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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Bring It On"

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The Vampire Diaries returned in a big way with "Bring It On," giving us so much to discuss.

So let's get to it. In our weekly TV Fanatic Round Table, staffers Steve Marsi, Miranda Wicker and Leigh Raines break down the new Elena, Klaus and Hailey, Matt's windfall and much, much more!

Read our answers to the following questions and comment with your own below!

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1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Leigh: Damon telling Rebekah to stop looking for the cure. Because he's right and because I'm so over that storyline!!!! "Life sucks when you’re ordinary. And what makes you exactly not like them? You’re a vampire. You take that cure and become human? You’re no one, nothing. Trust me, losing that cure was the best damn thing that ever happened to you." Also Elena's party rocked and I wanted to be there.

Miranda: Because there's something hilarious to me every time we see one of Klaus' horse drawings, I'll go with Hayley critiquing his art. I've been kind of meh about Hayley, but this week with her cutting down Klaus? Loved her.

Steve: "You're whole life revolves around me." 81-episodes-in-the-making BURN!

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2. Do you like the new Elena?

Leigh: Um, I don't like new Elena, I LOVE her. For three and a half seasons it's been whiny, victimy Elena. All this bad stuff kept happening to her and it sucked. She also couldn't breathe without a Salvatore bodyguard. She's fun as hell now, I'd hang out with her. As long as I'm not the next Caroline...

Miranda: YES! What's not to love, really? Aside from that whole trying to kill her best friend thing, I mean.

Steve: One thing I do NOT like is the seemingly arbitrary nature of the vampire-vampire sire bond, or how one's humanity can simply be flipped on and off. That said, I could not take my eyes off Nina Dobrev tonight, and not just because she got naked a lot. It was compelling (pun sort of intended) to watch this unpredictable and wild side of her character.

3. Klaus and Hayley: Hot or not (or really, really hot)?

Leigh: Really, really hot. Klaus is so angry all the time, he really needed that tension release, ya know? Phoebe Tonkin is also a hottie. I approve. Two thumbs up.

Miranda: Really, really, really hot. Really. JoMo. The tattoos. I vote we just let him be shirtless from now on.

Steve: Holy hotness. Words fail me so I've just posted the scene below instead. If the goal of this episode was to set these two up for the spinoff and make us excited for it, well played Julie Plec.

4. Elena vs. Caroline for the UFC title, best 2-of-3: Who wins?

Leigh: Caroline may be older and technically stronger but Elena had a strong point when she said that she was trained by Alaric, a.k.a. by the best. Anything paired with Alaric pretty much wins in my book.

Miranda: I'll pull for the underdog and go with Caroline. Elena seems like the cocky ripper douche type, so she'd get overconfident and Caroline would sneak in for the win.

Steve: Elena, 2-1. Caroline is capable of better than we saw last night, but New Elena's ruthless. Unless Care-Bear also finds the off switch, it'd be an uphill battle for her.

5. Favorite unlikely dynamic duo: Klaus/Hayley, Damon/Rebekah, or Stefan/Caroline?

Leigh: Stefan and Caroline are besties at this point so I don't consider them that unlikely. Damon and Rebekah are fairly similar people so same goes for them. I guess by default and recent hotness factor, it's Klaus/Hayley for the win.

Miranda: Damon and Rebekah. No question. Because they're really the only duo on the list who are unlikely.

Steve: Going with Stefan and Caroline, just because I can't quite put my finger on what the writers have in mind for these two. Beyond mutual concern for Elena, how deep is the connection?

6. Is Tyler really gone for good?

Leigh: Yes. And Matt just went from really poor orphan to really rich orphan. I'll miss you Michael Trevino... and your abs.

Miranda: No. Now that Klaus has revealed his master plan of just letting Tyler think he's in danger of dying, once Klaus sails off to the New Orleans sunset, Tyler can come home to Mystic Falls.

Steve: For the immediate future it looks like it, but he clearly yearns for Caroline and I can't imagine there won't be a scenario where they reunite at some point. Just not for a few episodes at least.

7. What is Silas the Blood Bag Bandit's next move?

Leigh: I feel like he's hidden somewhere with Bonnie right now keeping her brainwashed while inhabiting the body of Shane. They are cooking up something creepy and supernatural, no doubt about it! He's probably also trying to find Katherine, because isn't everyone always chasing that bitch for something?

Miranda: Please let it be resurrecting Jeremy so we can see his arms again! But really, finding Katherine. Because everyone always wants to find Katherine.

