Aside from being an amazing show, with stellar writing, and a talented, not to mention, sublimely sexy, cast, The Vampire Diaries is also known for its INGENIOUS marketing strategies. Every few months, the CW marketing department releases a few new fabulous posters to promote the show. These posters tend to feature one or more of the cast members in a sexually suggestive pose, adorned by both the TVD logo, and a titillating tagline, which hints a bit at what’s to come on the show.
Here are a few of my favorite promotional posters, from The Vampire Diaries’ recent past . . .
In honor of the upcoming mid-season premiere of The Vampire Diaries, the CW has released three NEW posters, one featuring each of the show’s three main characters. The first poster was released around the time that the show’s mid-season finale, “By the Light of the Moon” aired. Elena was the focus of that poster.
Its tagline, “Death is a sacrifice Elena is not willing to make,” was a not-so-subtle reference to the dangerous deal Elena made with Elijah, in order to release Stefan from the Underground Tomb, where he and Katherine were heretofore trapped. (It also probably referred to “The Sacrifice,” the title of Season 2’s tenth episode.)
The second new promotional poster was released in early January 2011. I’m pleased to report, that it featured my FAVORITE character, Damon Salvatore, in a mesmerizing EXTREME CLOSEUP!
As for its tagline, “Look out Damon, your emotions are showing,” it refers to Damon’s increasing inability to “turn off his emotions,” particularly when it comes to the people he loves (Stefan and Elena), and the friends, who have helped him along the way. Could these not-so-hidden emotions impact his relationship with Elena, in the upcoming episodes? Will Damon’s “forgotten” declaration of love to his brother’s girlfriend, be “remembered,” once again? (MAN, I HOPE SO!)
The third installment of this new poster series, features Stefan Salvatore. According to interviews with Paul Wesley, himself, his tagline, “There’s a reason he always gets the girl,” refers to Stefan’s nefarious, almost Damon-like past, and the one woman in it who deemed him capable of redemption.
This can only mean two things, TVD fans: (1) more flashbacks to 1864; and (2) DARK STEFAN RETURNS!
But why must Elena, Damon, and Stefan be the only cast members of The Vampire Diaries to get their own promotional posters? What about the rest of the cast? Honestly, I think this is a travesty of justice! For this reason, I have decided to create MY OWN posters for some of the OTHER residents of Mystic Falls . . .
Here’s one for our favorite Baby Werewolf, Tyler Lockwood . . .
Not creative enough for you? Perhaps, this one will be more to your liking . . .
But what about Tyler’s new Gal Friday, Caroline? Surely SHE deserves a poster too!
In fact, I don’t think one poster is enough for Caroline Forbes. After all, Vampire Barbie isn’t just a character, she’s a commodity to be “played with” by fangirls (and adoring boys) EVERYWHERE!
Having already covered, Tyler and Caroline, I would be remiss not to create a poster for the third point of that aforementioned Love Triangle. Of course, I’m referring to the Cute but Clueless, Matt Donovan . . .
Speaking of Clueless, what about Aunt Jenna? Doesn’t SHE deserve some poster love too?
While we are on the subject of Jenna, what about her dashing History Teacher Turned Vampire Slayer Boyfriend, Alaric Saltzman? Surely, Damon’s bromantic buddy, and favorite weapons enthusiast is worthy of a poster all his own. Isn’t he?
Hmmm . . . I think I’m missing a new couple here . . . Oh, I KNOW! It’s Mini Gilbert and Bonnie the Teenage Witch!
But enough about all these Good Guys, I need some VILLAIN posters! Let’s start with the biggest villain of them all . . . ROSE! (Hey, she interferes with my Delena Mother Ship! That makes her a BIG BAD VILLAIN, OK?)
But, you know, there are villains I ACTUALLY LIKE on this show. And one of them is Kickass Vampire Katherine. Granted, unlike the other cast members for whom I’ve created posters, Katherine HAS already been featured in promotions before. (See the poster featuring her and Stefan, above). Nevertheless, this Tomb-Dwelling Femme Fatale has never had her OWN poster . . . until now . . .
(It’s a Full House reference . . . just in case you missed it.)
Another villain we all love to hate, is the mysterious OLD VAMP, Elijah. He’s smart, intense, wryly humorous, and scary as ALL HELL! So, I for one, think it’s high time, he got inducted into our TVD Poster Hall of Fame . . .
Well, that about does it for the villains, we KNOW. But what about the ones we haven’t met yet . . . You all know who I’m talking about, right? I’ll give you a hint, he’s a vampire who’s name rhymes with “mouse.” 😉
So, there you have it. Now ALL of the main cast members of The Vampire Diaries have their own promotional posters, just in time for mid-season premiere . . .
Well . . . almost everyone . . .
Speaking of “The Descent,” I am proud to report that my blogging pals, Amy from Imaginary Men and Cherie from My Spidey Sense is Tingling, will be LIVE BLOGGING the entire episode! Be sure to check back here, later this week (probably this Tuesday or Wednesday) to find out how YOU can join in with the fangirly festivities.
Through these long winter hiatus months, since I can’t watch TV, I tend to spend A LOT of time talking about it. Recently, one television-related conversation, in particular, has been cropping up among my friends on a fairly regular basis. Not surprisingly, the conversation involves my two FAVORITE shows of all time: The Vampire Diaries and Dawson’s Creek, and my two FAVORITE TV Couples of all time, Damon and Elena and Pacey and Joey. Coincidentally, both of these aforementioned shows, and ALL FOUR of the aforementioned characters, were produced and penned by THIS GUY . . .
Basically, what my pals and I have been discussing ad nauseum of late, are the many ways in which Damon’s and Elena’s relationship in The Vampire Diaries seems to be following the same trajectory as Pacey’s and Joey’s relationship followed in Dawson’s Creek. (Truth be told, we are all kind of hoping this means that both stories will have the SAME conclusion. *hint, hint, wink, wink*)
And so, to commemorate the many conversations that have characterized my TV-less month, I’ve decided to put all of our collective thoughts on this topic down on paper screen. But before I do so, special thanks must be paid to three very special folks, in particular, who helped make this post happen. (So, if you absolutely hate it . . . BLAME THEM! ;)). A big hug goes out to the Always Brilliant Amy, who once wrote a post similar to this, and who never fails to catch my random Dawson’s references, whenever they pop up in daily conversation (which is quite often); the Always Awesome Cherie who analyzes TV couples like nobody’s business; and Madeleine, who’s insightful comment to one of my posts caused me to go on a tirade that ended up being the genesis for the post you are reading now.
Howdy, Fellow Fangirls!
So, without further adieu, I bring to you . . . “Where the Falls Meets the Creek” . . .
