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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The New Deal"

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Hmmm... did anything significant happen on the return of The Vampire Diaries this week? Our Round Table members might have a tough time coming up with topics for the first edition of this feature in 2012.

JUST KIDDING! Read on to see what Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi and Dan Forcella have to say about "The New Deal" and all the crazy, sexy happenings that resulted from it...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The drink Damon and Klaus shared. I'm always a sucker for enemies that sort of respect each other, and also sort of need each other, so they can actually have regular, calm conversations that are never too far away from an all-out war. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Steve: I'll let the teenage girls in this panel swoon over the closing scene and point out some broader things I enjoyed from this well-written episode: Tyler differentiating siring and compulsion, and establishing a gray area in between; Seeing Klaus on the defensive for a change; Damon's increasing alcohol consumption and inner turmoi; Bon-Bon playing a (relatively) useful role.

Dan: We will get there in question five, but for me, it was the kiss. It was equal parts sweet and awesome.

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Was Elena right to have Damon compel Jeremy?
Matt: A tough one. But... yes. It echoes what Damon told Stefan last season: truly loving someone means doing what's best for him/her, regardless of how that makes he/she view you. Elena was thinking solely of Jeremy's well-being and not of how angry he might get at her if he ever finds out what happened. That's real love.

Steve: She was. It's exactly the kind of decision a concerned sister would make. I just wonder what they told the family friends in Denver.

Dan: Yes, and if Jeremy leaves us for the rest of the season (or at least until the finale), I commend the writers for making such a realistic decision. There comes a point where it makes too much sense for a main character to just leave town, and that point has come for Jer Bear.

Where the heck was Caroline Forbes?!?
Matt: Probably hooking up with Matt in the alley behind The Grill. Sorry, Forwood fans. She's clearly moved on.

Steve: Maybe off with Eric Hochberger, who reportedly "forgot the Vampire Diaries was on" last night. More like boycotted it when he learned CF would not appear.

Dan: I'd rather not talk about it. I don't wanna shed any tears on my keyboard.

Should Elena have handed Rebekah over to Klaus?
Matt: Yes. She was taking up space in a basement that should clearly be turned into a game room at this point. Beer pong, anyone?!?

Dan: Sure. I don't think it could really hurt her cause in any way - Klaus is an a-hole that will do with Elena what he wants - but maybe it helps put her in the good graces of the king hybrid for awhile. Maybe it gives her a bit of time to help the Salvatore bros figure out how they're going to get rid of this and all the Originals.

Steve: Daniel makes a good point. Being stubborn or defiant isn't going to accomplish much when it comes to Klaus. Might as well give him what he wants, watch it play out and figure out her next move from there, while hopefully earning some degree of trust.

The Delena kiss: Ohhhh, yeah!!! or Ohhhh, no!!! ?
Matt: As I wrote in my review, the former reaction. I actually rolled my eyes when it first appeared as if this were just another tease (I get it. My brother's girl...), and then broke into a huge smile when Damon turned around in his brooding tracks and laid one on Elena.

Dan: A big Kool-Aid Man style "OHHHH YEEAAAHHH!!!!" I don't care what everyone says, I'm still holding out hope for these two kids. When Damon stated that he was going to have something to be guilty about, I fist pumped about as high as you can. What a stud.

Steve: I don't have a strong opinion about this scene. Sorry.

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This episode was great, but like, shame, does anyone else feel sorry for Tyler... The guy lost his father and uncle, and now Caroline and it's not his fault that he's sired... I love FORWOOD, they found each other when no-one wanted them... I just feel so bad for Tyler. I mean what's up with his friends (stupid Elena)just ditching him and calling him a lunatic instead of trying to help him. Surely his friends should understand...I mean Damon killed Mason, Vicki, Lexi, and a list of random other people, but everyone looks for ways to help him, he's a hero... Poor Tyler, so much for friendhsip... Anyways, I just want to see more and more Caroline, it's a sin to leave her out of any episode...

