Friday Night Bites

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"Friday Night Bites"
The Vampire Diaries episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 3
Directed by John Dahl
Written by Barbie Kligman
Bryan M. Holdman
Production code 2J5002
Original air date September 24, 2009
Guest actors
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"Friday Night Bites" is the third episode of the first season of The CW television series, The Vampire Diaries and the third episode of the series overall. It originally aired on Thursday, September 24, 2009. The episode was written by Barbie Kligman & Bryan M. Holdman and directed by John Dahl.

Plot[edit]

Caroline (Candice Accola) awakens after the night she spent with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to find bite marks on her neck. She tries to escape from her room before Damon hears her, but he thwarts her attempt and attacks her again.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) worries about Elena (Nina Dobrev) being with Stefan (Paul Wesley) after the bad feeling she got when she touched his hand. She tries to talk Elena out of committing to dating him but Elena is not convinced and instead she arranges a dinner at her place where Bonnie will get the chance to get to know Stefan better and see that there is nothing wrong with him.

Vicki (Kayla Ewell) invites Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to a concert as friends, but in his frustration, he accuses her of only sleeping with him for the drugs.

Tyler (Michael Trevino) picks on Matt (Zach Roerig) for his lack of action as Elena and Stefan grow noticeably closer. When Tyler throws a football at Stefan’s head in an attempt to make a fool out of him, Stefan deftly catches it, surprising everyone. Elena suggests that Stefan should join the football team in order to make friends, something that Stefan does even though at the beginning he is not very positive to the idea. Stefan asks Mr. Tanner (Benjamin Ayres) to let him join the team but Mr. Tanner says no since Stefan embarrassed him during the history class. He eventually let him try out and Stefan joins the team.

Elena and Bonnie prepare the dinner while waiting for Stefan and Bonnie tells Elena that she keeps seeing the numbers 8, 14 and 22, but she doesn't know what they mean. Stefan arrives but the dinner is awkward until Elena mentions that Bonnie's grandmother claims that their family are witches that come from Salem. Stefan tells Bonnie that her family heritage of witches is something to be proud of.

Caroline and Damon arrive unexpectedly and Stefan tries to convince Elena not to invite him in the house but she doesn't listen. During the evening’s conversation, Damon makes a cryptic comment referencing their past with Katherine. Elena guesses that Damon also loved Katherine, surprising him by expressing her sympathy for him having lost her too. Meanwhile, Stefan confirms his suspicion that Damon is feeding off of Caroline and attempts to convince him that humans are not to be used for his amusement. In response, Damon reminds Stefan that he has been invited into Elena's house and he can come back whenever he wants to and do whatever he wants. He comes back in the evening and invades in one of Elena's dreams.

Stefan ponders how to make Damon see his own humanity and how to protect Elena. At the football game, he gives her a necklace with vervain in it so Damon won't be able to affect her. Prior to the game, Mr. Tanner gives a pep talk that highlights Stefan’s talents, infuriating Tyler. A drunken Jeremy attacks Tyler because of the way he treats Vicky and a fight ensues between them. Stefan attempts to break it up but he cuts his hand. Elena sees his injured hand but when she tries to check on him, the wound is already healed, something that confuses her. This confusion leads Elena to question Bonnie about her strange feeling she got for Stefan, and Bonnie tells her that it felt like death.

Damon follows Elena to her car and attempts to compel her, and then he tries to kiss her. Elena slaps him and reminds him that she is not Katherine. Damon figures out that the necklace Stefan gave her contains vervain and that's why he was not able to compel her. He confronts Stefan and threatens to harm Elena. Stefan tells him that no matter how tough he is trying to be, he still has humanity in him. Damon, to prove him wrong, he kills Mr. Tanner in front of his eyes.

Matt discovers Mr. Tanner’s body and calls for help. As the ambulance takes the body away, Bonnie watches in shock when she sees a sign for building eight, the number 14 on a license plate, and parking space 22 where Mr. Tanner was killed; the three numbers she was seeing the whole day.

Elena is confused and upset by the evening’s events, and Stefan assures her that they will be fine. Stefan after what happens he is not convinced that there is nothing good left in Damon and that he must be stopped while Damon is at Elena's room watching her sleep, but leaves just as she awakens.

Feature music[edit]

In "Friday Night Bites" we can hear the songs:[1][2]

Cultural references[edit]

  • While Damon reads Stefan's journal, he tells him: "Very Emerson, the way you reveal your soul with so many adjectives."[3] referring to the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In its original American broadcast, "Friday Night Bites" was watched by 3.81 million; slightly up by 0.03 from the previous episode.[4]

Reviews[edit]

"Friday Night Bites" received positive reviews with some of them commenting on the chemistry between Damon and Elena.

