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12 November 2011 @ 06:39 am
3.09 - 'Homecoming' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Finally got this written. :) Being the last episode of the year, I wanted to make sure I covered all that I thought about the episode and I knew that rushing to do it Thursday evening when I was dog-tired would not accomplish that, so I let it percolate in my brain a bit and rewatched the episode earlier tonight, and here I go. (This? Is very long.)

I loved this episode, even if some things in it broke my heart. Okay. mostly one thing. And I'll start with that. While responding to distant_autumn's journal, I was hit with a sudden wave of paranoia that Rebekah would be taken out in the episode. *sigh* Sadly, I was right. I am not happy about it, but it made perfect sense why they did. Rebekah herself made it clear that she couldn't be trusted, that she loved Klaus as much as she hated him. Still, I do hope that the gang will un-dagger her sooner rather than later, and that she will understand why they did what they did. I hope so anyway. We've already lost Elijah; it remains a mystery when we'll see him again, so I was getting my Original jollies from Rebekah. With her out of commission too ... well, let's just say I'm going to miss her a lot. But, I get it; as much as I hate that we lost Rebekah (and Elijah back in 2.22), I understand why. The character motivations made perfect sense and I've always maintained that if the actions are in character, even if I don't like the action, I will go with the flow because the writers are being true to the character. Character is key, above it all, the most important aspect of storytelling for me. So, I love you, Rebekah, but I understand why you were staked. I just want you to come back to me very soon.

In the meantime, I'll just wax rhapsodic about how wonderful she was in her brief appearance in this episode. I genuinely was not expecting her to show up in the opening scene, and seeing her there was not only surprising, it was touching. Touching because it really does show an incredible strength of character. The revelation that Klaus killed her mother and lied to her for a millennium about it probably came closer to breaking her than anything before, and yet here she stood, determined to help our motley crew. In doing so, she was not only betraying the brother she's remained loyal to for that millennium, she was also standing up and facing her father -- a man she's blamed for her mother's death and believing that he's no longer responsible or not, those feelings just can't go away with a different set of facts added to the equation. Furthermore, this is a man who frightened her and was, at the very least, emotionally abusive to her and her family while they were human.

Yet there she stood. At once so fragile -- her eyes lost and searching, the slightest hesitancy to her speaking, to her movement -- and yet so strong because there she stood. Would she have been able to maintain that strength to follow through with the plan? Probably not. She had already shown that despite the revelation about the death of her mother, she still ferociously (and understandably) blamed her father for their situation, which put her on Klaus' side in a way still. The scene opening with Rebekah calmly sitting there, painting her nails, waiting for him to wake up, and her derisive greeting about how long it had taken him set up everything one needed to know about where she stood with him.

Yes, she was upset with Klaus (enough to help engineer his death), but she was making it perfectly clear that Mikael was not forgiven. The fact that she believed Klaus for 1,000 years is on Mikael. Had he not been the awful father and husband that she remembered, had he not painfully killed his children to "protect" them, had he not made it so easy to believe the absolute worst of him, she wouldn't have believed it. But he did. And so she did. In just a few words to her father, she made that clear. She may feel utterly betrayed by Klaus, but she still hates Mikael. Considering that betrayal, I think that it was that hatred of Mikael that kept her standing. She couldn't get satisfaction in avenging her mother's death by taking out Klaus because of how much she loves her brother, but she could get satisfaction in letting Mikael know that just because he didn't commit that sin, he still committed many others. Perhaps that is from where she was getting her strength at this juncture. I think it was.

However, she was holding on by a thin thread. That was evident in her scene with Elena. It was actually quite a beautiful one, even in the final moments as Elena was tearfully telling her she was so sorry even as she daggered her. It showed once again how well this show gets the relationship moments (romantic or otherwise). Were it not for the situation -- Operation!Kill!Klaus! -- I actually do believe that Elena and Rebekah could have become friends. All Rebekah clearly wanted was a home, a family, friends, the ability to live a young girl's life. After all, she even wore the dress that Elena had picked for her. She wanted a connection, any connection, and Elena as that someone she could connect with, someone with who she could share that desire with fit. Elena lost her mother (Rebekah must know this history by now), Elena loved Stefan, Elena understands the love of family, so it makes sense that she would seek that connection with Elena. And it makes such perfect sense especially because of who Elena is.

She is extraordinarily empathetic once she allows someone into her life, and whether it was to find out information or not, by opening that door in the last episode, Elena did allow Rebekah into her life. So this scene between them was heartbreaking: Rebekah admitting to Elena why the dance was important to her, Elena listening, and being there for Rebekah in that moment, thanking her for helping them, being a simple presence for which Rebekah could shed some of her anxiety onto, giving Rebekah the necklace. A necklace that once symbolized an unbreakable bond with Stefan that now represents a lie to her, so it's fitting that she gave it to Rebekah. Although, of course, being Elena, it wasn't just about that -- and likely was subconscious on Elena's part. It was more about Elena wanting to do something nice for Rebekah before stabbing her in the back.

One can only hope that when (it will be when!) Rebekah is un-daggered that she will accept Elena's intentions in that moment -- not wanting to harm her, but having no other choice, and trying to be good to Rebekah before she delivered the blow -- and thus will not turn fully against her. I hope so, anyway. After all, Rebekah did explicitly tell Elena to not let her know the plan because she didn't trust herself not to give it away. And had she been standing before Klaus at the wake, can there be much doubt that Rebekah wouldn't have been able to either give it away in either anger at the betrayal, or torment that he could so betray her? Not much, I imagine.

So, yes, I loved Rebekah. And, yes, she showed tremendous strength, but there was such a fragility there with no time at all for that anger and betrayal to harden. So easily could she break, and Klaus knows her better than anyone else. It was a terrible thing to betray someone helping them, but it truly did have to be done. It still hurt.

And betrayal was rampant in this episode, but all of it, every single instance was based on love. Elena betrayed Rebekah because Rebekah loved Klaus. And Katherine betrayed Damon because she loved him (and Stefan). But before I explore that a bit more, let me just say that when I watched this episode the first time, I only realized that it was Katherine when Mikael pulled "Elena" to him and threatened her life when bargaining with Klaus. In fact, when he stabbed "Elena," I actually grinned because of course it was Katherine. I have to say, though, that upon rewatch, I was mentally kicking myself. How could I *possibly* have not realized it was Katherine from the moment that she and Matt walked into the Lockwood mansion together? Because, knowing that it was her, it was so very obvious. The way she stood, the tone of her voice, the impatience there, the lack of warmth.

It was so there. And her interaction with Klaus, what was I thinking? Elena never plays scared in front of Klaus, not like that, not with anxiety, practically shaking in terror. That is how Katherine reacts to Klaus; not Elena. And that was even more obvious in the scene where Mikael held her and she faced Klaus. Of course, Katherine would have played up the fear to an over-the-top degree there because she doesn't know Elena, has no clue as to Elena's inner strength. It would never cross Katherine's mind that Elena would (and has) fearlessly faced Klaus.

It was yet another tour-de-force performance by Nina Dobrev where with just the slightest change in her stance, in her voice, in her facial expressions, she differentiated between the two characters. I honestly cannot fathom how I did not realize it was Katherine all along. I *think* it's because I was expecting a switch to happen during the night and so I kept waiting for a moment where it could happen and so when there wasn't a change in how "Elena" acted, I couldn't figure out when it was. It just didn't cross my mind that Elena would actually give up her place forefront in the big plan that would not only kill Klaus once and for all, but would "save" Stefan. So, the show totally pulled one over on me ... and I loved it!

And I have to say that I'm glad that I didn't realize it the first time because I loved how the line from Matt about it being weird that the two of them there together took on such a completely different meaning when it was Katherine as opposed to Elena. When I thought it was Elena, I thought it was a wonderful callback to the awkwardness of their dating history. Being Katherine, it was about not only that Matt was there with Katherine (!) of all people as his date, but considering how Katherine had used and compelled him. Which is another reason I didn't imagine that it was Katherine to start out with ... that Elena would even go with the idea that human, unprotected Matt would be left alone with Katherine. Someone (a.k.a. Elena) certainly has changed, accepting the lesser of two evils. That little snippet of the overall plan was another sign of how wonderful this show is in that in just a few quick moments we can get callbacks to history, see the journey (not necessarily all good) that the characters have made over the passage of time (Matt, not just Elena, in agreeing to be a part of it all).

What I also liked is that we also saw Katherine's humanity shining through, and how the show took the time with just a few lines to explain it, trusting us to recall Katherine's journey as well. It makes perfect sense that *now* her humanity is starting to truly surface. She's been on the run from Klaus so long, and so often, that it was all too easy to just keep it tamped down. However, upon her return to Mystic Falls, she -- like Damon -- become embroiled in the lives of people she cared about. Of course, in her case, those people would only be the Salvatore boys, but still. She's been in this place for so long now (even when on the run after the finale last season -- since she was tracking Stefan and Klaus), that she just hasn't been able to deny her feelings for these two. Yes, she obviously cares about Stefan more than Damon, but she does care about both of them.

I genuinely believe that she had convinced herself she didn't love Damon (thus her declaration to him in "The Return"), and it was only when she spent time with him again that she realized she'd idealized Stefan so much, keeping her distance from Damon that she'd rewritten her memories of the time in 1864, choosing to focus and believe in only her love for one of them because the less people she cares for, the less likelihood that she'd get trapped by that caring. And she was right. Had she still been clinging to that belief that it was only Stefan that she had allowed herself to truly fall for, then she would haven't gone back to Stefan, she wouldn't have given him the opportunity to save Damon because her only focus would have been on getting rid of Klaus, Damon could go to hell.

Which brings back to Katherine's betrayal. How telling is it that the one thing that Damon did not anticipate in his contingency plans -- because he really did cover just about every possible counteraction to the plan -- was that the love that others felt for him would screw things up? Because that is just something that Damon could never fathom. Even if he'd been flat-out told beforehand that his life was at risk, I honestly do not believe that it would have crossed his mind that it would change anyone's intent in seeing the plan out. Which is partly why I love how this story is playing out between Damon and Elena. It's not *just* the creation of the foundation for a real, abiding love between them, but also the foundation for repairing Damon's belief in his ability to be loved.

If Elena can love him, he can then open himself up to the possibility that others -- including his brother -- can love him too. Yes, Elena's words in the last episode made a dint, but we are talking over a century and half of lack of faith in his own worthiness to combat. For Damon to believe that Stefan let Klaus live, risking the lives of so many people, keeping Elena a pawn to Klaus' hybrid-ing simply because he couldn't let Damon die, we have to move forward with Damon and Elena. We have -- he has to! -- get to a point where he believes that he is capable of being loved. When he finds out the truth about Stefan's actions (and Katherine's part in it), if he's moved beyond the state of unrequited love with Elena, it will be a huge step in helping him accept that, yes, Stefan does love him. And him accepting that will then be a huge step in Stefan accepting that he can be forgiven even when he's not the perfect "good" brother.

As for Katherine and Damon, when I said that it will help Damon knowing that she loves him after all, I don't mean it in a way to imply that I think that Damon still loves her at all. Because I truly do not think he does, not in a current romantic fashion, at least. This episode confirmed that she is now just someone that he used to love because he was so very objective about her. He could see and easily acknowledge the good and bad things about her character, and he could even wish her well as someone that he did once genuinely love. I say that it will help him because a huge part of his self-esteem issues derives not only from his father, but his belief that he wasn't enough for Katherine (which, obviously, actually was the case), but even more so, that she didn't love him at all. It was that notion that led him to Elena that night in "The Return." He needed validation that he was worthy of being loved by someone he loved, and when Elena couldn't give that to him (not that she was obligated, but it *was* what he needed), that's why he snapped so spectacularly.

Of course, the good thing is that we are getting there. Damon is beginning to get that from Elena. She trusts him implicitly now. She trusts him so much that she was willing to remove herself from the plan that would bring an end to Klaus in her life, and "save" Stefan. She is also able to get through his defenses, and his temper tantrums with just a touch. During that final scene between them, I could not help but be reminded of the scene in "Klaus" when Damon was throwing his temper tantrum and Andie tried to be there for him and he (in a horrific and humiliating fashion) terrorized her and compelled her to leave him alone (the one good thing he did in that scene). What I found so fascinating is that Andie did that for Damon because she had been compelled to be the perfect girlfriend: be there for him, trust him, want to make him feel better, get to him when he was in his dark place, someone to discuss his plans with, someone to collaborate with -- that is the fake, perfect relationship he compelled between the two of them. And now? That is what is beginning to happen with Elena and Damon ... naturally, truly, without compulsion ... and platonically (for now).

