Vampire Diaries
Growing Pains

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Wow, that took a lot longer than you'd think. Now, let's really get to the show. The screen is white. We hear a lawn mower, first, then church bells add to the din. Next, there's a siren. Elena's face comes slowly into focus. She's at home in her own bed, but she wakes again with a gasp and calls to Stefan who is right at her side. He explains she was in an accident. Elena asks about Matt. Damon (on the window seat) tells her to ask Stefan. I hold my breath. Stefan, bless his heart, confirms Matt is alive. Elena says, "I thought that I was...how did you...?" Damon's voice is bitter. "Save you? He didn't."

Stefan and Damon exposit that when Elena was hospitalized during the season finale, her injuries were more extensive than they knew. When Matt's truck went off the bridge, our girl had Damon's vampire blood in her system, thanks to Mad Doctor Meredith Fell. Elena: "Oh my God. Does that mean that... AM I DEAD? No, no, no, no. That wasn't supposed to happen."

Stefan says Bonnie's working on a way to help Elena revert to full humanity. Damon insists feeding and completing the transition is the only thing that's going to help. Stefan says they have the day to exhaust every possibility, but Damon says, "There is no way out of it. We all know the drill. You feed or you die. There is no door number three." Elena: "I was ready to die. I was supposed to die. I don't want to be... I can't be a vampire. If there's something that Bonnie can do, we have to try." Stefan reassures her that they'll try everything. Damon, who has no patience for this, starts out of the room. "Your choice, Elena. As always."

Damon's pouring himself a drink when Stefan comes downstairs. Damon minces no words about Stefan setting Elena up for disappointment. Per Damon, no one, in the history of vampirism, has reverted to humanity. I guess he doesn't know about the Shanshu prophecy. They bicker about whether or not Stefan "let" Elena die. Stefan insists he was just following Elena's wishes. Damon: "And now the world has one more quarterback. Bravo, brother." Hey, Damon? Shut up. I love you, but just shut up, because Matt needs to live. This show has gotten so short on ordinary humans as to be ridiculous, besides, Matt is our Pudding Pop, so why don't you have yet another drink and calm the heck down? After all, Elena's no more dead than you. Stefan blahs about making a choice he'll regret for the rest of his life then adds, "Now let me try to fix it."

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