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Johnathan Gilbert’s return to Mystic Falls comes as an unhappy surprise to Elena, Jenna and Damon. Caroline lets Stefan know about her conversation with Tyler, and Stefan does his best to reach out to a confused and conflicted Tyler. Jeremy comforts Bonnie after her disturbing conversation with Jonas... When Jules takes a hostage, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation.

Episode Title: Daddy Issues
Airs: 2011-02-03 at 20:00
  • Tim Goodman

    You will want all the extras who played vamps on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which was great, by the way, and not to be blamed for this lackluster cousin) to return en masse to eat the cast of "Vampire Diaries," plus any remaining scripts.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Pretty, sensible teenage vampires who talk like depressed extras on "Hannah Montana"? Why, Diary? Why?

    Salon Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    CW's version details the dull, dull doings of the world's clammiest vamps, who may flash fangs and skulk around in dark cemeteries (ever see a bright one?) but who come up fatally flat in terms of mayhem and menace.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    I expected more sparky wordplay from a Williamson show, but the Vampire Diaries pilot is pretty limp and lifeless in that department. The attractive cast is... attractive. Let's be kind and say that they are not all blessed with the same level of competence in the acting department.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    These killers are more fun than a cemetery full of psycho zombie killers on Halloween.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Diaries promises us a season of sharp-tongued amusement.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    There’s an engrossing moodiness to Mr. Williamson’s latest venture, but one he conveys without annulling the pact he long ago made with himself never to let his cheekiness go undetected.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Competent as Vampire may be, there's also something rehashed and filtered about it, to the point where it sometimes feels like the kiddie-ride version of "True Blood," and perhaps appropriately so.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Williamson and Julie Plec--working from L.J. Smith's books, which actually preceded "Twilight"--mix these familiar elements into a crimson cocktail that even gets reasonable mileage out of its cliches, which ought to give this early riser a chance to establish some fan loyalty before the other networks launch their Thursday lineups.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    In between bouts of underage drinking, texting, girl-bonding, and the inevitable minor-key whine of a soundtrack, that is. "True Blood Lite" or "Transylvania 90210." And you know what? It is. Almost exactly. But this is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. Because Vampire Diaries knows precisely what it is--a Gothic romance--and doesn't try to be anything else.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    What women really want was never more simply put than in the CW's compelling Vampire Diaries.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The pop allusions (to Carson Daly, Alfred Hitchcock) and the fog-machine-based production design are flat and unambitious. But “The Vampire Diaries’’ nonetheless satisfactorily opens up yet another TV world of heightened youth, where blood-sucking is a metaphor for a whole range of fears and desires.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    By staking turf between "True Blood" and "Twilight," Vampire Diaries hopes it has found the promised land. The danger is it could also be no man's land.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    As teen shows go, the pilot is entertaining enough; future episodes will reveal if the show truly has much bite.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Since there's no "Twilight" movie in theaters right now, there's no point in resisting The Vampire Diaries, some prefab filler premiering tonight.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    No, it's not Twilight--but it's not bad, either. The Vampire Diaries, The CW's new fang-gang drama, successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    A tolerably flavorsome ball of crimson bubblegum.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Damon ("Lost's" Ian Somerhalder) complains. "Remember, Stefan--it's important to stay away from fads." If only the CW would listen.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    I’ve got nothing against Vampire Diaries. Since it lacks broad appeal and hasn’t a clever bone in its body, it will probably be a hit, unlike CW shows I’ve stuck up for (like “Reaper” and “Aliens in America”).

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    Where is that Buffy chick when you need her?

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Williamson also wrote the "Scream" trilogy, but there's neither humor nor horror here, unless you count some of the acting and casting.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It’s not that The Vampire Diaries is a truly terrible show. It’s just so insipid and uninspired.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review