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17 June 2012 @ 08:13 am
Favorite Damon/Elena Scenes (s01-s03)  
Here's another tvdbloodstream top 10 challenge that I did, this time for Damon and Elena (Squee!). Instead of moments (as I did for the other couples), I went for full scenes and I was really thinking of the entire scene, so these are all ones that I love every single second of from beginning to end, presented in order of love!

10.) "I wanted it to be real." -- 1.14 "Fool Me Once"

This, to me, is one of those early pivotal scenes in the journey of Damon and Elena's love story. That Elena believed she knew him well enough to get through to him, and, of course was right. That Damon was literally stopped in his tracks (on his way to save her, which she didn't know) when he saw her, and the way that Elena moved towards him, unwinding her scarf, as if revealing herself to him bit by bit, drawing him in, talking about their connection, the something between them to get his help once more. And while it was a tad emotionally manipulative, it wasn't dishonest. Every word she said to him was the truth, and she knew that is why it would work. And it wasn't just that truth, it was also the insane amount of trust she placed in him by taking off her necklace and putting herself at risk to do, say anything against her will that he so desired. But she trusted him, and he repaid that truth and trust by returning it. *Sigh* Plus, WHOO!BOY! that chemistry. Damn, when he puts the necklace back on her and he's close, and her eyes are on his face, on his lips, on his eyes and the tension is so like a third character in the scene it is so very there.

09.) "Do you trust me?" -- 3.09 "Homecoming"

"Do you trust me?" With no hesitation came the response, "Yes." Honestly, how can I not love this as a Damon/Elena (and as a Damon) fan? He is finally beginning to get validation that he is worthy from Elena (because after 170+ years of not getting such from anyone, the guy ain't gonna manage it on his own). Now, though, with her faith and trust in him, it's beginning to happen which is partly why I love this so much. It's not just about DamonandElena, the couple -- it's about Damon beginning to realize his worth. Elena trusts him implicitly now. She trusts him so much that she is willing to remove herself from the plan that would bring an end to Klaus in her life, and "save" Stefan. That goes beyond trust. That goes to the core of who Elena is as a person, she always has to be a part of the plan, a working cog. She positively hates being sidelined because she can't deal with others risking their lives while she is safe. Yet we knew by later events in the episode that Elena had unhesitatingly, absolutely done that because she trusts and believes in Damon THAT MUCH! Gosh, I love it so.

08.) "I am happy." -- 3.01 "The Birthday"

Even if Damon was returning a gift from Stefan, this necklace has come to signify so much between Damon and Elena, and all of the feelings that are so there between them was writ so clearly across every moment in this scene. It wasn't about the words spoken, it was how they were spoken, and everything that wasn't said; it was about heated looks and secret smiles. It was about the dichotomy of comfort and discomfort. There was an ease, a natural intimacy between them that just flowed through every second of interaction, but right alongside that was this nearly-unbearable tension. The way they looked at each other a second too long, the way they held themselves, the softly spoken words (Elena's "I am happy" and "thank you" -- delivered as near-whispers as if savoring the intimacy between them). There was an exquisite desire that ebbed beneath the surface, as if they were both holding themselves back from leaping forward and just giving into that want, whether by willful choice (Damon), or willful denial (Elena). It was a beautiful illustration of how far they'd come, but yet how far they still have to go.

07.) "Make my heart a better place." -- 1.19 "Miss Mystic Falls"

I get butterflies, squeeful feelings and just a deep contentment every time I watch this scene. It was so beautifully done in terms of the characters, and the moment was so tense and yet light. The chemistry was palpable between Damon and Elena and it was filled with a simmering tension that both clearly felt. The whole scene was marvelous from beginning to end. Starting with Damon standing at the foot of the stairs starring in the role of Elena's hero, and her acceptance of him in that role. Then throughout the dance there was his lack of snarky commentary paired with her nerves melting into the fluidity and beauty of the dance. Ah, then the final moments that highlighted Elena's reaction -- as if she had been so caught up in the moment, the magic, that she hadn't though about Stefan or anything else but Damon, and once the music ended and she was no longer in his arms, she was jerked back into her present reality. It was all so wonderful. Seriously, this whole scene just makes me squeal with an insane amount of squee.

