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21 October 2011 @ 02:41 am
3.06 - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (The Vampire Diaries)  
It is Thursday (okay, Friday now) and the bestest show on the planet aired tonight. To that I say ....


Not as dynamic as last week, no, but this was still a nice, strong episode that was a bit filler-y, but unlike episode four, was a damn awesome filler episode. We got a few nice friendship moments, sibling moments, and romantic moments amongst different couples. And Stefan being a d-bag. And quite an amusing one at that. I am curious though, what is the deal with his humanity switch being off? Damon had his switch off and didn't forget loving Katherine. Stefan had his on in the 20's and loved Rebekah (and Nick(laus). Isobel had hers off, but clearly still cared for Ric, and Elena. Katherine clearly never even had a humanity switch, and she still loves Stefan (and Damon to a degree) as much as she's capable. Is it because Stefan's switch was compelled off? Is that the difference? At this point, it's the only thing that I can think of that makes sense. But hey, it's giving us an oh-so-amusing Stefan so I can't complain. :)

I have to be honest, I had Stefan/Elena-shaped fears about this episode. I really expected to see a bunch of longing looks, glimpses of Stefan's love for Elena breaking through, Elena unable to control her trembling heart when near him. And yet ... except for that one moment -- when she was a bit liquored up -- we actually didn't get any of that. In fact, if I were a Stefan/Elena fan, I'd be quite perturbed after this episode. Why? Because there were so many moments that were dang-near flat-out re-enactments, or very similar in feel and tone to early Stefan/Elena scenes that built up their "epic" love. It was as if by going back there, but putting a toxic spin on the scenes, it was stripping away the heart at the beginning of their relationship.

They bump into each other outside the bathroom as they did in Elena's first remembered meeting with Stefan. This time, she's anxious, wary and wants away from him. He's snarky and uncaring. Outside on the football field where she watched him with stars in her eyes, and he gave her the necklace, he's a jerk-off douche-bag to an unsuspecting kid, and he callously calls her a human bloodbag and then (hilariously) faux-cluelessly asks "what?" when she walks away in disgust. The bonfire scenes were reminiscent of their bonding moments in the Pilot at the falls, but this time, Stefan was talking down to her (we know what a lightweight you are, -- uh, no, Stefan, actually she's not ... ask Damon, someone who actually *does* know), chiding her, and calling attention to her jealousy over another girl close to his brother.

The one bit where there seemed to be a moment of connection (when he caught her after she "fell" from the bleachers), lasted only a few seconds, and he was already setting her down, pulling away when he was shot by Ric. And for Elena, while she was clearly caught a bit in that moment there, (a) she *was* playing him, and (b) she had been drinking so that effected her as well. Not to say that it wasn't there and real on her end, but it was brought on by much more than just her going all trembly over him.

And then finally there was the final scene between the two which felt familiar to me -- I found myself thinking of the scene leading to their first kiss in 1.02 -- where it, again, seemed as if Elena and he both were caught in the moment, but neither actually were. I did realize Stefan wasn't; I expected him to laugh in her face, but I found his "do you know how pathetic you sound?" better; I admit it; I laughed then. But even better was Elena staking him just to do it. While she wasn't playing him as she had earlier, it was obvious that she didn't expect to actually get through and was just testing him, but was ready for any negative response to him. And even better than that? That Ric was standing there the entire time, taking this in. Which was an interesting contrast to the little bit of the scene he just walked in on with Damon and Elena.

Speaking of ... yeah, Damon and Elena. They truly seem to be in a new phase of their relationship: Doing the mating dance. Their scenes tonight -- especially the latter -- very much had the flavor of unresolved sexual tension that was getting close to resolution, unspoken like, and next-door to flirting in the first scene, flat-out flirting in the latter. It wasn't a gentle, teasing flirting either. It was a weighted, we know what we're saying, we know it's there, we're not acknowledging it, but it's only a matter of time kind of flirting.

The only moment where Elena seemed taken aback at all with Damon in this episode was in their first scene was when he put her hand to his chest. And I think that right there was the turning point. Prior to that, they had been acting as they have when walking that line. He teased and snarked at her, she puffed and snarked back. He called her a few names, she decided to get serious and pulled out the "do it for me" card. She explained why she needed him to do this, and maybe how she explained it is what led to his action. I expected Elena to make some comment about wanting to save Stefan, wanting to believe in him, blah, blah, blah, but instead she made her statement about wanting to stand up for herself and she put Stefan in the enemy camp, on the opposite side, as someone she didn't want to see her weakness. Then Damon flipped the script.

That's when he pulled her hand to his chest, and that's when we got her "what are you doing?" She didn't sound angry, just ... taken aback because Damon's never gone the overt physical route with her in these instances. If he touches her, it's with a gentle, near-hesitancy. There was no hesitation, and he wasn't rough, but he was firm, holding her hand to him. Then, of course, he pulled her to him, giving her key vampire kill information, but really the information wasn't all that important in that moment. Heck, I'd be surprised if Elena even remembered half of what he said.

