Gossip Girl Review: Royal Wedding Dreams, Awful Schemes

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Blair Waldorf got engaged last night on Gossip Girl, while Chuck and Serena vied for the honor of worst person ever. Just another night on the Upper East Side!

As Gossip Girl episodes go, there were certainly plenty of highlights in "The Princesses and the Frog," yet the overall narrative felt sorely lacking to me at times.

The Gossip Girl I like featured strong characters who are both funny and enjoyable to watch. Sure, there's scheming and backstabbing, but they're not ALL bad.

Somewhere along the line, though, the plot lines became really twisted and confusing and the relationships too tangential. Rant over. Let's break down Monday:

S the Back Stabber

Serena sucks. Sorry, but it's true, although you can blame the writers for this. Yes, she's jealous of Blair and sort of mad about Dan. But this is not the S we know.

Serena called Louis' mother to sabotage Blair. Then Serena sent Blair's dirty laundry (because Louis' mom can't read Gossip Girl) to further ruin her friend's chances.

All the while, she lied to Blair's face, except for when she defended Chuck after the party. That was honest at least. S probably believes Blair made the wrong call.

Chuck is on the brink. Not only of going completely off the rails and ending up shot in a seedy alley again, but of running out of excuses for us to make for him.

The Dark Knight broods. He is tormented, and has been dealt a lot of bad breaks. He can't handle emotional situations and drowns himself in booze and sorrow.

The stuff with his father - who we learned had an affair with Avery Thorpe - is not his fault, or something we would wish on anyone. It's gotta mess with his said.

But honestly, Chuck's behavior leaves little room for redemption at this point.

I mean, for someone who loves Blair SO much, he terrified, embarrassed and degraded her - BEFORE he forced himself on her and put his fist through a window.

That's how you treat your dream girl? This was worse than his usual efforts to crush Blair's soul to win her back, but it's not like he hadn't gone that route before.

It's very hard, if not impossible, to "root" for Chair now.

Even Nate can't find it within his man bangs anymore. He pointed out that Chuck's relationship with B is not normal, and blatantly chose Raina over him at the end.

Dair is all but forgotten. At least they were last night. After a slow, well-written lead-up to the Dan and Blair hookup, it's like nothing ever happened with them.

We like Dan, and have no problem with Charlie per se, but we just feel kind of used. Perhaps more importantly, GG needs to bring back Dan and Nate's bromance.

Princess Blair

Blair Waldorf is engaged! I couldn't care less that the royal family doesn't approve, but I worry more that she's been dating Prince Louis for about four days.

Blair's life may not be the fairy tale she thinks it is, but I admire her for wanting to spend it with a guy who treats her right and who genuinely makes her happy.

Louis is nice to her, and handsome. Gotta give him that. But is she really following her heart? Is she following what her brain says her heart is supposed to feel?

I love you to pieces, B, but remember, it's okay to dial it back a little. Prince William and Kate Middleton were together for the better part of 10 years. Ten years.

Think they'll actually get married? Do you want them to after Chuck's antics? At this point I'm willing to give the prince a chance, but suggest a long engagement.

Charlie is a regular Upper East Sider. Florida Schmorida. Between her elaborate plans to woo Dan, manipulating V and name-dropping Bing, girl's a natural!

You gotta love that Charlie insisted on confronting Vanessa alone at the end, and basically showed that even an outsider can thoroughly outshine an outcast.

How long until this new crazy side comes out in a bad way, however? Will her feelings for Dan erupt into a huge mess if he decides to pursue Blair (please yes)!

Rufus got a job! What house husband?! Hang up the waffle iron and the butler outfit, because the Fonz is totally going to be the manager of a band called Panic!

Vanessa is leaving at the end of the semester to study abroad. Approve.

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Can you find anything positive to say about Chuck? What is Charlie's endgame? Leave a comment below to discuss!

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Thank you, Lily, pty, and Lulu, for your support. I still want to root for Chuck. Hopefully the writers can find a way to redeem him as the Buffy writers where able to do w/ Spike at the end of season 6.

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Lily & Observer, I couldn't agree more. It makes me sad to read so many of these girls' comments excusing Chuck's behavior. They are the living proof of why Josh needs to have his head checked and why they need to think about how they present this show. Yeah, I get that it's not reality and that the characters aren't all rainbows and bunnies. However, in the "dark reality" people keep talking about, stuff like this isn't pretty or sexy or intriguing. It's just stupid, hurtful, and leads to bad consequences. What I object to is not that they show Chuck behaving badly; what I object to is that within a few weeks, tra la la it will all be forgotten and better, without any shred of evidence that he's done something to change or address his issues.

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Thank you for posting the article, I was going to mention it also. The GG writers are seriously insane, at the end of the day it all comes to them because they are the ones deciding the fates of the characters. If tomorrow Serena decides to do skatebording, jump of a plane, or if Nates decides that he wants to be a fireman and so on, it's because of the writers. This article illustrates how delusional they are, they have progressively ruined the best thing that they had going on, after 3x17 and 3x22 I believed we could still fix this with a good writing, because those things were bad but it wasn't beyond the level of stuffs that have appeared in TV before, but now I don't know how, you would have to get like, the best writer in the world. I'm heartbroken.

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The article from JS does not prove anything about what Chuck did. At all. It actually makes me feel sick, reading that, and hearing from people who believe that since the GG writers don't think this is abuse, then what happened there was OK. It's their damage control so they don't lose Chair fans, but it's annoying. What Chuck did was very wrong, mainly because it shows his instability in a relationship later down the road. If Chuck can get some help, okay then. But it's grose that GG writers are allowing their young girl demographic to believe that Chuck's still a hero right now, and that Chair's relationship is safe. No matter what sort of fan you are, the route they took with Chuck & Blair that episode showed all the signs of an abusive relationship (possessiveness, public degrading of your partner in a serious situation, acting violent around them). It's dangerous. Maybe the GG writers can fix it, but I can't stand to hear them say that just because Chuck wanted to hit the glass and not Blair means that everything is all right. It's not.

