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Gossip Girl Review: Call Me Serena!

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If nothing else, the Russell Thorpe story line can no longer be called boring.

In the first installment of Gossip Girl's two-part season finale, Bart's old partner was exposed as a sociopath and possible murderer - one setting his sights on the ultimate revenge, holding the one thing Chuck truly covets in life in a precarious position.

Let's backtrack and break down how Russell and Blair ended up on the roof ...

Mr. Louis Waldorf

Despite predictable developments and serious plot holes, "Shattered Bass" was entertaining for the most part and featured some terrific cameos and one-liners.

Blair and Louis' love affair is in full bloom, although I certainly didn't sense a lot of chemistry between them this week. Partly because B was seeing Chuck a lot.

She spends a lot of time worrying about Chuck for someone supposedly so enthralled with Louis, doesn't she? The writers sure glossed over Chuck's abuse fast.

Princess Sophie even had B tailed to prove that she was being dishonest with Louis. This begs the question: If she reveals her dark side, will he still want her?

He claims he will, but it looks far from certain. Those unsavory elements of B's personality are what forms the magnetism Chuck feels with Blair and vice versa.

Princess Sophie was won over, though, thanks to Cyrus. Wallace Shawn once again proved he is the man, and not just because of his Princess Bride reference.

Meanwhile, in thoroughly confusing Chuck news mostly redeemed by the return of Desmond Harrington as Jack, Raina called in Evil Uncle Bass. For REVENGE.

Jack then got in touch with Russell and plotted to take down Chuck, because Raina was to amateurish. Then Jack enlisted some thugs to force Chuck into rehab.

It's a good thing this was a setup - to trap Russell into rifling through Chuck's stuff with him supposedly locked away - because it was unrealistic on many levels.

Russell falling for it was amazing in a sense, but he was pretty desperate. The surveillance tape Russell wanted so hard didn't prove Bart Bass' guilt, but his own.

Jack's Back

It was great, and admittedly unexpected, to see Jack take Chuck's side on this one, and noble of young Bass to let Russell walk with the same deal Bart had offered him.

Then Nate had to go and open his pretty mouth.

Having heard the truth from Nate, Raina called her dad to tell him he may as well be dead to her too. Betrayed, reeling and crazy, Russell hatched a plan for revenge.

Just as Chuck went to make a last-ditch effort to win over Blair at her public, royal debut with Louis, she was lured again by her star-crossed flame to Charlies' Place.

The roof of the hotel he's building, that is. Only Russell Thorpe awaited her, not Chuck. Will he bookend his career of torching buildings with Bass love interests inside?

Will Chuck stop him in the nick of time, only to win Blair's heart back from Louis? And is Raina's mom actually dead? We'll have to see when the season wraps May 16.

While all this was happening, Charlie went off her medication.

What she takes it for, why she stopped taking it, why she left evidence of not taking it in plain view, and how missing one dose made her NUTS in about three hours?

All very unclear. But that's where we're at right now.

She Wants That Lab

After Dan invited Charlie to a fundraiser at Constance (which hilariously featured the return of Katy and Iz, along with those Gossip Girl fans who are like 12), Charlie freaked that she had nothing to wear, then showed up in Serena’s Cotillion dress!

This was absurdly awesome moment #1 of Charlie's story line: Serena's reaction and her cousin's insistence that it was a Nina Ricci number she bought once she got access to the Rhodes Trust Fund (another confusing plot element I won't get into).

Awesome moment #2? Charlie deciding she wants to get Humphreyed in Headmistress Queller’s office, slipping out of that dress like it was on fire, thrusting Serena-esque cleavage at Dan ... then breathlessly moaning for him to CALL HER SERENA!

Dan, understandably, backed off at that point.

While this would have been a top five Gossip Girl sex scene (maybe it even still counts, given some of the camera angles), Dan did the right thing coming to his sense there. The question is what happens next week when Charlie becomes even more unhinged.

Vanessa is coming to the rescue there, at least! Appearing out of nowhere and guaranteeing herself at least a 9 on this week's Gossip Girl Round Table, she and Serena called truce so they could share notes on Rufus and Charlie and her meds for some reason.

