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The Vampire Diaries Review: "162 Candles"

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Stefan turned 162 years old this week on The Vampire Diaries - and he celebrated by almost killing his brother!

Read all about it in our recap of "162 Candles." We also got to meet Lexi, though we might not be seeing her ever again.

This episode started out slow, but when the action picked up, it really picked up! Let's review a few of the plot points that worked and a couple that need work:

THIS WORKED: The casting of Marguerite MacIntyre as Sheriff Forbes. She's hard to read, which is always a good thing for a character. Does she really believe Damon has pure intentions? Or is she on to him, at least just a little bit?

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THIS WORKED: The relationship between Stefan and Elena. They're not together, but they're certainly not not dating... if you know what we mean. That's actually how high school relationships often work; and we're glad the show is giving these characters constant interactions and connections, instead of playing the "will they or won't they?" card.

THIS NEEDS WORK: The secondary characters. With the exception of Forbes, it's hard to get into Caroline, Matt or even Bonnie. The first is just your stereotypical cheerleader; the second seems too nice to be real; and the witch storyline has taken too long to develop. Based on the conclusion of the episode, perhaps the latter will now change. And based on a werewolf rumor, perhaps there will soon be another side to Matt.

THIS NEEDS WORK: It's not clear to me why Stefan spared Damon. No one is advocating for Damon's demise, far from it. That guy rules! But Stefan's speech about all the mayhem and death Damon has caused made perfect sense. We know they're brothers, but come on. Once Stefan had made up his mind, as he claimed to Elena moments beforehand, wouldn't he have gone through with it?

Agree with this review? Disagree strongly? Weigh in now in our Vampire Diaries forum.

Also, check out a few of our favorite quotes from the episode:

Stefan: Everywhere that I go, pain and death follow. Damon follows. No more. | permalink
Caroline: I'm worse than shallow. I'm a kiddie pool. | permalink
Damon: Does it get tiring, being so righteous?
Elena: It flares up in the presence of psychopaths. | permalink
Damon: Stefan smiles. Alert the media! | permalink
Stefan: Elena is warm and kind and caring and selfless and it's real. When I'm around her, I completely forget what I am. | permalink

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the characters are developing plus i LOVE the bonnie storyline shes my second fave character to damon! if stefan killed damon there would be no point for VD cuz damon brings all the drama! LOL LOVE this show/episode! SO EPIC!

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please..the secondary characters are developing....damon this epi was annoying ish.....lexi shudnt have died.....i totally like the sheriff,i liked her more in kylexy,she was such a sweet mom..lol....but its cool she's in TVD,NOTE: i hope matt doest become a werewolf,c'mon...thats so against the books,its freaking Taylor whose the werewolf...i know we r trying to be differnt and i havent complained about the plot change for the series but making matt the werewolf wud kinda piss me off...he is supposed to be sweet,and most importanly human....geez...this has really put a dumper on my mood now....

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I LOVEEDD THis Episode.Stefan sparing damon made compleate sense because the reason he said he did it was because Damon saved his life that one time(by taking out the wooden bullets) so he repaid him by sparing his life, so now they're even and if Damon does anything again then Stefan WILL kill him. I lovvvee the whole Bonnie Storyline, it's so good! And I liked how she showed Elena she was a witch. I also love Carolines secretly insecure cheerleader character, with mommy issues. And Matt and her, i'm totally digging it. So I guess i strongly disagree...but THANK GOD elena decided to stop being so hot and cold...and i REALLY liked Lexi...and im sad they killed her off

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i really liked this weeks episode, but i dont see the point of lexi being in the episode considering that she gets killed by the end anyways i mean come on V.D producers think a little!! i think that she was just put on the show to create a little tension between her and elena, aka JEALOUSY but it didnt work cuz stefan explained to elena, but things were kinda heatin up between lexi and elena cuz lexi answered the door in a towel and she said stefan was in the shower so u put 1 and 1 together = a big misunderstanding!!!!!!! and i could see in her expression that elena was pissed off, anyways damon is still my sexxi beast and i hope he doesnt get killed, hes one of my fav characters in the show!! long live damon (actually he does live long cuz hes a vampire - LOL!!) so cant wait for the next episode i know it'll be a good one like always!!

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I AM LOVING BONNIE! it's about time they give her a storyline! And I can't wait for the next chapter when she's possessed by emily, who was Katherine's maid!!! Yay Bonnie and Damon! LOL

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yeahh... and the quote is "Stefan: Elena is warm and kind and caring and selfless and it's real. When I'm around her, I completely forget what I am." not where i am. yeah but i dont agree with this at all. caroline, bonnie, and matt's characters are developing so just give it time. we cant just jump into the story, they have to grow as people and learn what they are with the audience.

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umm, Caroline...a stereotypical cheerleader??? Have you been watching the show at all. The whole point is that she seems like a stereotypical cheerleader, but is actually much more multi-dimensional lol. So I don't agree with that. Bonnie actually has less personality, manly becasue her whole character relies on her whole witch thing. And while Matt seems too nice, it's actually refreshing to see a character like him. Do all the guys need to be jerks? Not sure Stefan would kill Damon,I feel like a lot has not been said about their relationship. So maybe e'll see.

The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

It's not everyday a guy turns 162 years old.

Lexi

Lexi: What's keeping her here?
Stefan: I told you. Her name is Elena.

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