Damon starts off down the front steps, but soon stops and turns back to Elena. "No. You know what? If I am going to feel guilty about something, I'm going to feel guilty about this." He takes her head in his hands and kisses her! His hands slide under her shiny, shiny hair. Elena raises one of her hands to Damon's, but doesn't pull it off her neck and she doesn't pull away. She yields to his slow gentle kiss. When he pulls back and looks in her eyes, I'm pretty sure he must see that while Elena is not going to instigate more kissing, neither would she resist it. He starts to eye-thing at her, stops himself and whispers, "Good night," leaving Elena nearly as breathless as the Damon/Elena 'shippers (and some of us non-shippers, too).
Of course, the kiss has some people in an uproar -- because they feel Stefan has been betrayed. In a show with bloody deaths every week, and compulsion and whatever other fresh hell rushing through town, I just don't think this kiss is a huge betrayal. At this point, I wouldn't find a relationship between Elena and Damon a big betrayal. And I expect someday it will end and there will be the possibility of a romantic reunion for Stefan and Elena. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. This moment had to come. It's what the show is about -- the love between these three characters, in all directions. There's one thing I'd love to see, and soon, but I'm not sure I will. I would love to see Damon be upfront with Stefan, tell him he's more in love with Elena than ever, and that he kissed her.
What do you think about the compulsion of Jeremy? I know a lot of people are mad about that, too. I think it's wrong, but it doesn't anger me, because first of all, I feel like Germ had some inkling of why Damon was coming into his room and he didn't make a stink or ask questions, or heck, just close his eyes. Secondly, I think Elena, Alaric and Damon did this thing out of a place of love and concern. Their intentions will make great pavement on this new road to hell. I know it's wrong, but it's the right kind of wrong.
I'll be back Friday with a recaplet of the next episode. In the meantime, please grade the episode up top and join us in the forum, where there are plenty of good reasons to feel guilty.