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'''The Birthday''' is the first episode of the [[Season Three|third season]] of {{The Vampire Diaries}} and the forty-fifth episode of the series overall.
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{{Character Quote|Stefan, if this is you, you'll be okay. I love you, Stefan. Hold on to that. Never let that go.|'''[[Elena Gilbert|Elena]]''''s call to '''[[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]]'''}}'''The Birthday''' is the first episode of the [[Season Three|third season]] of {{The Vampire Diaries}} and the forty-fifth episode of the series overall.
   
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
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'''A NOT SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY''' — On the morning of Elena's 18th birthday, [[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]] is busy planning [[Elena's 18th birthday party|a party]], but [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] is. [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]] is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]' attention. Meanwhile, [[Stefan and Klaus]] are busy trailing a [[werewolf]] named [[Ray Sutton]]. Now working at the [[Mystic Grill]] along with [[Matt Donovan|Matt]], [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the [[ghost]]s of [[Vicki Donovan|Vicki]] and [[Annabelle|Anna]] since he was brought back to life by [[Bonnie Bennett|Bonnie]]'s [[Witch|magic]]. Meanwhile, [[Alaric Saltzman|Alaric]] does his best to watch over [[Elena and Jeremy]] while dealing with his grief over [[Jenna Sommers|Jenna]]'s death. Finally, Caroline and [[Tyler Lockwood|Tyler]] face a new and unexpected challenge.
'''A NOT SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY''' - On the morning of Elena’s 18th birthday, [[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]] is busy planning [[Elena's 18th birthday party|a party]], but [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] is. [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]] is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]’ attention. Meanwhile, [[Stefan and Klaus]] are busy trailing a [[werewolf]] named [[Ray Sutton]]. Now working at the [[Mystic Grill]] along with [[Matt Donovan|Matt]], [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the [[ghost]]s of [[Vicki Donovan|Vicki]] and [[Annabelle|Anna]] since he was brought back to life by [[Bonnie Bennett|Bonnie]]’s [[Witch|magic]]. Meanwhile, [[Alaric Saltzman|Alaric]] does his best to watch over [[Elena and Jeremy]] while dealing with his grief over [[Jenna Sommers|Jenna]]’s death. Finally, Caroline and [[Tyler Lockwood|Tyler]] face a new and unexpected challenge.
 
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
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In Tennessee, an attractive young blonde is calling for her dog in her front yard. Klaus shows up using a Southern accent to claim that his car broke down down the road and asks if he may use the phone. The woman is understandably suspicious, but Klaus compels her to invite him in. The two meet her housemate and he asks for information about a "Ray Sutton." They claim he doesn't live there, but Klaus suggests that he must visit once a month - suggesting Ray is a werewolf. The blonde's housemate tries to run, but she is stopped at the door by Stefan. The girls give up Ray's location, but Klaus tells Stefan to kill the blonde quickly and make the runner suffer, before walking out of the house.
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In Tennessee, an attractive young blonde is calling for her dog in her front yard. Klaus shows up using a Southern accent to claim that his car broke down down the road and asks if he may use the phone. The woman is understandably suspicious, but Klaus compels her to invite him in. The two meet her housemate and he asks for information about a "Ray Sutton." They claim he doesn't live there, but Klaus suggests that he must visit once a month suggesting Ray is a werewolf. The blonde's housemate tries to run, but she is stopped at the door by Stefan. The girls give up Ray's location, but Klaus tells Stefan to kill the blonde quickly and make the runner suffer, before walking out of the house.
   
Stefan obliges, making Klaus smile at the screams as he walks away from the house. Back in Mystic Falls, we find out that Jeremy's working at the Mystic Grill now and it's also clear that some time has passed since the last season - Caroline calls Elena to chat about her 18th birthday party and it seems that Sheriff Forbes is helping them look for Stefan as she's passing on information about an animal attack in Memphis. We also discover that Alaric's been sleeping on Elena's couch for a while. Over at the Salvatore house, Damon's drinking champagne in a bubble bath, Andie's hanging around too.
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Stefan obliges, making Klaus smile at the screams as he walks away from the house. Back in Mystic Falls, we find out that Jeremy's working at the Mystic Grill now and it's also clear that some time has passed since the last season Caroline calls Elena to chat about her 18th birthday party and it seems that Sheriff Forbes is helping them look for Stefan as she's passing on information about an animal attack in Memphis. We also discover that Alaric's been sleeping on Elena's couch for a while. Over at the Salvatore house, Damon's drinking champagne in a bubble bath, Andie's hanging around too.
   
