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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "All My Children"

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Tick... tick... tick...

The clock almost ran out on Elena on the final episode of The Vampire Diaries for a few weeks, but Damon and Elena came to their true love's rescue. Much to the chagrin of Bonnie, of course.

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff writers Matt Richenthal, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella relive "All My Children" while wondering: what the heck will they do on Thursday nights until March 15?!?

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The cave-based, gasoline-laden exchange between Elena and Rebekah. The former totally called the latter out on her vulnerabilities, but the latter still holds a trump card over her human foe: Rebekah has slept with Stefan and Damon.

Eric: Damon turning Bonnie's mom. Not because it was particularly riveting, but because I'm glad to have my evil Damon back. Poor Klaus has been going too soft on me since he discovered what our Round Table has known for years: Caroline is awesome.

Dan: I absolutely loved the few bonding moments between Damon and Stefan. They're slowly but surely returning to their old ways, and each of them recognizes that they were better off that way. Damon did always make a better bad guy.

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So, is Meredith really the Mystic Falls Murderer?
Matt: THE Mystic Falls Murderer? Probably not, it seems too obviousy. A Mystic Falls murderer? Yes, if her aim is as steady as her surgical incisions.

Eric: Oh, just paint the girl red and give her some gills. Yeah, I remember my 10th grade English class. What I'm trying to say here is I don't care how much you try to trick us, she is NOT the murderer. Nobody keeps those documents around unless they're investigating. Now as for the knife and shooting Alaric, well, I'll just have to tune in on March 15 with the rest of you.

Dan: Yeah, like anyone has ever had a hidden knife and not been the one going around town murdering people?!? In all seriousness, though, she did just shoot Señor Ric, so we can't count her out just yet.

Biggest heart string tugger: Damon's speech about guilt to Stefan, Elijah's speech about humanity to Rebekah or Caroline's speech to Elena about Bonnie's pain?
Matt: Elijah FTW! And not just because this is an easy way for me to plug my interview with Daniel Gillies. What a complicated, conflicted character The Vampire Diaries has created here. Only TVD can depict someone tearing out another's heart one moment, and then have the viewers' hearts melting over this same someone the next moment.

Eric: Option four: learning that there's a new tree, and thus a chance to actually lose my favorite new cast members to a plan we won't see fizzle out due to everyone's love of Elena. Also, Elijah's speech.

Dan: It definitely wasn't the last option  Caroline giving Elena a guilt trip about Bonnie's pain? I love her as much as anybody at this Table (well, maybe not Eric) but Caroline was in the wrong here. Elena has had just as much pain as anybody in Mystic Falls. Her entire family is gone. Give her a break, and let her bond with Bonnie.

What line would you use to pick up Caroline at a bar?
Matt: Hybrid? More like LOWbrid! I'll make you howl at the moon, baby.

Eric: Well, geesh, after learning that romantic drawings don't work, I'm currently tearing up plan one. But don't worry, after watching seven seasons of HIMYM I got plenty of Barney Stinson tricks up my sleeves. Yes, and most of those will involve magic.

Dan: The same one Josh Duhamel used to pick up his now wife Fergie: "You're hot." 60% of the time, it works every time.

Is this the last we've seen of Esther?
Matt: I'm actually gonna say yes. Why bother to return after that debacle of a plan? She should be spending her time getting as far away as possible from creepy Finn anyhow.

Eric: No! This is The Vampire Diaries! Even if they did manage to kill Esther for the second time, there's always "Ghost World."

Dan: Do not talk about Ghost World in my presence. I've been repressing those memories like it's my job. And no, this isn't the last we've seen of Esther. She will be back for another battle or two, as soon as she figures out what her weird son Finn's deal is.

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Ugh I miss Delena and Forwood and Elijag is gone AGAIN?!! Can we get SOMETHING? Dr Fell is sexy and all but that storyline is filler and after 3 seasons I still don't care about Bonnie. Keep the originals, Thw original three and Forwood please. BTW Stefan is sooooo much better bad or atleast not Elenas pretty like pussy tat

Stefelena

1.The scene between elijah and rebekah,elijah telling that their mother turned them into vampires but didn't make them monsters,the look on elijah's face so heartbreaking and emotional,seems like he was about to cry.Love the growing bond between stefan and damon,their scenes are always great. 2.Its too obvious,at first i was in denial but now i can really say yes. 3.All,i think the brothers knew each other better than anyone,damon quickly realise that stefan needs his humanity back and he has enough guilt to deal with,he doesn't want him to suffer anymore for that,same with stefan,he knew that damon is still in love with elena as much as he tried to deny it or pretend like he don't care anymore.Elijah's speech to rebekah was true,it was my favourite scene in the episode,their mother didn't make them monsters they did that to their selves.Caroline too was right some how bonnie is always the one who gets hurt just coz of elena,even though elena too has lost so much.