She was all caught up in his body pressed to hers, him talking low in her ear, his hand on her bare skin. She was breathing heavily, so lost in everything of him; honestly, girl looked pretty turned on. And when he let her go and she faced him, her eyes were locked on his lips, I do believe that we were supposed to believe that she was about to kiss him. Then Damon had to be SO STUPID! and say "my brother." Up to (and a few seconds past) that moment, she was THISCLOSE to kissing him, but a second or two after he said that and her brain caught up with the word, she looked away from his mouth and the moment was lost. Damnit. Damon!

But we weren't done! Which surprised me, because not only was I expecting some heavy Stefan/Elena anvils in this episode, I figured this one scene would be the only significant Damon/Elena scene, but we actually got the final one between the two. And this is the one where that mating dance aspect really struck me, and also their honesty with one another. Which I love SO much. They actually do not play games with one another. Elena wasn't ever playing games with Damon before (with the exception of "Bad Moon Rising," but that was Damon's exception too -- he lied to her for the first and only time in that episode); she was lying to herself, and never intentionally led him on. Now, she knows, he knows, and they've clearly turned a corner. I think it was a combination of her acknowledgment that she expected Damon to be there for her, Elena not taking the necklace back, her reaction/acceptance of his declaration, and what happened earlier between the two, that physicality.

And because of that corner turned, that honesty between them is manifesting itself in an interesting way. Damon and Elena may skirt around the actual words, but they are very clear to each other what they mean. Elena was clearly jealous of that moment she caught between him and Rebekah. She didn't flat-out say it to him, but she also was very clear in letting him know without saying so that it got to her. And in turn, Damon made it clear that he was very aware of what Elena was doing at the same time, and then used her own choice of words (faking it) to let her know that the moment with Rebekah she witnessed meant absolutely nothing. With that statement and the look he gave her, he was letting her know that it's her, it's still her, he's all about her. And her reaction? She liked hearing that. Then it was Ric's turn to cockblock! Geez! (Loved Damon rolling his eyes when Ric popped up. Hee!)

Which of course led to Elena's gentle musings to Alaric about his friendship with Damon. She said that she thinks Damon misses being Alaric's friend, but I think it was implied that Alaric misses being Damon's friend too. And I'm optimistic that we got enough references to these two tonight that their relationship will be on the mend soon enough. To me, it felt like almost a reverse of the events of "Bad Moon Rising" when Elena was mad at Damon, and Ric was a bit of referee between the two, with Elena determined to never forgive Damon. And, of course, she did. So Ric totally will too. Yay!

Moving on to the ghost story, so I guess Vicki is the bad ghost, and Anna is the good one. Okay, then. Vicki was definitely in character, at least. Not really a bad person, just so selfish in wanting what she wants, never mind the cost. Her scenes with Matt (before she clocked him) were a continuation of the sweetness of their last one in the last episode. I just wish that it didn't have to end with Matt on the losing side again. I know that Elena has lost more, and that the others have been through more crazy chaos, but I think I feel for Matt so much because the majority of his losses are based on real-life, his sister died, his mother deserted him, his girlfriend dumped him, the other he lost through the crazy -- even though he treated Caroline badly, and he feels like all of his friends have lied to and betrayed him. That's a LOT for a person to experience in one year, let alone a 17/18-year old boy who doesn't even have most of the supernatural hijinks to give him a sense of awe that is undeniably there despite the crazy chaos.

Still, it looks like Matt is going to win pretty soon. First of all, Caroline still has feelings for him, and things may look momentarily rosy with Tyler again, but they are clearly, clearly going to go to hell in a hand basket and she may find herself turning to Matt because who else does she have? Stefan is being a Ripper Douche, Elena is dealing with Stefan, the Ripper Douche, and Damon and her now-undeniable FEELINGS! for him. Bonnie is dealing with Jeremy and his ghostly girlfriends. She never turns to her mother, so that leaves ... Matt. Who is also just as clearly beginning something with Bonnie. Sorry, I know that this show rocks in portraying the friendships, but even they are not going to spend two episodes in a row focused on a heretofore unexplored relationship between a male and female and not plan it for it to get romantic (hello, Caroline and Tyler, Bonnie and Jeremy last season!).

My one legitimate complaint with this episode actually revolves somewhat around this. I feel like they made Bonnie a wee bit out of character in order to justify Jeremy so quick to rush into spiritual bliss with Anna, and further along this budding Bonnie/Matt relationship. Bonnie is a pretty dang understanding person, and she's been an incredibly understanding girlfriend. I just can't buy that she would be this upset, this stand-offish, this flat-out bitchy to Jeremy about the fact that GHOSTS are haunting him. Even if they are girlfriend ghosts, and they are brought on by him thinking of them ... hello! GIRLFRIENDS who are GHOSTS! How could he NOT be thinking of them? So, yeah, that did bug a little. (But Bonnie looked really pretty tonight. I liked her hairtstyle.)

