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08 January 2011 @ 02:36 pm
30 Day Vampire Diaries-Meme, Day 16  
Day 16 - A scene that makes you angry?

Damon/Elena, The rest of the story (Season 01, Episode 20, "Blood Brothers")

I didn't even realize until recently why "Blood Brothers" has the ability to annoy me despite how truly awesome most of the episode is. And then it hit me during a discussion with redbrunja in my current Ten Favorite Episodes post. The sad thing is that the scene starts out so promising, but then ugh, it just devolves into me seeing red!

Damon just shared a deeply emotional, clearly painful moment of his history -- something he's likely never told anyone before -- with Elena, and she shows not a single, solitary whit of concern for him. Nothing. Not even a "Damon, I'm sorry, I'm so sorry that that happened to you, but if Stefan is thinking of that ... I have to go." Yes, she still would have been all about Stefan -- which is perfectly understandable -- but she would have at least taken the five seconds it would take to acknowledge what a terrible thing Damon just shared. Instead, she's all oh!noes! I must go save emo!Stefan from himself, never mind that Damon just revealed a horrible, devastating secret. And then furthermore, she gets pissy with Damon. PISSY WITH HIM! In *that* moment. Ugh, Elena! Frankly, that pissed me off. And Elena rarely pisses me off so that just made it worse. :(

Past days:

Day 01 - Your favorite character?
Day 02 - Your least favorite character?
Day 03 - Your favorite guest star?
Day 04 - Your least favorite guest star?
Day 05 - Your favorite episode?
Day 06 - Your least favorite episode?
Day 07 - Your favorite Damon scene?
Day 08 - Your favorite Stefan scene?
Day 09 - Your favorite Elena scene?
Day 10 - Your favorite Caroline Scene?
Day 11 - Your favorite Damon one-liner?
Day 12 - Your favorite quote?
Day 13 - Your favorite funny scene?
Day 14 - A scene that makes you sad/cry?
Day 15 - A scene that makes you happy?
tams71tams71 on January 8th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
We are totally on the same page. I understand that Elena loves Stefan and has an unhealthly obsession with everything Stefan, but like you said, Damon had just revealed a seriously life changing event from his past, inflicted upon him by a selfish Stefan and all she can think about is saving Stefan from his emo self. No "I'm sorry" to Damon and then no comment to Stefan about how his actions altered the course of Damon's undead/dead life.

I detest how this scene played out. It started off wonderful, giving Elena further insight into Damon as a person (undead or not) and ended with it being all about Stefan. Fail for the TVD writer who penned this one.
Arabian: Stefan01arabian on January 8th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Williamson and Plec wrote this one. :(

it was just, ugh, such a shame that they took a FANTASTIC Damon moment and used it to make it ALL ABOUT STEFAN. Ugh. That's Stefan's job. Not the writers! (LOL!)
tams71tams71 on January 8th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Stefan's job and apparently Elena's as well :)
Arabian: Elena03arabian on January 8th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
See and that's why this scene is my pick here because it's NOT normally Elena's job. Elena is normally empathetic to the individual she is dealing with, and doesn't make it all about Stefan.
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 8th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Elena's treatment of Damon in the wake of his revealing a painful memory was horrible and her pissiness only made it worse. I get that she was stressed out about Stefan but prior to this they've shown her capable of being considerate of others even in the midst of mayhem.
Why did they (the writers) make her so miserable and tunnel-visioned in this scene???

Good choice.
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on January 8th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Exactly my point I just made to tams71 above. This is not how Elena normally is. :(
Myramidnightblack07 on January 8th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
agree with you and everyone above, it's really not like Elena to disregard someone else's pain for the sake of whatever she deems her first priority at the time.

A perfect example of this was during "The Sacrafice," while she's on the verge of literally giving away her life, she's extremely emphathetic towards Alice (before she finds out how self-serving the girl was) and takes the time to make the girl some tea and even has it in her to ask Rose how Alice was doing and admonishes Rose when she says the girl is "over-reacting." Alice is a complete stranger to Elena and yet she put her own grievances aside for a few minutes to help this stranger get past hers. And yet, here with Damon, she seems as if she could care less =/ I guess it can be chalked up to her anxiety over what's happening to Stefan but, still, it's not really like her...
Arabian: Elena01arabian on January 8th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It isn't my Damon/Elena fangirl that is so bugged by this scene; it's my Elena fangirl. Elena cares about more than just Stefan. And in this scene: She didn't care about anything BUT Stefan despite the devastation of someone (at that point) she very much considered a friend.
crowandfogcrowandfog on January 12th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
I think I was so glamoured by Damon sitting Elena's feet in his lap that I failed to notice her reaction to his story. Wow, that is pretty awful.

The majority of that episode was an epic fail for me. I chose it as the episode the pissed me off. I mean, there were moments of brightness, but, IMO, it revealed Damon to be the least malicious and selfish of all the Salvatore men.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on January 14th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, the beginning of that scene just is so adorable, and then it falls apart. I didn't have the same problems you did with the rest of the episode because it WAS all in character, and there was nothing that happened with Damon, Stefan or Giusseppi that was out of character or even a surprise. As long as writers play fair with the characters, set-up established even if it bothers me as a particular fan of a character or couple, I can deal. But it's got to play fair. Elena's reaction to Damon was not true to her character. Grrr.