The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Handle with Care"

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Well, that was... random? Unusual? Out there? Sort of insane and crazy?

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 6 could be classified in a number of ways, as it featured Travelers, Amara and the teasing of the Augustine vampire. It was also damn funny.

In this edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table, panelists Matt Richenthal, Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines and Steve Marsi breakdown the latest installment. Won't you join us below?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: Can I just say everything about Silas interrupting Damon and Elena's peaceful fireplace snuggle? The snark and sarcasm was flowing faster than in my living throughout the rest of this disappointing episode.

Miranda: I'm firmly Team Delena, but I really enjoyed Stefan distracting Tessa by cooking a meal all so he could save his and Elena's life. He was Amnesia Stefan, but at his core, he was still Hero Stefan, and I believe his action there wasn't motivated by the desire to win Elena back but because underneath all of his Ripper tendencies, he's a good guy, or he wants to be.

Leigh: Loved Caroline and Katherine teaming up together. Katherine was funny with all her Villain 101 in exchange for Elena's meal card crap. I love that she strolled into the party when they were expecting Elena not to be able to and started wolfing sandwiches. That would be me if I were a vampire turned human, stealing sandwiches. Call me Joey Tribbianni because that is my favorite food group.

Steve: Away from the main plot, Kat and Caroline made a fun team. There were also some great one-liners throughout, as we'll get to in question #2.

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What was the funniest line from the episode?

Matt: Easily Silas' knock-knock joke. It's funny because he killed the mayor!

Miranda: "It's called being secure. I can tell you believe in that by the way you wear your hair." Guys, I saw Stefan's hair up close and in person yesterday and it is truly a work of art.

Leigh: Probably Damon's reference to Snooki's backyard. Sure, he's an old vampire but he keeps up with pop culture! They were all like "jerz? Really?"

Steve: Damon lamenting that the anchor is in "Snooki's back yard." New Jersey has given us Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Jack Nicholson and many more icons of entertainment, but has now become synonymous with effing Snooki. I love it.

More unexpected development: Katherine growing old, Amara making her return or Tessa bringing back Stefan's memories?

Matt: Well, our very own Vampire Diaries spoilers section sort of ruined the Katherine angle for me. And we all knew Stefan would regain his memories at some point, right? So that leaves us with Amara. I didn't think TVD would really try to go full-on Orphan Black... but here were are. Only a few more clones to go!

Miranda: Katherine growing old is incredibly interesting to me. It's a pay-off for being subjected to the Cure Quest last season. It has real and potentially grave consequences beyond a vampire simply becoming mortal. Whether Katherine's advanced aging is related to Silas drinking it remains to be seen, but yeah, I'm really loving this particular story.

Leigh: Maybe I'm moronic but I totally didn't see the Amara thing coming. Probably because I didn't think the writers would have Nina play THREE characters. It's excessive. As for intrigue, call me vain but I'm totally curious about Katherine growing old.

Steve: Amara's return was the least expected, in that I truly didn't see a third Elena character being introduced in the present day TVD universe. Why stop there, Julie Plec? I vote for a fourth doppelganger named Dina Nobrev next. I agree with Miranda, though, that Katherine's aging is the most intriguing of those three developments.

Any theories on The Augustine Vampire?

Matt: I give full credit to readers of my Handle with Care review on this one and I guess it will be Elena's father.

Miranda: No theories, but TONS of intrigue! Tons. It gives Wes Maxfield a purpose beyond just being a mad scientist, which frankly could have been interesting enough, even if it's been done already. The Augustine Vampire, provided it's not another doppelganger, has piqued my curiosity.

Leigh: I'm guessing it's too soon to be Jesse. Why do I feel like it's Elena's dad or one of her relatives?

Steve: The Augustine Vamp is an evil, all-powerful bloodsucker with hits sights set on rebooting the show after the confusing, drawn-out saga of Silas finally, mercifully concludes.

Do you like pineapple pizza?

Matt: Please. Like I always say, go sausage, green peppers and onions or go home.

Miranda: Yes, with ham and onions.

Leigh: I wouldn't order it but if it were in front of me I'd get down with it.

Steve: Not my first choice or something I'd order for myself, but I like it enough. If Stefan made it for me I'd politely devour half the pizza with no complaints and compliment the chef.