 
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Damon hears Elena arrive and gets out of the bathtub. Of course Elena is not too pleased to see Damon and throws him a towel (after he drawls: "You should learn to knock. What if I was indecent?") Elena passes on the news about Memphis, but Damon is dismissive, claiming it's just a dead end. He also bans Elena from checking it out, pointing out that Klaus still thinks she's dead. However, when Elena's gone we find out that Damon is looking for Stefan after all and what's more, he's using Andie's news skills to help out. She thinks she can help with Memphis and promises to get him an address. At the Mystic Grill, we find out that Bonnie's away with Family, but is staying in touch with Jeremy on the phone. But he hangs up when the lights start flickering, and then Vicki and Anna appear and disappear.
 
Damon hears Elena arrive and gets out of the bathtub. Of course Elena is not too pleased to see Damon and throws him a towel (after he drawls: "You should learn to knock. What if I was indecent?") Elena passes on the news about Memphis, but Damon is dismissive, claiming it's just a dead end. He also bans Elena from checking it out, pointing out that Klaus still thinks she's dead. However, when Elena's gone we find out that Damon is looking for Stefan after all and what's more, he's using Andie's news skills to help out. She thinks she can help with Memphis and promises to get him an address. At the Mystic Grill, we find out that Bonnie's away with Family, but is staying in touch with Jeremy on the phone. But he hangs up when the lights start flickering, and then Vicki and Anna appear and disappear.
   
Matt arrives in a bad mood to ask Jeremy to switch sections. He doesn't feel like waiting on Caroline and Tyler. Caroline also suggests that Tyler's mom kept eying her up when she was over. Over in Tennessee, Klaus and Stefan arrive at a bar to find Ray. Ray is suspicious and soon figures out that he's in the company of vampires (though Klaus takes great pleasure in announcing that he's a hybrid). Stefan's compelled everyone in the bar so Ray is all alone - and refusing to give up the location of his pack. Still, that doesn't bother Stefan, who menacingly suggests that they're going to play a drinking game - "truth or wolfsbane". Then Klaus grins that "this is going to be fun", the only problem is that Alaric and Damon are on their trail.
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Matt arrives in a bad mood to ask Jeremy to switch sections. He doesn't feel like waiting on Caroline and Tyler. Caroline also suggests that Tyler's mom kept eying her up when she was over. Over in Tennessee, Klaus and Stefan arrive at a bar to find Ray. Ray is suspicious and soon figures out that he's in the company of vampires (though Klaus takes great pleasure in announcing that he's a hybrid). Stefan's compelled everyone in the bar so Ray is all alone and refusing to give up the location of his pack. Still, that doesn't bother Stefan, who menacingly suggests that they're going to play a drinking game "truth or wolfsbane". Then Klaus grins that "this is going to be fun", the only problem is that Alaric and Damon are on their trail.
   
 
[[File:Girlstennesee.jpg|thumb|Damon and Alaric find two girls dead.]]
 
[[File:Girlstennesee.jpg|thumb|Damon and Alaric find two girls dead.]]
   
They arrive at the house from the beginning of the episode and Damon can get inside without being invited which is ominous. Sure enough, they find blood all over the walls and the two girls dead and sitting up. Damon knows it was Stefan - it's his signature to pass out from drinking so much blood, wake up feeling remorseful, and then put the bodies back together again. To prove his point, he gives one of the girls a bit of a kick on her leg and her head falls off. Damon wants to keep the vampire existence a secret, so he decides to burn the house down - but not before Alaric spots a trapdoor and discovers an underground room with chains and realizes werewolves have been around.
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They arrive at the house from the beginning of the episode and Damon can get inside without being invited which is ominous. Sure enough, they find blood all over the walls and the two girls dead and sitting up. Damon knows it was Stefan it's his signature to pass out from drinking so much blood, wake up feeling remorseful, and then put the bodies back together again. To prove his point, he gives one of the girls a bit of a kick on her leg and her head falls off. Damon wants to keep the vampire existence a secret, so he decides to burn the house down but not before Alaric spots a trapdoor and discovers an underground room with chains and realizes werewolves have been around.
   