Lucia from Heroine TV stated that it was her favorite episode yet: "The third episode is my favorite episode of The Vampire Diaries yet. Vampires plus Friday Night Lights? The death of the most annoying character on television? Sweet Matt standing up to Tyler, and making friends with Stefan? What’s not to love? I’m a very happy viewer."[5]

Lauren Attaway from Star Pulse gave a B rate to the episode saying that "the big event of the episode was Stefan joining the football team."[6]

Robin Franson Pruter of Forced Viewing rated the episode with 3/4 stating praising the character of Damon: "Although the series hasn’t hit its stride yet, this episode represents an improvement over the first two, largely as a result of the development of the character of Damon Salvatore. The character emerges as one of the most charmingly complex on television in two nicely juxtaposed scenes at Elena’s dinner party. [...] The character work done on Damon elevates this episode above its predecessors, and that character and all his charisma and contradictions will carry the series through the next few episodes"[7]

Popsugar gave a good review to the episode stating: "I'm pretty psyched — with its third episode, "Friday Night Bites," Diaries has become one of my favorites of the Fall season [...] I'm really intrigued for the next few episodes — I want to know more about this Katherine-Damon-Stefan love triangle and, surprisingly, Bonnie." She also commented on the chemistry between Damon and Elena: "...the sexual tension between Elena and Damon is out of control, rejections notwithstanding. Her chemistry with Stefan is also great, but the Damon-Elena dynamic is worthy of Eric and Sookie on that other vampire show [True Blood]."[8]

Zeba of Two Cents TV also gave a good review to the episode saying that it was a step up from last week. Zeba also commented on the chemistry between Damon and Elena and compared it to the triangle of the show True Blood: "The dynamic between the two of them is pretty darn interesting – Damon is clearly trying to play the predator, the manipulator, but Elena can almost see all the way through his facade. Somehow she manages to bring out something semi-human in him. [...] Things are finally picking up in terms of plot and character development, and I cannot wait to see where the Damon and Elena storyline goes. The whole situation is very reminiscent of the Beel/Sookeh/Eric set up on True Blood."[9]

Tiffany Vogt of The TV Watchtower wrote a good review saying: "Giving a new meaning to the phrase “walk of shame” this week’s episode opened with a classic horror movie scene [...] The horror-level is certainly not diminishing as we delve deeper into the series. If anything, it is more prevalent. For just when you think it is safe to breathe again, something jumps out and attacks — and all you can hear is your heart beating loudly as you jump with fright." On the Damon/Elena chemistry she wrote: "Surprisingly, the scenes between Damon and Elena were a lot more interesting and sizzling than one would expect. The kitchen scene where he tells Elena about Katherine was more poignant, especially after Elena softly told Damon: “I’m sorry” and when he looks back at her puzzled, she explained, “ – about Katherine. You lost her too.” Damon looks utterly surprised and oddly touched."[10]

Frankie Diane Mallis from First Novels Club said that although it was not her favorite episode it was still pretty excellent.[11]

Book references[edit]

  • In The Awakening, Elena no longer finds herself as enthusiastic about school activities as she once was, which is reflected in this episode.
  • In the books, Stefan joins the football team as wide receiver. Matt Honeycutt is the quarterback.
  • Mystic Falls High School's team colors are black and red, same as Robert E. Lee High School[disambiguation needed].
  • Mr. Tanner was also killed in the books by Damon.
  • In the novels, Bonnie's heritage leads back to the Celtic Druids and Stefan mentions them in the episode when he is talking to Bonnie during dinner at the Gilbert house.
  • In 'The Struggle'[disambiguation needed], Damon haunts Elena's dream before Stefan gives her vervain as protection.
  • At the beginning of 'The Struggle'[disambiguation needed], Elena confronts Damon and gives him "a good hard slap", which is also her move when he accosts her in the parking lot after the football game.
  • Just as Stefan tries to get through to his brother in this episode, in 'Dark Reunion' he tells him, "You can pretend you don't care. You can fool the whole world. But I know differently."

Trivia[edit]

  • Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) played Cash for six episodes in the Friday Night Lights TV series and Julie Plec is a dedicated fan.
  • Julie Plec has said this episode is a favorite,[12] as has Katerina Graham.
  • Amusingly, Stefan's jersey number is 17 - his supposed age.
  • Bonnie drives a Toyota Prius. It was blue in the Pilot, but white in Friday Night Bites.[13]
  • Although the football game never actually happens, the opposing team that Mystic Falls High School intended to play was the Central High School Lions and their team colors are white and green.
  • Jenna Sommers does not appear once in this episode.
  • As Caroline gets out of bed at the start of the episode a star tattoo can be seen on her foot. It is a real tattoo. Ian Somerhalder has a small tattoo on his right arm, which reads 'Hic et nunc' (Latin for 'here and now') and it can be seen in the scene where Damon talks to Elena in her kitchen after he and Caroline show up unexpectedly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 3: "Friday Night Bites" Music". TV Fanatic. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Friday Night Bites". Heard on TV. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kafka, Josie. "Vampire Diaries: Friday Night Bites". Doux Reviews. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (September 25, 2009). "Thursday broadcast finals, plus quarter hour detail for FlashForward". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lucia (September 25, 2009). "THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: "Friday Night Bites"". Heroine TV. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ Attaway, Lauren (September 25, 2014). "'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Friday Night Bites". Star Pulse. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ Franson Pruter, Robin (May 14, 2012). "The Vampire Diaries, S1E03: Friday Night Bites". Forced viewing. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ Popsugar (September 25, 2009). "The Vampire Diaries: The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody". Buzzsugar. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Zeba (September 25, 2009). "The Vampire Diaries – Recap & Review – Friday Night Bites". Two Cents TV. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ Vogt, Tiffany (September 25, 2009). "Review of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ – Friday Night Bites". The TV Watchtower. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ Mallis, Frankie Diane (September 25, 2009). "Vampire Diaries Episode 3: Friday Night Bites". First Novels Club. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Plec, Julie (2009-09-24). Twitter.
  13. ^ Ep. 1, "The Pilot"

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