Steve: Sipping on Blood-tinis with Bon-Bon and working on the massacre that will complete the trifecta. Or getting back in the car to find a new hospital to raid. Six? In one week? Thirsty fool.

8. If Matt just inherited the deed to the biggest house in Mystic Falls, does that mean he can stop working at the Grill?

Leigh: Well unfortunately Tyler didn't wire any money over or leave him a secret account, but I'd be willing to be there's heaps of money hidden in secret places around Lockwood Manor.

Miranda: Unfortunately, no. He may have the house, but now he has to pay for all that upkeep. Poor, poor Matt. Maybe one day he'll make it to manager.

Steve: Unless Leigh is right, the property taxes on that place alone are probably more than his annual Grill earnings. I'd keep those double shifts for the time being if I were Matty.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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2. Do you like the new Elena?
Temporarily. I think that what makes the character of "Elena" special is her humanity. Well, it was and then she started getting really needy and everyone was all about protecting Elena... I don't know. I just know I wouldn't want her to stay this way. Also, I agree with the arbitrary sire bond thing...is it working, is it not working?? If it's not working, can Damon make her turn it back on?

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1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?
Even though it was so cruel, Elena telling Stefan that she feels nothing for him...that the sex that had was good sex but isn't associated with any feelings...that his whole life revolves around her. It really shows how far down the rabbit hole she has really gone...

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Klaus/Hayley : As a total Klaroline shipper, I'm ashamed to admit that was totally hot. Mostly because of Klaus and his tattoos. I don't want any more of them, though. Now, I want Caroline to know about it and get jealous! Let's just keep Klaus shirtless from now on, mmkay?

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Excuse me, but who loves a female that think she is the shit & who have lose respect for herself and others. She's not badass, just trying to act badass. There is a difference!!! Caroline didn't kick her ass because she is feeling sorry for her being an orphan and such. Elena didn't do much of anything that Caroline didn't let her do. She didn't want to hurt her but if Elena play that card again she will get a whipping and possibly get her damn neck broke.

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Elena 2.0 is someone different for sure. I haven't still decided if I like this new Elena. She is strong and firm but lacks the emotions... Kristin Stewart..anyone? Ha ha :)

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Elena was such a brat and so annoying in this episode and NO she wasn't bad ass, more like a Katherine wannabe. Also loving Stefan and Caroline's friendship, super cute.

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Oops, broke off there. 6. Hopefully, for good. 7. Massacre the town, show them who's boss... What else do the villians do? Lol 8. I don't really care about Matt so yeah.

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I've not watched TVD in awhile and this episode definitely succeeded in motivating me to keep on watching the series. Where to begin, let's see... 1. My favorite scene has to be Elena coming out of the shower NAKED lmao total badass move! And their expressions were PRICELESS. 2. I'm having a love/hate relationship with the New Elena lol I spent the whole episode wanting to slap her silly but still, I couldn't NOT watched her omg she just captivated me! 3. Klaus and Hayley? Ew, ew, EW. Sorry guys, I'm just a bitter Klaroline shipper but even if I wasn't, I didn't see them as a couple at all. It was totally unexpected and just... ew. But hey, at least I got to see Klaus shirtless! And his tattoos oh my fucking god. How about Julie just make Ian, Paul and Joseph go shirtless for EVERY episode? 4. As much as I love Caroline, Elena can kick ASS. 5. Stefan and Caroline for sure! Surprisingly, they look so cute together! They come second after my Klaroline ship. 6. Hopefully, for good. 7. Massacre the town, show them who's boss... What else do the villians do? Lol 8. I don't really care about Matt so yeah.

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1. Elena bashing everything and everyone. "You're whole life revolves around me." is probably the best line this show has ever had. Said BY the right person TO the right person. Can't believe that my Best Line Ever Award goes to Elena Gilbert. Also, Steroline made my fangirly heart swell.
2. Love does not beging to describe. See, Caroline? she forgot that Elena was fun.. me? I didn't even know it was possible!!!!
3. So hot I can't even. I have lost the ability to even. This has nothing to do with Hayley, this is all Klaus. I'm so happy we got to see him in action. And the tattoos!!!!!! Dear lord!
4. Elena. She's right, Caroline maybe strong, but Alaric is stronger even in spirit. There's no wining him.
5. Damon/Rebekah. The only two I really did not see coming, and I enjoy them a lot.
6. Unfortunately, no. He'll be back after Klaus departs to his own spin off.
7. Killing this horrid plot line? No way huh? I really have no idea..
8. LOL NO. The Grill will fall apart!!!