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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The Ties That Bind"

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A pair of family reunions dominated the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries, while Stefan showed some heart and Alaric displayed some stupidity.

Which scene stood out the most? How excited are we to welcome back Elijah? Join Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger now as they break down "The Ties That Bind..."

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: Abby texting to Bonnie while the random hybrid dude stood nearby. She made Leonardo DiCaprio in The Descendants look like a text messaging amateur!

Steve: As Matt sums up very well in his review, there's almost too much going on from which to choose, or know what to invest ourselves in at this point. I was probably most interested in Tyler's storyline, though. Can Caroline's dad really fix him, and will he be the key to bringing down Klaus if so? It makes one wonder, and half-close one's eyes during every terrifying transition scene.

Dan: My favorite was Stefan's reaction to finding out about the kiss.  At first it seems he's in shock, which is why he just walks away quietly, but then he gets angry and gives his bro a good right hook to the jaw.

Eric: Sure, it's cheesy to pick the obligatory TVD cliffhanger as my favorite scene, but the second I saw that dagger in Damon's hand I eagerly thought... Elijah!? And they delivered to a giddy fan.

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Did you feel bad for Stefan when Elena told him about the kiss?

Matt: I did. It's been clear for a couple weeks now that Stefan is in denial. Of course he has the same feelings for Elena as always, he's just been acting out and focusing on Klaus because he didn't want to face the harsh, snark-filled reality: she's fallen for Damon.

Steve: I had mixed emotions, which speaks to the brilliance of this love triangle and the performance of all the actors (I'll elaborate more in question #4).

Dan: I did. I don't really know why, because he's been an absolute ass hole as of late, but I felt bad for the guy. The bro code is one thing, but the actual brother code puts things on a whole other level. As much as he knew Damon wanted Elena all this time, I bet he never actually considered something happening between them. It was pretty heart-wrenching.

Eric: Since FIOS decided I didn't need those 10 seconds, I cannot possibly answer this based on his actual reaction. But, either way, yes! Poor guy threw away his humanity to save Damon, only for him to violate the bro(ther) code.

Stupider course of action: Alaric telling Meredith about his ring; Elena leaving out the sheet that identified Abby; or Abby not thinking ahead when she took Jaime in years ago?

Matt: Abby taking in Jaime. Look, there are certain precautions you need to take when you're a powerless witch on the run. Foremost among them: do not invite others to live under your roof in case your past one day catches back up to you and a half-vampire/half-werewolf compels your quasi son to take action that threatens multiple lives. This is Former Powerful Witchery 101.

Steve: Alaric was distracted by Dr. Fell's hotness and Abby was dealing with some pretty significant external factors at the time, so both of them can be forgiven. Elena leaving out the sheet would never happen in real life, though. No one involved in any sort of covert activity would commit a blunder that obvious, save for O.J. leaving one bloody glove he wore while murdering his wife at his house and the other at hers. The Juice may have been acquitted, but in having Elena leave evidence simply to lead Stefan to her, TVD writers are guilty of a semi-weak plot device.

Dan: It has to be Alaric telling Meredith about his ring. This is life and death. He has that ring to protect him from dying, and whether he thinks the good doctor is a supernatural or not, he should tell no one about his life-saving ring. What a moron.

Eric: Hotness or not, you save talk about your live-saving ring for pillow talk! Everyone knows you can only trust a woman after...

More welcome return: Elijah, Bill Forbes or a semblance of humanity in Stefan?

Matt: I'm not sure if it makes sense within the show itself - didn't Elijah prove his loyalty to Stefan on the season two finale? - but gotta go with the obvious answer here: good to see you, E.

Steve: The latter. Ancillary characters come, go, die and come back to life so haphazardly that I'm rarely surprised, even by the better ones. I love the many layers of Stefan, however. Will his humanity ultimately win out? Will he snap and go off the rails like a bloodthirsty sociopath again? Paul Wesley and the writers are great at keeping us guessing every week.

Dan: Elijah! The dude is completely awesome. It really doesn't matter who he sides with, now that he's awake, he's going to be as cool and ruthless as ever, and it's going to be amazingly fun to watch. Did you see that heart-ripping bit? There will be more of that to come, and I welcome that more than anything else.

Eric: Did I not answer this with number-one? Elijah! I love me some HRG  as much as the next former Heroes fan, but the Originals are a little more developed in my TVD heart.

Is Elena really better than both Salvatore brothers?

Matt: Is that really the point? We can't help who we fall in love with, can we? If the question were as simple as with whom we were best matched ethically, Elena would still be with Matt. But that guy is so boring I fell asleep before finishing this sentence.

Steve: If you define "better" as not having slaughtered hundreds of innocent people during various "ripper" phases throughout life, then yeah.

Dan: No. I paraphrase Zachery Ty Bryan in the movie First Kid when I say that I don't think Elena is better than... anybody. And even if she was, you can't be better than Damon and Stefan Salvatore. Well, unless you're Klaus, then you are just God's gift to earth, and you can do no wrong in my book.

Eric: Sorry Elena, nobody is better than Damon. Nope, Dan, not even Klaus.

Which is more painful, transforming into a werewolf or giving birth?

