• Genre: Drama
  • Air date: Nov 29, 2012
  • Network: CW





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My Brother's Keeper

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My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper is the seventh episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the seventy-third episode of the series.


THE MISS MYSTIC FALLS PAGEANT - Caroline does her best to be there for Stefan and Elena in a tough time. Damon tries to convince Stefan to help him to uncover Professor Shane's motives, but Stefan is intent on carrying out a different plan with Klaus. At the annual Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Elena and Caroline give April advice on which dress to wear while Tyler and Hayley work together on a secret project and Damon confronts Professor Shane with his suspicions. Alarmed by the vivid nightmares he's having, Jeremy turns to Matt for help, but the situation escalates sooner than anyone expected.


Main Cast

  • Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert
  • Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
  • Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
  • Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert
  • Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett 
  • Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan
  • Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes
  • Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood
  • Joseph Morgan as Niklaus Mikaelson
  • Recurring Cast

  • Susan Walters as Carol Lockwood
  • Grace Phipps as April Young
  • Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley Marshall
  • David Alpay as Atticus Shane
  • Alyssa Diaz as Kimberley
  • Co-Starring

  • Gabrielle Douglas as Girl
  • Maurice Johnson as Police Officer
  • Joshua Mikel as Patient
  • Trivia

  • Antagonists: Atticus Shane and Jeremy Gilbert.
  • Elena finally tells Damon how she feels for him and they make love to each other in this episode for the first time. 
  • This is the first episode shown where Stefan turns a human into a vampire.
  • Caroline's date is Klaus because she convinced him to sacrifice one of his hybrids in order to stop Elena's hallucinations by agreeing to go on a date with Klaus. In the end, she seems to enjoy it. 
  • Tyler's date is Hayley.
  • Damon reveals himself as a vampire to Professor Shane, though Damon assumes that Shane already knew.
  • Caroline urges Stefan to keep finding the cure for Elena.
  • Jeremy attacks Elena and Stefan.
  • This is the only time Jeremy tries to kill his sister/cousin Elena.
  • Stefan and Caroline make an important discovery (Elena's sire bond to Damon).
  • April is chosen to be the new Miss Mystic Falls, thus taking Caroline's crown.
  • Hayley is revealed to be secretly working with Shane and that he wants all the hybrids free from their sire bonds for what's to come.
  • Jeremy makes his second kill as a vampire hunter.
  • Matt moves in with Jeremy, Elena moves in with Damon and Stefan moves in with Caroline.
  • This episode Klaus revealed the only time he wanted to be human.
  • Bonnie does not appear in this episode.
  • This is the first time that Susan Walters is credited as a Guest Star, instead of a Co-Star.
  • Body count: Unidentified hospital patient
  • This episode had about 2.86 million viewers in the USA.
  • Tropes

  • Kimberley complains why the transformations have to be so painful!
  • Unlike Tyler who always looses his clothes during transformation, Kimberly got to keep her Magic Pants (just like Hulk!)
  • By wearing the Red Dress, April presents herself like a sexy woman, instead of a child. Her dress follows all the tradition to the dot: it's strapless, long, slinky and very flattering . It's supposed to make her three times sexier than any other women around. This may be the reason why Caroline did not want her to wear red, and why Damon recommended it. A more traditional approach would be for her to wear Pink .
  • A Blue Dress is supposed to represent femininity, a sign that she is fair and gentle. Blue represents serenity, peace, calmness - but it could also represent loneliness and sadness. That may be the reason April does not want to wear blue.
  • Although long dresses are the norm at an event like this, Caroline, Elena and Hayley all wear Form Fitting Clothes .
  • Cultural References

  • The title comes from a Bible Quotation: after Cain kills his brother Abel, God asks Cain where is his brother. He answers: "I know not. Am I my brother's keeper ?"
  • It is also the title of a 1953 novel written by Marcia Davenport , loosely inspired on the true story of the Collyer Brothers. Both were found dead inside their home on 5th Avenue, that was filled with tons of books, furniture, musical instruments that both collected during their lives. According to diaries that were found in the house, both were attracted by the same opera singer, and when she became pregnant, she could not tell who was the father. Bit by bit they withdraw to a life of bitterness and resentment against each other.
  • Caroline is Stefan's Sober Sponsor , as if he were on a 12 Step Program like Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Damon invites Stefan to  Brother bond over some Tri Delts - meaning Sorority Girls .
  • Elena calls Shane a Jack of All Trades : someone who has many skills and is able to bring different disciplines together in a practical manner.
  • Continuity

  • This will be the return of the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, first and last featured in the Season One episode, Miss Mystic Falls.
  • It is mentioned several times that Caroline is the reigning Miss Mystic Falls.
  • Two mirror scenes from Season One:
  • Despite Caroline affirming that "Damon is always wrong", he was right that Elena wore the blue dress last year and lost the contest. He suggests the red dress - and April wins the crown.
  • Damon tells Shane he is looking for a Hunter for companionship, a drinking buddy. It's a double reference to Alaric "hunter by day, vampire hunter by night'" or later in the series "vampire hunter/drinking buddy".
  • Elena tells Stefan her old self died at Wickery Bridge. In Our Town, after Stefan almost turned her into a vampire, Elena came to the conclusion she had to let the "old Elena"  go.
  • Carol was last seen in The Rager.
  • The break-up between Elena and Stefan is mentioned by Stefan (twice).
  • Pastor Young was mentioned by Damon (4 times) and Jeremy (once). He was last seen in Growing Pains when he and the rest of the Council have died from the explosion (also Damon mentioned it twice and it was once mentioned by Jeremy).
  • Connor was mentioned by Matt, Damon Jeremy, Elena and Stefan. He was last seen in We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes as a hallucination.
  • Alaric was mentioned by Jeremy. He was last seen in Memorial as a ghost.
  • A member of The Five carving the symbol of the brotherhood into a stake was last seen in The Rager.
  • April is seen wearing Jeremy's vervain bracelet in this episode. It was first seen in The Killer when Jeremy gave it to her.
  • Locations

  • Mystic Falls, Virginia
  • Other
  • Behind the Scenes

  • This episode aired after a one week hiatus for Thanksgiving, after We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes.
  • Behind-the-scenes and sneak peek footage of Olympian Gabby Douglas's guest spot.
  • Gabby Douglas is one of the attendees messing with the floral arrangements.
  • This episode's name is the same name of a scene from Freddy vs Jason.
  • References

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