The Vampire Diaries: Glowing Spheres and Flowing Tears (PHOTO RECAP)

Leave it to The Vampire Diaries to straight-up invent a new holiday where a traditional one wouldn't fit into the timeline. That's what's called moxie, you guys, and "Ghost World" contained all kinds of audacious moments. Quick question: How will YOU celebrate Night of Illumination? You know, aside from hanging up the hundreds of one-time-use lanterns? Don't answer that, I'm gonna make this about me right now. I have great news! I asked this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries to marry me and it said yes! Oh, I'm so happy, reader! Of course, I had to strap it into a chair until it loved me, and like any relationship ours has its share of downsides (specifically Elena's brain and Bonnie's competence), but still: "Ghost World" was so good.

We began shortly after last week's cliffhanger, the arrival of the tangible spirit of Mason Lockwood. Fun fact about ghosts: They are apparently stronger and faster than vampires? At least I'm GUESSING they are, since this was how Damon found himself:

For some reason Damon assumed that perhaps the presence of Mason Lockwood was some kind of Ripper prank? Boy, I am really uneducated in the ripper M.O. if it involves hallucinations of dead werewolves. But anyway! Stefan was a jerk about it, which made no sense because you'd THINK that Damon's bondage represented a fairly huge security breach within the household. And THEN he didn't even completely free Damon?

Oh Mason! P.S. Do you like celebrity gossip? Rumor has it this actor, Taylor Kinney, is dating a celebrity! I forget which one though. Neneh Cherry? I don't remember. Forget I said anything.

Meanwhile in town square, hundreds of extras were milling about pretending to listen to Mayor Lockwood's introductory remarks about Night of Illumination.

Including these two, who'd apparently become groupies for some history professor dude. He helpfully explained just what Night of Illumination IS.

Thus concludes the explanation of Night of Illumination.

After their testy argument last week, it seemed like Jeremy and Bonnie were not only officially on the outs, but that he'd already rebounded back into the ghostly arms of girlfriend-'til-she-died Anna.

Except, whoops! Nobody told Bonnie they were broken up.

That meant Jeremy had a cheating heart, you guys, and not even a flattering red V-neck would get people on his side.

Bonnie and Caroline's girl talkin' was quickly interrupted by Damon, who pulled up in a convertible and a frown.

Now, last week I joked that whatever was going on with the ghosts becoming tangible was definitely related to Bonnie's spell. Sure enough, that was definitely the reason! It was pretty hilarious when she briefly tried to blame Matt for not properly banishing Vicki or something.

Anyway, clearly a ghostly presence was trying to communicate with Bonnie because it rudely unzipped her satchel and flipped open her grimoire to a specific spell. (Quick question: What kind of maniac writes all the way to the edges of the margins like this? This looks like something out of Seven!)

The spell that Bonnie decided to do (after completely skipping the pros-and-cons debate) had to do with revealing hidden presences. Making ghosts visible, basically. So off to the haunted witch house they went.

How hilarious was it when Caroline just straight-up did not trust Bonnie with her safety?

A recurring theme of this episode was that although the other characters love Bonnie very much, almost nobody thinks she's competent, not even her own grandmother (SPOILER).

So there Bonnie was, yammering her way through another spell, blowing stray leaves around, and kicking up dust devils all over the place.

AND THEN JASMINE GUY APPEARED! Yay, welcome back, Grams!

Now, a word about the ghosts. When they first appeared in the Season 2 finale, I was like, "Here we go." Another subplot that'll be here and gone in two episodes. But credit where credit's due: These ghosts have been handled so well, and everything came together in a pretty genius way in this episode. Both good and bad ghosts were unleashed at the same time, putting a veritable countdown clock on everything, even the nice moments. Plus it was such a treat to see faces from the past pop up again. The Vampire Diaries has one of the strongest and deepest rosters of guest stars of any show on television. And with that said, wasn't it hilarious who DIDN'T show up? Sorry, Aunt Jenna, ain't nobody thinking about you.

Jeremy and Anna are officially macking out in men's rooms now. This episode probably earned Jeremy a lifetime of scorn from Bonnie fans (yes, they exist). However, let's not forget how awesome Anna was during Season 1, and how tragic this romance was. EVERYONE was upset when she died, so that's why it's so surprising to me that nobody really cared that these kids reunited. Seriously, people would prefer a Jeremy-Bonnie romance over Jeremy-Anna? That's just nuts. They were only matched up in the first place because both characters were single. Just no chemistry whatsoever. Anyway, sorry, but I read this entire plotline as a victory for Jeremy, not a low point. He got his best lady back!

Unfortunately his sister was a meddlesome hypocrite.

One thing that bugged me a lot in this episode was how RUDE the living were toward the ghosts. If you encountered a dead person, no matter how weird your original relationship was, wouldn't you be awe-struck or even touched by their reappearance, and perhaps be happy for them that they could experience a fleeting notion of their past lives even for a brief moment? Ghosts are by nature incredibly poignant and emotional for what they represent about humanity, our sense of loss, and our yearning for transcendent happiness. But nope, Elena laid eyes on Anna and immediately treated her like she was some skank in the club. This was the girl her brother was in love with until she got murdered pretty horribly. Instead of letting her brother have this little elegiac moment Elena immediately set about BANISHING her to the lonely, unknowable netherworld. I don't know, that just seems pretty F-ing harsh to me.

Anyway! Look who else became visible to everyone!

And best of all...

LEXI! Lexi was the best, you guys. It was so awesome getting to see her again, especially because her arrival went something like this:

It made me laugh that this could happen in broad daylight on a bustling sidewalk in Mystic Falls. I know I say this a lot, but that town is truly appalling.

Anyway, back at the witch house Bonnie was sort of getting told off by Jasmine Guy.

She more or less confirmed what we'd suspected: Bonnie's spell allowed the evil Original Witch to get a foot in "the door" and now it was up to Bonnie to destroy Elena's necklace and shut the ghosts out for good.

Didn't you laugh when Bonnie asked for some more backstory about the Original Witch and Jasmine Guy shut her down?

So hilarious. THAT's what Bonnie's own grandmother thinks of her. She can't even be trusted to know the truth about things.

It turned out that Mason had returned for more than just roughing Damon up: He wanted to save Tyler from a lifetime of hybrid-dom. Speaking of which, where were Tyler and Rebekah? Just kidding, I think we all know what they were up to. It involved hugging, and it did NOT involve shirts. Anyway, long story short, Mason knew where to find the key to killing Klaus and he wanted Damon's help.

Meanwhile in the Forbes jail cell, Lexi was rarin' to convert Jerk Stefan back into Boring Stefan.

We knew that the last time she'd successfully redeemed him it took thirty-something YEARS. I was curious how the show would address the issue this time, and what do you know? Ghosts can apparently SPEED UP withdrawal symptoms in a vampire via telepathy. Sure, whatever you say, The Vampire Diaries.

This was definitely going to be one of those break-them-down, build-them-back-up type things, but you know what? I trust Lexi. She's one of the best characters this show's ever had, mostly because when she was around she made reasoned, empathetic decisions. I liked Rose for the same reason (maturity!), and I was bummed she couldn't appear. (I guess Lauren Cohan's presence on this season of The Walking Dead is a pretty good consolation prize though.)

Somewhere underground, America's hottest new vampire-ghost detective duo were knocking down walls and spelunking through caves in search of some kind of mystery artifact.

Their main thing was that Damon did NOT trust Mason, even if it meant ignoring all of Mason's instructions and getting himself staked eight times in five seconds. Typical Damon!

One surprise I did not see coming was the reappearance of the evil cave vampires from Season 1.

Even though that wasn't the best plotline, it was a nice dose of chaos for an episode that could have devolved into just sentimental conversations. For instance, immediately upon their arrival the evil ghosts set about murdering the professor dude right in the public square!