Elena and Joey – Because Everyone Loves a Spunky Orphan!
Both Elena and Joey grew up in small towns that were rich in tradition, and characterized by WAY TOO MANY community gatherings. At relatively early ages, both girls were orphaned, due to tragic circumstances (OK . . . that was kind of redundant. Extra points to anyone who can come up with a not “tragic circumstance” that results in someone becoming an orphan). As a result of said orphan status, both Elena and Joey were raised (at least through their teenage years) by not particularly maternal (useless) 20-something female family members, who, though “nice people,” would much rather be boinking their current Flavor of the Month Boyfriend than raising a teenage girl . . .
As a result of said parentage (or lack thereof), both Elena and Joey became mature beyond their years, highly self-sufficient, spunky, and a bit moody. Speaking of said moodiness, neither girl is averse to sporting a Poopy PussFace, when things aren’t going her way . . .
Damon and Pacey – Because Black Sheeps have never been so SEXY (or so much fun)!
Both Damon and Pacey are “Bad Boys” in their own right. Though admittedly, Damon’s murderous bloodsucking ways FAR edge out, Pacey’s “bad grades and back talking” in the naughty department.
Pacey . . . being a “Bad Ass”
Damon and Pacey were both Black Sheep in their respective families. Their parents were constantly comparing them to their fairer haired, more well-behaved counterparts. For Damon, that meant being expected to measure up to his brother, Stefan . . .
For Pacey, it was his over-achieving best friend, Dawson . . .
Rather than brood and sulk about these unfair comparisons, Damon and Pacey combatted them with snarkiness, sarcasm, charm, good senses of humor, and matching general “Ughhhh . . . who cares?” attitudes toward life.
The Love Triangles
When both The Vampire Diaries and Dawson’s Creek first began, both Damon and Pacey had to take a romantic “backseat” to the fair-haired boys to which they were always compared, when it came to the female objects of their respective desires. Elena started dating Stefan, around the second episode of The Vampire Diaries . . .
. . . and though Joey and Dawson didn’t actually become a “couple” until the Season 1 Finale of Dawson’s Creek, it was clear, throughout most of the early episodes, that these two had it bad for one another . . .
From Frenemies to Friends (with some SERIOUS SEXUAL TENSION en route)
Though the Blonde Boys had Elena’s and Joey’s hearts, early on in their respective series, the Brooding Brunettes seemed to take up a LOT OF THEIR sexual energy. Elena and Joey each expressed some pretty passionate feelings of anger toward Damon and Pacey, during the first few episodes of their shows. As for Damon and Pacey . . . well . . . they were just acting like HORN DOGS, plain and simple! And yet, it’s possible that our Bad Boys suspected even then, that their time for romance was just around the corner. After all, as Vampire Katherine says, “Hate . . . That sounds like the beginning of a love story. Not the end of one.”
Eventually, Our Boys’ persistence paid off, and they both became friends with their Dreamgirls . . .
They’re Bringing Sexy Back
Now, friendships are great and all, but they don’t keep you warm at night. Our Boys have NEEDS! So, while Damon and Pacey waited for Elena and Joey to come to their senses, they engaged in sexy times with others. First, they each hopped into bed with an “Older” Woman. For Pacey, it was his English Teacher Miss Jacobs. For Damon, it was his former fling, that OLD AS HECK Vampire, Katherine, who, you guessed it, bore a startling resemblance to Elena . . .
But when those sexual relationships fizzled, it was time to move on to the “Friends with Benefits.”
Both Damon and Pacey were “lucky” enough to find female friends with punky haircuts, who were willing to offer them No Frills Sex, while they both waited for the girls they REALLY wanted. For Damon it was the ALSO OLD AS HECK, Vampire Rose, for Pacey, it was gal pal, Jen Lindley . . .
I Get By With a Little Dancing Help from my Hot Friends . . .
Though they may have been “getting jiggy” with other girls, Elena and Joey were never far from Damon’s and Pacey’s minds. And when both females needed a dancing partner in a pinch, each male suitor was right there, and waiting to boogy. For Joey, she needed Pacey’s dancing feet to help her land a ballroom dancing-related college scholarship. And though they both had two left feet, the chemistry between the pair on the dance floor, was simply undeniable . . .
As for Damon, he stepped in as Elena’s dance partner, during the Miss Mystic Falls pageant, while Stefan was off on a bloodaholic rampage . . .
Cue the Sexy Mating Dance . . .
On the dance floor, a technically flawless Damon and Elena circled one another, like a pair of very dignified wild animals in heat. And the highly sexualized way in which they looked at one another, was enough to melt your TV screen . . .
Given the pair’s mad dancing skills, it’s really a wonder Elena didn’t actually win the Miss Mystic Falls competition. Then again, losing the competition put Elena in good company. After all, a certain Miss Josephine Potter ALSO garnered the second place spot in HER race for the Miss Capeside crown . . .
Don’t MESS with the GIRLFRIEND of a Brooding Bad Boy!
When Damon and Pacey weren’t sweeping Elena and Joey off their respective feet, they were kicking the crap out of others, to defend their honor. When some D-bag bully had the NERVE to deface Joey’s high school mural, Pacey THREW HIM OVER A CAR!
(This video may look long. But, fortunately, the fight scene is right at the beginning. So, enjoy!)
As for Damon, he was even willing to beat up a GIRL to defend Elena’s honor! It’s just kind of strange that the GIRL ended up being Elena’s biological mother, and someone with whom he used to do the horizontal mambo . . .
“I love you so much, even the drool on your pillow is sexy!”
Beating the crap out of people to defend your lover’s honor can be tiring. But do Damon and Pacey just get under their covers, and go to sleep when the fighting’s all over? HECK NO! Instead, they simply sit back, relax, and let Elena and Joey do all the sleeping for them . . .
Bad Boys Drink Their Feelings . . .
Despite all the sleep-watching, ass-whooping, and screwing Damon and Pacey do, in hopes of forgetting their respective heartaches, sometimes the pain of unrequited love STILL gets to be too much. And when that happens, Damon and Pacey do what ANY self-respecting Bad Boy would do, in such a situation: They get sh*t-faced, and self-destructively pour their hearts out to the women they love . . .
(Normally, I’d include Damon’s drunken confessional here too. However, as you’ll see in a bit, Damon’s drunk speech to Elena is SO INTENSE that it belongs in another category entirely . . .)
“If at first you don’t succeed, Face Rape again . . .”
Damon and Pacey are both highly romantic creatures, who KNOW unequivocally, when they are in love. For romantic sexual beings like these, it’s incredibly hard to cope, when the object of your affection OBVIOUSLY feels the same way you do, but is blind to her feelings of love, due to circumstances beyond your control. When such situations occur, Brooding Bad Boys like Damon and Pacey take the bull by the horns, and confront the women they love, with a strong and forceful kiss on the lips, thereby FORCING the females to take stock in their own feelings. And yet, there’s a Right and a Wrong way to do such things.
