We couldn’t help but think of 10,000 Maniacs — the band, not some daydream Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had of a hybrid army — when we heard the tile for The Vampire Diaries
Season 4, Episode 17: “Because the Night.”
If the night does indeed belong to lovers, then that might mean more Delena time. According to the synopsis for the episode, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) have yet another road trip in their future. This time they’re going to the Big Apple.
In New York City, the elder Salvatore will flash back to his party days in the 1970s. Back then, Damon was in to being bad, partying in clubs, and... Lexi (Arielle Kebbel)? It turns out there was more to their relationship than meets the eye.
Rebekah (Claire Holt) follows the pair to NYC and discovers Elena has more on her mind than visiting the Statue of Liberty and eating hot dogs from a cart.
Besties Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) get to team up again. This time, their mission is to get Klaus to help them find Silas. Those two baddies can probably contact each other via secret decoder rings that come standard with membership in some super villain club.
Bonnie (Kat Graham) still has no idea what’s going on.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES — (8:00–9:00 p.m. ET)
“Because the Night” (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
FLASHBACK TO DAMON’S LIFE IN 1970s NEW YORK / THE BAND DEAD SARA PERFORMS — Realizing that Elena (Nina Dobrev) needs some time away from Mystic Falls, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) takes her to New York City, where he lived and partied hard in the 1970s. When Rebekah (Claire Holt) also shows up in New York, she’s impressed with Elena’s secret agenda. Flashbacks reveal Damon’s hedonistic life in the underground club scene and a complicated encounter with Lexi (guest star Arielle Kebbel). Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) try to convince Klaus (Joseph Morgan) that it would be in his own best interest to help them track Silas down, and Bonnie (Kat Graham) struggles to keep her grasp on reality and do the right thing. Garreth Stover directed the episode written by Brian Young & Charlie Charbonneau (#417).