The Vampire Diaries "Pictures of You" Review: Prom Bite

The Vampire Diaries S04E19: "Pictures of You"

One of the ripest running jokes stemming from the Vampire Diaries-verse is that Mystic Falls gussies itself up for one soiree or another every ninth day or so. It’s true, this show does love to stage episodes around a party, or a ball, or a Founder’s Something or Another. But it’s a running joke told with affection, because said episodes are often exceptionally strong ones. They tend to let the show ground its sometimes-sprawling plots in and around one setting, let it take stock of things, and then push forward with a major development or two.

“Pictures of You” didn’t do that. What it mainly did was expose many of the ruts Season 4 has been stuck in. Namely: Damon and Stefan keep trying to reawaken Elena’s emotions, Elena keeps irritatedly rebuffing them (they’ve clearly never read that hoary old adage about the definition of insanity). Bonnie’s involuntary magic keeps flaring up and setting things on fire. Klaus snarls some more threats at Tyler and then stands around so he can run away. (Hey, at least it’s been so many weeks since that last one happened that it almost felt fresh. Almost.)

Sure, there were some pleasant scenes and a neat twist or two. Nina Dobrev continued to have a blast playing Evil Elena with just the right balance of vindictiveness and insouciance. Elijah made the most of his level-headed family arbitration; even better was the reveal of Silas duping him, which mimicked a classic present/future cross-cutting scene beautifully to disguise what was, by that point, at least the third different Silas fake-out.

As the show’s lodestone of humanity, Matt remains the best, calling Rebekah on her shit and spurring her to overcome it with equal gumption. And now that Bonnie’s had a chance to properly grieve for Jeremy, she’s in a strange and potentially fruitful place, teetering on the edge of a Dark Phoenix scenario where her ability to rein in her growing power might also depend on becoming someone willfully, instead of inadvertently, dangerous. (Would that the show might explore this from a genuine interest in Bonnie as a character, rather than a plot device.)

These were all character-based highlights, and those keep me hooked even when the story is kind of a mess. On the narrative front, though, the episode was a worryingly common Season 4 exercise in wheel-spinning.

Part of the problem is that, until this season, for an aggressively serialized show, TVD hasn’t done a big season-long story arc on the scale of Race for the Cure 2013™, and now it’s struggling to pull one off. Past seasons have assembled strings of shorter, more focused story arcs, with each one overlapping with and catalyzing the next. That’s what's let the show maintain its signature breakneck plotting, hitting the turbo boosters on one story just as the prior one was running out of steam.

Portions of this season have veered in that direction, but underlying everything has been the cure and Silas’s scheme. The drawback of being entirely serialized is that TVD doesn’t have enough story engines to generate self-contained episodes on top of which the season-long elements can just skate for a few weeks here and there. So when the momentum of the primary arc stalls, there’s not a lot to fall back on, narratively.

“Pictures of You” made abundantly clear another reason why the show does a better job with shorter arcs: The plots are so patently ridiculous that the longer you stop and think about them, the less sense they make. Now, ridiculousness is not inherently a problem for a show about sexy vampires and witches stabbing each other in between boot-knockings. It only becomes a problem when the show starts taking its plots this seriously, rather than shrugging them off as, essentially, a big bag of MacGuffins (*cough* Sun and Moon Curse *cough*).

Being reminded of the same harebrained schemes week after week exposes how flimsy they are. I have long since stopped caring about whether Silas wants to die and tear down the veil, or tear it down first and then die, or not die but give the veil a lovely new coat of paint. I’m tired of updating the spreadsheet of who currently has the cure, wants to take the cure, wants to destroy the cure, wants to give the cure to someone else, or wants to listen to The Cure while reviewing a TV episode titled after one of their songs.

And yet the writers want me to care about these things so badly. And I expect they will continue to insist that I care about them for the next four weeks. Yet all I want to do is move on to the next batch of supernatural silliness and sex and stabbings. Shit or get off the pot already, show.



Notes & Quotes

– Caroline, as usual, had her ups and down. Plus column: that dress; offering a shoulder for Stefan to lean on; sharing the flask with Damon; getting to dance with her man; that dress. Minus column: Abandoning the event her entire party-planning career has been building up to doesn’t strike me as a win for Caroline Forbes. She surrendered the night to Elena with scarcely a fight, rather than sticking it out with her friends as planned (did she even say five words to Matt and Bonnie?). And the less I say about the utter pointless incongruity of slinking off to Klaus to raid his closet for evening wear, the safer I’ll be.

TVD’s traditional early scene exposition dumps are seldom artful, but if the show wants to have the Salvatore boys toss around the ol’ pigskin while catching us up every week, I would be totally cool with that.

– Elena ganking Caroline’s dress was such a predictable yet hilarious dick move that I wish we could get a whole episode of just them trying to out-mean-girl one another.

– Is it just me, or did Damon’s forcible corsage application have, let’s say, uncomfortable overtones?

– It was sweet—or, y’know, as close as TVD gets to sweet—to bring Jeremy and Tyler out of mothballs so that everyone could take part in the prom episode. It was less sweet that Jeremy was only a demonic delusion, but in Mystic Falls you take your moments of happiness where you can find ‘em.

– Matt’s freshman-year hair. That is all.

– Sorry, Rebekah, but I don’t think “I used my vampire powers to save a person’s life” would piss off Big Bro all that much. He’s not testing your biological humanity.

– 'Sup, Klaus? Katherine here. Hey, I heard there’s a bunch of cool and dangerous shit happening in New Orleans. Might take five or six seasons to sort through it all, if we’re lucky. So you can officially forget about your centuries-long obsession with me for a little while and go do that! Kthxbai.

– Oh, hey, Silas actually has his own actor now! And from the brief glimpse we got, I suspect he is not someone who typically appears on your average CW casting-call roster.

– “You of all lovesick fools should applaud his devotion.”

– “Why do I feel like we’re at a practice run of Caroline’s wedding?”

– “Is this real?” “Does it matter?”

– “Hindsight is almost a bigger bitch than you.”

– “So technically, you’re a walking reminder of all the horrible things that have happened to me.”

– “I know you said to kill her with kindness, but can’t I just kill her?”

– “You’re not a good person. You’re not going to win this cure by being yourself, so just stand there and refrain from talking. Okay?”

– “It is such a hollow little life that you lead, Niklaus.”

– “Lemme guess: An extremely handsome man came up to you claiming to be me.”

– “Talked about his hair. Figured it had to be you.”


What'd you think of "Pictures of You"?

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Every time I hear that Fall Out Boy song I think of Klaus (due to this week's promo), so of course I'm falling in love with it.
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Season 4: the season in which Julie Plec beat multiple dead horses.