Hint: Drunk and Self-Destructive Damon (see description above) did it the WRONG WAY . . .
But my Main Man Pacey . . . well . . . he’s got Sexy Face Rape down to science!
You GO BOY!
True Love Requires Patience and Self-Sacrifice
Now sober, a contemplative Damon decides to once again, let Elena know how he feels about her. However, in contrast to the selfish Take-No-Prisoners Face Rape we witnessed earlier, this time, Damon’s second declaration is all about patience and self-sacrifice. Wrongly Convinced that Elena is better off with Stefan, Damon speaks to Elena in a manner that is completely and heartbreakingly selfless. After all, not only does our lovestruck vampire tell Elena that, even though he loves her, he shouldn’t be with her, for her own good, he also MAKES HER FORGET what he has said, so that she is not faced with making a choice that he feels may ultimately put her in danger . . .
Pacey’s second declaration of love for Joey is also more gentle than his first, and similarly tinged with self-sacrifice. Rather than going in for a second Face Rape, Pacey actually gives Joey ten seconds to stop the kiss, if she decides that she does not return his affections (well . . . not really . . . but at least he tried).
“I have to protect her. No matter what the cost”
Lest we forget how all this got started, I call your attention to Season 3, Episode 1 of Dawson’s Creek, during which Dawson, who has just rebuffed Joey’s sexual advances for some ridiculously moronic reason that I don’t recall, asks Pacey to “look out for her” on his behalf. Pacey, being the loyal friend that he is and not nearly as big of a Mental Midget as Dawson “reluctantly” agrees to the request . . .
Later, in that same episode, Pacey and Joey share an exchange that we now know marked the beginning of their official courtship . . .
By the way, you know who else, aside from me, is a HUGE Dawson’s Creek fan? Vampire Katherine.
This is probably why warning bells went off in HER head for Stefan, when he made THIS bonehead (but brilliant, as far as Delena fans are concerned) move at the end of Season 2, Episode 11 of The Vampire Diaries . . .
If Dawson’s Creek is any indication, Delena fans will one day look back at Stefan’s request as the genesis for more or THIS . . .
and this . . .
. . . which will, hopefully, eventually lead to some of THIS . . .
. . . and THIS . . .
. . . and EVENTUALLY THIS . . .
(Only THIS time, Elena will be on the bottom, NOT Katherine ;))
Sorry Boys! One thing we’ve all learned about history, is that it’s doomed to repeat itself . . . And one thing we’ve learned about True Love . . .
. . . is that it conquers all!
Well, that’s all I’ve got. See you on the flipside, my fellow Delena and PJ fans!
“Tell me something, Katherine! What products do you use on your skin? I’m going to tell Elena get them. Because you, my dear, don’t look a day over 150.”
He is a Vampire with a Heart of Gold . . . and some SERIOUS rage issues . . .
Welcome back tight Hoodie of Hedonism. We sure have missed you!
She is a Vampire with a Heart of Coal, with a serious aversion to wearing sensible shoes . . .
“Flats? Who the hell wears flats? I don’t even know what those ARE!”
As a couple, they enjoy past-times such as: staking one another . . .
. . . playing dress-up . . .
. . . invading eachother’s personal space . . .
. . . lying / manipulation . . .
. . . and, most importantly, hard core S & M . . .
In short, they are just like YOU and YOUR boyfriend!
So, while the promos for this episode tauted it as being the hour that, once and for all, pitted Katherine against Elena . . .
. . . I would prefer to refer to it as the episode that created TEAM KEFAN!
So, without further adieu, let’s take a nice stroll down “Memory Lane.”
“A Dream is a Wish your heart makes . . .”
The Year is 1864. It is the night of the Founders’ Day Ball, which is being celebrated in the Lockwood Mansion. Katherine has chosen Stefan to be her escort to the Ball, over Damon, because Little Salvatore is “the better dancer.”
(That should have been your FIRST clue that this was a Dream Sequence. Stefan? The better dancer? Need I remind you of a little episode I like to call “Miss Mystic Falls?”
. . . Oh, and let’s not forget about this . . .
Sorry, Stefan! I love you. But you are NEVER going to beat your brother in Dancing with the Vampire Stars.)
So, anyway, Stefan and Katherine are at the Founders’ Day Ball, engaging in some serious eye f*cking, when Stefan begins to express some concern for his “poor older brother,” who has been faced with the ignominious fate of going to the Ball STAG!
But WAIT! Damon isn’t alone, after all. SOMEONE is there with him.
And she’s RIDICULOUSLY under-dressed for a ball . . .
Unlike Katherine, Elena is not in the mood to dance. In fact, she would much rather play with Damon’s balls . . .
. . . his pool balls that is!
“It hurts, doesn’t it?” Katherine inquires, pointing the smoochy couple out to a very Broody Stefan. “Don’t fight it. You’ve loved me once. You will love me again.”
Stefan awakens with a start — his “girlfriend” nuzzled into his chest, still fast asleep. She stirs. “What’s wrong, Stefan?” She inquires sleepily.
Stefan tries to ease himself back to sleep, but something is still bugging him. And that “something” has nothing to do with his Bad Dream. Stefan dashes across the bedroom, and looks in horror at the girl with whom he was sharing a sleepy cuddle, just moments before.
“I am getting better and better at this. It is EASY to get in your head,” says . . . wait for it . . . VAMPIRE KATHERINE!
Dammit! I knew I shouldn’t have drank that Easter Bunny before bed. Those cotton tails ALWAYS cloud my judgment!
Stefan tries to scare Katherine away with threats. But this is NOT a girl who scares easily. “We both know I could rip you to shreds, and do my nails at the same time,” the Vampiress remarks casually, examining her well-groomed, but old fogey, fingers, for affect.
Painted with the blood of high school girls who tried to date my ex boyfriend . . .
Unnerved, Stefan insists that Katherine tell him the REAL reason she has returned to Mystic Falls. But Katherine can do better than just ONE reason. “I came back for three reasons, Stefan. You, you, and you,” she replies.
Ummmm, Katherine? Not to be nitpicky here. But . . . isn’t that just the same reason, three times?
“I love you. You love me. We’re an effed up family.”
The Power of Peach Cobbler
“Elena Gilbert, I am going to bring baked goods to your house. And there is absolutely NOTHING you can do about it!”
Over at Mystic Falls’ ONLY bar / social establishment, Elena is “studying,” when Damon magically appears . . .
