The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Bring It On"

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The Vampire Diaries returned in a big way with "Bring It On," giving us so much to discuss.

So let's get to it. In our weekly TV Fanatic Round Table, staffers Steve Marsi, Miranda Wicker and Leigh Raines break down the new Elena, Klaus and Hailey, Matt's windfall and much, much more!

Read our answers to the following questions and comment with your own below!


1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Leigh: Damon telling Rebekah to stop looking for the cure. Because he's right and because I'm so over that storyline!!!! "Life sucks when you’re ordinary. And what makes you exactly not like them? You’re a vampire. You take that cure and become human? You’re no one, nothing. Trust me, losing that cure was the best damn thing that ever happened to you." Also Elena's party rocked and I wanted to be there.

Miranda: Because there's something hilarious to me every time we see one of Klaus' horse drawings, I'll go with Hayley critiquing his art. I've been kind of meh about Hayley, but this week with her cutting down Klaus? Loved her.

Steve: "You're whole life revolves around me." 81-episodes-in-the-making BURN!

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2. Do you like the new Elena?

Leigh: Um, I don't like new Elena, I LOVE her. For three and a half seasons it's been whiny, victimy Elena. All this bad stuff kept happening to her and it sucked. She also couldn't breathe without a Salvatore bodyguard. She's fun as hell now, I'd hang out with her. As long as I'm not the next Caroline...

Miranda: YES! What's not to love, really? Aside from that whole trying to kill her best friend thing, I mean.

Steve: One thing I do NOT like is the seemingly arbitrary nature of the vampire-vampire sire bond, or how one's humanity can simply be flipped on and off. That said, I could not take my eyes off Nina Dobrev tonight, and not just because she got naked a lot. It was compelling (pun sort of intended) to watch this unpredictable and wild side of her character.

3. Klaus and Hayley: Hot or not (or really, really hot)?

Leigh: Really, really hot. Klaus is so angry all the time, he really needed that tension release, ya know? Phoebe Tonkin is also a hottie. I approve. Two thumbs up.

Miranda: Really, really, really hot. Really. JoMo. The tattoos. I vote we just let him be shirtless from now on.

Steve: Holy hotness. Words fail me so I've just posted the scene below instead. If the goal of this episode was to set these two up for the spinoff and make us excited for it, well played Julie Plec.

4. Elena vs. Caroline for the UFC title, best 2-of-3: Who wins?

Leigh: Caroline may be older and technically stronger but Elena had a strong point when she said that she was trained by Alaric, a.k.a. by the best. Anything paired with Alaric pretty much wins in my book.

Miranda: I'll pull for the underdog and go with Caroline. Elena seems like the cocky ripper douche type, so she'd get overconfident and Caroline would sneak in for the win.

Steve: Elena, 2-1. Caroline is capable of better than we saw last night, but New Elena's ruthless. Unless Care-Bear also finds the off switch, it'd be an uphill battle for her.

5. Favorite unlikely dynamic duo: Klaus/Hayley, Damon/Rebekah, or Stefan/Caroline?

Leigh: Stefan and Caroline are besties at this point so I don't consider them that unlikely. Damon and Rebekah are fairly similar people so same goes for them. I guess by default and recent hotness factor, it's Klaus/Hayley for the win.

Miranda: Damon and Rebekah. No question. Because they're really the only duo on the list who are unlikely.

Steve: Going with Stefan and Caroline, just because I can't quite put my finger on what the writers have in mind for these two. Beyond mutual concern for Elena, how deep is the connection?

6. Is Tyler really gone for good?

Leigh: Yes. And Matt just went from really poor orphan to really rich orphan. I'll miss you Michael Trevino... and your abs.

Miranda: No. Now that Klaus has revealed his master plan of just letting Tyler think he's in danger of dying, once Klaus sails off to the New Orleans sunset, Tyler can come home to Mystic Falls.

Steve: For the immediate future it looks like it, but he clearly yearns for Caroline and I can't imagine there won't be a scenario where they reunite at some point. Just not for a few episodes at least.

7. What is Silas the Blood Bag Bandit's next move?

Leigh: I feel like he's hidden somewhere with Bonnie right now keeping her brainwashed while inhabiting the body of Shane. They are cooking up something creepy and supernatural, no doubt about it! He's probably also trying to find Katherine, because isn't everyone always chasing that bitch for something?

Miranda: Please let it be resurrecting Jeremy so we can see his arms again! But really, finding Katherine. Because everyone always wants to find Katherine.

Steve: Sipping on Blood-tinis with Bon-Bon and working on the massacre that will complete the trifecta. Or getting back in the car to find a new hospital to raid. Six? In one week? Thirsty fool.

8. If Matt just inherited the deed to the biggest house in Mystic Falls, does that mean he can stop working at the Grill?

Leigh: Well unfortunately Tyler didn't wire any money over or leave him a secret account, but I'd be willing to be there's heaps of money hidden in secret places around Lockwood Manor.

Miranda: Unfortunately, no. He may have the house, but now he has to pay for all that upkeep. Poor, poor Matt. Maybe one day he'll make it to manager.