Between sire bonds, the never-ending quest for the cure, Caroline and Tyler repeatedly being separated/reunited/separated, Stefan continually proclaiming he is over Elena and then still obviously having feelings for her, and wayyyy too many episodes devoted to Elena getting her humanity back, this season is totally uninspired and keeps dragging boring plots on and on. Please stop this nonsense and just give us a Klaus + Caroline romance, a few more scenes of Bonnie actually being interesting and badass and using her magic, and some more violent hybrid massacres.
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amen
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Julie Plec, please take note of Tv's review, b/c it sums up everything that has been wrong with this season. Save two or three episodes, the season has been an entire waste.

I'm not a shipper, and I don't care who she gets with at this point, but if you're going to pair her with both brother's throughout the series, at least give her a longer relationship with Damon than like, four episodes, and maybe make it without the stupid sire bond attachment.

Also, while I once was looking forward to the spin off with the originals, now I am almost feel that things are written in stone with some of our characters b/c they are leaving for this other show. What's the likelyhood that Rebekah will turn human? Not likely given the circumstances. What's the chances of Klaus and Caroline ever happening? Um zilch if Klaus becomes a permanent on another show. And since I couldn't care less about this neverending Silas story, these are the little things I would normally hold onto, the hopes for these characters. With their fates already seemingly determined, I find myself less invested. And I love this show. :(
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Can I get an AMEN! I've been watching all season and I still don't understand the Silas story and honestly, I don't really care enough to want to understand it. The only characters I care about anymore are Caroline and the Originals, and with Klaus + co going off to their own show, it means the few remaining interesting straws on this show are gonna be gone.
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I finally got around to watching this sheerly because my deliberate plan for the day was to watch a double header of baseball today and my neighbor decided to vacuum at nine in the morning (one more time I am doing the same at ten at night) and had this and defiance to watch. Really all this did for me is actually kind of feel something like sympathy for Silas only to discover we are going to likely ignore that story next week just like we didn't get any real episode where Bonnie really got to mourn Jeremy. I think I might like defiance though....
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Episode 19 and I feel like nothing has been accomplished all season.
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It's not been a good season, but a few things were accomplished:
1. One of the most useless teen characters was killed off.
2. One of the useless adult characters was killed off.
3. Elena got a personality.
4. Matt was rescued from a life on the streets.
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#4-FTW
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Agreed, I'm most certainly not missing Jeremy, plus his death was what made Elena awesome so it's hard to find fault with that!
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Yeah it was a meh episode for me, had it's moments but wasn't definitely on the level the show has set for itself. I think this show always needs a great villain, and for me there is no one better than Klaus but because he is not the villain anymore (not at least for me), that job is on Sylas now. But to be honest, I do not really give a frak about him. I am not impressed by him at all. Maybe now when he actually has a face he will come together as someone with real juice rather than just someone who can make you hallucinate. As Elijah put it, what is the big deal with that? You wont actually get hurt, you are an immortal, almighty being, suck it up.
I think Klaus needs a better story arc, he IS the most compelling character for me. (You might guess how excited I am about this spin-off, it better deliver.) And less Bonnie, please less Bonnie, I can't put my finger on it, but she just bores me to death.
Matt and Rebekah are cool, they are genuine characters that I would love to see more of. So there, I do not know ... I am on the fence about this season and the episode. Just, meh, I guess, I hope it will get more interesting and they will introduce higher stakes and faster pace.
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"The plots are so patently ridiculous that the longer you stop and think about them, the less sense they make. Now, ridiculousness is not inherently a problem ... It only becomes a problem when the show starts taking its plots this seriously..."

I couldn't agree more with you, Andy Daglas. But let's take that idea a step further.
Don't you ever find it ridiculous how seriously you write a review about a show that is virtually impossible to take seriously? You write very well, but I think you're missing the point.

This show is crazy popular, but not because most of the people who tune in honestly believe it is the superbly written masterpiece that some 14-year-old kids might believe it is. It's popular because it's ridiculous. Maybe you should try to embrace that and cultivate your humorous side when taking on the task of reviewing it.

I know that I am not the only one who will say "I only watch this show because of Price Peterson's recaps. Damn, I miss Price."
No offense to you or your writing, but these reviews need more levity. And in the process of attempting to find the humor in all of this silliness, you might alleviate some of your frustration.
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Great review! You pretty much covered everything that anyone could have possibly said about this episode and some. I mean this, all of this, I so agree.
-The thing about this show is that, even on a slow episode they still have interesting characters, pretty people, and entertaining dialogue, so it's never a complete wash. The witty lines being slung around in this episode were nothing short of entertaining.
-I must say that I may have actually enjoyed Bonnie the most in this episode. It's weird, because Bonnie has never been my favorite character. I have a tendency of taking out my frustrations for the writers for just not doing the character any justice, out on Bonnie. I mean, she's mostly used as a plot device or a self righteous, judgmental pain in the arse. There is no getting around that. This season though, I've thoroughly enjoyed her. Dare I say, I've found her more tolerable and even likeable than Caroline these days. It's as though they've switched places on my list of characters arranged from favorite to least favorite. I find that shocking. Bonnie still isn't everything I wanted and needed her to be as a character. I still harbor residual resentment and mollified rage at her portrayal for...reasons, but I've definitely enjoyed her more. Great moments in this episode, what with her mourning Jer in her dream, the tender and twisted moments she had with Jer/Silas, and thrilling moment when she was attempting to kill Evilena. Fantastic. Loved it. It isn't like we thought Elena would die, or that Elena would kill Bonnie, I mean Elena is the lead and surely Bonnie dying would violate some sort of rule what with her being the sole mino...I mean, witch.
-Honestly, I've only enjoyed Caroline this season when she's interacting with Klaus or with Stefan, and even then she still can sometimes find a way to get on my every last nerve. What the hell happened to Caroline? I was done with her in this episode when she came whining to Klaus about needing a dress. Like what?! Seriously?! I swear she's in the makings for being a "kept woman" and I don't like it one bit. She attempts to seduce and charm Klaus all the while not seducing and charming him. She thinks she gets over on him, even though he always knows what she's doing. She thinks he's giving her what she wants when he doesn't necessarily do that. She gets pissed. He shrugs it off. Oh boy. But going to his mansion and pleading for a dress that more than likely belonged to some dead chick he drained and killed fifty years ago was just too much. I think I said it on twitter. You know the wife of the serial killer that pretends to be oblivious to the fact that she's donning trinkets and trophies from the victims of her husband? Caroline Forbes ya'll.
-I've never been a huge fan of bitchy Rebekah, but Rebekah and Evilena together are something special to watch. I love it.
- I swear when they were showing Tyler I thought it was Silas. I mean he already appeared as everybody else in this episode. Sometimes it seemed like he was even doing it at the same time, which was fudgin freaky, but whatever. The whole invasion of the body snatchers thing is getting old though. We've seen it too many times before on this show. I think these kids need to come up with a safe word or secret password or something to toss out there just to make sure if the person they are talking to is really the person they are talking to. At one point I thought Silas was going to shape-shift into Sheriff Forbes' cat or something, but maybe I was having Animorphs flashbacks or something. I don't know.
-I love it when the Salvatores bond. I don't love it when they start pining after the same girl at the same time, while being aware that they are pining after the same girl at the same time, but trying to avoid mentioning that they are pining after the same girl at the same time, and yet still eluding to it. I also love how they think that no woman is capable of being immune to their charms and attempts at seduction. So cute those Salvatore boys.
-I can watch the original siblings all day. Rebekah trying to be sweet was nice to watch. Elijah can just stand there and I'd watch him for hours, and even though he got duped in this episode, in a way that struck me as uncharacteristic, I still adored him. Klaus was a bit more of a jackass in the episode, but he's Klaus so who cares? It felt, though, liek they were just all hanging around waiting for their cue to be relevant. Which brings me to Katherine, the awesomer one of the plot devices. What the devil was with the letter? That was probably one of the worst of them all. Of all the ways they could have segued into Klaus returning to NOLA, that was so far on the bottom it should have been overlooked. I don't even have the words to describe that special kind of stupidity. But Ill shrug it off because the Mikaelsons are heading to New Orleans, dammit! My beloved Elijah, my kickass Klaus, a city filled with beauty and culture and I almost fell out of my chair when I seen...*gasp* more than one ethnic minority! Boom.
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great review!
I'm only watching now for Damon's lines and looks....the show has gone downhill imo. If Elena goes back to the boring brother then that's it for me. I don't want a mopey Damon. Otherwise bored with the love triangle which the show will never give up and pretty much bored with the rest of the show--but Damon gets the best lines and is magical eye candy:-)