 
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[[File:006296501f9.jpg|thumb|left|Stefan torturing Ray.]]
   
Back in the bar, Ray's being tortured, he's chained up and Stefan's throwing wolfsbane soaked darts at him. He's still refusing to give up details of his pack. Fortunately for Ray, he gets a slight reprieve when Klaus gets word that Damon has been sniffing around. Stefan promises to go and deal with it - and vows to return to Klaus. Over in Mystic Falls, Elena's annoyed with Damon for not looking for Stefan. Tyler is unhelpful by suggesting that Damon doesn't want to find Stefan because he has feelings for Elena, but Elena deals with it rather well. When she's gone, Tyler reveals that he's bringing a date to Elena's party - "Slutty Sophie", according to Caroline. Caroline's naturally a bit hurt by this, but she pretends that she's cool, they both admit that they are very "horny" because of their supernatural states.
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Back in the bar, Ray's being tortured, he's chained up and Stefan's throwing wolfsbane soaked darts at him. He's still refusing to give up details of his pack. Fortunately for Ray, he gets a slight reprieve when Klaus gets word that Damon has been sniffing around. Stefan promises to go and deal with it - and vows to return to Klaus. Over in Mystic Falls, Elena's annoyed with Damon for not looking for Stefan. Tyler is unhelpful by suggesting that Damon doesn't want to find Stefan because he has feelings for Elena, but Elena deals with it rather well. When she's gone, Tyler reveals that he's bringing a date to Elena's party "Slutty Sophie", according to Caroline. Caroline's naturally a bit hurt by this, but she pretends that she's cool, they both admit that they are very "horny" because of their supernatural states.
   
 
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* [[Joseph Morgan]] as [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus Mikaelson]]
 
* [[Joseph Morgan]] as [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus Mikaelson]]
 
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===Recurring Cast===
 
* [[Malese Jow]] as [[Annabelle|Anna]]
 
* [[David Gallagher]] as [[Ray Sutton]]
 
* [[Kayla Ewell]] as [[Vicki Donovan]]
 
   
 
===Guest Cast===
 
===Guest Cast===
* [[Dawn Olivieri]] as [[Andie Star]]
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* [[Dawn Olivieri]] as [[Andie Star]]
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* [[Malese Jow]] as [[Annabelle|Anna]] <small>(ghost)</small>
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* [[David Gallagher]] as [[Ray Sutton]]
 
* [[Season Three Co-Stars#The Birthday|Cherilyn Wilson]] as [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Samara]]
 
* [[Season Three Co-Stars#The Birthday|Cherilyn Wilson]] as [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Samara]]
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* [[Kayla Ewell]] as [[Vicki Donovan]] <small>(ghost)</small>
   
 
===Co-Starring===
 
===Co-Starring===
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* [[Season Three Co-Stars#The Birthday|Lilly Roberson]] as [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Sofie]]
 
* [[Season Three Co-Stars#The Birthday|Lilly Roberson]] as [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Sofie]]
 
* [[Season Three Co-Stars#The Birthday|Diany Rodriguez]] as [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Claudine]]
 
* [[Season Three Co-Stars#The Birthday|Diany Rodriguez]] as [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Claudine]]
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===Uncredited===
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*[[imdb:nm6278619|Te'Era Southerland]] as Compelled Girl
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Antagonists: [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus Mikaelson]] and [[Stefan Salvatore]].
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* [[Antagonists in Season 3|Antagonists]]: [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus Mikaelson]] and [[Stefan Salvatore]].
 
**This is the first episode since ''[[Miss Mystic Falls]]'' to feature Stefan as an antagonist.
 
**This is the first episode since ''[[Miss Mystic Falls]]'' to feature Stefan as an antagonist.
 
* This is the first episode of the first chapter of Season Three, '''The Ghosts Chapter'''.
 
* This is the first episode of the first chapter of Season Three, '''The Ghosts Chapter'''.
 
* There is a time jump from ''[[As I Lay Dying]]'' to this episode, with two months having passed, as confirmed by Damon in the episode.
 
* There is a time jump from ''[[As I Lay Dying]]'' to this episode, with two months having passed, as confirmed by Damon in the episode.
 