Steve: Unless Leigh is right, the property taxes on that place alone are probably more than his annual Grill earnings. I'd keep those double shifts for the time being if I were Matty.

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Caroline might have been stronger but the new Elena KICKED HER AZZ...LOVE THE NEW ELENA but she needs to have some common sense or did she lose that when she lost her humanity?
C'mon bad azz is good but give her some damn common sense.


Okay. I hate that they took of Tyler like that. Made it seem like he would be back in near future. Now his return is highly unlikely. Forwood didn't even get a good ending. So we lost both Jeremy & Tyler two hotties :( New Elena is overated & old Elena was boring she needs to be in between. Also get a romantic vibe from Stephan & Carolin. So Tyler must come back or he'll end up losing her to either Klaus or Stephan


Ugh, no i DONT like no humanity Elena.. she's not fun, she's just bratty and annoying and I wanted to slap her throughout the entire episode.


new elena is just a wannabe katherinr


I hate the new Elena.. Less than the old one maybe, but still. She was effing annoying and I felt like slapping her throughout the whole episode.


I don't like the new Elena, I love her... Just waiting to get the hot Damon-Elena sex scene in next episode. Also I don't like the Stefan- Caroline thing. I am soo sad that Klaus is leaving. I mean I fell in love with Klaus from the start and when he started to like Caroline I loved him even more. Klaroline is my favorite couple and they should be together. I mean Elena was right when she sad that Caroline think dirty thoughts about Klaus and she should because he is hot. And if Klaus and Caroline don't kiss soon I will freak out because I think they really should put a kiss between them and a kiss that they both will like and not him just kissing her but she kisses him back!! I also always have been in love with Damon. And I love him so much. I mean he is bad but also have this sadness about him that makes him who he is. And Delena is a good couple that I always have loved and still do. But Damon is the character I love the most on the show and if he dies I will stop watching because the vampire diaries is nothing without Damon!!! And then there is Stefan I have never liked Stefan and will never do. But I think he should be happy and he is happy with Caroline but I think they should be best friends like they is. I want Stefan to have some fun this next episodes. I want him to connect with another person. Human or vampire do not matter just someone new. That is fun, sexy, good and will love him for who he is. Abou the Silas and Bonnie thing. I hope Damon and Stefan will come together and kill him. I don't like the Silas thing and when he killed Jeremy I hated him even more. I loved Jeremy and think they should have killed the other hunter instead of him. Because something is missing in the show and that is Jeremy and Bonnie together. I loved Jeremy and want him back! As for this episode. It was okay not much happened. Like that Damon and Elena his on there way to New York and will be there the next episode will be great. I want them to get away on there trips. Because I love there trips. Think that was all I wanted to say!


Oups, cut off. 7. According to the Sneak Peak and an Interview of Morgan, Silas is about to bring Caroline and Klaus closer. Not sure if the writers have anything else with the world's greatest evil in mind... I don't trust them much when it comes to "decent use of promising villains".


Well, this makes at least five people who didn't like last episode ;-) 1.Quote: Damon telling Rebekah to leave the cure behind. Scenes: everything Caroline and Stefan. 2.Not. One. Bit. I was so looking forward to not have a whiny wannabe-heroine any more and now we get an arrogant brat? Damon and Stefan were much more fun when they had their humanity turned off, seriously. Elena is just annoying. 3. So damn OOC, like anon said! And it was also quite painful to watch Tonkin's bad acting directly in front of Morgan's very good portrayal. 5. Caroline and Stefan aren't unlikely, I despise Klaus/Hayley (especially because I don't get why the writers want to force that werewolf on us so desperately) - so it's Damon and Rebekah. 6. I hope so. No more "plans" like getting buried in cement please. 7. According to the Sneak Peak and an Interview of Morgan, Silas is about to bring Caroline and Klaus closer. Not sure if the writers have anything else with the world's greatest evil in mind...


im sorry but I didn't like this episode much either. I dont like this Elena although Im pretty much alone in this¡ I was following a love story between Elena and Damon and now.......that´s far away¡ Besides Rebeka was just right when she told Damon he shouldnt be looking for the cure cause Elena is going back to Stefan if she takes it¡ Though im glad we didnt get to see Silas or Catherine¡ Thank you for that.


This episode SUCKED balls!!! Klaus was SO OOC this episode,I just can't..Klaus has been so unforgiving towards SO many people(remember the hybrid massacre,Ty's mom and the people he tortured and killed in season 2),his own siblings even,even Caroline wasn't spared and Tyler got the brunt of his unforgiving/ruthless nature because that's just how Klaus is as a person and then out of the blue Julie makes him do a 180 and not just sleep with Hayley but defend her as well,I mean that is SO NOT Klaus like WTF?!!! What the HELL is wrong with Julie,this season has been SO FULL of plotholes that it's not even funny,the writing has gone from bad to worse,I just can't take this show seriously anymore

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Caroline: Feeding on the competition, hello did you not hear what Damon told you?
Elena: I did but who cares? I'll do whatever I want.

She's a vampire, off switch is one of the biggest perks.