Original air date: 09/10/2009 Runtime: 42:17 min. Based on the best-selling book series, it is four months after a tragic car accident killed the parents of 17-year-old Elena and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy, who are still adjusting to their new reality and living with their Aunt Jenna. Elena finds some comfort with best friend Bonnie and frenemy Caroline, while trying to sort out her feelings for former boyfriend Matt, but Jeremy is hard-pressed to find the same comfort, hanging out with a bad crowd and trying to figure out why Matt's sister, Vicki, is suddenly rejecting him and to be with his rival, Tyler. As the school year begins, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, but Elena doesn't realize that Stefan is hiding a dark, deadly secret — he is a vampire. As Elena and Stefan get to know each other one night at a bonfire party, chaos erupts after Vicki is attacked and left bleeding from a savage bite to the neck.
Original air date: 09/17/2009 Runtime: 42:07 min. As Mystic Falls prepares for a festival to celebrate the passing of a comet, Vicki is still in the hospital, recovering from the attack she can barely remember. Stefan goes to the hospital and tries to use his abilities to make sure Vicki doesn't remember what really happened, but his attempt is cut short when Vicki's brother, Matt, arrives. Jeremy continues to struggle at school and with his feelings for Vicki. At a parent/teacher conference, Mr. Tanner (recurring guest star BENJAMIN AYRES - "Smallville") makes Aunt Jenna feel that she is failing as a surrogate parent, especially when it comes to Jeremy. Elena decides to go to the Salvatore house to talk to Stefan, but finds his charming brother, Damon, instead. Damon reveals surprising information about Stefan's past, and when Stefan arrives home, Elena is confused and embarrassed to realize that he isn't happy to see her there. Meanwhile, Vicki's memory of the attack begins to come back to her.
Original air date: 09/24/2009 Runtime: 42:18 min. Elena tries to ignore Bonnie's warnings about the disturbing vibes she got from Stefan. Tyler tries to embarrass Stefan by throwing a football at him, but Stefan effortlessly catches and passes the ball back, impressing everyone with his skill. Mr. Tanner (recurring guest star BENJAMIN AYRES) reluctantly lets Stefan join the football team. Elena invites Stefan and Bonnie to dinner, hoping that the two will bond, but the evening is disrupted by the unexpected and unwelcome arrival of Damon and Caroline. Plus, the town is shocked by an act of violence.
Original air date: 10/01/2009 Runtime: 42:17 min. Elena asks Stefan to escort her to the town's annual Founder's Party. Vicki gets Tyler to ask her to the party, and then accuses him of trying to hide their relationship from his family. Zach (recurring guest star CHRIS WILLIAM MARTIN - "Heartland," "The L Word") reveals a useful family secret to Stefan. At the party, Damon tells Elena a story about the Salvatore family's past, leaving Elena with questions that Stefan refuses to answer. Finally, Stefan takes action to get Damon out of his life for good.
Original air date: 10/08/2009 Runtime: 41:54 min. Stefan is hopeful that his plan to get rid of Damon is working, and decides to reveal parts of his past to Elena. Meanwhile, Elena and Jenna are concerned about Jeremy's relationship with Vicki. At a fundraising car wash, Bonnie is surprised by abilities she didn't know she possessed, and seeks advice from her grandmother (guest star JASMINE GUY - A Different World). Finally, Elena hears a disturbing story about the Salvatore family from a stranger.
Original air date: 10/15/2009 Runtime: 42:05 min. Elena demands that Stefan explain the frightening events that have been happening in Mystic Falls. In flashbacks, Stefan explains how his rivalry with Damon began. Back in the present, Damon impulsively takes control of Vicki's future, and a confused and frightened Vicki runs away. Sheriff Forbes (guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE - Kyle XY) and Mayor Lockwood (guest star ROB PRALGO - Army Wives) take steps to protect the town.
Original air date: 10/29/2009 Runtime: 41:30 min. As Vicki's behavior becomes more dangerous, Stefan tries to help her. Elena, meanwhile, tries to convince Jeremy to stay away from her. Caroline gives Bonnie a necklace she took from Damon to wear with her Halloween costume, and when Damon tries to take it back, he is surprised by Bonnie's abilities. Bonnie discusses the incident with Grams (recurring guest star JASMINE GUY) and learns more about her family's past. Trying to cheer Vicki up, Matt takes her to the high school's haunted house, but the evening soon takes a terrifying turn.
