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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Chuck needs rehab something that was evident when that shit went down in season 3. Bring Eva back since Blair decided Chuck kept her in his darkness (well guess what Queen B you did same thing to him by getting rid of someone who would have done both of you wonders).
I find many fans have double standards when it comes to Blair and Chuck. Chuck is a douche if cares for someone who is not Blair (I am talking about Eva because I atleast think that care came from something real as she did SAVE his life whereas Raina was for business purposes), but it okay for Blair to be happy with someone else (Louis, Dan, some other extreme non-Chuck). Please, that is fucked up

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The Common Law Definition of Assault: An intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in either criminal or civil liability. Assault = Abuse = Domestic Violence Blair and Chuck are DEAD. Can people let them go? Allow Chuck and Blair to find happiness with other people because they are not going to find it with each other? Chuck was so happy with EVA, even when they returned to New York. Blair is so contagiously happy with the Prince… Hell, I’ll even take Dan. Point of this post? Really just to supply the legal definition of Assault to those of you who do not have a law degree or the ability to “Google� it. The rest? Me venting about Chair fans who think this was “quote�: “romantic,� “sexy,� “a misunderstanding,� “passion� or “not abuse.� Sigh. This is what’s wrong with the world... Because explaining that you were drunk and high on coke, while pushing the one who calls you “the love of their life� to the ground and punching a glass wall near their face screams romantic love for the ages. Sighs again. It was still a good episode because of the theme, though I’m still not sure what the episode title referenced. Who’s the frog? And why not call it Beauty and Beast?

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Chuck it's going to be very difficult for him to redeem himself. As for Charlie I think she is going to scheme herself into a whole lot of mess. Dan is going to end up hating her in the end. The overall opinion on the episode was good. I really like Blair and the Prince together.

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Totally agree with Is..Sap
Dan & Blair for the win!!

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I meant to say Blair is emotionally and psychologically abusive.

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I think we have a bunch of fans on here talking about things they do not understand rather it those saying is abuse and those who saying it wasn't.
All I have to say if Chuck was physically abusive, Blair is emotionally and physically abusive and I stated before I do not know why she would tell him that in the state he was in and to me it came off strange, as I am not sure what she thought would have happen.

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totally agree with "whateva" and "jessica"

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That was NOT Chuck forcing himself on Blair. Okay? That was Chuck freaking out and trying to remind Blair of the passion they shared (because when Chair falls that is the route they always take towards getting back together) -That was Chuck drunk and a lot more clumsy and rough with Blair then usual but he didn't force her- he freaked out- and then he saw the fear on her face and stopped. He stopped!
And he had been drinking all day! Okay? He punched the wall because her last words set him off but he didn't mean to hurt her! The writers have told us Chuck would never harm Blair intentionally. He was desperately trying to remind her of the passion, love they shared but he would never force Blair and he didn't! And when she ran it wasn't because he was trying to force her but because she knew there was no reasoning with him and it was his temper that scared her. She knew he would never do that to her! He was in an uncompromising mood.
But she knew he would never force her.
Okay? Okay?
Glad we straightened that out.

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@ Cherry
I have actually been in an abusive relationship before so I know what I deemed abusive.
What you describe is not happen in that scene. He wasn't threatening her with his fist and I don't even think he was really swinging at anything particular let alone her.
I also have to remember Chuck was very drunk in this instance and that is a reason why I don't think him and Blair should be together because he is no longer a functional alcoholic.

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if you look at the promo pics and videos, you see that B still trusts C i think. i mean she still meets him, would you meet someone if they really hurt you or if you would be scared? I dont think so, or if it was so, they wouldnt meet on the top of some building...wouldnt they?
Or when louis asked b why she met chuck...would she hide the fact that she met c, when it would mean nothing to her or if he really hurt her? i dont think so...