The more I write about it, the more I enjoyed some of the vintage Gossip Girl elements of this episode. By no means was it one of the show's best, but it'll be interesting to see how next week plays out and what note Season Four goes out on.

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Discuss!

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What bothers me is that Chuck is getting the blame for informing Raina about her father when Nate is really the one who did trying to stick up for Chuck. She could've just said she heard it from Nate. However I guess then they wouldn't have a storyine.
Does anyone else think it's weird that Charlie dumped her medication (after swearing she'd take it) right in a little waste bin in the living room? Seriously, if you are trying to get rid of something and don't want to be found out, one could've just flushed it down the toilet. That was weak. Of course they needed it to be in a place where Rufus could find it and realize what she did.

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Pathetic, stupid episode. I see we're back to the season-end disasters, just like season 3. After a hopeful spring with some great episodes, they just punted it all away. Okay, I can accept that there were four good things about this episode, and ONLY four:
1. Cyrus and Queen Whoever bonding over ornithology.
2. Blair's dress.
3. The fact that Serena only clues in to her cousin's weird ways because of anger over her dress.
4. Jack Bass surprisingly helping out Chuck, and being funny. I'll try to help the numerous mentally challenged among us to understand the Jack situation: he assaults Lily, yes, and does other bad things. However, we accept that because a) he's a bad guy! we don't have to like him!, and b) he chose not to have sex with Blair precisely because he knew she didn't want to, so at least he's not Always in rape mode. From this show? Small favors. You Chuck Blair "shippers" depress me. The world suffers on the whole for your collective idiocy. Wow, I'm so glad Chuck's bad behavior wasn't "supposed" to be interpreted as abusive. Thankfully we don't need to use our own brains to understand what we see for ourselves. The fact that y'all don't get it is, right there by itself, a perfect example of The Problem. No, you dumb girls don't get it, and I pray you wake up.

Nicky79

Ooh yeah GG needs a truly crazy girl around... I'm proud of Dan, he did the right thing but I can't believe how quickly the writers forget all the Dair storyline... Ok I'm not one of the Dair fans but let's be realistic, Dan liked her but suddenly mini-Serena appears and he forget it??
However, I really enjoy this episode from the appearance of old faces like the little-crazy GG fans and Cyrus (always awesome!! Love when he said "like your stepfather I'll do like I didn't heard about sex games" LOL) to the new development in the Thorpe's storyline...
How awesome was that?!
OMG number 1:Russel killed his wife
OMG number 2: jack bass helping chuck... WTF?! the last thing I think I would have seen in this show
OMG number 3: raina knows, thanks to Nate (I really started to think he's just a cute face...)
OMG number 4: that last scene with russel an Blair in the rooftop.... AAWWW can't wait to see the next episode!!
Just an amazing and twisted episode like the old ones, let's see next week how this amazing season ends!!

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Dan is a straight guy, and most of the time, they will not remember an outfit or the designer who made them! He should have believed Serena though, he gets suckered a lot by liars. Needs to sharpen his instincts.

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This episode was awesome! It was so funny and interesting to watch. The twists and turns kept me engaged all the way through. For once no one was boring. I still don't understand what Charlie's issue is, but the girl is crazy! It's weird that Dan can't recognize Serena's dress though, since he was with her at Cotilion...

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Flawless-- you are 110% RIGHT!!! and umm can we please understand one thing, Chuck didn't punch Blair, Chuck didn't slice Blair's face, Chuck didn't in no way physically come after Blair so can we please explain how everyone is making a big deal out of the fact that Chuck did NOT abuse Blair by punching a window that in turn broke and a piece of glass hit Blair??? That relationship has been abusive before possibly in the verbal sense, but that particular scene was not (and I repeat) WAS NOT considered physically abusive. Chuck was being self abusive, but not abusive to Blair... And all these reviews just keep bringing up this nonsense about how they can't believe the writers forgot about it so quickly. The meaning behind that whole incident was to show something deeper between the 2 of them, and that was how no matter what happens to Blair she ALWAYS puts Chuck's needs before her own. She will always put Chuck before herself. That was why the writers did that. It wasn't for the audience to be like "OMG Chuck is sooo abusive!!!!" that was not supposed to be the way it was interpreted, it was even stated in interviews w/ the producer. And just like Flawless also said, how can anyone say 'all that Chuck has done'. Have you people watched this show??? Not one person on this show hasn't done some crazy f*cked up sh*t!!! (Maybe w/ the exception of Dan)... THat's like saying how can Blair and Serena still be friends b/c those 2 have done ridiculous amounts to eachother! Or how can Serena and her mother still communicate w/ one another.. Blair and Chuck probably have the most honest relationship out of ALL OF THEM. If your going to use a certain point to back up your opinion, at least make sure it makes sense.. Especially if it's about Chuck being dishonest when the show itself is based on dishonest tactics.