* [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] has started working at the [[Mystic Grill]] over the summer.
 
* [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] has started working at the [[Mystic Grill]] over the summer.
* [[Stefan]] hasn't been seen by any of the [[Mystic Falls]] residents since ''As I Lay Dying.''
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* [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] hasn't been seen by any of the [[Mystic Falls]] residents since ''As I Lay Dying''.
 
* A photograph of Jenna and Alaric can be seen in the [[Gilbert House]].
 
* A photograph of Jenna and Alaric can be seen in the [[Gilbert House]].
 
* [[Andie Star|Andie]] dies in this episode due to Stefan's [[Mind Compulsion|compulsion]], which causes her to purposely jump off of a scaffolding at the news station as a message to Damon to stop following him.
 
* [[Andie Star|Andie]] dies in this episode due to Stefan's [[Mind Compulsion|compulsion]], which causes her to purposely jump off of a scaffolding at the news station as a message to Damon to stop following him.
* This episode has many similarities with the'' ''episode,'' [[Pilot]]'':
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* This episode has many similarities with the episode,'' [[Pilot]]'':
 
** [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] stalks [[Andie Star|Andie]] before killing her, as [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]] did with [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] in the pilot (although he didn't kill her).
 
** [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] stalks [[Andie Star|Andie]] before killing her, as [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]] did with [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] in the pilot (although he didn't kill her).
** After [[Matt Donovan|Matt]] wishes Elena a happy birthday and ignores Caroline. She says "''He hates me,''" which is the same thing [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] said to Bonnie in the pilot about Matt. She also said that their breakup led him to using drugs, which is slightly similar to why [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] started doing drugs, as a way to deal with Vicki's death.
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** After [[Matt Donovan|Matt]] wishes Elena a happy birthday and ignores Caroline. She says ''"He hates me,"'' which is the same thing [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] said to Bonnie in the pilot about Matt. She also said that their breakup led him to using drugs, which is slightly similar to why [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] started doing drugs, as a way to deal with Vicki's death.
 
** After finally seeing Stefan after two months, he greets Damon with "''Hello, brother."'' Damon said this to Stefan in the pilot episode.
 
** After finally seeing Stefan after two months, he greets Damon with "''Hello, brother."'' Damon said this to Stefan in the pilot episode.
 
* [[Caroline and Tyler]] make love for the first time in this episode.
 
* [[Caroline and Tyler]] make love for the first time in this episode.
 
* At the end of the episode, [[Carol Lockwood]] coats Caroline's bag with [[vervain]] as a test to see if she's a [[vampire]]. When it burns Caroline's hands when she picks it up, Carol shoots her with vervain darts to incapacitate her.
 
* At the end of the episode, [[Carol Lockwood]] coats Caroline's bag with [[vervain]] as a test to see if she's a [[vampire]]. When it burns Caroline's hands when she picks it up, Carol shoots her with vervain darts to incapacitate her.
** It is revealed in the following two episodes that Carol called Caroline's father and [[Founder's Council]] member [[Bill Forbes]] to help her handle her "vampire problem."
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** It is revealed in the following two episodes that Carol called Caroline's father and [[Town Council|Founder's Council]] member [[Bill Forbes]] to help her handle her "vampire problem."
* This episode marks Klaus' first attempt to create a [[hybrid]]. However, this attempt is unsuccessful, although the reason as to why is not confirmed until ''[[The End of the Affair]]''-- ''he needs to feed the reawakened hybrids the [[blood]] of the [[human]] [[Petrova Family|Petrova]] [[doppelgänger]] to complete their transition.''
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* This episode marks Klaus' first attempt to create a [[hybrid]]. However, this attempt is unsuccessful, although the reason as to why is not confirmed until ''[[The End of the Affair]]'' -- ''he needs to feed the reawakened hybrids the [[blood]] of the [[human]] [[Petrova Family|Petrova]] [[doppelgänger]] to complete their transition.''
 
* This is the second episode to celebrate a birthday, the first being ''[[162 Candles]]'' (Stefan's birthday.)
 
