The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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Family Ties 

Stefan escorts Elena to the town's Founder's Party. At the party, Damon tells Elena a story about the Salvatore family, leaving Elena with questions Stefan refuses to answer.


Guy Ferland


Kevin Williamson (developed for television by), Julie Plec (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Dobrev ... Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley ... Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder ... Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen ... Jeremy Gilbert
Sara Canning ... Jenna Sommers
Kat Graham ... Bonnie Bennett (as Katerina Graham)
Candice King ... Caroline Forbes (as Candice Accola)
Zach Roerig ... Matt Donovan (credit only)
Kayla Ewell ... Vicki Donovan
Michael Trevino ... Tyler Lockwood
Chris Johnson ... Logan Fell
Chris William Martin ... Zach Salvatore
Marguerite MacIntyre ... Sheriff Liz Forbes
Robert Pralgo ... Mayor Lockwood (as Rob Pralgo)
Susan Walters ... Carol Lockwood


Elena asks a reluctant Stefan to go with her to the annual Founder's Day dance. Vicki gets Tyler to ask her, but later accuses him of hiding their drug-induced relationship from his Mother. Meanwhile, Zach reveals a family secret to Stefan. Damon finally tells Elena the secret history about the Salvatore family and how she is the dead-splitting image of Stefan's lost love. Stefan tries to get Damon out of his life for good without giving away Damon's (or his) secret. Also, Elena thinks that Caroline is being abused by Damon when she sees the bite marks on her neck and tries to get her some help. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

1 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode marks the first appearance of Marguerite MacIntyre as Caroline's mother, Sheriff Liz Forbes. Marguerite MacIntyre also stars as Kyle's adoptive mother, Nicole Trager, on Kyle XY. This is probably because both Brian Young(Executive Producer/Writer on The Vampire Diaries) and Julie Plec(Executive Producer/Writer on The Vampire Diaries) worked on Kyle XY together as writers and producers. See more »


Carol Lockwood calls Mayor Richard Lockwood "Charles" in the grill. She says "Charles, Founder's Party, focus." See more »


Caroline Forbes: Why don't you sparkle?
Damon Salvatore: Because I live in the real world where vampires burn in the sun.
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References Twilight (2008) See more »


Theme from The Vampire Diaries
Composed by Michael Suby
Performed by Michael Suby
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Party and Families
12 July 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Mystic Falls is near to the Founder's party at the mayor's house and the teenagers are inviting their friends to go to the party. Elena has a weird dream with Stefan and Damon, and later she invites Stefan to be her date. She delivers antiques that belong to her family to Tyler's mother Carol to be exhibited at the party and per her mother's wish. Stefan is too weak to face his brother, but his nephew Zach shows him a hidden place in his house with a secret plantation that may weaker Damon. Vicky goes to the party with Tyler but he hides her from his parents. Damon poisons Elena against Stefan and then he steals a kind of glass hidden in a box. Soon Elena finds the bite marks on the neck and shoulder of Caroline and Elena believes that Caroline is being abused by Damon. When Damon decides to kill Caroline, something happens with him.

"Family Ties" is so far the best episode of The Vampire Diaries, with new situations and promising sequel with the revelation that some people in Mystic Falls believe that the vampires are back. The weakest part again is the love triangle among Jeremy, Vicky and Tyler. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil: "Family Ties"

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