Because this is Episode 4, and we haven’t had a Shirtless Salvatore scene since Episode 1, let’s just pretend Damon showed up at the bar looking like THIS . . .
“So this is where you spend your time, when you aren’t busy stabbing people in the back,” offers Damon, conversationally.
Elena, ever the stickler for proper, dictionary-approved, insults, quibbles with Damon’s terminology. “I tricked you into telling the truth. That is not the same as stabbing you in the back. That’s using your own tactics against you.”
“Well, EXCUUUUUUUUSE MEEEE!”
“I thought I made myself clear that I want nothing to do with you,” sneers Elena.
“OK. See you at Useless Aunt Jenna’s barbecue!” Damon sing-songs.
That’s right, Elena! When Damon Salvatore isn’t getting laid, he becomes very Sherlock Holmes-y. So, this is ALL YOUR FAULT! Apparently, Damon had casually suggested to Alaric that he and his new Useless Girlfriend, Aunt Jenna . . .
. . . hold a barbecue at Jenna’s house, and invite all of Jenna’s old high school friends. However, Useless as Aunt Jenna is, she only actually had one friend in high school (well . . . two . . . really . . . but that Logan guy is dead, so . . .). Of course, I’m talking about THIS GUY . . .
Geez! The boys sure didn’t look like that in MY high school!
Contrary to what Alaric might have been led to believe, Damon’s reason behind suggesting the barbecue, had nothing to do with getting back into Aunt Jenna’s good graces, by using peach cobbler . . .
Rather, it had EVERYTHING to do with getting into Elena’s pants “silvering” Mason Lockwood — thereby exposing him as the “Wolf in Stud’s Clothing” he really is!
Meanwhile, back at the Lockwood Mansion, Mason is still refusing to tell Tyler how the “werewolf curse” is activated . . .
Curse? That looks more like a BLESSING to me!
. . . and Tyler is still hiding Mason’s “family jewels.”
Somehow I always imagined Mason’s “jewel” being . . . bigger. Didn’t you?
Raising the stakes . . .
Back at La Casa de Rich and Awesome, Stefan and Katherine are still engaged in an intense game of Slap the Salami Cat and Mouse. Katherine, who is clearly the Houseguest from Hell, has already made herself at home, reading Stefan’s diary, drinking Damon’s blood, and fondling the Salvatore Brothers’ personal belongings. In her reading, Katherine couldn’t help but notice that the Salvatore Detective Agency had recently encountered werewolves in Mystic Falls. “What do you know about werewolves?” Stefan inquires, defensively.
“I know enough not to pet one,” jokes Katherine.
“Awwww! You’re a sweet puppy, aren’t you? Yes you are! Yes you are . . . Hey . . . Owwwwww! I needed that arm!”
Through a series of flashbacks, Vampire Katherine explains Mystic Falls’ long history with werewolves — specifically, the role the Lockwood Werewolves had in the destruction of the Hidey Hole Vamps back in 1864. Coincidentally, it was the Lockwood Werewolves who “outed” the Mystic Falls vampires, in order to cover up their own messy lupine-esque murders. The werewolves in question were led by, pillar of the community, and Civil War veteran, George Lockwood (played by the INSANELY sexy, Simon Miller).
But before Katherine will reveal any more information about George and the werewolves, she has some questions for Stefan. “Why did you keep this picture?” She inquires, holding up the very same grainy photo that so TOTALLY creeped out Elena, the first time she and Stefan “did the deed.”
“You didn’t come back for, Elena. You came back here to fall in love with me all over again, didn’t you?” Katherine coos.
Stefan moves toward her slowly, as TVD fans collectively hold their breaths. He then runs his hand across her cheek, and looks deeply into her eyes. “What is it about you . . . that makes me still care?” Stefan whispers.
The two start making out hard core!
And it is HOT, with a capital “H”. But you know what’s hotter? When he STAKES HER ASS!
And, as if all of this wasn’t kinky enough? Stefan then chains Katherine up in his basement. He then angrily knocks over a chair, and tosses it across the room, as he rushes toward her — growling and groaning, just inches from her face, while he torturously tickles her with vervain plants.
“I am so turned on right now. You have NO IDEA!”
As Stefan tries to get to the heart of the REAL reason behind Katherine’s return, Katherine continues to fill in the blanks from that fateful night in 1864, when (1) the Salvatore Brothers were turned vamps; (2) the Hidey Hole Vampires first were entombed, and (3) Katherine escaped Mystic Falls. According to Katherine, she had struck a deal with George the Werewolf Lockwood. Katherine gave up all of her vampire friends and family, in exchange for safe passage out of Mystic Falls on the night of the raid. She also gave George the same precious moonstone that Mason has been so intent on getting from Tyler this Season.
You know what that means, don’t you? Remember that whole Big Brave Effort the Salvatore Brothers made to rescue Vampire Katherine from the clutches of the evil townspeople? You know, the one that resulted in their DEATHS at the hands of their own FATHER, as well as their subsequent rebirths, as a result of Stefan EATING THEIR FATHER?
Yeah, that was all a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!
But here’s the kicker . . . lies and manipulations aside, Katherine and Stefan (those two crazy old fogeys), really did seem to be in love, back in the day!
Stefan was definitely NOT under compulsion, when he first told Katherine that he loved her, on the night of the Founders’ Day Ball. “I’ve never met a woman quite like you. You are an angel. (Katherine? An ANGEL? HAHAHAHA) When I touch your skin my body ignites. I kiss you, and I know that I am falling in love.”
(Sappy . . . but sweet. Who knew our Little Stefan was so poetic? Then again, Dude does keep a DIARY!)
“Hey! There is nothing wrong with a sexy man who’s in touch with his feminine side!”
And I’ll be darned if our Evil Vampiress didn’t look like quite the smitten kitten, while a 1864 Stefan deftly pawed at her face.
In fact, Katherine was so shocked by the extent of her feelings, that she blew off Damon’s advances later that night — going as far as to COMPEL him to LEAVE HER ALONE!
Who does THAT to boys that look like THIS?
Oh, and when the towns people were about to burn her ass to a crisp, if she didn’t leave town IMMEDIATELY, you know what Katherine did? She WENT BACK . . .
. . . and fondled / made out with Stefan’s CORPSE, telling it that they would one day be “together again.”
Yes! I know it was a hot corpse! But COME ON people! A hot Dead Guy is still a Dead Guy!
Question: If a Dead Girl makes out with a Corpse, would she be considered a Necrophiliac, or just an Equal Opportunist?
I’m not trying to be judgmental Katherine. Every girl has a “type.” Yours just happen to be ancient, sleep in coffins and be maggot-infested. Different strokes, for different folks, I guess. PLEASE don’t eat me . . .
