THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
"THE VAMPIRE DIARIES" � (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
"162 Candles" (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
STEFAN GETS A SURPRISE BIRTHDAY VISIT FROM AN OLD FRIEND � On his birthday, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is surprised by a visit from Lexi, (guest star Arielle Kebble, �Gilmore Girls�), one of his oldest friends. Still upset by the events at the Halloween haunted house, Elena (Nina Dobrev) does her best to stay away from Stefan, but Lexi gives her some unsolicited relationship advice. Elena and Jenna (Sara Canning) are surprised by a change in Jeremy�s (Steven R. McQueen) behavior. At Damon�s (Ian Somerhalder) insistence, Caroline (Candice Accola) tries to get his medallion back from Bonnie (Katerina Graham). Finally, Damon�s offer to help Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) has sudden and tragic results. Zach Roerig also stars. Rick Bota directed the episode written by Barbie Kligman & Gabrielle Stanton (#107).