The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "After School Special"

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The Vampire Diaries returned this week with fresh heartbreak and new alliances. What did you think of "After School Special?"

In the latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, panelists Matt Richenthal, Dan Forcella, Miranda Wicker, Steve Marsi and Leigh Raines break down everything from Damon and Elena's night at the cabin to Matt's totally radical new jacket. Read on and join in!


What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?
Matt: His relationship with Jeremy is now Complicated? He understand why the Hybrids found Klaus "annoying." He wants Elena to drop everything (pants especially!) and book it to the cabin? Yeah. There weren't enough great Damon Salvatore quotes to list in this space.

Dan: My favorite moment was that phone call. I love you. Yup, they got me again. Right at the heart strings.

Miranda: A lot of felt underwhelming compared to how things were left with the winter finale. It's the mid-season slump that plagues this show. I do love that Elena now knows that when Caroline says she's Team Stefan, she really, really means it, to the point that she'd betray her best friend by giving him information that was Elena's to give. I also loved Damon's obscure reference to 90s movie Camp Nowhere. I might have watched that movie on repeat for a few years dreaming of escaping to my very own camp for middle school misfits.

Steve: Damon's face during Elena's phone call confession. Despite the stupidity of the sire bond nonsense, Ian Somerhalder can make you buy into this storyline and couple.

Leigh: Damn, Steve, stole mine. Damon went through an entire range of expressions in that three-minute phone call. I was like, is this really going to happen? I thought he was going to crap the bed for a minute and shut the whole thing down. I'm proud of you two! Also, amazing Camp Nowhere reference.


The return of Rebekah: Awesome or disappointing?
Matt: Awesome. Yes, even when that beauty is simply spouting exposition to catch viewers up after many weeks off the air, the accent makes anything she does and says rather awesome.

Dan: Absolutely awesome. I don't care if she didn't really accomplish anything, just seeing her attempt to take control was enough to satisfy me.

Miranda: Meh. Neither. She's an Original I'll gladly ship off to New Orleans.

Steve: At first, I thought the classroom compulsion session was a lame plot device, but it did yield some interesting revelations and set events in motion that should be intriguing in the coming weeks. Based on that, and Claire Holt's accent, call it a net positive.

Leigh: Option 3: Annoying. The compulsion and controlling bit gets really old after awhile. We already have Klaus, get a little more original Rebekah (no pun intended.) My thought was a sarcastic: "Oh goody, Rebekah's a wake and hates the world and carries a 900-year chip on her shoulder, now we can watch her torture everyone and have Elena play victim for another hour."

More random: Bonnie's dad as Mayor; Kol showing up; or Matt in his varsity jacket?
Matt: Bonnie's dad, for sure. Mystic Falls must have been harder up for legitimate Mayoral candidates than the GOP in the 2012 Presidential campaign if the only person who would take the job hasn't been seen or mentioned in about three years.

Dan: Three very good choices, but I have to go with the jacket. Really Matt??!? Now you're breaking it out with the big Mystic Falls M? Come on guy. This is 2013, find some style.

Miranda: Matt's varsity jacket. Definitely. All the jackets in all the world and that's the one you pick? Do you even still go to school? Don't be THAT GUY, Matt!

Steve: Matt's jacket, while unintentionally funny, was not a huge shock, and I've also grown accustomed to Originals showing up out of thin air. So Bon-Bon's dad wins this one. He, of all people, is the Mayor now? Pretty much the definition of random.

Leigh: What is Matt if not our resident Mystic Falls jock? I'll go with Bonnie's dad as Mayor. Don't you have to actually live in the town in order to run for Mayor? I feel like Bonnie is always off visiting him somewhere. He is serving the same purpose as Bonnie, suddenly present when needed. Could be interesting to have someone new on board, though, though so let's go with it.

What do you think Damon and Elena did at the cabin?
Matt: Just a bit of Backgammon... and probably A LOT of Frontgamming, if you know what I mean!

Dan: What didn't they do? Am I right?

Miranda: Three words: HOT. DELENA. SEX. After Damon helps Jeremy and Matt survive all those transitioning vampires, of course.

Steve: Each other. Dan, you are not wrong, my man.

Leigh: Totally got interrupted by Klaus. Calling it now. The writers wouldn't let them have a third steamy sex scene, would they? I hope the rest of you are right.

Give us odds on the likelihood of each team winning the race for the cure: Stefan/Rebekah, Bonnie/Shane, Klaus/Damon.
Matt: Their lack of magic, knowledge and bad assery have to drop Stefan/Rebekah down to 35-1 at best. Especially because I'm hoping they get distracted in the bedroom together instead of on the trail for any cures. I'll put Klaus/Damon at 10-1 because I think that team will have chemistry issues, leaving shady Shane and his protege as the clear favorite at 3-1.

