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Vampire Diaries 3x01 The Birthday - Elena And Stefan Phone Call I Love You Scene Season 3 Episode 1
Vampire Diaries 3x01 The Birthday - Elena And Stefan Phone Call I Love You Scene Season 3 Episode 1
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: Maddie
Damon & Elena 3x01 - Birthday present scene
Damon & Elena 3x01 - Birthday present scene
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: Francyx6
Vampire Diaries 3x01 The Birthday ending scene Forwood sex, Alaric & Elena, Damon scene
Vampire Diaries 3x01 The Birthday ending scene Forwood sex, Alaric & Elena, Damon scene
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: Anne0791
Vampire Diairies 1x08 - Happy Birthday ( The Birthday Massacre )
Vampire Diairies 1x08 - Happy Birthday ( The Birthday Massacre )
Published: 2011/03/15
Channel: 589nikola
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - At Elena
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - At Elena's party - "What do we drinking?"
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: BlackRose2501
Stefan & Elena
Stefan & Elena ''The Birthday'' Scene 3x01 The Vampire Diaries
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: Jr Koka
The Vampire Diaries | Happy Birthday
The Vampire Diaries | Happy Birthday
Published: 2013/02/24
Channel: Danielle Production
The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 1 Tyler and caroline
The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 1 Tyler and caroline
Published: 2011/09/17
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Surprise!!! // The Vampire Diaries
Surprise!!! // The Vampire Diaries
Published: 2012/01/14
Channel: Straight Edge
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 REACTION & REVIEW "The Birthday" S03E01 | JuliDG
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 REACTION & REVIEW "The Birthday" S03E01 | JuliDG
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: JuliDG
The Vampire Diaries: Caroline and Tyler Kiss 3x01 "The Birthday"
The Vampire Diaries: Caroline and Tyler Kiss 3x01 "The Birthday"
Published: 2011/09/16
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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 1: The Birthday - Andie dies.
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 1: The Birthday - Andie dies.
Published: 2011/09/16
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The Vampire Diaries Klaus and Stefan kill girls in Tennessee The Birthday 3X01
The Vampire Diaries Klaus and Stefan kill girls in Tennessee The Birthday 3X01
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: Juliana Cormier
The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 Episode 1 (REACTION) 3x01 The Birthday
The Vampire Diaries - Season 3 Episode 1 (REACTION) 3x01 The Birthday
Published: 2017/10/05
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Vampire Diaries | 3x01| The Birthday | "I love you Stefan, hold on to that, never let that go"
Vampire Diaries | 3x01| The Birthday | "I love you Stefan, hold on to that, never let that go"
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: SkyGamerZero
Ian Somerhalder | Celebrating His 38 Birthday | The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Set
Ian Somerhalder | Celebrating His 38 Birthday | The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Set
Published: 2016/12/09
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The Vampire Diaries 1x08 Happy Birthday (The Birthday Massacre)
The Vampire Diaries 1x08 Happy Birthday (The Birthday Massacre)
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: MissMysticFallsTVD
The vampire diaries 3x11 klaus and caroline scene - carolines birthday
The vampire diaries 3x11 klaus and caroline scene - carolines birthday
Published: 2012/01/16
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The Vampire Diaries 6x13 Sneak Peek 3 "The Day I Tried to Live" HD
The Vampire Diaries 6x13 Sneak Peek 3 "The Day I Tried to Live" HD
Published: 2015/02/04
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3x1 damon kissed elena the vampire diaries
Published: 2012/12/04
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The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Damon and Elena - "I
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Damon and Elena - "I'm happy"
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: BlackRose2501
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 1-Recap
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 1-Recap
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: Miss1Vogue
The Vampire Diaries ~ Stefan and Elena 3x01
The Vampire Diaries ~ Stefan and Elena 3x01
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: perfectime1
The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 1 Elena, damon and stefan
The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 1 Elena, damon and stefan
Published: 2011/09/17
Channel: FreakyVampireDiaries
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 Stefan calls Elena-a drop in the ocean
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 Stefan calls Elena-a drop in the ocean
Published: 2013/02/16
Channel: live.laugh.love
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Stefan and Klaus - "I want to create more of me"