(Note: My one non-legitimate complaint: I did NOT like Rebekah's hairstyle. Why did they have to straighten her hair too? I loved her full, bouncy waves. :Pouts:)

Now for some various couple commentaries -- First up, Rebekah and Stefan, Stefan and Caroline, Caroline and Tyler and Tyler and Rebekah. I was quite pleased that it was pretty clear that Rebekah is still into Stefan, however, she is not the type of girl who is going to sit around pining. If he's not going to give her the time of day, she's going to find her fun elsewhere. She's got time; they've got time. On the other hand, I am putting my Stefan/Caroline dreams on the shelf for a bit since they obviously have absolutely no plans to venture anywhere near those two anytime soon. There wasn't even acknowledgement between them beyond one anxious look from Caroline in even their one scene they shared. *sigh* Because Caroline is, of course, all wrapped up in Tyler -- who has returned to douche-ville thanks to the siring.

I just ... I can't help it. I swear, I'm trying. I love Caroline, I love Candice Accola, I like Tyler a lot, but the two together just don't do it for me. I try, I enjoy the dialogue, the story being told between them, but at the end of the scene (hell, sometimes, it's halfway through the scene), I find that I just don't care. My finger itches to hit the fast-forward button because I feel like they are taking up screen time that could be going to ANY OTHER STORY GOING RIGHT NOW. *sigh* Which leaves us with Tyler and Rebekah. Hmm, at first I thought that Rebekah's interest was sexual in Tyler (due to her "needs" comment to Stefan, and how she played the beginning of that last scene with Tyler), but when she brought out the compelled, bitten victim, it did make me wonder. Is this just about doing what Klaus wants her to do, ie; make Tyler the best asset for Klaus he can be? I don't know. I guess we'll see.

Actually, I was struck a bit by that ending with Tyler there because it seems like there is a slight parallel between his trajectory and Stefan's right now that may wind up in a collision course leaving only one standing. I dunno. Just a wandering thought that stuck.

And then there is the last pair: Damon and Katherine. Not much with them, but I liked their phone call; amusing as always. Of course, Katherine almost always amuses me. I loved her "yummy" about the mouse held over Mikael, and her petulant yelling, "Mikael, wake up!" Hee. Oh, Katherine, and erm, Katherine's not dead dead, right? She's just indisposed a bit, right? I mean, if she was dead dead, that would have been the final act and really shockingly obviously so. So, yeah, NOT DEAD DEAD. No. That? I refuse to accept. By the way, I don't think she was being stupid with Mikael, why would she imagine for a second that a vampire feeds on other vampires. That was just .. WHU!??!?!

Phew! Random thoughts time --

- One of my favorite moments was when Damon vervain-ed Tyler. I loved it so because that was a perfect Damon Salvatore neck-snap moment if ever there was one. And he didn't do it. I don't think it even crossed his mind. Three episode ago (had Tyler been hybrid-ed), he probably would have, but he didn't do it now. Looks like Ric's brief banishment of his boo (it will be brief!) is doing the trick in teaching Damon to play nicer with his teammates!

- My second favorite (non Damon/Elena aspect) of the episode? How strong Elena wants to be, and is becoming. I mean, she's always had an amazing strength, but I love seeing her really begin to own it and respect that about herself. Embrace it and kick ass with it. Go, Elena!

- I'm glad that the show officially dealt with the sire issue. Some people have been convinced that because other shows have the sire mythology -- ie, the sire has a parent/child connection to their "offspring" -- it applies to The Vampire Diaries. Even though we've been given no indication that it does. So, yeah, nicely handled, show.

- Rebekah continues to be awesome. We have GOT to have a scene of Rebekah and Katherine. We just have to! Although, I was a bit peeved with her calling Damon "rude." Stefan was, but Damon wasn't. She's a stranger, walked into his house and acted as if she belonged there. He was acting perfectly polite under the circumstances actually.

- Wow, Stefan actually saved Elena's life. It only took his humanity switch being turned off for him to be effectively effective. Oh, Stefan.

- Whee! We got Damon and his tidying up. I love when we get that. When he commented on the brunettes owing him a new Persian rug, and Stefan said "we," I automatically thought, 'Oh, Stefan, we all know that Damon's been the one taking care of the clean-up around here. He gets dibs and ownership rights, thank you very much.' Damon and his happy homemaker actions never don't make me grin with delight.

- I thought it when he first showed up, but over the course of his time on the show, the effect faded, however with absence, the loins grow fonder and Taylor Kinney's reappearance struck me anew at his uber-hotness. And, yeah, this is one ass-kicking from someone I DO think that Damon deserves. Working with Katherine or not, he wouldn't have gone after Damon as he had, had Damon not been so strike first. Plus, yeah, REALLY HOT!

- Erm, where was Elena working out? I am confuzzled at that location spot. But, but, but, it is a place I've never seen her with Stefan and I have a weird thing about wanting firsts for Damon and Elena to not be in a place where something similar has happened with Stefan, so yes, they can have their first real kiss there. (Sex will be in Damon's bedroom, of course. Of course.)

- Re: The marshmallow scene. So, Claire Holt makes the second person (after Candice Accola) who has better chemistry with Paul Wesley than Ian Somerhalder, in my book.

- Damon had some awesome lines: Calling Elena "Buffy," "Warrior Princess," and Rebekah "BarbieKlaus," and "Blonde Ponytail." Hee! Plus, telling Elena that Stefan was "shaping his hair." HAH!

- Oh wardrobe, so subtle. Stefan in dark colors, and Damon in light grey.