Dan: Bonnie/Shane coming in at 25-1. Stefan/Rebekah at 5-1. Klaus/Damon at 2-1. Always expecting the unexpected on TVD, I'd put a double sawbuck on the witch and the professor.

Miranda: I'm zero good with numbers and had to have a tutor for college statistics, so me attempting odds would be laughable. However, Bonnie and Shane have a map and magic. Klaus and Damon have a sword and Damon's a bad ass. But my money is on Stefan and Rebekah because they have the determination to foil the others and screw up their plans. And I'm a sucker for an underdog.

Steve: Bonnie-Shane at 2:1, given their knowledge and non-black magic. Klaus-Damon at 4:1, as they're plenty motivated, but a little erratic and unsure what they're doing. Stefan-Rebecca at 8:1 as your dark horse, but that's where the money often is.

Leigh: I'm with Miranda on the numbers bit, so I'll just say, Stefan/Rebekah get screwed per usual. Bonnie/Shane are pretty powerful, but Klaus often wins.

Pen a eulogy for the pizza delivery lady.
Matt: You looked sort of like Kristen Bell and she's awesome. Rest in pieces of delicious pie.

Dan: Oh, pizza delivery lady, how we will all miss you so. Wait... what? I mean, she was cute, but no, she doesn't deserve a eulogy.

Miranda: Oh, pizza girl, yet another casualty in Klaus' quest for whatever it is he's questing for. Our double pepperoni delivery will never be the same.

Steve: Oh, pizza girl. Another life taken too soon. At least you gave meaning to the term "red sauce." #TVDroundtableFAIL

Leigh: Rest in peace, poor unknowing pizza gal. Just like you, we stared at Jeremy Gilbert growing muscles in awe, but you delivered too much pepperoni and didn't give us any variety - so you had to go.

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Not only is this season focused on the cure and the originals but the lame sire bond and the insanity of the Delena fans. Hopefully the season will start getting better by the end and there will be no more topsy turvy madness. ;P


REPOST:Finally watched the episode and al I can say is Damon and Elena better be endgame and stick it out together till the end. I don't know what grudge the writers have with Stefan. Isn't he beautiful enough to make tweeny bopper get their knickers in a knot while mooning over his eyes? Oh, that is Damon who gets the best lines and whose quotes flood the VD quotes section...anyway I digress. On behalf of Paul Wesley I apologise for whatever he has done to the writers and ask that he be given better material and not made out to be a pussy by still longing after Elena cos last I checked she isn't crack or heroin thus anyone can get over her within a short while, I mean she got over her 'epic love' quite easily and moved on to his brother so please take him to the Originals and get him a girl who hasn't slept with his brother. Yours sincerely, V.


Well while I originally looked forward to Elena getting it on with Damon, I have to admit I am now jumping ship and rooting for Stelena. Hell if she doesn't want him though, I'll take him.


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1. Damon's face when Elena told him she loved him
2. Rebekah's return...neither but her return served a very important purpose
3. Bonnie's dad...totally random...
4. Hopefully each other without any cockblocking...well, one can dream, right?
5. Klaus/Damon...Damon is always been right so far...he is very suspicious and sneaky. Klaus is a formidable partner and they have Jeremy. Bonnie will never let anybody hurt Jeremy so in that sense, she will be in that team as well if she needs to...
6. She really delivered.


@Annie...bitter much? Who cares why people are watching? The fact is they ARE watching the show...Why is it sad and lame? Is it because we don't have to sit through hours of Stefan and Elena's boring relationship? Thank goodness for that...that was a load of cheese! Moldy cheese...I, for one, am watching because I am a fan of the show...Delena is a very welcomed, hot and sexy bonus...lmfao


@Amie I've never said that it proved anything, I just stated facts. I don't know why people are watching the show, it could be that they're watching it for Delena, but it could be that they're watching it for other reasons like for example Rebekah's and Kol's return. From what I've seen on twitter people who ship DE didn't expect a DE scene and they still watched the ep. I've seen a lot of excitement for Rebekah's and Kol's return on twitter, maybe a lot of people tuned in for that. I don't think that the ratings are good or bad because of one couple or one storyline. IMO most of the TVDviewers are casual viewers and non-shippers like me. I like season 4 better than season 3 because of Jeremy's storyline, the cure, Silas and also because of Delena, although I don't ship them or any couple on the show.


@Alisa, that does not prove that people are watching because the story on the show got better it just means they are watching because of Delena, which is sad and lame.


@Amie "On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.4, up a tenth from its last original's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating." source TV by the numbers
If you read what I wrote properly then you would know that the numbers are not from Wetpaint, but the site has the numbers from TV by the numbers, and TV by the numbers are not biased, so your comment made no sense at all.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

Damon [to Jeremy]: I'm updated our relationship status to: It's Complicated.

April: You asked me to take notes:
Rebekah: I wasn't being literal, darling.