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Vamp Talk Thursday

And tonight is:

Plan B. Jeremy offers to help Alaric and Damon deal with Katherine, despite Elena's concerns about Jeremy's safety. Caroline and her mother share some rare quality time together. When Bonnie learns some new information about Mason, she decides to share it with Stefan, which leads to Damon taking action on his own.

This looks to have all my fave episode elements. We shall see.

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Vamp Talk Thursday

Everyone's favorite weekday (besides Friday, obvs) is here, and not a moment too soon:

Kill or Be Killed. While Stefan and Damon argue over how to handle the Lockwoods, Tyler learns more about his Uncle Mason and the family curse. Despite Elena's wishes, Jeremy gets closer to the Lockwood mystery by hanging out with Tyler. Sheriff Forbes receives some shocking information from Mason, leading to a chaotic night.

I love it when the boys bicker. Plus, chaos!

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Vamp Talk Thursday

And tonight's ep is:

Memory Lane. Stefan takes more dramatic actions as he tries to discover the truth behind why Katherine has returned to Mystic Falls, and he is stunned when Katherine reveals some new information about the events that unfolded in 1864. Damon tries using a new method to resolve his issues with Mason, but his decision has serious consequences. Tyler pressures Mason to tell him the truth about the Lockwood family. Stefan and Elena are faced with limited options when Katherine gives them an ultimatum.

Last week was a return to form, so surely there's cracktastic hijincks of rollicking reveals in store for us tonight.

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Vamp Talk Thursday

And tonight's ep is*:

Bad Moon Rising. Elena, Damon, and Alaric travel to Duke University to study Isobel's research on folklore and paranormal phenomena, hoping to find some clues to the mystery surrounding the Lockwoods. Vanessa, a former student of Isobel's, helps them sort through the research and ends up learning more than she had anticipated. Stefan encounters a terrifying new danger in the woods, and Tyler uncovers a shocking discovery about his uncle Mason.

This looks promising, what with the return of Alaric. And maybe the werewolves won't be so mysterious after this week…because if the SHOCKING DISCOVERY is that Mason is a werewolf? NOT SHOCKING.

Stop by afterward with thoughts, complaints, and prognostications.

*Oh, the tough decisions ahead in casa Bond-Rowe, where we can DVR only two things at a time. I believe the same hour will hold TVD, Community and Parks & Rec, and Bones. Woe. Why can't some shows be on other nights?

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Vamp Talk Thursday

Oh dear–has the clock really run around to Thursday without another post? Oh well, this will have to do. Still working on finishing my book draft, a proofing project, and getting ready to start reading Subterranean issue submissions soon. If all goes well, I should return to a more normal posting schedule next week.

In the meantime, tonight's capsule descrip is:

Brave New World. Caroline, feeling confused and desperate, joins her friends at the Mystic Falls Carnival after being released from the hospital. Damon wants to take immediate action, but Stefan and Elena offer Caroline their support. Matt tries to tell Caroline how he feels about her despite being confused about her behavior. Damon starts to suspect Mason Lockwood and tries to use Tyler's short temper to get Mason to reveal his secret. Bonnie takes her frustrations out on Damon as she becomes frustrated with everything going on around her.

Can't wait.

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Vamp Talk

In the grand tradition of past TV show weekly discusison threads at ye old Shaken & Stirred (Gilmore Gossip Circle, R.I.P.), I'm inaugurating one for Vampire Diaries talk… assuming y'all, you know, bite (so, so sorry).

Tonight's season opener capsule description is:

The Return. Elena returns home and is horrified to learn what has happened to Jeremy and Uncle John. Bonnie, Matt, and Damon wait at the hospital with Sheriff Forbes, who is anxious to hear whether Caroline will survive the car accident. Elena and Damon share a confusing conversation about the evening's events, and Damon realizes that Katherine has returned. He and Stefan set out to learn why Katherine came back and whether she poses a threat to Mystic Falls. Tyler's uncle, Mason, arrives to console his family members, who are still grieving after the mayor's death. J. Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec.

Even The Atlantic says this show is classy. (Or highly addictive and enjoyable, at least.)

See also: Sarah Rees Brennan on the crack that is this show.

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Miss Universe: The Live By Remote Experience

I'm going to attempt to liveblog the pageant (on the off chance that Ms. Sunshine can't find a good webcast on her portion of the globe) (webcast found! but I'll continue to hit the highlights). Please to join in the comments, if you like. I make no promises as to how long I can keep this up, but I'll try to get through to crowntime.

Updates will begin here in 39 minutes and counting. Behind the cut to avoid spoilers, OF COURSE.

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Reprise National Costume

The Miss Universe pageant is on NBC tonight at 9 p.m., and this intergalactic strangefest should not be missed if you can help it.*

Psst: Refresher on the rules of the drinking game.

I'm always a Trinidad & Tobago girl, but I might branch out this year. And there are so many questions: Will America trip at some point? Can Venezuela lose? Who will be the saddest "celebrity" guest judge?


*Scoff if you must, but the Vietnam pageant was the first place I ever saw a little someone called Lady Gaga perform.

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Tardy Dollhouse Discuss. & Misc.

Sorry I forgot to post the Dollhouse thread. The level of busy for the past week has topped historical levels, but I finally got a chance to watch the ep last night. Now that's more like it. Spoilers in comments. Some regular posting to resume this week.

Reading Paul Tremblay's The Little Sleep and finding it a pleasing cocktail reminiscent of Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn and Jen Banbury's Like a Hole in the Head, with a hint of Bukowski bitters.

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