off to read the comments...
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loved this review Andy,.... thank you,....
I think the show has trouble doing longer and more complex storylines is the fact that over and over again it insists on the show being all about Elena,... who is by far the most boring and predictable character of them all,.... the cure storyline could have been very interesting,... but even though Elena taking the cure has become very much irrelevant the writers still remind us every 17 seconds that it all is for her,... Rebekah wants the cure and how an original can get her hands on the cure ? team up with Elena,... which is why the first 30 seconds of this episode was nice,... for a short while we were allowed to be engaged in a story that did not involve Elena,... they have made us care about these characters and basically all of them are plot devices to create stories around Elena,... I am sorry,... this I-still-dresses-and-try-to-kill-everyone-Elena is just as plane of a character as I-will-throw-up-kindness-and-forgiveness-all-over-you-Elena,...

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I completely agree with everything that's been said. This season really has been such a fail for TVD fans. I think what I hate the most is how much the writers keep trying to get us to care about the stupid cure. Sure, it was an intriguing idea in episode 4, but come on! We're only 4 episodes away from the finale and its STILL all everyone can talk about. April was a bust, they've killed off way to many important characters (or had them run away - again), and they're not giving enough screen times to the ones who have, in the past, added tremendous strength to the show - i.e. Elijah, Katherine, Matt. My other huge annoyance this season has been the major lack of character development and only using certain characters (Bonnie, Jeremy, Shane, Haley, Tyler) as a way to 'move' the plot. We've grown to not even care about characters we used to love. I've also been annoyed with this season's 'ship' battles. The writers feed off fans shipping for certain couples, and I'm SO over it. Whether it's Rebekah/Matt, Rebekah/Stefan, Caroline/Stefan, Caroline/Klaus, Caroline/Tyler, Stelena or Delena - all they care about is trying to introduce new ships and then crush fans dreams. The fans should want to ship the show, not just couples. Without all the crazy 'who's hooking up with who' battles... I'm not sure they'd even still have a show. Not good writing.

I will say that even though I have always found Elena's character to be slightly wining and annoying, you have to acknowledge that, at this point, there really is no other place her character could be. We've seen Elena as a 'weak' human, a 'strong/sacrificial' human, a crying/guilty vampire and now as an 'emotionless' vampire. In order to ever, if we ever, see her as a strong, fun, not psychopathic vampire, her character has to go through all of these stages - just like we've seen Stefan and Damon go through these stages. You also have to give major credit to Nina Dobrev as an actress. Everything from the hair, attitude and walk of Katherine vs. Elena is totally different. It says a lot when fans all love and root for Katherine, yet hate Elena, who is played by the same actress.
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can I just say that the best part of this episode was Bonnie putting Elena in her place!!! Why is everyone afraid of Elena? every single vampire in that town is older and stronger then she is - even Caroline. So when Elena got her ass handed to her I almost applauded! all I can say is it is about damn time someone stood up to that little girl.
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this episode just erased all the character developments we have come to enjoy these past seasons,... back to S01E01
_ Elena is dull and predictable and annoying
_ Bonnie is an emotional plot device that gets ignored
_ Caroline is controlling and demanding and ends up disappointed in everything
_ Stefan and Damon are in a love triangle and throw footballs at each other from a ridiculously close distance
this shows me that the writers are not sure what to do with the main cast now that they are losing their most entertaining characters aka the originals,... which is very disappointing and makes me question whether or not TVD is gonna make it if the spin off is approved,...
The only part of this episode that I really enjoyed were Klaroline,... because of Klaus's magnificent smile,...
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This season makes me so incredibly sad that I can hardly bear it. The Vampire Diaries--which I discovered in late March of 2012--was instantly my favorite show. It had its ups and downs, but I hardly noticed them. I adored it, and when season 4 rolled along, I tuned in to watch every single episode. And Season 4 destroyed it.

Season 4 has made me begin to dislike Delena--which I have shipped since episode 1 without fail and still remain loyal to--for its stiff romance, on-again off-again love, the reused sire bond (Elena cared about him before and when she's a vampire, everybody is confused as to why she cares even more? Um, duh, vampires emotions are more intense..?).

I dislike Stefan: he wasn't "not in love with her" until she said she wasn't in love with him, and then he gets into a relationship with Bekah (which is understandable, even if I don't like it), which fizzles out into nothing like it never happened. Seriously? What happened to Stebekah? It just STOPPED one episode without warning.

Rebekah has become more petty and annoying than ever before.

Don't kill me, but I used to like Elena. I thought she was fine when a normal vamp. When she turned her emotions off, she turned into a total waste of a pretty face and a bitchy attitude. She becomes childish. The other vamps did some stupid, shallow stuff when their emotions were off, but they were never careless and they never acted like six-year-olds with weapons. I have only ever hated Elena as an emotionless vampire, and hate her I really do.