So, yeah, great episode. I'm not surprised. It was co-written by my TVD-goddess Caroline Dries, and Julie Plec. And that ending was awesome. My jaw-dropped, I was all 'whooaaah! all the ghosts are coming back! AWESOME!' And did I mention how hot Taylor Kinney looked? And to be fair, Ian looked REALLY hot too, loved him especially in that final scene with Elena. whoo boy!

Okay, before I finish, I want to be serious once more for a moment. I know that the belief is that Stefan/Elena are the *it* endgame for many (whether they want that outcome or not), but last week's episode and this one really seem to be pointing to the fact that the show *is* setting it up for everyone to begin to realize that such is not the case. That, in fact, Damon and Elena are the root-for, endgame couple. Last week was so pronounced in the contrast between how Stefan and Damon reacted/acted with regards to Elena in so many big and small ways, and all pointed positively towards Damon, and negatively towards Stefan. Now, this week, we had all of these scenes casting a negative flashback on earlier, happier Stefan/Elena moments, and Damon and Elena in this markedly new phase of their relationship.

I don't know, I mean, honestly, it is what makes the most sense. Whether intentional or not, Damon and Elena's trajectory has wound up creating the more compelling, epic and true of love stories, while Stefan and Elena grew stagnant very quickly. Any story they could come up for them basically would be a rehash of what she's already gone through with Damon, and I can't see the show repeating itself that way. Plus, the bottom-line is that Damon and Elena are incredibly popular and much, MUCH more popular than are Stefan and Elena. In fact, even taking Damon and Elena out of the equation, Stefan and Elena aren't that popular on their own. Honestly, all logic, reason, organic, narrative flow, chemistry, and business-sense (due to their uber-popularity) lead to the reality that, yes, Damon and Elena should be the endgame couple. And everything that we are seeing on screen lately, especially the last few episodes, and it's been growing since the midway point of season 01 (in my opinion) and really hitting home towards the end of last season, points to that very fact: Damon and Elena ARE the endgame couple. This is THEIR journey. It's what simply makes sense.

Phew. Okay, all done. I love my show. That is all. :)
Bogwitch: TVD - Damon (Tempt Me)bogwitch on October 21st, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
Talking about an effect on the loins:

>>honestly, girl looked pretty turned on.

Elena wasn't the only one.
Arabian: Damon08arabian on October 21st, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
I know, right. ;)
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Maeve: DW: Ninemarble_rose on October 21st, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
WE ARE SO ON THE SAME PAGE. I just found myself nodding and nodding and nodding.

I don't know what the hell they were doing with Bonnie. Just...as someone who's lost someone dear to her (Gran), I can't even imagine that she would be this pissy with Jeremy. I mean, I totally understand her being insecure, but seriously? I just don't get the attitude. I think I'm going to blame this on the writers because, like you, I don't really see this as IC.

I kind of loved all the callbacks to the pilot wrt Stefan/Elena. It was just so neat to see them turn everything on its head. Ngl, it did make me giggle a bit when Elena told Stefan that she knew him better than anyone. Cuz I'm pretty sure last episode was all about how she didn't know him that well after all...

Dude, I can't even tell you how happy this season is making me when it comes to our ship. I think season two made me expect a constant pattern of one step forward, three steps back with Damon and Elena. I'm used to seeing Damon constantly smacked down and rejected with only the occasional acknowledgment that he meant anything to Elena at all.

But now? I honestly feel like if he would just pick his moment and kiss her already, she would reciprocate without a second thought. He probably could've taken her on the weight bench. So now I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, for us to take those steps back and undo everything, but they keep giving us more good stuff each episode.
Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Bonnie -- a bunch of people have been saying that it's just that it's been building for, that he's turning to Anna for help, and not Bonnie, but I still think it's been too rushed. I don't think that anything that happened with Jeremy so far justified her reaction. I mean, she just found out about it very recently.

Yeah, the deconstruction of the Stefan/Elena relationship was glorious to behold from a non S/E fan's point of view. :) And, no, Elena, you REALLY don't know him. What was UP with that line?

Re: Damon/Elena -- yeah, I was very nervous after the first three episodes because I had to sit and really think about it to see how it was good for D/E, but bad for S/E. But that probably has to do with how we were programmed last season. The last three episodes have been pretty golden for our ship, yay! As for kissing, I admit it, I'll be really surprised if it doesn't happen in November sweeps.
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on October 21st, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)

Smelled a lot more than JUST teen spirit!

First and foremost. Buffy Elena. I love how strong she is and has become. Although Ric was right, I mean girl needs some meat on those bones, but I was glad, that at they very end this fact was clearly established that you need to have determination and power from within, not just physical or muscular power, to do what you want to do. Man, I was laughing and fist-pumping for Elena ALL the while when she was being strong this episode. Especially at the ending part. You're right, I also thought something sweet is gonna come up, and maybe Damon's gonna walk in on it, but SHE. FIST-STAKED. HIM.
AWESOME!!! She was so BAMF this episode.

