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The Vampire Diaries Review: Mystic Falls Apart

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Almost every plot was thickened on The Vampire Diaries this week.

More than any episode in memory, "Disturbing Behavior" gave each vital character a chance to shine. Or connive. Or ponder her feelings for her blood-thirsty boyfriend's brother. Or temporarily murder his best friend in town because everyone was getting on his nerves.

Oh yes, Stefan is about to re-enter a Mystic Falls with a whole lot going on. Let's run it all down, shall we?

Delena Argument

In Katherine, we... trust? Is that even the proper question to be asking these days, whether or not we trust Katherine? As we debated at length in last week's Vampire Diaries Round Table, it's impossible to keep track of this Nina Dobrev-portrayed character these days. What has she been up to? Why was in Chicago? What plot is she hatching this time around? Will it come together in a more sensible manner than her season two storyline?

There's still a fear that Katherine is being used more as a plot device than anything - appearing when convenient to shake things up and move characters around - but now that she's an integral part of ongoing arcs again? I'll believe, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. You must have a coherent plan in mind. Don't let me down.

I'm just a girl, looking for a partner in crime. Katherine, dear, you are so much more than that.

Crossing a Caro-line. First off, how freaking awesome has Caroline become?!? Painted as little more than a bubbly blonde when human, her confidence and swagger has grown every week as a blood sucker. She's still super sweet (see scenes with Tyler, and then worry about what might happen if these two have a baby...), but she can also get angry and, forget The Hulk, you do not want to see Caroline when she's angry.

Damon discovered that fact this week via a scene that still has me cheering. What fun it was to see Caroline go after this Salvatore, partly due to her reasoning: yes, Bill Forbes tortured his daughter - but she's still his daughter. There's still love there. She still bought him that expensive shirt. Bravo to The Vampire Diaries for creating a complicated, layered relationship between parent and sibling here, although I must disagree with Bill's final assessment: Caroline and her new attitude will be just fine.

Bil Forbes

Poor Anna. That's almost all I have to say about this storyline. It was heartbreaking to watch her cry and utter about how she's "all alone" when Jeremy told Bonnie about his little ghosts-of-ex-girlfriends-past problem. Still, I doubt forcing me to admit that I teared up over a dead vampire is the sole purpose for this development.

Anna feels a "darkness" when Vicki is around? And when Bonnie tried to summon a necklace-related spell? What the...?!? I typically enjoy trying to make predictions, but I'm at a loss on this one. I can't imagine what ghost Vicki is up to. Guess I'll be forced to keep tuning in every week to find out. Oh well. That's a tad bit less painful than what Gloria did to Stefan. Speaking of which...

Silly Stefan. He may wanna leave all future scheming up to the other Salvatore sibling. Stefan was a bit too trusting of Gloria and Rebekah here, not taking enough time to feel them out and see if he really could hint that he isn't on board with Klaus' master plan. Granted, Elena was in trouble and it's hard to think rationally when trying to save your one true love, which was another development from the episode:

Yes, that would be Elena, not Rebekah. Stefan's memory is intact and he is still putting Elena above all else. Romantic? Absolutely. Dangerous to both? Clearly. Impressive, considering how Claire Holt looked in this dress? Yes, very.

Councilman Alaric. I love it as much as I still hate how everyone has shortened his name to "Ric." The guy has a ready-made tagline already if he ever needs to campaign (A Man for the People. Literally!) and a perfectly understandable reason for joining the Council: his girlfriend was killed by a vampire, his wife was obsessed by vampires, his BFF of a vampire has a tendency to briefly murder him... can you blame Alaric for realizing that someone in Mystic Falls has to look out for its actual citizens?

Those citizens will be in even more danger next week, although the official preview for "The Reckoning" makes it clear that only one of them will truly be threatened by Klaus and Stefan.

