Damon and Elena: Season 3, Part 1: From Naked and Bubbly to Bedtime Cuddly (You Rank Em’, I’ll Analyze Em’)

Greetings Fangbangers!  Has the TVD hiatus got you down?

Are you counting down the days until January 5th on your calendar with bloody red X’s?

Are you so starved for original TVD content that you are beginning to understand how Stefan felt in “Miss Mystic Falls?”

Well, try not to lose your head . . .

. . .  because help is on the way . . .

Those of you who’ve read my blog in the past, know that I have a little TVD hiatus tradition of ranking and analyzing what I feel are the best Damon and Elena moments from the current season.  So, if you are feeling extra special bored nostalgic, feel free to check out my Top Ten Delena moments from Season 1, the first half of Season 2, and the second half of Season 2.  Now, that’s what I call compelling reading material . . .

This season, I’ve decided to tweak the formula, just a little bit.  You see, as I was preparing to do my usual Top Ten Delena Moments post for the first half of Season 3, I ran into a rather interesting problem.  You see, back in Seasons 1 and 2, us Delena fans were sort of the underdogs in this competition.  I mean sure, we had our jaw-dropping, heart pounding, swoon-worthy shipper moments . . . like the Epic Mating Dance in “Miss Mystic Falls” . . .

. . . the Forgotten Love Declaration in “Rose” . . .

. . . the “I will always choose you” monologue from “The Last Dance” . . .

. . . and, of course, the “Deathbed Kissy Thing” in “As I Law Dying” . . .

But, for the most part, being a Delena fan was about rejoicing in the subtle, sometimes hidden, gestures of love that these two passionate individuals shared, beneath the surface.  When viewed together, these isolated scenes created a sort of secret romantic subtext for the observant viewer.

We’d catch a longing look here . . .

. . .  a lingering touch there . . .

. . .  a mutual expression of concern for one another’s well being here . . .

. . . a lighthearted moment between two people who are slowly, but surely, venturing into the territory of “more than just friends” over there  . . .

. . . and of course, a sexually tense instance of personal space invasion right here  . . .

Now, Season 3 is here.  With Stefan in his Cocky Ripper Douche mode, and Damon and Elena spending more and more time alone together, Team Delena is no longer the underdog in this story.  We’re IN THE LEAD, BABY!

Being the so-called Team to Beat in these Relationship Wars means more scenes for our chosen ship, each week . . . and more overt gestures of love from our dreamy eyed protagonists.  It also makes ranking Damon and Elena moments a much more more difficult task, even for Seasoned Delena fans like myself.  By way of example, I usually have no trouble selecting which ten scenes will be featured in my Delena-centric post for the season.  But now, after watching just the first NINE episodes of Season 3, I have collected no less than FOURTEEN Delena scenes that I felt were absolutely crucial to  include in the countdown.

That’s where you guys come in.  Below, I’m going to share with you video clips of all fourteen of my favorite Delena moments.  Then, I’m going to let you vote on your favorite.

Now, unfortunately, Poll Daddy doesn’t seem to allow you, the voter, to actually rank the moments from most to least favorite . . .

However, that should not stop you from creating your own top ten list in the Comment Section, and / or attempting to convince me why YOUR scene should make it to number one.  Once, I’ve tabulated the results, you can expect to see a full-fledged Top Ten Delena Moments Post for Season 3, Part 1, right here on this blog.  Sound good?

AWESOME! 😉  Well, then, without further adieu, let’s let the Delena Viewing Party BEGIN!

Entry # 1 – Elena Sees Damon Naked – 3 x 1

Entry # 2 – Damon Gives Elena her Birthday Present

Entry 3 –  Damon Throws Elena in the Lake – 3 X 2

Entry 4 – “I want you to remember the things you felt” – 3 x 2


Entry 5 – Elena Cuddles with Damon in Bed – 3 x 3


Entry 6 – Damon and Elena Make Chili – 3 x 4


Entry 7 – Damon Rescues Elena from the Hospital  – 3 x 5


Entry 8 – “I will NEVER leave you again.” –  3 X 5


Entry 9 – Damon Teaches Elena the Quickest Way to a Vampire’s Heart – 3 x 6


Entry 10 – Damon Makes Elena Jealous – 3 X 6

Entry 11 – Damon Gives Elena First Aid – 3 X 6


Entry 12 – Damon and Elena Sleep Together – 3 X 8


Entry 13 – “Do you trust me?” – 3 X 9

Entry 14 – “Then, we’ll let him go.” – 3 X 9 


I hope you’ve made your decision, because it’s time to CHOOSE!