I saw it on Facebook, that Joseph Morgan tweeted:
"BarBie- Klaus" Ha Ha Ha

And CoolAuntJenna (I dont know who that is) tweeted:

"There's an eerie similarity between drunk Elena and sober Katherine."

About the nick name part. I just love Damon's random nick names. Reminds me of of how Pacey in DAWSON'S CREEK had a 101 nick names for Joey. And about the second tweet, drunk Elena= Happy Elena, we know as much from the "GEORGIA" episode, but there certainly is a teeny similarity between her and Katherine. But that isn't bad, it was cute. I mean the girl (Nina) can only separate so much of her personalities, considering she has to play 50 different of them! So it was actually kinda funny and cute to see her all pretend drunk.

The Damon and Elena scenes. Oh man!! What can I say.
When the synopsis etc's came out, and in a post Carina McKenzie mentioned that Rebekah might not be the only one being jealous, 2 possibilities came to my mind.
1) Stefan being a little jealous over D/E's closeness
2) Elena being jealous over Stefan and Rebekah, given that she clearly still feels a lot for Stefan, even if the "butterfly" feelings are fading fast, and are replaced by "Damon-Dragon Butterfly' feelings

But NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS did I EVER think she was going to be jealous about Damon and Rebekah, when clearly she was the one to suggest and told him to go for it. Btw, I loved I Alaric dissed the idea and said "I might have better luck finding the dagger"", and Caroline's smile after that....LoL :D :D :D :D
Team Badass is WAAAAAAY to cute and cuddly even when they are fighting.

Arabian: Damon&Alaric02arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Awesome!Elena was awesome!

Re: Carina's jealous quote, I have to admit since she's totally SO OFF with her spoilers, I didn't put much stock in this at all (I figured it would be Stefan walking in on a completely innocent Damon/Elena moment, and having that trigger a jealous reaction). That we actually GOT true jealousy from Elena's end -- and that both Stefan and Damon were aware of it, the latter because Elena TOLD HIM -- is AWESOME!!

Team BadAss must get back together soon. I can deal with one more episode, but come on, Ric, no more than that!
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on October 21st, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Pt 2
Those Damon and Elena scenes. I mean, like you said, I also don't think she WAS paying any attention to the positioning of a vampires heart, while Damon had his hands down her bare skin. Hey, I might have fainted at that point if it were me. The gym where Elena was working out, it may be possible that it's the same gym from last episode. Maybe the dark made the whole thing different in that episode and the light made all the difference here. Dunno, I just think it is. And very good point with the first kiss.
You know, I keep thinking that what kind of a first kiss, like real KISS kiss, not deathbed, good bye, realization kiss, will they have. Will it be sweet and tender, or full on passionate, or a mixture of both. Geeez!!! I AM PERVERTED!!

I liked how "FRIEND-LY" like Stefan was to Elena apart form being a scum bag, d-bag. I mean, looking at them, it felt like along the way they can become good friends, they way they were reacting, especially when Stefan called her out at being jealous over Rebekah and Damon. All their scenes, all of them, lacked a heavy dose of those earlier Stefan/Elena romanticism. I found little to nothing in here. The very last one though had me a little flustered, but then Stefan's "Do You Know How Pathetic It makes you?" had me scoffing for him being such a prick and after that, Elena's punchy stake, Ric's laugh, and Stefan's face had me laughing.

I loved the interaction between the brother's.
I thought Damon's gonna be ALL righteous and "Stefan like" at Stefan, when he is guzzling and playing "TWISTER" (?) with half naked chicks, but the first word he uttered was that the dead brunette owes him a Persian rug! Ohhh Damon Salvatore, you never cease to being you, and for that I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. And I'll never doubt that you might become a softie ever again. Plus, Damon being all "home maker" type. Cleaning and keeping the house in a good condition. Man oh Man, the writer's are turning him into a perfect partner, all the while, keeping his character in place.
Anywho, about the brother's. I loved how, even though they're at odds, they continue being brother's in a twisted way. It's like anybody can tell that they're brother's. The way they unintentionally jells up with each other, even though seconds before they were exchanging snarky remarks. And the way one understands the other, is remarkable.

Tyler Lockwood. I always thought that his fall out with Caroline will be more because of family feud than something else. Well, his reactions totally proved me wrong this episode. And I was wondering if it was only me who felt that S1 has reincarnated or not, but thankfully Caroline calling him out on that, put me to rest.

Bonnie. Wasn't she a little OOC this episode? Suddenly she is ALL MAD at Jeremy and avoiding him, but in the same instance she is doing SPELLS WITH MATT? This pissed me off, because that used to be Jeremy. The "doing spells together" was a Jeremy-Bonnie thing. I dunno but I felt/feel that this is like a boyfriend-girlfriend thing for them, BUT now she is doing that with Matt. WHY? I think that's how writer's are trying to squeeze in the Matt/Bonnie storyline. So, she is the one who Matt's gonna sleep with, like Julie mentioned.... Come on!

Anyway. I loved this episode, and I think apart from the Season Premiere, there were no episode in this season (yet!) that bummed me out. The writer's and actor's are going on over drive and delivering stuff that has at least me, jumping up form my chair at times.