Unfortunately the citizens of Mystic Falls are pretty over this kind of stuff. They've seen worse on most days.

Back at the dungeon, Stefan had a pretty major change of heart, but Lexi urged Elena not to buy into it.

Tricky Ripper!

Okay, look, I have to say something about this plotline because it's kind of bugging me so much. I'm sorry. We all know this show has just been a boatload full of wish-fulfillment from day one. An ordinary-seeming girl suddenly found herself torn between two monster-hotties and discovered a supernatural destiny of her own. That's just fun escapism right there! That's why I find this plotline so troubling. It's basically telling girls that they can save relationships by forcing dudes to love them. That all you need to make a relationship work are chains and spare time. I just don't think this should be encouraged at all. The crazy ex-girlfriend stereotype is so pervasive in our culture (not to mention the dangerous stalker ex-boyfriend), and this show is just fueling those terrible instincts. Sure, I realize that Stefan's a victim of brainwashing, but then again, is he? He still has his intellectual facilities, sense of humor, and moral code intact. What's the difference between being compelled to fall out of love and simply falling out of love? I don't know, I'm just saying that this plotline is the antithesis of romance. It makes Elena look sort of psycho and I'm worried about impressionable teens who might take this sort of storyline to heart. So here's a Public Service Announcement from a dunce like me: If someone doesn't love you, find someone who does.

Or, you know, torture them a ton:

Anyway, back to good times again, ANOTHER fan-favorite character reappeared in this episode: Damon's soap dish! At one point Caroline and Bonnie tore Damon's bedroom apart looking for Elena's necklace, so it made me laugh when Caroline dug through the eleven bars of soap to find it. Didn't you kind of expect it to be there? I totally did.

Elsewhere Elena finally confronted her little bro with some very empathetic, not at all hypocritical romantic advice.

Elena's logic was that a romance with a ghost couldn't really go anywhere. Point taken! However, what about that family you're hoping to have someday, Elena? Are you going the all-adoption, immortal father route? Or are you just a darn hypocrite?

Ultimately Elena pleaded her case directly to Anna who, to her credit, agreed that the relationship probably wouldn't work.

Then she revealed she had stolen the necklace. Which, you know, boo, right? How dare she? Except for the fact that she simply wanted more time to FIND HER MOTHER. Wow, what a villain! Just kidding, the real villain was chillin' in a witch house struggling to banish Anna to a truly awful-sounding netherworld, but whatever. The Bonnie fans are already mad at me, so I might as well just be honest.

Their final interaction was pretty sad (if you, like me, were rooting for them). Or maybe you were rooting for Bonnie, in which case the next scene made your day: "cold shoulder" time!

I'm not saying Bonnie was treated fairly. She wasn't. Jeremy should have broken up with her before seeing Anna (that's how life should work). But still, in my opinion she made it hard for me to feel bad for her and that's the truth.

So yeah, did you know you can destroy a metal necklace by throwing it in a pile of ashes near an open flame?

With Grams' help, Bonnie finally reversed the ghost spell and sure enough, ghosts started disappearing again.

I'm not even sure I understood this part. Mayor Lockwood was in a car accident and Caroline defended her from evil ghosts? I don't know. It did make me laugh that THIS is what Carol Lockwood woke up to:

Caroline remains awesome.

In the subterranean tunnels Damon ran into another one of my favorite things: The Uninvited Vampire Force Field! It made the noise and everything!

But right before Mason could discover the pertinent artifact he disappeared into the ether! Oh, drat.

And then so did Lexi! Check you later, babygirl.

And then, my favorite part: Anna found her mom! Hey Pearl!

Here come the waterworks! I cry very easily, you guys. Pearl was another character I really liked during Season 1. Man, this episode was so good. And how cool is Kelly Hu for showing up in Atlanta just to film a wordless hug? That is COOL.

Oh, this is what a burnt-up metal necklace looks like after it's sat in a pile of ash for a few minutes:

Before she disappeared Jasmine Guy had a few parting words for Bonnie. Basically, "Don't be a doormat." Which I can get behind! One of the reasons I don't care for Bonnie is that I keep hoping she'll get more badass—but she never does. Once or twice she sort of took care of business but even when those incidents were over I was like, "Well, that was useless." Think about it, her vending machine massacre at the '60s dance? All she did was pretend to die. Then when she attacked Klaus's posse during his ceremony, a ton of people got killed while Bonnie hid in the bushes. What I'm saying is, Bonnie deserves a stronger backbone and a better facility when it comes to making decisions. So I agree with Jasmine Guy! Toughen up, lady.

Later on, Damon recruited Alaric to finish what Mason started, but wouldn't you know it, Alaric was still all butt-hurt about having his neck snapped forever ago.

Aw, they sort of made up finally! That was nice.

Elena reiterated her pledge fo convert Stefan back to Boring Stefan. Cool, good luck with that. I know it's inevitable but that's all it is at this point: Inevitable. Not exciting.

And then we got two very vague cliffhangers. First off: The necklace reformed!

Which, you know, cool? It means the Original Witch is pulling the strings still probably. But also, did you get the sense that Bonnie might suddenly become possessed by that witch? How AWESOME would it be if she went full Evil Willow on everyone's asses? I might start to like Bonnie after all!

Cliffhanger #2: Alaric discovered cave drawings.

And there you had it! Ikea-style instructions on how to kill Originals. Just in time for next week's Y1K flashback episode!

Whew! I liked the episode, despite my belligerent rants and raves. Give me ghosts and tears in any situation and I'll be thrilled. What did YOU think of this thing?


QUESTIONS

... Is Stefan on the verge of cracking?

... What were Tyler and Rebekah up to?

... Which ghost were you happiest to see again? Whose absence were you most disappointed by?

... How long had Mr. Fell been hanging in that tree before any of the citizens bothered to say anything about it?

... Will you ever be able to forgive Jeremy? Or will that depend on his T-shirt selection?

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I know I'm so late but this episode only aired tonight in the UK. Can I just take a moment to say that this show has seriously stepped it UP this season! I find that I was genuinly emotionally involved for I think maybe the first time ever with TVD? When Anna was reunited with her mum it truly brought tears to my eyes. So major props for that. Not that I've hated it before now - I've always loved the show but a lot of it was just because it was so fantastically terrible and a lot of the time I watched it so I could keep up to date with these recaps. But this series, TVD is really coming into its own. I will shut up now after one more thing



Is it just me or did it seem like there was a bit of sexual tension/ flirting going on between Damon and Mason? Jus sayin'. Plus - I totally agree with the whole mundane inevitability of the return of boring Stefan now. I suppose he has to return though to keep the fangirls happy. -sigh-.
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Jeremy and Anna are my favourite TVD couple EVER. They are JUST beating Tyler and Caroline :)



I will ALWAYS root for Jeremy and Anna...I seriously don't care if Jeremy cheats as long as the girl he's cheating with is Anna :D



Elena is getting on my nerves...I kinda want her to get knocked out and lose all her memory of the Hybrid thingy....THEN see what she does...OR maybe lose all her memory of her Junior year :)



This Stefan is awesome. He is on the line of caring and jerky...I seriously LOVE him. XD



Your reviews make the episode better :) Keep going :D
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I really like your recaps, keep them coming :)

1. I think so, and it saddens me. i like jerk stefan better.

2. Shirtless hugging, i agree with you.

3. Can't believe noone said Jasmine Guy, I was so happy to see her. Lexi too. And I'm most disappointed by Rose's absence.

4. Every celebration in this town ends with someone dying, so i guess people just don't care anymore. An hour maybe?

5. Regardless of his T-shirt selection, i like Jeremy with Anna and I'm not mad at him :)
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Your recaps are the best, Price. Never change. <3 ya.
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I cracked at "is this Mcdonalds, cuz I'm lovin' it" and lost my shit at "Sorry aunt Jenna, ain't nobody thinking about you".



