Do you want to know what I would write? "I met a girl. We talked. It was epic. But then the sun came up and reality set in. Well, this is reality. Right here."
Stefan to Elena

The Night of the Comet is the second episode of the first season of The Vampire Diaries and the second episode of the series overall.


ELENA MEETS DAMON AND LEARNS ABOUT STEFAN'S PAST LOVE — As Mystic Falls prepares for a festival to celebrate the passing of a comet, Vicki is in the hospital recovering from the attack that she can barely remember. Stefan goes to the hospital and tries to use his abilities to make sure Vicki doesn't remember what really happened, his attempt is cut short when Vicki’s brother Matt arrives. Jeremy continues to struggle at school and with his feelings for Vicki. At a parent-teacher conference, Mr. Tanner makes Jenna feel that she is failing as a surrogate parent, especially when it comes to Jeremy. Elena decides to go to the Salvatore house to meet Stefan, but finds his charming brother Damon instead. Damon reveals some surprising information about Stefan’s past and when Stefan arrives home, Elena is confused and embarrassed when she realizes that he isn't happy to see her there. Meanwhile, Vicki’s memory of the attack begins to come back to her. 



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonist: Damon Salvatore.
  • This was the first episode to show witch powers used, not counting Bonnie's vision in the Pilot episode.
  • This episode establishes that it's the third day school by Mr. Tanner telling Jenna that it's only the third day school and Jeremy has already skipped classes and gotten into trouble.
    • This indicates that the episode takes place on September 10, 2009. The same date as the series premiere.
  • The "previously" sequence hints at Elena and Stefan's first encounter when he saved her after her parents' car went over Wickery Bridge. After Elena tells Stefan that they have history class together, it cuts to her revealing her parents' accident and how she survived.
  • Compulsion is used for the first time in the series, by both Stefan and Damon on Vicki following her attack.
    • It's revealed that if a vampire isn't strong enough, particularly if they do not partake in drinking human blood, then their compulsion and other vampire abilities will not work properly.
  • Elena and Stefan have their first kiss in this episode.
  • Elena and Damon meet for the second time at the Salvatore Boarding House, though as far as Elena is concerned this is their first meeting.
    • It's revealed in a flashback in the The Departed, that they first met the night that Elena's parents died, (May 23, 2009), right before they got into their car accident.
  • All main characters were present in this episode.
  • Damon begins his abusive relationship with Caroline in this episode.
    • He also demonstrated questionable behavior when he purposely scared Vicki with the intention of manipulating his brother into feeding on her. However, Stefan called his bluff, and Damon compelled Vicki to forget their encounter. After the debacle, Damon claims he is going to stay in town for a while.

Book References


Body Count

Production Notes

Cultural References


  • Although she was unseen until BloodlinesAnna arrives in town in this episode.
  • Elena meets Damon for the second time. The first time was just a few hours before her parents were killed in the car accident. Damon compelled her to forget their first meeting.
    • As shown in The Departed, Elena believed that this was this first time she ever met Damon until Growing Pains during her transition, when everything she had been compelled to forget had returned to her memory.
  • Kelly Donovan, Matt and Vicki's mother, is mentioned for the first time in this episode.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.78 million viewers in USA, which was 1.13 million less than the previous episode.
  • The Night of the Comet refers to the event of a comet over Mystic Falls that has not occurred in a century and a half.


Elena: "Dear diary, this morning is different. There's change. I can sense it. Feel it."
Stefan: "I'm awake. For the first time in a long time, I feel completely and undeniably wide awake'"
Elena: "For once, I don't regret the day before it begins."
Stefan: "I welcome the day."
Elena/Stefan: "Because I know..."
Stefan: "I will see her again."
Elena: "I will see him again. For the first time in a long time, I feel good."

Jenna: "Do I look adult? As in respectfully parental?"
Elena: "Depends where you're going."
Jenna: "Jeremy's parent-teacher conference. Hair up or down?"
Elena: "Sexy stewardess, boozy housewife."
Jenna: "Up it is. You're feisty today."
Elena: "I feel good, which is rare, so I've decided to go with it. Fly free, walk on sunshine, and all that stuff."

Caroline: "I'm confused. Are you psychic or clairvoyant?"
Bonnie: "Technically, Grams says I'm a witch. My ancestors were these really cool Salem witch-chicks or something. Grams tried to explain it all, but she was looped on the liquor so I kinda tuned out. Crazy family? Yes. Witches? I don't think so."
Caroline: "Yeah, well, feel free to conjure up the name and number of that guy from last night."

Elena: "I got home tonight, planning on doing what I always do-- write in my diary, like I have been since my mom gave me one when I was ten. So, I get everything out, every feeling, and it all goes in this little book I hide on the second shelf behind this really hideous ceramic mermaid. But then, I realized I'd be writing things I should probably tell you."
Stefan: "What would you write?"
Elena: "I would write "Dear Diary. Today I convinced myself it was okay to give up. Don't take risks. No drama, now is just not the time." But my reasons aren't reasons, they're excuses. All I'm doing is hiding from the truth and the truth is... I'm scared, Stefan. I'm that if I let myself be happy for even one moment the world's just gonna come crashing down and I don't know if I can survive that."
Stefan: "Do you wanna know what I would write? 'I met a girl. We talked. It was epic. Then the sun came up and reality set in.' Well, this is reality, right here."

Elena: "Vicki's lucky that she's okay."
Matt: "I know. And now there's talk of some missing campers."
Elena: "Did she say what kind of animal it was that attacked her?"
Matt: "She said it was a vampire."

Damon: "You must be Elena. I'm Damon, Stefan's brother."
Elena: "He didn't tell me he had a brother."
Damon: "Well, Stefan's not one to brag."

Damon: "It's good to be home. I think I might stay a while. This town could use a bit of a wake-up call, don't you think?"
Stefan: "What are you up to, Damon?"
Damon: "That's for me to know and for you to dot, dot, dot. Give Elena my best."



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Last.fm_play.png "Closer to Love" – Mat Kearney
Last.fm_play.png "Hang You from the Heavens" – The Dead Weather
Last.fm_play.png "Heavy Cross" – Gossip
Last.fm_play.png "I'm An Animal" – Neko Case

Last.fm_play.png "I Get Around" – Dragonette
Last.fm_play.png "Conductor" – We Were Promised Jetpacks
Last.fm_play.png "Mud" – Peaches
Last.fm_play.png "Interloper" – Earlimart
Last.fm_play.png "Gravity" – Sara Bareilles


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