I don't much like you, either, if we're going to be open. And frankly, I'd be happy to see you dead but if we're going to try to take on Klaus, we kind of need you to be alive. So I'm not a threat to you, Elena. If any of you are going to believe anything, believe that.

The House Guest is the sixteenth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-eighth episode of the series overall.


A NIGHT OF CONFESSIONS - Katherine's mind games are getting on everyone's nerves, but Damon, Stefan and Elena realize that her knowledge of Mystic Falls history will help them stay alive. Frustrated with her relationship with Matt, Caroline finds a new way to get his attention. Alaric makes a surprising confession to Jenna, and Katherine makes a different kind of confession to Damon. Stefan and Bonnie try to convince Jonas and Luka that they should all be working together, but Jonas' lack of trust leads to violent and fiery confrontation.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast





Body Count


  • Tyler does not appear in this episode.
  • Caroline was last seen in Crying Wolf.
  • At the end Isobel comes back. Her last appearance was in Isobel, a gap of 18 episodes. She was uncredited for this appearance, in order to keep her return a surprise to viewers.
  • This episode reveals Emily Bennett's fate immediately following the vampire round-up in Mystic Falls in 1864, during which time Emily used her talisman and the passing comet to seal the vampires in the tomb to protect them from being burned to death, and also helped Stefan and Damon through their transition into vampires.
    • As it turned out, Katherine outed Emily as a witch to the Founder's Council before she fled town, and as a result, Emily was symbolically burned alive shortly afterward at the witch burial ground where one hundred of her witch ancestors had been burned before her.
  • Caroline confesses to Matt that she is a vampire in this episode after he was injured and needed her blood to save his life. She died with vampire blood in her system after being killed by Katherine in The Return and transitioned into a vampire in Brave New World.
    • Upon learning that Caroline is a vampire, Matt remembers that Vicki mentioned that she was attacked by a vampire in the Pilot after being fed on in the woods by Damon, and he assumes that Caroline must have been the vampire who killed her. In reality, Damon turned Vicki into a vampire in Lost Girls, and she was subsequently killed by Stefan in Haunted to stop her from killing Elena and Jeremy.

Cultural References

  • The Notebook is a romantic film, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.
  • The House Guest is a 1995 film about a small time crook who poses as family's friend to escape persecution. Katherine usually passes as Elena, and is hiding in the Salvatore's house to escape Klaus.
  • House Guests is the name of an early 1970's American funk group.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.99 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.08 million less than the previous episode.
  • From this episode onwards, Kat Graham is credited as such ('Kat Graham').


Elena: (about Katherine) "What is she doing here?"
Damon: "When we killed Elijah, it broke the compulsion and freed the bitch from the tomb."

Damon: "It's some kind of crazy-ass psychic witch-attack!"

Damon: "Katherine, there are six other bedrooms in this house. Go find one."

Jenna: "Tonight, I have traded you for Señor Tequila."
Alaric: "Yeah, well Señor Tequila’s not gonna treat you very well."
Jenna: "Well, the two of you have a lot in common."



Last.fm_play.png "Epiphany" – Angel Taylor
Last.fm_play.png "I'll Take The Bullet" – s.o.stereo
Last.fm_play.png "Eternal Flame" – Candice Accola with s.o.stereo
Last.fm_play.png "Hello Miss Heels" – s.o.stereo.
Last.fm_play.png "Broken Strings" – James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado


See also

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