• Genre: Drama
  • Air date: Jan 31, 2013
  • Network: CW





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A View to a Kill

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A View to a Kill

A View to a Kill is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the seventy-eighth episode of the series.


DANGEROUS LIAISONS - When Rebekah turns down Klaus' plea to stop Kol and to protect Jeremy, Klaus turns to Stefan for help. After an angry confrontation with her father, Mayor Hopkins, over his unconventional approach to ending the violence in Mystic Falls, Bonnie has a frightening run-in with Kol, followed by an unexpected visitor. Klaus complicates the already tense feelings between Stefan and Damon by revealing a bit of Stefan's personal life, then surprises Damon by asking for personal advice. Elena tells Stefan about her dangerous plan for Jeremy, leaving Stefan in a difficult spot. When the high school's 1980s Decade Dance is cancelled by Mayor Hopkins, Stefan finds a charming way to make it up to a disappointed Rebekah.


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

  • Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson
  • Nathaniel Buzolic as Kol Mikaelson
  • Rick Worthy as Rudy Hopkins
  • Guest Cast

  • Persia White as Abby Bennett Wilson
  • Trivia

  • Antagonists: Kol Mikaelson and Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • Kol appears in this episode, making this the second time he has appeared in 3 straight episodes.
  • Kol's vampire visage is seen for the first time.
  • This marks the first time Caroline is absent for two episodes in a row. She was, however, mentioned by Bonnie, Klaus and Damon, in this episode.
  • Katherine Pierce was mentioned by Jeremy when he suggests everyone go into hiding like her if the plan to find the cure fails miserably.
  • Klaus threatened to burn down the Gilbert house; in the previous episode, he suggested Kol would attempt this, Elena would later do this following Jeremy's death.
  • Vervain is put into the town's water supply by Rudy. Previously, Caroline's father Bill wanted this done.
  • Jeremy's Hunter's Mark is completed due to killing off Kol's bloodline.
  • Damon's compulsion ends with Kol's death.
  • This episode marks the death of a third Original.
  • This is the first episode to feature all three members of the Bennett Family: Rudy, Abby and Bonnie.
  • Kol enter the Gilbert House twice in this episode.
  • This episode marks the first time Klaus enters the Gilbert House.
  • Kol speaks to Bonnie for the first time in this episode, though they saw each other prior, in After School Special.
  • This episode featured the first decade dance to be cancelled on-screen.
  • When Kol says he can't kill Jeremy with his own two hands or he'll suffer the hunter's curse, he says "hands" in an Australian accent, rather than his normal English one. This variance can be justified as a result of Kol's world travels, (though it is actually a minor slip by Nathaniel Buzolic, who was born in Australia) .
  • Body Count

  • Kol Mikaelson - staked, killed by Jeremy Gilbert.
  • Continuity

  • Abby was last seen in Season Three's Before Sunset.
  • Katherine was mentioned by Jeremy. She was last seen in We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes during Elena's hallucinations.
  • This is the first episode since his introduction that doesn't feature Atticus Shane.
  • Rebekah mentions to Klaus about being daggered by him, which was seen in The Five.
  • Klaus, Stefan, Damon and Rebekah all mention the events from Catch Me If You Can.
  • Kol mentions about "Denver" and "batting cages", which was first seen in Heart of Darkness.
  • Carol Lockwood was mentioned by Damon. She was killed by Klaus in O Come, All Ye Faithful.
  • Lexi was mentioned by Stefan. She was last in We'll Always Have Bourbon Street via flashbacks.
  • Finn was mentioned by Bonnie. He was killed by Matt in The Murder of One.
  • Kol first took possession of the White Oak Stake in After School Special.
  • The dagger Rebekah has was the one she was daggered by in The Five and last seen when she threatened Kol in Catch Me If You Can.
  • The town's supply of vervain was destroyed in Growing Pains but was brought back to a degree in this episode with Rudy filling the town's water supply with vervain.
  • The last decade dance, which was the 1920s dance, was seen in Do Not Go Gentle.
  • Although he told Elena that his fling with Rebekah in Dangerous Liaisons had nothing to do with her, Damon admits to Stefan that it was in fact "revenge sex".
  • Locations

  • Mystic Falls, Virginia
  • Behind the Scenes

  • This episode marks the first appearance of Abby Bennett Wilson in the fourth season.
  • This episode had about 2.57 million viewers in the USA which was 0.14 million less than the previous episode.
  • Cultural References

  • A View to a Kill is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series and the seventh and last Bond film to star Roger Moore. It's also the title of a stand alone single by Duran Duran which was also in the same movie.
  • Bonnie mentions that she only made 89 red balloons which is a reference to "Nena's song 99 Luftballons".
  • Shoulder pads were considered by many the worst fashion offense of the '80s. Love them or hate them, they practically define much of the '80s pop fashion.
  • Xbox - Microsoft's game console.
  • Xbox brains - there is a misconception that people who play too much video games have shorter attention spans and can't concentrate on anything for longer than 10 minutes. Other people blame it on TV - 10 minutes is usually the interval between two sets of commercial breaks.
  • Mary Sue -  A character who is created to be admired, envied or pitied rather than empathized. It is often a fanfiction author's avatar. The fictional universe bends around Mary Sue - all the other characters are obsessed with her.
  • Kol said: "They said if Silas rises, he'll unleash hell on Earth. I happen to like Earth just the way it is." This almost the same that Spike tells Buffy when they team up to foil Angelus in the end of Season Two of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike: We like to talk big... vampires do. "I'm going to destroy the world." That's just tough-guy talk. Strutting around with your friends over a pint of blood. The truth is, I like this world. You've got...dog racing, Manchester United. And you've got people. Billions of people walking around like Happy Meals with legs.
  • The Cure - English band formed in 1976. Considered Pop-Punk reached the apex of success in 1987 with the album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.
  •  Lloyd Dobler - John Cusack 's character in the 1989 movie Say Anything....
  • Boombox - popular name of a large cassette player with two loudspeakers. They packed loud music into a "portable" (for the time) device. Some were as big as a small suitcase - but they still could be carried around and operated in batteries.
  • The Princess Bride - 1987 romantic comedy adventure by Rob Reiner. It's often listed as one of 100 best movies and is considered a Cult Movie .
  • Breakfast Club -  1985 coming of age movie directed by John Hughes. Considered one of the best high school movies of all times. This movie featured corridor surfing.
  • Corsage - a small bouquet used on a woman's dress or wrist. In the USA it is customary for a man to buy his date a corsage.
  • Rebekah's outfit at the dance is somewhat reminiscent of many worn by Cindy Lauper around the time of her 1983 debut album, She's So Unusual. It also resembles those worn by Debbie Gibson and others in the late '80s.
  • Escape Artist - one who is trained to escape from restrains and other traps.
  • The Hulk - a fictional character by Marvel. He is a gigantic green superstrong mutant. Damon mentions him while in the cell, and later, when Kol's line of vampires die and Jeremy's Hunter's mark completes, he "hulks out" and rips his shirt just like Lou Ferrigno  used to do in the TV Series The Incredible Hulk.
  • A pot of gold is supposed to be at the end of the rainbow -  but not the cure.
  • References

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