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The Birthday 

It's Elena's 18th birthday, and as she searches for Stefan, Damon tries to keep her from doing anything that might draw Klaus's attention.


John Behring


Kevin Williamson (developed for television by), Julie Plec (developed for television by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Dobrev ... Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley ... Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder ... Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen ... Jeremy Gilbert
Kat Graham ... Bonnie Bennett
Zach Roerig ... Matt Donovan
Candice King ... Caroline Forbes (as Candice Accola)
Michael Trevino ... Tyler Lockwood
Matthew Davis ... Alaric Saltzman (as Matt Davis)
Joseph Morgan ... Klaus Mikaelson
Dawn Olivieri ... Andie Star
Melise ... Anna Zhu (as Malese Jow)
David Gallagher ... Ray Sutton
Cherilyn Wilson ... Samara
Kayla Ewell ... Vicki Donovan


Damon is secretly tracking down Stefan's murders and covering his slaughtering in Tennessee with Alaric. On the day of Elena's birthday, Caroline plans a party for her at Damon's house. Meanwhile, Klaus and Stefan are chasing Ray Sutton, who is a werewolf, to know the place where his pack gathers. Jeremy continues to see Anna and Vicky and he tells Matt what is happening to him. During the party, Stefan gives a bloody message to Damon to stop following him and Carolina and Tyler spend the night together. Damon is shaken with Stefan's attitude and decides to forget him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

15 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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16:9 HD
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Alaric Saltzman: I am every parent's worst nightmare. I'm the chaperone teacher from hell.
Damon Salvatore: I love high school parties.
Alaric Saltzman: Isn't Andie supposed to be coming?
Damon Salvatore: 10:00 broadcast. She'll be here in a little bit.
[to Elena]
Damon Salvatore: Hello, birthday girl.
Elena Gilbert: Drink.
[takes Damon's glass]
Elena Gilbert: Jeremy's smoking again.
Damon Salvatore: Is his stash any good?
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Hello ,Birthday Girl!
1 May 2013 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

"The Birthday" of TVD is the premiere of the third season which is the start one of the best promises seasons so far. I am definitely going to buy The Third Season on Blu-ray end of this month. The third season consisted of 22 episodes and focused on the story of Klaus' origin, his relation with his family and reveal more about the original family. The story's in this seasons aren't evolving in Mystic Falls they are also set in Tennessee and Chicago area in modern way. The first two seasons weren't set in different places other than Mystic Falls but here they finally are set in different areas.

Klaus and Stefan are in Tennessee ripping two women's head off while Klaus is looking for a men a werewolf Ray Sutton and his wolf pack. In this scene we finally see Stefan's other dark evil side than we saw it in the first two seasons really fantastic.

Two months has past since Stefan left Mystic Falls Elena and Damon at the end of Season 2 finale "As I Lay Dying" #Ep22, the summer is ending, Elena's 18th birthday is coming up, Caroline is busy planning a birthday party for Elena, but Elena is focused on searching for any clues that might help her discover where Stefan is. Damon is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would draw Klaus' attention.We finally see Andie Star back with Damon in this episode portrayed by actress Dawn Olivieri last time we saw her was in Season 2 Episode 19 "Klaus" when Damon chased her away when he was really hurt and upset.I am so glad that producers decide to put her character back and that she was back with Damon.

There was a funny scene when Damon walk naked from the bath around the house walking towards Elena and she saw him naked it was really funny Elena, Damon moment.

The Birthday first episode of Third seasons is one of the best ever.

Elena,Jeremy and Alaric did went trough hard time of Jenna's death but they are still going strong. Jeremy must face now with ghosts Vicky Donovan and Anna both from Season 1 when he was brought back to life by Bonnie's magic.The spirits warned her that there will be consequences and they open the spirit world.

Caroline and Tyler are talking on the table Matt is upset and Jeremy is talking to Bonnie. Damon and Alaric are traveling to Tennessee in the house they find two women dead ripped off and corpses lying they were both from Stefan.

Elena's birthday party is one of the best ones i have seen, Jeremy is smoking a pot again, Caroline was angry on Tyler cause he was with new date and they realize that they love each other no matter what differences they have.Stefan lures into death Andie, Damon's girlfriend so that he will stop following him. We see Damon's other good site and vulnerable site.

Jeremy and Matt confront to each other that they both see Vicky as a ghost and Alaric is moving out of Elena's house because of his behavior to focus on his personal life. Damon is upset and is throwing Stefan's stuff of what Stefan did to him. Damon is honest to Elena about Stefan, finale scene Stefan call's Elena but he does not say anything Elena tell 's him that she love's him - Elena's quote: "Stefan, if this is you, you'll be OK. I love you, Stefan. Hold onto that. Never let that go." Carol Lockwood shoots Caroline with several darts sending her to the ground.

The Birthday - TVD S03 #Ep01 is promising,excitement episode fill with joy and wonderful music it ends with a cliffhanger.One of the best premiere episodes the beginning in Season 3 and i love it so much.

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