I really like your reviews because like some of us, we like to enjoy shows while adding some humour to the ridiculous bits. I am also glad someone else noticed the huge hypocrisy on Elena's part, seriously, "he's just starting to live his life!" says his 2 years older than him but still a teenager in love with a dead guy sister.



As for the next episode I'm dying to see a Elena Damon moment, I love those! And I really hope we can get to keep jerk Stefan for a while longer, he's much more fun that way. I also just want for Klaus to go away, as much as I like his accent I can't feel any sympathy for him.
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Hilarious that Aunt Jenna wasn't there, no one cared in life or death, not even Alaric. Come on, is he over her now? Aw, and no reporter lady either.
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I'm totally with you on the Bonnie front. She's talked up like some awesome witch but then she never really does much. She's pretty vanilla. Anna > Bonnie



I saw dead people! And it was awesome! Lexi is always awesome, and the tomb vamps were a great twist! And how nice was it that Anna got to find her mom? Yay! She deserves it!
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I totally loved Damon's half-apologies. It was so Damon.
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I totally agree with you about Anna and Jeremy.. He and Bonnie simply have no chemistry at all. I hope Stefan isn't on the verge of anything but going back to Rebekah and Klaus, they make an awesome trio in my opinion! I don't like Tyler with Rebekah, enough said.



I was happiest to see Anna and most disappointed by not seeing John. Mr. Fell must have been there about 5 or 10 minutes, no? And I totally forgive Jeremy, regardless his - by the way - excellent repertoire of t-shirts.
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Yeah, I was thinking John and Isobel would have been cool to see.
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Totally! As much as everyone loved to hate John, I think he totally redeemed himself in the season 2 finale. It was a 1-2 combo with the dying and then the heart-filled letter!
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question: what was Katherine and Michael upto?? SUPER curious about that!
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I hear that! That's most likely going to be in the hot seat for this week's episode.
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I hope Katherine recovered quickly and he took her out for a wine cooler to make up for it.
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1. I do think Stefan is on the verge of cracking. As much as I love jerk-Stefan, and as much as I faaaawn over the idea of Damon and Elena, I really do think he's on the verge of cracking. Plus, we've got like, 17 more episodes to go, so you know there's something else lurking on the horizon for Mr. Salvatore.

2. UGH. Rebekah bovers me. Blimey. Oi hate her, oi do. I do like the idea of exploring a darker side of Tyler, but he really needs to simmer dawn-nah. Plus, he's pissing off our darling Caroline, and that's a no-no in my book.

3. I was very happy to see Lexi. She's so kick ass. Why don't we trade Lexi for Bonnie? Kill Bonnie, bring back Lexi. I like it. I also loved Anna, I wish she and Jeremy could have made it work. I was mad she died in the first season. Those two are adorable. I was disappointed I didn't see Aunt Jenna. I mean, she FINALLY got interesting after being turned, then BOOM she dead. Wah.

4. LOL Mr. Fell RIP 2011-2011.

5. I will absolutely forgive Jeremy. He never stopped loving Anna. Bonnie needs to go!
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LOL @ #2. Yeah and I'm still all mad that Anna died in the first place. She's a great example of a character I didn't like at first (all that kidnapping!) but then came to like a lot once I learned what exactly she was up to (saving her mom!).
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I must say i was pretty shocked when u were surprised to find out bonnie had fans. u didnt know this cos her fans dont read ur recaps knowing its always going to be a weekly anti-bonnie rant. every character on tvd has a fanbase including matt, and even vicky and jenna. i remember bonnie was supposed to die in the last dance and go missing for 4 episodes and return to fight klaus in the finale, but the writers were afraid to go there cos her fanbase would quit watching and that meant a dip in the ratings because bonnie has some die hard fans.

secondly, i read one of ur recaps and u called bonnie a mammy and then compared her to the secret circle's melissa, because apparently u said that they were witches of colour with low self esteem. i dont know but thats bordering on racist jokes, right there. i used to enjoy ur recaps till it turned into the weekly dose of anti-bonnie rants. since thats all u talk about. oh, and if u feel u cant hande the pressure of people disagreeing with u then pls write in ur diary or let one of ur editors proofread b4 u post it. thank u





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This was ridiculous, but thanks!
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Quite pissed that they didn't have any Damon and Elena moments though... I mean, after all that intensity from last week, we're left with nothing this week?? That was just lame... And then the last episode before the holiday thingy is a big one on Stephan... And I'm like seriously??



It was great getting to seeing all those ghosts though !!! Maybe Damon seeing Rose would have been interesting.. And since the necklace is not destroyed does that mean that the ghosts could still come....??



You did a great job with this of course... You're awesome!!! Looking forward to next week's.
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Agree 100%
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Thanks! And yeah I too won't be satisfied with the ghosts until Rose comes back at least once.
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Well, I must start by saying I loved this as usual, you did a great job!



Now...this episode was not my favorite and I'd tell you why. I liked all the characters that came back as ghosts, but I find it quiet 'silly' to bring back half the guest-stars cast in one episode. It was rushed and with no real result in the end. Stefan's still 'gone', that ugly ass necklace's still there and so on. This episode didn't seem to have a connection with the last one and the characters just keep taking on step forward and two steps back. I liked Elena lasi episode, she was strong and - dare I say - fun, but in this one she accted like a clueless person.

They could've had a great story with Pearl and her information on the vampire, vampire hunted, istead they had Alaric find ugly painting on walls...



I pretty much think show Bonnie (I like book Bonnie) is just boring, usless and her low self-estime makes her look kind of phatetic, but she DID brought Jeremy back from the dead and lost her 'borowed' powers because of it, so didn't deeserve to be cheated on with a ghost. I liked Jeremy and Anna together when she was 'alive', but I never got the feeling she's the love of his(Jeremy) life, so it seemed sudden and weired when he said 'it's always been Anna'.



It will be nice to see Bonnie go a little crazy and be like: 'I'm sick of beeing good and boring' and go all bad-girl for a while. Using magic for random and dumb reasons maybe making a mess or two, but laugh about it...maybe I'd like her then...maybe.



Your questions:



1) Stefan's always on the verge of cracking, cos' the writers want him bad, but not too bad...it's quiet annoying if you ask me;

2) Killing the people that didn't go to the party I guess;

3) Pearl...I really liked her. I liked Lexi a lot as well, but all she did was stake Stefan and I was expecting an actuall conversation from her or something more...;

4) Don't know, but I wouldn't wanna die in that town, I would be a skelleton before they find me;

5) Well, altough I don't like what he did I kind of understand it so nothing to forgive really; don't really care bout that, the guy gets hotter every episode.



Thank you again for this, don't ever stop!
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Nobody deserves to be cheated on. And YES it would be awesome if she started cutting loose more!
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WOW. I left some comments a few days ago and checked back today and WOW. It feels weird to explain that characters on television are FICTIONAL but yet I feel compelled to do it none the less.



I assume Price gets a paycheck to write recaps to keep us all entertained and reading but I can't believe that some people take the time to write essays in Bonnie's defense! For free! It boggles the mind.



It's probably nice (on some level... a level that I am not on apparently) that people are so invested in the show that they feel the need to get personal and crazy defensive of things that DO NOT EXIST (seriously, for real, they are not real people! What the heck is going on here?!) but criticizing the writer says more about YOU than the writer.
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"I left some comments a few days ago "



Why? Do you happen to be invested in a guy who writes about FICTIONAL characters? As long as everyone leaves comments that meet your approval, they are fine. As soon as they don't meet your approval, they are ~crazy. lol. Why do you care about people who care about fictional characters, huh?