Chrys

1st Q:
- The Salvatore brothers reunion.Now that Stefan has gone badass their encounters are much more entertaining.
2nd Q:
- Hell yeah! Jeremy is just a teenager with a fragile personality. All his relationships up until now were with supernatural beings and they all ended tragically. He had got to the point where he had given up fighting for a chance in leading a normal life and he even beheaded a f@@@g hybrid without thinking it twice! Had he stayed a life of psychotherapy and xanax was guaranteed.
3rd Q:
-Definately hanging out with Matt who won't lose this golden opportunity to ''comfort'' her!
4th Q:
-Yes.She knew Klaus couldn't wake Rebakah up now that she knew the truth about him killing their mother.
5th Q:
- It wasn't as passionate as i expected it to be...But it was a very moving scene and i loved the fact that Damon didn't hide from Elena the fact that Sthefan had saved his life.

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I have never shipped a couple in all the years I've watched tv/movies. Until now. I have completely fallen for Damon and Elena. If she ends up with anyone, it better be him! He told her the truth and she is completely in love with him. He was so innocent with her, they will have a rocky and winding (stefan) road but will wind up together.

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My mouth hit the floor,with this episode. But I was so sad with Jeremy leaving. Any one know how long!!!!! I was surprised not to see Caroline there,but beggers cant be choosers. And I have begged for this day since it went off. But I am getting tired of bad guy Stefan he is getting on my nerves. We have seen the dark side,now lets move on please. Also the kiss oh for the love of the directors. Im more of the whole Stelena fan. But come on after the way Stephens been acting....Need I say more. Loved that Delena moment. Poor Bonnie,though we all know she still loves Jer. Awesome episode huge cliff hangers,next week come soon.

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jeremy is the dumbest character on the show. I'm glad he would not be on the show for a LONG while and I hope they keep it that way

Amygirl

But I totally get why some people are thorougly against Elena doing what she did, because she essentially took her brother's rights away and didn't respect his wants. I just am okay with it because at least Elena was TRYING to help her brother.

Amygirl

Jer was sacrificing so much to be with his sister and it was eating away at him. Although it may have not been the best decision (for Elena) to make in terms of morality, in the long run Jeremy will in fact benefit from this. At least I think, you never know with TVD. There is only so much free will a teenager can be given. And I say this as someone who is younger than 16, so I'm not saying that teenagers are incapable of making good decisions or thinking for themselves. However, I know full well that sometimes teenagers make BAD decisions and that's where guardians/parents/adults come in; to make sure you're wellbeing is not at risk. Then again this is just my opinion. I think from a moral standpoint compulsion is wrong, but I won't bash Elena for doing this because she did have her brother's best interest at heart.

Amygirl

Elena is Jeremy's guardian. Unless if Alaric is Jeremy's guardian, but it doesn't matter b/c he approved of the compulsion as well. That means, since Jer is a minor, they are able to make decisions for him. If a parent moves and their 16 year old wants to stay, will the 16 year old stay? No, of course not unless he/she becomes emancipated. Elena is an adult, and she felt the best thing to do for her brother was to give him a better life elsewhere. One could argue that she is not allowing Jer free will, but when it comes down to it she is trying to save his life.

Cidalni

What was your favorite scene from the episode?
The drink between Klaus and Damon the two coolest guys on Vampire Diaries unfortunately don't get a lot of screen time together. Was Elena right to have Damon compel Jeremy?
Yes. He said it best. No one it getting out of this town alive. Where the heck was Caroline Forbes?!?
Out shopping for some killer outfits for next weeks to come. Should Elena have handed Rebekah over to Klaus?
Yes. And she was also right to tell Klaus that Rebeka knows the truth thay way she stays daggered and she gave Klaus what he wanted. The Delena kiss: Ohhhh, yeah!!! or Ohhhh, no!!! ?
Hell Yeah! Ever since the near touch dance in season 1 I've been a Delena fan.
And I loved the fact that the kiss doesn't mean they are together now.

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That Jeremy is going to be away for a while, I think I like it. I'm not that sure if I like it the way they did it.. They should have stated more, so he had the time to react and then compell him. And the big thing off all. The kiss. I was happy that it happened, but not how it happened. I knew he was coming back to kiss her. It wasn't all the firework I was expecting, I guess.. And Elena should have been more into it. Cause after all that time "hiding" what she feels for Damon, she would have been more, WOW. Instead of wow.. I hope there will be more kisses though and maybe between Stefan and Elena too? A little more drama between the Salvatore brothers is all we need, just a little bit. But all in all a good episode, not the best probably. And where the heck was Caroline?!

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

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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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