Damon was upset, on the edge, but Elena didn't cower in fear, she didn't walk out. She didn't get angry at him, or plead in desperation with him to stop. Instead, she calmly reached straight into the middle of his anger and forced him to look at her with just a touch, with uncompelled emotion in her eyes, in her voice, and she got through to him ... just like that. With her love. True and real. She took his face in her hands (his signature move with her), she held his gaze and she got through to him by invoking their unity, their togetherness and their ability to get through anything together. Because, yes, she does love him. She is falling in love with him completely. (Anyone who doesn't see that is watching their scenes with blinders on.)

Now add onto that, last week when they shared the details of their day (as Damon had done with Andie under compulsion), and in this episode, they worked together on the plan -- no secrets from the other, full disclosure (as Damon had done with Andie at the start of the season). The type of relationship that he considers to be his version of perfect -- one that he compelled with another because he couldn't have the girl he loves -- is now becoming real ... with the girl he loves. Fascinating.

It's as if all of the negatives in past relationships they've both had -- lack of passion with Matt, dishonesty, lack of true communication, agency and partnership with Stefan, compulsion with Andie -- we are beginning to see in a positive way between Damon and Elena. Passion, communication, honesty, true agency, full togetherness, being completely and utterly real with one another ... these two have all of these things in spades. It's the parallels -- obvious and subtle -- coming home to roost here. And there were so many others. Showing the difference in the placement of the players of the triangle now, we have Damon and Elena discussing a plan and Damon keeping quiet when Stefan is in earshot, just as Stefan kept quiet about his and Elena's plan when Damon was in hearing distance in "Children of the Damned."

And in the most telling parallels that (I believe) have yet to reach their end, in "The Birthday," we had Damon place the necklace around Elena's neck, re-connecting her symbolic tie to Stefan. In this episode, as I mentioned above, Elena put it on Rebekah as if severing her connection to it, and perhaps representing a passing of the guard (as Stefan's love) from Elena to Rebekah, going full-circle back to the 20s where Stefan first saw it, upon Rebekah's neck, the girl he fell in love with then. Also in the premiere, we saw Damon furiously, passionately inform Elena that they were never getting Stefan back, not wanting to believe it himself, and Elena tearfully deny it, refusing to accept that possibility. Here, Damon said similar words to Elena, but in practically a whisper, resignation in his tone. Then without tears, not only did Elena not fight the statement, she also told Damon to let him go, that they both had to let him go. And, I still feel that Elena had actually begun to let him go in "The Reckoning" and had just about fully done so by the end of "Ghost World." Saying the words here was just that final small step for her; it seemed to me as if she was saying the words only slightly for herself, but rather more for Damon's benefit.

Now considering how last season we had the start of it begin with Damon taking Jeremy's life, then midway through the season, be anguished about doing the same (to prove a point) to Jessica, and then able to keep from doing so to Andie towards the end of the season, I do wonder if we'll see a scene towards the end of this season where Damon accepts that they haven't lost Stefan, that they have him back, and Elena accepts it as well, but accepts that it's *Damon* who hasn't lost Stefan, while she has in a romantic sense. It would certainly fit the way they layer the arcs of the season, and further highlight the relationship between Damon and Stefan. Which we saw take a major stride tonight.

I know that some have complained that it was a useless repeat to have Stefan yet again choose to save Damon when he just did it in the last episode, but I think it was important to do so. I liken it to Elena's similar speeches about having faith in Stefan in "Ghost World" after saying very much the same thing in the previous episode. Stefan and Elena are very much alike in that they both have incredibly strong levels of self-denial going on. With these two, it truly needs to be hammered home. And that is what happened here. In "Ordinary People," even after Stefan found the loophole to save Damon, he insisted that it had nothing to do with saving his brother. Now, he can't play that card anymore, no matter how well he is at lying to himself. Because he blew the entire plan, he left everyone (including Elena) at the mercy of Klaus just to save Damon and he can't say he did it to gain his freedom, because he would have gained that with Klaus' death as well. This time, he had no escape clause. What he did, he did for Damon. Period.

Plus, there are those out there who are still convinced that Stefan does not love Damon more than anyone else. This was, once again, fully driving that home. Also driven home (not that many are still not getting it judging from reviews *sigh*) is that Stefan and Elena not only cannot go back to what they were before, neither one seems particularly anxious to even take a shot at it. Elena knows that Stefan has been uncompelled, that he has his freedom (as I'm sure that Damon told her), and he didn't come to her. He didn't find her, not even to apologize, not even to beg for mercy and condemn himself for all the horror he inflicted upon her. No, she knows that Stefan chose to walk away and she didn't even comment on it. There was not one indication that her mind even went there, her concern was about the fact that he screwed up their plan by not wanting Klaus dead first and foremost, and that Damon was devastated by the failure of the plan. As for Stefan, it was the same thing. There was nothing from his end about going back to Elena. Not even the lament that he was unable to go back and face her because of all that he was done. Instead, he gave a blanket statement that seemed to encompass everyone and all that he had done wrong ... nothing specific about Elena.

Let me re-iterate this one more time. Stefan ... for the very first time, truly was given his freedom (from Klaus, from Lexi's rulebook, from being a full!ripper) and he did not choose (when he fully and completely could) to go to Elena. We didn't even get a moment -- not a single, solitary moment -- of agony, of regret, of *anything* regarding Elena. And Elena, knowing that Stefan was free from Klaus' compulsion did not spend a moment -- not a single, solitary moment -- expecting Stefan to show up, lamenting that he hadn't shown up. Yeah. Instead, Elena was concerned with comforting Damon. And Stefan was opening up to Katherine fully and completely. Will Katherine be with Stefan when the show returns? Possibly, possibly not, but I find it hard to believe that she won't be in contact with him if she's not physically with him for the execution of his plan (whatever it is).

Which brings us to Klaus. Klaus, Klaus, Klaus. I know that some (most?) feel some measure of sympathy for Klaus. I do not. I don't know if it's because of the horrific things that he has done/continues to do. (Obviously, all of 'our' vampires have done terrible things, but Klaus truly is in a sadistic, twisted league of his own.) I don't know if it's because both flashback episodes featuring him positioned his siblings in a kinder, less villainous light, while showing new levels of evil from Klaus. Or it simply could be that while he's impressed others, I just can't get on board with the acting uber-prowess of Joseph Morgan. Don't get me wrong; I like Morgan, and I think he's mostly a good actor, but other than his beautiful tears and moments here and there during his confrontation with Mikael, I wasn't impressed with his performance. Ian Somerhalder is accused of overacting (even if it's just with his eyebrows/eyes), but it fits the passionate, wild nature of Damon Salvatore (and, yes, I'm ridiculously biased). For me, much of Morgan's acting (especially in this episode) was over-the-top, but in a way that didn't work for me, didn't work for Klaus.

I felt that he chewed through almost every line of dialogue, regardless of the scene or situation. And I found myself distracted in my second watch-through with his acting tics, his eyes bulging, his jaw working, his modulation of voice that wasn't very modulated. I'm not saying he's a bad actor, because I don't for a second believe that he is. And he has moments where he is wonderful (see: beautiful tears, stillness of form when facing Mikael), but when he has to do anything beyond the vulnerable, little boy routine, I'm pulled out of the moment. I thought this the first time I watched it, and then upon reflection I figured that I was too hard on him, remembering the better moments, but again, the rewatch just re-confirmed my earlier take on his acting. However, he is good enough that he doesn't hurt the storytelling, or the overall character. He just doesn't personally give me layers to Klaus that make me want the character to do anything other than die!die!die!

And how will he die now, hmm? With Mikael and the only weapon capable of killing Klaus destroyed in Mikael's dead body, how will our anti-heroes bring about his end? Well, I think that distant_autumn called it. In her write-up for "Ordinary People," she commented:

And having finished watching, despite Mikael's current presence, I wonder if it'll be Esther. Whatever truly happened, one of them presumably really did kill her as they killed the tree. And she was the one who truly gave them life, moreso than Mikael. And despite appearing dead and gone, the ashes of that tree can still kill them, as perhaps all that is left of her might still be able to harm them. IDK, I just wonder."
I'm not sure how -- actually, I have no idea, but I think that she may be right, somehow, some way, it's going to be the Original Witch -- even if it's just the essence of her -- that will bring down Klaus once and for all. After all, they destroyed the tree that was capable of killing them and yet the ashes remained, able to put them out of commission. Does it not stand to reason (at least in this show) that something of Esther remains that can take away what she gave? I think so.

Random thoughts --

- I absolutely adored the Bonnie/Elena scene. I have a younger brother, and when Bonnie said that Elena would be mad at her younger brother, but it's not the same, I just nodded, because that is so the case. When you have a situation like that, they are always your baby brother first and foremost. This show SO gets familial relationships, especially of the sibling sort, I love it so much. And that Bonnie was so awesomely cool and understanding about it, but still making it clear that, yeah, Elena and she really could not talk about it was just ... gah! We didn't see her much in this episode, but every moment Bonnie had onscreen was pure gold for me.

- As evidenced as well in her scene with Damon and Tyler. I loved how Damon was all 'what the hell?' through clenched teeth when she migraine-whammied him and she explained (sounding almost as if she was sorry that she had done so to him!) that he wasn't supposed to kill Tyler, and Damon testily responded that Tyler tried to bite him. Considering that the last time Tyler bit him, Damon came thisclose to dying, I can kinda see where he's coming from.

- Heh! Damon's almost-bored, yet still contemptuous "Here's my RSVP," heart-ripping-outage happens, "hybrid," after the hybrid tried to block Damon with a contemptuous "vampire" was awesome. I love him so. And, once again, Somerhalder proves himself the king of delivery.

- I adored two dual moments of brotherly love. The first was when Damon looked back at Stefan's prone form after Mikael bit him as he left that was echoed by Stefan looking for Damon after he stopped him from killing Klaus. It was like, they were both feeling that moment of remorse that they hadn't been honest with one another about their part in the plan. It was just a small thing, but I loved it from both brothers.

- Tyler and Caroline still bore me silly. I actually found my mind wandering during their opening scene. *sigh* I know that they are popular and it does bum me out that this is likely going to be Caroline's big love story through the run of the show because I love Caroline so much, but I do not even remotely love her with Tyler. Ah well. On the other hand, I did like their break-up scene. It was so well-written, with some great acting (especially from Candice Accola) by both actors. That little sound that Caroline made when Tyler walked out just broke my heart.

- Hah, I love this show so much. Stefan flat-out said that it wouldn't be *his* humanity that would screw up the plan, and yet, that was EXACTLY what messed it all up. Oh show.

- And another parallel: In "The Sun Also Rises," their chance to kill Klaus was foiled when Elijah did not play his part because saving Klaus was the only way he could save his family. Here, Stefan didn't play his part, and instead saved Klaus to save *his* family.

- Double hah!, even Klaus knows what's up with Damon and Elena now, as he told "Elena" that Damon's life would be forfeit if anything happened to him, counting on Elena's feelings for Damon to counteract any attempt on his life. LOVED. IT!

- *Sigh* I really did think that we were going to get a Damon/Elena kiss. Obviously, we did not -- although, I do think we were supposed to fully get the vibe that they were yet again thisclose to doing so in that final scene when Katherine called, but the moment right before Elena turned away wasn't held long enough to truly telegraph that. Anyhoo, I have to say though that I'm glad that we didn't under the circumstances because the kiss would have been wrapped up in Damon's pain over Stefan, and just wrapped up too much in Stefan in general. I can wait because it *is* coming. And it will be AWESOME!

- Another hope that was extinguished cruelly? No un-daggering of my beloved Elijah. Excuse me while I sit over in the corner weeping.

- There has been a lot of discussion about the fact that Elena had no reaction to Damon coming this close to dying had he succeeded in killing Klaus. What those people missed is that Damon wasn't stabbing him with the dagger -- which is what kills a vampire to wield, Damon was using the stake, which clearly would not kill a vampire when using. After all, Mikael was going to use it.