I was annoyed. I expressed my annoyance. I have ~feelings. lol.



Criticizing the writer says that I am annoyed with his writing. That is what happens to writers. Sorry :P



I enjoy all this faux outrage though. How dare I express an opinion? Off with my head!
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Hey AdriftatSea. I'm glad you read my work and take the time to comment. But please make an effort to contribute something other than humorless, contrarian negativity. My job is to make jokes about TVD, but it's nobody's job to troll comment boards full of otherwise fun, open-minded fans.
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Oh Lord. I would never choose writing about television as my life's work. What a waste. I write or, as you say, "troll" about tv as a hobby.



I am having fun
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I don't know why I feel defensive about a writer whom I don't know and will prob never meet. Excellent point. I'll chalk it up to me being crazy as well.



Maybe I should have been more specific in my comment but it was directed towards the people who have something catty to say about the writer and not about the subject matter. I believe critizing the writing says that someone is annoyed by what is written but criticizing the writer says something entirely different. By all means people should feel free to express their opinion and maybe part of my indignation is just a visceral reaction to the unnecessarily harsh language.



I obviously enjoy the show or I wouldn't watch it. My biggest problem, and probably alot of peoples' problem, with Bonnie, is that she has all this potential to be an awesome character but I haven't really seen it develop at all yet. I hope she becomes a total BA witch and starts kicking some serious butt. That's what I want in my witches, gosh darn it! Personally, I think Bonnie fans should be glad that people think she can be so much better.



But regardless, I read these recaps and laugh because they are meant to be harmless and funny and I was actually surprised to see people take it so seriously. That wasn't "faux outrage" it was real outrage... like mink outrage! Although it was more surprise or maybe amazement than "outrage". So I would probably say it was not "faux outrage" but "mink amazement!" FAUX outrage. As if. Jeesh. Really!

HOW.

DARE.

YOU.

Haha. Just Kidding. That was my "faux outrage" impression! (nailed it)
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Yes, this has been a truly eye-opening experience. And unfortunately for Bonnie fans, not in a good way.
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If you are wondering why everyone is suddenly unhappy about your Bonnie commentary, I will give you a clue - Jasmine Guy. You want another clue? Grams and Bonnie scenes. You want a third clue? Scenes of a teenager losing her grandmother.



This does say something about Bonnie fans but I don't think it is what you are thinking. The Bonnie/Grams relationship is why most of us got invested in this character. It is the only reason I am interested in her again now.
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And how will Stephan turn his humanity back on? I thought the whole point of being compelled is that you can't disobey an order unless the vamp who compelled you is either dead or has told you otherwise.
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I was really rooting for Anna and Jeremy. And it's not like Jeremy was really cheating on Bonnie, because Anna is a ghost and things get a little more complicated than your usual "cheating is bad" motto.



Elena - to whom I think you're very tough - acted like an insensitive jerk toward Jeremy. And I'm glad I wasn't the only one who noticed she was being a complete hypocrite.



It's funny how in this show you cheating on your significant other is a worse crime than say murdering a bunch of people.
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I LOL'd at that last line.
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I saw this coming! Bonnie and Jeremy splitting up - I mean. I'm telling you again, Bonnie and Matt will be getting it on within the next two/three episodes. With a lack of tangible characters I can't see who Jeremy will move on with? Maybe Caroline? It would be a bit sick if it was Katherine!

Anyway, in answer to your questions...

...I hope not, but he probably is, yeah.

...Gettin' it on!

...Anna, with Lexi being a close second. Rose, she was great.

...He'd probably been there a while, people either not having a sense of smell (or sight) or thinking let's just leave him there and see what happens! Either way, the number of murderes in this town should have the Feds running all over it by now!

...Nothing to forgive. Don't care about his clothing. Caroline on the other hand...

Great re-cap as always. I'm finding myself agreeing with you a lot more often these days, which I'm not entirely sure that that's a good thing!
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I don't mean to upset you, but I agree with everything you've just said.
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likee!
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LOL@"convert Stefan back to Boring Stefan"

I agree, I prefer Stefan as he is now.

I do ship Jeremy and Anna, she was one of my favorite characters along with Pearl.

Lexi was another favorite and was sad when she got killed. The only time I hated Damon was that moment.

All in all, I wasn't excited about this episode. I felt the story lines rushed. Elena was annoying as usual.. and would love to see a stronger evil Bonnie. She's even more boring than Stefan ever was.
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Not to mention the Jeremy thing, I am sorry but as a woman, I have to say anyone that can ask how Bonnie is just thinking about herself and not about Jeremys feelings or whatever all these comments our against that, is either a guy, or has never been in a relationship. As what woman in their right mind woudnt act like Bonnie.
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I love your reviews they our rather funny, specially after a sucky episode, you can come read a review that makes the bordem or utter nonsence funny. Though I have to say I am a fan of Bonnie so kinda was a bit offened with the comment you made about fans they exsist, I dont mind comments against characters but I dont like comments against fans. Not to mention they have more of a ranty negative factor to them lately and not as much funny. My last really great one was teen spirit and Elena and Stefan bit at the end. I just think even though I get it you play of the characters to get the comedy but it shouldnt be the same character all the time, as then it becomes a theme and not fun, but rather predictable and not fun for people whom love the reviews but like the character that is the main theme for not just funny comdey but plain out being mean, as the Bonnie parts arnt even funny (well their is a few but mostely they arnt).
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As much as this comment is anti-me, I do want to say that you're one of the few people who at least recognizes that Bonnie isn't perfect and that my Bonnie jokes aren't ALWAYS unfunny. It means a lot that you've at least thought it over, so I definitely appreciate it.
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Well, as the show progresses, I'm sure this reviewer's opinions will too. Bonnie is NOT the only character he picks on. Are you joking? He's made multiple jokes about how he wishes for the death of Elena as well as how dumb he thinks she is. If that's his honest opinion, he's entitled to it. If he is just trying to make light of Elena's shortcomings, then I welcome the JOKES. That's what they are, JOKES. I remember seeing a lot of people who dislike Elena laughing about his jokes about her but I DONT recall any Elena fans whining in his comments, asking him to stop and taking it personally. I could be wrong, I don't read every single comment on this site. In any case, ANYONE who is whining about what a writer chooses to write about NEEDS TO GET A GRIP AND GET OVER IT. He has every right to write whatever he wants and you have ever right not to read it. Come on.
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That's what's freaking me out, is I barely ever write about Bonnie but it's all her fans notice? I'm just glad Elena fans have done a better job of putting up with me, or my house would've been burnt down by now.
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YES, Stefan cracking will be a great episode. I am looking forward to this! Tyler and Rebekah were picking out curtains and matching cell phones . . . . Rebekah needs help with her shopping! I was SOOO happy to see Lexi! I wish she would come back forever some way. I wished we could have seen Aunt Jenna, I know YOU don't wish that, but I would like to see her & Alaric reunited, he has been so down since she died and since Damon killed him! Mr. Fell was there for hours and hours and no one really noticed or cared, lol, they were too busy "celebrating" (read: drinking) the illumination ceremony/day, lol. It DOES depend on his T-shirt selection, of course! :-) come on, wife beater!
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Haha I'd totally like to see Jenna again! And I definitely agree with that final line.
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Bonnie is amazing you are completely wrong about her. Her actions are completely justified when you look at the positions she is put it in. Her boyfriend cheats on her with a ghost (an awesome ghost but that is besides the point) and you still rag on her. The only thing I agree with is that I wish she would stop pushing leaves around and making sparks fly, she deserves better than that.
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Haha good points. I like to think of these recaps as more of a roast, where I'm saying pretty mean stuff about almost everyone but it's all coming from a place of affection, I promise! I know Bonnie gets it more than most (not as much as Elena) but I'm really glad you don't seem to take it personally and I hope you'll keep reading.
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I can't tell you how much I agree with what you said about elena. And I totally was thinking how hypocritical elena was being with that whole "You can't love someone who's gone" rant too!



