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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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loved episode p.s im a stelena shipper mostley because i love them together but also because i think damon deserves someone who is going to love him the way elena loves stefan or the way damon loves her and i know she loves him and i enjoy there screentime but i think as long as there is the slightest chance he could be the stefan she fell in love with she will always choose him they feel free to disagree delena shippers

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@gibbles, Totally agree with you. The main revelation of the episode and a great way to end this episode, after all the next one is Damons epi! I have no doubt Delena will be together but she will have to realize she loves him. It will happen and it wont always be Stefan. Like Williamson tweeted....Elena will choose Pacey. I may not be a shipper but Delena has always been more intriguing

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@gibbles:
I completely agree too! It was the foundation of the episode. I do prefer Damon with Elena, but I do also like Stefan.
I do think that Meredith could possibly be the killer, but under mind control or being threatened to do it by someone.
Honestly,the situation with Klaroline felt a little awkward at the start, but I think it's shaping up and like it now. After all, every monster has a soft spot and that spot is hardcore blonde in this case.
I have never really liked Bonnie though she is essential to the story, so this story line, although I was a little surprised by it, seems like a repeat of the death of her grandmother.
I didn't really enjoy the ending - the tree, doesn't seem to add much, I figure that this season was the original season, as last one was a werewolf one, so the originals will either die or be gone for pretty much forever by the end of this season.

Ilkvomit

I have zero interest in Bonnies mom becoming a vampire.Heck . . I have Zero interest in Bonnie and the whole bennit clan.Except "Grams" . . She was interesting

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@gibbles Totally agree! This is why despite the fact that I am a strong believer that Stefan and Elena belong together I still love Damon. I love that Damon always choose his brothers happiness over his own. Just like Stefan chose to save Damon instead of killing Klaus. Elena said something in an earlier episode that is probably one of my favorite quotes and scenes on TVD to date. Elena says to Damon about Stefan " I think you're the one who is going to save him from himself and it won't be because he loves me. It will be because he loves you." I loved when she said that because I think that the bond between Damon and Stefan is always going to be stronger than any other even when it comes to Elena and she knows that too. Everyone is either on Team Delena or Team Stelena. Well if I have to choose I would always choose Team Salvatore because I love the relationship between the Stefan and Damon and I don't want anything to come between that.

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lol gibbles and Bobbi: This.

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@gibbles FINALLY!!!! My gawd that was the key point to the whole episode. Only ELENA can go after Damon now ....he's stepped aside despite his feelings because SHE is not ready for him YET.

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My dear roundtable boys, you make me laugh, almost as much as the Original boys do. But listen: YOUVE MISSED THE WHOLE FUCKIN POINT OF WHAT DAMON DID. HE SACRIFICED HIMSELF SO ELENA WOULD HATE HIM AND NOT STEFAN HE LOST THE COIN TOSS BUT HE STEPPED IN THE WAY BEFORE STEFAN DID WHAT THEY AGREED. HE ACTED LIKE HE WANTED TO BE BAD DAMON AGAIN BUT COULDNT YOU SEE THE SELF-MOCKERY AND PAIN BEHIND THAT? HE LOVES ELENA THAT IS ALL. AND HE LOVES BRO TOO. BUT BECAUSE ELENA DIDNT CHOOSE HIM, HE CHOSE TO DO THE DIRTY DEED. Boys, can you put a lovely lady into your roundtable - she would have got that point easy. much hexing
Gibbles

Ilkvomit

What a letdown of an episode . . .

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I couldn't care less for the rest of the people in MF. I'm a bit bored that Damon and Stefan are always going to "fight" over Elena and that Damon is now going to be bad boy just because she didn't pick him and etc... It's the same old, same old.. Only that NOW we've got the taste of how it's like when the brothers switch roles, so go completely back to the beginning is a bit boring.. Even though that I love the fact that Stefan is being a good boy, but now he needs to fess up his true feelings for Elena or I'm going to die.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

Why do you look like someone just show a panda bear?

Damon

Elena: If you're mad at me, Damon, you need to get over it.
Damon: Oh, I'm over it.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 15 Music

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