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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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I'm pondering why that kiss just didn't thrill me. I've been waiting forever for that kiss and it just landed with a thud. I found the moment Stefan caught Elena when she fell from the bleachers much more romantic. Guess I'm on the fence about the brothers. On the other hand Ian S. was at his best when he was getting burned by the sun at Stefan's witch house. Who else loved the Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Ambrose

They say Stefan doesn't want Elena anymore but I'm not so sure.I'm not Stelena fan but I bet he still loves her... We all know Stefan still cares because he saved Damon from Klaus. And about Delena kiss: Finally!

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great episode for the new year.Shame about Rebekah dying again.Klaus and Damon were great with their banter.No more jeremy no great loss.

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I think it's klaus' mum (the original witch) that is in d casket bonnie dreamed about.

Stefelena

*me. @lorena:why would stelena fans stop watching this show,just coz of DE kiss?huh not good enough,stelena has done morethan that,they may not be together right now but eventually they will be together again,this is a love triangle,elena will always be torn between the brothers,and there are other characters that we like in this show,characters like caroline and klaus,so just coz Delena kissed or stelena isn't happening is not enough reason for us to stop watching the show and btw its only one person that said she will never watch the show again.The episode was great,though it didn't thrill me as i thought it might,sad that jeremy left,and rebekah was daggered again.Can't wait for next Ep.

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SO GLAD DAMON AND ELENA KISSED. DELENA FOREVER

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To be honest, I find the whole Delena/Stelena triangle the least interesting part of the show, but I'm still glad the Delena kiss finally happened. Maybe we'll stop having to endure Elena's deer-in-headlights look every time she and Damon have a "moment". But seriously, that was probably one of the most boring highly anticipated kisses that I've ever seen.
I liked the introduction of Dr. Fell, especially as it means a storyline for Alaric. Hoping I'll see a lot more of Stefan too. He's a lot more interesting when he's less saintly and without Elena. The possibility of 3 new originals+ Elijah holds great potential. And maybe, they'll finally give Bonnie a better role. Wasn't too thrilled with Damon compelling Jeremy.....AGAIN! The kid clearly knows how to kill a hybrid like no other. He could be useful; they should have kept him around and compelled Matt to leave instead. I miss Katherine.

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After 2 months of waiting i can simply say it was a perfect episode,this show is gettig better and better and I'm so excited for the upcoming episodes.I truly hope that Damon and Elena be the endgame,I just love them together.

Stefelena

This episode ruin damon's character for him,i mean i get it,delena is bound to happen,but honestly that kiss was wrong,it wasn't suppose to happen like that especially after he just told her what stefan did for him,its an unbearable truth for him but he kissed her anyway and is it just me or did anyone else notice these,anytime stefan saved damon's life damon kissed elena in return!At this point am just wondering if damon deserves a brother like stefan.

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I agree with "Leila", Damon told her the damn truth! Then and ONLY freakin then did they let their feelings go. Why do they have to be unhappy without each other? Stefan was her first boyfriend and she's still young, he isn't her husband. Those two were like oil and water together, Damon and Elena are like a raging fire together. They bring out the best in the other, two completely different pairings alright. The kiss was epic, just like the couple

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I can't drink all this by myself. I mean, I can. But then someone is getting naked.

Damon

Elena: The Stefan that we know is gone.
Bonnie: How is Damon handling that?
Elena: Damon is... Damon.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Yuck-shook-down Shook Down Yuck iTunes
Apex-manor-teenage-blood Teenage Blood Apex Manor iTunes
The-trigger-code-come-on-lets-do-it-ok Come On Let's Do It OK! The Trigger Code iTunes
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