Gossip Girl Review: You and I Are Not Friends

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Now that's more like it.

After a slower episode last week that introduced set some things in motion but offered little in the way of drama, intrigue or humor, tonight offered all of the above.

If you like Gossip Girl, then you probably liked "Petty in Pink." Maybe you don't like some of the characters' decisions, but with the show's standard formula for success - sexiness, spying and scandals - it had all the makings of a solid episode and it delivered.

Reflection of Beauty

Dan can't be just friends with Blair.

Despite my disappointment that we didn't SEE the kiss between Dan and Blair (come ON, writers) it did result in a major revelation for the Donut: He LOVES her!

He tried to deny this to others and to himself. He even kissed her as a ruse to aid her romancing another guy. But he's finally come to grips with his true feelings.

I love that Dan acknowledged this. The question is what he does next.

Will he try to get in the middle of the royal courtship Blair is so taken with? Will Blair ever admit her similar connection with Dan, which she continues to repress?

Somehow I predict that Charlie, who's getting the hang of UES life quickly, will try to help him win Blair back, while secretly harboring feelings for Dan herself.

Dan's gotta make a move at some point. While Prince Louis seems like a good-on-paper guy and all, B seems more smitten with the IDEA of him than anything.

The glitz and glamor of dating royalty were evident in that final kissing scene, with the flashbulbs sparkling and our Queen B swooning. But I think it'll fade in time.

I just don't see him as the long-term fit for Blair, and am going to predict that the only Royal Wedding this spring will involve Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Between Dan and Chuck, who was not involved in Blair's story line this week, one of NYC's finest will triumph come May. Will it be the Prince or the Pauper?

While some parts of this saga were obviously hokey - Lucien yanking Louis back to France unless Blair was dating Dan; any of Serena's reasons for meddling; Charlie's intense desire to become a spy - that's par for the course for GG.

In fact, combined with a fancy party, that pretty much IS Gossip Girl.

Lily in a Red Dress

Lily's floor-length gown conveniently hides her new accessory.

The party in question was an all-pink affair to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, hosted at the VDW penthouse where Lily is now under house arrest.

Wearing an ankle monitor a la Lindsay Lohan, who was hilariously referenced at one point, Lil ultimately pulled the plug on the event after Nate's mom dissed her.

This after Rufus, who actually had a conversation with Dan (there's a first time for everything), went to great lengths to move it to her pad, too. What can you do.

The fact that Lily's simply under house arrest felt anticlimactic, but is probably a realistic punishment, and allowed us to focus on other stories, so I'm cool with it.

While Blair tried to keep a regal romance intact and on the DL, and Lily attempted to stay socially relevant despite a felony conviction, Raina tried to find her mom.

At first, Chuck urged Nate to stop her. Then he accompanied them to New Jersey in search of Avery Thorpe, afraid of what they might learn and what it will mean.

What Chuck knows (or at least strongly believes) is that Raina's mom died in that fire and Bart was responsible, and it's eating away at him more every second.

Beneath the Howard Hughes routine lies a young man coming to grips with his family's legacy, a lucrative but increasingly dark history. What will he find next?

All I know is that Ed Westwick continues to sell it so well. This brooding, tormented shell of Chuck Bass is hard to watch, and at the same time a treat to watch.

Will he try to protect Raina - and his own reputation - from the truth? Will Nate step up and play a role beyond that of supportive boyfriend/sidekick? Stay tuned.

Vanessa is Back! Yes!

Oh yeah, and we have to talk about V.

Perhaps the best part of the whole episode involved someone else Dan is not capable of being friends with. Watching him SHRED Vanessa at the end was tremendous.

"Just to be clear, we are not friends." OHHH, he went there!

One of my favorite things about coming to work Tuesdays is my colleague Eric (a.k.a. Gossip Guy) eviscerating Vanessa in our Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussions.

Having extended the olive branch to his old friend only to learn she was going behind his back all along, it was as if Dan spoke directly for Gossip Guy with that line.

Also great were the one-liners from Charlie that good-naturedly mocked the show and its often convoluted plot lines. "Right ... because that happens." Priceless.

What did you think of this week's Gossip Girl? Discuss!