All around, a fantastic episode of The Vampire Diaries that included almost every character and left me with just four questions:

  1. Where the heck was Matt while everything was happening? Must have been a busy day at The Grill.
  2. Why doesn't Klaus just compel Stefan in order to learn his true intentions?
  3. What kind of boring name is Michael for a vampire hunter than even leaves Klaus quaking?
  4. Bill must be the first person to ever refer to Damon's technique as "lazy," right? I don't recall any women complaining.

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I think ive forgotten something.. how can Katherine get inside Damons house? Cause now its Elanas???
Also.. its ironic that Bill wants to "brainwash" Caroline into not being a vampire (something she cannot change..its just who she is now).. because back in the day thats what ppl would have been trying to do with him..
Has anyone been watching Secret Circle?? it isnt too bad.. not as good as TVD, but decent.

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I agree with everyone who feels for Damon. Granted maybe he shouldn't have killed Alaric but he did make sure he was wearing the ring first. Let's be honest. This is who Damon is. He is the very HOT, bad ass brother who does not mind doing whatever it takes to get the job done, and everyone is fine with this if it serves their purpose. So let Damon be Damon and leave him alone. Stop trying to turn him into Stephan.

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the caroline and damon show down was there since season 2 really, so i was glad to see it happen- thou i LOVE damon i can see he's really frustrated with elena and annoyed that he can't be who he is - a vampire! he's NOT like stefan which is his WHOLE point. i really hope elena figures it out shortly - how many times does damon have to save her and confess his love before she actually admits she might love him? the rebekka stefan kiss was hot! but stefan was stupid not to make it more passionate - he prob was taken by surprise but he was sutpid in that case. i'm actually liking klaus a bit now haha now there's a vampire hunter involved. as for the name michael this was the same name used in supernatural for lucifer's brother.... must be popular. alaric is going to cause problems i think. i think he's holding onto elena and jeremy because he has no one else and tho i like the idea of looking out for the people i'm not sure i like the fact that he's given up on damon - afterall didn't he know him best? i like them as pals not enemies! YES and WHERE WAS MATT?! your explanation made me laugh! hopefully he's not dead yet. and i'm glad katherine isn't either. LOVE her! she's such a refreshing change from angsty elena who can get on my nerves. much prefer happy elena who has a gorgeous laugh btw - have you noticed?

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I think that Elena and Damon should be together not matter what. Stephen is nice when he wants to be and is truly an A ** h***. Stephen killed his own brothers girlfriend, forced Damon to become a vampire when he wanted to die in peace, and then was loved or care for more by Kathrine. Damon has lived a centery and a half all alone, searching for the women who he thought loved him, his brother getting everything he wants and abusing it. No wonder he is the way he is. Why can't Damon be loved? If Stephen truley.. truly loved Elena he wouldn't have brought her into the trouble she is in. Obviously he has a lot of fault in what going on. Obviously Klaus did not just only go to mystic falls to sacrifice Elena, her aunt Jenna, and the other person. Klaus and Stephen had a history, Klaus wanted the all gang back together. My final thought is that Elena should have a good thought on all that Stephen and Damon has done from what she had learned, heard, and experience. Delena should surely exsist. Damon and Elena together.

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damon is never going to change. your not going to be able to control him. I think damon needs to find a female that doesnt want to change him. someone that will love him for the way he is. I felt sorry for stefan. I was happy for once to see Kathern come help stefan from the bitch of a witch. Hope Elaina doesnt get killed next week.

