The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

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Welcome to the latest edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table!

On last night's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - follow links for review, music and quotes - Mystic Falls was overrun by a number of ghosts, each of whom craved something different. Damon and Rebekah also ate some smores. Come along with Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger as they analyze the episode via our weekly Q&A.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I continue to enjoy cold-hearted Stefan, so any scene in which he was cracking wise. Referring to Elena as a "blood bag?" Calling her "pathetic?" Playing bloody twister! Why does Elena want this guy's humanity back? He's hilarious!

Steve: Mason's return and Mikael's awakening for pure shock value, or the scene with Rebekah for other reasons... if you know what I mean. I mean she's not un-hot.

Dan: As much as I hate all the ghost stories, I absolutely loved when Vicki proclaimed to her brother that she was going to kill Elena and then smacked Matty in the head with a wrench. I've been waiting a while for that kid to get his clock cleaned. No offense, Steve.

Eric: Mason's return. That was more shocking than when I found out he was dating Lady Gaga. But Mikael biting Katherine? A very, very close second. Only it didn't let me sneak in a Gaga reference.

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Is Katherine dead?
Matt: Heck no. She's harder to kill than Steven Seagal's character in the 1990 action film Hard to Kill.

Steve: I might incur some heat for this one, but I really hope so. Katherine's role is lost in the shuffle at this point, no longer directly related to the overarching storylines. TVD is almost juggling too many characters, she's become somewhat expendable, and this would be an awesomely unexpected way for her to go out. After half a millennium on the run from Klaus, she unearths the one vampire who can take him down, only to be devoured on the spot? R.I.P., I hope.

Dan: No. I'm going to assume sucking out a vampire's blood doesn't kill them, because you know, that's what we have believed since the beginning.

Eric: Like Steve, I really wish she was. I love Nina as Katherine. She gives that role such an evil seductress feeling that's so different than Elena, but her character has served its purpose and is merely a plot hole filler at this point. RIP, because damn that would be a good way to go.

Sexier Rebekah scene: The cheerleader split or the marshmellow suck?
Matt: What about the one where all the cheerleaders showed together after practice and then got into a naked towel fight? That is what goes on in high school, right?

Steve: The former. Man, that is one limber Original.

Dan: Ummm...what? Sorry, please don't tell Caroline that I was just daydreaming about Rebekah doing both of those things.

Eric: Her flirting with Damon was hot. So was her sucking down of that marshmallow. But I'm a sucker for a flexible girl in short shorts. Wins every time.

Is this the last we've seen of Vicki?
Matt: You want me to make sense of this ghost mumbo jumbo? I'll say yes because the one constant appears to be that apparitions only appear when a character thinks about them, so how would Vicki come back if she's out of Matt's mind? Then again, I somehow doubt Damon was fantasizing about Mason. So... I don't know.

Steve: Definitely not. Now that we know how desperate she is to escape, and that there's an actual path for her to come back and stay back, there's no way we've seen the last of Vick. I just hope this stoner doesn't come up with some half-baked plan to seek revenge on Matty now.

Dan: Yes. If her own brother doesn't even want the ghost version of her around, why would she want to come back? She made her attempt, which is now leading to ghosts upon ghosts coming back to the real world, and I'm mad at her for it. I don't like all of this coming back to life. If you're dead, you should stay dead.

Eric: Gosh no. For a show I once praised for having no problem killing off characters, it seems to have a nasty problem with bring them back. We need to use some sort of Extended Control Roundup next time and zap them. Eh? Eh?!? A little homeowner/landscaping joke for you guys there.

Biggest stretch: Rebekah entering Tyler's home without being invited, Elena thinking she could run the opposite way on the track to elude Stefan or the school allowing the Spirit Squad to sponsor a keg party in the woods?
Matt: I'm going with the Spirit Squad, which might wanna change its name with all these ghosts in town. People might get the wrong idea. But what high school allows a keg party to be advertised all over its hallways?!? That's more irresponsible than condoning those all-girl cheerleader showers.

Steve: Ah, the biggest stretch question, a Gossip Girl Round Table staple. Elena likely didn't think that through, so we'll give her a pass. The kegs probably didn't come from the Mystic Falls H.S. budget, so we can overlook that too. Rebekah waltzing in is a nice catch by our critic-in-chief, though, and a blunder on the writers' part, unless there's some explanation I missed. Honorable mention: Bonnie conveniently negging the spell that allowed Vicki to cross over. I realize that Bonnie was responsible for Jeremy's return from the dead and everything that entailed, giving her direct knowledge of this predicament. Still, it irks me sometimes that her only purpose is to occasionally show up and undo whatever.

Dan: I'll go with Rebekah entering Tyler's home with an extra point for Rebekah entering the Salvatore house. Doesn't Elena still own that home? Did she invite Rebekah in last week or was that another stretch?