I don't understand why people found the Katherine aging thing to be the most surprising/interesting. Last episode, I thought she had become a vampire again. However, her feast at the beginning of this ep confirmed she was still human. Which instantly meant that something else bad would happen to her. The instant aging following the removal of immortality is frequently used in movies/TV. An example would be Tangled. Wherever the fountain of youth is involved, the person needs to continuously consume it. You know what I think. Your love of Katherine is shoved so far up your asses that you just love and think positively about anything that involves her. That goes for everyone else who says they would hate Damon if Katherine had actually died. Granted, she is a fun character. She is mischievous and sly and a great anti-hero, and I very much enjoyed her in this episode. But to be honest, I would not have minded if she died last episode. She deserved it. Also, how did she suddenly end up at Elena's college and where did her daughter go? Writers got to fill in the blanks. The Amara reveal was the biggest shocker and props to Nina Dobrev who managed to convey yet another unique personality. Like seriously props. Her Amara was instantaneously distinguished. I have to say, Nina looks good in long hair. Amara's immediate instinct to kill Silas was hilarious and unexpected. I look forward to seeing more of Crazy Pants. She's gonna need a lot more blood to reach sanity. I don't why people are sick of the Silas stuff. It's good. The doppelganger mythos has been fully explained, albeit I'm still confused, but it is infinitely more entertaining than the sire bond crap from last season, which I am still not convinced about. Silas was really fun this episode and the plot has been taking lots of unexpected turns overall. I'm enjoying this season very much. I feel like we have a proper season story arc. Since the writers gave up trying to kill the Originals, the show became stale and stuck, trying to find new ways to avoid killing people or bring them back from the dead. I am so glad The Originals are permanently out of the picture, and I doubt I will watch the spin off. For me, the most heartfelt moment was when Stefan was fed his memories back. It broke my heart for him to have to experience all his suffering afresh. It probably cut twice as deep to have to relive everything. Poor Stefan. He will always be my favorite character. Also, I am very happy Caroline got something to do other than mope about Tyler. Forewood was very strong and people still liked it despite the enthusiasm for Klaroline. But both of those died due to stalling, wavering, and lack of commitment. I think Caroline needs to be man-free for a while and enjoy her single status with Katherine some more. As to why Elena did not inform Caroline she was in Mystic Falls without dropping or packing first is a plot hole I don't care to think about. You know, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a TVD episode so much. Everyone had a purpose. Everyone was being funny, not broody. I really liked it. I give this ep a 10/10.

Shawna wiley

I think Elena's dad is a Vampire Hunter ..remember in the Lake house? The SECRET vampire slaying hunter's weapon's! I think Jeremy got the Vampire Hunter from his dad to who is the Augustine Vamp is? I'll agree Elena is tied someway,just not sure how.Now if Elena's dad was TURNED INTO the Augustine Vamp by the Secret Society, that would be interesting!


1-My favorite scene it was katherine when she get into the party and started to eat sandwiches and the way she spoke to aron it was incredible .Nina made an amazig job in 3 characters specially Kathren.and i also liked caroline and kathren teaming up together.
2-the funniest scene I think was damon when was with the travelers (why the witches always goes to the daylight ring) he's right.
3-More unexpected development : I think it's Katherine growing old ,I expect to be consequences for not being her dead, but I hope she doesn't die from aging .
4-my theories on The Augustine Vampire :I think if he is not Elena's father that could be related to him ,or why would his picture shows in megan's phone. But I am wonder that Klaus in the last season he want a human doppelganger very badly ,and now there is not one but two humans doppelganger , why the writers can not use that in Klaus benefit in the originals ?


1. Katherine going all "you know, the society!" *wink at Aaron lol
2. Tessa's response to Elena calling her a crazy bitch.. Haha
3. Amara showing up, did not expect it so soon!
4. No but I'm curious!
5. Hate Pineapples!!!

Sarah silva

What was your favorite scene from the episode?
I will have to say Stefan saving Elena from Tessa.
What was the funniest line from the episode?
Stefan referencing Madonna. His knock knock joke was good too. I also like Damon commenting on Silas' hair.
More unexpected development: Katherine growing old, Amara making her return or Tessa bringing back Stefan's memories?
Amara's return. I knew she was not dead but everything else you mentioned I was not surprised about.
Any theories on The Augustine Vampire?
Either Elena's father or Aaron either one would be neat. However I am leaning more towards Aaron.
Do you like pineapple pizza?
I do not think Pineapple belong on a pizza, however like Steve said, if Stefan OR Paul Wesley for that matter made me a pizza with pineapple I would eat it.


I think Aaron will be the Augustine vampire. But maybe as a result of Dr Maxfield's freaky science experimentation he is a vampire who doesn't know he's a vampire. Then he blacks out occasionally and drains people around him, hence the whole 'everyone around me dies'. Plus it would explain why he is apparently being raised by Maxfield's and of course his trust fund will be courtesy of the Augustine society.

Miranda wicker
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Ooooh! I really love this theory!

Spindae 2o

Love the RT, your funny guys! :)))
1.Fav scene: Damon killing the Travelers. It was so Vintage Damon. Really awesome. Kat and Caro were a great combination especially all that blood draining.
2. Fav line: "Elena is my doppelganger and while you hang on that . . . " Katarina has always the best lines. the knock knock joke was solid as well.
3.Game changer? : Amara was announced in a preview, Katarina isn't that earth shaking and maybe we get an older actress to play her and let of Nina. I loved new Stephan but Tormented Stephan could be even better. We need to process the drowning feelings and fast.
4.Augustine Vamp: Elena's dad maybe if he was researching for the Organisation or a Salvatore thingy. But I believe he is a mad house and make plenty problems in S5B. Something like the Buffy villian in S4 the robot thing.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 6 Quotes

Elena: You're kind of evil. No offense.
Silas: None taken.

Quiet, still, peaceful. I like our life like this.