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loved the episode!!! Great stuff, so entertaining. Great to see Chuck in control and getting the truth and working against an enemy! I hope after this now he can be all about Blair. Loved the CHAIR focus and emphasis. Keep it like that always!

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I loved the episode. Just straight up fun. Chuck and Jack where made of win tonight and while I think Ed once again proved why the producers pay him Im going to say Desmond stole his thunder a little bit. The food line was hilarious. I also was surprisingly touched by their truce at the end of the episode. I still think Jack has ways to go before he can be totally forgiven but it was a nice start. Loved crazy Charlie and am oddly intrigued by the Dan Charlie Serena triangle going on. I also really loved how much Serena was trying to be a good friend for Blair and be the bigger person after her angry outburst over the DB hookup. Im glad the SB friendship wasnt set back to much. I found the Louis/Blair stuff cute but a little childish and it made me miss the feirce Blair Waldorf. Im not really feeling the chemistry between Blair and Louis. I did how ever feel for her during her speech about wanting a guy to love ALL of her and I hope she finds that guy. Personally I think its obvious that that guy is CHuck.I really loved Blair in her scenes with Chuck and Serena I thought she shined the most with them. I thought the CB was good albeit it felt a bit filler like and it would have been nice to see some more meaningful story going on between CB post 4.20. But I liked that Blair stood her ground and still cared for Chuck's well being, while I also found Chucks line about how he didnt know how he can prepare for her marriage heart wrenching. I am however hoping to get a more heart felt apology from Chuck next episode. Russell is a total PYSCHO. Love the mini Blair and Serena being CB shippers LOL. I have missed having thoselittle side back ground characters. Also laughed at Cyrus mentioning Princess Birde- "inconceivable!" This was a great lead in to the finale with so much to look forward to but the biggest being that I cant wait to see Chuck finally get to be a hero and save Blair's life, Im also looking forward after a year and a half of angst to see some happy CB once again :D

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Thank you Anna! :)

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@Jen623
You have a brilliant point of what you say about Dan, I thought about Dan right after she said it. And I quote what you wrote:
"Blair said that Chuck only sees her dark side. It seems like she wants someone who sees her, the good and the bad. I think Dan actually sees her. He knows her good points, he even voiced them to Chuck, but is completely aware of her scheming and her other issues, but still likes her. So, maybe Dan is the best guy for her, I'm interested to see if she realizes that."
I do not care if CB will be the endgame (in 5th season), if only they had continued with Dan and Blair´s build-up a bit into the fifth season.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 21 Quotes

Chuck: So I thought I'd bring some luxury across the river. Brooklyn needs it. It's all bars, bakeries and babies. No hotel in sight. Charles Place. You up to attend the ribbon cutting?
Nate: No thanks.
Chuck: Still pissed I lied to Reina about my father?
Nate: It was a big lie. Even for you.
Chuck: That's why I'm stepping out from under his dark shadow and away from the Bass name.
Nate: Whatever you want to call yourself or your hotel, you're still the same person.

Good morning, Sleepyheads. Looks like "dream until your dreams come true" wasn't such a good idea after all.

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Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 21 Music

  Song Artist
One in the world One In the World Tapes n Tapes iTunes
Sensitive kid Sensitive Kid Cold War Kids iTunes
Drinks on the house as heard on new amsterdam Drinks On the House (As Heard On New Amsterdam) Daniel May iTunes