Lamest Barbecue EVER!
Useless Aunt Jenna? Can we talk? You just had a barbecue at your house with THREE HOT MEN — two of whom had superhuman strength . . .
. . . the other one was Alaric.
You could have done ANYTHING you wanted! Fun things! X-rated things! Things that did not require clothing! And you chose . . . PICTIONARY?
ARE YOU INSANE??????????
I love how the writers try to make Useless Aunt Jenna out to be this Uber Slutty Former Rebel. And yet, every time, she appears on screen, she does moronically dull things like this. But while Useless Aunt Jenna proceeds to get wasted at her own party, and, thereby, increasingly more useless, Damon entertains himself, by trying to see how many “wolf” puns he can make at Mason’s expense, before the dog bites him in the nuts.
“Lone wolf, Dances with Wolves, Hungry like the Wolf, the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf in the Three Little Pigs. Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? . . . I’m going to take a shot every time I come up with one of these. Hopefully, being inebriated will make this party more interesting.”
Things between “the Wolf” and “the Vampire” start out friendly enough, with Mason telling Damon, that he has “heard great things about him.”
“That’s weird, because I have a really big ‘m a dick,” replies Damon. (Oh COME ON! Like I was REALLY only girl who “went there” with that comment . . .)
However, after the umpteeth time Damon calls Mason “wolf-something” and tries to “silver” him, our favorite lycanthrope starts to wonder whether something is up. “Listen, I’m not your enemy,” offers Mason, conciliatorily.
“You tried to kill my brother,” notes Damon matter-of-factly. “I mean, granted, I tried to do kill him too a few times during Season 1. But we’re related. So, it’s OK. But for you, it’s unacceptable. The only one allowed to kill Stefan is ME!” (OK, he didn’t say that last part. But he SHOULD have!)
Mason then makes some lame excuse for the attempted murder of Stefan — something about not being able to control himself, after shifting and blah blah blah. “Let’s not spark an age old feud that doesn’t apply to us,” insists Mason, ever the Serene Surfer Dude.
A slightly Drunk Damon reluctantly extends his arm for a manly handshake . . . and then . . . STAKES MASON WITH A SILVER KNIFE!
“That was so totally NOT COOL, dude! You just like need to catch a wave, and CHILL man. Spark a doobie or something!”
Mason is not really so mad at Damon for the whole “trying to kill him thing” as he is about the whole “ruining his buzz” thing. “I was really looking forward to Last Call,” whines Mason. “Now you’ve made an enemy.”
Back at home, Mason gets up in Tyler’s grill, about the teens refusal to give him his “family jewels.” Then, the Lone Wolf / Silver Surfer FINALLY reveals what it is that activates the Lockwood curse. You have to . . . KILL SOMEONE!
Me-thinks Mason Lockwood just got a WHOLE LOT more interesting . . .
Team Mean Girls Strikes Out
From the moment Vampire Katherine stole into Vampire Caroline’s room and told her that they were going to have “so much fun together,” we all knew it would be only a matter of time, before the pair were up to no good. This week, we got to see exactly what “so much fun together” meant. Apparently, Team Mean Girls’ mission, should they choose to accept it, is to “Break Up Stefan and Elena” — a task that is easier SAID than DONE.
“Tell me about it! I couldn’t even manage it, and I . . . look like ME!”
For Katherine’s part, she appeals to the “self-sacrificing” side of Stefan, which is, coincidentally, the same trait that convinced Caroline to get Matt to dump her, once she turned vamp. Katherine, who had only pretended to be trapped by Stefan because chains are SEXY so that he would be forced listen to her story (Apparently, she’s built up some immunity to vervain), eventually, frees herself from her chains and attacks Stefan. The vixen even goes so far as to stake Little Salvatore in his Hoo-Ha, after he finds himself morally unable to finish her off.
“You’re kidding, right?”
“I will snap her [Elena’s] neck like a twig, and you know it,” threatens Katherine.
“I will kill everyone she loves, while she watches. And then I will kill her, while YOU watch,” Katherine continues.
(Awwww! How sweet!)
Meanwhile, Caroline is busy engaging Elena in what I like to call the Twilight Talk.
With a whiny-ness that would make Bella Swan proud, Caroline fills Elena’s head with fears of wearing diapers, “while your boyfriend is still ridiculously hot” . . .
. . . never being able to have Baby Vamps . . .
. . . and always having to worry about your boyfriend eating you. When Elena gets worried about Stefan not picking up his phone, Caroline offers to “drive Elena to Stefan’s house, to make sure he’s OK.” Caroline then proceeds to let the air out of her tires, while Elena isn’t looking, so the pair will have to wait for the tow truck driver. Eventually, an Angry Elena ditches Caroline’s Mischievous Butt and escapes to La Casa de Rich and Awesome.
It is there that she runs into Katherine.
The two size eachother up a bit, like a couple of kids playing “Steal the Bacon.” I’m pretty sure, Katherine even went as far as to sniff Elena’s face. Weird.
“How is this possible? How do we look exactly alike?” Elena inquires.
“Easy. We are both played by Nina Dobrev. You are asking the wrong question,” replies Katherine tauntingly, before disappearing into thin air.
Almost immediately, Stefan appears, and gives Elena a much deserved hug.
Outside La Casa de Rich and Awesome, Katherine encounters Damon, and warns him that, if he messes with the werewolves and tries to play hero, he will get himself killed.
Later that night, at the only bar / social establishment in Mystic Falls, Elena and Stefan get into a “fight” over how big of a threat Katherine is to Elena. Elena pouts a bit and acts jealous, while Stefan admits that Katherine had “already come between them.” The last remark causes Elena to stalk off. Then, both Caroline and Damon, who are eavesdropping nearby, with their FABULOUS vampire ears, sprout identical sh*t-eating grins on their faces.
Honestly, the fight seemed TOTALLY fake to me, from the moment it started. I didn’t believe it was real for a second, and have a lot of trouble believing that Damon would fall for a poor showing like that. Nevertheless, later, back at Elena’s house, Stefan and Elena hug again, and vow to keep their continued relationship a secret, in order to protect Elena from the wrath of Katherine, and her new minion, Caroline.
You know what that means don’t you? Lots of SUPER HOT SECRET SEX!
There you have it folks — a trip down “Memory Lane.” So, what did you think? Have you become a Team Kefan convert? How long do you think Stefan and Elena will be able to keep up their “breakup charade?” How far will Caroline fall into Katherine’s clutches to protect herself from harm? Who do you think Tyler will eventually kill to become a full-fledged werewolf? And, finally . . . and most importantly . . . in a fight between Mason Lockwood and Damon Salvatore . . . who do you think would look better naked? 😉
It’s a choice that heroines in teen dramas have had to grapple with for ages: the brooding and sensitive good boy versus the unrepentant and dangerous bad one.
