Welcome to the latest edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table!
On last night's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - follow links for review, music and quotes - Mystic Falls was overrun by a number of ghosts, each of whom craved something different. Damon and Rebekah also ate some smores. Come along with Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger as they analyze the episode via our weekly Q&A.
Reader feedback is encourage.
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I continue to enjoy cold-hearted Stefan, so any scene in which he was cracking wise. Referring to Elena as a "blood bag?" Calling her "pathetic?" Playing bloody twister! Why does Elena want this guy's humanity back? He's hilarious!
Steve: Mason's return and Mikael's awakening for pure shock value, or the scene with Rebekah for other reasons... if you know what I mean. I mean she's not un-hot.
Dan: As much as I hate all the ghost stories, I absolutely loved when Vicki proclaimed to her brother that she was going to kill Elena and then smacked Matty in the head with a wrench. I've been waiting a while for that kid to get his clock cleaned. No offense, Steve.
Eric: Mason's return. That was more shocking than when I found out he was dating Lady Gaga. But Mikael biting Katherine? A very, very close second. Only it didn't let me sneak in a Gaga reference.
Is Katherine dead?
Matt: Heck no. She's harder to kill than Steven Seagal's character in the 1990 action film Hard to Kill.
Steve: I might incur some heat for this one, but I really hope so. Katherine's role is lost in the shuffle at this point, no longer directly related to the overarching storylines. TVD is almost juggling too many characters, she's become somewhat expendable, and this would be an awesomely unexpected way for her to go out. After half a millennium on the run from Klaus, she unearths the one vampire who can take him down, only to be devoured on the spot? R.I.P., I hope.
Dan: No. I'm going to assume sucking out a vampire's blood doesn't kill them, because you know, that's what we have believed since the beginning.
Eric: Like Steve, I really wish she was. I love Nina as Katherine. She gives that role such an evil seductress feeling that's so different than Elena, but her character has served its purpose and is merely a plot hole filler at this point. RIP, because damn that would be a good way to go.
Sexier Rebekah scene: The cheerleader split or the marshmellow suck?
Matt: What about the one where all the cheerleaders showed together after practice and then got into a naked towel fight? That is what goes on in high school, right?
Steve: The former. Man, that is one limber Original.
Dan: Ummm...what? Sorry, please don't tell Caroline that I was just daydreaming about Rebekah doing both of those things.
Eric: Her flirting with Damon was hot. So was her sucking down of that marshmallow. But I'm a sucker for a flexible girl in short shorts. Wins every time.
Is this the last we've seen of Vicki?
Matt: You want me to make sense of this ghost mumbo jumbo? I'll say yes because the one constant appears to be that apparitions only appear when a character thinks about them, so how would Vicki come back if she's out of Matt's mind? Then again, I somehow doubt Damon was fantasizing about Mason. So... I don't know.
Steve: Definitely not. Now that we know how desperate she is to escape, and that there's an actual path for her to come back and stay back, there's no way we've seen the last of Vick. I just hope this stoner doesn't come up with some half-baked plan to seek revenge on Matty now.
Dan: Yes. If her own brother doesn't even want the ghost version of her around, why would she want to come back? She made her attempt, which is now leading to ghosts upon ghosts coming back to the real world, and I'm mad at her for it. I don't like all of this coming back to life. If you're dead, you should stay dead.
Eric: Gosh no. For a show I once praised for having no problem killing off characters, it seems to have a nasty problem with bring them back. We need to use some sort of Extended Control Roundup next time and zap them. Eh? Eh?!? A little homeowner/landscaping joke for you guys there.
Biggest stretch: Rebekah entering Tyler's home without being invited, Elena thinking she could run the opposite way on the track to elude Stefan or the school allowing the Spirit Squad to sponsor a keg party in the woods?
Matt: I'm going with the Spirit Squad, which might wanna change its name with all these ghosts in town. People might get the wrong idea. But what high school allows a keg party to be advertised all over its hallways?!? That's more irresponsible than condoning those all-girl cheerleader showers.
Steve: Ah, the biggest stretch question, a Gossip Girl Round Table staple. Elena likely didn't think that through, so we'll give her a pass. The kegs probably didn't come from the Mystic Falls H.S. budget, so we can overlook that too. Rebekah waltzing in is a nice catch by our critic-in-chief, though, and a blunder on the writers' part, unless there's some explanation I missed. Honorable mention: Bonnie conveniently negging the spell that allowed Vicki to cross over. I realize that Bonnie was responsible for Jeremy's return from the dead and everything that entailed, giving her direct knowledge of this predicament. Still, it irks me sometimes that her only purpose is to occasionally show up and undo whatever.
Dan: I'll go with Rebekah entering Tyler's home with an extra point for Rebekah entering the Salvatore house. Doesn't Elena still own that home? Did she invite Rebekah in last week or was that another stretch?
Eric: Rebekah entering Tyler's home is kind of an interesting point. Does that apply to homes owned by supernatural creatures? But then again, the mother does own it. Okay, this one wins. Man, I like debating myself in a Round Table discussion. Who needs other participants?