The cure is fine. Silas is cool. I actually wish they'd incorporate more of Silas's story into it and less of who wants the cure and who doesn't. If they put a lot of emphasis on Silas's story--sort of like they did on the Original backstory--then we'd have something to like when we need a break from the race for the cure. I see a Phantom of the Opera in Bonnie and Silas's future, the way he revealed himself. It was cool.

Kalijah. It has failed me. We get no backstory, no lead-up to Kalijah, and then we just suddenly figure out their bumping uglies? Um... what? We're expected to care about this "heartbreaking" little thing between them when we've had no time to start liking it? How about no. Not every character has to be in love with someone. Elijah was cool being one of the VERY FEW characters with a love interest, and it made him cold, menacing... I liked him in season 2, when it was obvious that he had a thing for Katerina, but he was more destruction-and-villainy. It was awesome. Kat loved her parents and family and that was awesome. She loved the Salvatores, especially Stefan, and that was interesting back then. When they showed that there was a Kalijah thing back in the 1400s or whatever, I thought it was cute and instantly shipped it, but one of the latest episodes just ruined all expectations. Just--no.

I miss Shane. He really wasn't all that creepy, per say, just shady. And then he was dead, and my heart was crushed, but then he was alive again and the episode ended. The next episode, Bekah said he was dead. Just like that. He didn't even really die on screen. And I was utterly pissed off.

HAYLEY OH MY GOSH WHAT ARE YOU EVEN YOU ARE A POOR EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN KOL AND FINN DIE AND YOU GET THE SPINOFF YOU TERRIBLE CHARACTER YOU ARE DISGUSTING AND HOLD NO INTEREST AND ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT HAYLEY WOULD BE GOOD ON THE SPINOFF DESERVES TO BE BITCH-SLAPPED WITH LOGIC.

*Ahem* Please excuse that. Anyway, Hayley is the most useless, horrible, least-developed, badly written excuse for a character. She is pointless. Any one of the hybrids could have betrayed Tyler. They could've written her character better. The Klaus and Hayley romance that one episode (I refuse to use the couple name for those two) was a bad, awkward, uncalled-for, unwanted scene that was only included so that they could shove her onto the spinoff, which she does not deserve to be on, and which I'm not even sure I want (the spinoff, I mean. I definitely don't want Hayley, that stupid, malicious, idiotic little skank). After that episode, Hayley and Klaus romance (if you can even call her repeatedly insulting him and "sympathizing" with him and biting her lip so fully that I thought she was going to eat her own mouth romance) disappeared after that, which I'm happy with. I have never hated a character on any show or movie more than I feel myself hating Hayley. "I don't get involved in drama" or whatever? You led people to believe you'd slept with Caroline's boyfriend, you played Tyler, got 12 hybrids killed and ultimately led to the death of Carol Lockwood, and THEN slept with the man who killed all of those people you had drunk all night over because you were "friends" with them. Yeah, bitch, you just got yourself involved. Your parents being dead? Gone? Who gives a shit? Have you ever heard of A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR, you dumb S.O.B.? I swear, I was one of the few people who hated/had no hope for Hayley the second she showed up on my screen--just because of that malicious look on her face--and I turned out to be right. Writers, this hatred is on you, and basically, without Hayley, I would have liked this season so much. It would have been good... I guess.

So, writers. You have nearly ruined this show. You better pick it back up again in Season 5, or so help me, you are done.
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YES to everything you said, esp about Hayley. She and April are worst characters ever, who keep unhappily popping up at random intervals with no other purpose other than to bug the crap out of us viewers.

I, too, discovered the show last year and instantly got addicted to the first three season (thanks Netflix!). Season 4 is horrible. I just keep watching it in the hopes that we'll see more stuff about the Originals being badasses and that maybe Caroline and Klaus will get together and maybe fun plots will happen. Instead it's just sire bond this and sire bond that, and out of character hook-ups (Hayley and Klaus, ahem), and tediously long drawn-out plots. I don't know how much more I will watch if the writers keep this. Time for the spin-off!!!
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And the thing is, I don't mind April. Nothing she does has annoyed me about her except the fact she sided with Rebekah, but that's because I, a viewer, knew Bekah was a raging bitch, but that was April's friend. I like April more than Rebekah. And she stood up to Elena (picking Bonnie as queen) which I laughed so hard about.
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I completely agree with everything, season 4 is soo uninteresting I almost gave up on the whole show. Almost. This season is such a disappointment; don't get me wrong it has potential but it made me almost dread watching it the next week with very little hope it will pick up. Although one thing? I don't want Shane to appear back on the show ever; that guy was horrible; he made Bonnie (once an awesome character) into something seriously insane. Only hope left? Klaroline.
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I keep telling myself Klaroline is end game, so I have to just keep watching in the meantime so I can see how it happens.
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agree mostly with both of you except Bonnie was never awesome and neither was Shane
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Yeah Bonnie's always been a bit of a drag and I never understood her and Jeremy; it was always gross and weird for me when they were together.
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(Would that the show might explore this from a genuine interest in Bonnie as a character, rather than a plot device.) <---

Yet all I want to do is move on to the next batch of supernatural silliness and sex and stabbings. Shit or get off the pot already, show.<---

You are SO in my head Andy! Spot on review and observations!
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It seems to me that in the last episodes the theme is: To fill time.
After 19 episodes no one cares of the Cure But the writers. Sorry But it sucks!
The only bright side is evil Elena that in some scenes (es. April's one or Bonnie "walking reminder") really rules!

Greetings from Italy.
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Why does anyone stay in that town? ... Seriously?
If I was a vampire who could do anything, I'd either be in Hawaii or Paris with man servants.

I guess no matter what, we're never going to like Elena, they even made her more Katherine, and she still couldn't pull it off. Her character just sucks. :p

I actually really want Rebekah to get the cure and have cute chubby little blonde babies with Matt. They can hire April to be their babysitter. I feel bad for Rebekah, as "bad" as she is, she's never betrayed them, but she does always get set up by them, and their the good guys?

Why don't Stefan and Damon just leave? Stefan said he was over Elena, and once she snapped that waitresses neck in front of them, Damon seemed to be on board too, so why don't they just move on? If she wants to be an evil bloodsucking bitch then let her, and move on.

I think it's pretty obvious that Jeremy is the key to her emotions. She turned them off for him, and it seems that sibling love is what worked for Stefan, so it would probably work for her as well.

I liked that Klaus actually did something for Caroline, but if she doesn't go with him to his spin off show... I don't see it working out very well. People want them together, not him and a bunch of new faces down in the deep south.