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Personally I like that Klaus is going a little soft, shows he has dimensions. What good is a villian if he has no facets, if he's just bad all the time. I hope Caroline can shape him into a different person.
And I have to agree that Meredith being the killer is way too obvious, most likely she's working with someone else. Seeing as when Elena and Caroline were leaving the hospital but found Bill instead, there was some shadowy figure watching them and it looked like a guy.

Neejan

Interesting episode. The last scene though was too akward.. How come she even woke up? Ric didn't make any noise.. I think she is some kind of creature as well.

Blu

1. Mmmm Damon coming to the realization that he's better at being bad. I love Damon in all of his ways but I think it's best if we venture towards guarded and bad boy Damon.
2. No, but I really don't care. I just don't like the woman.
3.ELIJAH! It's no secret that both Elijah and Damon OWNED this episode. for the record, as a non bonnie fan...I actually understood Caroline's speech.We ALWAYS give Elena a break...everyone does everything for her, but while we're all gong ho on pitying Elena there are bystanders being destroyed in the process.Bonnie is one of them, she loses everything to protect her friend.Caroline losese things too...a little moment to oust the doppleganger unintentionally responsible for shaking up their life is normal and human.
5. Probably.We see how long Mikael lasted.

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I'm going to be the minority here but Elena needs to choose neither brother. Right now she needs to take herself out of the equation for a while...those 2 need to repair their relationship, if that's possible. She should leave town with Elijah for the summer. They can go off and find a way to break his part of the bonding spell so that Klaus can be killed but NOT Elijah!! Plus she can help him become this better person he wants to be. I think if she wants to protect her friends and family....she needs to go, if only for a while. I think it would be an awesome end to the season if she skipped town with Elijah. And yes, I'm a total Elijah shipper!!!

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favorite scene - can't decide between Elijah telling the brothers off or Damon's ball dropping to their rightful place finally.
Meredith -she probably has a crazy something something going on..
Heart string - like Eric - option 4!!! Do not take away my originals!!!!! *cries* But seeing as this is not an option - Damon's speech. Nothing better then that menpire.. his most horrid moments were always my favorite.
Caroline at the bar - not one line, i'd simply push her on top of Klaus and wait for the sparks!
Also - Damon is right. Stefan is getting back to his old self and I do not approve. He is such a great character! Why mess with a good thing?
Also also -Caroline's timing might have been off, but she is right. Elena had to be told off.. and own up to the fact that it may not be her actual doing, by the brothers will do anything to protect her, and that's a problem, seeing as it makes everyone else disposable..

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favorite scene - can't decide between Elijah telling the brothers off or Damon's ball dropping to their rightful place finally.
Meredith -she probably has a crazy something something going on.. she was also crazy on OTH, so, prob...
Heart string - like Eric - option 4!!! Do not take away my originals!!!!! *cries* But seeing as this is not an option - Damon's speech. Nothing better then that menpire.. his most horrid moments were always my favorite.
Caroline at the bar - not one line, i'd simply push her on top of Klaus and wait for the sparks!
Also - Damon is right. Stefan is getting back to his old self and I do not approve. He is such a great character! Why mess with a good thing?
Also also -Caroline's timing might have been off, but she is right. Elena had to be told off.. and own up to the fact that it may not be her actual doing, by the brothers will do anything to protect her, and that's a problem, seeing as it makes everyone else disposable..

Saad702

4. You won't need a line to pick Caroline up. They would never work on her. You just need confidence and charm and maybe her fav drink. 5. No, she obviously teleported herself and Finn away. She'll be back, probably with some white oak tree or some spell to kill them. She will probably come after Damon too seeing as he made Abby a vamp.

Saad702

1. Favorite Scene: Has to be the scene where Caroline tells Elena to go because she is the cause of Bonnie's pain and suffering. I loved it because it was heartbreaking and so true. Elena is the cause of it all. I know she is the main female protagonist and whatever whatever. She has been really selfish of late and that needs to stop. And I think Elena realized it at that moment so it was a great way to move her character along. 2. Meredith isn't the killer. Its too obvious besides she did have an alibi for one of the murders. She is def in league with whoever it is. 3. Elijah and Caroline's speeches were the best part of the episode. Elijah is right, but it is very hard for them to not give in to the predator in them. That's the essential struggle that the writers are trying to convey. Elijah needs to relax a little tho.