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1) Bill's vampire fixing theory seems to be more than just a desperate attempt to get his daughter back. He's human and he can actually prevent a vampire from compell him! Damon seemed interested in what Caroline's dad had to say about it... 2) Elena admitted she had feelings for Damon but that she wouldn't think or talk about it because she doesn't want to be that kind of a person. She said it at last!! 3) Rebbekah is harder to fool than her brother! She's got that 6th sense that I expected an original vampire to have. Katherine is rignt, Stefan's never been a great schemer, he'd better be careful with these 2 originals on each side of him. 4) How could such a great and old witch as Gloria die so easily? Witches are supposed to be Nature's authority guardians and vampires treat them like servants. They really need to fight back and to interfere in Klaus plans to built a hybrid army. 5) Klaus is surprisingly human: he wanted Stefan back because he needed a friend and he was convinced that Stefan would be so happy to remember the good time he had with him and Rebbeka in the 20's that he would forget about his little human girlfriend and his brother. Now we know that he's jealous of Stefan's ability to put his family and his love first. Also he's running away from someone that he has no reason to fear given that he's the most powerful vampire alive. What's going on there? I can't wait to know! 6)When it comes to love, Jeremy is very honest and I like that about him. He was right to tell Bonnie the truth and it would be insane to choose a ghost as cute as she can be over his girlfriend. I like Anna but Jeremy deserves to be in a healthy relationship that last more than 5 minutes. And Beremy are cute. 7) It's sad to see Damon upset again, he was doing better with Andie and he had found a balance in his friendship with Elena. Andie is dead, Stefan is gone and he has to control his blood sucker instincts constantly, if he can't spend some time with Elena what does he have left, Alaric? I hope Alaric will forgive him and that Katherine won't hurt him. I get that Damon is a vampire, a predator and all but that's not the only issue, he has to learn to deal with sadness, guilt, frustration, whatever that kills him inside without attacking people he cares about or their friends and family (Elena, Lexie, Jeremy, Caroline's dad, now Alaric).

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I'm so on board with the whole Archangel Michael idea! I thought i was special for thinking that, but no! We are all so smart :) Its throwing a little bit of the Blue Bloods books into the show if they do it but I love it!

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The review questions "what might happen if these two have a baby" (Tyler and Caroline). Technically, isn't Caroline dead? Can vampires even make babies?

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Damned..i failed again with not falling in love with TVD.
What is this, that makes me so care about all the great characters.
Love the words Damon told Elena...
Last time i checked, i was still a vampire.. What is wrong with us women, that we still wants to turn the guys
we love into a puppie.. First we want the challenge, and when it´s done and the bad boy we fell in
love with is ours, we want him to turn into the boyfriend every mother wants for her daughter... Stupid..Damon told Elena the ugly truth.. He will ever be a vampire, and he will never be as good as Stefan..
So, now it`s her turn...
Either she accept what Stefan or Damon are, or this love to whom ever will never work...they will ever be some kind of predators..
Love means, not to change the one you love.
You couldn`t love a vampire without figuring out what this means for your life..
Failed this week like every other before...
Damon is the best...
I`m really lookin forward for his road trip with Miss K.
And i hope Elena will realize how stupid she is...
Forgive me, Stefan..even that I adore you..But if it will comes to you and Damon again..
I..will.. always.. choose..Badass Damon...
Thanks to the writers for creating such great characters...
Please go on..pure enjoyment till now... Love also...
Caroline for giving Damon a headbutt..great..
Chemistry between Damon and Elena..awesome..
Chemistry between Stefan and Katherine..great..please more scenes wit
Jeremy and Anna...so sweat..
Sheriff Forbes and Damon..awesome Whatever will be at the end..
Delena or Stelena..Forwood.. or all the other stupid names..
I hope we all could as long as possible enjoy the ride..

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one thing u don't undstnd is that both of them are bad and at the same time gud,human blood is wat is making stefan to be evil dat's y he spent centuries fighting 4 it coz he knws wat d blood makes him,damon on the other hand is gud but his evil side truimph over his gud side,he did terrible tins dat he tot were right and his ethics usually create lasting consequences,he acted impulsively,but stefan used to think before he does some things,damon doesn't want to be gud coz he feels dats d part dat hurts more,he said it himself dat he is bad,he do things dat r nt right.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

So women in the 21st century dress like prostitutes, huh?

Rebekah

I'd forgotten what it was like to have a brother.

Klaus
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