* This is the second episode to celebrate a birthday, the first being ''[[162 Candles]]'' (Stefan's birthday.)
** There are also three more episodes celebrating birthdays following this one: the third is ''[[Our Town]] ''(Caroline's birthday), the fourth is [[Season Six]]'s ''[[Prayer For the Dying]]'' ([[Luke and Liv]]'s birthday) and the fifth is Season Six's ''[[The Day I Tried To Live]]'' (Bonnie's birthday.)
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** There are also three more episodes celebrating birthdays following this one: the third is ''[[Our Town]]'' (Caroline's birthday), the fourth is [[Season Six]]'s ''[[Prayer For the Dying]]'' ([[Luke and Liv]]'s birthday) and the fifth is Season Six's ''[[The Day I Tried To Live]]'' (Bonnie's birthday.)
 
* This is the first episode that Elena's birthday is celebrated.
 
* This is the first episode that Elena's birthday is celebrated.
 
* Since this is Elena's 18th birthday, she is now the sole, legal owner of [[Grayson's Clinic|the Gilbert Building]] until Jeremy turns 18.
 
* Since this is Elena's 18th birthday, she is now the sole, legal owner of [[Grayson's Clinic|the Gilbert Building]] until Jeremy turns 18.
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* It's revealed in ''[[Yellow Ledbetter]]'', the second episode of [[Season Six]] that it was at this party that Elena finally knew she was in love with Damon; specifically, when he returned [[Esther's Talisman|the necklace]] Stefan gave to her as a birthday gift, which showed her that he had the capacity to be selfless.
 
* It's revealed in ''[[Yellow Ledbetter]]'', the second episode of [[Season Six]] that it was at this party that Elena finally knew she was in love with Damon; specifically, when he returned [[Esther's Talisman|the necklace]] Stefan gave to her as a birthday gift, which showed her that he had the capacity to be selfless.
   
==Body Count==
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==Locations==
* [[Andie Star|Andie]] - killed by [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] <small>(through [[Mind Compulsion|compulsion]])</small>
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*[[Mystic Falls|Mystic Falls, Virginia]]
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**[[Gilbert House]]
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**[[Town Square]]
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**[[Salvatore Boarding House]]
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**[[Media in Mystic Falls#Television|WKPW9 studio]]
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**[[Lockwood Mansion]]
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*Tennessee
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**[[House in Tennessee|House]]
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**[[Southern Comfort]]
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==[[Season Three Body Count|Body Count]]==
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* [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Samara]] - Drained of blood; killed by [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]]
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* [[Season Three Minor Characters#The Birthday|Keisha]] - Drained of blood; killed by Stefan
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* [[Andie Star]] - killed by Stefan <small>(through [[Mind Compulsion|compulsion]])</small>
   
 
==Production Notes==
 
==Production Notes==
* First episode in which [[Sara Canning]] is not credited. This is the first season premiere to not feature Jenna.
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* From this episode onwards [[Sara Canning]] is no longer a main cast member. She was credited in every episode even when absent except ''[[Friday Night Bites]]''.
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* This is the first season premiere to not feature Jenna.
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* This is the first season premiere to feature [[Alaric Saltzman|Alaric]], [[Annabelle|Anna]], and [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]. It is the only season premiere thus far that both Alaric and Anna were in.
 
* This is the first season premiere to feature [[Alaric Saltzman|Alaric]], [[Annabelle|Anna]], and [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]. It is the only season premiere thus far that both Alaric and Anna were in.
* In Behind the Scenes photos for this episode, [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan's]] appearance in clothing is similar to that of [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]] in the start of [[Season One]] as that he is wearing all black clothing.
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* In Behind the Scenes photos for this episode, [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan']]s appearance in clothing is similar to that of [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]] in the start of [[Season One]] as that he is wearing all black clothing.
* There have been talks that the episode would be named ''"Bloody," ''but Zap2It [http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/the-vampire-diaries-season-3-first-look-damon-elena-and-alaric-pow-wow-outside-the-party.html revealed] on August 11, 2011 that the episode would be called ''The Birthday''.
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* There have been talks that the episode would be named ''"Bloody,"'' but Zap2It [http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/the-vampire-diaries-season-3-first-look-damon-elena-and-alaric-pow-wow-outside-the-party.html revealed] on August 11, 2011 that the episode would be called ''The Birthday''.
 