Whether you like the show or hate the show, whether you like stelena, delena, jeremy/bonnie, caroline/tyler or whatever, we can all agree on one thing... Elena is really just the worst.



(Don't you think its ironic that the most annoying character is the one the entire show is based around?)
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LOL YES. Although, to be fair, my opinion changes almost every episode? For example, I really liked the Buffy stuff from the previous episode. So credit where credit's due, Elena (and Bonnie and Stefan and Sherriff Forbes, etc.) all have great moments sometimes.
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Price you're so funny and I honestly feel like we could be best friends. also, bonnie's cross bite is half the reason why i hate her.
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Yay thanks! As for the second part, you should see the comment(s) below this one to find out why I shouldn't comment on that.
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I forgot to say, if you ever do really want to talk to me about Bonnie or anything else, I will be more than happy to discuss with you! :) Send me a message. You will find, I am not so bad once you get to know me and perhaps, if you are willing to understand her character more, I can be the person to help you. But again, it's all up to you :)
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I never told you to shut up. I would never tell you to shut up on your own recap. I told you to grow up because I find your antics and insults toward a particular character to be over-the-top in cruelty and harsh. Again, I made a point in my post to say that you antagonizing her character is childish, not that you yourself are a child. Meaning, I was making a comment about your work and I did not go beyond that to insult you on a personal level, but you seem to have taken it that way regardless. As a writer, you should be prepared for negative criticism about your work though. Also, I don't think you should be the policeman for what's "just not necessary"... because half the insults you throw at Bonnie, half the insults you throw at the FANS of Bonnie and you calling me crazy were also... "not necessary" but that didn't seem to stop you from writing them ;) The difference between you writing about a show you love and me writing about a show I love is that I don't do this for a living. I'm just a spectator. A person who loves the show, who loves ALL the characters and when I'm unhappy with something, I recommend ways in which the writers could improve upon certain things and characters. You... you're different. You do this for a living. You're not just a regular spectator. You're a person of influence in the fandom so you throwing darts at a character or a set of individuals who like that character will undoubtedly cause others to do the same. You love the show just like I do, except for one little thing- Bonnie. And instead of contemplating ways in which the writers have failed her and making this known to the fandom, you just choose to go straight to- "What is Bonnie's PROBLEM?" and calling her the villain of the show, neglecting her reasoning for being upset at a boyfriend who cheated on her or wanting to stop a town full of ghosts from killing innocent human beings. It's a simple case of crossing a line... when humor turns into straight bashing. You used to make me laugh back in the day when you afforded Bonnie the same insults as the rest of the characters, like making fun of her constant nosebleeds and lack of actual badass powers. But somewhere down the line, it turned into just straight hatred for her character and you made it one step worse by insulting her entire fanbase. It's not just the Bonnie "super" fans that have noticed your brutality with her character or her fans. There are comments RIGHT ON THIS RECAP coming from people who don't seem to be Bonnie fans, telling you that you should chill on the Bonnie hate. If that doesn't tell you that something's wrong on your part, I don't know what will. There are other ways in which you could acknowledge your dislike for her character and the writers handling of her character without upsetting her fans you know. For example, why not poke fun at the fact that Bonnie is the Token Black Character in the show? Why not poke fun at the fact that she goes home to an invisible house every night or that she has an infamous father that we hear about, but we've never actually seen? Why not poke fun of how little she actually knows about magic or about her random and inconsistent reactions on the show? I can guarantee you, you would not be getting so much hate from Bonnie fans had you chosen to go down those avenues in humor. It's much more appealing than calling Bonnie the villain of the show or disregarding her feelings or questioning whether or not her character even has fans at all. Now, onto the best part about what you said. You see, the thing is... I would LOVE to change your mind about Bonnie without making it about you or your shortcomings, but I'm not so naive to think this is actually possible. You just don't like her character and no amount of "convincing" you of her actually serving a purpose is going to change that. People have tried. And you are unyielding. I'd rather not waste my time writing super long pro-Bonnie rants and leaving them here when I know that the end result will be you not caring about anything I had to say or you not even being willing to try and understand my perspective. How can you change someone's mind when that person is not willing to have their mind changed in the first place? I can't force you to like Bonnie. I mean, heck, look at the proof. I wrote you two super long posts already and you didn't even acknowledge anything I said in them, but instead chose to call me crazy and teach me about the courtesy of writers- "brevity is a virtue." That doesn't sound like someone willing to be open-minded to me. So alas, I must leave you again Price. But I feel, before I go, I must once again apologize... this time for my lack of virtue, since it seems to be such a problem to you. I do think this will be the last time I respond to you... unless of course... you do have something constructive to say about anything I said. If not, all the best! :) Toodles!
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everyone knows that sooner or later stefan well be back and lets just see how they handle this and finish the season
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Totally.
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All for the Anna and Jeremy romance. Bonnie just does not have that something at all. The guy hung up in the tree was from one of the founding families. The FELLS in the vampire diaries books the witch that helps kill klaus was Honairia Fell. Maybe she is the witch that will help them from the other side if the necklace still has a link to the other side. Not sure what the cave drawings are all about. Whats happening to Katherine Michael was totally feedng on her, bit disappointed that she wasnt in this episode.
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Seriously, I'm also dying to know about Katherine.
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First of all, I'm going to start off by saying that your VD blogs are so entertaining and funny Price. As soon as my friend and I finish watching each episode we flick to your blog to compare your thoughts with ours. We can spend hours analysing and debating the episode with your help. Season 3 is more amazing than I thought it would be and I'm stoked that I have found your photo recaps.

1. I hope not yet because this douche Stefan is way more entertaining than boring Stefan. I agree with a comment below that said that all Elena care s about and lives for is Stefan. So I hope soon than she snaps out of it and that this distance from Stefan will help her realise that she needs other things too.

2. Doing "laundry".

3. Lexi was my fav ghost, but was suprised there was no Jenna. Poor Alaric, he should have got some lovin' too. I thought she might have featured so that her and A-dog got a proper goodbye, seeing as they never got one.

4. Too long. Mystic Falls is whack.

5.Who knows, maybe. I used to love Jeremy but now I have kind of lost respect for him. Bonnie is kind of dull but she didn't deserve that. But I have to keep in mind that Jeremy did go through a lot. I mean, if you had lost your love and you were lucky enough to have a second chance with them again, what would you do?
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Thanks! I LOL'd at #2
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Love the recap! Don't sugar coat your opinion Price for the Bonnie fans (or any fans for that matter). It is a blog after all. Anyways, I can't help but root for Anna. It was so heartbreaking to see her die in season one and again to be ripped apart from Jeremy.



I'm not a Bonnie fan. I don't mind her when she is on her own but Jeremy/Bonnie never had the spark that Jeremy/anna had. I understand it was wrong for Jeremy to cheat on Bonnie but it was just bad circumstances all around. Jeremy must be so messed up and confused, having so many people die on him in a span of a year and now someone who he loved is actually back? Those events would be hard for any teen to make sense of, let alone act accordingly.



You bring a good point, how all the "living" seems to be treating the ghosts as dirt or at least pawns for their own agenda. *staring at you Elaina,* she is such a hypocrite. She laying it thick to Anna how Jeremy has to let go of a ghost, yet Stefan is more of a shell of his former self than Anna is a ghost. Elaina also using Lexi for her own personal gain too.
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Ghost racism is a serious issue in Mystic Falls! These kids need to get educated.
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What a great episode you guys!