And nowhere on television is that eternal question more fully explored than on the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, where good can be bad . . .
. . . and bad can be deliciously GOOD!
Unlike in other shows, where the “good guy” is so bland and boring as to make the heroine’s choice completely obvious, writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec actually make a startlingly good case for both the “straight-laced” Stefan Salvatore, and his “fun loving killer” brother Damon. Nonetheless, a choice HAS to be made . . .
Threesomes are fun, but they can’t last forever . . .
. . . and I’ve made mine. In Stefan’s defense, 9 times out of ten, when this sort of question is raised, I will throw MY lot in with the Bad Boy, without a second thought. But there is something about Damon’s and Elena’s relationship that makes it special.
Unlike most heroines in these type of dramas, Elena is NOT drawn to Damon out of any sort of need for rebellion against authority. After all, Elena’s parents are dead, and Useless Aunt Jenna certainly isn’t going to be “reigning her in” any time soon. As for Damon, well, sure, his attraction to Elena may have started because (1) he wanted to stick it to his baby brother; and (2) she looked SO MUCH like his ex . . .
. . . but that changed almost immediately after he met her.
Damon and Elena understand one another in a way no one else around them can. They know eachothers’ vulnerabilities and weaknesses, as well as their respective strengths. This allows them to be at ease with one another, and let their guards down in conversation.
When Damon and Elena are in the same room together, the sexual tension between them crackles and pops like a sparkler on Independence Day. And even when they aren’t saying anything, the pair can carry on entire conversations through eye contact and body language.
This is why what I am about to do here is so difficult. When EVERY interaction between two individuals is electrically charged with sexuality, emotion, and meaning, how can one POSSIBLY boil down their entire complex relationship into JUST 10 scenes? Nonetheless, I figured it was worth a try. What follows are ten Damon / Elena scenes from Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries. These scenes, in my opinion, really encapsulate the pair’s relationship, and comprise the best of what this couple has to offer.
[Note: For whatever reason, The CW has always been a bit finicky about what videos it allows us fans to embed in our blog posts. Therefore, most of the below videos will require you to click on an internal link, that will redirect you to YouTube, before you can watch. That being said, when I tell you the slight inconvenience you must endure to see the videos will be entirely worth it, I promise, I am not lying . . .]
10) Damon and Elena get flirty in Elena’s bedroom . . .
Nothing says “manly” like a boy in a pink bed, cuddling with a Teddy Bear.
Episode: “Under Control” – 1 X 18
Setting the scene: Elena invites Damon over for an emergency meeting to discuss Stefan, who has been acting strangely ever since he ingested Elena’s blood, during the prior episode . . .
DAMON: “You ask, I come. I’m easy likethat.”
DAMON: (Calls out to a suspicious Jeremy, who is eating cereal in the next room) “No, Elena, I will NOT got to your bedroom with you!”
Why it made the list: I love how Damon challenges Elena’s growing attraction to him here, by invading her personal space. Watch the glee Damon takes in laying on Elena’s bed, hugging her teddy bear, fingering her photographs, and fondling her bras and delicates. Then, at the end of the scene, Damon invades Elena’s person, as he moves in close, trapping her up against the vanity table. In that moment, without saying so, Damon is forcing Elena to confront her feelings for him, and how they differ from her feelings for Stefan.
9) Damon gives Elena a rose
Episode: “Under Control” – 1 X 18
Setting the scene: Damon and Elena are at a Founder’s Day pre-party, where Stefan is drinking heavily, in an attempt to dull his hunger for human blood. Elena expresses her concerns to Damon as the two sit next to one another at the bar. But Damon is more concerned about Elena’s brother, Jeremy, who has been asking questions about Vicki Donovan’s death.
(Background: After Damon made Vicki into a vampire, she violently turned on Elena and Jeremy. Stefan killed Vicki to save them. Then, at Elena’s request, Damon buried Vicki’s body, and compelled Jeremy to forget what had happened.)
DAMON: (Mimicking Jeremy) “Oh, but sheriff, someone buried her. Who would do that?” (raises hand) “I know, I know! ME!”
And later . . .
DAMON: (Upon agreeing not to use any more compulsion on Jeremy) “OK. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Why it made the list: For me, this scene really illustrates the snap, crackle, and pop of Damon’s and Elena’s witty banter. These two are clearly at ease with one another. Check out the pair’s body language, as they angle their chairs toward eachother, and repeatedly brush limbs. I also love the old-fashioned way Damon “courts” Elena, by selecting a rose from a nearby bouquet, sniffing it to make sure it is of top quality, and delicately placing it in her hand.
So often, we forget that Damon “grew up” in the mid 1800’s. This scene gently reminds us of that. When Elena receives the rose, she can’t help but be flattered and intrigued by Damon’s gesture, even though she knows she shouldn’t be.
8 ) Things “heat up,” while Damon and Elena are in the kitchen together. . .
Episode: “Children of the Damned” – 1 X 13
Setting the scene: Damon has dropped by the Gilbert home for dinner, unannounced. After the meal, Damon and Elena wash dishes together. Things quickly evolve from fun and flirty, to serious and intense, when Damon inquires as to Stefan’s true motives, in agreeing to help Damon free his long lost love, Vampire Katherine, from a nearby tomb. Elena initially shrugs off the question, but Damon confronts her directly, imploring her to be honest with him. She isn’t . . .
ELENA: “Don’t do that”
DAMON: “Do what?”
ELENA: “That move was deliberate.”
DAMON: “Yeah, I was deliberately trying to get to the sink.”
And later . . .
ELENA: “I’m wearing vervain, Damon. It’s not going to work.”
DAMON: “I’m not trying to compel you. I just want you to answer me . . . honestly”
Why it made the list: So many of Damon’s and Elena’s interactions revolve around the issue of trust. Can these two individuals trust one another? Well . . . that really depends on the episode.
For me, this scene can really be broken down into two parts. The first part of the scene is lighthearted and flirtatious. Notice Damon’s highly sexualized “Ohhh . . . mmmm” when he “accidentally” bumps into Elena on the way to the sink. While Elena pretends to be annoyed by the grope, the sly grin on her face says otherwise.
The second scene is more intense. Damon can sense that Stefan and Elena are lying to him, but instinctively trusts Elena, and refuses to believe she could do anything so dishonest. When Elena accuses Damon of trying to compel her to tell him the truth, he appears to be truly offended that she would think he would do that to her, after all they had been through. When Damon asks Elena if he can trust Stefan, he is revealing to her a vulnerable side of him that she hasn’t seen before. She feels guilty about lying to Damon, as evidenced by the way her eyes drift downward, refusing to meet his, at 1:18. Then again, she may just be mesmerized by those gorgeous lips of his . . .
