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Daddy Issues is the thirteenth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-fifth episode of the series.
CHOOSING SIDES - John Gilbert's return to Mystic Falls comes as an unhappy surprise to Elena, Jenna and Damon. Caroline lets Stefan know about her conversation with Tyler, and Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused and conflicted Tyler. Jeremy comforts Bonnie after her disturbing conversation with Jonas. When Jules takes a hostage, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation.
Main CastNina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert/Katherine PiercePaul Wesley as Stefan SalvatoreIan Somerhalder as Damon SalvatoreSteven R. McQueen as Jeremy GilbertSara Canning as Jenna SommersKaterina Graham as Bonnie BennettCandice Accola as Caroline ForbesZach Roerig as Matt DonovanMichael Trevino as Tyler LockwoodMatt Davis as Alaric Saltzman
Recurring CastDavid Anders as John GilbertMichaela McManus as JulesRandy J. Goodwin as Jonas MartinStephen Amell as BradyDawn Olivieri as Andie StarSusan Walters as Carol Lockwood
Co-StarringJoel Rogers as PastorMichael L. Covington as Chance
TriviaAntagonist: Jules.Parts of this episode were filmed on Ian Somerhalder's birthday.This is the fifth episode to include all the main characters. The previous 4 episodes are Plan B, Masquerade, The Sacrifice and By the Light of the Moon.This episode marks a great change in Tyler's character.Caroline recovers from a gunshot wound to the head. This is the first time we see that vampires can regenerate brain tissue.Jenna finally learns that John is Elena's biological father in this episode.This is the first episode where Jonas appears without Luka in it.This is the first episode where werewolves are seen in a pack.This is the first episode this season featuring Elena, Bonnie and Caroline together as friends, something that hasn't been shown since season 1.Near the end of the episode, Elena closes the fridge and John appears behind it, scaring her. Something like this happened in Founder's Day, when John closed the fridge and Katherine appeared, scaring him.Jules meets Caroline and talks to Stefan (through Tyler's cell phone) in this episode.
Cultural ReferencesThe expression Daddy Issues refers to when a woman has a messed up relationship with her father, or the father was absent during childhood. This episode Elena has to deal with her relationship with John, whom she always hated, but who is her biological father.Daddy Issues is the name of a song by Lana Del Ray.
Behind the ScenesThis episode had about 3.20 million viewers in USA which was 0.26 million less than the previous episode.