Happy voting, Fangbangers!  See you in the Comment Section!

Oh, and don’t forget to check back later for the FULLY ANALYZED Top Ten Delena moments of Season 3 (Part 1) post, later this month or Damon will eat you . . . and not in a GOOD way, either.

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15 responses to “Damon and Elena: Season 3, Part 1: From Naked and Bubbly to Bedtime Cuddly (You Rank Em’, I’ll Analyze Em’)

  1. You are a goddess! Here I’ve been spending my entire weekend lamenting the fact that there is no Delena on anywhere, scouring the web for some good fanfics, and hoping to God they don’t ruin my couple for me, and what do I get when I check my email? YOUR POST ABOUT DELENA <3333

    Ahh! Can't wait to see your list. I think the top moments for me (other than ALL of them because every single Delena – esp. those that have nothing to do with Stefan – is awesome!) were:
    1) "We'll survive this… We'll let him go" — she's choosing to stand with Damon instead of chasing after Stefan yet again. That is just… WOW.
    2) "I trust you" <<< SHE trusts HIM more than she trusts Stefan – that's mind-blowingly amazing. I'm not sure if he trusts HER as much, though.
    3) Making chilli together… the kitchen is their forte. When they FINALLY start having sex on the regular, they need to christen the Gilbert kitchen. It's begging for hot sex against the counter 😉 😛

    • Hey londonmiami! I’m so thrilled to have been able to bring a smile to your face this weekend. (Though, I guess most of the credit should go to Ian and Nina for that ;).)

      Thanks so much for sharing your top three Delena scenes with me. Those are all excellent choices, of course! 😉 And you are absolutely right about the Gilbert kitchen. It’s right up there with Damon’s and Elena’s bedrooms, as the place where our favorite TV couple is most likely to meet, flirt, and, eventually, get busy (all fingers crossed). 🙂

  2. Also, did you see the latest spoilers? Apparently, “Stefan’s behaviour forces Elena to see that she must move on and opens door for Delena” — I’m not sure how to feel about that. I want Elena to CHOOSE Damon, not default to him because Stefan is no longer the person he used to be.

    I want her to fall in love with Damon (which we’ve seen her doing), regardless of what’s going on with Stefan. Basically, Stelena need to be dead and buried because no high school relationship (on TV) deserves to live past high school.

    Even Gossip Girl broke up Blair and Nate for the last time on prom-night! If they can do, so can TVD 😉

    ps: ofc, the fact that DE has a much larger fanbase also helps 😀

    • Actually, I hadn’t heard that particular spoiler. Interesting . . . I definitely agree with you that Damon deserves to be Elena’s FIRST CHOICE for a lover. And I think, eventually, he will be. 🙂

      On the bright side though, plenty of awesome TV couples stemmed from similar circumstances, wherein the female protagonist first started getting romantically involved with her soulmate, when her first “love” was, for whatever reason, no longer an option to her. Great examples of this include Pacey and Joey from Dawson’s Creek, Logan and Veronica from Veronica Mars, and, of course, Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl ;).

      Given these examples, it would seem that TV history is on our side (and, of course, that extra large fanbase, as you mentioned) 😉

  3. East Coast Captain

    Jewls!!!!!! Its been a while I forgot how long just went into break at school. I´m catching up over in FF. Net I even wrote several SK and DE stories one of them is how I envision the show to end.

    But anyway getting to this article of yours. Delena has evolved since Season 1. I´ve actually become more and more receptive to it since my OTP is Stefarine. In fact the writers have a Stefarine endgame in the cards among others.

    Like I´ve said before, Delena is how LJ Smith was going to end her books but someone wanted Stelena as the ending a whole fiasco about it erupted. People were angry about it.

    Now that Stefan has evolved into a slight Ripper. I think Stefarine is a real possibility, the chemistry is there and slowly its getting a very faithful fanbase call it Delena Season 1 the feel to it.

    If I maybe so bold you should write an article on Stefarine pairing.