7) Damon and Elena get wet (in the rain)
Episode: “Let the Right One in” – 1 X 17
Setting the scene: Stefan is being held captive by the Hidey Hole Vamps (a random plotline developed, and promptly discarded mid season). The Hidey Hole Vamps came from the tomb Damon opened during “Fool Me Once” (Episode 14). You know, the one that was SUPPOSED to contain Vampire Katherine, but didn’t? So, understandably, Damon feels a bit responsible for his brother’s kidnapping. Elena of course, is beside herself, and wants part in the rescue. But Damon fears that if Elena comes along, the responsibility will become too much for him. And he will lose both Stefan AND Elena, in the process.
DAMON:(Lovingly cupping Elena’s wet face in his hands). “Elena, I know. But I don’t know how to get him out.”
Why it made the list: This short scene is intensely emotional for both Damon and Elena. Both characters have completely let their guard down. Elena, who is intensely strong willed, and usually highly adept at keeping her emotions in check, is near tears, at the thought of Stefan being killed by the Hidey Hole Vamps. She feels helpless, and has stored all her hopes in Damon.
As I mentioned earlier, Damon feels responsible for this whole situation. He desperately wants to protect Elena and Stefan, and fears he is about to let them both down. Damon, who has always been supernaturally strong, and can usually mask his feelings with bravado and snark, is completely stripped down and vulnerable here. And he hates it . . .
6) Damon watches Elena sleep
Episode: “Friday Night Bites” – 1 X 3
Setting the scene: Ummm, I think you all are smart enough to figure this one out on your own . . .
STEFAN: (in voiceover) “I felt there was hope. That somewhere deep inside, something inside Damon was human, normal.”
Why it made the list: This scene, from the third Episode of The Vampire Diaries, is important, because it is truly the first time we see anything resembling humanity in Damon. Up until this point, all we have seen him do is kill and manipulate people. Every word spoken by him had an ulterior motive. Every gesture was made in malice. Here, we know, Damon’s actions are completely uncalculated, BECAUSE no one else can see them. Not even Elena, herself, who is unconscious the entire time.
It’s a short scene, only a few moments long, and (aside from the voiceover) dialogue free. But those few seconds speak volumes about Damon’s complexity as a character, and his early feelings for Elena — feelings that would only grow stronger, as the series progressed . . .
5) Elena falls victim to Damon’s “Eye Thing”
Episode: “Founder’s Day” 1 X 22 (The Season 1 Finale)
Setting the scene: Elena has just changed out of her 1800’s attire, following the Founder’s Day parade, and a ride on the Miss Mystic Falls float. Ever since Elena’s biological mother told Elena that Damon “loved her” (“Isobel” – Episode 1 X 21) things have gotten a bit awkward among our favorite Vampire Threesome. And Elena desperately wants to clear the air.
Speaking of clearing the air, things of become unusually chilly between Elena and her little brother, Jeremy, following Jeremy’s discovery that Elena has been keeping information aboutVicki’s vampiric demise from him. She also played a major part in having Jeremy’s memory of the event wiped from his consciousness.
DAMON: “I like you better like this. The period look, it didn’t suit you.”
ELENA: “Is that an insult?”
DAMON: “Actually, Elena. It is a compliment, of the highest order.”
And later . . .
ELENA: “So, I think you should stop with the flirty little comments, and that . . . Eye Thing . . . that you do.”
DAMON: “What eye thing?” (Does Eye Thing . . .)
ELENA: “Don’t make me regret being your friend.”
Why it made the list: In this scene, we can truly see how far Damon has come, from seeing Elena as a conquest, and a doppelganger of his long lost love, to being a sexy, intelligent, and caring woman, in her own right. The fact that Damon prefers Elena wearing modern clothes, to Elena wearing Katherine’s clothes, speaks volumes about how much his feelings for her have grown. Further evidence of that is found later in the scene, when Elena tells Damon not to make her regret being his friend.
Initially, of course, Damon’s face, which has been playful and seductive, since the opening of the scene, falls. Here’s a sexy popular playboy, one who has NEVER had any trouble with the ladies. And he has just been placed in the Friend Zone.
But what makes things really interesting, is what Damon does next. We watch as he takes a beat to ponder his relationship with Elena. Instantly, he comes to the conclusion that a friendship with Elena would be far better than no relationship at all. He nods sadly, but with a deep understanding and respect for Elena’s strength, as she goes to talk to Jeremy. And don’t even get me started on that “Eye Thing.”
4) Damon tries to compel Elena to kiss him / gets slapped in the face
Episode: “Friday Night Bites: – 1 x 3
Setting the scene: Damon has basically been compelling Elena’s friend Caroline to be his blood whore throughout the entire episode. But Caroline has started to bore and annoy Damon, so he sets his sights on greener pastures, Elena’s. Never one to go about things the “hard way,” Damon corners Elena, alone in the parking lot, during a high school football game. He plans to compel her to be his love slave, just as he has done with Caroline. Little does he know that Stefan has armed her with a vervain necklace, rendering her impervious to all mind control . . .
DAMON: “You’re right, I do have other intentions. But so do you . . . I see them. You want me . . . I get to you. You find yourself drawn to me. You think about me, even when you don’t want to think about me. I bet you’ve even dreamed about me . . . (Damon’s eyes glow green, with the power of compulsion behind them). And right now, you want to kiss me.”
And later . . .
ELENA: “I am NOT Katherine!”
Why it made the list: The acting in this scene between Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Nina Dobrev (Elena) was positively brilliant. For starters, the sexual tension between these two is undeniable — even though, at this point, Elena is trying desperately to deny it, and Damon is trying to force it, for his own personal gain. When Damon first makes his speech about how “hot for him” Elena is, we, as viewers, know that a lot of what he is saying true. Elena DOES feel drawn to Damon. She DOES think about him, even when she doesn’t want to. And she HAS dreamed about him.
But what’s really interesting is to watch the scene from Elena’s perspective. That dreamy, faraway, look in her eye. The way she keeps leaning closer and closer to him, as he speaks, unable to break eye contact. The first time I saw the scene, I wondered, for a moment, whether Damon had SUCCEEDED in compelling Elena to want to kiss him, in spite of the fact that she was wearing vervain.
Then I wondered whether Elena knew what Damon was trying to do. Based on that theory, she was just pretending to fall under his spell, only to catch him off guard, when she went in for the slap later. But here’s the thing: at this point, Elena doesn’t KNOW that Stefan and Damon are vampires. (Notice how Elena didn’t catch on to Damon’s ironic intimation, that he was MUCH older than Caroline.) So, she has no idea, they are capable of mind control. So, Elena’s seemingly lovestruck initial reaction to Damon’s words? It was REAL!