Speaking of jumping, Katherine's not really dead. I believe so. Life would be mundane and foggy without Katherine on TVD, I just think it's a way of them showing exactly how dangerous "Mikael- The Blade", is. I mean, this a guy who is all soft and righteous, not feeding on human blood and has a sexy voice ( I love his voice.... right from the first time I heard it!), and is all worn down, but in the same frame, he eats his own kind.
Eeeshhh! and scary and *widens eyes*

Arabian: Damon05arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Pt 2
Nah, that is not the gym from the school. I think it might be a heretofore unseen workout room in the Boarding House. Someone mentioned they saw a #8 on the door, so it could be Ric's apartment, and it's been converted into a workout room? I don't know. Hey, if that means we get some more sexytiems with Damon/Elena there, I'm ALL for that.

You know, I keep thinking that what kind of a first kiss, like real KISS kiss, not deathbed, good bye, realization kiss, will they have. Will it be sweet and tender, or full on passionate, or a mixture of both. Geeez!!! I AM PERVERTED!!

TheN I'm WAY perverted, because I think of much more than that, LOL! I think the real first kiss will depend on the situation: If it happens during a fight, it will be insanely passionate from the get-go. If it happens during a moment, I think it will start out soft and slow and then build into raging passion.

Re: Damon/cleaning -- to be fair (and I ADORE this about him), this has been in play since even the first season, I believe. Damon is ALWAYS picking up, cleaning up, keeping shoes off the bed, putting a towel under a bloody Katherine, etc. Damon the happy housemaker always makes me squee.

Re: Bonnie -- a bunch of people have been saying that it's just that it's been building for, that he's turning to Anna for help, and not Bonnie, but I still think it's been too rushed. I don't think that anything that happened with Jeremy so far justified her reaction. I mean, she just found out about it very recently.

Yeah, there is just no way that Katherine is dead. I'm really surprised that some people genuinely think she is.

Edited at 2011-10-22 12:01 am (UTC)
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on October 21st, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
And... Sorry had to come back again...remembered something, that I forgot to mention in my earlier post.

I just loved the Caroline and Rebekah scenes.... CLASH OF THE TITANS, that's what was going through my mind during their exchanges!!!!

When Rebekah said that she is interested in Caroline's life and maybe her boyfriend, and the look Caroline gave her. Plus Tyler totally b=checking her out saying "Girl got moves", it reminded me of "MEAN GIRLS". I don't know, the dynamics, soooo teenage movie type, and I'm soo glad, my show finally remembers it's a teen show and is thus putting on said elements inside along with the constants.

Vickis "This town is full of witches, vampires, werewolves, hybrids, I'll fit right in". She's actually right, the only thing this town is missing ARE ghosts.... :D

Rebekah's hair. Although the straight hair didn't piss me, or it's not that I loved it either, but the thing I loved was her feather extension.
I don't know, if it were anyone else, I would have started to mock them by now, BUT THIS GIRL. Something about her makes me wanna become best friends with her, join her posse and behave like a bitch to all the other people around her who she doesn't like. She reminds me of "Regina George" so much !

Damon and Rebekah scenes. Is it weird that I found all those finger licking's hot? :P :/

And did Damon call Rebekah a "B***ch"?

LoL.... :D :D :D
Arabian: Damon07arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
I was a little disappointed in the Caroline/Rebekah scenes actually. As great as both actresses are, they don't really spark against each other.

The straightened hair did bother me -- but I'm big on hair and will focus on it quite frequently with any character I love.

I think I'm one of the few who didn't actually find the Damon/Rebekah scenes that hot. I think it's because both actors were very deliberately playing both scenes with no emotional involvement, both Rebekah and Damon were faking it, and it came across as lacking in chemistry for me. I mean, yes, there definitely was some ... but I would have expected more, which makes me think that, yeah, it was definite dampening down on both of their ends for those scenes.

And, yes, Damon did call Rebekah a bitch, LOL!
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x5valex5vale on October 21st, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
I do think Damon mentioned Stefan on purpose in that scene because he doesn't want it to happen this way. Not when Elena is so vulnerable. I want to see it as if Damon is aware that he deserves better.

Anyway I really ejoyed this episode and I do really love to read your insight on Damon/Elena week by week.
Arabian: Deanarabian on October 21st, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Ooh, very good point. I think you're totally right. Damon wants their first real kiss to be about THEM -- he had no problem with that possibility in the second scene and was clearly annoyed when Ric interrupted.

I loved this episode too, and thank you. :)
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Vickie: Ian-Dalaric Team Badasssarcasticcheese on October 21st, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Again, another episode I wish we could have talked afterwards. I guess it takes us not being able to chat immediately afterwards to get the D/E storyline moving forward. :D

The ending with Uncle Hottie McHotterson Mason had me "HOLY SHITTING" for a few minutes until I remembered that he was in Atlanta with Gaga a couple weeks ago. (I think Trevino had tweeted a picture of him with Gaga or something like that) So, I was sort of spoiled, but I had temporarily forgotten about it, so I really wasn't spoiled.