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Stefan and Klaus - "I want to create more of me"
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: BlackRose2501
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 "The Birthday" OFFICIAL EXTENDED Promo (2)
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 "The Birthday" OFFICIAL EXTENDED Promo (2)
Published: 2011/08/12
Channel: TheBestSuperVacicci8
Happy Birthday Caroline. Klaus and Caroline. The Vampire Diaries. 3x11. Our Town. Sub ita.
Happy Birthday Caroline. Klaus and Caroline. The Vampire Diaries. 3x11. Our Town. Sub ita.
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: TheI2eal
The Vampire Diaries Webclip 3x01 - The Birthday
The Vampire Diaries Webclip 3x01 - The Birthday
Published: 2011/09/13
Channel: Allison Miller
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 1 - Elena receives Damon
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 1 - Elena receives Damon's Present
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: Bethany Paige
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 The Birthday Promo / Preview
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 The Birthday Promo / Preview
Published: 2011/09/10
Channel: WhiteCat7420
The Vampire Diaries S03E01 final scene VOSTFR
The Vampire Diaries S03E01 final scene VOSTFR
Published: 2011/10/11
Channel: b0uyaka13
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Damon and Alaric - "It
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Damon and Alaric - "It's quiet"
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: BlackRose2501
Tyler and Caroline (3x01 - The Birthday, Part 1/4)
Tyler and Caroline (3x01 - The Birthday, Part 1/4)
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: ForwoodTV
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Premiere "The Birthday" Episode Review
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Premiere "The Birthday" Episode Review
Published: 2011/09/17
Channel: ThinkHeroTV
The Vampire Diaries 03x01 - The Birthday - Carol Lockwood shots Caroline
The Vampire Diaries 03x01 - The Birthday - Carol Lockwood shots Caroline
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: knife
Klaus & Caroline | Happy Birthday Caroline | The Vampire Diaries 3x11
Klaus & Caroline | Happy Birthday Caroline | The Vampire Diaries 3x11
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: Jr Koka
the vampire diaries instrumental soundtrack happy birthday caroline
the vampire diaries instrumental soundtrack happy birthday caroline
Published: 2017/10/23
Channel: Hope Mikaelson
The Vampire Diaries | So Cold {3x1}
The Vampire Diaries | So Cold {3x1}
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: onlyOne.
The Vampire Diaries: 3.01 The Birthday! ( PART 07)
The Vampire Diaries: 3.01 The Birthday! ( PART 07)
Published: 2011/09/18
Channel: mina petrova
The Vampire Diaries 3x11 - Klaus gives Caroline birthday present
The Vampire Diaries 3x11 - Klaus gives Caroline birthday present
Published: 2012/02/05
Channel: Sarah Bell
The Vampire Diaries -On The Floor
The Vampire Diaries -On The Floor
Published: 2011/05/30
Channel: XxXDarkToryXxX
The Vampire Diaries:  3.01 The Birthday! ( PART 02)
The Vampire Diaries: 3.01 The Birthday! ( PART 02)
Published: 2011/09/17
Channel: mina petrova
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 "The Birthday" Sneak Peek (4) Damon & Elena
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 "The Birthday" Sneak Peek (4) Damon & Elena
Published: 2011/09/15
Channel: TheBestSuperVacicci8
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 "The Birthday" Promotional Photos (1)
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 "The Birthday" Promotional Photos (1)
Published: 2011/08/23
Channel: SuperVacicci8
The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 Trailer -  - Comic Con 2011 (VOSTFR)
The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 Trailer - - Comic Con 2011 (VOSTFR)
Published: 2011/07/29
Channel: NinaDobrevFrance
Happy Birthday, Caroline | The Vampire Diaries 3x11 Score [HD]
Happy Birthday, Caroline | The Vampire Diaries 3x11 Score [HD]
Published: 2014/07/07
Channel: VampClaire23
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Caroline
The Vampire Diaries 3x01 - Caroline's jealous
Published: 2011/09/16
Channel: Sarah Bell
Vampire Diaries 3x11 - Matt,Elena and Bonnie decide on throwing Caroline a Funeral
Vampire Diaries 3x11 - Matt,Elena and Bonnie decide on throwing Caroline a Funeral
Published: 2012/01/13
Channel: BlackRose2501
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 - The Birthday Episode Preview (VOSTFR)
The Vampire Diaries Season 3 - The Birthday Episode Preview (VOSTFR)
Published: 2011/09/14
Channel: NinaDobrevFrance
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"The Birthday"
The Vampire Diaries episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 1
Directed by John Behring
Written by Kevin Williamson
Julie Plec
Production code 2J6001
Original air date September 15, 2011
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
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"As I Lay Dying"
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"The Hybrid"
The Vampire Diaries (season 3)
List of The Vampire Diaries episodes