    • Hey East Coast Captain! It’s great to see you. I hope you’re enjoying your break. 🙂 I can definitely see parallels between the Stefarine relationship and the Delena one. Both have a similar mixture of sexual tension and angst.

      I’m actually thrilled about the Stefarine endgame you suggested, as it means that there’s a good chance there will be a Delena one as well. If I recall correctly, Stefan and Katherine haven’t shared all that many scenes this season. Most notably, there was that one in “End of the Affair,” and, of course, the most recent one in “Homecoming.”

      However, I have no doubt that there will be plenty more where that came from in the second half of the third season. If that’s the case, a Stefarine post would be a very real possibility.:)

  4. serendipity

    Hiya Julie!

    Thank goodness for another post from you! I’ve been slowly going crazy without new episodes here! And is it really January 5th? I thought it was January 12th? It would be such a wonderful new Year’s present LOL

    On the other hand, the hiatus does give me more time to write my (by now monstruously long) fanfic, which gives me hope that I might be able to finish it before the show comes back on. But it won’t happen any time soon, the way I’m wrestling with Elena at the moment 😦 Funny how she should be the uncooperative one; usually Damon’s the headstrong nail in my coffin 😉 At least I can bribe him with a bottle of Jack Daniels… Elena… I’m not so sure how to go about getting in her good graces again, and I can just hope that Damon will be able to convince her… He can be very persuasive, of course 😀
    Sorry. Off on a little rant here.

    On to my favorite moments… They are ALL very favorite moments of mine from season three (any and all yummy Delena moments will do, of course 🙂 ), but my vote goes to Damon and Elena in the lake (just for the pure sexiness of this scene, of course, and for Damon’s naughty reference to ‘the deathbed kissy thing’ LOL). Another favorite is the chili making scene in the Gilbert’s kitchen (damn you, Alaric, for butting your head into the only moment where Elena is genuinly laughing in I don’t know how many episodes – maybe since the 60ties dance???). And then there is the Damon makes Elena jealous by getting his flirt on with Rebecca- scene: jealousy…one of my favorite emotions on this show (do you see a recurring theme in my fanfics? No, of course not!), also because I thought it hilariously funny how Stefan just comments on it without blinking. In fact, as though he’s totally amused by the whole thing! And finally the last one, the Homecoming We’ll let him go-scene, because there’s such a clear case of role reversal here in comparison to the Birthday, where Elena is not ready to let go, but here it’s Damon… and she’s telling him to. I’m hoping that this might be the true turning point from ‘just friends’ to something more, now that Elena realises Stefan is really ‘gone’ (and not just geografically LOL). It’s a pity that she needed to have this revelation before she could move on, because I too would prefer her to choose Damon without him being ‘the second best’ again, but that was to be expected… Now if only she can realise (later on) that Damon is her one and only after all…

    Of course I will look for your post with a great deal of impatience! And thank you so much for doing this! You’re the best!

    • Hey Serendipity! 🙂 Yep, I do think TVD is coming back January 5, 2012. I could be wrong though . . . 🙂 Either way, we don’t have much longer to wait, now. 😉

      Sorry to hear Elena is gaving you fanfiction trouble. She can be super stubborn that way. Damon can probably relate to that most of all. 😉 I have no doubt you’ll work through it though. You have such an excellent way with these characters, and you know them so well. I bet the solution will fall in your lap, when you are least expecting it. By the way, have you tried switching to her perspective, as a narrative exercise? I find it’s a fun and effective way to channel an unruly character, and help to bring him or her in line. 😉

      You know, I’m so glad you mentioned that lake scene from “They Hybrid.” It’s one of my favorites too! 🙂 I know it’s not necessarily as overtly romantic as some of the other scenes on this list. But there is something about that scene that so perfectly encapsulates what I love about the Delena relationship: the humor, the romantic tension, the bickering, the mutual stubbornness of the characters, and, of course, the SEXINESS. It’s all there, in that one wet and wild moment. Given that, the fact that one of the most overtly romantic Delena moments of the season follows shortly thereafter is not entirely surprising.

