Bring It On
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Bring It On
Bring It On is the sixteenth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the eighty-second episode of the series.
THE NEW NORMAL - Elena's new outlook has everyone concerned, leading Stefan and Damon to agree that going back to the normal routine of high school would be the best thing for her. Caroline is pleasantly surprised when Elena decides to rejoin the cheerleading squad, but her pleasure turns to shock when Elena's behavior proves dangerous. Not giving up on their search for the cure, Damon and Rebekah work together until his unwanted advice catches her off-guard. Klaus tries to use Hayley to get the information he's after and makes an intriguing discovery in the process. Meanwhile, a bored Elena throws a wild party and gets into an ugly fight.
Main CastNina Dobrev as Elena GilbertPaul Wesley as Stefan SalvatoreIan Somerhalder as Damon SalvatoreSteven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett Zach Roerig as Matt DonovanCandice Accola as Caroline ForbesMichael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood Joseph Morgan as Niklaus Mikaelson
Recurring CastClaire Holt as Rebekah MikaelsonMarguerite MacIntyre as Liz ForbesPhoebe Tonkin as Hayley Marshall
Co-StarringKatie Garfield as Blonde GirlAaron Jay Rome as WillRegan Deal as Woman
TriviaAntagonist: Elena Gilbert.This is the first episode of the fourth chapter of Season Four, The Humanity Chapter.This episode aired after a three-week hiatus.This is the first episode in Season Four to feature the traditional Previously on The Vampire Diaries opening.Steven R. McQueen is credited even though Jeremy is dead.Damon prevents Elena from feeding on and killing a vervain-free woman at the start of the episode.The Salvatore Boarding House is revealed to have a special water-purifying filter so that vampires won't be burned by the vervain in the town's water supply there.Elena, as a result of having turned off her humanity, is shown to not be concerned about modesty, as she appears nude in front of Damon, Stefan and Caroline after coming out of the shower.Stefan tricked Elena into thinking that he was going to take her to have some fun by feeding on people at a bar so he could vervain her while she was distracted and take her home.Klaus had his first sex scene with Hayley.The party attendants could not be compelled to leave because they had vervain in their system. However, the obvious solution would have been Stefan simply telling them to leave, since they are in his house.Someone is revealed to be stealing blood bags from Mystic Falls hospital.Despite being nearly the same chronological age, Caroline states that she is stronger than Elena, possibly because she has been a vampire longer. However, Elena is still easily able to beat her in a fight because Alaric taught her how to fight a vampire while she was still human. It is also likely that the fact that Elena had fed on fresh human blood from the vein before the fight gave her an extra advantage, as Caroline has only drank blood bank bags since she was turned.It's revealed that the sire bond between Damon and Elena has broken because Elena turned off her humanity, which means that sire bond was indeed rooted in Elena's feelings for Damon.Matt now owns the Lockwood Mansion, after Tyler put his name on the lease to help protect him and Caroline.This episode marks the first appearance of Will. Bonnie & Jeremy do not appear in this episode.Tyler doesn't appear in this episode, but his voice could be heard during his narration of his letter for Caroline.It is confirmed by Rebekah in this episode that Atticus Shane died on the Island.This is the first and so far the only episode that involved Elena attempting to kill Caroline.As stated by Damon, this episode begins a couple of days after Stand By Me.
Body CountWill - Heart extraction; killed by Damon.Unknown woman - drained of blood, killed by Elena.
ContinuityHayley was last seen in O Come, All Ye Faithful.Klaus was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.Klaus mentioned Kol. He died in A View To A Kill.Liz was last seen in Catch Me If You Can.Hope is conceived in this episode.Katherine was mentioned by Klaus, Damon, Stefan and Elena. She was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.Miranda Sommers-Gilbert was mentioned by Liz. She was last seen as a hallucination in We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.Alaric Saltzman was mentioned by Elena. He was last seen as a ghost in Memorial. Elena reminds us that he was training her to fight vampires since Stefan turned Ripper.Bonnie was mentioned by Matt and Caroline. She was last seen in Stand By Me.Shane was mentioned by Rebekah. He was last seen in Stand By Me.Silas was mentioned by Stefan. He was last seen in Shane's visage in Stand By Me.Jeremy was mentioned by Stefan. He died in Down the Rabbit Hole.Caroline is in the Salvatore Boarding House to take a shower because Mayor Hopkins dumped vervain in the public water supply.The Gilbert House was mentioned by Stefan. It was last seen in Stand By Me, when Elena burned down the house with Jeremy's corpse inside.If there were still any doubts, Elena confirms that she had sex with Stefan, and that it was good.The last party to happen in the Salvatore Boarding House was Elena's 18th Birthday Party that happened in The Birthday. Elena did not enjoy the other party at all because Stefan was still in Ripper mode. She was certainly enjoying this one.Stefan's motorcycle was last seen in The Rager and Catch Me If You Can.Damon tells Rebekah he has already been on the receiving end of a Werewolf bite. He was bitten by Tyler in The Last Day.Tyler's voice could be heard reading over a letter. He was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.Matt sees Elena for the first time since she turned off her humanity. He won't see Elena again until prom in Pictures of You.
LocationsMystic Falls, VirginiaGrove Hill, Virginia
Cultural ReferencesBring it on - The title refers to a movie of the same name starring Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union. It is a movie about cheerleading. Since its release, the film has become a cult classic to the popular culture.There is a cheerleading competition in this episode.The phrase bring it on is used during a confrontation to dare someone to attack; whether the speaker actually wants such an action or if they are using it as an intimidation make the antagonist reconsider that particular course of action. It can also be applied to any difficulty as a self-motivating statement.Prozac or fluoxetin is a medicine prescribed to treat depression.Eighteen-wheeler is the common name of a big rig truck (specifically a tractor pulling a trailer, which together usually has eighteen actual wheels.)Chaperone - an adult that supervises young children or teenagers in social occasions.The Boonies - diminutive for Boondocks. Remote rural area.Numbskull - a fool or idiot.Encore - an additional performance, usually after a concert.The term "wild-goose chase" is used to decribe the fruitless pursuit of something unattainable.Sherlock Holmes - A fictional detective whose uncanny abilities border on the fantastic.Elena tells Caroline to "take Stefan out for a spin" - the expression means to test it, try it out and see if it's a good fit.Scooby-Doo is an animated cartoon series about a dog and a group of teens that travel around the countryside doing detective work. Ironically most of the mysteries the "Scoobie Gang" solve are debunking of fake ghosts, ghouls, zombies and other supernatural creatures - who invariably turn out to be a human in disguise.
Behind the ScenesThis episode had about 2.41 million viewers in USA which was 0.22 million less than the previous episode.