06.) "Damon?" -- 3.05 "The Reckoning"

This scene is just all about OTP-ness! Over the top romantic scenery. Epic love of the truest, realest kind. When all bets are off, even when the anti-hero's been rejected, he still rides in on his horse and saves the damsel in distress. The camera work, the music, the bare minimum of words, it was all about Damon coming in and rescuing his girl. From Damon walking through the dark corridors looking for Elena, to the moment when he held the transfusion tube filled with her blood, easily able to resist it. His veins didn't pop out; his fangs didn't emerge. For Damon, Elena's blood wasn't even temptation enough to bring out the hint of the monster in him (as opposed to Stefan who had made it clear hours before that it took all he had in him to not give into his bloodlust). Instead, all it took was Elena softly saying his name, and like that his focus was 100% upon her. Pulling her up to him, her immediate physical trust as she wrapped her arm around him as he picked her up and carried her away all damsel-in-distress like with the back-shot of him taking her to safety while strains of a lovely melody filled the air. It was ... just, gah, so beautiful, so romantic, so very much them. That's what they do, they save each other (ahem, unless Stefan gets protection duty).

05.) "I don't know what I would do if you weren't here." -- 3.10 "The New Deal"

Elena thanked Damon. Fully, completely, legitimately, absolutely. She thanked him for being there, for his presence, for all he's done, all he's doing, telling him that she wouldn't know what to do without him. I mean, OH. EM. GEE! I just -- gah, that alone would have made this scene so awesomely awesome. But it just kept getting better. After Elena thanked him, all doe-eyes looking up at him, that intimacy between them dancing in the air, Damon did the right thing. Even though he didn't want to, wanting to preserve the moment, he clenched his jaw and told her the truth behind Stefan's actions, a truth that he believed would throw up a wall between their intimacy. But, hallelujah!, it didn't.

The feelings were still there, strong enough that Elena said his name, trying to ward off the sexual tension. And even though her tone said "we can't do this," she was looking at his lips, not backing away, not doing anything but holding herself back from just going there. And when Damon walked away, the look on her face, in the line of her frame was one of regret. Then he came back. And it was perfect, and beautiful and sweet. It wasn't wild, raging passion, but rather Damon grabbing a moment to hold her, to kiss her, without pushing, without going too far, and waaaay overstepping boundaries. It was him putting his feelings for her into action just this once and delivered with the quiet confidence that she would reciprocate. And she did. Hands rose to hold onto him, breathing him in so that when he pulled back and sauntered away, she was left speechless, her breath taken away. *Squee*

04.) "You can't kiss me again." -- 3.11 "Our Town"

Originally, I had claimed to love their porch scene in "The New Deal" (the kiss!!) more, but with more kissy-face that came later, I've revised my opinion and I now place this porch-moment higher. How he dealt with Elena's emotions after what had happened with Stefan on Wickery Bridge was so sweetly (and perfectly) handled. He stated facts, tried to lighten her mood a bit and showed concern all at the same time without crowding or pushing her even as the the two of them got closer, that tension and sexual chemistry dancing in the air about them. Then Elena confronted the elephant; she didn't shy away from what had happened on their last porch outing, but told him that it couldn't happen again. And I just loved how she said it.

There was such tension and stress, the want of it all nearly bringing tears to her voice coupled with the guilt, the emotion heavy from what had happened earlier that evening. And, oh my, how she said it. It wasn't because she didn't want him to because she didn't want the kiss, but rather that she didn't want him to because she DID want the kiss. And in Elena's world of black and white, that would be "wrong." Instead of flying off the handle, instead of a flash of pain, or a bitter twist of lips, his expression remained soft and loving as he agreed not to kiss her, and then on the heels of that disagreed -- and in such a soft, confident way -- that it was right, just not "right now." And I was all AAAHHHH!!!

