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Get ready for a crazy mishmash of pairings in Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 3, “The Rager.” Everyone is hanging out with everyone!

First, newcomer Connor (Todd Williams) decides to buddy up to Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), because he wants a hunting partner (and someone to divulge Mystic Falls’ mysteries). Too bad everyone else is working against him: Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Damon (Ian Somerhalder), and Meredith Fell (Torrey DeVitto) — unlikely trio alert — cooperate to question Connor, but things get deadly.

Matt (Zach Roerig), Caroline (Candice Accola), and Elena (Nina Dobrev) try to pretend everything about their senior year is normal, but spotting Rebekah (Claire Holt) in the hallways brings out the new vampire’s rage. Pro tip? Don’t mess with Bex. It sounds like Elena learns the hard way.

But Rebekah has feelings, too, and she tries to befriend April (Grace Phipps), since no one else will talk to her. 

Despite the confrontation with Rebekah, Elena and Stefan (Paul Wesley) still manage to have a good time on the back of his motorcycle. But it’s not all Easy Rider with these two: Stefan is worried about his girl and himself, so he seeks out Caroline’s counsel. 

Finally, Tyler (Michael Trevino) is surprised to see Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), the werewolf who helped him turn hundreds of times to get rid of Klaus’s pesky sire-bond. 

Source: Press release

Full synopsis below:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
“The Rager” (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)

BORN TO BE WILD — Connor (guest star Todd Williams) continues his search to uncover the secrets of Mystic Falls and tries to convince Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to work with him.  With Dr. Fell’s (guest star Torrey DeVitto) help, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) question Connor, but the confrontation takes a lethal turn.  Trying to keep her new life as normal as possible, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is determined to continue her senior year at Mystic Falls High with support from Matt (Zach Roerig) and Caroline (Candice Accola).  Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) arrival at school makes it difficult for Elena to control her anger, but she learns that confronting Rebekah can be extremely dangerous.  Later, Rebekah realizes how alone she is, and reaches out to April (guest star Grace Phillips).  Stefan (Paul Wesley) takes Elena on a thrilling motorcycle ride in an effort to show her that life can still be fun.  Tyler (Michael Trevino) gets a surprise visit from Hayley (guest star Phoebe Tonkin, “The Secret Circle”), a werewolf who helped him through the ordeal of breaking his sire-bond to Klaus.  Concerned about Elena, as well as his own emotions, Stefan turns to a sympathetic Caroline for advice.  Lance Anderson directed the episode written by Brian Young (#403).