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"Elena is... Elena's warm. And she's... she's kind and she's caring and she's selfless... and it's real. And... honestly, when I'm around her... I completely forget what I am."
Stefan Salvatore


"162 Candles" is the eighth episode of season one of the supernatural teen-drama series The Vampire Diaries. It was directed by Rick Bota and written by Barbie Kligman and Gabrielle G. Stanton. The episode aired on the CW Network on Thursday, November 5th, 2009. In this episode, an old vampire friend of Stefan's named Lexi Branson comes to Mystic Falls to help him celebrate his 162nd birthday. Elena Gilbert notices how different her brother has been acting ever since Damon Salvatore used his powers to wipe Jeremy's mind. Bonnie Bennett continues to explore her Wiccan heritage. Damon manipulates Sheriff Forbes and her crew into attacking a different vampire so as to keep them off of his trail.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Production code number: 2J5007.
  • Actor Joshua Haire is uncredited for his participation in this episode.
  • First and only appearance of Lexi Branson; destroyed in this episode.
  • This is the second and final appearance of Birdy Mae.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode, in addition to being a reference to Stefan Salvatore's age is a nod to the 1984 John Hughes comedy film 16 Candles.
  • Lexi Branson and Stefan Salvatore make reference to seeing Bon Jovi in concert at The Garden. Bon Jovi is a 1980s-era hard rock band led by frontman Jon Bon Jovi. The Garden is a reference to Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The characters refer to the song "Wanted, Dead or Alive", which was featured on the Bon Jovi album Slippery When Wet.
  • Jenna Sommers jokingly compares Jeremy Gilbert to a Replicant. A Replicant is an android desgined to look like a human as to be barely indistinguishible from regular people. They are the central plot device used in the 1982 Ridley Scott science fiction film Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford. The primary Replicant of note in the film is Roy Batty, played by True Blood actor Rutger Hauer.

Quotes Edit

  • Lexi Branson: I'm headed to New York for the weekend. Bon Jovi in the Garden. "Wanted Dead or Alive"! It's our theme song! It'll be a blast.
  • Stefan Salvatore: Hey, do you think that he would actually remember us? That was a pretty crazy weekend, huh?
  • Lexi Branson: We can make him remember us.

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  • Damon Salvatore: Stefan smiles. Alert the media.
  • Elena Gilbert: You haven't given him a lot of reasons to be happy lately.
  • Damon Salvatore: Oh, you're right. Poor Stefan. Persecuted throughout eternity by his depraved brother. Does it get tiring being so righteous?
  • Elena Gilbert: It flares up in the presence of psychopaths.
  • Damon Salvatore: Ouch. Well, consider this psychopath's feelings hurt.

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  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.


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This article relates to episodes from season 1 of the CW Network television series The Vampire Diaries.

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