03.) "I like you now." -- 2.22 "As I Lay Dying"

Oh, this scene! There was so much emotion, so much pain, so much heart in everything Elena did and said that screamed how much she cared for Damon ... and not just as a friend, and not just Elena being her usual empathetic self. How beautiful it was Damon telling her that she would have liked him had she known him in 1864, how she pulled away from his embrace to look at him fully, softly, sincerely telling him that "I like you now. Just the way you are." Oh, Elena. For all that he has done for her, for how much she does care about him in spite of his flaws, she wanted him to know before his end that someone does care and accept him as he is ... warts and all. It was just ... ahh, so beautiful because here's a guy who's never been accepted for who he is. And the girl he loves just did that. Ahh, and then the kiss, that beautiful kiss. I liked that it wasn't this passionate coming together. And I really liked that there was nothing from Damon's end, this was all on Elena, from Elena, her feelings, her desire, her need to give him this moment, and to take that moment for herself because this was her last chance to kiss him, and so she did. *sigh*

02.) "Never let me go." -- 3.19 "Heart of Darkness"

I'm including the entire scene from start to finish because it was all pure awesomeness (and it was one full, lovely, long scene). Watching him, her thoughts a mixture of suppressed desire and reflection, reminded of his sweeter show of humanity because of the Rose revelation. That combination had Elena lowering her walls, wordlessly inviting him to lay beside her, and, like the last time that they shared a bed, they talked, they smiled, but then unlike the last time -- due to the whole kissy-face and tension in between -- things got ... tense. The arrested looks, the fingers entwining, and then Elena's mad dash, running away from him, from her feelings, but not far. She didn't lock herself away. Instead she ran someplace where he could follow her, and she waited for him. And then all it took was Damon's "why not?" -- for which she couldn't come up with a single reason why not -- before she went flying into his arms. And good lord, it was hot! And it was glorious!

And it was perfect! I honestly can not believe just how perfect, how *right* it was. Elena turning to him, no, not just turning, but throwing herself at him. The kiss taking place where there were no memories, no moments tied to any other relationship. It was just the two of them there in the moment. And the motel lights flickering behind them played like starlight flickering in the night sky, and the wind that picked up around them was symbolic of the elemental emotion being unleashed between the two of them, the strains of "Never Let Me Go" fueling the passion of the moment. It was finding beauty in reality. And it was real. And it was glorious!

01.) "Can I tell you the rest tomorrow?" -- 3.08 "Ordinary People"

Just, gah!, this whole scene! How they were just so dang comfortable with each other, sharing the details of their day, the different plans they embarked upon while lying in bed next to one another, facing one another. OH MY HEART! They were like an old married couple, but an old married couple who have a strong, vibrant, happy, comfortable happy relationship still. They talked about issues -- Damon inviting her to be upset with him because he knew that he went behind her back, her choosing to let it go because of the bigger picture. Them prodding, pushing each other just enough. Them making each other smile, roll their eyes, be serious, be honest, face each other physically, emotionally, honestly. I just -- I don't think it's even possible to put into words how utterly perfect EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY THING about this scene was. But if I had to pinpoint one thing that makes me love it so, it would be the complete and utter trust on Elena's part (which is made clear in the following episode). Elena voluntarily went to sleep with Damon in her bed, turned towards him as he's turned towards her. She turned the light off. She closed her eyes to go to sleep. In bed. Next to Damon. Facing Damon. OH MY! Complete trust there, folks, complete and utter trust. I just ... there is not enough squee in the world.

bangel_4ebangel_4e on June 17th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh....so much awesomeness about this post. I should probably do something like this soon :)

About the 1st place scene...I've always loved how tender this was...just these two people trusting each other immensely, giving themselves to each other and sleeping next to each other, just like that. This was a big step for Elena..the first time I saw this I was so content because when it comes to TRUST with these two, it's always big and it's always honest and it always means something deeper.

