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American Gothic is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the eighty-fourth episode of the series.
RACE FOR THE CURE - Elena and Rebekah take off in search of Katherine and find themselves in a small town in Pennsylvania, where Elena has a surprising encounter with another old acquaintance -- Elijah. Stefan and Damon are both concerned about Elena's state of mind and are determined to do what's best for her, but she makes it clear that helping her will be difficult. Damon is not sure how to react when Stefan reveals his unexpected plan for the future. Meanwhile, in Mystic Falls, Klaus receives Caroline's reluctant help and comes to a new understanding of Silas' powers.
Main CastNina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert/Katherine PiercePaul Wesley as Stefan SalvatoreIan Somerhalder as Damon SalvatoreSteven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett (credit only)Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan (credit only)Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes/SilasMichael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood (credit only)Joseph Morgan as Niklaus Mikaelson
Recurring CastClaire Holt as Rebekah MikaelsonDaniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson
Co-StarringEmily Morris as LanieReegus Flenory as MailmanSamantha Kacho as Jolene
TriviaAntagonists: Silas, Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce.A three-week hiatus followed this episode.Elijah returns after being absent for 17 episodes.Elena and Katherine come face to face for the first time since the incident on The Island.Rebekah and Katherine meet each other for the first time since 1492. According to Rebekah, they did not have much contact with each other because Katherine spent more time with Klaus and Elijah.Elijah and Katherine are together.It is said that Katherine killed Jeremy, when in fact it was Silas. Katherine did play a part in it by forcing Jeremy to give his blood, putting him in a position to get his neck snapped.This is the first episode in which Candice Accola plays a dual role.Elijah kisses Elena thinking that she's Katherine.Elena impersonated Katherine for the first time in this episode.Katherine's nickname for Elijah Mikaelson is his initials: E. M.Katherine says, "There goes the neighbourhood", which is a nod to the episode of Season One of the same name.Klaus & Caroline become genuine friends in this episode.Jeremy, Matt,Bonnie,Tyler do not appear in this episode.This is the first episode in which Elijah calls Katherine by her anglicized name as opposed to Katerina, in conversation with others and Katherine herself.Elena kills Jolene, making her second kill in the series (the first being Connor).It is revealed that Elena had kept Elijah's letter up until she burned down her house in Stand By Me.
ContinuityElijah was last seen in The Five through flashbacks and present day in The Departed.Katherine was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole.Liz Forbes was mentioned by Stefan. She was last seen in Bring It On.This episode features both Rebekah and Katherine's 30th appearance on the show.Elijah mentions losing a brother. This was a reference to Henrik, Finn and Kol.Silas mentions Atticus Shane. Shane was last seen in Stand By Me.Tyler and Carol Lockwood were both mentioned by Caroline. Tyler was last seen in Down the Rabbit Hole and Carol was killed by Klaus in O Come, All Ye Faithful.Jeremy was mentioned by Elena, Katherine and Elijah. He was killed by Silas in Down the Rabbit Hole.The death of the 12 witches were mentioned by Klaus. It was first seen in Because the Night when Caroline saves Bonnie from Aja by killing her and her coven.This is the second episode to have Elena's neck snapped.
LocationsWilloughby, PennsylvaniaMystic Falls, Virginia
Behind the ScenesThis episode started filming on February 8.Scenes in "Willoughby" were shot in "Stone Mountain Village" in Stone Mountain, Georgia.This episode had about 2.46 million viewers in the USA which was 0.19 million less than the previous episode.
Cultural ReferencesAmerican Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood, in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting shows a farmer standing beside his spinster daughter.Also American Gothic is an American horror series starring Gary Cole, created by Shaun Cassidy and executive produced by Sam Raimi.American Gothic is the American form of the literary movement known as dark romanticism."Every cloud has a silver lining" is a phrase used to tell someone that there is a brighter side to the problem they are facing.