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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Dangerous Liaisons"

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One dastardly mother. One aspiring landscape artist. One ridiculously hot sex scene.

The Vampire Diaries may have aired a slow episode this week, but it's all relative. There's still PLENTY for our Round Table panel of Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella to analyze from "Dangerous Liaisons." And they get right to it below...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Sometimes the obvious choice is the only one. Especially when it involves clothes being torn off and gorgeous female vampires being pinned against the wall. Yeah. The sex scene.

Steve: Stelena almost kissing. They're totally setting up the love triangle to end all love triangles and it's getting more riveting by the week. Take note, Gossip Girl.

Eric: In an episode filled mostly with conversation and tension, I have to thank Damon for shaking things up when he attacked Kol. Oh wait, should have read question two...

Dan: Not a scene, per se, but my favorite single moment from the episode was learning that the Originals' last name is Mikaelson. That means that dear old father's full name was Mikael Mikaelson! I can't believe Damon didn't have any quick-witted commentary on that little nugget

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Dumber Damon decision: going after Kol, telling Elena he loves her or getting it on with Rebekah?
Matt: It may have seemed romantic, but come on. D dropped the L bomb way too quickly. The two just kissed a couple weeks ago. He has to woo Elena a bit, take her out to dinner, buy her some flowers for Valentine's Day. Did he really think she was in the proper state of mind to simply melt over his declaration?

Steve: Going after Kol. The other two decisions can be chalked up to other urges that are far more understandable than picking a fight with an Original and potentially his entire family. Not even Damon can take all six of them.

Eric: Well, I'm blaming the first and third on the second, so let's go with the unreciprocated declaration. Maybe you should try dating her first. Or finding someone that didn't date your brother for two years.

Dan: Anything but the last one. Did you see that final scene? I'm still all hot and bothered after witnessing it. If Esther's plan works, who knows what kind of consequences can even come to Damon? So I'd have to go with choice two.

Harder to believe: Esther wants to murder her own children, Elena and Caroline know how to do a centuries-old waltz or Matt lives in Mystic Falls with no health insurance?
Matt: Shouldn't there be a fourth option: that Matt is the starting quarterback for Mystic Falls High School? Have we ever seen him practice in the last two seasons?!? The only use of Matt's shoulder that we've witnessed recently has been a spot for Caroline and Elena to cry on. He should be dedicating more time to overcoming a zone blitz and less time to overcoming an impending hybrid army.

Steve: Two of the three are quite believable, at least in the world of The Vampire Diaries. After Klaus killed Esther, and she spent a 1,000 years ruminating on that from the other side, why wouldn't she want payback? As for Elena and Caroline, all the town does is throw balls, dances and festivals with age-old traditions. Obviously MF teens can waltz like no other. The only dubious option is Matt's insurance status. He's still a dependent who's in high school, right? And from a seemingly well-off or at least middle-class family? No way he needs Obamacare.

Eric: Please, Steve, Mystic Grill is way too small to fall under Obamacare, even if it does monopolize the Mystic Falls bar scene. And it's only been one episode of Esther, we'll learn more. So the real question is: how the heck does everyone knew that Waltz!? Man, I need to sign up for lessons. You never know when vampires are coming to town to throw a ball.

Dan: Yeah, the revenge is warranted and it is a very historic town, so the winner is Matt not having insurance. Even though Zach Roerig turns 27 soon, he's playing a 17-year old who would be on his parents health insurance. I don't care if his parents deserted him, he's still under their care, right?

Klaroline: Are you buying it at all?
Matt: No, this was my one major complaint from the episode. There was too much pandering to the show's shippers. Between the glances at the ball and the extended tease of Caroline softening to Klaus, it really came across like the writers' priority was to fie up the Twitter world.

Steve: Not particularly, but I'll tell you what I am buying: One of Klaus' paintings, for Dan Forcella, whose man-crush surely grew even more intense last night.

Eric: I was the biggest disbeliever until the sketch of Caroline and the horse. Not sure if I'm buying any art pieces or relationships yet, but I am certainly buying into half the relationship.

Dan: OHHHHH. EMMMMM. GEEEEEE. It's like a magical conjunction for me! My Klaus and my Caroline together for the end of time? Jetting off to Paris, Rome and Tokyo to take in the sights? My heart is surely a flutter! I'm buying. I'm buying it big time! Steve, I will take as many Klaus paintings as you want to buy me. Eric, that sketch, yup! Wow. Klaroline FTW!

Which newly awakened Original made a better first impression: Kol or Finn?
Matt: Kol clearly had the better lines, but he's pretty much a male version of Rebekah and we've seen that attitude before. But for Finn to be totally down with his own death? There's gotta be more to his story. I'm intrigued.

Steve: Neither really. They were sort of on the periphery with Esther commanding the attention. This isn't necessarily bad, though. They're still Originals who can pop off and crush some poor Grill employee's hand at a moment's notice. An air of mystery lingers with those two around for sure. Seemingly irrelevant, you get the feeling they could instantly become relevant ... unlike certain witches/Petrovas who have become mere plot devices.

Eric: How is that a question?  Kol had his hilarious love affair with the mirror and crushed the quarterback's hand. What did Finn have besides a weirdly sexual moment with his mother?

Dan: Finn made almost no impression on me, so I guess I have to go with Kol.

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Stefelena

1.My favourite scene was when rebekah try to bite elena and elijah stopped her.I also love the stelena scene it was so emotional.2.Going after kol wasn't that bad,he was angry but man picking a fight with an original vampire that can kill you with a blink of an eye isn't a smart move at all.Telling elena that he loves her wasn't dumb,elena already knows that damon loves her whether he said it or not it wasn't just the right moment for him to confess his love and making out with rebekah wasn't a smart move either,why would he be always going after stefan's girlfriends.Btw the sex scene was hot.3.It's hard to believe that esther wants to kill her children just to restore the balance of nature,if that's the case does that mean anyother vampire will die since they are all an abomination?