      Hmmm. . . I probably should have saved that talk for the actual post, huh? Oh well! 😉 I’m actually hoping to have that up sometime next week. 🙂 I can’t wait to read your next fanfiction installment. I have no doubt it will be awesome. 🙂

  5. Personal fav it Damon teaching Elena the best way to a vampire’s heart….I literally missed the rest of the epi after that! I have been reading WAY too many naughty fanfics lately! lol Wishing Elena would just give the eff up on Stef already! Of course, saying that online is like asking to be nuked, so I say it here! lol Eagerly anticipating Salvatores in tuxedos in epi 3.14 that Julie tweeted the other day! There’s only one thing that can compete with Damon naked, and that’s Damon in a tux! *swoon*

    • Hey mak! LOL, yes, Damon’s teaching Elena the way to a vampire’s heart, was pretty much the CW equivalent of porn. 🙂 And I may or may not have already rewatched the clip about 50 times, since it aired. Talk about excellent inspiration to workout! 😉

      Oh, and thanks so much for the news about the Salvatore Brothers getting back into their tuxes, post hiatus! I wonder what weekly Mystic Falls extravaganza we can thank for that? As for naked Damon, if Ian’s twitter is any indication, we will be getting a little bit of THAT too . . .

      Is it January 5th yet? 😉

  6. Elena seeing Damon naked and Damon throwing Elena in into the lake are good for sheer laughs. Of course, the Delena training scene is hot as hell. But hands down, the best Delena scene of season three so far, imo, is “I want you to remember the things you felt when he was gone.” First of all, any scene that involves Damon and Elena making intense eye contact is a winner for me. More importantly, though, I feel that Damon really got to Elena’s core in that scene and that made it all the more powerful.

    • Hey Sara! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, and for sharing your Delena insights. You are absolutely right. One of the most erotic, and romantic, things about Damon and Elena is the way in which they can share so much love and passion for one another with nothing more than an intense stare. I’m sure I’ll be describing this more in detail in my actual post, but I just adored the way Damon lovingly cupped Elena’s face in his hands, and stroked her hair, when he said this very important speech to her. I agree wholeheartedly. Damon’s words got through Elena’s denial of her feelings toward him in a major way. And, no matter what happens between Elena and STEFAN later down the line, Damon has brilliantly ensured that HE will always be lurking in the back of Elena’s mind, and winning over her heart, slowly but surely . . . 😉

  7. LG

    Oh yeah, it’s the training scene. First there’s Elena’s heaving sweaty breast after the weight lifting — regardless of one’s sexual orientation, ya gotta love that. And Elena’s hand on Damon’s chest, the holding, and Damon touching that little bit of exposed bare skin, but ESPECIALLY the way Elena just about melts in Damon’s arms. I think that’s the closest she’s come to jumping his bones.

    I’m surprised, though, that the birthday party necklace scene didn’t get any votes. That’s in my top 3. It’s just sweet and sexy all at once. Yum!

    My other favorite would be the “I’ll never leave you again” moment. Not sexy so much as deeply loving.

    BTW I am mortally ashamed of myself — I’m way too old to be crushing like this. 🙂

    • No need to be ashamed, LG! If loving Damon Salvatore is wrong, I don’t want to be right. And remember, Damon is about 170 years old! Compared to him, we’re all toddlers. 😉

      But speaking of embarrassed, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched that training scene, especially in preparation for this post. And I’m here to tell you that it gets hotter, with each subsequent watching. There’s just something about the way Damon touches Elena, and whispers in her ear, that makes you FEEL like he’s touching you. It’s SPECTACULAR (and kind of makes me wish I had a 3D television).

      You know, I was surprised that the necklace scene from “The Birthday” didn’t rank higher on this list as well. I suspect that it would have made the top ten, if people were permitted to rank their favorite scenes rather than merely choose their favorite. The vervain necklace is so much a part of Damon’s and Elena’s history, that it was so perfectly fitting that he would give it to her on the day she legally became an adult. And the way he clasped it on her neck, as the two of them stared longingly at one another in that mirror, to say I swooned would be the understatement of the century.

      What’s interesting is that that scene, along with the scene where Elena sees Damon naked, would have both easily made it into the Top 5, had they been featured in Season 1 or Season 2. It just goes to show how far Damon and Elena have come in their relationship, that sexy, fun and important scenes like this can’t crack the top ten, because there are SO MANY other sexy, fun and important scenes to choose from.

      And, hey, who knows, maybe by Season 4, all Top Ten Moments will be Delena Sex scenes? 😉 A girl can dream, can’t she?

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