Matt: Transforming into a werewolf, no doubt.

Steve: Transforming into a werewolf, hands down.

Dan: Transforming into a werewolf, without question.

Eric: Transforming into a werewolf, d'uh.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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i was having my doubts about the show during the last few episodes but they really stepped up. very well done, i have nothing to criticise

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I've been following the blogs for a while now and for the first time, I've decided to put in my two-cents here because I just don't agree with some of the comments about Elena and how she fessed up to Stefan: I must disagree with those of you who took offense with how she phrased it and implied that she was being less than truthful. In her mind, the only confession to make to Stefan is the fact that she kissed Damon back. She feels guilty about having kissed back. Both of them knew that Damon loves her. There's no need to tell Stefan that Damon initiated the kiss. Stefan obviously knew immediately after Elena's confession that Damon did kiss her and hence he took a swing at Damon towards the end of the show. I'm not sure how others could've interpreted these series of events otherwise.

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Good to see E back! But i hope he dnt do the same mistake again by trusting Klaus!

Eneci

1. Fav scene!
Elena telling Stefan about the kiss, and knocking Jamie out! This show is a wicked game! And Stefan showed he still loved her if it wasn't the case he wouldn't care.
2. Feeling bad?
why? he brought it on himself! He left them he could've keep her by his side, but he pushed her!
3. No comment!
4. Elijah, Bill or season1 stefan?
all of them. Elijah will change the whole dynamic of the story, Bill kicked Tyler hard and as a Stelena fan I say come back Stefan!
5. Elena?
what can i say!? Of course she is! She hasn't the twisted mind both of them showed during this 3 season! But in Serbia we say U are like the peoples Ur with so! She isn't sunshine!
6. Birth!!!

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i dont think anybody was as happy as i was to see elijah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant wait till next thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the last episode was simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!! thumbs up!!

Naomase

yeah, u guys are saying damon is better, but you seem to have forgotten an impulsive damon who just snaps and kills people. Damon is as bad as ripper stefan...i mean thats why they are all vampires. I can't say elena is better than the brothers bcoz she has been through a lot, all she wants is to be free. Alaric telling Dr. fell or what ever her name is about the ring was a stupid move,i mean no one know what her intentions are. Elijah back...am so glad bcos i can't wait to see people heart been ripped off,and i hope bill forbes succeed with tyler.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Difficult. I love the scene in the kitchen with Damon, Elena & Bonnie. Flirt eyes then "we kissed," Hilarious yet so cute and subtle. And then the Stefan and Elena scenes, because Elena was so ballsy, she pulled them wooden bullets out, waked that Jamie with a stick and spilled to Stefan about the kiss without being apologetic and sensitive to his feelings. Also I'm hoping that all this admitting they kissed means she's ready to admit her feelings for Damon. Though the scene with Bill and Taylor in the hospital is sweet; they both show their love for Caroline and how much it's going to cost them both to fix Tyler. Amazing episode. Did you feel bad for Stefan when Elena told him about the kiss?
It was a heartwarming scene and I don't know how the writers did it but they actually made me feel kinda sorry for the both of them in that situation. Though i'm not happy to see Stefan's humanity back.

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Stupider course of action: Alaric telling Meredith about his ring; Elena leaving out the sheet that identified Abby; or Abby not thinking ahead when she took Jaime in years ago?
Abby would be so lonely if she blocked out all human contact because she killed on vampire. It's Elena's house where no one but Alaric should really be so i don't think it was that stupid. Alaric trusting Meredith is crazy though, she seems physio, and that's a pretty important secret. More welcome return: Elijah, Bill Forbes or a semblance of humanity in Stefan?
Elijah's return was brilliant. I don't like Stefan with humanity- it's boring. Mental Stefan I like. Though the scene was genius.Bill is an interesting background story. Is Elena really better than both Salvatore brothers?
NO! Damon isn't bad as far as vampires go, he's drop dead gorgeous and would do anything for her. Delena and Stetherine.

Uncle-jackass

4.) Stefan's returning humanity..And here I was think that Paul wanted to milk his lost of humanity forever, but the show must go on and "the losing of Elena" is very different to "I've lost Elena."
5.) On a Klaus Vampire Scale of actually Living... Elena hasn't apparently lived. In my mind, therefore Damon is the better.
6.) As with @Sarah's objections to actually giving birth, but then again most TVD realize that this is a supernatural universe and the pain is worst to watch.

Uncle-jackass

1.) Fav scene: It's stupid if you didn't choose Elijah's resurrection.
"So Nick Klaus, what have I been missing?"
2.) Well, if Stefan didn't realize that by trying to kill her over her parent's death bridge wasn't going to push Elena off the Stefan pedestal I don't know what would push her away. I was more thinking that Elena should have said:
"You've already lost me..."
3.) Abby. Most people that live in a supernatural universe need to be paranoid to survive. Watch Dean Winchester when he semi-retires with a family. Believing everybody is a demon or under compulsion is a necessity.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Damon: What's her damage?
Alarc: No damage.
Damon: Come on, Ric. It's a fact of life. A girl that smart, that hot? Damaged.

Bonnie: What's going on with you two?
Damon: We kissed. Now it's weird.

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