I would've placed the 1x19 dance scene higher but that's just me, a personal opinion. It's probably cause that's the moment I gave my heart to Delena unconditionally and I was proud to declare I was a Delena shipper...it was a defining moment for me. But I'm glad it makes you squeal cause when I watch it I also do an insane amount of squealing LOL

Let's see..what else..oh the "Do you trust me?" (immediate) "Yes" scene...This came to me so strongly. And I'm happy to say that when my best friend, a Stelena shipper, said: "That was such a great scene...she said yes immediately" and she squealed I was too stunned...this scene has too much power if it can make a Stelena fan squeal :)

THE KISS! More like, the makeout session... Who didn't love this scene? I was actually very shocked but very enthusiastic at the same time. How wonderfully Elena finally gave in, how sweet and both passionate and built up was this rough kiss? From this episode I also really loved when they talk towards the end..which is kinda weird, I know.

Damon: "..or maybe you were hoping I'd screw it up so I can just make the decision for you, am I wrong?"
Elena: "Damon..."
Damon: "Am I wrong?"
Elena: "It's what you do, Damon! You sabotage things. You...I mean, think about it. Every time there's a bump on the road you lash out"
Damon: "But what if I didnt? What if there was no bump?"
Elena looking at Damon pause.
Damon: "I'm sorry, Elena. But this time I'm not going to make it so easy for you. This time you'll have to figure it out for yourself"

And I love it because we have a confident Damon, a Damon who's finally realized he's worth of love and decency and knows, at least more than the previous seasons, who he is or is becoming. He feels a tad used here but as soon as Elena points out trust she does it in a different context: the context of a long-term relationship. She basically wonders how could they work in a day-by-day couple life , what would happen if things get complicated...could she trust him as a boyfriend just as much as trusts him now as a friend?

And Damon's response and face...I find it so tender, so vulnerable...he's saying "what if WE can make it work? What if that part you knew isn't gonna be the same when we face life together?" and then he naively adds: "What if there's no bump on the road?"..."what if we're gonna work just fine? What if we're gonna be so strong and great together that it'll make it seem like there's gonna be no bump for us?" I love all the subtext here, or at least my interpretation of it.

And after Damon says this, Elena can't answer back...she just looks at him. Yes, Elena...what happens if it's great with Damon? And it scares her because she's Elena and she sees herself in a specific way and right now, all she can feel...she can't explain.

And then Damon's little line that made me feel for him, made me happy for him. He figured Elena out, as he always does..she wants an easy way out? A way for her to say: "See? It's always same old Damon, I can't possibly be with him". No, Elena...you're not gonna get it. It's time for YOU to truly decide.

I know it's not a cute, loving moment but it's such a key scene to me.

Edited at 2012-06-17 01:21 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena08arabian on June 18th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh....so much awesomeness about this post. I should probably do something like this soon :)

It's hard, but fun. :)

About the 1st place scene...I've always loved how tender this was...just these two people trusting each other immensely, giving themselves to each other and sleeping next to each other, just like that. This was a big step for Elena..the first time I saw this I was so content because when it comes to TRUST with these two, it's always big and it's always honest and it always means something deeper.

When I was coming up with my list, once I included this one, I knew automatically that it was number one.

I would've placed the 1x19 dance scene higher but that's just me, a personal opinion.

I would have figured it would be closer too, but I found that the emotional-connective ones were stronger to me in the end. As beautiful as I find this one, it was more about Elena truly feeling that physical connection between them as opposed to the emotional. This is my favorite episode (MMF), but there were just so many stronger, connective scenes between them that I had this where it was.

From this episode I also really loved when they talk towards the end..which is kinda weird, I know.

So did I, and I don't think it's weird at all. In fact, I think most D/E fans enjoyed it because it had a lot of things being laid bare that needed to. I just wouldn't put that scene in my top 10. This is (an edited version o*) what I wrote about it in my episode review:

[... she remembered and the reality of what she'd expected to face on this trip came crashing over her. And painful it may have been after the glory, this scene was as needed as was that passion unleashed.

Why? Because Elena was right. Damon *does* lash out, and he does sabotage whenever there's a bump in the road. And Damon was just as right. Elena expected him to screw up and that was her safety net, that was her out in not dealing with the reality of her feelings. [...] And he called her on it, and asked her the one question that completely threw that theory out the window. What if he didn't resort to his self-destructive ways? [...] Would she work with him to *be* with him? Hearing that from Damon, that truth, that willingness to compromise if she would is nothing that she expected.