Bonnie and the Beast.... Seriously........
That is all.
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Totally agree!
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AGREED,...
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I think just knowing that Silas has the cure now would have been enough for me to know about this episode. Alas, i watched everything and i felt my time wasted. The triangle was a repeated mess again and i had to put my tv on mute whenever they came up so i wouldn't have to hear them. I agree Caroline going to Klaus for a dress was bizarre at best. I Thought she was Silas but she wasn't and i was shaking my head in confusion when that turned out. Bonnie...well i never liked bonnie since the beginning, so it doesn't matter to me what happens to her. Rebekka, i like her but since i know she's going to the originals what she does doesn't really intrigue me. Tyler, i hope we don't see his face again. April?..they killed alaric, jenna, lexi, vicki, rose, while we still have her. Cool, that's really cool. As you can see, the episode was a pile of waste.
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Klaroline was embarassing again and I really don't like what Caroline has become. :( OMG Bonnie was interesting and Matt's hair was really awesome! These are the only positive things I can say about this episode. Well, at least it wasn't as boring as the recent episodes...
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very disappointing Episode. they had, amazing themes and concepts, Rebekah being human for a day, Elena's walk down memory lane, Elijah's appeal to Klaus and Silas' manipulation. ALL these fell short becoz of the PROM theme. It ruined the seriousness of the drama.That scene betw Caroline and Klaus was PATHETIC. i'm sorry you can't explore being human by going to Prom, its so superficial. TVD has matured since season 1. now they need to let go of the High school thing its really making it LAME
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What I dont understand is why didnt they ask Klaus to compell Elena to switch her humanity back on? doesnt he want her to be human so he can have his blood bank back?!!!!

Also... I dont like the idea of a new show! I'll tell you why

Its about the originals that means all the brothers and original family is back which means Silas takes the cure and brings back every creature back thats how Klaus gets his own show!

PLUS when Klaus leaves TVD there's no chance of him and Caroline getting together!!!! he'll be in a different town where he will occasionally pop by and see how everyone's doing!


ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH
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Yeah that's a good point, why can't Klaus just compel Elena? I don't think she's on vervain.

TVD will completely suck without the Originals! I love Joseph Morgan but I hope his new show crashes and burns so he can come back home to Caroline and TVD.
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LOL poor Klaus!!! I agree though :p
This is going to a weird direction and I dont like it... Its about to finish and I'm still not sure how its going to end and then they're going to leave us with a clifhanger which i HATE!
#LifeSucks!!!
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Must admit - I am a bit worried as to how TVD will survive without the orginals...
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I agree... I mean yes Damon is hot and they did have entire 2 seasons before originals came onboard but now after we know the life with them? do we want to go back?
I feel this conversation just took a deep relationship question!! LOL
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Hahahahah! yeah.Feels like it doesn't it? :-)
They better have a REALLY good reaplacement baddie....
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Oh NOOOO!!!! He looks gay! dont get me wrong I love my gay friends but I dont want to watch them being big bad guys on TV!!!

Threesome sounds AWESOME!!!

Thanks for the link ;)
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There's only one solution..... THREESOME!! :-)
I can help you out with regards to what Silas will look like. An actor called Scot Parks has been cast as Silas.
here is the link to his imdb profile - you might need to copy and paste it as I don;t think it will work here

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2679713/?ref_=sr_1
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hmm good point! I like Tylor I wish he doesnt leave.. I want him to stay.. I want caroline and K to be together but I also want Tylor to stay and watch them be together.. I m weird that way!
we still dont know what Silas looks like maybe he'll be super hot? although now they're showing him as beauty and the beast kinda way but what if after the curse breaks he takes the dose bla bla bla he becomes a hot villain?! hmmm might consider but I still want Klaus :(
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Let me be clear I DON'T WANT Stefan and Caroline to get together - but I think it might happen.
I'm not convinced that all the supernaturals are coming back though. I don;t know why and I can't tell you what I think will happen but I just don't think that they'll all come back. I might check out imdb and see if the actor that plays Tyler has any other work in the pipeline so I can make an educated guess as to whether or not he'll be back.
I know what you mean about the 'small gang not doing it for you though' :-) I really hope that Silas doesn't take over as the main villian - he's isn't cool enough to fill in for Klaus and the gang. Michael would be interesting but IF he is coming back he'd be in The Originals.
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HAHA I actually like you more now!!! Most of the times I root for the villains especially when they're hot as Damon in season 1 and 2 then Klaus took over :p

However I disagree with the Caroline and Stefan YUK! If anything I think Klaus will leave for his show and Tylor will come back safely to Mystic Falls! the small gang wont do it for me, even if they do extra magic and extra villains... one second! if all the super naturals are coming back, wont that mean that Michael the father of the originals would come back too? Isnt Klaus scared of him more than anything?!

Too many questions and no answers! I need answers dammit!! LOL
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to admit it but - no. I don't want it to go back. I love the dynamic they've created and how Klaus and Rebekah constantly take the piss out of the Stefan-Elena-Damon love triangle. They are the smartest characters on the show as they don't make nearly as many stupid mistakes as the others do. I might be a bit biased as I always find the villains waay more interesting than the heros - esepcially when they are not one-dimensional baddies but understandably/recognisably flawed. Plus which I REALLY want Klaus to get together with Caroline (and I have a horrible feeling that, if Tyler is unable to come back, she'll end up with Stefan instead - who I'm not particuarly fond of)
I hope you don't htink less of me Noor. :-)
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I agree! but on the plus side Alaric's new show got cancelled so maybe he'll come back to his roots and be back on the show so Damon can have his buddy back?

Dramatic question remains un-answered :p
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their is always mini story arc's planted in long story arc's, XENA,BUFFY, ANGEL, DALLAS, KNOT'S I can continue, but in most cases the minis arc will have something to due with the long arc, you just have to be patient and know what to look for!! as for Pictures of You great episode, great direction for Rebekah, Bonnie, Elena and even Silas love it!! now I do wish though that Caroline had a bigger role, or story arc, but maybe that is not in the Books!! with that being said I give Miss Forbes a big thumbs up!!!
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Oh if anyone say the promo for next week I ask, are you as worried about the original story line as I am? I don't want the show just to be about him trying to take power from Marcel, or get revenge on some random witch that allegedly is trying to kill him or whatever. That story would almost be as annoying as trying to get his hybrids back. Grrr, I had such high hopes, but I don't know why I expected them to magically get creative on this, if anything this season has caused me to lose faith in the abilities of the TVD writers.
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true,... I wanted the originals to be about powerful people coming together to do amazing things,...
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I was disappointed with this episode I spent more than half the episode trying to figure out if I liked Caroline's hair, I was that bored. The best parts happened within like the first 5min. The original negotiation at the beginning and when Caroline asked Klaus for the dress, everything else was just blah.
There were random things I found amusing, like how all the pictures were of Elena and friends, we get it the world revolves around Elena. I'm sure it was an attempt to trigger her emotions but I am curious if anyone at that school has the courage to complain.
Also, wow, can't believe the entire season 4 story arch is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I couldn't decide whether to start singing "tale as old as time" or "phantom of the opera" at the end there.
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Sooo true! Klaroline scenes were only reason I watched this episode and even they let me down because they were outdone by Tyler scenes. Ugh.

