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"I had a plan. I wanted to change who I was. Bring a life to someone new. Someone without the past. Someone alive."
Stefan Salvatore


"Pilot" is the premiere episode of the American supernatural romantic drama series The Vampire Diaries. It was directed by Marcos Siega and written by series producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. It first aired on the CW Network on Thursday, September 10th, 2009.

Synopsis Edit

Late at night, in the woods just outside the town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, a young couple are driving down the road when they suddenly strike someone standing in the middle of the street. The man gets out to investigate, but disappears moments later. The young woman follows suit and finds his body. His throat has been ripped out and there is blood pouring down his neck. A dark figure snatches her away and she is pulled into the air.

The following day, Elena Gilbert sits in her room and writes an entry in her diary. It has been four months since her brother Jeremy and she lost their parents in an automobile accident. Their Aunt Jenna, only a few years older than they, is now their legal guardian.

Elena leaves for school and is driven by her classmate, Bonnie Bennett. Bonnie brags about how she is a psychic and that her family is descended from Salem witches. Elena entertains her friend's glib demeanor, but puts little stock in the notion of clairvoyance. Oddly, a crow swoops out of the sky and bounces off Bonnie's windshield. They stop the car, but the bird appears to be perfectly fine.

At school, Elena admonishes her brother who is apparently imbibing and dealing drugs. She also chats with Caroline Forbes, the cheery "popular girl" of Mystic Falls High School. Elena soon learns however, that Mystic Falls has a new student; a clean-cut, brooding young man named Stefan Salvatore. Everyone takes note of Stefan's somber presence, particularly Caroline, who sees instant future boyfriend potential.

After school, Elena goes to the cemetery to visit her parents' grave. A strange, thick fog begins rolling in and Elena grows increasingly agitated. To her surprise, Stefan appears before her. Elena trips and scratches her leg, causing a deep cut to appear. Stefan recoils, but wants to make sure that she is okay. Elena leaves, but forgets her diary. Stefan picks it up.

He returns the diary to Elena at her home. The two are instantly attracted to one another, and Elena invites him to accompany her to a gathering at the Mystic Grill. Stefan meets Elena's friends, which also includes Tyler Lockwood and Matt and Vicki Donovan. The group talk about a party that is being held later that evening at The Falls.

Stefan returns to his family estate, which is now a boarding house. The house is run by Zach Salvatore, who is Stefan's nephew. However, he is posing as Stefan's uncle, so that nobody will suspect what Stefan truly is... a vampire. Zach knows about the recent attack made against the young couple and wants to know if Stefan was involved. Stefan is innocent, but instantly knows who the true culprit is.

Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore, also a vampire, returns home. Damon is the one responsible for killing the young couple and takes note of the fact that Stefan is now developing an interest in Elena. Elena bears a strong resemblance to a woman named Katherine - a woman who meant a great deal to Stefan back in the 1860s. Damon makes some remarks about Elena and the two vampire siblings begin fighting. Stefan dives at Damon and they both tumble through the upstairs window onto the ground outside.

In the woods at night, Tyler Lockwood is out with Vicki Donovan. The two share a tense relationship, which only grows more heated when Tyler begins to act physically aggressive towards her. Jeremy Gilbert appears and drives Tyler off. Later, when Vicki is alone, an unseen force attacks her. Jeremy finds her lying on the ground a short while later and she is taken to the hospital. When she awakens, she whispers the word "vampire".

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Production code number: 296766

Allusions Edit

  • Darren Malloy compares the performer from the concert he had attended to James Blunt. James Blunt is a British musician and vocalist who gained notoriety in 2005 for his blend of folk music with pop.
  • Bonnie Bennett claims that she is descended from Salem witches. Between February 1692 and May 1693, a series of hearings were conducted in the town of Salem, Massachusetts where several women, and at least one man, were accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death.

Quotes Edit

  • Elena Gilbert: Dear Diary, today will be different. It has to be. I will smile, and it will be believable. My smile will say, "I'm fine, thank you. Yes, I feel much better." I will no longer be the sad little girl that lost her parents. I will start fresh, be someone new. It's the only way I'll make it through.

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  • Jeremy Gilbert: (To Vicki) When was the last time you had sex with a puppy?

See also Edit

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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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