3) Damon and Elena do the “Mating Dance”
Episode: “Miss Mystic Falls” – 1 X 19
Setting the Scene: Elena has unwillingly agreed to take part in the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. Stefan has agreed to be her escort. But on the day of the pageant, Stefan mysteriously disappears. (Turns out he’s gone all blood lusty, and has set out to eliminate Elena’s competition, by eating it.) Unbeknownst to Elena, Damon has stepped in to fill Stefan’s shoes, and, subsequently, save the day.
USELESS AUNT JENNA: “What is she doing with Damon?”
ALARIC: “I have NO IDEA!”
Why it made the list: Like the earlier referenced scene, where Damon watched Elena sleep, this scene is nearly silent, save for the music to which the contestants dance. I love the first part of the scene, where Elena has her “Oh so Teen Cliched” Staircase Moment, and we see Damon’s eyes light up with love and sexual desire, as he sees her in that blue dress for the first time.
You can see the changes that take place in the couple, as the dance progresses. When it first starts, the two are wary of one another, stiff and business like. But then the music starts to take over. Smiles form on their faces. They are actually enjoying THIS!
Damon’s a surprisingly good dancer (much better than his younger brother). The first part of the dance, during which the partners can’t touch, is a mating ritual in every sense of the world. Damon and Elena circle one another like predator and prey.
But things really heat up when they are finally able to grab hold of one another. He grasps her body firmly, in a manner that is strong and protective. They both get a bit lost in the moment, wanting to move in closer, but unable to do so, based on the regimented nature of the dance. When the music stops, and the pair are forced to break from one another, they both seem a bit jarred by the intense emotions this experience has brought to the surface.
2) Damon kisses Elena Katherine
Episode: “Founder’s Day” – 1 x 22 (Season 1 Finale)
Setting the scene: At the Founder’s Day Carnival, Bonnie, at Elena’s behest, used her magic to rescue Damon from death by fire. Filled with gratitude, Damon goes to Elena’s house to set things right with Elena’s brother, Jeremy, by explaining to him, what truly happened with Vampire Vicki. As he leaves the house, he runs into who he THINKS is Elena. (It isn’t . . .)
DAMON: “I’m not a hero, Elena. I don’t do good. It’s not in my nature.”
KATHERINE (as Elena): “Maybe it is.”
And later . . .
DAMON: “She did it for you [saved me], which means that, somewhere along the way, you decided that I was worth saving. And I wanted to thank you for that.”
KATHERINE (as Elena): “You’re welcome.”
Why it made the list: At first blush, it may seem like sacrilege to put a scene that didn’t even INCLUDE Elena, in a list of the “Top Ten Best Damon and Elena” scenes. But the fact remains, that, from Damon’s perspective, this WAS Elena, to whom he had bared his soul, and with whom, after an entire season of trying and failing, he had finally shared a kiss. All this time, us fans always assumed that Damon did “bad things” simply because he wanted to. Now, we realize, that he did them, because he thought himself to be completely incapable of goodness. He is confused by, and uncomfortable with, his growing humanity, but at the same time, excited by it.
And Damon is excited by Elena, who for the first time, seems truly open to his advances. He kisses her tentatively at first. And then, when she doesn’t pull away, really lets himself get carried away in the moment. His hands cup her face, his fingers run through her hair. All thoughts of this awful day, escape from his head, and all that is left is love and passion.
In hindsight, we can see that “Elena” was different — that she seemed colder and more aloof, then she had in previous scenes. A few cocked eyebrows and vague responses here and there, betray Katherine’s lack of knowledge, as to what has been going on in Mystic Falls this season. She notices the change in Damon immediately, and is bit intrigued by it, especially since, all this time, she thought SHE was the only woman who held any power over him. And when they finally kiss, Katherine shows none of the extreme guilt the ever-faithful Elena would experience had she just made the decision to cheat on her vampire boyfriend.
And it’s this complexity, that makes the scene so compulsively watchable . . .
And finally . . . (drumroll please)
1) Damon returns Elena’s necklace
Episode: “Fool Me Once” – 1X14
Setting the scene: Having recently learned that Stefan and Elena have stolen the spellbook that he needs to free his love Katherine from the tomb, Damon feels hurt and betrayed. After all, the couple had promised to help him get Katherine back, and Elena had given Damon his word that their intentions were genuine. Later, Elena comes to visit an uncharacteristically broody Damon at his home, waving the metaphorical “white flag” and carrying the proverbial “olive branch.”
ELENA: “I was protecting the people I love, Damon. But so were you, in your own twisted way. As hard as it is to figure, we are all on the same side, after the same thing.”
DAMON: “Fool me once, shame on you.”
And later . . .
ELENA: “You and I, we have something. An understanding. And I know my betrayal hurt you — different than it was with Stefan. But I promise you, I will help you get Katherine back.
And still later . . .
DAMON: I didn’t compel you in Atlanta, because we were having fun. I wanted it to be real. I’m trusting you. Don’t make me regret it.
Why it TOPPED the list: This scene contains everything we LOVE about Damon and Elena, all rolled up into one beautiful and sexy package: the witty banter, the silent looks filled with meaning, the complex innuendos, the invasion of personal space, gentle caresses, and an admission, on both Damon’s and Elena’s parts, that their relationship is special. It travels far beyond the expected boundaries of friendship. The episode, begins with a betrayal of trust, and concludes with the ultimate exchange of trust. Elena, who has always secretly worried that Damon has been trying to compel her (how else could she explain her strong romantic feelings for him), really puts herself out there for Damon.
By taking off the vervain necklace that protects her from mind control, Elena is exposing herself completely to Damon. She might as well be standing naked before him. And Damon, who wonders whether he will ever be able to trust Elena again, has the perfect opportunity to exert ultimate power over her. And just like in Atlanta, he refuses to take that opportunity. He will not take advantage of Elena in that way. When Damon closes in on Elena, and reaches behind her to take the necklace, she is frightened and a bit aroused. All of this is evident, when, to her surprise, Damon gently clasps the necklace back around her neck.
A gentle brush of Damon’s fingers across Elena’s throat is enough to send her eyes rolling back in her head in pure ecstacy. But this scene isn’t just about sex or power. It is about love, friendship, understanding, and a willingness to let someone see you at your most vulnerable. And THAT is why this scene made Number One on my list . . .
Season 2 of the Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday, September 9th at 8 p.m. on The CW, and we all know what THAT means — more juicy Damon and Elena scenes to gush over and explore. I for one, CAN’T WAIT! Can YOU?