- Speaking of Mikael, so I was not expecting him to go out so spectacularly SO SOON! We've got THIRTEEN episodes left and Mikael is gone!

- I love you, Caroline, but stop calling Rebekah an evil vampire-slut. SHE IS NOT! Okay, I totally get why Caroline did so, but it hurt my heart whenever she called her that. Poor Rebekah!

- Finally, I loved how they used the flashbacks to build suspense, and give us our surprises. Yet, they didn't cheat, it all did make sense -- if you paid attention -- and they definitely telegraphed the Katherine switcheroo (if you really paid attention). Damon telling Elena he had a plan that didn't involve her at all, and then later him casually telling Mikael that he knew he fed on vampires thanks to Katherine.* Not to mention, of course, the little things that were off in Katherine's portrayal of Elena. As mentioned above, most notably her fear of Klaus, something Elena has never shown, unlike Katherine.

* Can I take a moment to shake my head that anyone actually thought that Katherine was dead after "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Phew, and now I'm done. So there we go. The first nine episodes of the season and I'm very happy so far. I loved this episode and I think it played with a lot of the themes and moments that have been building from the premiere, as well as bringing into focus stuff throughout the entire series. I simply cannot stress how much I love this show. There has never been another one like it for me; it is simply the best. SO MUCH LOVE. I LOVE EVERYTHING THAT THIS SHOW CHOOSES TO BE!
 
 
 
I am of the stars, I am called forever: SPN: Balthazar steph2311 on November 12th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
This is one epic review hun :)

I still don't think I have taken all of the implications from this episode in. I will be having multiple rewatches over the next seven weeks.

I agree, Bonnie/ Elena was epic tonight and I was crying so much because it's so obvious Jeremy has really hurt both of them.

I knew it was Katherine when Mikael was in the doorway with her. She will have an epic death I'm sure of it when/ if her time comes.

OMG show. Why did you kill off Papa Original in the same damn episode that I admitted to myself that he was smoking hot? It's true men are liek fine wines and get better with age- just look at Mikeal, Elijah, Klaus, Damon and Stefan ;)
Arabian: Elijah02arabian on November 13th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
I actually don't think I've taken in all the implications myself. I'm looking forward to doing my rewatch of the season thus far. I figure I'll probably start next weekend. :)

Yeah, once "Elena" was in the doorway wit Mikael at risk, I knew it was Katherine, but man, rewatching it, I still can't believe I didn't see it sooner. Nina Dobrev is amazing!

I'm still shocked they just killed Mikael off like that. Whoah!
eolivet on November 12th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. :D A masterclass in reviewing if every there was one. :)

When I thought it was Elena, I thought it was a wonderful callback to the awkwardness of the their dating history. Being Katherine, it was about not only that Matt was there with Katherine (!) of all people as his date, but considering how Katherine had used and compelled him.

OMG, that's right!!! I found myself wondering why Elena had curled her hair, but then just dismissed it. Oh, I LOVE lines with double meanings (especially hidden ones!!)....sigh. :)

How telling is it that the one thing that Damon did not anticipate in his contingency plans -- because he really did cover just about every possible counteraction to the plan -- was that the love that others felt for him would screw things up? Because that is just something that Damon could ever fathom.

Awwwwww!!!! Oh, when you put it like that...sigh. Oh, Damon. :(

Stefan ... for the very first time, truly was given his freedom (from Klaus, from Lexi's rulebook, from being a full!ripper) and he did not choose (when he fully and completely could) to go to Elena. We didn't even get a moment -- not a single, solitary moment -- of agony, of regret, of *anything* regarding Elena.

Oh...WOW. You're so right!!! You'd think if he was free from compulsion, that's exactly what he'd do. Didn't even think of that. Instead, he was with Katherine. Huh. AND big into his "revenge on Klaus" plan.

I like Klaus -- I don't feel sympathy for him, per se -- oddly enough the moments where I believe him most are with Stefan. That he's seeking a brotherly bond, and he just so desperately wants Stefan to choose him. I don't want him to die, because I think he's a good villain, if that makes any sense.

Can I take a moment to shake my head that anyone actually thought that Katherine was dead after "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Oh, Tumblr... ;p

Thank you for this fantastic essay. :D Truly...I love reading your writing about this show and I love your insights and I always come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation, thanks to you. :) Like the ep, this recap was a tour-de-force. :D
Arabian: Damon & Elena08arabian on November 13th, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
A masterclass in reviewing if every there was one. :)

Thank you, I have to say I'm actually pretty proud of this one myself. I think I did a nice job pulling it all together. :)

I found myself wondering why Elena had curled her hair, but then just dismissed it.

There'd been speculation that it was Katherine, and I certainly noticed the curled hair from the stills (first time that we would have seen Elena with curled hair since 1.22), but I kept waiting for a switch and that's what threw me.

Oh, I LOVE lines with double meanings (especially hidden ones!!)....sigh. :)

So much!!

You'd think if [Stefan] was free from compulsion, that's exactly what he'd do [ go to Elena]. Didn't even think of that. Instead, he was with Katherine. Huh. AND big into his "revenge on Klaus" plan.

Yup. I thought that was SO telling that not only didn't it happen, but it didn't even seem to cross either one of their minds.

Re: Klaus, I do think he's generally better with Stefan, but even some of those scenes I thought he was a bit much. And, I don't want him to die now, but I want him dead at the end of the season. If any show can do it, I'm sure they'll make me buy him sticking around, but as of now, I can't see him being here past this season being anything other than him overstaying his welcome. I just don't think the actor has connected enough with the audience overall to justify that personally.

Thank you for this fantastic essay. :D Truly...I love reading your writing about this show and I love your insights and I always come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation, thanks to you. :) Like the ep, this recap was a tour-de-force. :D

Thank you, but you know what's it like. When you love a show so much (or at least are so very invested in a show), it makes it easier (and more fun) to be able to sit down and just lay it all out there.
Maeve: TVD: Kitchenmarble_rose on November 12th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
MWAH. I just want to take this post, draw little hearts around it, and hang it on my wall.

She is falling in love with him completely. (Anyone who doesn't see that is watching their scenes with blinders on.)

AMEN. Everything is D/E, and NOTHING hurts. I'm actually really surprised at the writers for not making this arc more angsty and pro-S/E. I thought we were going to have to suffer through them mooning over each other every episode, but instead we're getting so much character growth for Elena AND THAT IS SO MUCH BETTER.

So it seemed to me as if she was saying the words only slightly for herself, but rather more for Damon's benefit.

I got that vibe, too. I think Elena is beyond disillusioned with Stefan. She had so many unrealistic hopes there, thinking that she knew Stefan best, that the power of their love should be able to save him. And then all the positive progress Stefan makes has nothing to do with her; it's all because of Damon. That has to put a hole in her belief in their epic twu luv.

Just, guh. That final scene of theirs, with her hands cupping his face. They were so beautiful. Also: WAY TO COCKBLOCK KATHERINE. I wish they would just kiss already, but I guess I can be patient if the build up keeps being this awesome. But when it finally does happen, I don't know if I'll be able to handle the hotness emanating from my screen.

We didn't see her much in this episode, but every moment Bonnie had onscreen was pure gold for me.

YES. I'm pretty sure I used to dislike Bonnie, but now I think she's lovely, especially with Elena this episode. Lol, it probably helps that she and Damon are finally fighting on the same side. I am biased.

Okay, I have to get on the road. I'm going out of town this weekend, but I wanted to get a quick fix of squee in before I left and your LJ is always the best place to do that!
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on November 13th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
MWAH. I just want to take this post, draw little hearts around it, and hang it on my wall.

Aww. Thank you. This one ... took a long time to write-up.

I'm actually really surprised at the writers for not making this arc more angsty and pro-S/E. I thought we were going to have to suffer through them mooning over each other every episode

Honestly? I think that was the intention, but as they were writing the episodes, I think that organically it began to feel right to *not* do that and focus on Elena and the issues that are so there in the Stefan/Elena relationship, and at the same time, show a better, healthier alternative in her interaction with Damon.

we're getting so much character growth for Elena AND THAT IS SO MUCH BETTER.

And how telling is it that we're getting character growth from Elena when she's WITH DAMON, whereas with Stefan, her character was as stagnant as his?

That has to put a hole in her belief in their epic twu luv.

I think that belief has pretty much been obliterated at this point

That final scene of theirs, with her hands cupping his face. They were so beautiful.

Sigh. I KNOW!!!

I disliked Bonnie from episodes 20 of season 01 to episode 05 of season two, then she became the Bonnie I'd loved from eps 1-19 and has remained as wonderful since; I iz happy about that. :)
archangel_bloodarchangel_blood on November 12th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
It was an amazing episode, I have no complaints whatsoever. I missed being left surprised, slightly shocked and generally WOWed in a true TVD fashion.

Yes, I soo should have realized it was Katherine and not Elena, but I didn't and I love that. Missed Kat these past few episodes and I was so glad to see her again. Didn't really think she was dead but I was getting a bit worried that they just left us hanging like that.

Agree with you on Klaus, unfortunately. I just... I don't know, can't get into him for some reason. Sigh. I'm not sure if it's the actor or the character, but he is trying too hard and I'm still not convinced. Meh.

Oh, and pretending this is on a related note, I love Damon like you wouldn't believe it. Seriously, I love how they make it clear he's changed without sacrificing his BAMF status at all. His disdainful "hybrid" combined with the heart ripping had me grinning like crazy.

I loved his interactions with Elena throughout the episode, it's like the writers kept driving the point home again and again - it was them against the world now, Damon and Elena, Elena and Damon; working together, helping each other, keeping secrets from Stefan, bantering, trusting only each other and having each other's backs, and it was like this all lead to Elena's "WE will survive this", "WE will let him go". There is a new "we" in town and I couldn't be happier about it.

So Elena's ready to say it out loud now - they will have to let Stefan go. No hysterics, no tears, actually, not much emotion at all. Yes, there was emotion in her delivery, but I got the feeling it was more her sadness for Damon losing his brother, rather than letting go of her own epic love.

Like I said in DE's LJ community, I absolutely loved how she doesn't even flinch while Damon was raging and yelling and throwing stuff around. Even when he shook off her hand the first time, she didn't back off, instead she grabbed his face. She knows he'd never hurt her and that she's probably the one person in the world who doesn't have to be careful with him when he's in such a mood. And this gives me warm fuzzies.

Btw, I also loved Elena this episode. Girl is getting stronger, tougher and basically growing up before our eyes. I'm upset that so many DE shippers hate on her. I find it shameful, really. They're like the Bamon shippers who hate Damon. I don't get it. SMH

Her stabbing Rebekah... I may have cheered a bit. Ok, yeah, I love Rebekah but still, Elena was bad ass! And then she calls Damon to deal with the body. Heh. She knows he'd never judge and he said as much himself. That's what I love about their relationship. Drinking at some bar, manipulating him, taunting him (kissing Stefan right in front of him after a pointed stare in his direction), stabbing someone in the back... She could act on impulses and make decisions she wouldn't want anyone else to know about and still, she will usually not try to hide it from Damon. He accepts her darkness and he loves her light. And I do think Elena is coming to the realization it's the same for her. Caroline actually said it - Damon could do anything and Elena will let him get away with it. And in the end, this is what love is all about IMO - accepting the bad and appreciating the good, but never, ever pretending to be something you are not in order to make a relationship work. Forgetting the supernatural element, theirs is a relationship that I just find believable and it rings true to me, which is probably why I adore them so much.

Oh, and I do think they were about to kiss, before his phone started ringing. You could see they were leaning into each other, before she removed her hands from his face. As disappointed I was that we didn't get our kiss, I didn't want it to happen right after a Stefan conversation, so no complaining here. I agree, it's coming now, we probably wouldn't have to wait until the end of the season. Fingers crossed.
Arabian: Damon & Elena05arabian on November 14th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
I missed being left surprised, slightly shocked and generally WOWed in a true TVD fashion.

Aww, I get the impression that you didn't feel that way about other episodes this season? I get the surprised/shocked bit (other than Mason's appearance, and a few of the ghostly appearances in 3.07), this really hasn't been a cliffhanger-y season, but I've been pretty wowed. I was slightly underwhelmed by 3.01 and 3.02, and had issues with 3.04, but I've loved all the other episodes (and I think that I'll love 1&2 after I watch them again). Maybe a rewatch will make you enjoy them all more. :)

Yes, I soo should have realized it was Katherine and not Elena, but I didn't and I love that.