Another really strong episode. You can tell Paul Wesley is having fun playing Asshole!Stefan. He does it so well. :D
Arabian: Damon&Alaric01arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Again, another episode I wish we could have talked afterwards. I guess it takes us not being able to chat immediately afterwards to get the D/E storyline moving forward. :D

Hah! Can't wait to talk tonight. :)

As soon as I saw Mason I remembered that he showed up, but I didn't remember when at all, so that was a HOLY SHIT! moment for me too, and I loved it!!
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Arabian: Jeremy & Bonnie02arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
It just bothered me re: Bonnie because they are ghosts, how can he NOT think about them, plus, she only found out recently and to be this upset this quickly? I dunno, it just felt rushed for me. I wish they'd held off on her frustration for at least one more episode.

I just can't see how Damon/Elena are not endgame. Everything -- especially the logical-business end aspect of it -- points to the two of them as such. And if they aren't? If it winds up Stefan/Elena, it will actually destroy the show for me because so much that I love about it is based on my read of the Damon/Stefan, Stefan/Elena, Damon/Elena, Damon/Elena/Stefan entanglements.
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Frust-sheep: Vampire Diaries: Damon&Elena +frust_sheep on October 21st, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Caroline and Tyler: "the two together just don't do it for me." I feel the same.

Yep, "sigh" about Caroline and Stefan. Ok, I can wait and I will wait patiently, but I can not understand why there is no sign at least that Caroline is worried about Stefan. Oh writers... *shakes head*
Also I love bad Stefan. So dark and funny. :D It is so good for his character IMO. Honestly at first I really did not like this character. "Saint Stefan" *Urg* Ok "Saint Stefan", please only for Caroline. ;D *lol* Because their chemistry makes me forget some things I do not like + this is not so boring. ;)

I loved Kat in this episode again. "Breakfast. Yummy" *lol* Oh and Kat dead? NO, just NO! I hope they will not make this mistake.

And I so agree about Damon and Elena. Loved their scenes. :D This screams so for endgame! :D

Anyway thanks so much for your review. :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on October 21st, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
I have not given up hope with regards to Caroline and Stefan, but yeah, they are definitely being back-burnered right now. :(

I actually don't mostly mind St. Stefan. It's just when he's with Elena and EVERYONE acts like he is perfect (when he's not) that I get annoyed.

Anyway thanks so much for your review. :)

Thanks for reading/responding. :)
Jude: tvd; damon and elenadanceonstardust on October 21st, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
*waves* It's been years since I commented your recap and here I am!

And Stefan being a d-bag. And quite an amusing one at that.
OMG. I was cracking up. I love Paul Wesley when he's like this. He was making me laugh a lot.

I love the D/E moments in this episode. My Lord, this season. It's been slowly cooking the past couple of episodes and now it's steaming up and ready to eat! mmm.

HEHE! You don't know how much I squeed when I saw my man Mason. I drooled and giggled. Is he teaming up with Damon in the next episode?

edit: I think the place where Elena was working out was Alaric's apartment. I saw the #8 on the outside door so I figured it was Alaric's old apartment.


What's going on? Did Bonnie used the spell too much and manage overlap the balance thing?

Either way, I CAN'T WAIT.

Also what else I can't wait... more Sebastian Roche moments. I don't think Katherine died or anything, she probably passed out. If my sister is going to catch up with this show, she'll be total fangirling like she did with Esther in Torchwood because she played a character in All My Children.

Edited at 2011-10-21 06:00 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena07arabian on October 22nd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Hah, I've been actually thinking of you and these recaps the last few days for some reason. (Duh, because you responded to the Netflix post, hee.)

love the D/E moments in this episode. My Lord, this season. It's been slowly cooking the past couple of episodes and now it's steaming up and ready to eat! mmm.

So YES!!

I don't know what's going to happen with Damon and Mason. Will be interesting, that's for sure. I'm sure some torture is gonna happen, though. Oh, Damon.

Re: The workout room, I didn't notice the #8 there, so you may be right, and would make sense with Elena not being at the boarding house.

Did Bonnie used the spell too much and manage overlap the balance thing?

Nah, I think that was some plan of the Original Witch to use Vicki and Bonnie to open that door to let the ghosts in. Uh huh. We should know for sure (or better) next week. :)

Aww, SR whom I know best from General Hospital -- he's awesome! :)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Squeebadboy_fangirl on October 21st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
I am going to come and speak in long form shortly, but I just had to say:

SQUEE, SQUEE, SQUEE! I feel like every moment of waiting for Damon and Elena WILL BE SO WORTH IT! *twirls* so happy!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: DE about to kissbadboy_fangirl on October 21st, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Actually scrap that...I'm going to make time for a phone call, if you're available! I'll be home Saturday night (after 7pm my time) or Sunday afternoon (after 4pm my time). Let me know if you're free!
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Diana: Vampire Diaries - Dancebutterfly on October 21st, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this episode wasn't as epic as last week but it was a lot of fun.

I'm totally not concerned that Katherine is for-real dead. I think they would have made it more obvious.

In fact, if I were a Stefan/Elena fan, I'd be quite perturbed after this episode. Why? Because there were so many moments that were dang-near flat-out re-enactments, or very similar in feel and tone to early Stefan/Elena scenes that built up their "epic" love. It was as if by going back there, but putting a toxic spin on the scenes, it was stripping away the heart at the beginning of their relationship.