Instead of Damon screwing up, it was Elena who did, by expecting not the best, but the worst of him. She needs to figure out what she feels for him without playing emotional games with him -- which is exactly what she was doing, even if it wasn't with that realized intent. And she needs to figure it out because I believe her 100% when she said she doesn't know, because she so, so, so does not. [...] This is Elena. This is absolutely in character. She lives in denial. Everything around her continues to fall apart, she is all alone in so many ways, and if she can just hold on to the "truths" she knows without opening up a whole messy can of worms and most likely making her life a gazillion times harder, she's going to.

Elena is well aware that once she opens that door with him, that's it. Can you imagine how honestly terrifying it would be to be on the receiving end of Damon's love? Right now, her non-admitted-recriprocation is all that has kept it at bay. But a Damon who gets that love in return, oh boy! It's going to be beyond any kind of intense she could ever imagine. It's TERRIFYING. Wonderful, crazy, awesome, beautiful ... but terrifying, because there is NO line that he won't cross to keep her safe. None. And he's wild, and impetuous, and crazy, and passionate and this is a girl who's never really experienced passion. She's scared out of her mind to get into something with him.

[...] She knows the score with Damon [...] So now it's all up to her to figure it out. She feels for Damon, but what exactly is it that she feels? That is her question. And so there will be distance between them again, but it's a good distance this time because it's honest and the self-reflection that will follow will be based on all of their cards laid out on the table.]

Edited at 2012-06-18 11:46 am (UTC)
bangel_4e: oliviabangel_4e on June 18th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Beautifully put, I'll read the entire version once I re-watch season 3 :)
Arabian: Peter & Olivia01arabian on June 18th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
I ridiculously went to town on the Damon/Elena in that episode, shockingly enough ... not!
sumeria on June 18th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
The fabulous thing about Damon/Elena is that *all their scenes* are just charged with so much emotion. I mean, season 1, episode... I think 2? That scene in the kitchen where she tells him she's sorry for his loss, in re: Katherine, and he tells her she should stop trying to force herself to be someone she's not, in re: cheerleading? They'd known each other for what, a day at that point?

One of my favorites of their scenes is somewhere in the latter half of season 1, where he's not exactly a bad guy per se, anymore, but he's certainly not friendly or trusted by anyone (with reason) yet and he strolls into the room where she's sitting on the couch, scoops up her feet and drops them into his lap. Just the sheer *comfort* they (apparently involuntarily) have with each other makes me melt.

(This is apparently me adding scenes that would make my list of... more than ten... fav D/E moments, since I can't think of one of yours I'd take *off*.)
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)03arabian on June 18th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, that would be the third episode, "Friday Night Lights" which is one of my favorite scenes definitely. I'd have it in my top 10 of season 01 for sure. I adored that one, and had it in my 25 favorite moments from season 01 (whee! Just added the gifs there.) I wrote about it:

"For me, this was the truly the beginning of Damon and Elena. Here he was laying the seeds of discontent with his Katherine talk, and Elena in all of her empathetic glory just bypassed that and saw his pain, and read between the lines because she's a smart little cookie. His look when she pierced straight to the heart of him (hah, see what I did there? "Pierce"d.) with such quick insight was just like whoah! This was the first teeny step that Damon Salvatore took through the door of falling in love with Elena Gilbert."

And the other would be episode 20, "Blood Brothers." That one had a lot of interesting wary, Damon/Elena moments. We got those from episode 17 through 22.

(This is apparently me adding scenes that would make my list of... more than ten... fav D/E moments, since I can't think of one of yours I'd take *off*.)

They do have so many great moments. It's like you said atop, "*all of their scenes* are just charged with so much emotion."
Cassandra Elise: damon/elena dancingcassandra_elise on June 19th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Not gonna lie, I've been staring at these gifs for far too long. :D I love your choices. I don't think I'd be disciplined enough to pick just ten moments between them!
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on June 20th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
I didn't think I would, but when taking in the whole scene into account and ruling out variables and stuff, it was easier than I expected. Still hard, but easier than expected, LOL!