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The Originals review: The kiss we've all been waiting for

The best TVD storyline crossover yet

The Originals is giving us something to squeal about again. The show is back on its game tonight after a few weeks of making us nervous.
Mikael returns on The Originals
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Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Genevieve? No. Cami and Marcel? Meh. Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Jackson? Gettin' warmer. Hayley and Elijah (Daniel Gillies)? Yes.

This is hands down our new favorite episode of The Originals Season 1 so far, and not just because Hayley and Elijah finally kiss. We also get a healthy dose of storyline crossover from parent show The Vampire Diaries as the supernaturals in New Orleans feel the effects of The Other Side crumbling. That means, that's right, Enzo isn't the only one who's hanging around as a meddlesome ghost. Mikael decides to cause some trouble of his own and stamps New Orleans as his territory. You'd think after a few thousand years he'd get tired of going after Klaus. But, no, it's seems like that's what he does best.

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While Klaus' romantic relationships in the show don't really interest us (we're still Team Klaroline, so keep up the crossovers), his evolving relationship as a budding parent does. This episode began to focus on Klaus' anxiety as he comes to terms with his soon-to-be fatherhood. We loved the reflection with Mikael, who returns to haunt him, coupled with a look at Klaus' past with Marcel.

As a result of Klaus' nerves about the baby (paired nicely with Mikael's tauntings), we finally get the Marcel and Klaus make-up session we've been waiting for. They aren't allies. Far from it still. But they do have an understanding and mutual respect at the end of this episode that gives us hope. It was the perfect moment for their characters at this point in the game.

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OK, now on to that kiss. After she almost dies thanks to the witches, Monique and a freaky voodoo doll, Hayley isn't hesitating anymore. She grabs Elijah and plants a long one on him. And, no, there is no blaming it on those pregnancy hormones, despite that almost-ready-to-pop baby bump. Those two have had it coming for a while.

Hayley might not be able to see the family dynamics at play yet — she refers to herself, the baby, Elijah and Klaus as "a reality show" under one roof — but we think they'll make a great team any little baby would be lucky to have. It's odd couple perfect, and we love every second of their interactions.

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Best quotes of the night

"You, me, Elijah and the miracle baby all under one roof. Sounds like a reality show." We'll take snarky Hayley comments any day.

"Please tell me you've designed a stronger method to control the witch than playing hard to get," Elijah says to Klaus. A joke from proper Elijah? Yes, thank you.

Klaus starts this one with, "Seems rather uncivilized to laugh and dance around the body of a loved one."

To which Elijah replies, "Yes, far better to practice your process of grief, Niklaus: Denial, rage and hoarding coffins in basements." We especially like the hoarding coffins in basements part.

What did you think of tonight's episode of The Originals?

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