* [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] hasn't told anyone about seeing [[Annabelle|Anna]] and [[Vicki Donovan|Vicki]] yet, except for Matt, but Matt didn't take him seriously, saying that he often thinks he sees Vicki (his sister), too.
 
* [[Jeremy Gilbert|Jeremy]] hasn't told anyone about seeing [[Annabelle|Anna]] and [[Vicki Donovan|Vicki]] yet, except for Matt, but Matt didn't take him seriously, saying that he often thinks he sees Vicki (his sister), too.
* From this episode until [[Graduation (Episode)|''Graduation'']], [[Joseph Morgan]] ([[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]) is a series regular.
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* From this episode until ''[[Graduation (Episode)|Graduation]]'', [[Joseph Morgan]] ([[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]) is a series regular.
 
* This is also the first appearance of [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]] as a series regular (not counting his first three appearances were he was portrayed by [[Matthew Davis]]).
 
* This is also the first appearance of [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]] as a series regular (not counting his first three appearances were he was portrayed by [[Matthew Davis]]).
 
* This is the second season premiere to feature [[Carol Lockwood|Carol]]. The first was Season Two's ''[[The Return]]''.
 
* This is the second season premiere to feature [[Carol Lockwood|Carol]]. The first was Season Two's ''[[The Return]]''.
 
* This is the second season premiere to feature Vicki. The first was the [[Pilot|series premiere]] episode.
 
* This is the second season premiere to feature Vicki. The first was the [[Pilot|series premiere]] episode.
* This is the last episode of the series overall to be written by [[Kevin Williamson]]; he left the show soon after.
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* This is the last episode of the series to be written by [[Kevin Williamson]] until the [[Season Eight|final season]].
   
 
==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
* Jenna is seen through a photograph with Alaric. It was first seen in ''As I Lay Dying.'' She was last seen in ''[[The Sun Also Rises]]'' when Klaus staked her. 
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* Jenna is seen through a photograph with Alaric. It was first seen in ''As I Lay Dying''. She was last seen in ''[[The Sun Also Rises]]'' when Klaus staked her. 
 
* Andie Star was last seen in ''[[Klaus (Episode)|Klaus]]''.
 
* Andie Star was last seen in ''[[Klaus (Episode)|Klaus]]''.
* Klaus, Carol, Vicki and Anna were all last seen in ''As I Lay Dying.''
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* Klaus, Carol, Vicki and Anna were all last seen in ''As I Lay Dying''.
 
* This is the second season premiere in a row to feature Caroline in a cliffhanger. The first was ''[[The Return]]'' when Katherine smothers her with a pillow before becoming a vampire.
 
* This is the second season premiere in a row to feature Caroline in a cliffhanger. The first was ''[[The Return]]'' when Katherine smothers her with a pillow before becoming a vampire.
== Behind the Scenes==
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==Behind the Scenes==
 
* This episode was watched by 3.10 million viewers in the USA.
 
* This episode was watched by 3.10 million viewers in the USA.
   
==Quotes ==
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==Quotes==
:'''[[Alaric Saltzman|Alaric]]''': ''Hey Elena... Happy Birthday.   ''
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:'''[[Alaric Saltzman|Alaric]]''': ''Hey Elena... Happy Birthday.''
 
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:'''[[Damon Salvatore|Damon]]''': ''Morning. ''
 
:'''[[Damon Salvatore|Damon]]''': ''Morning. ''
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:'''[[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]''': (to Stefan) ''You never stop caring about family, do you? But every time you feed, the blood makes it easier to let go.''
 
:'''[[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]]''': (to Stefan) ''You never stop caring about family, do you? But every time you feed, the blood makes it easier to let go.''
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:'''[[Elena Gilbert|Elena]]''': (on the phone) ''Stefan, if this is you, you'll be okay. I love you, Stefan. Hold on to that. Never let that go.''
 
 
   
 
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Stefan, if this is you, you'll be okay. I love you, Stefan. Hold on to that. Never let that go.
Elena's call to Stefan

The Birthday is the first episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the forty-fifth episode of the series overall.