Review

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Ursy

i like the fact that dan and blair are now friends, but i want blair to be independent and become the queen of UES and chuck to be single and try to figure out his life and build the empire he always wanted, he also has to work on his emotional feelings before they start with relationships. i dont agree that dan and blair should date "IT'S JUST TOO WRONG" i love CHAIR
CHAIR 4 EVA

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@ Steve McQueen : I agree with you, Blair is thinking of Dan unconsciously, while her mind is in a big denial right now. I know that the writer is making Dair storyline a little bit slow. But there are some clues from the words that Blair said in the beginning of "The Kid Stay in the picture" episode : Blair said : "This isn't about Work or Time Dorota. It's about the TRUTH... Something happened RECENTLY that REVEALED my FUTURE and I've been hiding ever since. Cause I don't want to deal with it" Hmm if my analysis was true those word is a clue to the DAIR relationship. (Look all the CAPS word).
* TRUTH : this mean the truth about her feeling to Dan after she kissed him according to the word RECENTLY it refer to the kiss right?
* REVEALED my FUTURE : does this mean her future with Dan, cause if it's CHUCK why she had to hide and don't want to deal with it? And she also said hiding ever since, since when? I think it means The Kiss of course. There's a chance that DAIR can become an endgame... Waiting for other analysis : *sorry if my english is bad...

Pennys boat

Dair J'adore I love you

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AMAZING episode! Felt like one of the old GG seasons XD
The scheming, meddling, partying LOL and it was hilarious!
Dair was just beautiful! Dan admited liking Blair, she admited their connection ♥
The prince was...ok, I guess.
Charlie's view from the outside was also great :D

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I am totally pro DAIR steamy action!

Vanessavvv

Well can I just say that Gossip Girl was on brilliant form tonight, from the clothes, music down to the scandal and Gossip Girl blast. I love Ed Westwick's tormented Chuck Bass, he does sultry and troubled brilliantly. And he's so gorgeous! Last weeks family portrait with Chuck standing alone was so sad, you could see the emotion in his face. However, we all know Chuck is messed up and we know why, bur that still doesn't excuse why he has made a significantly big gesture to win back his girl. Blair looked beautiful in as always, especially so in her pink dress. I enjoyed the banter and to and froing between Blair and Dan. So sweet. Absolutely hated Serena in this episode. I'm so glad that Blair told Serena how conceited she is. Everyone seems to adore her in the show, but finally somebody sees how self involved she really is. I still haven't decided who I'm backing Chuck, Dan or Louis. I think I want Chair because Chuck needs some happiness in his life, he needs someone in the family portrait. I do love Dairs banter but they can still have great banter as best friends. As for Louis, as somebody said before, I think that Blair just likes the idea of Prince Louis, he is a real life Prince Charming, straight out of a Disney fairytale. There's just no chemistry there though. Chair for love and Dair for friends, best friends in fact.

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I must say I just like the idea of Blair being happy with someone else besides Chuck. I like the idea of the Prince coming all the way from Europe to look for her was sweet and such a fairytale just the way Blair likes it. I like the fact that Dan and Blair have formed a bond. I would rather it be plutonic, a deep, honest friendship that last a lifetime. I would rather see Chuck and Blair happy with other people for a while. The could be friends and be there for one another. ?It is sad that Chuck has to face the horror of his dad killing Raines mom. Vanessa just seems to be in the show to gossip and cause confusion. I would not mind if her character was dropped. She does not seem to have any quality. All the other characters have weaknesses and strengths. I don't know any strength that Vanessa has. The way Serena treats everyone and for the amount of times Blair has saved Serena and been in her shadow I do not see any reason why she cannot let the situation go and be happy for Blair.

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you do realise there are already two royal weddings this year so gossip girl would be the third not the second!

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@ gembuttons & Dair J'adore
You also write with common sense :)

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@Dair j'adore Me too, je les adore. I completely agree with your analysis about Dan and Blair's character development. They get each other!!! love DAIR and give us some steamy scenes with Dair to convert fans...

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 19 Quotes

Well, because if Vanessa is lying and it isn't true, then I'm a horrible friend for believing her. But if it is true, then they're horrible friends for not telling me.

Serena

I'm sorry, I'm still new at this, how is this better than just asking them?

Charlie
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