The Vampire Diaries really hit the mark on "A View to A Kill," bringing most main characters together by the end in the name of one vital purpose: finding that cure.
On the way there, they danced to 80s music and made references to sexual handbooks. In other words: they ensured this would be an especially fun installment of the TV Fanatic Round Table!
Gather around now with staff writers Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker and Steve Marsi...
What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?
Matt: Everything about the dance... with the exception of Caroline not being around to organize it. But I loved the 80s references, both musical and and theatrical. Also adored vulnerable Rebekah and positively hilarious Stefan. I hope you like The Cure? HA!
Leigh: This was the best episode I've seen in awhile, so it's a tough choice. But I guess I'd say Team Gilbert finally taking out Kol. TVD builds stuff up all the time, it was good to see a plan executed for once. No pun intended, sorta.
Miranda: Absolutely everything about Damon and Klaus in the basement. Hearing Damon's "if you're gonna be bad, be bad with a purpose" was...well, hot. And also true. Klaus is a brat. Damon gets stuff done. There's a weird Bromance-but-we-hate-each-other vibe with those two that I love.
Steve: Two words: Villain bonding.
What is your favorite 1980s movie?
Matt: Rocky IV. But, to Stefan's credit, I can understand why this didn't make his list. The - SPOILER ALERT! - death of Apollo Creed would have put a damper on the dance.
Leigh: Sixteen Candles or St. Elmo's Fire. Honorable mention is Lloyd Dobler boombox scene, epic.
Miranda: If we're going Brat Pack movies, The Breakfast Club by a mile. Favorite 80s movie in general goes to Back To the Future. Who DIDN'T want a Delorean that ran on old beer and banana peels and would zap you to whenever you wanted to go so long as you could get it to 88 miles per hour and channeled 1.21 gigawatts of electricity?
Steve: Ferris Bueller's Day Off always gets me. Among those Stefan name-checked, I'd say The Breakfast Club. Wouldn't you love to see our beloved, feuding TVD characters reenact it in detention some week?
What would be the name of Damon's Revenge Sex Handbook?
Matt: Doing It Like Damon: How to Stake 'Em Where It Counts.
Leigh: Kama Salvatore: Revenge Edition. There should be a Kama Salvatore in general because the things those boys have probably learned over the years could fill books.
Miranda: 50 Shades of Damon: Revenge Sex edition.
Steve: There Will Be Blood, Lust: A Vampire's Guide to Revenge Sex by Damon Salvatore (Foreword by Sage).
Stefan and Rebekah. How sold are you on these two as a couple?
Matt: Completely. The Lexi comparison was both apt and flattering and we all know there's a history of deep-seated feelings here. Stefan knows the softer side of Rebekah, the one who wants to be made human so she can feel again. She makes him funny and sweet. He makes her fall for Bon Jovi. It's beautiful.
Leigh: Fairly sold actually. They've had chemistry before and they still do. Stefan and Rebekah both have an appreciation for certain things, a sentimentality, if you will.
Miranda: I really like the two of them together. Stefan is one of the only characters, if not THE only, who hasn't had a relationship with more than one other character. I would rather him move on to Rebekah than continually throw the sire bond nonsense in Damon's face as a way to undermine Damon and Elena as a legitimate couple. Plus they look good together and having him with Rebekah means there's a great chance we can see him shirtless more often. So I'm game for it. (And speaking of shirtless? Hulk Jer? Dude's been working out! Yowza!)
Steve: I'm excited to see where it goes. A highlight of the episode for me was how their connection was explored on a deeper level. There's a lot more to their relationship than a lot of us thought. Stefan realized it too when she basically told him to dagger her and he couldn't.
Damon or Klaus: Who is actually the bigger dick?
Matt: Damon. Klaus may be the bigger mass murderer, but Damon acts like a rude jerk on a more frequent basis. A funny rude jerk full of snark and a smirk that could melt most women from 100 feet away... but a rude jerk nonetheless.
Leigh: Ugh, Klaus for sure. Damon owns the fact that he can be a total douchelord. Klaus is whiney and petulant and has never not gotten his way in his life. It gets completely tiresome. I need him to stay trapped in the Gilbert living room for at least an episode.
Miranda: Klaus. He's a dick just because he wants to be and the only time we see even a hint of him wanting to be something else is around Caroline. But then he's drawing pony pictures and slipping into creeper territory. However, after dropping the Rebekah bombshell on Elena the way he did, Damon dropped a few notches. Not cool, dude.
Steve: Klaus, no doubt. While Damon may be spinning some revisionist history when he claims he's only been the bad guy out of necessity, he's not entirely off base. For the most part he does what he does "to get things done" ... whether or not you agree with his purpose, he has one. Klaus, on the other hand, has made a career out of inflicting senseless suffering. Charmingly saying "mate" and "love" a lot can't mask that.