That is exactly how I feel. And it really does show Nina's brilliance, in my opinion. That knowing it's Katherine, we can go back and so clearly see that, well, duh, of course it's Katherine, but she plays Katherine as Elena just at the line where until we know (generally) we don't know it's her.

I just... I don't know, can't get into him for some reason. Sigh. I'm not sure if it's the actor

I do think it's the actor because with so many characters (pretty much all of them) fairly dang kick-ass, I tend to blame the actors when the characters don't fully resonate with me.

I love how they make it clear he's changed without sacrificing his BAMF status at all.

And people were worried that would happen. Pfft! Damon's too bad-ass for that!

t was them against the world now, Damon and Elena, Elena and Damon; working together

*sigh* I know. So. Much. Love!

Yes, there was emotion in her delivery, but I got the feeling it was more her sadness for Damon losing his brother, rather than letting go of her own epic love.

Exactly, that's how I read it too.

this is what love is all about IMO - accepting the bad and appreciating the good, but never, ever pretending to be something you are not in order to make a relationship work. Forgetting the supernatural element, theirs is a relationship that I just find believable and it rings true to me, which is probably why I adore them so much.

EXACTLY!

Oh, and I do think they were about to kiss, before his phone started ringing. You could see they were leaning into each other, before she removed her hands from his face.

Oh, I agree, my point was that the shot should have been held a second or two longer because I didn't catch it the first time, and I know quite a few people didn't catch it at all. It was too short a shot to make it clear that there was another near-kiss in that moment. It should have been obvious to everyone the first time. It wasn't.

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brightstarmarabrightstarmara on November 12th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
Rebekah broke my heart already last week and now even more. What hits me most about the originals is how alone they are. More so than Stefan and Damon. I feel like the relationship Bex has with her siblings is deeper than the one the Salvatores have, because of the ammount of years that have passed. Imagine the boys after about a 1000 years...

Elena staking her was surprising to me. Like you, I understand why but it broke my heart for them both! For me it was seeing a glimps of the strength that Elena does have. And to keep herself and her friends save, she has to take even more away from Bex... The scene was awesome. This is a real strength this show has, to give scenes this strong without feeling over the top.

I didn't have a clue it was Kat, I really didn't. And I still don't really understand the how and why of the plan (but that's because of me having a bit of a week). So I'm going to rewatch and see what's what :)

I LOVE that the plan failed because of the original triangle; Kat/Damon/Stefan. THAT is the aspect Damon forgot about.

Where the relationship between Damon and Elena is concerned, after a post by badboy_fangirl (about why people still watch if they have so many issues with it) I figured it was time for me to let go of my issues with the way the show handeled it before and just go from the now. The scenes between the two this week and last week were really good AND believable.

Stefan going with Kat... what can I say. The scene with her in the car had me yelling at my screen like a little kid. He does need to get mad. Very mad.

Episodes like this one remind me of why I need to stick with this show and not complain so much! They do need to bring back Elijah.

Arabian: Damon04arabian on November 14th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Originals seem really lonely.

That's one of the things that I loved about this episode -- seeing such strength in Elena, Rebekah, Caroline and Katherine. (For Katherine it does take a lot of strength for her to let her humanity in, for Caroline to end things with Tyler goes against her needy self.) So I liked that we really got to see our ladies kick-ass and awesome so many different kinds of strength. Even Elena's at the end with Damon showed her emotional strength, that she basically was lending to him.

Yeah, I think if you rewatch it, it will all make sense. You do have to pay attention, but it's not confusing despite what some people were complaining about. They weren't just watching. If you were feeling a bit off yourself, yeah, I could see you missing pieces, but you'll catch it all no problem on rewatch.

Yeah, Damon forgot that he was loved by Stefan and Katherine.

You know, I really don't have any DE issues, so I'll just say I'm glad you've joined the party. :) And I still don't get anyone not overall loving this season (or this show in general), but you also know that I am so this show's bitch, and I love everything that it chooses to be almost always. :)
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vanimy: D/Kvanimy on November 12th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love love love this post. *adds to memories*

You brought up a great point with the comparison between Andie/Damon and Elena/Damon. I didn't think of it at all but it really makes sense. Elena's the only who can reach out to Damon when he's in this state and she knew exactly what to say and what to do. They are acting like a couple now, all is missing is a kiss by now.

You know what, I may be the only one thinking that way, but I could feel a kiss coming and I didn't want them to kiss. Not now... I don't think it would've been the right time and you're right, that's because the moment was too tied with Stefan. But I love the way they're slowly coming to this point. I love what they're doing with Damon/Elena and how their developing relationship is separate from their relationships with Stefan.

And nice spotting about Stefan and Elena not even having a thought for each other after the Klaus showdown. So so telling.

As for Klaus, I started to feel for him with the flashbacks and his loneliness after episode 3. I still liked him last week with the flashbacks and TW I was willing to have some doubts about his killing his mother. But it's clear he did, it was spelled out loud this week and he killed his father now and showed his ruthlessness, so no, I'm back to wanting him dead now. I didn't feel sympathy for him this week, I think his loneliness is his own fault and I can't wait for Stefan to kick his ass.

That and I'm bummed Mikael's gone. I was intrigued by him and his relationship with his children and now he's gone. Thanks, Klaus! Ugh.

I'm with you about Rebekah, I wanted her and Elena to become friends. :(

2 months without TVD now.... :(( I love this show so much too.
Arabian: Damon&Katherine01arabian on November 15th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I love love love this post. *adds to memories*

Thank you; I'm proud of this one, I think I did a pretty good job, actually, so I appreciate you saying this. :)

You brought up a great point with the comparison between Andie/Damon and Elena/Damon.

I was just really, really struck by that and was surprised that I didn't see anyone else mention it actually.

You know what, I may be the only one thinking that way, but I could feel a kiss coming and I didn't want them to kiss.

No, I think a lot of us felt that way. We want a kiss so badly, but that really would NOT have been the right time.

And nice spotting about Stefan and Elena not even having a thought for each other after the Klaus showdown. So so telling.

Man, it really, really is. There was just NOTHING there from either one of them.

As for Klaus, I started to feel for him with the flashbacks and his loneliness after episode 3.

You're not alone; I'm just a part of that small group who just doesn't feel for him.

I didn't feel sympathy for him this week, I think his loneliness is his own fault

EXACTLY! He's lonely boy blue because of HIS choices, HIS actions, his asshole-ishness.

I'm with you about Rebekah, I wanted her and Elena to become friends. :(

I will dream of this for as long as it's viable!

2 months without TVD now.... :((

True, but I get a lot more time back in my life now, LOL! I spend so much watching, writing, thinking about this show, especially with the new episodes!

I love this show so much too.

Me too!
Diana: Vampire Diaries -- Team Elenabutterfly on November 12th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
One can only hope that when (it will be when!) Rebekah is undaggered that she will accept Elena's intentions in that moment -- not wanting to harm her, but having no other choice, and trying to be good to Rebekah before she delivered the blow -- and thus will not turn fully against her. I hope so, anyway.

I think there's a chance that she will. She forgave Klaus for daggering her for ninety years. Of course, there's so much more history between Klaus and Rebekah than between Rebekah and Elena, but there is precedent for Rebekah getting over being daggered.

Of course, Katherine would have played up the fear to an over-the-top degree there because she doesn't know Elena, has no clue as to Elena's inner strength. It would never cross Katherine's mind that Elena would (and has) fearlessly faced Klaus.

Right. I love how aware this show is of what people do and do not know about each other. Katherine doesn't know how Elena would react in relation to Klaus because she's never seen them in a room together.

What I found so fascinating is that Andie did that for Damon because she had been compelled to be the perfect girlfriend: be there for him, trust him, want to make him feel better, get to him when he was in his dark place, someone to discuss his plans with, someone to collaborate with -- that is the fake, perfect relationship he compelled between the two of them. And now? That is what is beginning to happen with Elena and Damon ... naturally, truly, without compulsion ... and platonically (for now).

Indeed. As we talked about on the phone. I didn't see that until you pointed it out, but it is such a good point.

Because he blew the entire plan, he left everyone (including Elena) at the mercy of Klaus just to save Damon and he can't say he did it to gain his freedom, because he would have gained that with Klaus' death as well. This time, he had no escape clause. What he did, he did for Damon. Period.

Plus, there are those out there who are still convinced that Stefan does not love Damon more than anyone else.


Yes. They were really laying it out there for anyone who either hasn't been paying attention or has been in denial. Stefan acted the way that he did because Damon's life was at risk. Damon is the only person that Stefan knew was more at risk with Klaus dead than Klaus alive (because Klaus does still want Stefan to care about him and I think he knows that if he kills Damon, he loses that - well, he did still want Stefan to care; we'll see if Stefan stealing his family changes Klaus's mind on that at all).

Damon was really the tip of the triangle in this episode - Elena agrees with Damon's plan that keeps her safe; Stefan goes against the plan to save Damon's life; Elena comforts Damon and is very 'us against the world which includes Stefan' in her comfort. Damon was become the emotional fulcrum of the main trio. Both Stefan and Elena revolved around Damon in this episode. The only interaction Stefan and Elena had was her making her 'annoyed at you' faces at him.
Arabian: Elena07arabian on November 15th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
I think there's a chance that she will. She forgave Klaus for daggering her for ninety years. Of course, there's so much more history between Klaus and Rebekah than between Rebekah and Elena, but there is precedent for Rebekah getting over being daggered.

Also, it would actually make sense if Elena were to tell her why they did it, and that by doing so it keeps her safe from Klaus' blaming her since everything she told him on the phone was true, and she knew nothing of the *actual* plan.

I love how aware this show is of what people do and do not know about each other. Katherine doesn't know how Elena would react in relation to Klaus because she's never seen them in a room together.

Exactly, plus she's made it clear that she couldn't possibly imagine that Elena would ever be anything *but* a scared little miss.

They were really laying it out there for anyone who either hasn't been paying attention or has been in denial. Stefan acted the way that he did because Damon's life was at risk. Damon is the only person that Stefan knew was more at risk with Klaus dead than Klaus alive.

Exactly. But you know that the delusional S/Ers will ignore the evidence to the contrary and come up with some new rational to explain it all away. :rolls eyes:

Damon was really the tip of the triangle in this episode - Elena agrees with Damon's plan that keeps her safe; Stefan goes against the plan to save Damon's life; Elena comforts Damon and is very 'us against the world which includes Stefan' in her comfort. Damon was become the emotional fulcrum of the main trio. Both Stefan and Elena revolved around Damon in this episode. The only interaction Stefan and Elena had was her making her 'annoyed at you' faces at him.

And this helps even more in making my decision for Damon as the central character of this episode! (I had already decided on him, but wasn't 100% sold).
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Ripper Stefanbadboy_fangirl on November 12th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
I had the same process as you with the Kat/Elena switcheroo. I guess I should have taken Damon at face value when he said he didn't want her ANYWHERE near anything. But I did just assume she'd switch out sometime in the evening, not at the beginning. But I too loved on rewatch, how Matt clued us in with his, "This is weird," and Katherine's *uncomfortable* face. Since she wasn't compelling Matt, she wasn't as blase with his usefulness this episode. So interesting. This show is SO smart. Except: I don't know if Matt KNEW it was Katherine? Do you really think Damon and Elena would give out that tidbit--just in case anyone tried to compel the truth from Matt? I think he was kept in the dark, just like Caroline, so that he couldn't accidentally foul up the plan.

I loved that Katherine brought Stefan a blood bag when she woke him up--it implied for me that Mikael had probably done that for her.

Also, what about Mikael explaining to Damon why he feeds on the predator, not the innocent? I thought it was significant that he told Damon, and I wonder if it will play into Damon's future storyline.

I really like all of this that you said, so I need to copy & paste it here:
Which brings back to Katherine's betrayal. How telling is it that the one thing that Damon did not anticipate in his contingency plans -- because he really did cover just about every possible counteraction to the plan -- was that the love that others felt for him would screw things up? Because that is just something that Damon could never fathom. Even if he'd been flat-out told beforehand that his life was at risk, I honestly do not believe that it would have crossed his mind that it would change anyone's intent in seeing the plan out. Which is partly why I love how this story is playing out between Damon and Elena. It's not *just* the creation of the foundation for a real, abiding love between them, but also the foundation for repairing Damon's belief in his ability to be loved.

