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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?

Review

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I lOVE the DE kiss,I cannot stop watching the video!(Don't care if in some frustrated bitter people's opinion call me an hysterical fangirlxD) @sick ofbored:exactly what I was thinking..
@Bored now:remember a certain BTVS episode named "Seeing red"?In case you don't it contains a graphic almost rape scene...And don't start with the Caroline abuse thing:she was not willing for the feeding part,but she was for sex, compulsion or not. I lOVE the DE kiss,I cannot stop watching the video!( care if frustrated bitter people call me an hysterical fangirlxD)

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I have to agree that the DE kiss was uncalled for. How can you do this to a man who sacrificed everything for you and for your family. It seems the writers want to please screaming girls instead of having a strong true love that nothing stands in the way of it. If I were Stefan I would just walk away and never look back. Elena and Damon do not deserved him in their lives. Instead let's hook Elena up with Damon because of every fan girl wants him and regardless that he killed Lexie.. Fed on Caroline.. Etc and etc. Besides being a drunk. Oh wells unlike Stefan's attitude and I hope he just walks away and make Elena work hard for him. We all know that SE are endgame. Personally I rather see him with Bonnie or Caroline.

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@SickofBored
that's called criticism :) learn of it. As far as I know democracy also includes certain level of freedom of speech :) And thank you for bringing up actual badass vampires. You see the difference is that that show recognized Spike and angel's mess ups and what they did and it all had consequences, actual long term consequences. People reacted and called out them on what they did. While TVD constantly whitewashes the actions of the brothers and they never get called out on the shit they pulled :) You mean to say its normal for Elena to be attracted or be in relationship with any of those two brothers? Especially since one raped and abused caroline and fucked her mother and other is well..edward. Not to mention Elena is no Buffy. Buffy had a fitting character and personality to be attracted to those men. Elena's mary-sue template writing directly contradicts both pairings :)

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I wasnt into this episode at all .... The moment damon and elena kissed I laughed and cringed, and thought of all the horny females that were dying to post there reactions on here lol.They still dont hold a candle to the epicness of Kelly and Zack morris from saved by the bell......Oh and good riddance to jeremy !! I lol at the fact that hes supposed to be 16 yet r.mcqueen looks 26...

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OMG Damon and Elena. Finally!

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The episode was i can say epic.....it was fab...But this "much awaited " kiss was nothing like I dreamed it would be, I thaough it would be magical, it wasnt I am a little disappointed :(....even then they episode was fab!

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You know what this person with no life Bored Now needs to get one instead of sitting around commenting on every TVD related article and forum about how they hate the show and the couples and everything about it. Then why the need to comment?? You hate it, stop watching and stop talking about it. Its called logic. Its People like you with nothing to do than sit around on a forum and comment the same shit that annoy the hell out of me. They ruined the show for you,good now get over it and get a life and stop hating on the people who do have one aka the people who make the show. They don't give a shit about what you think nobody does so go watch your Buffy reruns and stay there.
Really? Damon a crybaby rapist? All i have to say is Angel and Spike. Done.

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For people who actually love the show and the entire cast, I can give you a list of other sites where you can love the show with other fans.

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I was so happy to see the Delena kiss:) this episode was good, but was it me or did Klaus kind of cried when he daggered Rebekah? I hope Rebekah comes back sooner, I want to see her and Elena go at it for a while as long as they don't kill Rebekah off, she's one of my favorites along Elijah, Katherine, and Damon.

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also, definitely the original doppelgänger in the coffin! i hope so anyway! its always confused me that if katherine is a doppelgänger then who is she the doppelgänger of?? so badly want to see this question answered!

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I can't drink all this by myself. I mean, I can. But then someone is getting naked.

Damon

Elena: The Stefan that we know is gone.
Bonnie: How is Damon handling that?
Elena: Damon is... Damon.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Yuck shook down Shook Down Yuck iTunes
Apex manor teenage blood Teenage Blood Apex Manor iTunes
The trigger code come on lets do it ok Come On Let's Do It OK! The Trigger Code iTunes
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