Original air date: 11/05/2009 Runtime: 42:16 min. On his birthday, Stefan is surprised by a visit from Lexi (guest star ARIELLE KEBBLE - The Grudge 2, Gilmore Girls), one of his oldest friends. Still upset by the events at the Halloween haunted house, Elena does her best to stay away from Stefan, but Lexi gives her some unsolicited relationship advice. Meanwhile, Elena and Jenna are surprised by a change in Jeremy's behavior and, at Damon's insistence, Caroline tries to get his medallion back from Bonnie. Plus, Damon's offer to help Sheriff Forbes (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE) has sudden and tragic results.
Original air date: 11/12/2009 Runtime: 42:14 min. Jeremy gets a break from the mysterious new history teacher, Alaric Saltzman (recurring guest star MATT DAVIS - Blue Crush, Legally Blonde, What About Brian), and introduces Alaric to Jenna. Bonnie is having terrifying dreams about one of her ancestors. Despite Elena's efforts to smooth things over, Bonnie and Caroline continue to argue over the medallion. When the girls hold a séance to help them decide what to do, the results are stranger than any of them expected. Matt comes to Caroline's aid when she needs a friend. Damon finally reveals to Stefan the stunning reason he has returned to Mystic Falls.
Original air date: 11/19/2009 Runtime: 39:58 min. After reading the journal left by one of the Gilbert ancestors, Jeremy is inspired to return to his hobby of sketching fantasy creatures, a talent he had abandoned when his parents died. Much to the surprise of their friends, Matt and Caroline continue to hang out together. When Sheriff Forbes (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE) tells Damon there has been another attack, he offers to track down the killer and learns a startling piece of information about the town's founding families. Alaric (recurring guest star MATT DAVIS) steps in to help during an awkward scene with Jeremy, Tyler and Mayor Lockwood (recurring guest star ROB PRALGO). Stefan and Elena come to a new understanding, but everything changes when Elena accidentally makes a devastating discovery.
Original air date: 01/21/2010 Runtime: 42:00 min. Damon takes a trip to Georgia, where he surprises an old flame, Bree (guest star GINA TORRES - Standoff, Firefly, Alias, 24, Gossip Girl), and enlists her help to figure out how to open the tomb. In the process, Damon comes face to face with someone who is determined to make him pay for past wrongs. Stefan opens up to Grams (recurring guest star JASMINE GUY) in his effort to help Bonnie overcome her fears and accept her powers. While researching his history paper in the public library, Jeremy meets a cute but geeky girl named Anna (recurring guest star MALESE JOW - Unfabulous, Hannah Montana) who has her own theories on the folklore of Mystic Falls. When Damon returns from Georgia, Stefan is waiting with news that will change their world.
Original air date: 01/28/2010 Runtime: 41:50 min. As Stefan and Damon try to figure out the identity of the new vampire in town, Stefan gives Elena jewelry filled with Vervain to protect her family and friends. Hurting for money, Matt takes a job at the Mystic Grill, where former high school football star Ben (guest star SEAN FARIS - Never Back Down, Forever Strong, Reunion) works as a bartender. Ben comes to Bonnie's aid when he notices Damon is bothering her. Damon and Stefan accompany Elena to a school dance with a 1950s theme, where Alaric (recurring guest star MATT DAVIS) introduces himself to Damon.
Original air date: 02/04/2010 Runtime: 42:12 min. In flashbacks, Stefan and Damon recall the long-ago actions taken by townspeople — including their father, Guiseppe Salvatore (guest star JAMES REMAR - Dexter, Sex and the City), and Pearl (guest star KELLY HU - Army Wives, Martial Law) — leading to the devastating events that caused the rift in their relationship. Back in the present, Bonnie's date with Ben (recurring guest star SEAN FARIS) takes a frightening turn. Elena helps Stefan as he and Damon race to find the missing journal that belonged to Elena's ancestor. Stefan learns the reason behind Alaric's (recurring guest star MATT DAVIS) interest in both the journal and the town's history. Damon discovers that an old acquaintance has returned to town with an agenda he understands.
Original air date: 02/11/2010 Runtime: 41:56 min. Stefan helps Elena and Bonnie out of a dangerous situation. Jeremy asks Anna (recurring guest star MALESE JOW) to a party in the woods, unaware that she has her own reasons for wanting to meet him there. When Stefan, Damon and Elena work with Bonnie and Grams (recurring guest star JASMINE GUY) to open the tomb, everyone is shocked by what they discover.