If Elena can love him, he can then open himself up to the possibility that others -- including his brother -- can love him too. Yes, Elena's words in the last episode made a dint, but we are talking over a century and half of lack of faith in his own worthiness to combat. For Damon to believe that Stefan let Klaus live, risking the lives of so many people, keeping Elena a pawn to Klaus' hybrid-ing simply because he couldn't let Damon die, we have to move forward with Damon and Elena. We have -- he has to! -- get to a point where he believes that he is capable of being loved. When he finds out the truth about Stefan's actions (and Katherine's part in it), if he's moved beyond the state of unrequited love with Elena, it will be a huge step in helping him accept that, yes, Stefan does love him. And him accepting that will then be a huge step in Stefan accepting that he can be forgiven even when he's not the perfect "good" brother.


It does always boil down to people who were not loved enough, doesn't it? I mean, Katherine wasn't loved by her family because of her having a baby out of wedlock; Klaus wasn't loved because he was a shameful reminder; Damon wasn't loved because (???? part of my still wants to learn that Damon wasn't Giuseppe's son) being a disappointment, not being Stefan, etc.; and Stefan feels he's unlovable because of his TRUE self, that he never reveals to anyone--and when he did, to Damon, Damon left him. Which brings us back to the fact that all of Stefan's damage really is wrapped up in Damon and how much he loves his brother. But it is interesting to see the way that played out for Stefan: rarely connecting with a human because of it.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: DE gulpbadboy_fangirl on November 12th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Part 2
Anyway, back to Damon--this is the beginning of HUGE growth for him. Or maybe just a HUGE realization--that all these people love him, that they would do ANYTHING to preserve him, and that he has to LET them. He has to accept them. He has to allow it to be what it is, because he needs it so much.

I had an interesting realization with this episode, too: ever since I saw 2x01, I've essentially been waiting for an episode to knock my socks off like that, and there have been lots of good ones for me that have come close, but I've always maintained that 2x01 is my favorite, and may remain my favorite forever. But I realized with last week's episode and this one, that I'll have to have categories: 2x01 is my favorite Destructive Damon episode; and it always will be, because while I love 2x12, it just didn't compare in crescendo brilliance to 2x01. But these last two episodes have been so great with Communicative Healthy Damon that I've come to realize that all of S3 is going to end up being my favorite season, because even though you know how much "Disturbing Behavior" unsettled me, it really involved Damon at a healthy communication place, though using some fairly ~dramatic physicality to illustrate his communication; but still, it remains that in each episode, he's becoming more and more open, culminating in a moment of sheer desperation that was coped with well--because he had the support of someone who genuinely cares for him, understands him, and will make that effort to BE THERE. Gah. My heart.

Just when I think I can't love this show more: WRONG!
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Arabian: Elena06arabian on November 15th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
I really don't have too much to add, and mostly just want to say AGREED. AGREED. AGREED. ((awesome review))........however, one thing;

Aww. :)

I didn't pick up on the Katherine thing until her scene with Klaus. I knew it was her then because Elena totally does not act scared like that with him - totally a Katherine reaction to him.

Kudos to you, and it's one of those things where in retrospect, I really was like D'OH! Because, yes, Elena does NOT play scared, but Katherine does.

Also, as you know, I'm completely off the Tyler/Caroline train but their break up scene was really well done. I felt bad for both of them, actually.

Agreed completely. It really was just so well written. (I heart this show so much that even when couples I don't care about break up, I am moved.)
bluesuzannebluesuzanne on November 13th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Part 1
The Rebekah staking made me really sad but. Think of it this way. Rebekah had to be staked because, even after last week's revelation, she couldn't be trusted not to love her brother. That part of it made me really, really happy and relieved.

And I'm sort of hoping all the Originals will be out within an episode or two? Or at least Rebekah and Elijah? Surely Stefan's going to use them in his Klaus-tauntung hijinks...

She may feel utterly betrayed by Klaus, but she still hates Mikael. Considering that betrayal, I think that it was that hatred of Mikael that kept her standing. She couldn't get satisfaction in avenging her mother's death by taking out Klaus because of how much she loves her brother, but she could get satisfaction in letting Mikael know that just because he didn't commit that sin, he still committed many others. Perhaps that is from where she was getting her strength at this juncture. I think it was.

Yes, yes, yes! Beautifully put.

was mentally kicking myself. How could I *possibly* have not realized it was Katherine from the moment that she and Matt walked into the Lockwood mansion together? Because, knowing that it was her, it was so very obvious. The way she stood, the tone of her voice, the impatience there, the lack of warmth.

HAHAH THIS. I didn't pick it at all, and looking back I really should have. When Mikael stabbed "Elena" I even thought it was just Elena wearing the Gilbert ring. Despite the fact that that doesn't work on her. *facepalm*

Elena would even go with the idea that human, unprotected Matt would be left alone with Katherine. Someone (a.k.a. Elena) certainly has changed, accepting the lesser of two evils.

Very true. I also think it's a little bit about how Katherine has changed - in Damon and Elena's eyes at least. Somewhere along the line she just stopped being this horrifying, evil threat and became an ally. It's kind of magic how subtly that shift was made.

Speaking of, I loooove your theory that Katherine is letting the feelings in now because she's not so busy running. Makes perfect sense.

This episode confirmed that she is now just someone that he used to love because he was so very objective about her. He could see and easily acknowledge the good and bad things about her character, and he could even wish her well as someone that he did once genuinely love.

THIS. And I've always felt that Stefan, in contrast, had this blanket 'UR EVIL AND CARE ABOUT NO ONE AND I WAS COMPELLED SO IT MEANT NOTHING K THX BYE' approach. Which is a dead giveaway of repressed fuzzy feelings.

She is falling in love with him completely. (Anyone who doesn't see that is watching their scenes with blinders on.)

PREACH.


It's as if all of the negatives in past relationships they've both had -- lack of passion with Matt, dishonesty, lack of true communication, agency and partnership with Stefan, compulsion with Andie -- we are beginning to see in a positive way between Damon and Elena. Passion, communication, honesty, true agency, full togetherness, being completely and utterly real with one another ... these two have all of these things in spades.


I'd add to this a corresponding lack of passion for Damon with Rose. They had good sex, as far as we could tell, but there was never a spark.

for the very first time, truly was given his freedom (from Klaus, from Lexi's rulebook, from being a full!ripper) and he did not choose (when he fully and completely could) to go to Elena.

Nail/head. And I almost think it would hurt Elena more to know that Stefan ruined their plans for pure reasons. It means he made the decision to not go to her even though he is feeling - for Damon at least - if not so much for her.

Arabian: Damon & Elena15arabian on November 17th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: Part 1
The Rebekah staking made me really sad but. Think of it this way. Rebekah had to be staked because, even after last week's revelation, she couldn't be trusted not to love her brother. That part of it made me really, really happy and relieved.

Exactly, and I'm just thinking that if anyone would understand and forgive why Elena did it -- especially since Elena was apoligizing and clearly not wanting to do it as she did it and Rebekah was aware of that -- it's Rebekah. She knew she would/could be a weak link in the plan.

And I'm sort of hoping all the Originals will be out within an episode or two? Or at least Rebekah and Elijah? Surely Stefan's going to use them in his Klaus-tauntung hijinks...

I don't know; Daniel Gillies' Pilot got picked up for 12 episodes, filming in Canada, so who knows?

I didn't pick it at all, and looking back I really should have.

I just so have to give Nina Dobrev her props because to be able to play it that when you don't know, it's not obviously Katherine, but once you do know, it's SO obviously Katherine takes mad skillz!

When Mikael stabbed "Elena" I even thought it was just Elena wearing the Gilbert ring. Despite the fact that that doesn't work on her. *facepalm*

Yeah, LOL!

I also think it's a little bit about how Katherine has changed - in Damon and Elena's eyes at least. Somewhere along the line she just stopped being this horrifying, evil threat and became an ally. It's kind of magic how subtly that shift was made.

Damn, I love this show so much, because you're so right. That is a part of it, without flat-out saying it or Katherine even doing some BIG, HEROIC thing -- even giving the cure to Damon, she coached it in that she owed him -- it's been this gradual, believable shift.

Speaking of, I loooove your theory that Katherine is letting the feelings in now because she's not so busy running. Makes perfect sense.

Honestly, I'm still tempted to take this whole part I wrote up and respond to this review that griped big-time at the show for the unbelievability factor of that because we've apparently "never" seen Katherine show that she cared for anyone but herself. What. EVER!

I almost think it would hurt Elena more to know that Stefan ruined their plans for pure reasons. It means he made the decision to not go to her even though he is feeling - for Damon at least - if not so much for her.

You mean in that it would make it that much more obvious to them that they are indeed over?
bluesuzannebluesuzanne on November 13th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Part 2
- I absolutely adored the Bonnie/Elena scene. I have a younger brother, and when Bonnie said that Elena would be mad at her younger brother, but it's not the same, I just nodded, because that is so the case. When you have a situation like that, they are always your baby brother first and foremost. This show SO gets familial relationships, especially of the sibling sort, I love it so much. And that Bonnie was so awesomely cool and understanding about it, but still making it clear that, yeah, Elena and she really could not talk about it was just ... gah! We didn't see her much in this episode, but every moment Bonnie had onscreen was pure gold for me.

THIS. Bonnie is still a bit hit and miss for me, but I loved her in this ep.

- Tyler and Caroline still bore me silly. I actually found my mind wandering during their opening scene. *sigh* I know that they are popular and it does bum me out that this is likely going to be Caroline's big love story through the run of the show because I love Caroline so much, but I do not even remotely love her with Tyler. Ah well. On the other hand, I did like their break-up scene. It was so well-written, with some great acting (especially from Candice Accola) by both actors. That little sound that Caroline made when Tyler walked out just broke my heart.

Agreed, on both counts - generally bored by their dynamic, but appreciative of the breakup scene. (Though I actually find Trevino rather wooden/false as an actor which I think is part of why Tyler doesn't work for me.)

- Double hah!, even Klaus knows what's up with Damon and Elena now, as he told "Elena" that Damon's life would be forfeit if anything happened to him, counting on Elena's feelings for Damon to counteract any attempt on his life. LOVED. IT!

I TOTALLY SQUEALED AT THIS. Everyone sees what we see. Obvs.

I didn't get a kissy vibe from the Delena scene. I was a bit surprised so many did. I think we've seen them much closer to a kiss than we did there. And I do think it would have been too bound up with what had just happened so I'm glad the show is waiting. IT NEEDS TO BE PERFECT AND GLORIOUS.

- I love you, Caroline, but stop calling Rebekah an evil vampire-slut. SHE IS NOT! Okay, I totally get why Caroline did so, but it hurt my heart whenever she called her that. Poor Rebekah!

haha. I kind of loved it. Even though I love Rebekah like crazy. Basically I need loads of Rebekah and Caroline scenes in which they snark blondely at each other. Amazing.









Arabian: Damon & Elena11arabian on November 17th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: Part 2
[I'm] generally bored by their dynamic, but appreciative of the breakup scene. (Though I actually find Trevino rather wooden/false as an actor which I think is part of why Tyler doesn't work for me.)

I was thinking during the earlier scene with him and Caroline, and then Matt, that yeah, he and Roerig really are wooden, but I was so on a high from the episode that I didn't want to be Negative Nellie about anything, LOL! I mean, even with what I said about Joseph Morgan, I could still find complimentary stuff about him too.

I didn't get a kissy vibe from the Delena scene. I was a bit surprised so many did.

Go back and watch the split second after the phone rings, and the camera switches angles. It looks very much like they were this close to a kiss, and when the camera angle switches, Elena pulls away nervously, looks down, and brushes her hair behind her ears in a very 'oh, that was close' kind of way. The direction was overall good in this episode, but that moment REALLY should have been held longer because we clearly were meant to get that intent.

I do think it would have been too bound up with what had just happened so I'm glad the show is waiting. IT NEEDS TO BE PERFECT AND GLORIOUS.

Agreed. And it better be! Because they REALLY have been building it up to a LOT of near-misses now!

Basically I need loads of Rebekah and Caroline scenes in which they snark blondely at each other. Amazing.