PS. I vote not hot on Caroline's hair....
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lol,... this is amazing,... I did the same thing,..examining Caroline's hair to decide whether it was hot or not ,.... ;))))) probably phantom,....
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look at my comment below enough said
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I hope you went with Tale as Old as Time, singing teapots are awesome :)
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I was thinking the same thing about the photos! I mean, at least chuck in one or two of random high schoolers, living in that town they probably don't have much time left, give them this small mercy.
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Candice Accola is a rare woman in the fact no matter what she wears, how she has her hair their is only one verdict HOT HOT HOT!!!
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I can't believe character like April is still around. What is her role, to be randomly attacked by someone having a bad day?
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Finally, someone can relate to how I've always felt about Matt.
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The one thing I did like about this episode was the scene where Caroline comes to ask Klaus for a dress and he is just smiling like an idiot because it made him that happy that she needed his help. Joseph Morgan seemed genuinely smitten, soo cute. Besides that though TVD needs an overhaul. I really hope the veil drop is actually gonna happen because we desperately need a reset and reprisal of the town council.
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Yes, Klaus grinning all over the show was so adorable, I can't believe Caroline didn't just jump him then and there!
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seriously,... does not her ovaries work ? hormones anyone ? her not jumping him after that much grinning is unrealistic,....
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Haven't been commenting for a while now, because I'm caring less for this show - even though I really want to care as I once did!

The cure-thing is really getting on my nerves. Silas appearing as someone else we know even annoys me, because that's the reason why I'm always doubting the characters are really themselves (Tyler for instance - when he appeared I wasn't sure if it was really him or Silas AGAIN). That's even exhausting! Meeeeeh.

And the lovetriangle has lost it sparks a while ago and that's so sad, because I liked to feel some chemistry between Elena and Damon (or at least Stefan), but there is NOTHING left now (not only due to her not feeling emotions, even before, when she was sired to Damon it felt boring).

Usually I love the Klarolinescenes (there still was chemistry) but in this ep: boo! So out of character for Caroline to ask Klaus for a dress. And no chemistry at all this time. Sigh.

Well, and then there is no Price reviewing, maybe that's another reason why I'm caring less, I don't know (though I totally agree with Andys review, but it isn't as funny and as redeeming as Price's used to be).

Still watching, though. Who knows, maybe TVD will get back to it's entertaining, not-annoying-exhausting-and-boring-storylines. And maybe I will care again and get thrilled again and excited again because there is another TVD-episode. So I'm still watching. We'll see, I haven't lost hope.
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That's just how I feel about it!
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Probably the worst episode I have ever seen from this series. The 'Getting Elena the cure plotline' stopped making sense long ago and now it's just becoming painful to watch. At least during the intial stages of procuring the cure there were still some substantial reasons (albeit they got weak as the story progressed) for Elena to take it. First Jeremy but he eventually learned to control his vampire bloodlust to some degree; the sire bond is no longer an issue and Stefan even admitted that he's going to move on.

And Elena like a dolt instead of leaving Mystic Falls continues to hang around the same people that are trying to forcefeed the cure down her throat.
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agreed ,... to me the fact that Elena is still in mystic falls makes no sense,... at the beginning of this episode ( when she did not remember the dress ) I thought that it was Katherine and Elena had skipped town,...
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So, here it is late Friday night, I take a study break and see if there's any new articles on tvdotcom. Then I see there's a TVD review. My brain goes "oh, was there a new TVD episode? There hasn't been one of those in a while." One day and I forgot Thursday's episode ever happened. That's how memorable this episode was.
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I'm so glad that Claire Holt is the female lead on The Originals. Girlfriend needs her own show to showcase her crazy, crazy talent. Rebekah is the best character on television.
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This show is becoming irrelevant. They need to get off that saving-elena-cure-wagon. it's bad for business and my sanity.
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everyone's sanity,...
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I sort of liked/hated this one.

They are back to this cure/Silas mess, I wish it would simply go away....! They are trying out to make Silas into this big bad villian but they won't cast an actor to actually play Silas and they use the actrors on deck as simply "Silas props".....

I'm so sick of hearing about Silas and the cure every single episode this season.

After the last episode titled "American Gothic" every episdode and so forth will fail in comparison simply because words cannot express how incredible it was. The comedy/and chemisty between all the actors, and the storyline was fantastic.

The only good moments in this one were

- Elena stealing Caroline's dress just to piss her off.
- Bonnie breaking Elena's bones and making her feel pain. I liked seeing Elena in pain for once. She has been unfeeling cold (may I borrow Damon's new favorite word) BITCH for awhile now and it's seriously annoying to watch her as such.
- Rebekah's attampt at being human, only to find out from Klaus that she never will be. I prefer for her to stay an original vampire :)

The Bad:

- The dance....seriously how many prom/event/party/dances have they done on this show. Just enough already!
- Elena/Damon/Stefan non-sense love triangle that should have ended 4 seasons ago....
I TRULY DO NOT CARE about any of it.
- Tyler returning. Please get rid of this guy. He annoys every fiber in my being.
- Everyone that mistreated Rebekah in this one. She is one of my favorite characters and I cannot believe the way everyone else treated her. Damon is probably the worst creature on this show and I simply can not believe that everyone else hates her more than Damon or Elena. Elena's actions are simply excused because she doesn't have her humanity off? Isn't that a double standart? Why is Rebekah recieving so much grief?? When everyone else is much worse. HUMAN ELENA WITH HER EMOTIONS in place stabbed Rebekah in the back when she offered Elena her friendship. They have treated Rebekah so much worse, than what she has done to them. IT IS NOT FAIR. I HATE THIS SHOW and their misguided place on blame.

Despite what everyone else say Rebekah is not a bad human/vampire. She has always looked/tried to find love one way or another because she feels alone.
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YES!!! "Tyler returning. Please get rid of this guy. He annoys every fiber in my being. "

Seriously - not sure Michael Trevino is a very good actor to begin with, and then his character sucks, and he is a cockblock to the wonder that is Klaroline. May we never see him again....
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true,... Rebekah is not a bad person at all,...
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You know what I found funny, Elena telling Bonnie that she was a walking reminder that her brother was dead, considering that Elena is indirectly responsible for Bonnie's mother becoming a vampire and kind of more directly responsible for her grandmother dying. I'm sorry, vampire or not after that until and if Elena got her humanity back I would have taken a page from her book and just stopped caring.