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I am sorry but Chuck abuses Blair mentally and physically. Nobody deserves to be treated this way.

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thank you Jenn for sending us that link...
so, for all who say it was abuse, domestic violence, or c scared b or whatever...here is the proof that you got it wrong!!! Josh Safran: "The way we viewed it, I think it's very clear that Blair is not afraid in those moments, for herself. They have a volatile relationship, they always have, but I do not believe—or I should say we do not believe—that it is abuse when it's the two of them. Chuck does not try to hurt Blair. He punches the glass because he has rage, but he has never, and will never, hurt Blair. He knows it and she knows it, and I feel it's very important to know that she is not scared—if anything, she is scared for Chuck—and what he might do to himself, but she is never afraid of what he might do to her. Leighton and I were very clear about that." chair is endgame, give it up dair&blouis fans...

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I'm sorry, but let me get this straight Chuck/Blair fans... It's okay for Chuck to emotionally and mentally (Selling her for a hotel, really that does nothing to someone's mental state. Girl had issues with body image, then her boyfriend 'love of her life', 'soulmate' was willing to exchange her for power. Oh that's not damaging... give me a break!)abuse Blair just as long as he doesn't hit her. Hit the glass near her head and scare her half to death, but hey that's alright. He loves her, he's just being 'passionate' and 'sexy' with his anger. Do you here yourself right now? And oh, Blair should completely compromise her character and take back a guy who can't control himself, because, my word, she loves him. Love isn't enough when your most of the time miserable and sometimes -not too often- happy. What do you want Chuck and Blair to do, chase after each other in a never ending game of sex-drama tag your it. Because god forbid Blair ACTUALLY tries to grow up. What the hell is she thinking not living her life for Chuck, and schemes? There is a difference between highschool and real world. High school they can play all the games they want, heck they can scheme to high hell. But come on, do you really think the writers -as much as they are taking either too much, or not enough of some crazy ass drug -will keep the character living in their teenage stupidity? Please, move past your nostaligia. And everyone is all about the drama. Okay writers for the drama sake put the two back together and ruin another character. Why? Because it's DRAMA! (pathetic excuse for drama) but yay Drama! Ratings, ratings right? Then people say Blair is dark and thats why she should stay with Chuck. I think that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard and you don't know a thing about her character. Blair is intelligent beyond the schemes, vulnerable. Yes she has a dark side, and that is the only side he brings out of her. Yeah theirs her loyality too, but come the hell on people, she was SUBMISSIVE when she was with Chuck. She lived only for Chuck, built her world around him like a High priced cling on. She lost her self. Are we really going to destroy a good character -who might be destroyed with bad writing anyway -because, hey, Chuck Bass. P.S: Chuck IS abusive! With this episode he just proved that if he completely loses control he can become PHYSICALLY abusive. Does emotional abuse mean anything to you? (Oh hell think what you want, it's not like you'll stop hero worshipping CHUCK BASS.) I like Blair and i think as of the FINALE she should remain single. All sides need to be quiet and just chill for a bit. No she shouldn't be with Chuck because honestly guy should be committed (Jack Bass is an evil jackass, so don't throw chairs). Louis, your nice but where the hell did you come from again? Dan with the new promo shoots himself in the foot (Charlie, really?). Blair needs to get back to her powerful woman quest because only then can she get back to Blair. THEN she can play enie-minni-mione-moe with the boys. But please, For pete's FRIGGING sake, stop saying what he did is sexy. No only is equating that to sexy wrong, but beyond disturbing.

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Iam a student.i want a girlfriend.iam searching with a most girl

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I used to lovee this show, like really loveee it, but now i dont watch it anymore. everything got messed up.. the wirters are the ones to blame.. for me its impossible to imagine chuck and blair as a real couple after all this drama, besides it so unreal... ughhh they killed on of the best show on tv!!!

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You know.... At this point, does it matter whether you're a Chair fan, Dair fan, Derena fan, Blouis fan, etc.? Because at this point, it feels like the whole show is contaminated and writers have lost their minds. I just want to reach for a disinfectant spray... I hate these writers. They have succeed in making it pretty difficult to like ANYONE on this show. Serena who is suppose to have a heart of gold is a cold-hearted slut, Nate who is the golden boy, barely looks like he has a life, Chuck who is suppose to be the bad boy bringing the fun is the most DEPRESSING part of the show, "Gossip Girl" who is suppose to be the antagonist, now barely gets a part. This show used to be FUN. I look at the last few parties on the show, and I think I've seen a retirement party look more fun and exciting than the parties on this show. Can't a group of friends go out and just have fun?!?! My last hope for this show was Blair (for all of her uniqueness, she was the shining star of the series) but even now every time I think of that "Assault" scene and the fact that in two episodes there's Chair on Chairs, I cannot help but utter under my breathe "that stupid daft bint..." So as far as respect goes, I think she lost it. RIP Gossip Girl. Even Chair, Dair, Blouis, Derena can't save you now. The humane thing to do is CANCEL the show... I know it hurts but its always best to go out while you're still relevant than to be remembered as that stupid show....

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But while the beast locked himself in a tower of ennui, the girl found herself a prince. His name?

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Once upon a time in the land called Upper East, a beautiful girl met a beast.

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