As long as Elena and Rebekah can be BFFs, I'm cool with that. :)
Jude: tvd; elijah pants offdanceonstardust on November 13th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
I really love Rebekah too!

I agree on how Damon and Elena was close to kissing, I was pouting when it didn't happen.

Yeah I was shocked when I didn't see Katherine as Elena in the first place too until I saw the scene with Mikael and Klaus.

You want to know what's weird? My dad came in during the scene where Mikael held "Elena"/Katherine hostage and stabbed her while Klaus was crying and he said "Oh did he just kill his girlfriend?!" My reaction: O.o

But then, I watched it later and can see it from his standpoint. haha.

I AGREE ABOUT MIKAEL DYING AND MISSING ELIJAH!

Edited at 2011-11-13 05:19 am (UTC)
Arabian: Elijah02arabian on November 15th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Rebekah is TEH AWESOME!

I agree on how Damon and Elena was close to kissing, I was pouting when it didn't happen.

True, but really it's better that they didn't because that was about Stefan, and I want their first kiss to be about THEM! :D

I was shocked when I didn't see Katherine as Elena in the first place too until I saw the scene with Mikael and Klaus.

If you go back and rewatch it, it's actually really awesome how OBVIOUS it is when you do know, but yeah, Nina did so wonderful that it wasn't obvious first time watching. Love her.

My dad came in during the scene where Mikael held "Elena"/Katherine hostage and stabbed her while Klaus was crying and he said "Oh did he just kill his girlfriend?!" My reaction: O.o

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

ELIJAH!! I WANT YOU BACK ON MY SHOW!!!!!!!!!
vamplover85vamplover85 on November 13th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
You know I always love your reviews, you give every thought of what I have in my head lol, I love your review on the Stefan/Elena/Damon part. I think that too and just not an option, and I think Julie has said that Elena is never going back to Stefan... and at least i'm not the only one who thought it was Elena when they first entered the party not until after she got stabbed and said "kaboom" the power of Nina! :D I loved this episode a lot and I loved Joseph's acting in the scene with Mikeal the tears were great, and ha! Damon's face when Mikeal bit Stefan, and when Damon said "Here's my RSVP" bad ass! :D and ugh okay getting to sleepy to actually say something so i'm leaving it this way lol
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on November 15th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for the compliment. :)

I haven't read anywhere Julie said that about Stefan/Elena, I'd love to know that's true! :D

i'm not the only one who thought it was Elena when they first entered the party not until after she got stabbed and said "kaboom" the power of Nina! :D

A LOT of people thought so too.

Heather-Annlinsell_farm on November 14th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Damon was upset, on the edge, but Elena didn't cower in fear, she didn't walk out. She didn't get angry at him, or plead in desperation with him to stop. Instead, she calmly reached straight into the middle of his anger and forced him to look at her with just a touch, with uncompelled emotion in her eyes, in her voice, and she got through to him ... just like that. With her love. True and real. She took his face in her hands (his signature move with her), she held his gaze and she got through to him by invoking their unity, their togetherness and their ability to get through anything together. Because, yes, she does love him. She is falling in love with him completely. (Anyone who doesn't see that is watching their scenes with blinders on.)


You continue to be so uncanny about putting my thoughts & feelings into words!! This is all just plain right and is why I ship DE so very hard. I am fine with their moments being interrupted because I love where they are headed and have complete faith that it will be utterly spectacular when they finally get together.

I'm completely with you in that I cannot adequately express how much I LOVE THIS SHOW. I've never been so addicted and enthralled and just consumed by any other characters, show, or movie.

There is more that I could write but my powers of concentration are somewhat lacking ATM. I hope to be more coherent during the upcoming Rewatch. I'm downloading the S3 episodes from iTunes as we speak. :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on November 17th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
You continue to be so uncanny about putting my thoughts & feelings into words!! This is all just plain right and is why I ship DE so very hard. I am fine with their moments being interrupted because I love where they are headed and have complete faith that it will be utterly spectacular when they finally get together.

Exactly. They are taking such time and care in building this up to where it should be that I can't believe that when it happens it won't be absolutely amazing! :D (And thank you.)

I'm completely with you in that I cannot adequately express how much I LOVE THIS SHOW. I've never been so addicted and enthralled and just consumed by any other characters, show, or movie.

NO WORDS FOR THE UBER-AWESOME!
x5valex5vale on November 14th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Elena betrayed Rebekah because Rebekah loved Klaus. And Katherine betrayed Damon because she loved him (and Stefan).
Yes they both did, but they both can't be blamed because sometimes it's more important to lpreserve the life of the people we love than to achieve the greater good.

I genuinely believe that she had convinced herself she didn't love Damon, and it was only when she spent time with him again that she realized she'd idealized Stefan so much, keeping her distance from Damon that she'd rewritten her memories of the time in 1864, choosing to focus and believe in only her love for one of them because the less people she cares for, the less likelihood that she'd get trapped by that caring. And she was right.
Exactly. I loved the journey Kath made to realize that she has always lied to herself and that Damon has always been as much important as Stefan for her. She risked her like twice for him (last season with the cure and this time) and her attitude around him has never been the one of a person who doesn't care. I loved to see it.

Because that is just something that Damon could never fathom.
I guess this comes from very far in his life, due to his relationship with his father and Kath. But yes Damon couldn't fathom it, just like he seemed suprised when Elena said that it would ahve been Stefan's love for him to save his brother.

... where he believes that he is capable of being loved.
Yes. This is what he needs. Totally agree with you about Damon and kath.
Your analysis of their actual relationship and the one between Damon and Elena is flawless and it's exactly what I think.

Because, yes, she does love him. She is falling in love with him completely.
*melts*

Here, Damon said similar words to Elena, but in practically a whisper, resignation in his tone.
Desperation too. Failure. Failure for not bewing able to bring Stefan back for Elena and failure because he desperately wanted his brother back.

Saying the words here was just that final small step for her; it seemed to me as if she was saying the words only slightly for herself, but rather more for Damon's benefit.
She was aesome there, understanding exactly Damon's feelings.

Because he blew the entire plan, he left everyone (including Elena) at the mercy of Klaus just to save Damon and he can't say he did it to gain his freedom, because he would have gained that with Klaus' death as well. This time, he had no escape clause. What he did, he did for Damon. Period.
Can I say that this makes me SUPER HAPPY???? It's not for Elena, it's not to be martyr Stefan...it's just for Damon and his love for him. To be honest, Stefan has never hidden to care about his brother. What is clear now is that he cares more about him than about any other person and this is what Elena had already understood when she was in her bed talking about it with Damon.

Ian Somerhalder is accused of overacting (even if it's just with his eyebrows/eyes), but it fits the passionate, wild nature of Damon Salvatore (and, yes, I'm ridiculously biased). For me, much of Morgan's acting (especially in this episode) was over-the-top, but in a way that didn't work for me, didn't work for Klaus.
WORD!

Heh! Damon's almost-bored, yet still contemptuous "Here's my RSVP," rips out the hybrid's heart, "hybrid," after the hybrid tried to block Damon with a contemptuous "vampire" was awesome. I love him so. And, once again, Somerhalder proves himself the king of delivery.
Again, yes!

It was like, they were both feeling that moment of remorse that they hadn't been honest with one another about their part in the plan. It was just a small thing, but I loved it from both brothers.
I am so happy someone noticed it. There were so many subtle momennts in this episode, which was epic and therefore kinda overwhelming...

I can wait because it *is* coming. And it will be AWESOME!
I am glad we didn't have it because when it will be I want it to be all about Damon and Elena, not them comforting each other for something.

Can I take a moment to shake my head that anyone actually thought that Katherine was dead after "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
I am with you here.

EPIC SHOW IS EPIC AND I LOVE IT!

Edited at 2011-11-14 06:40 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon&Stefan04arabian on November 17th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Yes they both did, but they both can't be blamed because sometimes it's more important to preserve the life of the people we love than to achieve the greater good.

Yeah, they really can't be blamed. (And it's why I still believe that Elena, Damon, Stefan, et al, wouldn't have felt completely betrayed by Elijah because they all understand family.)

Exactly. I loved the journey Kath made to realize that she has always lied to herself and that Damon has always been as much important as Stefan for her. She risked her like twice for him (last season with the cure and this time) and her attitude around him has never been the one of a person who doesn't care. I loved to see it.

Well, I don't think -- and I didn't get from this -- that Damon is as important to her as Stefan. She does put Stefan first. She flat-out told Damon that in "The House Guest." She had to choose which one to save, and she chose Stefan. She was glad that Damon was okay and didn't die, because she wouldn't want him to, but she did choose Stefan. Between the two, it's Stefan she picks first, but if the choice is between Damon and anyone but Stefan, she'd pick Damon.

Can I say that this makes me SUPER HAPPY???? It's not for Elena, it's not to be martyr Stefan...it's just for Damon and his love for him. To be honest, Stefan has never hidden to care about his brother. What is clear now is that he cares more about him than about any other person and this is what Elena had already understood when she was in her bed talking about it with Damon.!!

Yes, yes, yes, all of this. (Although, I'm sure the delusional S/Ers are still trying to prove that we are wrong. They apaprently were doing so after the last episode too.)

I am so happy someone noticed it [the brothers' moments of remorse about the other]. There were so many subtle momennts in this episode, which was epic and therefore kinda overwhelming...

It was so beautiful. And I don't even think I realized it the first time I watched it, well not from Stefan's end, but upon rewatch I did, and I loved it.

I am glad we didn't have [the kiss then] because when it will be I want it to be all about Damon and Elena, not them comforting each other for something.

Exactly.

EPIC SHOW IS EPIC AND I LOVE IT!

Truer words were never spoken! :D
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Florencia: DE (Picture Perfect)florencia7 on November 15th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Fantastic review. How do you manage to put your thoughts into words so clearly?? It's such a pleasure to read ♥

I loved what you said about Damon taking into consideration every possible thing that could make their plan fail except "the love that others felt for him". This is such a fabulous observation.

& I'm seriously beginning to think they're gonna bring Elijah back in 3x22 LOL
Arabian: Damon & Elena16arabian on November 17th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
How do you manage to put your thoughts into words so clearly??

I honestly don't know how I manage it, but I was really, really proud of myself for doing it with this one! :)

I loved what you said about Damon taking into consideration every possible thing that could make their plan fail except "the love that others felt for him". This is such a fabulous observation.

It's just so true; this boy has self-esteem issues like you'd never believe. He just so does. And I'm always so aware of it, my poor bb, Damon.

I'm seriously beginning to think they're gonna bring Elijah back in 3x22 LOL

THEY ARE KILLING ME!
Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#113939523mridul777 on December 14th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Part 1
AND A MILLION YEARS LATER I READ AND REPLY....
I won't use any excuse, just that I am sorry it took me soo very long........ :P :P :D :D

Now on with my commenting:


Rebekah would be taken out in the episode. *sigh* Sadly, I was right

I didn't even see that coming...and I really kinda jumped off my seat when the sudden plunge happened. But you know what..not too much depressed. Coz, if she stayed alive but wasn't used in the episodes, then it would have hurt because I would be anticipating that where's Rebekah, what might she be doing if she were here, or what IS she doing period. NOW, (if they don't put off her dagger extrication like they're doing with Elijah, which is very very bad) when she comes back, I think it'll be with an agenda and a BANG!...all te more sources for entertainment.

Character is key, above it all, the most important aspect of storytelling for me. So, I love you, Rebekah, but I understand why you were staked. I just want you to come back to me very soon.


Ditto.... Please DO come back very soon.


Perhaps that is from where she was getting her strength at this juncture. I think it was.



Each and EVERY women in this show is EMPOWERED.... I mean, this girl, according to her outward appearance and behavior, one might think that she is NOTHING other than a bratty blonde original, with a lotta Daddy-Given powers. But in these few scenes (played marvelously by Miss Holt) it showed the inner battles this little girl fought and is still fighting, ALONG with partaking in her social activities. I am simple very proud of her. I wish she be back soon.