I'm totally with you on the whole Anna thing Price. Reading other posts about this episode made me realize there are actually quite a few Bonnie fans out there, what I don't get is why?! She's so annoying! Anyway, the Anna/Pearl moment was so unbelievably touching, best thing about this season so far, at least. I still don't understand why everyone was so harsh on the poor girl, and Jeremy for that matter. It's annoying that Bonnie has a knack for making everything about her.
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Yeah, Bonnie's life is pretty tough and she wants everyone to know it.
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You missed out my favourite bit of the episode- when Alaric, Jeremy and Elena are sitting at the grill, and Jeremy looks at the bill, then passes it over to Alaric to pay. Is he supporting them now? Also loved that we only saw Matt for about 30 seconds.



But my big question, when do we get to find out what is happening to Katherine?
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I totally missed that! That's hilarious.
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Fun fact: Luka will be back on the show, and Anna too :P

So maybeee we'll see more ghosts? Or maybe they're gonna bring Lexi back to lifeee???



I WANT IT SO BAD haha
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Um wow?
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In the books ghosts defeated Klaus, so maybe we'll see all of the dead characters...
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Fun fact ~SPOILER~ !!!! In the books, the ghosts of civil war soldiers help Elena, Damon, and Stefan etc., defeat Klaus. Whether or not they go a similar route in the show ( using the ghosts of the deceased in Mystic Falls) who knows. I would be surprised if they don't, honestly, since it is pretty coincidental that these ghosts and Klaus are appearing in the same season. If these ghosts (Anna, Lexi, etc) can become corporeal again, I am sure they would be immune from compulsion, which seems to be how Klaus is so invincible. Some people think this whole storyline would be cheesy but after the whole moonstone debacle, that ship has sailed, lol.
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i know I read the book :P But Klaus was just in one book and he was immediately defeated haha. xD



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I really enjoy reading your recaps, i only found them out a couple of weeks ago and they reflect pretty well what i think about this show. I've watched the Vampire Diaries since season 1 and i love sci fi, but sometimes i find it cheesy (maybe because i'm French! lol). I agree with the fact that some characters are missing depth and growth, as well as the storyline which, in my opinion, is a little bit too much relationship-oriented. But it is a pleasant show to watch every week and your recap is fun to read. I don't understand though why people identify themselves with fiction characters to the point that they feel hurt when these are critiqued... i mean... wtf?! Get over it and get a life people, this is fiction only, we can agree/disagree on the quality of a show but how come people feel hurt by reading bad reviews on their favourite character? If you have issues in real life, deal with them, ask your real family/friends/colleagues for help and stop blaming tv show reviewers for the pain you feel. This is just television, fictional stories and people. Its purpose is to make you laugh, cry, think, dream, etc... not to cause you pain and suffering in real life. Thanks for reading and keep up the good work Price :)
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Je t'adore.
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I'm officially popping the question to this review. <3 u so much. :-D
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You know, I'm a huge Delena fan. I love their dyanimc since Season 1 and I've always rooted for them. I think that they both take out the best in each other and the build-up that they're giving to them is pretty amazing.

Though, one thing that bugs me to no end, is how they're writing Elena's character. They're making her obsessed over Stefan and it's really annoying. It's like she has no other goals in her life other than Stefan Stefan Stefan..her whole life pratically revolves around him and it's getting always more annoying. I mean she's 18 years old and they've been together for not even a year..just move on already, girl (and I'm not saying move on w/ Damon, lol I'd like that but I'm saying move on in general). Like give this girl a hobby, a purpose in her life. For dear life a boyfriend is NOT everything you can think about..I think that it makes her incredibly annoying and weak. All this "hope" that she's remarking every episode is pretty ridiculous. Plus, she said that she doesn't want to be a vampire. Never did, never will..so why is she so stubborn with getting Stefan back? It's not like their relationship would work anyway. She would still have to leave him eventually, so move on now that you have the occasion. And I don't understand why they always give them such cheesy scenes haha..all they seem to do is having these lovely-dovey teenager moments with all the I love you's and kisses and blahblah.

Gee, and the producers of this show even have the balls to call these two 'epic'..? Oh man haha. Idek..though I love your recaps. They're funny and you speak the truth most of the times. I just wish they would give Elena some character development because it's getting hard for me to ship Delena with THIS Elena and like her character right now. And just...smile a little, Elena. You're incredibly depressing to have around.
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So right. Elena is the WORST. She is in no way shape or form "epic", even with stefan around. She is the completely opposite of epic in every way.
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YES. Thank you. This was a bad episode for Elena for sure. The cool thing about this show is that people change from episode to episode (I liked Elena's Buffy shenanigans the week before), so who knows what the future holds?
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I kinda miss Elena's line last line to Stefan in this review... Yes, she totally was being a hypocrit when she told Jeremy he shouldn't "date" Anna... but I think then she realized that she was doing the same thing and said "I won't love a ghost for the rest of my life." to Stefan... that's the first time she said that she will not wait for Stefan to "get better", which in my opinion is huge for Elena...



My answers:

1. I still think he's just pretending to be compelled to "turn it off"... As Rose said "There's no switch you can turn. Sure when you're a newbie but after a couple of hundred years you just have to pretend." I think that's what Stefan is doing... When even Elena thinks that Stefans evil, Klaus will too...

2. Tyler was probably talking to Jules...

3. I loved seeing Lexi again...

4. That's what I thought... He must have been hanging there for a while...

5. I think the Jeremy Bonnie plotline was good for Season 2... It made Jeremy seem more mature... Emo kid "dates" drug-abuser Vicky -> Emo-kid dates Vampire = both not mature decisions... Teenager that starts dating someone stable, someone he has known for years -> that's more mature... now he can be alone for a while and he'll meet Meredith Sulez sometime in Season 3 and she'll become a main cast member in Season 4... Julie Plec acutally said she'll probably be a guest star in Seaosn 3, which I discovered while looking for Meredith's last name... I love Meredith, so this is gonna be fun...
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I'm not a book reader, but Meredith's a pretty popular character right? What's she like?
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Love your work! "Viking twitter" and "Ikea-instructions" - still laughing.

1. Not yet,please. Ripper Stefan is more fun. Same time I miss the old/bad Damon, the 100-sarcastic-remarks-per-episode Damon, currently he is down to like 10 per ep at best. Apparently we can't have both.. so it seems I'm stuck between 2 brothers....can anyone relate:-)

2. Strip poker, I'm 100% sure. What else do you play with a hybrid?

3. Pearl. Just a thought if Mikael really had sucked the life out of Katherine, wouldn't she have appeared as an angry ghost?

4. Too long - the neighborhood watch just isn't what it used to be....

5. No. Bonnie isn't my cup of tea but I think she deserves better. What sort of message would it otherwise send to the teens? It's ok to cheat on your girlfriend by kissing others and lie about it as long as you repent afterwards? Bonnie also doesn't deserve all the bashing she is getting. Watching her I feel that the writers didn't complete the work on her character, something seems to be missing regarding her personality and quirks. Hopefully the current Jeremy situation will lead to some more Bonnie growth. Or maybe it's just me, perhaps after seeing Grams/Jasmine Guy the witch character bar was raised too high in my mind? This makes me wonder if we ever get to see the Original Witch and her relationship with Klaus?

Looking forward to your recap next week.
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Ha you're right, Damon's sarcasm average has really taken a hit lately!
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I really hope stefan s abt to crack up, cuz I'm rely bored now... I mean either Elena buck up n make it with damon, or she get stefan back...

Ahhh... I missed both Tyler n Rebecca, but ya, what WERE they upto??

I'd rather Mayor Lockwood had come bak, he needed some explaining to do to hus son n wife, n I really wish Anna had never shown up! But my fave of the ones who DID show up, is LEXI!!

A good 5 minutes at least I'd say :P:P!

