: "What are you talking about? What girl?"
Damon: "Bonnie's little witch trainee, Liv. I saw her and Jeremy sharing a top shelf bottle of inhibition-killer at the Grill this morning."
Elena: "Jeremy wouldn't do that to Bonnie."
Damon: "Again, need I remind you he once had an affair with a ghost? I mean, the only thing that was missing was a sappy love song and a pottery wheel."

Tyler: "Breakfast of champions."
Matt: "Let me guess, this is about Elena?"
Damon: "You know, that is so incredibly insightful Donovan, you are really street-smart from working behind that bar for-- what is it? Three years now?"
Tyler: "At least he's not looking for answers at the bottom of a glass."
Damon: "Tyler Lockwood's now a life coach, despite running his own life into the ground. Perfect."
Matt: "If you want advice, why don't you just talk to Stefan?"
Damon: "Because it's difficult to explain to your brother that you just broke up with the former love of his life and then broke the bed."
Tyler: "Whoa, TMI."
Damon: "Besides, I've got you two idiots. Mystic Falls' amateur therapists."
Matt: "I'm only listening to you because I'm getting paid."
Damon: "Less and less by the second. Anyway, Stefan's not an option, he's off doing some research project with Caroline. Don't worry, wolf-boy, I'm sure they're just friends."



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