"The Birthday" is the first episode of the third season of The CW television series, The Vampire Diaries and the 45th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on September 15, 2011. The episode was written by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and directed by John Behring.

Plot[edit]

Stefan (Paul Wesley) is now with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) after promising him that he will do whatever Klaus tells him to do as exchange for saving his brother. The two of them try to find werewolves and track down one of them, Ray (David Gallagher). When they get to his house, two women are there. Klaus forces them to tell him where Ray is and then orders Stefan to kill both of them.

Caroline (Candice Accola) organizes a birthday party for Elena (Nina Dobrev) despite Elena's wish not to have a party. Elena tries, with the help of Caroline’s mother, to follow Klaus’ victims so she will find where Stefan is. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) also tries to track down where Stefan and Klaus are with the help of Alaric (Matt Davis) but they do not tell Elena about their progress.

Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), since the moment Bonnie (Kat Graham) brought him back to life, keeps seeing the ghosts of Anna (Malese Jow) and Vicki (Kayla Ewell) but does not tell anyone about it. Later, at the birthday party, he tells Matt (Zach Roerig) that he sees things he should not see but does not clarify what. When the two of them head back home, Matt hears him calling Vicki's name and realizes what Jeremy was talking about earlier.

Caroline and Tyler (Michael Trevino) grew closer during the summer but they are not together, as Caroline declines Tyler’s proposal to be together. Tyler arrives with a date to Elena’s birthday party, something that makes Caroline jealous and she ends up kissing him. The two of them go to Tyler’s place and after having sex, Caroline tries to sneak out. Tyler’s mother, Carol (Susan Walters), who suspects that Caroline must be a vampire, catches her on her way out and when Caroline tries to get her bag she burns out from vervain. Carol shoots her with more vervain injections and Caroline collapses.

Damon and Alaric go to the werewolf’s house after their last clues about where Stefan and Klaus might be, and find the two girls dead with their heads ripped off. Damon explains to Alaric that Stefan was the one who killed them as that is his signature and that is why he got his nickname, "The Ripper".

Meanwhile, Klaus and Stefan find Ray and they torture him to tell them where the rest of his pack is. When Ray finally does, Klaus feeds him his blood and kills him to turn him into a hybrid. In the meantime, Klaus finds out that Damon still follows them, trying to find Stefan. Stefan overhears, and tells Klaus that he will handle his brother. Stefan finds Andie (Dawn Olivieri) in the TV news studio and when Damon gets there, Stefan tells him to stop searching for him. To make it clear, he compels Andie to jump off the roof. Andie dies, Stefan returns to Klaus and Damon goes home where Elena waits for him. Elena finds out that Damon was hiding things from her about Stefan. When she asks for an explanation, Damon tells her that she should forget about Stefan and that the victims they were tracking all this time were not Klaus’ but Stefan’s; this is why he did not want to tell her.

Stefan calls Elena, but when she picks up the phone, he does not speak. Elena realizes that is Stefan and tells him to hold on, that everything is going to be fine and that she loves him.

Feature Music[edit]

In "The Birthday" we can hear the songs:[1]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In its original American broadcast, "The Birthday" was watched by 3.10 million; slightly up by 0.24 from the previous episode.[2]

Reviews[edit]

"The Birthday" received positive reviews.

Carrie Raisler from The A.V. Club gave the episode an A rating stating that "the season three premiere lived up to any and all expectations and even surpassed what I thought was possible for the next chapter in this crazy saga. “The Birthday” was a metaphorical grab bag of everything the show does well."[3]

Robin Franson Pruter of Forced Viewing rated the episode with 4/4 saying that the season opener set a high standard for the new season. "[The episode] provides sound and engrossing storytelling that successfully launches the major conflicts of the upcoming season. That alone puts it above most television season openers. That the episode manages to move the audience emotionally so early in the season before viewers are usually invested in the story is extraordinary."[4]

Steve Marsi from TV Fanatic rated the episode with 4.5/5 saying that the episode was a wild ride "that reaffirmed why the series has become a personal favorite and one of TV's best."[5]

Diana Steenbergen of IGN rated the episode with 8.5/10 saying that the season is going to be sure "full of shocking twists and turns, although the season premiere largely focused on grounding the characters in their storylines."[6]

Caroline Preece from Den of Geek gave a good review to the episode saying that the most exciting part "was the potential for Stefan the ripper and all that could entail. Viewers might be excited about showrunner's assurances of an Elena/Damon romance, but the suggestion of what the kinder, gentler brother could actually be capable of is more than a little intriguing."[7]

E. Reagan of The TV Chick also gave a good review to the episode saying that she loved it. "We set up some interesting stuff while revisiting a lot from last season. The body count wasn’t too bad in comparison to the season 2 ending."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marsi, Steve (September 16, 2011). "The Vampire Diaries Music: "The Birthday"". TV Fanatic. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gorman, Bill (September 16, 2011). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Wipeout' Adjusted Up; 'The Secret Circle' Quarter Hour Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Raisler, Carrie (September 15, 2011). "The Vampire Diaries: "The Birthday"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Franson Pruter, Robin (January 16, 2014). "Robin Franson Pruter reviews THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, S3E01: The Birthday". Forced Viewing. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Marsi, Steve (September 15, 2011). "The Vampire Diaries Season Premiere Review: Welcome to the Ripper Road Show!". TV Fanatic. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Steenbergen, Diana (September 16, 2011). "The Vampire Diaries: "The Birthday" Review". IGN. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Preece, Caroline (September 19, 2011). "The Vampire Diaries season 3 episode 1 review: The Birthday". Den of Geek. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ E. Reagan (September 16, 2011). "REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries "The Birthday"". The TV Chick. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 

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