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"Friday Night Bites" is the third episode of season one of the American supernatural/teen drama series The Vampire Diaries. It was directed by John Dahl and written by series producers Barbie Kligman and Bryan M. Holdman. It first aired on the CW Network on Thursday, September 24th, 2009. In this episode, vampire Stefan Salvatore tries to blend in with his newfound peers by joining the Mystic Falls High School football team, much to the chagrin of coach and history teacher, William Tanner. Student Bonnie Bennett has grave misgivings over Elena's budding interest in Stefan, so Elena decides to invite them both over to dinner to break the ice. The already tense situation is elevated by the unexpected arrival of Stefan's brother, Damon, with his new paramour, Caroline Forbes in tow.

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  • Production code number: 2J5002
  • The title of this episode is a pun on the 2004 sports movie Friday Night Lights, which later became a television series on NBC in 2006. The title also alludes to the fanged "bite" of a vampire.
  • Actor Zach Roerig also made recurring appearances on the Friday Night Lights television series playing a character named Cash.

What else have they done? Edit

  • First episode of the series directed by John Dahl. He also directs the second episode of season two, "Brave New World". Dahl also directed the "Chance" episode of the anthology series Fear Itself in 2009. Between 2008 and 2010, Dahl directed four episodes of the HBO series True Blood, including "Mine", "Never Let Me Go", "Timebomb" and "Hitting the Ground".
  • Keith Allen Hayes, who plays a football fan in this episode, also plays an airline passenger in 2011's Quarantine 2: Terminal.
  • Carmen Matheny has an uncredited role as a library aide in the 2009 telemovie My Super Psycho Sweet 16.

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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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