Yeah, I noticed that, too. It was interesting. It's like the show is deconstructing their relationship.
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on October 22nd, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, it wasn't an EPIC episode, but it was an awesome filler one. :)

I'm totally not concerned that Katherine is for-real dead. I think they would have made it more obvious.

Exactly. I'm actually surprised by the number of people who seem to think she is gone. I don't think so.

It's like the show is deconstructing their relationship.

That's it -- that's the very word I was looking for. It's like they are deconstructing their relationship. And as a non-fan, I LOVE it. :)
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Thoughts= stars I can't fathom into constellationsthesicko1012 on October 22nd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Yep, once again I pretty much had the same general reaction to this episode as you did. What a great episode! Even as a filler it left me very satisfied and more. Especially since Delena are really taking that turn now. I don't understand how some fans still insist that Delena is never gonna happen. Even after this episode. And I definitely agree with you that Delena is endgame and this is indeed their journey. I would list all the reasons here, but that would take pages and pages of dissecting/speculating. During the first hiatus this season I am sitting down and going over all of their scenes and find any kinds of hints or foreshadowing that can pretty much prove this and write it up in one big essay.
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on October 22nd, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I can't wait to see the post you come up with. AWESOME! I really look forward to seeing it. :)
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on October 23rd, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
location of the workout room
I was thinking that it was at the school and maybe the teachers' lounge with weights brought in by Alaric? After many, many re-watches though, it does look like it could be an apartment as well. I saw a table & chairs, bookcases, and a comfy chair, so maybe it is Alaric's place.

I have that 'thing' as well about Damon & Elena having firsts and their own places. I don't want their significant moments to have any resemblance to hers & Stefan's. It kinda goes with my wanting Elena to be the first one we saw in Damon's room. I'm totally fine with their first real kiss being in the workout room (of unknown whereabouts) and OF COURSE their first (and much anticipated) coming together will be in Damon's bed. :D

I love my show.

My thoughts exactly :D
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on October 24th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: location of the workout room
I was thinking that it was at the school and maybe the teachers' lounge with weights brought in by Alaric? After many, many re-watches though, it does look like it could be an apartment as well. I saw a table & chairs, bookcases, and a comfy chair, so maybe it is Alaric's place.

I have to go back and look at it, but I do think it's Ric's place because I noticed when Elena was getting up from the bench, you could see those windows in the background and I *think* that was the same layout when Katherine burned herself in the sun after Klaus made her remove her bracelet.

I have that 'thing' as well about Damon & Elena having firsts and their own places. I don't want their significant moments to have any resemblance to hers & Stefan's.

Which is why it's so FREAKING annoying that they have had Stefan/Elena stuff EVERYWHERE! I was so pissed that they introduced/created the Lakehouse because that could have been a new Damon/Elena thing. But at least, we've never seen Damon and anyone else romantically in his bedroom (I don't consider the Rose dying stuff in that category).

It kinda goes with my wanting Elena to be the first one we saw in Damon's room.

OMG! Me too. That was so ridiculously important to me! I'm still bummed that they had Rose with her, but at least it was mostly focused on Elena, but still -- it bugged.

I'm totally fine with their first real kiss being in the workout room (of unknown whereabouts) and OF COURSE their first (and much anticipated) coming together will be in Damon's bed. :D

Of course.

I love my show.

Me too. :D
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Arabian: Damon & Elena14arabian on October 24th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
That’s one of the biggest differences this season compared to others, instead of Elena practically begging Damon not to say how much he cares about her, she welcomes all his proclamations and this is the second episode where he lets Elena know it’s her, and she’s pleased.

Yeah, it's kinda what I meant in how there's this new phase in their relationship. It's like they are in the pre-togetherness phase. Because there is clearly mutual interest, they both know it's there, they're not quite both on the same page yet, BUT they are getting there.

I could have watched an episode of just Katherine trying to wake up Mikael. Actually I hope someone creates a music video of just Katherine and her rat assistant waking up Mikael.

LOL! I know, right?! It was just so darn amusing.

Also, I thought if vampires could survive off of other vampire blood, the Mystic Falls Tomb Vampires would have ate each other.

I don't think this is common practice AT ALL. Mikael is clearly special.

I thought they had good chemistry, it was just obvious Damon was trying to put the smooth moves on Rebekah, and Claire played it as skeptical.

I thought they had chemistry too (as I think that Candice and Ian have chemistry), I just think that those are the only two who have BETTER chemistry with Paul. Everyone else has better chemistry with Ian (Nina -- duh!, Matt Davis, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Daniel Gillies, Joseph Morgan, etc.), in my opinion. These two, though, I think have the better chemistry with Paul.

The chemistry problem I have with Claire remains with Candice. This episode I still didn’t feel any chemistry whatsoever between these two as enemies (and you know I was hoping that even though I didn’t feel it last week, I would this episode).

Yeah, I mean they aren't bad together, and because it's not romantic, it's not going to kill the story, but I'm not really looking forward to their scenes. On the other hand, I'm dying to see some Rebekah/Katherine interaction SO MUCH!