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The Mystic Grill's Ben (Sean Faris) comes to Bonnie's aid. Damon and Stefan accompany Elena to a school dance with a 1950s theme. Alaric (Matt Davis) introduces himself to Damon


Liz Friedlander


Kevin Williamson (developed for television by), Julie Plec (developed for television by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
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
Michael Trevino ... Tyler Lockwood (credit only)
Matthew Davis ... Alaric Saltzman (as Matt Davis)
Melise ... Anna Zhu (as Malese Jow)
Dillon Casey ... Noah
Sean Faris ... Ben McKittrick
Joey Nappo ... Kid


Damon, Elena and Stefan attend a school dance with a 1950s' theme, where Alaric introduces himself to Damon whom he suspects is the vampire that killed his wife. Stefan and Damon try to figure out the identity of the new vampire in town who is now stalking Elena in which Stefan gives Elena jewelry filled with Vervain to protect her family and friends while she continues to investigate her true origins. Meanwhile, Matt takes a job at the Mystic Grill as a busboy to make ends meet where he has a run-in with Caroline who becomes more smitten with him. The bartender of the Mystic Grill, Ben, comes to help Bonnie when he notices that Damon is bothering her. Elsewhere, Anna continues hanging around Jeremy to get information about the Gilbert family journal which lands in the hands of Alaric who has plans of his own... as does Anna. Written by matt-282

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The title of this episode is a play on words to "Pleasantville", starring Reese Witherspoon and Toby Maguire (1998), including the 50s decade dance. See more »


Matt Donovan: [painting banner for the dance] I've never seen you such a mess.
Caroline Forbes: [giggly] Don't talk smack.
[dabs him with paintbrush]
Matt Donovan: [playfully aiming at her face as she reels back laughing] I mean, I just thought you told everyone else what to do.
Caroline Forbes: Well, I do that too. But if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself.
[smiles as she looks at him]
Caroline Forbes: You know, I just like that we're hanging out. Who knew, you and me?
Matt Donovan: Well, who knew you could be fun?
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References Pleasantville (1998) See more »


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the first of quite a few school dances
14 December 2020 | by jackDee-56565See all my reviews

A great episode with Damon and stefan defending Elena from a unknown vampire, I enjoyed the characters interacting with Alaric aswell

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28 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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