The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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By the Light of the Moon 

As the full moon nears, Caroline helps Tyler prepare for transformation. Damon and Alaric are suspicious when a stranger shows looking for Mason.


Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (as Elizabeth Allen)


Kevin Williamson (developed for television by), Julie Plec (developed for television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Dobrev ... Elena Gilbert / Katherine Pierce
Paul Wesley ... Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder ... Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen ... Jeremy Gilbert
Sara Canning ... Jenna Sommers
Kat Graham ... Bonnie Bennett (as Katerina Graham)
Candice King ... Caroline Forbes (as Candice Accola)
Zach Roerig ... Matt Donovan
Michael Trevino ... Tyler Lockwood
Matthew Davis ... Alaric Saltzman (as Matt Davis)
Lauren Cohan ... Rose
Michaela McManus ... Jules
Daniel Gillies ... Elijah Mikaelson
Bryton James ... Luka Martin
Randy J. Goodwin ... Dr. Jonas Martin


During the full moon, Damon asks Bonnie to cast a spell to keep Elena incapable of leaving her home. Caroline stays with Tyler, who has imprisoned himself in the Lockwood cellar, to help him during his first transformation to a werewolf. Meanwhile, Jules arrives in Mystic Falls seeking out Mason. Alaric and Damon suspect that she might also be a werewolf. Bonnie meets with Luka expecting to break the moonstone curse using a spell. Elijah visits Elena and proposes a deal to her: she negotiates Stefan's release from the tomb. Damon and Rose grow close to each other and they have an unexpected visitor. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

9 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tyler turns into a werewolf for the first time See more »


When Jules slams her drink down on the bar, it splashes over her bare hand, and she shows no reaction. Damon had spiked the drink with wolfsbane, therefore it should have burned her hand like acid. See more »


Bonnie Bennett: [as Elena comes down the stairs] Where are you going?
Elena Gilbert: Um... to see Stefan.
Bonnie Bennett: You're lying.
Elena Gilbert: No, I'm not.
Bonnie Bennett: Really? Tell your face.
Elena Gilbert: Are you serious?
Jeremy Gilbert: [on the landing behind them] She took the moonstone.
[has handbag Elena took it from]
Elena Gilbert: How did you...?
Bonnie Bennett: We tested you. You failed.
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References The Incredible Hulk (1977) See more »


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So Far, the Best Episode of the Second Season
20 October 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On the full moon, Damon asks Bonnie to cast a spell to keep Elena incapable to leave her home. Caroline stays with Tyler imprisoned in the Lockwood's secret dungeon to protect him against the evil transformation in werewolf. Meanwhile the stranger Jules comes from Florida to Mystic Falls seeking out Mason, and Alaric and Damon suspect that she might be a werewolf too. The naive Bonnie meets Luka expecting to break the curse in the moonstone using a spell and is lured by the warlock. Elijah visits Elena and proposes a deal to her; but she negotiates with the powerful vampire the releasing of Stefan from the tomb. Damon and Rose are close to each other and they have an unexpected visitor.

"By the Light of the Moon" is so far, the best episode of the Second Season of The Vampire Diaries. There are intriguing and dramatic moments with great direction and performances. Rose's fate is the great question in this moment. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "By the Light of the Moon"

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