Original air date: 03/25/2010 Runtime: 42:20 min. Matt and Caroline are surprised by the sudden reappearance of Matt's mother, Kelly (recurring guest star MELINDA CLARKE – The O.C., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation). Stefan and Elena are worried about Damon's new attitude, and Damon is asked by Sheriff Forbes (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MACINTYRE) to take part in a fundraising bachelor auction. Alaric discovers shocking secrets from his own past. With help from Jenna and Stefan, Elena is determined to find out everything she can about her birth mother, but the truth may be more than she can handle.
Original air date: 04/01/2010 Runtime: 41:09 min. Anna (recurring guest star MALESE JOW) brings a surprising guest along when she pays a visit to Damon. Elena and Stefan go on an awkward double date with Caroline and Matt, but Stefan and Matt find they have some common ground. Jenna reunites with her old friend Kelly (recurring guest star MELINDA CLARKE), and Jeremy's relationship with Anna takes an unexpected direction.
Original air date: 04/08/2010 Runtime: 42:05 min. When Stefan and Damon make a dangerous new enemy, Stefan suddenly finds himself in a perilous situation. Damon and Elena try to convince Alaric to work with them to help Stefan. Matt is hopeful that his mom, Kelly (recurring guest star MELINDA CLARKE), may be back to stay. And, after Caroline's car breaks down in a storm, she makes a horrific discovery that shocks everyone in town.
Original air date: 04/15/2010 Runtime: 42:11 min. While Stefan struggles to control his new situation, Elena and Jeremy are surprised by a visit from their uncle, John Gilbert (recurring guest star DAVID ANDERS – 24, Heroes, Alias). Alaric has an awkward talk with Elena about Isobel. At a Founder's Day event, Stefan displays a rare party attitude and Damon's attempt to find out why Uncle John has returned to town takes an ugly turn. An incident at the party causes trouble between Matt and Tyler, and the relationship between Matt and his mother, Kelly (recurring guest star MELINDA CLARKE), reaches a new low. Meanwhile, Elena's effort to comfort Jeremy falls short and he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Original air date: 04/22/2010 Runtime: 42:02 min. At the Founder's Day Gala, Elena and Caroline compete for the title of "Miss Mystic Falls" against other girls from town, including Amber Bradley (guest star SPENCER LOCKE – Resident Evil films). Elena is happy to have Bonnie back in town, but Bonnie still has issues to work through. John Gilbert (recurring guest star DAVID ANDERS) attempts to intimidate Damon, but his plan doesn't have the desired effect. Damon discovers that Stefan is hiding a dangerous secret that could impact everyone in town.
Original air date: 04/29/2010 Runtime: 42:21 min. While Stefan struggles to come to terms with his past, both he and Damon reveal parts of their history to Elena, until she finally learns the truth about how they became vampires. Pearl (recurring guest star KELLY HU) has an ugly confrontation with John Gilbert (recurring guest star David Anders). Damon and Alaric try to find a mysterious invention before John does. Meanwhile, the friendship and flirtation between Jeremy and Anna (recurring guest star MALESE JOW) continues to grow.
Original air date: 05/06/2010 Runtime: 42:19 min. Isobel (recurring guest star MIA KIRSHNER – The L Word, 24) returns to town and stuns Alaric with her attitude and her demands that he arrange a meeting with Elena. When mother and daughter finally meet, Isobel refuses to answer most of Elena's questions, but reveals that she will stop at nothing to find the mysterious invention John Gilbert has been searching for. Isobel's dangerous actions lead Stefan, Damon and Bonnie to step in and help Elena deal with the situation.
Original air date: 05/13/2010 Runtime: 41:50 min. In the season finale, Founder's Day has finally arrived, and everyone is busy with last-minute preparations for floats and fireworks. Stefan is uncomfortable with Damon's new attitude toward Elena, but Elena is more concerned about repairing her relationship with Jeremy. Jeremy is worried about Anna (recurring guest star MALESE JOW), but not sure he's on board with her latest plan for the future. While Caroline is enjoying her day as queen of the celebration, she also tries to help Matt and Tyler get their friendship back on track. Finally, although Damon and Alaric do their best to stop him, John Gilbert (recurring guest star DAVID ANDERS) sets a plan in motion that brings Founder's Day to an end amid chaos, destruction and death.