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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Masquerade"

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Tyler became a werewolf, two students died, Katherine got locked in a tomb and Elena chose to remain single.

Somehow, our critic deemed "Masquerade" to be a slow episode of The Vampire Diaries, despite its inclusion of all these developments. Staff members debate that assessment, along with other topics, in this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table...

What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?
M.L. House: Stefan being funny for a change! Perfect line delivery from Paul Wesley when he told Bonnie he could explain, paused and reiterated Jeremy's asserting: "We're gonna kill Katherine."

LJ Gibbs: Katherine: "So, here we are: the brother who loved me too much and the only who didn't love me enough." Damon: "And the evil slut vampire who only loved herself." That would have been a great kiss-off line had they finished her off.

Elena: Have to give it up for Nina Dobrev in the last scene. We saw a different, weaker side of Katherine's character than we have in every other episode. Dobrev really made her bad-ass character look scared and vulnerable when begging Damon and telling him "you need me."

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Is this the last we've seen of Katherine?
M.L. House: Yes . She'll remain locked inside that tomb and never be heard from again. It's a shame, really, I was hoping to get more on her Bulgarian background.

LJ Gibbs: LOLgasm.

Elena: Of course not! She's got her own episode coming up in a few weeks. I'm guessing the girl Tyler gets involved with, talking Bonnie into opening that tomb to get that moonstone for him. Why the hell is the moonstone in the tomb with Katherine? Was Damon trying to make a point...you wanted it so bad, now rot with it?

Bonnie and Jeremy as a couple: Hot or gross?
M.L. House: I don't see a need to pair them up, as each can function well on his or her own. But I'll take more action for Bonnie any way I can get it. I'm sick of her just whining and reluctantly agreeing to help every episode. She's starting to remind me of Claire from Heroes, and that's most definitely a bad thing.

LJ Gibbs: Definitely hot on its own merit, and also convenient in that a heterosexual relationship might help me stop confusing him with another troubled, CW younger brother with an "emo thing" ... Eric van der Woodsen.

Elena: Undecided. There was definite chemistry. Knowing how old the actor playing Jeremy is, it's a little weird. Unexpected and weird. We'll see where this goes.

Is Elena remaining single the right decision?
M.L. House: Only if she's doing it because her real feelings are for Damon.

LJ Gibbs: I can see both sides of this one. It's understandable that Elena could be hesitant to jump back into a relationship with Stefan when people around Mystic Falls have been dropping like flies (or Charlie Sheen's pants at the Plaza) ever since they met. But come on. Stefan and Elena were so in love that they tried to dupe Katherine into leaving them alone LAST WEEK. Now she's locked in a dungeon! Get naked already.

Elena: That's the one thing that was wrong about last night's episode for me. You can't start off last week's episode with her telling Stefan how much she loves him and giving him blood, and end the next episode with her still being apart from him. Stefan had it right, after Katherine was taken away, he ran right up to Elena to kiss her... and she should have kissed him back. She's doesn't feel safe? She hasn't been safe for 28 episodes. What a feeble line to stick in at this point. 

Who should Damon, Stefan and Elena dress as for Halloween?
M.L. House: The Vampire Diaries only has one show as competition for teenage attention on Thursday nights. So these three should dress as Seaside, New Jersey club goers and attack Snooki and The Situation at their most inebriated, sidelining the MTV stars for months. Hello, ratings bump!

LJ Gibbs: Damon and Stefan should go as each other, I bet their impersonations would be really funny. Elena should go as Katherine. Not only is this a budget-conscious move, but a potentially scary one. Think about how much she could mess with Caroline.

Elena: Damon as Frank Sinatra. The blue eyes seal the deal. Stefan could wear a 'hey it's Monday!' face and go as Edward Cullen; and Elena would be perfect as Cinderella, waiting for her prince (since we still don't know which brother she will end up with).

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Bonnie and Jeremy can be a great couple! Caroline and Tyler - I think they have much in common! Maybe it will help him overcome the curse.
Stefan - my dear Stefan! back pain and loneliness! For which he so much suffering?? Bring him to Elena!

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@ vampirelver ohh yeaaa .. lets put damon && elena together ..she will get him mad then he'll accidently kill her just like he did to her brother smh ..oh yeaaaa that sounds perfect *signs*

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bonnie and damon wont get together because they can't stand each other.

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My only recentment is i can't watch it every night LoL I think it would be awesome for it to turn out Stephen had been obscessed with Catherine so much is why he sought out Elana and Elana and Damon end up together! I wonder if Stephan will be the one to let Elana out of the tomb.

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Wooooow. Bonnie and Jeremy were amazing together. I really loved it! I'm totally shipping them now. I mean, look at that tension!

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Glad to see that Jeremy has grown up, was getting tired of his whining. I think Bonnie and Jeremy would be a great couple! Bonnie needs to step up to the plate and stop being so hesitant all the time. Getting old! As far as Elena ditching Stefan at the end...it made no sense at all. All that getting Kat out of the way, for nothing? Unless, her and Damon have a chance at a romance, now that would be cool! Rock on Damon!!! You are awesome! Love the new & improved Carolina!

Morgan852

"Knowing how old the actor playing Jeremy is..."
I don't get this. He's 22, she's 21. What's the problem?
I agree with you. I don't see anything wrong with it.

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"Knowing how old the actor playing Jeremy is..."
I don't get this. He's 22, she's 21. What's the problem?

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Awesome episode. now about the jeremy/bonnie age thing. jeremy is two years younger than elena, bonnie, caroline, matt and tyler and a year young that vicky; matt and vicky weren't the same age

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@Mae I agree with everything you said. You snatched the words out of my mouth. Bonnie is the same age as Vickie, even younger I think, because Vickie wasn't even at school, so I can't see why that should be a complain. Plus the two have excellent chemistry. Dobrev shows time and again why it was never a mistake they took her for the show. Screw the blond hair or green eyes in the books. It's the actor that makes a role, not the appearance. And she's excellent, as bad-ass Katherine, vulnerable Katherine, docile Elena, even fighting, tenacious Elena. You'd never say they are the same actor if the two weren't supposed to have exactly the same first. At such a tender age, she's this good. She's going to go far.