I also hated the Silas fakeouts (particularly the Jeremy one, the Rebekah one was cleverly done because at first I thought Klaus had threatened or was going to threaten Matt/April) but at least Silas isn't another pretty face, not that I really care about the Silas plot at all. I kind of hope that he does die as a supernatural so Qetsiyah can nag him for the rest of eternity. After a veil (or a portal) is lifted for Jeremy (and one or two others) of course.
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don't you know Elena can never be judged about anything she does ? dubble standards and all,...
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I wanted to edit. I thought it was a good episode, but there are some things that I just didn't like about it. I loved that someone finally took Elena down a peg. She seems to be worse (and more sloppy) than any other vampire on the show that has been shown with no humanity.
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Oh, I read (and remembered) the line wrong. Bonnie being a reminder of all the horrible things that have happened to Elena? What about all of the horrible things that have happened to her friends (and people in their family) that points back to Elena?
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Elena logic has never made sense. Pre-vampire and now. Like never ever.....
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I haven't watched the last four episodes of this show. It's strange, but I started really losing interest in it when Price left and his awesome reviews stopped.
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I know he made all the stupid stuff funny so you weren't annoyed to the point of not watching.
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Bonnie is winning but never really winning. Season 3 was much better= who cares about Bonnie. Season 4- ehhhhh up and down = Bonnie is bees knees. Poor girl.
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Could someone please tell me what Elena saying to Stefan at the end of their dance?
I don't know why, but I just heard a whisper and it's annoying...Thanks in advance!
I enjoyed this episode, Evil Elena is pretty funny Nina Dobrev is doing a really good job!
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He asks her something about feelings and her heart.
When she leaned in + whispered, "What heart?"
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Thank you! :)
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Bonnie earned her title of Queen by putting Elena in her place. Elena seemed alittle well scared. Love that witch... It actually brought a smile to my face because evil Elena is well quite a bore to me. I rather just see Katherine than evil Elena. I keep looking for Damon he got lost somewhere between Season 2 and Season 3. Sometimes...rarely though, but sometimes the Originals are a little slow on the uptake...
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Seriously? That Klaroline moment was THE best. (total sucker for Klaroline!). Tyler back for that one dance was also nice to see but that relationship with Caroline is over. Move on. The both of you. Other than that,Elena is so frustrating, someone should just kill her; it would just end of all the whining and there won't be anymore of the doppelganger lineage to fall back on. Just saying. However looking back Nina Dobrev does a pretty good job on playing Elena and the character was sort of bearable this episode. I just wish that maybe instead of Elena being Katarina part II that a different persona would be explored to make the whole thing more original.

Bonnie: Much much better for the last couple of episodes she was going bonkers and I'm glad she is definitely thinking rationally again + the whole Jeremy thing was sweet. Matt and Rebekah; I don't why the show insists that they have some sort of relationship; pretty sure it was the back-up plan for Matt since he no longer serves a purpose in this show except for the fact that he is actually really sweet. God only knows why April is still here; she should have just been a guest star. That's it. It's just a waste of storyline. I am so glad Elijah is back although a bit appalled he couldn't recognise his sister.....for that creds to Silas.

And finally the Salvatore brothers; handsome as always but can never seem to carry out any one of their plans. It's kind of sad yet amusing. You would've thought that after a hundred years that they would grow wiser or have the bigger mind by one of them letting Elena go esp. after Katherine. Speaking of which, the Katherine clue? Was the worst. I guess it sort of introduces the Originals spin-off, but come on Katherine should know better; Klaus will not forgive Katherine on the most vaguest clue;only liked the first paragraph of that letter.

I was afraid the way the show was burning through plotline in the first three seasons and each season just kept on getting better but season 4 even though there is a lot of good drama doesn't seem to match upto those standards.
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Yes Caroline needs to move on ... to Klaus!

I loved her little to speech to Stefan, about moving on, when they were dancing. I loved it when she said you start to fall in love with someone else and don't even realize you're moving on.... let's hope she's talking from experience ;)
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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,... <3 let it be true,...
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I feel the episode started very slowly but at least the last third was some of the best TVD so if you include that, Andy, I whole-heartedly disagree with you.

I always wonder if the staff runs this show through some mixer to get rid of background music since I just can't catch all these lines that are up. :P So I'm thankful for that.

I just love Bonnie's power no matter where it comes from so hope they keep that going.

And it makes me think now that there shouldn't have been this Originals off shoot but instead do one concerning the witchcraft in the show. I mean why now want two TVDs basically? Would be a different look at things but also unleash more of the meaning of the witchcraft in this show which has never truly been told.
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It still amazes me how wide the range of vocabulary you guys use in these reviews is! I mean you have insouciance on one hand to sh*t on the other. Now to the episode; I admire the dedication the Salvatore dynamic duo have to bringing back humanity-filled Elena no matter what. From the preview pictures from the next two episodes, I reckon forcing Elena to realize how scared she is of permanently dying is the perfect strategy given how skilled everyone in mystic falls is in the art of torture.
We also did see some glimpse of emotion from Elena when she called for Damon's help or when she was reminiscing about the past.
Regarding Rebekah's determined quest to become human, although I do sympathize with her and her good intentions, I have to side with her big brothers when they believe this is another whim out of boredom for her. I mean I just can't stop thinking about the witches from "sleeping Beauty" who were trying to live magic free lives and failed miserably. Bex misses humanity, but she WILL go crazy without supernatural powers.
I won't keep fangirling on what an understatement "extremely handsome" is to describe Damon and i will finish on this note, Despite the incredibly romantic nature of Tyler's gesture to return just to give Caroline her prom dance, it was a juvenile mistake on his side and he got lucky.
I hope the storyline evolves for the originals as a show, because I did not for one second by the whole Katherine tipping Klaus thing.
Thanks for the review.
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Soooo it seems like there's not a lot of love for this episode.... I personally thought it was great! Elena coming up with the idea to kill Bonnie is the best thing I've heard in 4 seasons! I can't stand that witch! ha. The only downer is that she failed because Bonnie has gone all "dark Willow" - just not as good.

I'm still not tiring over bitch Elena either - she's far less exhausting and way more entertaining. It's like having Katherine back. As soon as she turns her emotions back on she's going to turn into whiny Elena again - oooohhh i killed people, ohhhhhh who do I love? Damon or Stefan? ohhhhhhhh my family is dead (ok that last one is warranted but the rest I can't be dealing with).

I liked Caroline for the most part - except when she was dancing with Tyler - but I think that's because I want to see some Klaus and Caroline action. I know its probably wishful thinking but Tyler is such a snoooooze.

