• Genre: Drama
  • Air date: Mar 21, 2013
  • Network: CW





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Because the Night

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Because the Night

Because the Night is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the eighty-third episode of the series.


FLASHBACK TO DAMON'S LIFE IN 1970s NEW YORK / THE BAND DEAD SARA PERFORMS - Realizing that Elena needs some time away from Mystic Falls, Damon takes her to New York City, where he lived and partied hard in the 1970s. When Rebekah also shows up in New York, she's impressed with Elena's secret agenda. Flashbacks reveal Damon's hedonistic life in the underground club scene and a complicated encounter with Lexi. Meanwhile, Caroline and Stefan try to convince Klaus that it would be in his own best interest to help them track Silas down, and Bonnie struggles to keep her grasp on reality and do the right thing.


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
  • Arielle Kebbel as Lexi Branson
  • David Alpay as Atticus Shane/Silas
  • Rick Worthy as Rudy Hopkins
  • Guest Cast

  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Aja
  • Co-Starring

  • Aaron Jay Rome as Will
  • Dead Sara as Themselves
  • Judson Blane as 70's Guy
  • Holly Lynch as 70's Girl
  • Trivia

  • Antagonist: Silas.
  • There is a flashback to the 1970's involving Damon and Lexi.
  • It is the second episode this season to feature Damon and Lexi in a flashback, the first being We'll Always Have Bourbon Street, which was set in the 1940s.
  • Stefan tells Damon that Elena is ruthless without her humanity and that he shouldn't underestimate her.
  • Elena knows that Damon is playing her, so she plays him to get her hands on the cure so that it cannot be used on her.
  • Stefan, Klaus and Caroline try to figure out how to stop Silas.
  • Damon, Elena and Rebekah take a road trip to New York.
  • Elena changes her hairstyle into one that would better suit her new personality, after her she switched her humanity off. 
  • As of this episode, Elena will no longer have straight hair. For the rest of Season Four and the whole of Season Five her hair will be wavy or curly.
  • Klaus has a violent confrontation with Silas, resulting in Klaus being "wounded" and suffering greatly. As this is only in Klaus' imagination, it shows the strength of Silas' mental powers.
  • Caroline unwillingly completes the Expression Triangle when she saves Bonnie by killing Aja, who was linked to the eleven other witches nearby. Her death caused their's thus fulfilling the necessary twelve deaths.
  • Elena and Rebekah team up to find Katherine and the cure, Elena also steals Damon's car.
  • Body Count

  • 70's guy - blood loss; killed by Damon (flashback).
  • 70's girl - blood loss; killed by Damon (flashback).
  • Eleven Witches - connection spell; killed by Caroline (indirectly).
  • Aja - stabbed; killed by Caroline.
  • Continuity

  • Bonnie was last seen in Stand By Me.
  • Lexi was last seen in a flashback in We'll Always Have Bourbon Street, but her last appearance in present time was in 162 Candles. This is the first time she appears in more than one episode in a season.
  • Silas in Shane's visage was last seen in Stand By Me.
  • Rudy was last seen in A View To A Kill.
  • Giuseppe Salvatore was mentioned by Damon. He was their father and was accidentally killed by Stefan in 1864. He was last seen via flashback in Blood Brothers.
  • Klaus mentions that he and Stefan were pals back in the Roaring '20s, as seen in The End of The Affair  .
  • Damon tells Lexi that he and Stefan are on an endless on-again, off-again, eternity-of-misery cycle.
  • Abby Bennett Wilson was mentioned by Bonnie. She was last seen in A View To A Kill.
  • The Hybrids slaughtered by Klaus in O Come, All Ye Faithful were mentioned by Caroline.
  • The White Oak Stake was last seen in Into the Wild.
  • There have been several mentions that Stefan and Lexi went to Bon Jovi concerts in the '80s.
  • It is revealed in the Season Five episode, The Cell, why Damon had turned off his humanity sometime before 1977. It was because The Augustine Society at Whitmore College had imprisoned and tortured him for five years in the 1950s. In order to escape, he had to leave his friend Enzo behind to die in a fire-and to do that he couldn't afford to feel anything.
  • Locations

  • New York
  • Mystic Falls, Virginia
  • Other
  • Behind the Scenes

  • The New York City scenes were shot in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The band Dead Sara was listed as best band of 2012 in several magazines.
  • This episode had about 2.65 million viewers in the USA which was 0.24 million more than the previous episode.
  • Cultural References

  • Because the Night is the name of a song co-written by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen. The two first performed it live at CBGB in New York City on December 30, 1977.
  • Because the Night is a crime fiction novel written by James Ellroy. Released in 1984, it is the second installment of a trilogy often referred to as the Lloyd Hopkins Trilogy.
  • The Son of Sam was a serial killer from 1976 to 1977 who murdered his victims with a .44 caliber gun. The citizens of New York City were in such a state of fear and paranoia that they would attribute any case of murder (be with a .44 or not) to him.
  • The humble Hot Dog is considered by many the most original New York food. Hot Dog vendors are often folkloric as well.
  • Important Hair Change - when a character cuts or change her hairstyle, like Elena did, it often symbolises a rite of passage or character growth.
  • Klaus refers to Tyler as Brutus. Brutus was Julius Caesar's nephew who was instrumental in the conspiracy to murder Caesar - just as Tyler was the main pivot on the plot to assassinate Klaus.
  • Shakespeare - famous English playwright from the Elizabethan era. His plays are famous for their complexity and intrigue.
  • Hedonism - pursuit or devotion to pleasure; philosophy of behaviour motivated by the pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain.
  • Nihilism - doctrine that all traditional values are unfounded and existence is useless and senseless. It denies moral truths. Sometimes used to describe the mood of despair at the perceived pointlessness of existence.
  • Punk - a cultural movement that emerged in the mid- to late-1970s. Centered around the Punk rock genre of music, it is characterized by anti-establishment views and promotion of individual freedom.
  • The Factory was Andy Warhol's studio. It was a hip hangout and famed by its groundbreaking parties.
  • CBGB stands for Country, BlueGrass and Blues. The intention was to feature the namesake styles, but it became a haven for Punk and New Wave bands. The club closed in 2006, but re-opened in 2012 with a mighty roar.
  • Billy's Topless was considered a Chelsea landmark. Although it had the atmosphere of a neighborhood bar, it was eventually closed by the "quality of life" laws passed by Mayor Giuliani, that clamped down on adult entertainment.
  • Xanadu - the mythical capital of Kublai Khan's Empire. It was also the name of the fictional club from Olivia Newton-John's pop movie.
  • Leave it to Beaver - classic American sitcom about a normal suburban family. The show ran from 1957 to 1963 and was canceled when the child stars wanted to move on. The show enjoyed a comeback in the '70s due to syndicated re-runs.
  • Florence Nightingale - celebrated as the founder of modern nursing. She was called the "Lady of the Lantern" because of the way she performed her rounds during the Crimean War. When Stefan first met Lexi, she was doing the rounds during the American Civil War carrying a lantern.
  • Mother Teresa - founder of the Missionaries of Charity. She has received numerous awards and is notable on her work with the most destitute people.
  • Although Pack rat is a species of rodent, the term is usually applied to people who gather clutter and cannot throw anything away.
  • A classic witches' coven consists of 13 members. Aja's has only 12.
  • The Runways were an all-girl band from the 1970s.
  • Klaus says he was friends with Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese sailor who led the first expedition to navigate around the world from 1518 to 1522. Although the expedition was successful, Magellan was killed in the Philippines and never returned home. 

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