It’s time for the Decade Dance! And holy cow! Does the Mystic Falls ever know how to throw a dance.

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Seriously? I want to see what these guys do for Prom. Because that is some serious coin spent on a themed dance.

So what did Elena decide on?

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“Sexy hippie” apparently. Except…she’s less hippie, more mod. But after watching this episode, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that the 60s really were a confusing time, because no one was on the same page at this dance.

Since it is a high school dance, let’s give out some awards. Best costume? Caroline Forbes as Jackie O…well, Jackie Kennedy.

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The judges only criticism of her outfit is she didn’t find better fitting gloves. These make her hands look like she’s got serial killer gloves on.

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Best couple costume? Well that one goes to Caroline Forbes as well. Good work at making Matt’s suit look like he’s in costume.

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Best Last Minute Costume goes to Alaric/Klaus. For an evil vampire who just showed up in a strange town, in a strange dude’s body, he figured out pretty fast how to put together a sleek mod outfit for the dance.

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Klaus as Alaric seems like way more fun than Alaric as himself. I would totally party with this Alaric. He looks like he’s going to cut a rug at any time. I bet he can do the mashed potato, the Freddie and the Frug.

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He seems pretty proud of himself. And considering what he had to work with in Alaric’s closet, he should be.

Next award is for Best Use of Paisley.

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Excellent work Jeremy! Elena bought Bonnie’s excuse that you were mopey about having to wear a costume for a reason. It’s because you’re generally mopey and against joining in on things like costumes. I think there was a Halloween episode where you went to the party in a hoodie, so the fact that you broke out paisley and a vest?  That might even get you Most Improved Dance Attendee as well.

The award for Most Confused by the 60s goes to Elena and Bonnie. Excellent costumes ladies, but you are not sexy hippies.

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No, I wager that with those boots, your more mod than anything. Just because you’ve got a peace sign on, doesn’t make you a hippie. Bonnie’s boots however? They get an award all on their own.

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Speaking of peace sign jewelery, I’m going to give Elena the award for Peace, Love and Corniness.

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Damon didn’t really try that hard, he just unbuttoned his shirt a little. But we’ll give him Sexiest Chaperone award.

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High school dances would have been so much better if this guy showed up at your dance to “chaperone”.

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Not quite the gratuitous shot of Damon’s chest and abs that we’ve come to expect. But I’ll take it.

And now for the moment where Stefan realizes that this is actually a costume party:

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Ooooh…so that’s why Elena was rooting through the box marked “’60s era outifts”.

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Damon, having lived through the ’60s looks like he’s not impressed with the teens of Mystic Falls. Stefan, who also lived through the ’60s, but tends towards being a stick in the mud, is realizing this party would be way more fun if he actually dressed the part. 

And we have a few runner up prizes for our Extras. Like Dana in her adorable crocheted dress.

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I know more than one girl who would maim to have that in their wardrobe this summer. And considering she’s in Mystic Falls, she might actually get maimed or killed for her outfit.

And then there’s the dude who realized he could wear his marching band jacket and look cool at the same time.

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Props to you, random Sargeant Pepper fan. You weren’t the only one at the dance who thought of this, but then, your friends in the marching band were probably all thinking the same thing. So that’s okay. It was a better choice than the girl who wore an I Dream of Jeannie outfit (I wish I had a picture of that one for you).

As I mentioned, the ’60s were really confusing. Even more so when you didn’t live through them. So I guess I can forgive Chad from Third Period for this outfit.

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It’s got more a Scarface vibe going on than ’60s. But hey! Klaus thought Watergate happened in the ’60s.

He did try to make up for it by forming a little gang. When they came out to talk to Jeremy, they definitely tried hard to give it that West Side Story/Outsiders sort of feeling. A few well timed snaps and I totally would have bought them as a gang in the ’60s

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Again with the confusion over how to dress for the decade. Tied dyed guy looks like he phoned it in and the other guy looks like he didn’t even bother to dress up.

Finally, I’m going to give an award for Most Melodramatic Death at a High School Dance.

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I’m glad Bonnie didn’t die, if only so her final scenes weren’t so over the top and cheesy. Bonnie deserves a better death than that. Although the sparks were a nice touch. She’ll have to remember that when she tries to kill Klaus for reals.