"Brave New World"
Season 2
Episode 2
Air Date September 16, 2010
Directed By John Dahl
Written By Brian Young
Episode Guide

"The Return"


"Bad Moon Rising"

Brave New World is the second episode of the Second Season and the twenty-fourth episode in the series.


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THE CARNIVAL FROM HELL — When a confused and desperate Caroline leaves the hospital and joins her friends at the Mystic Falls Carnival Damon wants to take immediate action, but Stefan and Elena come to Caroline’s defense. Matt is completely mystified by Caroline's behavior, but still tries to tell her about his feelings for her. Damon has suspicions about Tyler's Uncle Template:Mason and uses Tyler’s volatile personality in an attempt to get Mason to reveal his secret. Upset with everything going on around her, Bonnie takes her anger out on Damon.



Main CastEdit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest CastEdit



Last.fm_play.png "Animal" – Neon Trees
Last.fm_play.png "Geraldine" – Glasvegas
Last.fm_play.png "Currency Of Love" – Silversun Pickups
Last.fm_play.png "The Ladder" – Andrew Belle
Last.fm_play.png "All This Time" – One Republic



  • Antagonist: Damon
  • This is the first episode since History Repeating to feature Damon as the main antagonist.
  • This episode is Caroline-centric.
  • Caroline becomes the second main female character to turn into a vampire, after Vicki.
  • Vicki is mentioned by Damon. She was last seen in Haunted.
  • Stefan jokes about the Lockwood's being werewolves in this episode. It is later confirmed that they are indeed part of the werewolf gene lineage.

Behind The Scenes

  • This episode had 3.04 million viewers in USA.
  • The series finale of NBC's TV show Heroes had the same name. It also involves a carnival.
  • Katherine, Jenna and Alaric don't appear in this episode.
  • Mason meets Stefan in this episode.

Cultural ReferencesEdit


Elena: I'm human and I have to do human stuff, otherwise I'll go crazy.

Bonnie: We have to make Caroline proud or she will kill us.

Jeremy: I was killed by a vampire and brought back by a magic ring. How do you move forward from that?

Template:Mason: Is there a pattern? Like, once a month, only at night?

Damon: Aren't you worried that one day all the forest animals are gonna band together and fight back? I mean surely they do talk.
Stefan: I'm just happy that's a, um, a blood bag and not a sorority girl supplying your dinner.

Bonnie: The ring toss is out of Bart and Homer dolls and "Team Jacob" Ts.

Stefan: Maybe they're ninja turtles.
Damon: You're not funny.
Stefan: Or no, zombies, werewolves.
Damon: No comedic timing at all.

Damon: Need I remind you of a tragic little story of a girl named Vicki Donovan.
Caroline of all people will not make it as a vampire. Her mother's a vampire hunter.
Guys, come on, we all know how this story ends, so let's just flip to the last chapter and …

Elena: Nothing about my life is normal. My best friend is a witch, boyfriend's a vampire and I have a doppelgänger who's hell-bent on destroying all of us.

Damon: My father hated vampires too. Same reason your dad did. Only it was 1864. People knew how to whittle.


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