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How is it stupid that Damon told Elena he loved her? He's only reinforcing what he's already told her. And even if he hadn't told her, she would be an idiot not to realize it. He was worried about her, almost panicked, and upset, all of these emotions resulting in his love for her. So maybe it slipped out, because he was frustrated and wanted her to understand. Now, after 2 whole seasons of Elena trying to get Damon to feel, she's telling him it's a problem.
*depressed faceplam*

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Everytime Elena says something wrong typical abuser he acts out. I am glad he saved Matt. He did try to kill Jeremy, Caroline & Bonnie. So sick of the oh poor Damon party. Is there any woman that Stefan hasn't been with that he has to go after. Damon is a jerk and talks and treats Elena like his child he tries to man handle her. Elena has rejected Stefan whom had done everything for her. Stefan left to protect his worthless brother and there is Elena forgetting everything. She has done more to Stefan who has always had her back than to Damon whom she let kiss her low down. Damon is like her father and she his child. Stefan is better at being bad loved the neck snap yes. Damon is a jerk and he does not deserve Elena oh can't have my way with Elena again wah wah borinG. Can Damon leave Stefans leftovers guess not. I enjoyed the Stelena moment better than the Damekah moment it was boring. I do like Elijah & props to Klaus like the beautiful picture of Caroline.

Blu

Actually Dan as per custom the Orignal families last name was because of Mikael...They wouldn't have had one so they would have been referred to as Son of Mikael, so Mikaelson. I loved that nod at name derivatives...and it's accuracy. Fave Scene was the most heartbreaking one for me, that moment when elena allowed Elijah to sip the champagne.
2.Telling Elena he loves her.No shocker there to anyone as she knew it already, but the moment he said it it officially gave her the power over him that she already has and uses to her advantage whether she realizes it or not.
3.None of the above.
4.Sure...other than the fact that they haven't had scenes together and it came out of virtually nowhere, in theory I buy that Klaus is into Caroline, and her being the sweet one I buy that she's softening a hair but not too much.
5.Umm Kol.He's the equivalent of Rebekah but he's hilarious and horribly vain.And I didn't even realize who finn was until later on, he's okay with dying?Yeah okay.

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I'm really thinking on quiting this show....What Plec and Caroline Dries think they are doing???
The only transition I'm noticing here is concerning about Ian Somerhalder's ego. Oh man! The guy is so cock-a-hoop and feeling SOO self-important that thinks he is the main star of the show. People are commenting in here and another sites that we are mixing this show with real life...(lol). Some cast are doing the same! But Vampire Diaries is becoming a "more real life show" than a distraction. P.S. Damon and Rebekah: BAD combination. Come on, you guys Plec, Dries and Williamson....don't suck! Make us feel happy again.

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Not to sound pretentious but they would have been Mikaelson because they are the SONS of Mikael. Mikael would have had a different last name which would have been the name of his father + Son on the end.

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right now, I'm like team Damon! not so sure if I want him to be with Elena, coz she sure can be a bitch to him. sometimes he doesn't care enough, sometimes he cares too much... I'm confused. what does she wants? and that angry sex? Hot as hell!
and I don't want to see MO to kill her kids. okey, yes, if she want to kill finn, be my guest (he is lame, in love with his mother, with no brain and he's not even hot) but DON'T YOU DARE TO KILL KLAUS OR ELIJAH. just.. DON'T!
and I love caroline. with everyone except Matt. he has no purpose on that show anymore. we are just waiting for someone to come and kill him.

Rryann

The episode was quite disappointing, however, I think they are just setting the mood, and making another storyline on how Klaus can die. I love the scene when Elena enters the room and Damon stopped and just looked at her, then there's Stefan. ..I think with Stefan around, Delena will never happen. Elena will always think of Stefan cause it's too obvious with the way Stefan acts that he's still so into her. Klaus and Caroline? Damon and Rebekah?. .seriously?. . I only hope that next week's episode will be far better than this one. . .

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1: the first time, nothing..Well Damon and Stefan are always great, but this episode make me just feeling sorry for them both that they met Elena. One doppelganger is bad anough..I don`t like this episode one bit..
2. I think Damon was to emotional when he told Elena face-to-face the first time without lying on a death bed that he loves her, but otherwise, they are both over the point ignoring it..Okay but she wasn`t ready for his expression, so maybe this was the most stupid.. I don`t like the Rebecca scene. It was hot, sure, but it leaves me with sadness for both characters..And what about Stefan by the way. He used to be in love with Rebecca, nothing left??..Sometimes it`s weird where the writers up to..
The rest..nothing to say there..Klaroline are boring..Finn and Kol both okay..

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Rebekah and Damon? Gross. I'd go for the soft romantic scene when Matt gives his jacket for Rebekah. What? I'm a sucker for those kind of scenes. Dumber Damon decision: going after Kol, telling Elena he loves her or getting it on with Rebekah?
Getting it on with Rebekah! Oh, come on dude, I'd rather he hooks up with a total stranger. Let's see how Elena react to Rebekah rubbing it into her face. Harder to believe: Esther wants to murder her own children, Elena and Caroline know how to do a centuries-old waltz or Matt lives in Mystic Falls with no health insurance?
I stop trying to believe anything revolving around Matt but Esther, trying to murder all her children? It screams "ulterior motive" and "hidden agenda" all along. Klaroline: Are you buying it at all?
Oh Dear God Please NO! Which newly awakened Original made a better first impression: Kol or Finn?
Kol and his narcissistic way! Definitely yummy too lol.