Nah I'm never forgiving Jeremy! I am a Bonnie fan yes :) but that doesnt mean I hate u for not liking her, on the contrary I am in total agreement of the major faults in her character you've pointed out. I just think that it sucks that Bonnie's paying so hard for bringing Jeremy back to life!!! I mean she loved him, shr brought him bak n she lost all that power... N in return Jeremy, the guy she LOVES, goes n reunites with his former girlfriend... It's just really unfair to her.

And she has a point: if Matt cud banish his own sister, Jeremy can most definitely banish Anna.
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It's funny you say that, I was CONVINCED Tyler's dad would show up in the town square (and tell his wife she should resign?). I was a little surprised when he didn't!
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I honestly wouldn't take that crazy Bonnie fan too seriously, Price, because I do recall this person tweeting Julie Plec after the Founders Day episode (that or the Brave New World episode) saying she was CRYING because she searched the Bonnie tag on twitter and she saw a lot of people hating Bonnie. She really cares about what people think about a fictional character, for some reason. I'm an Elena fan and I don't cry over your reviews when you make fun of her. If I'm not mistaken, that's why people specifically read your reviews because you make fun of ALL THE CHARACTERS. The difference is, everyone else gets over it except for Bonnie fans, which is nothing new. You have a distinct opinion and you shouldn't have to alter it and sugarcoat it for Bonnie fans. You probably already realize this but I felt like pointing it out anyways.
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exactly..Price obviously wouldn't write a review about a show he hates..but his making fun of the show and the characters is the best part about the reviews/recaps. if you can't handle making fun of such a ridiculous (but awesome) show...you shouldn't read these recaps.
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<3
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Loved the recap as usual! Elena's actions rarely make sense but she was particularly pointless this time... Among the ghosts, I missed Tyler's dad - he was such a a**hole.... and where is Klaus now? on some kind of original pilgrimage? Not a ghost but I miss Elijah and his funny hair...
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We all miss Elijah! And as bad as Klaus is, I kinda missed him too. He's pretty fun.
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I think that Stefan still has a chance to break out of the compulsion, since he kindda broke out of Klaus' compulsion to kill Elena. I think that Rebekah and Tyler were just chilling and eating humans together :P the ghost that i was happiest to see was Lexi. She was ALWAYS one of my favourite character, even if she has only been in 2 episodes, i agree with u, and think that she is kind of the ray of light for everyone :) <3 love her! I think that he was there for quiet a while before anyone noticed him. I don't think that ill be able to forgive Jeremy, but if he makes it up with Bonnie, then theres still a chance for him. Its just that Bonnies kind of one of my favourite characters on the show, even if she is kindda dull and useless sometimes.
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Haha, can I just thank you for being so cool about my Bonnie jokes? (And YES about Lexi. Really hope she'll be back sometime again)
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Oh thank you Price. I could give you virtual hugs for pointing out that Elena was ridiculously rude in general with Anna (and I say this as a person who didn't like Anna) and was very judgmental and hypocritical with Jeremy.It was driving me insane the entire time. She hardly pays the poor kid any attention but she comes to criticize him for something, she of all people knowing how she is with Stefan was the last person to be juding the kid. Ugh. I hate what Jeremy did, but I can cut the kid some slack here. Besides cue "Friends" "We were on a BREAK!" But I can give you virtual hugs for this entire recap because it was funny and some parts were spot on, even I couldn't disagree with some points, even though I kind of wanted too!



I actually didn't care for the episode all that much. too much random shizz popping up, it was one of those weird transition episodes. I LOVED seeing Jasmine Guy Again! Loved seeing Lexie too! That girl is made of awesome and win.



And we all know Tyler and Rebekah were off doing fun stuff. Caroline was pissed at Jeremy for cheating but I'd love to see how she deals with her hot hybrid bf. Just sayin' : )
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Ohh Price also agree about Bonnie needing more. I noticed a former "verbal sparring" buddy of mine just posted an epic long post about how personal she takes it when anyone says anything negative about her favorite character, but I actually agree with your assessemnt. For starters, not liking a character doesn't mean that you flat out hate the character. I have issues with Bonnie but only because she's used as a plot device instead of an actual character. She lacks the development of a character as most people. She's used to wrap up a storyline or undo something and on top of that she doesn't grow. She is poorly written. We're supposed to believe that witches are the balancers of the supernatural world, that as a witch she is supposed to possess all of this power over them all. Bonnie doesn't sell it! At first I thought maybe it was because they didn't know how to pull off the witch angle but then Grams,Gloria even the warlocks were infinitely more badass. I didn't like the warlocks but I respected them, I believed their abilities. I don't believe Bonnie. The extent of her powers usually consist of her nose bleeding on a floor and making leaves and flyers blow. She is better this season then she was last season but they HAVE to give her character a proper footing in this show, they managed to make the other secondary characters awesome...they need to do it for her. She keeps coming off as one dimensional...for example Caroline can still hate Damon and be cool about it, because there is growth icharacter but not the case with Bonnie. She hasn't really progressed from season one and everyone else is sailing ahead of her and leaving her in the dust. Katerina Graham does well with what she is given but the character of Bonnie isn't properly written out. That's why so many fans have a problem with her, and I hate the fact that Bonnie fans make it seem as though a person is hating or bashing her character because they are merely pointing out the flaws in the character.
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<3. Well said and thank you.
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I am not crazy Price and I was not trying to hurt you. But this is what you do for a career and you are posting these recaps on a public site for all to see, so you should be readily expecting to have naysayers and haters hounding you. It comes with the territory. So if I have hurt you by critiquing your work, I will not apologize. If, however, I have hurt you by making you feel lesser about yourself on a personal level, then I am truly sorry. I'm just a long-time fan trying tell you why I feel as though the integrity of your writing and these recaps have been compromised. Me, on the other hand, I am not a TVD recapper. I don't talk about this show for a living or post about it on these type of sites so I don't expect to get bashed and hated on for liking a character on a TV show. But every time I come here to read one of your reviews, that's exactly what I do get. Anyways, I find it highly amusing that you chose to not respond to anything I said in my comment, but took to writing it off as me being crazy. Good one! Is that what you do to everyone who has a different opinion than you or was I the only person awarded that honor? I never once insulted you or told you that you were crazy or stupid or that your reviews were terrible. I came here as a fan expressing my disapproval towards your antagonism of a character that I relate to very much, and what do I get? I get insulted. You realize I'm an actual person with actual feelings right? You can't treat me like you treat one of these characters. I have the utmost respect for you. Just because I no longer find myself enjoying your work doesn't mean I would ever take to name calling! I never insulted you, I critiqued your writing. But you did not do the same for me. Instead of responding to what I said and telling me how much you don't like what I wrote, you made it personal and said I'm crazy. And you wonder why I feel hurt by the things you say? Really? I was just telling you know how I felt about your reviews and the way you come at Bonnie. But it's more than that. This is more than just making fun of Bonnie. If I couldn't handle someone making fun of Bonnie, I wouldn't have tolerated reading your recaps for as long as I have. But there is humor and then there is what you do... which is unnecessary character bashing for no other reason than... you just don't like her. And you do realize that when you bash a character, you're not just insulting that character, but every person who is a fan of that character, every person who relates to that character or believes in the same principles and ideals as she/he does. This is about you crossing a line by insulting an entire fanbase. "Bonnie fans (yes, they exist)." Yes, Price, I EXIST. I am a Bonnie fan and I hate how you disregard her character and disrespect her fans. And just the fact alone that you called me crazy further proves my point about how you take things way too far and get unnecessarily harsh when it comes to anything having to do with Bonnie. I enjoy humor. I make fun of these characters all the time. I make fun of the fandom all the time. But the difference is that I don't single out one particular character or fandom to make fun of. Why should I be attacked for liking Bonnie? You talk about my hostility, honey, re-read your recaps. I'm pretty sure you will understand why you get such aggressive responses from Bonnie fans if you do. This isn't a throw the first bone approach. Just because the Bonnie fans get testy with you doesn't mean you have to generalize us all and insult the entire fandom. All it's going to do is make you get more snippy Bonnie fans coming at you. If they get upset at you, don't you ever try to take a step back, look at your reviews and think... "Okay, maybe, I am missing something here. Did I do or say something to warrant this kind of response?" Because, believe me, the moment that I, ME, this girl right here talking to you, posts a comment like that on any sort of review or writing for this show, it will only ever be because you have seriously offended me and I felt the need to say something. I've been reading your reviews for a whole year now, leaving ONE other comment ever in my life. You would not be getting responses like this if you did not do something to warrant them on some level. So please, take a step back, look at it from the perspective of a Bonnie fan, and try to understand why people are responding to your criticisms of her character so harshly. Do you have ANY idea what it's like to be a Bonnie fan in this fandom? Do you have any idea what it's like to root for a character that the writers consistently ignore on the show, no family, no house, no other emotion displayed other than anger? Do you have any idea what it's like to sit behind a computer screen and have to read comment after comment about Katerina Graham and her twisted mouth and her fake tears and comments about how her character should be killed off the show? Do you have any idea what it's like to be a fan of any black female character on any TV show and having to defend them day in and day out because people don't want to take the time to try and understand their perspective or where they are coming from? Do you have any idea how much Bonnie reminds me of myself, how much I see myself in her, how much I feel for her because I feel like her life is a reflection of my life and her pain is a reflection of my pain and then have to go on any forum or recap or youtube video and see nothing but comments calling her incompetent, a waste of a character, ugly, useless, undeserving of love and shipping her with death? And even if you are thinking to yourself right now that all the characters receive this level of hatred... don't. Because it would be a lie. You, yourself, are shining proof of this. So if you don't know of any of those things I said above, then, I am afraid, you will never be able to understand why Bonnie fans feel the way they do and why they get defensive of her and the way you talk about her. And I will always just be another 'crazy' humor-less Bonnie fan to you :-/ Again, if I have said anything to make you feel bad, I'm sorry. That was not my intention. I'm just trying to express myself in the best way that I know how. And that is through my words. I still like you as a person and I really do wish you all the best for the future, regardless of what went down here. I hope you will think about the things I said and I hope that one day, I will come back here and be able to laugh like I used to. Thanks for reading.
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Look, I blame the writers okay? They are not developing Bonnie the way they have to.

