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Gossip Girl Review: Who is the Father?!

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Gossip Girl has been all about Blair Waldorf this fall. Sure, there are some other developments, but B's pregnancy and all her resulting quotes and facial expressions have been the defining story.

Tonight's episode, "The Jewel of Denial," was no exception. Although the episode had other intriguing and funny aspects, everything else seemed less relevant as the anticipation slowly built around that pesky envelope. Finally, thanks to the inaugural Chair scene of the season, we finally learned the identity of her baby's father.

Or did we?

S, B and C

When Blair revealed to Chuck and Monkey that she was pregnant with Louis' baby, the tension was so thick and the heartbreak so evident, I believed her too. But a couple of scenes soon gave her away.

That glance at the envelope didn't look like something one with closure would give. Did she even open it? If she had, she'd have just tossed it after, right? Or does she actually, secretly know it's Chuck's?

"Part of me really hoped it was yours." Blair wants to be with Chuck but feels she can't. The surprise pregnancy combined with the fairy tale convinced her of this, and with this lie, she tried to let him go.

By doing so, she can embrace her new life, for better or worse. Lying may not be right (you could see it hurt her), but it is as good a solution - in her mind - as she can find for an impossible situation.

That's my theory. It could be wrong, and there are still several directions the show could go with this as the season progresses. Only time will tell, but three things are undeniably clear right now:

  1. Chuck, as evidenced by his awkward o-face/heart attack/emotional breakdown at the end, can feel again. His four-legged friend may have twisted the proverbial cap, but Blair's bombshell opened the bottle. The question, obviously, is what he does now, and when and if Blair's "situation" changes.
  2. Dan's bond with Blair grows stronger weekly, romantically or otherwise.
  3. Leighton Meester is carrying the show this season.

I love Leighton and the way she conveys a wide range of emotions with such authenticity. I'm genuinely wondering what happens with Blair every scene, no small feat with storylines that stretch belief.

[Don't get me started on the practical impossibilities of having a paternity test done on an eight-week-old fetus without the potential father's involvement, or the publishing plot ... or Charlie, in general.]

Dan's involvement with both Blair and Chuck, independently of the other, was a highlight tonight. We can only hope for more scenes of Duck trading advice, constructive criticism and good-natured insults.

It's pure gold. As for Dan and Blair, if next week's promo is to be believed ... did they actually have sex, or did he just invent that in the book because he wished they had? If it's the former, he's still alive in the poll below! What else did he embellish (besides making you-know-who gay) and what is real?

Will Lonely Body be more lonely after Inside's release than he was in Season One?

Crazily enough, I actually liked Noah conning Dan into stepping forward and claim authorship. Come what may, that Muppet needed to man up and reap what he sowed ... be it acclaim, abuse, or both.

Nate and His Lovah

The rest of the episode, sponsored by Jenny Packham, featured the full-on ridiculous Charlie story taking even more twists, Nate starting work at the Spectator, and Rufus and Lily actually playing a role!

I realize watching Gossip Girl implies a certain suspension of reality, but something about the Ivy/Charlie story just does not click with me. At some point, I keep think she'll become interesting. Not yet.

Ivy getting paid by Carol to masquerade as Charlie, then wanting to stay in this affluent world ... fine. I just don't care. Thank goodness Nate found Ivy's phone, which could finally raise the stakes a bit.

Speaking of our favorite intern/boy toy, his hair and sleuthing were both surprisingly slick this evening. The good news is that our boy finally impressed the boss with something other than stamina.

The bad news? It's legally questionable, to say the least.

At least he made sure Blair and Dan's phones weren't among the ones he and Diana combed for gossip, a la Newscorp (great reference by the way), but wow. How far will Diana push him next?

We learned that she will stop at nothing to remake the paper and compete with Gossip Girl, and that Nate may prove invaluable in that endeavor. Invaluable and so easily manipulated.

Will he be forced to go up against his friends? I'm guessing that in future weeks, we'll see him in a situation where protecting the NJBC isn't as easy as stashing phones in a separate drawer.

Seeing Nate in a situation of real significance and struggling with a moral quandary, bolstering his career by blurring professional and ethical lines? He may not use words that big, but we're intrigued!

It was good to see Lily and Rufus too. I missed them. They don't need to dominate the show, but it's nice when they're around ... and the first shot of Lily being her ankle monitor was pretty classic.

At some point, Serena is going to step into the forefront again. Chances are her storyline will also involve Ivy/Charlie and Lily in some capacity. Cross your fingers that it's entertaining.

As for Rufus, he'll fire up that waffle iron for more than two people if nothing else.

