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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The Dinner Party"

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Welcome to this edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table. As always, our esteemed panel has gathered to analyze the latest installment of this CW thriller, reviewed in depth HERE.

Below, editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal is joined by TV Fanatic writer Steve Marsi and fellow critic Eric Hochberger to discuss developments from "The Dinner Party" ...

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What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?
Matt: The exchange between Elena and Stefan, where he admitted that he was a monster back in the day. It illustrated how well this show jumps from the past to the present during flashback episodes, using the former to shed light on events on ongoing events and relationships.

Steve: Elijah almost gets it for his line about picking up younger women, but I'm going with Damon's "There's no such thing as a bad idea. Only poorly executed awesome ones." Not sure if that's true in business, but it definitely applies to murdering originals.

Eric: You guys did see Katherine stepping out of the shower, right? Call me crazy, but going with that.

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More of a shock: Elijah's death, Bonnie's loss of powers or Katherine's freedom?
Matt: Elijah's first death. I had literally just commented to my wife about how great of a character he was becoming, eerily calm in the face of all threats, when - bam! - Alaric plunged the dagger in.

Steve: Definitely Elijah's death. Both times, but particularly when Elena finished him off. Shocked as I was that Alaric, who I refuse to call Ric under any circumstances, stepped up and took the shot, I figured Elijah would wreak havoc for weeks after he escaped. Elena and Stefan's plot to lower his guard was as surprising as it was elaborate.

Eric: Jonas removing Bonnie's powers. It actually made me care about this character and I didn't think that was possible.

Should Alaric tell Jenna the truth about Isobel?
Matt: No. You know what they say: honesty is the best policy, unless you're telling your girlfriend about how your wife was turned into a vampire by the brother of the guy doing her niece. Then, you're just asking for trouble.

Steve: Sure. Honesty is fundamental in relationships, as the appearance of keeping secrets is worse than the actual secret 97 percent of the time. Besides, this town has seen everything. If Stefan can come clean about slaughtering members of Elena's family and still be hitting that by the end of the night, what are Alaric's skeletons really going to do?

Eric: What, that she's more attractive than Jenna? Seems unnecessarily mean to me.

Preferred hairstyle on Damon: Retro or modern?
Matt: Modern. Everything about his modern persona, from hair to snark to bubble bath compulsion/intercourse, is sexier.

Steve: Retro. Nice volume, less dependent on products.

Eric: Neither. Call me when he goes all Justin Bieber on us.

Can we trust Katherine?
Matt: To look out for herself at all times? Yes. To actually do what's best for those around her? Please. That's as likely as Snooki staying in on a Saturday night.

Steve: Totally. She's proven nothing but reliable and open about her reappearance in Mystic Falls so far. I'm being sarcastic, but any more of those shower scenes and I'd probably trust her for real, who are we kidding.

Eric: It's hard to say. I'd need to talk to her more to find out. Maybe one-on-one. By candlelight. In a towel.

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WOW,Elijah had a rough day!!! XD

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Oh, come on. I watch the show religiously, but it's such a ripoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was a far superior show and cast. And do you really think that's the end of Elijah? I'm not so sure...

Danielle50

Favorite scene: Elijah telling Damon not to double crossed him.
More of a shock: Elijah death because he was my favorite character but now it is Katherine again.
Alaric tell Jenna the truth: Yes
Trust Katherine: Maybe
Hairstyle: Modern

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I'll miss the Elijah.
John should die, it is totally unnecessary.

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Favourite Quote/Scene
Alaric telling Damon that he's his friend and that Damon doesn't have any other friends but him. I thought it was sweet and funny at the same time. More Shocking
Elijah's death. Both times. Alaric's attempt just came out of no where. And I was so distracted by Elena actually stabbing herself to think about what she would do next let alone kill Elijah. Tell Jenna??
I do and I don't want him to tell. I feel like if the whole cast knows it's too unrealistic. You know, all these people knowing about vampires, werewolves and witches oh my, and the secret doesn't get to the rest of the world. But at the same time I think telling Jenna would give her more of a purpose and add new story twists with her and Alaric. Modern or Retro??
Definitely modern. Retro is ugly. He looks so stupid. Katherine??
I think that she'll help them, somewhat. She'll help in her own way. She'll get something out of it, but I think Damon Elena and Stefan will get a little bit out of it as well. Stress on the little.

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More of a shock: Elijah's death, Bonnie's loss of powers or Katerine's freedom?
Elija's death, although it made sense and is not permanent. Bonnie has become an unnecessary character for me
Should Alaric tell Jenna the truth about Isobel?
Although Eric's answer made me laugh out loud, there is nothing worse than lying to a woman. She is going to be pissed.
Preferred hairstyle on Damon: Retro or modern?
Retro made me laugh out loud and point my finger at him. Poor bastard.
Can we trust Katherine?
Can anyone on VD be trusted every second of their time on screen? A resounding NO. But, she's damned fun to have around, so they should give her the benefit of the doubt.

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I was actually shocked TWICE that Elijah was killed..but I think it's the reason that now chaos is going to increase greatly. Also, Jeremy and Bonnie are so cute, but Iactually thought they'd kiss again ..make out scenes..damon and kathrine and jeremy and bonnie! we need them

Amy-jackey

Favorite Scene:dealing with stefan and lexi.
More of a shock:when Elijah got stabbed twice
Should Alaric tell jenna the truth:yes he should
Trust Kathern:no I do not
Hairstyle:modern

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I totally think Katherine and Elijah were secretly working together! Hopefully, she'll be the one to pull out the dagger and revive my my knight in bloody army. Elijah, you make my heart flutter. Well, at least until you rip it out.

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Favorite scene: Tie between Katherine in Damon's shower, Alaric killing Elijah and Elena killing Elijah.
More of a shock: Bonnie losing her powers....that was the least I expected...I saw the Katherine being free coming and I knew that it was possible that Elijah would die...
Should Alaric tell the truth: Yes, I would like to see Jenna's reaction...
Trust Katherine: No...I think she's with Elijah and that she's gonna be the one to take the dagger out...
Hairstyle: Modern!!!!! Don't like retro Damon...he's too Stefan-like.