But you can't take these things to heart! It's just a show! Some people will dislike Bonnie, some people will love her. You have to deal with that. And Price's recaps are for fun. They're here to make us laugh. Some people will laugh at his Bonnie jokes, some people won't, but that's his opinion, so I don't think you should stress about it so much.
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It might be a show but you can't tell someone not take something seriously. She is a viewer and I'm sure a consumer of TVD products like everyone so she has a right to take it as seriously as she wants. They don't do this shit for free, they make money off of us so if some people choose to do more than just watch it for mindless entertainment then why is it a problem. How is she calling out his bashing of her favorite character blaming the writers shortcomings on him? No one is asking for him to like her but it would be nice for him to show alittle more respect for Bonnie and her fans we he writes his recaps. Poking fun is one thing but making Bonnie sound like the worst thing since the bubonic plague is just hard to read especially when he doesn't seem to go as hard on the other characters who imo have worse personilties and do worse shit than she has ever done. Even in moments that are supposed to be heartfelt or her actions are justified he insults her like everything is her fault and she can do no right. Bonnie's character isn't the only one the writers have fucked up lately but I don't see him pointly that out every chance he gets. All I'm saying is that just cuz you don't like a character and it played for laughs don't make it alright to bash. He can do what he does cuz it's his recaps but his attitude is unfair and over the top period. Playing it for laughs does not negate that.
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but this is what he does! He also makes fun of other characters.

Especially Elena. But I don't see people complaining about that.

His jokes are only okay if you agree with them, and if you don't than it's called bashing or something?



Please stop. If you don't like his recaps, don't read them. There are plenty of other recapers that might agree with your opinion about Bonnie, so if this isn't your cup of tea, go find one that is.





Yeah, it's easy like that.
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It had a lot to do with telling me to grow up and/or shut up. It's just not necessary. You have a passion for this show, that's obvious. We're both writing on the internet about a show we love. I'd love for you to change my mind about Bonnie without making it about me or my shortcomings. In the meantime, and this is unsolicited advice from a writer to another writer: Brevity is a virtue.
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that necklace is the new moonstone LOL
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Ugh, YOU'RE RIGHT. That necklace is really starting to get on my nerves!
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Hmm, can someone point me to the episode(s) in previous seasons that gave any indication that Jeremy loved Anna? I mean, I know he loved Vicki, heard him say it. However, I loved Anna from her first ep and only remember her following him around like a sad puppy dog, him not being interested until he found out she was a vamp, and then her dying. So, this whole arc with him and Anna made absolutely no sense to me. Yeh, yeh, he was upset when she died, but that was more about everyone dying on him than her being the one the one. It would have made more sense if it were Vicki, maybe. Also, I can't stand Elena and she makes thee worst choices, but she spoke truth to Jeremy so I'll give her props. As for Bonnie, I think she and Caroline are all kinds of badass so I can't agree there. I'm glad Bonnie dumped Jeremy though. He's not worthy, but on a show where all of these females have issues, I don't understand why Bonnie needs to be single. She's been single for most of this shows run. I want to see her with a guy who actually deserves her and can we get this girl a room, please? Oh, and more scenes between Caroline, Bonnie, and Elena. Those rock.
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Were you pro-Luka? He seemed like a pretty good guy until he got set on fire. Plus Bonnie seemed more excited about him than she was about Jeremy. It seemed like BOTH Bonnie and Jeremy could have done better.
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Not really. I think the character had lots of potential and love Bryton, but the writers didn't do that arc or Luka justice at all. It could have been really intriguing though. I think Bonnie and Jeremy both have great qualities and were good together. They both seemed rather excited with eachother last season. I only said he's not worthy because he cheated and was really nonchalant about the whole things (writers, consistency please). If you're talking about doing better in terms of their actions, I don't agree. I guess Bonnie could have not saved Jeremy and upset the balance, but where's the fun in that?! I think Jeremy was 100% wrong in this situation. Bonnie handled it better than I would have. I promise you, there would have been magic flying (I kid, I kid)! I do think my Jeremy love took a big hit, but I like both characters so I'm looking forward to how the rest of the season plays out.
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Tyler wasn't in the episode because supporting characters always randomly miss episodes if they're not needed for the main plots. He's not in the next episode either. In fact, only a little more than half the mains are in the actual ep. Also, Michael Trevino already said it's not a triangle with the whole Rebekah thing and that she's just a shit-stirrer. Besides, it's a little unsettling that everyone thinks Tyler would cheat on Caroline after everything! Klaus murdered him and turned him into a hybrid. He needs help, not judgement. Tyler loves Caroline! If there's a triangle though it would most likely be Caroline/Tyler/Klaus because of the blood bond. Rebekah's just messing with Caroline and watching over Tyler for Klaus. Rebekah is still in love with Stefan.
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I'm a Tyler fan for sure, so I do think it would be horrible if he broke Caroline's heart. But I'm still not sure what a hybrid status will do to someone, so I think him doing bad things might be in the cards. I don't WANT it to happen, obviously, but what kind of show would it be if only things we wanted to happen happened?
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This series is just worth watching to understand these awsome recaps

KUDOS!
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Ha thanks! Some people say they only read the recaps, but I don't understand how anyone could make sense of them without having seen the episode. Sometimes I read my own recaps and they make NO sense to ME.
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