Smells Like Teen Spirit is the sixth episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the fiftieth episode of the series overall.


WELCOME BACK SENIORS — On the first day of their senior year, Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt are still reeling from recent events, while Tyler seems to be enjoying everything a little too much. Damon is annoyed by a new house-guest, and everyone is surprised by the arrival of a new student in Alaric's history class. Matt asks Bonnie for help when he realizes he made a serious mistake. Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Esther (unseen) and Vicki Donovan.
  • This is the 50th episode of The Vampire Diaries.
  • This episode is a homage to the Pilot as it parallels events that happened in that episode, such as:
    • Cheerleading Practice.
    • The Back-To-School Bonfire.
    • Elena and Stefan running into each other as she leaves the boys bathroom.
  • Kevin Williamson did not write this episode with Julie because of conflicts with The Secret Circle writing and production.
  • Klaus doesn't appear in this episode.
  • Elena, Damon, Stefan, Caroline and Tyler have appeared in all the first six episodes, for the second time since Season Two.
  • Having made cameo appearances in The End of the Affair and The Reckoning, this is the first episode to fully feature Mikael.
  • Rebekah meets Damon and Alaric in this episode.
  • Elena, Caroline, Bonnie, Tyler, and Matt start their first day of senior year in Mystic Falls High School while it's Jeremy's first day of junior year.
  • Stefan mentions the Homecoming Dance to Elena, which will occur in Homecoming.
  • Elena gets jealous for the first time when she sees Damon with Rebekah. Stefan notices Elena's jealousy, which is the first hint that she has feelings for Damon.
    • Foreshadowing: Elena would later get jealous after Damon and Rebekah sleep together in Dangerous Liaisons.


Body Count

  • Two unnamed girls - Drained of blood; killed by Stefan
  • Man with flowers - Drained of blood; killed by Katherine
  • Unnamed girl - Drained of blood; by Tyler and Rebekah


Cultural References

  • The title is a reference to Nirvana's song of the same name.
  • Stefan is playing a twisted version of Twister, the viral game by Hasbro. Because of the awkward positions and close proximity, there is a level of sexual tension in this game.
  • Damon calls Rebekah "Barbie Klaus." A reference to the popular blond doll that is often an euphemism for dumb blond.
  • Vicki says she will fit right in a town with vampires, witches and werewolves. It could be a reference to the cult British TV series Being Human.
  • Damon says "Come on, Buffy" to Elena, which is a reference to the successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer which aired from 1997 until 2003.
  • Damon calls Elena "Warrior Princess." That is a reference to another successful TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, which originally aired from 1995–2001.
  • Damon says that "the way to a vampire's heart" is to reach it from beneath the ribcage. But he could as well have said through the stomach, since that is also a soft spot....
  • Caroline calls Tyler a Minion. That's usually reserved for a very obedient, subservient sidekick.
  • Rebekah has never eaten a S'more before. Maybe because they were invented in 1927, and she was daggered in 1922...
  • Tyler says "I consider it a challenge" - that is a reference to the meme used by Barney Stinson from the TV comedy series How I Met Your Mother.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.03 million viewers in the USA.


Stefan: (to Alaric) "You're not gonna want to mess with me."

Elena: "This isn't a joke to me, Ric!"
Alaric: "You think I'm joking? Vampire will take whatever they want. They will hurt whoever they want. And they will do it without remorse. It's their nature."
Elena: "You don't have to use pronouns. You can say Stefan."
Alaric: "Look, I get why you're here. Stefan hurt you. You don't want it to happen again."
Elena: "But you think that I'm crazy to believe that I can protect myself from a vampire who's flipped the switch on his humanity."
Alaric: "I think you found a way to get out of bed this morning. And that makes you the strongest person that I know. I think you can do pretty much anything."

Damon: (to Elena) "No one's going to hurt you. Especially not my brother."

Caroline: (to Tyler) "Vampire 101? Don't wear your breakfast to school."

Elena: (to Stefan) "I knew you'd catch me."

Elena: (to Stefan) "You think I'm going to let a blood addict tell me how to drink?"

Damon: (to Elena) "Come on, Buffy."

Bonnie: "Why should I let the fact that my boyfriend is seeing the ghosts of his dead girlfriends hinder this experience?"
Caroline: "And why should I let the fact that my boyfriend was turned into a hybrid put a damper on an otherwise fabulous day?"

Damon: (to Katherine about Mikael) "We need him to kill Klaus so I can de-ripper-fy Stefan before he destroys my house."

Vicki: "I'll be able to come and go as I please, when I want, where I want. I won't have to rely on you."
Matt: "But you'll still be a ghost, Vicki."
Vicki: "In a town full of vampires, werewolves and witches! I'll fit right in."

Caroline: (to Tyler) "Klaus is the bad guy, Tyler. Why are you acting like some freaky, hybrid slave-minion?"

Tyler: (to Caroline) "Everything I like about me is you."

Caroline: (about Tyler) "How do we fix him?"
Damon: "Get a new boyfriend."

Stefan: "Why didn't you let me die?"
Elena: "Because I still have hope. I know who you really are. Better than anyone, Stefan. I'm not giving up."
Stefan: "Elena. Do you have any idea how pathetic that makes you?"
(Elena stabs him in the stomach with the stake-shooter under her sleeve)
Elena: "No, Stefan, it makes me strong."



Last.fm_play.png "This Too Shall Pas" – OK GO
Last.fm_play.png "Black Iron Lung" – The Gods of Macho
Last.fm_play.png "My Body" – Young the Giant
Last.fm_play.png "Brick By Brick" – Arctic Monkeys

Last.fm_play.png "Rave On" – Cults
Last.fm_play.png "Satellite" – The Kills
Last.fm_play.png "Take Your Time" – Cary Brothers


See also

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