I actually do believe that Elena and Rebekah could have become friends

TOTALLY....I mean in the beginning, when Stefan gave her the phone to talk to Klaus, she looked at Elena first and when she nodded Rebekah proceeded, it PROVES that Elena gained a good portion of her trust. And I still feel that there is a history of good/kinship friendship between Rebekah and the Original Petrova. Rebekah hated Elena previously, solely because of Elena's relationship with Stefan AND because honestly, Rebekah IS like one of those popular girls of High School who is used to being treated and pampered like royalty. Everybody wondered by her presence and appearance, everybody treating her special and what not. She EXPECTS guys to go above and beyond and be nice to her and treat her like she's a star because she's used to those things. That's why she called Damon and Stefan "rude" in Ep 6, because she expected them to be extra nice to her...why..Because she's Rebekah...the Original sister....So that's why when she saw that her GUY was now smitten with some other girl, she instantly went into Mean Girl mode and started behaving with Elena like competition. But I think there was a connection between the Original Petrova and Rebekah, which is why Rebekah slowly got close to Elena and started trusting her.


One can only hope that when (it will be when!) Rebekah is un-daggered that she will accept Elena's intentions in that moment -- not wanting to harm her, but having no other choice, and trying to be good to Rebekah before she delivered the blow -- and thus will not turn fully against her.

YES...It MOST DEFINITELY will be when and not if. Lot of people believed that Kat was dead after Ep 6, BUT she turned out alive, juuuust fine. So I have faith that sooner Rebekah will also be un-daggered. And yes i hope that she understands Elena and her reasons and not shifts into "Kill Elena" once she does come back. But I am a little afraid. I read it somewhere, that after Season 3 not ALL the Originals will be alive. So..I don't know. I am REALLY not thinking or speculating ANYTHING.... it is show which will make me mad if I even try and speculate.

Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#113105229mridul777 on December 14th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Part 2

that upon rewatch, I was mentally kicking myself. How could I *possibly* have not realized it was Katherine from the moment that she and Matt walked into the Lockwood mansion together?

Yeah..this thing bothered me too. First time I watched, the online player was disgusting and the streaming, the video quality sucked..so those are my excuse... :P LOL

But honestly, upon re-watch, it was very clear when Elena ends and Kat begins. Even the way she is while chugging her beer down standing with Matt, is different. The most clearest is when "Elena" is talking with Klaus and she says I'm not nervous, I just don't like you.


It just didn't cross my mind that Elena would actually give up her place forefront in the big plan that would not only kill Klaus once and for all, but would "save" Stefan

Moreover...this showed that Elena trusted Damon and his plans and actions enough to actually listen and follow what he told her. She COMPLETELY trusted Damon and actually took a backseat. Which is unusual because Elena usually tries to be as involved in these kinda plans as much she can her safety be damned, and this time there was no John forcing her to come home. It was her believing and listening to Damon. Which swelled my heart with joy.

human, unprotected Matt would be left alone with Katherine.

But Tyler said Matt drinks vervain...which is why Rebekah and Matt's pairing was okay with him, since she can't drink his blood. And I think Elena thought that there is no reason as to why Kat should try and kill Matt, since she can't compel OR drink from him she sent off Matt with the lesser of 2 evils. Plus yeah, Elena's views are different than before, so that's a reason too.

I genuinely believe that she had convinced herself she didn't love Damon (thus her declaration to him in "The Return"),

I have a different CRAZY THEORY regarding this matter. It is what I THINK was the reason why she (Kat) did what she did with Damon in "The Return".
She returned to Mystic Falls to obtain the moonstone and perform the ritual. AND to find and play with her Salvatore boys in the process because honestly speaking..she is Kat and that's what she does. She loves messing. BUT as soon as she returned she saw that both the boys are completely smitten with Elena. I think she thought she will yet again play the age old game and turn both guys against Elena or at least Damon, since she presumed he is the most easiest to grab hold of, and take him as a partner in crime. BUT his protectiveness and feelings towards Elena caused Katherine to take matters into a different direction and she riled Damon up by hitting him where she knew it would hurt the most and making it clear that he was nothing in this relationship, just a toy and it was ALL about Stefan, thus creating a rift between the brother's again AND instigating an already impulsive Damon, this way everyone will be busy wondering what Damon might do, of how he might explode and she'll sneak off after doing what she wanted to do, and nobody would realize what just happened. Everbody will put 2+2 AFTER the damage has been done. She did this with Damon to create a kinda diversion.

Because it's crazy really, one episode, she says that there is NOTHING for Damon in her heart and in others she says she loved him. I think she always knew that she cares for both the boys BUT her fondness of Stefan is much more than that of Damon. But above everything Katherine loves herself, and she'll not let these feelings come forth her survival. And since Damon is the lesser one in the fondness list, thus he also becomes the more expendable Salvatore according to Katherine.

Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#113983724mridul777 on December 14th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Part 3
she wouldn't have given him the opportunity to save Damon because her only focus would have been on getting rid of Klaus, Damon could go to hell.


YEAH..TOTALLY!!! Thank God for that!

Even if he'd been flat-out told beforehand that his life was at risk, I honestly do not believe that it would have crossed his mind that it would change anyone's intent in seeing the plan out

I think that Damon honestly doubts that Stefan loves him. I think that over many years (probably since the whole Katherine getting taken by Giuseppe debacle in 1864) Damon has consistently chalked up any remotely nice thing Stefan does for him to Stefan’s inability to handle guilt; guilt over things he did, things he didn’t do, the sky being blue etc. Even the devil’s bargain with Klaus, I can see Damon perceiving as something from Stefan not wanting to feel guilty because he didn’t life a finger to save his brother. Mind you, I’m not saying that this is Stefan’s ACTUAL motivation, just that I can see Damon looking at it that way.

Now, all of a sudden he has Elena – who is basically the person he trusts most in the world at this point – telling him that Stefan loves him more than he loves her. Because it’s Elena, he can’t dismiss it out of hand and I think that’s important.

Elena couldn't give that to him (not that she was obligated, but it *was* what he needed), that's why he snapped so spectacularly.

And in the course of time from season 1, Elena became that person for Damon whom he enlisted amongst the important people's who confirmation and decisions mattered to him. So yeah I totally agree....that's why I guess he said in "The Return" that he doesn't need Katherine to send him off the edge. Because although Kat did matter to him, he also knew that Elena's answers will be more true and valid without any hidden agenda or sneaky reasons, and if she can love him, then yes maybe he does deserve love and care. BUT when he received identical replies from both ends of the spectrum he totally lost hope and bearings and he snapped in the worst way possible.... it's like he thought..."okay so since I am not worthy to be loved by anyone, I'll make myself the most hated one" because that IS the easy way. That way he doesn't have to care about anyone or anything...but as we all saw and thank god for that..Damon couldn't keep up his resolve for much long...

And now? That is what is beginning to happen with Elena and Damon ... naturally, truly, without compulsion ... and platonically (for now).

THIS IS INDEED A TRUE FACT AND A VERY IMPORTANT ONE: Nature/Fate/Destiny has its own course and whims.
When someone wants something so bad, and wants it to happen, it doesn't happen. But just when you silently bow down and accept your fate, those happy sun lights starts shinning. I think Damon never expected Elena to ever be this "one" for him ever again. But it was reveling to watch this part of their relationship as well, where one trusts the other and is with the other in SUCH a fashion that the consoling, or "I'm on Your side" or "We have each other" is real... not compelled or forced or something she is saying because she doesn't have Stefan so Damon will have to make do. It is something uniquely her and Damon's. It was nice to watch. And these kinda stuff JUST doesn't happen. It happens between 2 people who has been through SO MUCH together and they have survived and had each others back and everything throughout. It's their journey together, which has made them like this, that one touch calms the other down.

(Anyone who doesn't see that is watching their scenes with blinders on.)


True That!!! COMPLETELY.....




one that he compelled with another because he couldn't have the girl he loves -- is now becoming real ... with the girl he loves. Fascinating.


And for ALL OF US..something we wanted to see happen for so damn long...so it's Enchanting for us!! :D

Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#113893663mridul777 on December 14th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Part 4
it seemed to me as if she was saying the words only slightly for herself, but rather more for Damon's benefit.

What's interesting is that Damon showing disappointment over the fact of loosing Stefan and Elena letting him go and being strong for HIM and her. I say this girl is getting more mature and more real by the second.

it was a useless repeat to have Stefan yet again choose to save Damon when he just did it in the last episode, but I think it was important to do so

YES I COMPLETELY AGREE, because this season IS ESSENTIALLY about the bond between these brother's and the bond of family. So what IS it between these brother's and what IS GOING TO HAPPEN between these brother's is infact and important point, worth repeating.

(not that many are still not getting it judging from reviews *sigh*)

Tell me about it.... Why can't people JUST see the course and change in relationships, people's and especially Elena and ALL other's. People has to understand that these characters aren't static...they are fluid and dynamic and they change, because honestly people change and that's the fun in understanding the characters more better. If they were the same as they were when we begun the series then what fun would it be exploring and understanding them. They'd be uni-dimensional thingies and nothing interesting. Elena and Stefan's relationship was perfect for the 17 year old traumatized, lonely and sad girl needing love warmth and comfort which she got with the overly sweet and perfect, righteous vampire. But seriously NONE of them are those people anymore. So why oh why would conditions remain ALL the same.... People who still holds the belief of sugar coated return of season 1 Stefan/Elena, needs to understand this.


Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#114704473mridul777 on December 14th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Part 5
I felt bad for Klaus during the moments Mikael kept slashing him and the tearful moments of Klaus. But no, I do not share much sympathy with him either. I don't know...maybe Morgan failed to convince me of the "helpless boy tormented by his father, so he turns into a serial killer" side of Klaus, or what, I don't know. What I know is, I love the character Klaus, he is classy Bad-Ass (NOT "AWESOME CLASSY AND SUAVE POWERFUL BAD-ASS SWEETHEART" like Elijah though!) and I like stuff that he does, but at the end of the day...he'll get what he deserve.

(and, yes, I'm ridiculously biased)

Yes..Yes you are...But it's fun to read so I am never complaining.... :D

And how will he die now, hmm?

I don't know...but I keep thinking that the necklace will have a part in that. If Emily could possess Bonnie's body and destroy the amulet that Damon wanted to free Katherine..then why can't Esther do the same or something similar with the help of the necklace, thus leading to a series of events which finally creates something with which Klaus can be killed?


Hah, I love this show so much. Stefan flat-out said that it wouldn't be *his* humanity that would screw up the plan, and yet, that was EXACTLY what messed it all up. Oh show

When I was re-watching...during this part..when Stefan said it wouldn't be his humanity.... I shouted out ""WRONG!!!""

LoL

Double hah!, even Klaus knows what's up with Damon and Elena now, as he told "Elena" that Damon's life would be forfeit if anything happened to him, counting on Elena's feelings for Damon to counteract any attempt on his life. LOVED. IT!


And funny too....it seems that in this show everybody and their dog knows what's going on between 2 people and who holds how much importance for the other..except for the one's ACTUALLY involved in the mix.... :D :D

*Sigh* I really did think that we were going to get a Damon/Elena kiss. Obviously, we did not -- although, I do think we were supposed to fully get the vibe that they were yet again thisclose to doing so in that final scene when Katherine called, but the moment right before Elena turned away wasn't held long enough to truly telegraph that. Anyhoo, I have to say though that I'm glad that we didn't under the circumstances because the kiss would have been wrapped up in Damon's pain over Stefan, and just wrapped up too much in Stefan in general. I can wait because it *is* coming. And it will be AWESOME!

You know what...I'm extremely glad that the KISS did NOT happen. Why? Because I want that when it happens, the moment shouldn't be a sad hurtful, disappointing and gloomy one, and should definitely NOT be about someone else other then them and them only. So Me along with you and all other sensible people that it IS infact coming and will be ALL the more awesome and beautiful like their relationship.
Azmiri Sultana Mridul: pic#114162614mridul777 on December 14th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
Part 6
Another hope that was extinguished cruelly? No un-daggering of my beloved Elijah. Excuse me while I sit over in the corner weeping.


Trust me...I was betting so hard that Elijah WILL be un-daggered. But yeah sitting in the corner and weeping IS a perfect exclamation I can think of.

Speaking of Mikael, so I was not expecting him to go out so spectacularly SO SOON! We've got THIRTEEN episodes left and Mikael is gone!


TOTALLY...I understand that too many actors are introduced and some has to die to pave way for others...but eh...Mikael needed/deserved (more like I needed) some more time.