That's all for now, but "The Jewel of Denial" should give you plenty discuss with TV Fanatic as you hit the comments! Come back tomorrow for news, promos and our Round Table! Finally, tonight's poll:

Who is the father of Blair's baby?

 

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@ P: I think you are experiencing something slightly similar to what happened to me with DS after I watched 4x10, before that I was open to several possibilities with Serena but after seeing her with Dan in the "you and only you" scene I was convinced they are "it" for each other.

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I was so convinced that I was a Dair fan and I was just sick and tired of Chair, until this episode. CHUCK AND BLAIR BLEONG TOGETHER. I mean when they look at each other it's like magic. Oh my god...

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I am still not very convince that Chuck is the father as so many people here.
I totaly agree that with GG writers, you can never know and there is a possibility that Blair lied but I, for instance, am happy with the fact that the father could be Louis, not because I like him (actually I don't really care for him, but he's nice) but I would love that Blair told the truth. I think it would really correspond to the character evolution and actually be a nice twist, since so many people want it to be Chuck's
I think some people who desperately wanted the baby to be Chuck's over analyse the "enveloppe" scene.
Of course, I do not hold the truth and could be wrong, but I think the simpliest and first explanation which came to mind is that she doesn't want Louis to know she cheated on him.
And to those who say she could have get rid of the letter after reading it, I think as the Princess of Monaco to-be she is, it wouldn't be wise to throw something like that in a street bin. And she simply didn't have the time to destroy it properly before Louis arrival.

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@canyoufeelthelove i totally agree, it is like you read my thoughts (:

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damn shit....chuck bass is the real father of Bs baby...that is why she need to hide the letter...you saw that in the last few minutes...oh i am so excited!!!!

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In the books Chuck Bass owns a monkey! I think that's why the dogs name is Monkey hahahaha!

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Awesome episode, I even found Ivy's story line intriguing but the chari scene made it for my and the bass tears.

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OK, I have a few more comments about this episode. I maintain that Chuck is the father and Blair just lied to him b/c she thought he wasn't ready. But then when Chuck said, "It was the responsible thing to do," you could see that uneasy-but-trying-to-conceal-it look Blair gets so often. Also, while I at first thought Chuck crying at the end was kind of sappy, I now understand the significance. It's such a parallel to Chuck's sex craze in 2x03. Once again, he's trying to feel something in a number of different places, but Blair is the only person who can make him feel - love, pain, or otherwise. Man, I love them. Now that Chuck realizes that he's NOT over Blair and he's been numbing himself for the last 6 months, I hope he gets off his butt and goes out to fight for her!

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I thought this episode was boring up until the last 10 minutes or so. Blair is my favorite character and Leighton is really great but I feel like they're focusing too much on her now. Liked the Chair & Dair scenes, the scene with Chuck crying and Nate saving his friends but that's about it. I miss Serena! Ivy can fall off a cliff for all I care.

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Okay when Blair hid the envelope, every single viewer including me automatically assumed it must be because it reveals that the father is Chuck.
Then somebody on the CW forum site said she could just be hiding it because Louis can't know she had to take a paternity test.
So the most important evidence that Blair was lying has become slightly less reliable.
Here is some new evidence I collected by analyzing the Chair scene: 1.
Blair: "I'm pregnant" *hesitates as she watches chucks reaction* 2.
Blair: "It's Louis'"
(says it in her lying voice and there is a beat before she says Louis. I've picked up over the years on how Blair talks when she's actually lying but we don't find out until later. Its similar to when she said to Chuck in season 4 episode 4 "how could I love you after what you did") 3.
Blair: "If I know anything about Chuck Bass its that fatherhood is not part of the lifestyle"
Her facial expression here is very strange. Good acting on Leighton's part. I think this may be her saying this to get a reaction out of him. What exactly was the point of that statement? I think she wants to test him and see if he will deny that fatherhood isn't what he wants. Chuck's response to hearing the baby wasn't his was not of relief or of sadness as far as Blair knows. He doesn't disagree or agree with her statement about fatherhood being part of his lifestyle. He just threw the question about Blair being relieved back at her. They're back to their games. Neither will reveal anything unless the other reveals it first. 4. "There was a part of me that really wanted it to be yours"
She says this statement after she realizes he was doing something responsible and keeping the dog. I think this is an indication of how this game is going to play out. If Chuck shows he is closer to being ready and willing to be a father, (even if its unintentional) Blair will be closer to telling him that he is the father. What you said about Blair choosing the option of lying in her situation makes sense. How can she risk leaving her fairy tale if she doesn't know for sure if Chuck can be a father? That's what made the Chair scene so tense.