Eric: Rebekah entering Tyler's home is kind of an interesting point. Does that apply to homes owned by supernatural creatures? But then again, the mother does own it.  Okay, this one wins. Man, I like debating myself in a Round Table discussion. Who needs other participants?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
I'm with Dan. The scene when Vicki smacked Matty in the face! Hah! I love you Vic, I've been waiting for that kind of scene. Is Katherine dead?
No way! I'm thinking Mikael will probably make her his slave or something. But I'll be sad if the only interesting portrayal of Nina Dobrev is gone forever. Sexier Rebekah scene: The cheerleader split or the marshmellow suck?
Marshmallow scene, even sexier when she skewered Damon. But no one can top my sexy cheerleader, Caroline! Is this the last we've seen of Vicki?
With a title like "Ghost World" for the next episode, is that even a question? Biggest stretch: Rebekah entering Tyler's home without being invited, Elena thinking she could run the opposite way on the track to elude Stefan or the school allowing the Spirit Squad to sponsor a keg party in the woods?
Actually, all of it makes sense I guess. As Tyler said earlier, Rebekah has been helping him with blood bags so Tyler must have invited her in earlier. Elena is just being annoyed that she decided to run the opposite way. And sponsoring a keg party isn't that bad! I will more like to point out how Bonnie was able to find a spell to send Vicki back to the other world! Bonnie, still a plot device!


Eric Hochberger, you can be compelled at the door as Klaus did to a woman in the first episode of the season. It's probably limited to Originals, meaning that Damon couldn't do something similar.

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The whole Rebecca being in the salvatore house without being invited in is simple Elena died and for a while there was no living owner of the house so since she has not signed another house deed the house currently has no living owner.
As for her getting into Tyler's house she either asked or compelled tyler of his mother to let her in. Somebody pointed out that Tyler's mom is the owner of the house so it stands to reason that only she could invite vampire's in but Tyler invited Katherine into his house before. Jenna, Jeremy and Elena have all invited vampires into their house as well.


I've been quite pleased with Season 3 because I find the story of the Originals really intriguing. I can really get immersed in the storylines of Klaus creating an army, Mikael being feared by him, the Originals' backstory, Stefan doing Klaus' bidding, Stefan-Elena-Damon, Caroline-Tyle-Rebekah... but add ghosts into that mixture? I'm feeling supernaturals overload!!!

Damon my lover

For number 5, Tyler mentioned that Rebekah has been helping out like giving him the blood bags so she has probabily entered his house before and Elena is not living at the Salvatore house atm and has not for the whole summer so maybe thats why Rebekah can just walk in


I LOVE the TVD round table. Sometimes I don't know if I'm more excited for the episode or reading the round table that follows it. 1) Favourite scene was actually the last scene with Elena and Stefan. I'm still debating whether Stefan is pretending to lose his humanity or not but I'm enjoying every single one of his scenes.I preferred this scene because of Elena. She was definitely less annoying this episode, not trying to promote underage drinking but she is a better character with it. Loved when she stabbed him after he called her pathetic. Woop woop! 2) Surely Katherine can't die. Aren't vampires only supposed to die if they're stabbed in the heart, heart ripped out or severed head? She'll be back, but hopefully with a better story line. 3) Erm, Rebekah with the splits I think. 4) Vicki needs to leave and never come back. She wasn't great when she was alive and she's no better when she's dead. Anna however is the only thing that makes Jeremy interesting. Apart from that ghosts are a bore. I agree, if they're dead they're dead. I don't like this as an excuse to bring everyone back... Not interested -_- 5) I'm trying to think of every reason but I can't justify how Rebekah got in the house. You can't compel someone to let you in. Yes Tyler could have invited her when she gave him the blood bag but as a vampire he no longer has the authority to invite anyone in so... I don't get it. Maybe it's an error by the writers. I mean they did over look the fact that if no living person is living in a house anyone can go in but Logan Fell said he couldn't because he lived alone. *shrugs* it's TVD so I'll overlook it. But they've also done this with Elijah at Alaric's house. I hope this isn't becoming a habit.


I think Tyler probably invited her in that morning when she gave him the blood bag. He had that drop of blood on his shirt at school!


God, I really thought that this episode title would be connected with newest Malese's track, which is a loose cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". You should listen to it (available on Youtube), it does not beat the original, but is still pretty entertaining ;]


Really, I am a HUGE fan of this show (I have the DVD sets & soundtrack) but I am starting to get very worried. The ghost plot is really lame, not to mention the fact that the only thing the writers use Bonnie for is to cast/undo a spell so the day can be saved. Season 3 is turning out to be a big disappointment, way too many different side stories instead of developing/following thru on original ones...this is my favorite show on TV right now, its a crying shame to see it slowly deteriorate.


A friend of mine thinks that a different actress other than Clair Holt played Rebekah in Smells like Teen Spirit. I don't agree and I cannot find anything on line about it. Please let me know I am wrong.

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