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'Vampire Diaries' Recap: Elena Flirts With Damon While Stefan Sacrifices Himself! Is That Bad?

Thu, October 6, 2011 10:26pm EDT by Andy Swift 31 Comments

Elena came closer than ever to ‘switching Salvatores’ this week! Don’t you think it’s time for her to just give it up?

Aside from the hot-and-heavy pairing of Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Caroline (Candice Accola), every other couple in Mystic Falls was put to the test on the Oct. 6 episode of The Vampire Diaries. Elena (Nina Dobrev) continued flirting with Damon (Ian Somerhalder), while Stefan (Paul Wesley) swapped spit with Rebecca (Claire Holt), and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) had to choose between Anna the Friendly Ghost (Malese Jow) or Bonnie the Teenage Witch (Kat Graham.) Let’s talk about each of their poor life choices, shall we?

Still determined to locate Rebecca’s necklace, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had Gloria probe Stefan’s mind for the truth. And by “probe,” I mean strap him down and torture the answer out of him. She ultimately discovered that Elena was in possession of the missing bling — and alive, by the way — but one swift stab from Katherine took care of Klaus’ witchy BFF once and for all. Stefan tried to flirt with Rebecca to distract her, but she saw right through his crocodile kiss, and Klaus quickly realized he was no longer on their side.

Back to Stefan, though: The show was clearly trying to paint him in a Jesus-y light this week by (1) making his torture sesh with Gloria look like a crucification, and (2) making it clear that he was only enduring all that pain to keep Elena safe. It almost made it hard for me to enjoy Elena’s flirty scenes with Damon, knowing that Stefan was off being poked and prodded for her. Almost.

The best moment of the night, in my humble Delena-shipping opinion, was when Caroline asked Elena point-blank if she had feelings for Damon. “Just admit you’re attracted to him,” she said — at which point fans everywhere thanked Caroline for finally saying what we’ve all been thinking for the past two seasons.

And even better, Elena didn’t even deny it! She simply responded, “I can’t. … If I do, what kind of person does that make me?” So she basically admitted it without actually admitting it. She always was good at finding loopholes.

Bonnie also made her highly anticipated return to Mystic Falls this week, and her timing couldn’t have been any better, as Jeremy was starting to see and speak to Anna more often. We learned he has full control over his interaction with his ghostly exes, and the more he thinks about them, the more they appear. Since Vicki (Kayla Ewell) was M.I.A. this week, I guess it’s safe to assume he’s totes over that one. And Bonnie being back in town has all but taken away Jeremy’s need for Anna, though I have to admit, it was pretty heartbreaking watching her beg him not to shut her out. (“I’m all alone!”)

One more thing of note: Anna warned Jeremy that “the darkness” is now in Mystic Falls. What darkness could she be referring to? I mean, sure, there’s always darkness in Mystic Falls. But what new darkness are we about to meet in the coming weeks? I’m all a-tingles with anticipation!

OK, now it’s your turn to rant! Should Elena feel guilty for flirting with Damon while Stefan is off literally sacrificing himself for her? And what’s this “darkness” that poor Anna was referring to? Another week, another mountain of questions to be answered.

— Andy Swift

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