I love you, Caroline, but stop calling Rebekah an evil vampire-slut. SHE IS NOT! Okay, I totally get why Caroline did so, but it hurt my heart whenever she called her that. Poor Rebekah!

It's a MEAN GIRL Power Struggle in it's Truest form Hunny... I had fun watching it. Kinda like when Damon bad mouths Bonnie or Caroline.

I LOVE EVERYTHING THAT THIS SHOW CHOOSES TO BE!

YEP TOTALLY!!
Olga: TVD | S/R | 3x03 | Dancedreamingahead on January 6th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Wow, you weren't kidding about it being EPICALLY BIG, but wow, what a compelling set of insights and flawless writing! Reading your reviews always feels like reading a beautifully written novel, and I'm always impressed by your ability to compose your thoughts in this way despite the flaily effect the episodes usually leave on us!


Still, I do hope that the gang will un-dagger her sooner rather than later, and that she will understand why they did what they did.

I feel the same way about Rebekah! Sure, the story made perfect sense why having her neutralised was the only way because there was no chance of knowing how she might have acted when she saw Klaus at the wake, especially since she's also kind of afraid of ending up on his bad side. However, I hope this didn't close the door leading to a possibility of the Rebekah/Elena friendship, I've been looking forward to seeing more of it since Rebekah opened up to her about her family. You've mentioned that Rebekah can relate to Elena's strife to protect her family at all costs, so I have hopes she will understand.

I love everything you had to say about Rebekah and her complex feelings toward her father. His behaviour definitely was a reason it was so easy for Klaus to pin their mother's death on Mikael, and in a way, that's true.

Also, this made me laugh:

It was more about Elena wanting to do something nice for Rebekah before stabbing her in the back.

So Very Elena.

It's clear the necklace has lost its meaning to her, though! It also appears to be de-vervained... right? When Caroline put on her vervaine necklace after becoming a vampire, it burned her, so I'm wondering.

I only realized that it was Katherine when Mikael pulled "Elena" to him and threatened her life when bargaining with Klaus.

It was the same for me! I guess I just never expected her to be re-introduced straight with a role of Elena after her Mikael fiasco, which, an awesome way to finally learn she's alive.

Being Katherine, it was about not only that Matt was there with Katherine (!) of all people as his date, but considering how Katherine had used and compelled him.

THIS. It was definitely interesting to have an entirely different mental imagery as a reaction to that phrase.

I genuinely believe that she had convinced herself she didn't love Damon (thus her declaration to him in "The Return"), and it was only when she spent time with him again that she realized she'd idealized Stefan so much, keeping her distance from Damon that she'd rewritten her memories of the time in 1864, choosing to focus and believe in only her love for one of them because the less people she cares for, the less likelihood that she'd get trapped by that caring.

A wonderful insight! I've been thinking about Damon/Katherine a lot since watching the episode, and your analysis definitely makes sense.


Damon was upset, on the edge, but Elena didn't cower in fear, she didn't walk out. She didn't get angry at him, or plead in desperation with him to stop. Instead, she calmly reached straight into the middle of his anger and forced him to look at her with just a touch, with uncompelled emotion in her eyes, in her voice, and she got through to him ... just like that. With her love. True and real. She took his face in her hands (his signature move with her), she held his gaze and she got through to him by invoking their unity, their togetherness and their ability to get through anything together. Because, yes, she does love him. She is falling in love with him completely. (Anyone who doesn't see that is watching their scenes with blinders on.)

This is such a stunning passage. I forgot to mention it in my review, but I really loved the symbolism of Elena using his signature move to get through to him, as if to show it's not one-sided, she reciprocates.

Also, very cleverly pointed out parallels with Andie as his model of a perfect girlfriend and Elena actually becoming one on her own accord. Brilliant!

P.S. Was also very offended by Caroline's choice of words regarding Rebekah. I mean, Rebekah did threaten to take over her entire life, but that wording felt a bit over the top coming from someone like Caroline.
distant_autumn: Rebekah by  riotbabyy233distant_autumn on April 22nd, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Part 1

Okay, I'm ridiculously excited about reading all your thoughts on this episode, I hope you know! :D

I loved this episode, even if some things in it broke my heart.

Heh, isn't that this show in a nutshell? ;) But yeah, WORD.

Rebekah herself made it clear that she couldn't be trusted

I got into this in my reply to you, but I honestly think her trustworthiness was somewhat ambiguous, which was one of the things I liked about it. That said, I totally agree with you that despite everything, she continued to love Klaus as well as hate him.

Still, I do hope that the gang will un-dagger her sooner rather than later, and that she will understand why they did what they did. I hope so anyway.

Well, last time someone daggered and un-daggered her, they ended up with a dagger straight to the chest in return, so... ;) IDK, I want her un-daggered as soon as possible, but the fact that they didn't take the opportunity to go un-dagger her immediately afterwards (and left the poor girl face down in the cellar!) makes me think it's not going to happen for a while and that she's probably not going to be happy about it when they do. Although maybe I'm wrong about that, because Klaus was already looking for her at the end of the episode. Hmm.

I'd love to think she'd be understanding, but I fear that the sheer closeness between Rebekah and Elena in that scene is going to leave her feeling really betrayed and angry and quite possibly push her straight back to Klaus. Like, she opened up to Elena and trusted her and in return for it, she got a dagger in the back and the assumption she herself couldn't be trusted. Even though Elena's actions are perfectly understandable to us, I'm not sure Rebekah is going to feel that way. Although I hope I'm wrong, for obvious reasons.

The character motivations made perfect sense and I've always maintained that if the actions are in character, even if I don't like the action, I will go with the flow because the writers are being true to the character. Character is key, above it all, the most important aspect of storytelling for me. So, I love you, Rebekah, but I understand why you were staked.

Totally, totally agree with all of this. I hurt to see it happen and I want her back ASAP, but it was absolutely the right writing decision to make. The episode (and Elena's ongoing arc, and probably also Rebekah's) would've been poorer without it.

Touching because it really does show an incredible strength of character. The revelation that Klaus killed her mother and lied to her for a millennium about it probably came closer to breaking her than anything before, and yet here she stood, determined to help our motley crew.

I knowwwwwwww. I was so proud of her, that she'd been through so much already and that it was so clearly such a phenomenally hard thing for her to do and yet she stood there and did it anyway. Oh, Rebekah.

she was also standing up and facing her father -- a man she's blamed for her mother's death and believing that he's no longer responsible or not, those feelings just can't go away with a different set of facts added to the equation. Furthermore, this is a man who frightened her and was, at the very least, emotionally abusive to her and her family while they were human.

Ooh, I love this observation! I didn't really focus in on the Mikael/Rebekah part of the equation during the opening scene (though obviously I did during their later scene together) but you are totally right. That adds a whole new level to how strong she was for doing that.

Adore your entire description of the simultaneous strength and fragility conveyed during that scene. Claire did such a fabulous job.
Arabian: Rebekah02arabian on April 26th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm ridiculously excited about reading all your thoughts on this episode, I hope you know! :D

Thank you, m'dear! And, I'm going to try to sidestep any commentary that could hint at future episodes. So where I would have speculated before with you, now, I'm going to, uhm, not.

I got into this in my reply to you, but I honestly think her trustworthiness was somewhat ambiguous, which was one of the things I liked about it. That said, I totally agree with you that despite everything, she continued to love Klaus as well as hate him.

Which is why I completely thought her untrustworthiness was clear.

Still, I do hope that the gang will un-dagger her sooner rather than later, and that she will understand why they did what they did. I hope so anyway.

I hurt to see it happen and I want her back ASAP, but it was absolutely the right writing decision to make. The episode (and Elena's ongoing arc, and probably also Rebekah's) would've been poorer without it.

Agreed; it broke my heart that Elena did it, but it kinda needed to happen.

oh, I love this observation! I didn't really focus in on the Mikael/Rebekah part of the equation during the opening scene (though obviously I did during their later scene together) but you are totally right. That adds a whole new level to how strong she was for doing that.

I don't know why that struck me so strongly, but just how she played that scene with him ... oooh!

Adore your entire description of the simultaneous strength and fragility conveyed during that scene. Claire did such a fabulous job.

She really, really did. Such an outstanding and subtle actress.
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distant_autumndistant_autumn on April 22nd, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Part 2

The fact that she believed Klaus for 1,000 years is on Mikael. Had he not been the awful father and husband that she remembered, had he not painfully killed his children to "protect" them, had he not made it so easy to believe the absolute worst of him, she wouldn't have believed it.

Absolutely. Plus it was his massive failings as a human father that bonded her so closely to Klaus in the first place, back when they were just kids. And everything about his subsequent actions only served to make Klaus' story ever more plausible. Starting with his absence at Esther's funeral (because that moment right there cemented Rebekah's ties to Klaus ~always and forever~ and Mikael could've stopped it but didn't) and continuing on from there. It's all very well for Mikael to come over all "it was never you I was after!" but his method of approach involved raining wooden bullets down on them both, and in 1000 years he never seems to have even tried to reach out to her, not even once. What did he expect her to think, other than that Klaus was telling her the truth and that Mikael was to be feared and hated more than ever?

Considering that betrayal, I think that it was that hatred of Mikael that kept her standing. She couldn't get satisfaction in avenging her mother's death by taking out Klaus because of how much she loves her brother, but she could get satisfaction in letting Mikael know that just because he didn't commit that sin, he still committed many others.

Oh wow, I love this. I felt like she found strength in Elena, and I still think that, but her feelings about Mikael also fueling her makes perfect sense to me.

Were it not for the situation -- Operation!Kill!Klaus! -- I actually do believe that Elena and Rebekah could have become friends.

This is the tragedy of it for me. They really could've been and indeed seemed well on the way to it. And yet.

All Rebekah clearly wanted was a home, a family, friends, the ability to live a young girl's life. After all, she even wore the dress that Elena had picked for her. She wanted a connection, any connection, and Elena as that someone she could connect with, someone with who she could share that desire with fit. Elena lost her mother (Rebekah must know this history by now), Elena loved Stefan, Elena understands the love of family, so it makes sense that she would seek that connection with Elena.

All of this is so beautifully stated. Just yes. All of this. Incidentally, I loved that the similarities between the two of them, combined with the mirroring of the 3.01 scene, made it seem like Elena felt she was betraying herself and the girl she used to be (the one who got dressed up and went to dances and stood in the exact same position as Rebekah doing the exact same thing) just as much as she was betraying Rebekah, by daggering her like that. I thought it was really nicely done. Especially because I feel like that's a big part of Elena's journey: reconciling who she would like to be and thinks she is, with the reality of who she actually truly is/is becoming as she grows up. But I digress!

She is extraordinarily empathetic once she allows someone into her life, and whether it was to find out information or not, by opening that door in the last episode, Elena did allow Rebekah into her life.

Yeah, this. She identified too much with Rebekah by the end of 3.08 not to feel a connection there, even if it was one she was ultimately willing to betray.

had she been standing before Klaus at the wake, can there be much doubt that Rebekah wouldn't have been able to either give it away in either anger at the betrayal, or torment that he could so betray her? Not much, I imagine.

You might well be right, but I still enjoy the fact that I'm just not sure. I'm really not. Is there a very good chance she would've cracked? Totally, and that's why I get why Elena did it. Am I absolutely 100% sure that she would've done? No. And I love that I'm not.

And betrayal was rampant in this episode, but all of it, every single instance was based on love.

Definitely, and that was what was so wonderful (and ouchy) about it.
Arabian: Elena04arabian on April 26th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: Elena/Rebekah as friends -- This is the tragedy of it for me. They really could've been and indeed seemed well on the way to it. And yet.

I will dream until the last episode of the series that such will happen!

Incidentally, I loved that the similarities between the two of them, combined with the mirroring of the 3.01 scene, made it seem like Elena felt she was betraying herself and the girl she used to be (the one who got dressed up and went to dances and stood in the exact same position as Rebekah doing the exact same thing) just as much as she was betraying Rebekah, by daggering her like that.

Guh! I never even thought of that, but oh, so true. I've missed you and your beautiful insights!

I feel like that's a big part of Elena's journey: reconciling who she would like to be and thinks she is, with the reality of who she actually truly is/is becoming as she grows up. But I digress!

Re: Rampant betryal -- Definitely, and that was what was so wonderful (and ouchy) about it.

I know! It was so positively painful, but so wonderfully done, and right.
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