Other good things:

ELIJAH! again! yay!

Hello Jeremy - even though it was Silas, it was nice. Now I'm hoping he comes back as Alaric for a bit. Just cos.

Hello Matt. Where have you been? It's been a while. How's things? Ooohhh cool, being all human and stuff. Nice one. See you in a few episodes time yeah? Excellent.

Overall, I thought it was a fun episode. Had a lot of action and it made me laugh. Can't complain at that.
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You had me with the love for the ep. but then I fell off the edge with you hating Bonnie. Oh well.
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I wouldn't mind if Elena was tougher, but I think they went a bit overboard. Evil Elena just isn't very smart or even subtle. She was going to feed in the daylight on a busy street in the last episode, not to mention she just snapped that waitress's neck like it was nothing and she was just going to flat out kill April and Bonnie at the prom. I think they need a healthy medium. Just because she's emotionless doesn't mean that she can't be a little more smart or subtle.
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Didn't they mention earlier this season that vampirism doesn´t change you?, it only enhances what you already are. Well, Elena's always been quite dumb, so it makes sense :D
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A day, Elijah? I really don’t think that’s long enough to decide something like that. :p

Lol @ Elena stealing Caroline’s dress, and Caroline going to Klaus for a dress.

Damon: “Yeah, well, hindsight is almost a bigger bitch than you.”

Elena: “What’re you gonna do, get me a job at the Grill?” Lmao.

Caroline: “I know you asked me to kill her with kindness, but can’t I just kill her?”

Elijah: “It is such a hollow little life that you lead, Niklaus.”

I wonder what Silas as Damon said to Stefan, lol.

Bonnie going all badass and almost killing Elena—sweet.

Some good lines this episode, but not many things of significance happened. There was Silas mindfucking multiple people, him getting the cure, and him revealing himself to Bonnie (which was…odd). And of course there was the Salvatore brothers finally deciding to lock Elena up. Other than that, there was Bonnie being out of control/led astray more, there was Caroline seeing Tyler for a couple of hours, Elena being a bitch some more, and Rebekah continuing to want the cure. With only a few episodes left, I’m really waiting for them to pick up the pace like the show is known for. I’m trying to figure out how the season will end because at this point I don’t see how they can outdo the final moments of the last three seasons, which totally got me hyped for what was coming next. And Silas, while it’s good that he can so easily mess with people’s minds, isn’t living up to his legend.
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I know it's been a while since Jeremy's been dead, but I feel like Elena - now that she's emotionless - still feels the pain of Jeremy dying, of pretty much watching her whole family die all over again. Because she has no feelings, she feels like she can say whatever and get away with it, which she's doing. Since vampires came into her life, there's always someone sacrificing themselves or something for her. Now Damon and Stefan have this stupid ass plan to torment Elena so that she turn her humanity back on. Hello Lady, the only one at this point who can turn it back on is Elena, herself. If she chooses to be a bitch to everyone, that's her choice. She's losing her friends, she's hanging out with someone she normally wouldn't even cross paths with.

As for the whole Silas storyline, that is the only thing the seems interesting to me right now. The biggest, bad-ass of them all can be anyone, and nobody will know the difference. He managed to get Klaus to think he was dying; like Silas is some serious sh!t. Bonnie thought he was Jeremy, Damon thought he was Stefan and vice versa, even best suit-wearing and amazing hair Elijah thought he was Rebekah, AND HANDED OVER THE CURE. Why 'Lijah, why?!?!?!
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This episode was ok imo, nothing special. Although I was routing for Dark Bonnie to kill Elena, and I had no feeling towards April getting attacked because she's a waste to me. Why is she on the show? I'm glad the Tyler actually had the guts to show up to prom, I had feeling that Stefan & Caroline would've hooked up if he didn't seems like they had moment. Klaus and Elijah were underwhelming in this episode because they were shooting down Beccas dreams like always but I don't blame them, im just ready for this cure non-sense to be over.
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If I were a vampire, I would not be hanging around high school dances.
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I sorta hope they all go their separate ways or something, or hell at least move to another town and make life interesting. They could all go with Klaus to New Orleans and have a little fun.
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^ This times a million. I'd be in a big city I can blend into with plenty of food, and then move on to another on.
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You speak the truth, why are they still in that awful town?
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Is Mystic Falls over a hellmouth?
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I'm never bored with TVD, especially with evil Elena, but this episode did feel like a decrese in quality. The awesomestreak from season 3 didn't really end at some point but I guess it faded more and more. Then again maybe it was just a little to much emotion this time, mostly because I like neither Tyler nor Jeremy all that much.
BUT: How awesome was it, when Klaus pointed out, that standing by, beeing helpless is also human. I would completly sign off on her failing the test.If she wants to be good, she can do way better as a vampire.
Also the plan to overthrow her with emotions wa so dumb it could have come from Elena herself.
So I enjoyed this episode, but it wasn't the ususal epicness. Also: Agreed noone cares about Silas. What s with that, after all this setup. And omg, shut up Bonnie, seriously, no one cares for you either,

Really looking forward to the Klaus special next week though. It's gonna show us what the spin-off will be like.
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I liked the episode, but I hated that characters still have kid gloves on with Elena. Though all her mean girl actions with the characters, everyone was still treating her nicely (except the Bonnie/Elena showdown at the end). I get that they were trying to activate her emotions but it just felt so passive to me. I would have loved Caroline going off on Elena (after biting her mother, trying to kill her, and then the dress..it would have been much deserved).
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I went through the same as you, I usually like Party episodes, because they're well written and something ACTUALLY HAPPENS but this one? Not so much. I mean, what's going on with tvd this season?! It used to be my favorite show and suddenly it can't quite entertain me that much.
I feel like the writers are trying to get me to take the Cure by now, and honestly, I don't like it. It feels pushed. Like they are trying too hard. Trying to make me care about Silas and the cure and things that I don't care.
Plus sides of the episode: Elijah, Matt's freshman hair and Katherine's 'I've worn down too many good heels running from you' to Klaus.
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Finally Stefan and Damon did something that they should've done a long time ago... Get Elena locked up... I quite liked this episode, it laid a wee bit of a foundation for "The Originals"... and yeah finally we move ahead and Bonnie almost teams up with Silas in the end... I am glad Elena fears Alaric and Jeremy coming back from the dead!

Since The Cult no longer exists... Bring back Alaric!!!!! Julie Plec , Kevil Williamson are you listening??

I was tired of whiny Elena and now I am tired of the bitch Elena.. Anyway looking forward to the last 4 episodes!

No matter how bad TVD gets I don't think I'd ever stop watching it, it's sorta like a ritual for me now.
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Bad episode IMO, nothing really happened just rehashing old stories
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