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The Vampire Diaries Review: A Guilty Pleasure

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Let's get right to it, shall we? To conclude the first new episode of The Vampire Diaries in weeks, Elena and Damon gave many fans what they've been clamoring for all season:

A kiss.

And not some kiss where one party thinks he's on his death bed and the other is comforting him in a time of pain. A real kiss. A definitive lip lock. An official, wet, tongue-filled jaunt to first base. Was it worth the wait, Delena 'shippers?

A Tease of Delena

Count me among those who welcomed the development. Not because I'm rooting for Elena and Damon. Nor am I cheering on Elena and Stefan. I'm simply a fan of strong storytelling and it was about time the writers chose a path for these two.

Who knows where this path will lead. Who's to say whether it goes any further or what happens in a week. But for now, when all we have to go on is what we just witnessed, "The New Deal" provided Damon with a legitimate basis for finally laying one on Elena. We've had enough longing glances, enough tip-toeing around the subject.

Damon loves Elena. Stefan doesn't want her anymore. And, hey, as Damon put it, if he's gonna feel guilty anyway, why not give himself a moment he can savor? Something to actually feel guilty about? Bravo, D. Way to make your move.

But while the Smooch Heard 'Round The Vampire Diaries World may be all most fans are talking about right now, it wasn't all that went down on the first new episode of 2012. The hour wasn't filled with the show's usual action, twists or turns - but it did feature a number of revealing conversations that should lay the groundwork for what's to come. To wit:

A House for Klaus. The scariest homemaker ever had a plan for his casketed family members: he wanted them all to live happily ever after in a mansion his army refurbishes (Extreme Makeover: Hybrid Edition?). He still does. He just has to actually get those family members back from Stefan.

Should Elena have helped this process along by handing Rebekah over to her brother? I think so. She can't trust Klaus, of course, but she can try to play his game and understand his goals. There's no point in being stubborn here. If Klaus can reunite his family, he really will leave Mystic Falls alone.

Hear that, Stefan? Stop watching ABC on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Revenge gets you nowhere. It simply endangers the ones you love.

Farewell to Jeremy? I've read nothing about Steven R. McQueen leaving the series. It's safe to assume Jeremy will return at some point. But his departure here made perfect sense and, let's face it, if protecting Jeremy truly is Elena's priority, she made the proper decision and he should never come back.

Two ex-girlfriends are dead. Another is the most boring character on the show. His aunt has passed. Hit those slopes in Colorado, Jer. You've earned a long vacation.

You Gotta Have Faith. Or do you? Tyler thought so to begin the episode, explaining his siring to Klaus in ways reminiscent of a cult. He maintained possession of his own decision-making factors... but also showed complete faith in his leader. Can Tyler truly see right from wrong anymore? Did Jeremy's crossbow-armed message resonate? It appeared to, which means Tyler could actually end up as a secret weapon to be used against Klaus.

Penetrate his inner circle? Act like a loyal servant? Pounce when the time is right? It might take a hybrid to kill a hybrid. And the good guys have themselves a hybrid! If he's willing to play the part. How can he not? If only for the love of the (very much missed this week) Caroline Forbes alone?

Got a Secret, Can Damon Keep It? Forget the kiss. Damon should be feeling guilty for another reason: he's now teaming up with Stefan, unbeknownst to Elena. Why do I get the feeling she won't be happy when she learns the brothers are plotting behind her back?

Far more questions than answers this week. A lot of talking that, I have no doubt, will lead to far more action down the line. Sides are being chosen. Plans are being made. And, of course, spit is being swapped.

Check out the CW promo for next Thursday's "Our Town" and respond: WHAT DID EVERYONE ELSE THINK?

Review

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the writer is so DELENA supporter....!!!i think he as wrong to say Stefan doesn't care about Elena...you can see direct in Stefan's eyes when he talked to Elena....

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I'm a huge Delena fan so this is the episode I've been waiting for!The look of shock and awe on Elena's face after the kiss was amazing! The fact that she allowed him to kiss her and responded, shows how much her feelings for him have grown. I love how protective Damon is of Elena. He stepped right in between her and Klaus, and told her the truth about Stefan. Damon now has the one thing Stefan said he would never have, her respect. Elena not only respects Damon but she trusts him. It would be fascinating to see them in a relationship together. I really hope the show eventually goes there. In the meantime I'll just enjoy watching their growing friendship. Delena 4EVA!

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This weeks Theme : Ask and you shall receive.
Delena Kiss Finally , here's hoping it isn't ignored. Like the last kiss, that had no consequences or reaction. Stefan hopefully finds out about this kiss. Jeremy Leaving by compulsion, I don't get it. As I like the character, alot of potential for him to step up. As we saw in this episode. As a whole the episode was boring aside from the kiss. Which really allows for the Sal bro's to stay in the center of TVD. I dislike the soap aspect of it all but if done right it could be great. So Delena FTW, Stefan being a bad S.O.B... Elijah and Katherina helping Stef and Bonnie. Bring back The Originals asap..

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As Damon once said:Elena and Katherine has more in common than they seem.Elena will screw with the two brothers as well.
The diffenrence between these two is:ELena is a annoying,boring,marie sue character.:P

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Elena is in love with both just like Katerine, I mean, what is not to love, but Damon's perfection wins for me, because he is the perfect balance between good and evil and it's all because his anchor, Elena, Stefan is always fighting what he is while Damon embraces it and make the best of it!! At first it was for Elena but now he really cares!! Damon , I mean perfection!!!!

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Omg!!!! Perfection is one thing, Damon is a whole new level!!
Love Delena!!!!

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Ripper Stefan is so much fun!! I've been in the land of Klaroline (klaus/Caroline) fanfiction that I even would love to see this played out on screen. Or even some Staroline (Stefan/Caroline) - they've taken over my love for FORWOOD. I'd have to agree - Tyler was naive into believing none of his friends would get hurt if he trusted Klaus. Ego-centric Tyler is getting on my nerves. As for Alaric - he was fantastic this episode and I'm interested in seeing what happens between him and Dr Fell (Paul's wife). Loving Ripper Stefan. loving Damon and all his glory. Loving that Elena is loving Damon and all his glory. Can't wait for the next episode!! Here's hoping for Klaroline and Stefonnie, and Delena next week :D. Who agrees with me?

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They need to bring her back ! Klaus was all puppy -eyed as someone mentioned on a youtube vid after Elena told him Rebekah knew the truth about what happened between him and their mother - why is it she gets to remind vampires of their humanity? will we be seeing a friendship develop between Klaus/Elena as well as some overdue DELENA action which I'm so excited about by the way. I'm looking forward to Stefan/Bonnie (Stefonnie) scenes.

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Where the hell were Matt, Katherine, Liz and Caroline?? I'm hoping still on holidays and they'll show up in the next episode. Jeremy's character has grown so much! The fact that he saved Elena's life and hacked Tony to death was a great transformation - I was devastated he was leaving and I hope he comes back soon, I guess Steven gets a holiday which is nice. Although, perhaps it was time Matt left... I'm glad Alaric wasn't the one to go and I have too much love for the other characters, so as long as Jer does come back I'm ok with him leaving for a bit. As for Rebekah!!

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I understand its a triangle, "the triangle" but I'm only interested in one side of it. Damon and Elena don't need words to feel the other. I've never hated, nor cared either way about Stefan and her. They are so very bland together, more electric apart. I love the character of Stefan more then any other character and I'm hoping he gets to be free of her. He woulf go so much better with Caroline or another strong vampire