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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*facepalm* that's all I can say.

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Chuck reminds me of the Phantom, a dark, tortured soul who has a possession with the only girl who understands him (Christine AKA Blair) At least Chuck would never be as crazy as the Phantom was..He actually has the potential to come out of that, I really hope he does!!

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@Lara270894 You are the fucking reason that DAIR fans and BLOUIS fans disrespect us.

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chair is real. believe it or die tossers.
blouis wouldnt happen on the show would it so hop on the chair ship fast cos blouis is sinking.

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i justttt....hate serena until my last breath. thanks Q.

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@whathappened: ...read my last sentence, it is not okay. why you care that much what is happening on TV? the point is (my last sentence) it is not okay, but people on here are acting like it is real, it is not....it is okay, cause it is a show, i dont mean that you should do that in real life, because on TV thats okay, i mean that you should care less about what is happening on TV....because all those things are happening in real life, you should care more about real life...you should care less about a TV show, everything happening on Gossip Girl happens in real life but worse!!!

Whathappened

@Flawless
In a relationship that's all okay really?! Even if it's gossip girl it's okay for Dan to rough Serena up and then try and have sex with her AGAINST HER WILL! It's okay for Nate to throw Raina on a glass window AGAINST HER WILL! It's okay for Rufus to embarrass Lily and reveal all of their sexual details to others!? Really all that's okay cause it's Gossip Girl and a TV show!?!
And the violent sex was consensual, this was not that's the difference!

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@whathappened:
"It's okay for me to HIT you close-fisted, because let's face it, he would have hit her if she hadn't ducked so that was his intention..."----> so untrue, he didnt want ho hit her, are you blind or something? he was angry because she told him shes engaged, but he didnt want to hit her for this, he just wanted to react somehow, and when she told that its over with them -again- he drove crazy, and hit the window thats all, it wasnt his intention to hit blair.... "It's okay for me to try and rape you..."---->that is what the two of them do all the time!! remember the sex on piano scene...have you expected this? i think that was more violent sex than the try in the last nights episode, even if it was hot, you must admit it was violent... "It's okay for me to degrade and abuse you..."---->same. that is what GG is all about, backstabbing, abusing, etc. it is not about C and B, it is about, everyone on GG...it is not okay, but hey, the series is called gossip girl, what do you expect? love, peace and harmony? since the first episode we know what it is all about...no need to complain now... "It's okay for me to PUBLICLY humiliate you..."---->same. it is about GG. "It's okay to force my best friend not to tell his girlfriend the truth about his mother even though SHE HAS A RIGHT to know."---->first of all you have to be a friend, then you can be a lover...chuck knew it would hurt raina, and she would have hate him, even if it wasnt his fault...thats the situation now...and here too, secrets and lies it is all about GG too. sure, many of these things arent "okay", but it is a TV show...i dont think that people would say it would be "okay" if that was a reality show or something...but hey, it is a TV SHOW!!!!!

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@whathappened: of course not. it's only okay if you are constantly fighting for a girl only to degrade her again and again. smh at these fucking idiots

Whathappened

So as a guy, what I'm getting from some of you posters is...
It's okay for me to HIT you close-fisted, because let's face it, he would have hit her if she hadn't ducked so that was his intention...
It's okay for me to try and rape you...
It's okay for me to degrade and abuse you...
It's okay for me to PUBLICLY humiliate you...
It's okay to force my best friend not to tell his girlfriend the truth about his mother even though SHE HAS A RIGHT to know.
This is all okay as long as I'm going through "dark issues" and I'm "drunk"... lolwut?!?!!?