SummaryEdit

A NOT SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY — On the morning of Elena's 18th birthday, Caroline is busy planning a party, but Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan is. Damon is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus' attention. Meanwhile, Stefan and Klaus are busy trailing a werewolf named Ray Sutton. Now working at the Mystic Grill along with Matt, Jeremy is struggling to understand why he keeps seeing the ghosts of Vicki and Anna since he was brought back to life by Bonnie's magic. Meanwhile, Alaric does his best to watch over Elena and Jeremy while dealing with his grief over Jenna's death. Finally, Caroline and Tyler face a new and unexpected challenge.

PlotEdit

CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

Co-StarringEdit

UncreditedEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Antagonists: Klaus Mikaelson and Stefan Salvatore.
    • This is the first episode since Miss Mystic Falls to feature Stefan as an antagonist.
  • This is the first episode of the first chapter of Season Three, The Ghosts Chapter.
  • There is a time jump from As I Lay Dying to this episode, with two months having passed, as confirmed by Damon in the episode.
  • Jeremy has started working at the Mystic Grill over the summer.
  • Stefan hasn't been seen by any of the Mystic Falls residents since As I Lay Dying.
  • A photograph of Jenna and Alaric can be seen in the Gilbert House.
  • Andie dies in this episode due to Stefan's compulsion, which causes her to purposely jump off of a scaffolding at the news station as a message to Damon to stop following him.
  • This episode has many similarities with the episode, Pilot:
    • Stefan stalks Andie before killing her, as Damon did with Elena in the pilot (although he didn't kill her).
    • After Matt wishes Elena a happy birthday and ignores Caroline. She says "He hates me," which is the same thing Elena said to Bonnie in the pilot about Matt. She also said that their breakup led him to using drugs, which is slightly similar to why Jeremy started doing drugs, as a way to deal with Vicki's death.
    • After finally seeing Stefan after two months, he greets Damon with "Hello, brother." Damon said this to Stefan in the pilot episode.
  • Caroline and Tyler make love for the first time in this episode.
  • At the end of the episode, Carol Lockwood coats Caroline's bag with vervain as a test to see if she's a vampire. When it burns Caroline's hands when she picks it up, Carol shoots her with vervain darts to incapacitate her.
    • It is revealed in the following two episodes that Carol called Caroline's father and Founder's Council member Bill Forbes to help her handle her "vampire problem."
  • This episode marks Klaus' first attempt to create a hybrid. However, this attempt is unsuccessful, although the reason as to why is not confirmed until The End of the Affair -- he needs to feed the reawakened hybrids the blood of the human Petrova doppelgänger to complete their transition.
  • This is the second episode to celebrate a birthday, the first being 162 Candles (Stefan's birthday.)
  • This is the first episode that Elena's birthday is celebrated.
  • Since this is Elena's 18th birthday, she is now the sole, legal owner of the Gilbert Building until Jeremy turns 18.
  • This is the first season premiere to feature Klaus.
  • This episode wasn't on Elena's actual birthday, June 22.
  • It's revealed in Yellow Ledbetter, the second episode of Season Six that it was at this party that Elena finally knew she was in love with Damon; specifically, when he returned the necklace Stefan gave to her as a birthday gift, which showed her that he had the capacity to be selfless.

LocationsEdit

Body CountEdit

Production NotesEdit

  • From this episode onwards Sara Canning is no longer a main cast member. She was credited in every episode even when absent except Friday Night Bites.
  • This is the first season premiere to not feature Jenna.
  • This is the first season premiere to feature Alaric, Anna, and Klaus. It is the only season premiere thus far that both Alaric and Anna were in.
  • In Behind the Scenes photos for this episode, Stefan's appearance in clothing is similar to that of Damon in the start of Season One as that he is wearing all black clothing.
  • There have been talks that the episode would be named "Bloody," but Zap2It revealed on August 11, 2011 that the episode would be called The Birthday.
  • Jeremy hasn't told anyone about seeing Anna and Vicki yet, except for Matt, but Matt didn't take him seriously, saying that he often thinks he sees Vicki (his sister), too.
  • From this episode until Graduation, Joseph Morgan (Klaus) is a series regular.
  • This is also the first appearance of Klaus as a series regular (not counting his first three appearances were he was portrayed by Matthew Davis).
  • This is the second season premiere to feature Carol. The first was Season Two's The Return.
  • This is the second season premiere to feature Vicki. The first was the series premiere episode.
  • This is the last episode of the series to be written by Kevin Williamson until the final season.

