Mandi Bierly
September 10, 2012 AT 08:37 PM EDT

Three years ago today, Sept. 10, 2009, The Vampire Diaries debuted on The CW. To celebrate, exec producer Julie Plec tweeted her favorite episodes (in order of airdate) Sunday night. Check out her picks here. She named 17 episodes, with season 3’s “The Reckoning” — when Klaus finally succeeds in forcing Stefan to turn off his humanity on Senior Prank Night — as possibly her all-time favorite.

Reading her list, filled with general epicness and top tissue moments (“Plan B,” “The Descent,” “Ghost World”), I was surprised that I reacted so strongly to Plec’s mention of season 2 episode “Klaus.” As Plec wrote, “[N]ever was an episode full of exposition so well-executed. And because the Sun and Moon Curse was fake.” I still remember how shocked I was when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) said that. Everything we thought we knew was wrong.

In honor of the show’s anniversary, name your favorite twist. The show has about 10 each episode, so there are plenty to choose from!

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