Welcome to this edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table. As always, our esteemed panel has gathered to analyze the latest installment of this CW thriller, reviewed in depth HERE.
Below, editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal is joined by TV Fanatic writer Steve Marsi and fellow critic Eric Hochberger to discuss developments from "The Dinner Party" ...
What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?
Matt: The exchange between Elena and Stefan, where he admitted that he was a monster back in the day. It illustrated how well this show jumps from the past to the present during flashback episodes, using the former to shed light on events on ongoing events and relationships.
Steve: Elijah almost gets it for his line about picking up younger women, but I'm going with Damon's "There's no such thing as a bad idea. Only poorly executed awesome ones." Not sure if that's true in business, but it definitely applies to murdering originals.
Eric: You guys did see Katherine stepping out of the shower, right? Call me crazy, but going with that.
More of a shock: Elijah's death, Bonnie's loss of powers or Katherine's freedom?
Matt: Elijah's first death. I had literally just commented to my wife about how great of a character he was becoming, eerily calm in the face of all threats, when - bam! - Alaric plunged the dagger in.
Steve: Definitely Elijah's death. Both times, but particularly when Elena finished him off. Shocked as I was that Alaric, who I refuse to call Ric under any circumstances, stepped up and took the shot, I figured Elijah would wreak havoc for weeks after he escaped. Elena and Stefan's plot to lower his guard was as surprising as it was elaborate.
Eric: Jonas removing Bonnie's powers. It actually made me care about this character and I didn't think that was possible.Should Alaric tell Jenna the truth about Isobel?
Matt: No. You know what they say: honesty is the best policy, unless you're telling your girlfriend about how your wife was turned into a vampire by the brother of the guy doing her niece. Then, you're just asking for trouble.
Steve: Sure. Honesty is fundamental in relationships, as the appearance of keeping secrets is worse than the actual secret 97 percent of the time. Besides, this town has seen everything. If Stefan can come clean about slaughtering members of Elena's family and still be hitting that by the end of the night, what are Alaric's skeletons really going to do?
Eric: What, that she's more attractive than Jenna? Seems unnecessarily mean to me.
Preferred hairstyle on Damon: Retro or modern?
Matt: Modern. Everything about his modern persona, from hair to snark to bubble bath compulsion/intercourse, is sexier.
Steve: Retro. Nice volume, less dependent on products.
Eric: Neither. Call me when he goes all Justin Bieber on us.
Can we trust Katherine?
Matt: To look out for herself at all times? Yes. To actually do what's best for those around her? Please. That's as likely as Snooki staying in on a Saturday night.
Steve: Totally. She's proven nothing but reliable and open about her reappearance in Mystic Falls so far. I'm being sarcastic, but any more of those shower scenes and I'd probably trust her for real, who are we kidding.
Eric: It's hard to say. I'd need to talk to her more to find out. Maybe one-on-one. By candlelight. In a towel.