ContinuityEdit

  • Jenna is seen through a photograph with Alaric. It was first seen in As I Lay Dying. She was last seen in The Sun Also Rises when Klaus staked her. 
  • Andie Star was last seen in Klaus.
  • Klaus, Carol, Vicki and Anna were all last seen in As I Lay Dying.
  • This is the second season premiere in a row to feature Caroline in a cliffhanger. The first was The Return when Katherine smothers her with a pillow before becoming a vampire.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • This episode was watched by 3.10 million viewers in the USA.

QuotesEdit

Alaric: Hey Elena... Happy Birthday.

Damon: Morning. 
Elena: Hey, I was gonna— (She looks up and sees Damon wet from a bath and wearing nothing but a towel as she turns around) OH!
Damon: Hey, you should learn to knock, what if I was... indecent?

Caroline: (about Matt) He thinks we're dating. 
Tyler: So does my mother.

Damon: Stefan, for sure.
Alaric: How do you know?  
Damon: It's his signature. It's the reason they call him "the Ripper." Feeds so hard he blacks out and rips them apart. But then, when he's done, he feels remorse. That's the damn thing... he put the bodies back together.
Alaric: (horrified) Back together?
Damon: Definitely Stefan.

Caroline: (to Tyler, when Elena's out of sight) Just because I tell you things doesn't mean you're allowed to know them!

Stefan: My brother still on our trail?
Klaus: He's getting closer, I'm gonna have to deal with that.
Stefan: No, no no. Let me handle that.
Klaus: Why should I let you leave?
Stefan: Cause you know I'll come back.
Klaus: Do I?
Stefan: You saved my brother's life, I'm at you're service.
Klaus: Aah, you make it all sound so tedious. Aren't you even having the least bit of fun?
Stefan: I'll make sure that my brother doesn't bother us any more.

Caroline: (about Matt) He hates me. His hatred of me has driven him to drugs!
Elena: He doesn't hate you, he hates that he's not with you.

Damon: Well, hold the fort down, will ya?
Alaric: You mean the fort full of my drunken history students?
Damon: Drink more, you'll feel less weird. 

Elena: I think I'm gonna pass on the whole cake-thing.
Caroline: What? No, no way, no! It's your birthday! You know it's the dawn of a new day, and you can't get on with your life until you have made a wish and blown out the candles.
Elena: Is that what you all want me to do? Just get on with my life?

Elena: (to Caroline) I'm not going to give up on finding Stefan.

Elena: (to Caroline about Stefan) You want me to make a wish? I just wanna know that he's alive. That's it! That's my wish.

Damon: Stefan.
Stefan: Hello, Brother.
Damon: You don't write, you don't call.
Stefan: I need you to stop following me. It's causing some... problems.
Damon: With who? Klaus? I'm supposed to care what he thinks?
Stefan: What you're supposed to do is let me go.
Damon: I saw your latest artwork in Tennessee. You're walking a fine line there, my friend. Keep that up and there will be no saving you.
Stefan: See, the thing is, I don't need any saving. I just want you to let me go.

Stefan: (to Damon) Let. Me. Go.

Elena: We're supposed to be in this together. Why didn't you tell me that you've been tracking Klaus' victims?
Damon: Because they're not Klaus' victims, Elena, they're Stefan's.
Elena: What?
Damon: He's left a trail of body parts up and down the eastern seaboard.

Klaus: (to Stefan) You never stop caring about family, do you? But every time you feed, the blood makes it easier to let go.

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SoundtrackEdit

Last.fm_play.png "Are We There Yet" – Ingrid Michaelson
Last.fm_play.png "What You Know" – Two Door Cinema Club
Last.fm_play.png "Barton Hollow" – The Civil Wars
Last.fm_play.png "Means To An End" – Trent Dabbs
Last.fm_play.png "Make It Without You" – Andrew Belle
Last.fm_play.png "Hello" – Martin Solveig and Dragonette


Last.fm_play.png "Shooting The Moon" – Mona
Last.fm_play.png "Hawk Eyes" – The Kicks
Last.fm_play.png "Anna Sun" – Walk The Moon
Last.fm_play.png "Starpusher" – Location Location
Last.fm_play.png "You Make Me Feel" – Cobra Starship
Last.fm_play.png "A Drop In The Ocean" – Ron Pope


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