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The Vampire Diaries Review: A Guilty Pleasure

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Let's get right to it, shall we? To conclude the first new episode of The Vampire Diaries in weeks, Elena and Damon gave many fans what they've been clamoring for all season:

A kiss.

And not some kiss where one party thinks he's on his death bed and the other is comforting him in a time of pain. A real kiss. A definitive lip lock. An official, wet, tongue-filled jaunt to first base. Was it worth the wait, Delena 'shippers?

A Tease of Delena

Count me among those who welcomed the development. Not because I'm rooting for Elena and Damon. Nor am I cheering on Elena and Stefan. I'm simply a fan of strong storytelling and it was about time the writers chose a path for these two.

Who knows where this path will lead. Who's to say whether it goes any further or what happens in a week. But for now, when all we have to go on is what we just witnessed, "The New Deal" provided Damon with a legitimate basis for finally laying one on Elena. We've had enough longing glances, enough tip-toeing around the subject.

Damon loves Elena. Stefan doesn't want her anymore. And, hey, as Damon put it, if he's gonna feel guilty anyway, why not give himself a moment he can savor? Something to actually feel guilty about? Bravo, D. Way to make your move.

But while the Smooch Heard 'Round The Vampire Diaries World may be all most fans are talking about right now, it wasn't all that went down on the first new episode of 2012. The hour wasn't filled with the show's usual action, twists or turns - but it did feature a number of revealing conversations that should lay the groundwork for what's to come. To wit:

A House for Klaus. The scariest homemaker ever had a plan for his casketed family members: he wanted them all to live happily ever after in a mansion his army refurbishes (Extreme Makeover: Hybrid Edition?). He still does. He just has to actually get those family members back from Stefan.

Should Elena have helped this process along by handing Rebekah over to her brother? I think so. She can't trust Klaus, of course, but she can try to play his game and understand his goals. There's no point in being stubborn here. If Klaus can reunite his family, he really will leave Mystic Falls alone.

Hear that, Stefan? Stop watching ABC on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Revenge gets you nowhere. It simply endangers the ones you love.

Farewell to Jeremy? I've read nothing about Steven R. McQueen leaving the series. It's safe to assume Jeremy will return at some point. But his departure here made perfect sense and, let's face it, if protecting Jeremy truly is Elena's priority, she made the proper decision and he should never come back.

Two ex-girlfriends are dead. Another is the most boring character on the show. His aunt has passed. Hit those slopes in Colorado, Jer. You've earned a long vacation.

You Gotta Have Faith. Or do you? Tyler thought so to begin the episode, explaining his siring to Klaus in ways reminiscent of a cult. He maintained possession of his own decision-making factors... but also showed complete faith in his leader. Can Tyler truly see right from wrong anymore? Did Jeremy's crossbow-armed message resonate? It appeared to, which means Tyler could actually end up as a secret weapon to be used against Klaus.

Penetrate his inner circle? Act like a loyal servant? Pounce when the time is right? It might take a hybrid to kill a hybrid. And the good guys have themselves a hybrid! If he's willing to play the part. How can he not? If only for the love of the (very much missed this week) Caroline Forbes alone?

Got a Secret, Can Damon Keep It? Forget the kiss. Damon should be feeling guilty for another reason: he's now teaming up with Stefan, unbeknownst to Elena. Why do I get the feeling she won't be happy when she learns the brothers are plotting behind her back?

Far more questions than answers this week. A lot of talking that, I have no doubt, will lead to far more action down the line. Sides are being chosen. Plans are being made. And, of course, spit is being swapped.

Check out the CW promo for next Thursday's "Our Town" and respond: WHAT DID EVERYONE ELSE THINK?

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE DELENA KISS!!!!
Made my day :)
Please carry on with them as a couple!!

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lol. that kiss was so blah compared to the Katherine/Damon kiss!

Rryann

Delena!!!. . .

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This episode sucked! Why would Stefan act that way, I understand he wants revenge but his behavior was completely out of his character. The writers are trying to make him bad now, so Elena has a reason to be with Damon and it's so stupid and not beliavable.
Damon is an ASS! He finds out that his brother did what he did to save his life and then he goes and kisses his girl anyway? That's ridiculous. There was no passion in that kiss anyway. And Elena, WTF are you thinking kissing Damon. Have some respect for yourself. Hope she comes to her senses now that she knows Stefan did what he did to save his brother. I don't like the way this show is going at all and it doesn't make any sense anymore. Elena should be with Stefan as they are soulmates and their love is what made this show so great. Now, it's just another boring one.

Jtl

Sorry the DE kiss was all right. But Forwoods first kiss was much better and more passionate IMO. When are the writers going to learn that Caroline is needed in every episode to help carry Bonnie and Elena. Bonnie and Elena without Caroline equals boring. I wish Jeremy left on his own terms. Because the idea that he had of everyone leaving town was the first good idea I've heard. Tyler should be forgiven because he does not know how strong of hold Klaus has over him. Plus it's not his fault for anything that he does since he never asked to be turned into Hybrid. If he was given a choice and new that it might hurt the people he loves and cares about. He probably would been like no thanks Klaus. I don't want to be a slave to you. But Tyler seemed to realize that Caroline, Elena & Alaric were right. He doesn't have control. I feel bad for Tyler because he hasn't truly been free his whole life. Born with a curse, bound to the moon and now a servant of Klaus.

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@Layla
Yes. Seeing Red is exactly why btvs was superior to this show. it did NOT whitewash Spike's actions. Nothing was whitewashed. It impacted HUGELY both his character, everything and pretty much entire story. It was never "Forgotten". THAT is the correct way to handle stuff like that. TVD fails at every point in that aspect :) As for Caroline, sure she was willing the first time. AFtger he bit her? She would most likely not have been. Thus yes its rape. Andie case is also rape, making Damon serial rapist and show has yet to call out on that and recognize that :)

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Finally a Delena kiss and it really was a beautiful scene, great song in the background and such a sweet and at the same time passionate kiss!!! just wonderful to watch! It was definitely worth the wait!!!

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I wasn't entirely pleased with this episode! Here's why: Stefan acted completely deranged..I thought he had "turned his humanity back on" as Katherine had suggested Jeremy leaving like that....its almost like they just took the simplest route of chucking the extra luggage...Will miss him Tyler made no sense about the "Sire" bond but I guess that was intended Becka being redaggered...just when we were looking forward to seeing her reaction to her brother after waking up! not to mention Elena! Im still excited to see the next few episodes!I hope Bonnie becomes interesting again! Miss seeing her in action! Plus I cant wait to see the rest of the original family, this show is becoming too Klaus-centric (as much as I love JM) Delena KISS! FINALLY!!!!!! the epic moment many of us were craving! Finally no teasing! just a solid lip lock! =)

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DELENA!!!!OMG YAY!!!

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Oh sorry for the last part typing error