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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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meant they are

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Chuck and Blair they can ignite the screen by just looking at each other.They belong together.Their Chuck and Blair and Blair and Chuck!

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See i was up for outsider but since the writers sucks at introducing them then I said forget it.
First off.. I always knew Dan and Blair would be good friends as do have a lot in common like having parents who divorced and remarried. I also knew if Vanessa and Chuck could have become friends (though shortlived... he did manage to get a aquaintance from it with that Black guy introduce him to), then Dan and Blair could have too. And believe it or not actually saw Chuck and Dan being better friends than Nate and Dan. I also felt season 3 missed an opportunity of making Vanessa and Blair friends (but hey the writers wanted to scape goat V). Then I saw these four being great friends, however I never saw them going further than some boning a few times. If you want what my pairings were it is pretty simple: Chair, Derena, and eNVy. Nenny never held any appeal to me.

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Perhaps I'm too old or too mature for my age compared to some GG fans and their idea of love - especially the pro-Chair fans. Dan and Blair are so meant for each other. He has has always been there for her...they have mutual interests apart from just passion and sex and they have different individual interests too, which will keep their lives together from being boring...yes, that lust, passion, craziness is great at 17 and cool when you're in your early twenties too but for a long term relationship one needs companionship, friendship, mutual respect and lots of romance...with Chair it'll always be one eye behind your shoulder - who's cheating on whom, jealousies, anger, possessiveness etc - how long is that sustainable? Yes, it's nice to see all that smoldering in a 1 hour episode but in real life that would be so destructive and frankly tiring and boring after a bit...even when they were together early seasons they had to resort to charades to keep the spark alive...with Dan and Blair I see both encouraging each other, growing together, leading richer, fuller lives - but such is the sad state of things that GG writers will cater to the lowest common denominator and make Chair end game. It leaves me so frustrated...! And the craziness of this episode! The Nate plot, Blair leaving such an important letter so casually in the drawer where anyone, including Louis and his sister could find it...come on! Sheesh!

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@Whateva
You're so right! Partly why I was angry that people hated Vanessa so much is that they judge her so harshly while Blair did things that were even worse. I even read some comments which I think to me were shocking:
"She needs to get out, she can't be an Upper East Sider.Queen B is going to own her.Get this hobo out and bla bla bla."
I found those ridiculous. I think the Humphreys and Vanessa were so interesting. They were the people I could relate to (well that was before things decided to change haha) and were a nice touch of real everyday people in the show. Some watchers got so crazy and into it. They spoke as if they were Upper East Sider too (perhaps they were, who knows) but you've got to see past the glamor.
Perhaps it is contrived and it's what makes it great. She only had Chuck before as the closest confidant. The fact that she finds in Dan some sort of friendship and comfort shows how the show has moved on. It can't be ONLY Chuck especially since they've decided to move on. We all know Serena and Nate are perfectly unsuitable and so here we get Dan which makes more sense than a random outsider.
Omg, I'm rooting for Georgina's comeback. This girl is the ultimate drama-hatcher!

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I love the hairband scene too but I know some fans kind of think that scene ma have foreshadow Blair having a hard time with her being lower then him on the steps and then him removing her crown. I personally found it funny because though I do wear a headband and I am in college.
I know what you are saying but I still don't like the hypocrisy towards it and it not just Dan who gets away with stuff in the fandom, I sometimes think extreme Blair fans forget her horrible misdeeds but blasts other characters who done less worst.
I am like Dan but just not Blair and in some scenes, I did not see Dan and Blair and forgive me if I find the relationship contrived as I do find this closeness has to do with she really can not talk to NJBC about her issues as Serenate's are ditwits and Chuck and she are attempting to move on. However I am intrigue to see Dair get it on as it has been while since Penn got some on this show and despite Blair's comment on Louis, I don't imagine him doing much with her. So what a good lay between people. I also think Dair relationship would lead to Georgiana's crazy self to make an appearance. Talk about mayhem right there.

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@whateva
I wasn't suggesting that one wrong isn't the same no matter who does it. I was just saying that perhaps, the fact that Chuck did so many wrong things is what would make people quickly call him a "shit".
I'm not one of those, else I wouldn't have been a Chair fan previously and I wouldn't have liked Chuck so much in season 1,2 and a little of 3.And I still like him, but not with Blair.
The fact that Dan and Blair barely liked each other in previous seasons is what I think separates that friendship and relationship from Serena and Vanessa. With those, he started on good terms. With Blair, well you know, they didn't like each other. And to have them moving to this point I think makes his relationship with her much more credible and appealing than his old relationships. They still very much have their banter. We haven't lost them entirely :-)
Also, I don't want no Ruffly either. So far I'm pretty satisfied with how the writers played them out and I'm sure they will find a way to work if they ever head for romance (unfortunately for me I'm convinced Chair is endgame even if it burns to admit it :-P). For one, Dan's book seems to be a success which I think brings him in a different position than Rufus'.
I liked the headband scene! It made me laugh :-P

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I also may be a little hesitant as I think the writers would use what Dan did with Miss Carr in season 2 over his relationship Blair cause if one thinks about it Dan telling other's people's business to a stranger led to Blair in some way losing herself. I also I am holding a grudge over Dan removing B's hairband. No cool, lonely boy. lol. I am just kidding.

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I respect your opinion on that but I guess I more logical as I believe that every wrong is just the same in God's eyes and you can't be outrage at one person for doing something and another person does the same thing and gets a by. I guess I have a court brain where you can not really bring someones past crimes up while they are being charged for another.
I think it boils down how we see characters in my version of a mature Blair she still wouldn't see Dan that way and vice versa because my version of mature Blair is she not so fickle and actually does go for what she wants. Dan needs to learn forgiveness for others outside of who he is in love with at the time and his family. I still want my scheming Blair who is a bitch and I want my witty Dan who is still judgmental but realizes it. Dan should stop dating his gal pals, it doesn't work for him like it does for Nate.
I am tired of this barn dance of relationships and I am also wary of how Dair would be written as I think the writers wouldn't know how to write for them to make them separate than Rufly and not be like Derena.

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@whateva
Well I respect your opinion. There is a reason why everyone would be calling Chuck a "shit", it's because he has many times done things that were morally questionable (almost raping Serena and Jenny is one of them) so I don't blame those who would be quick to judge him. I know he has moved on and asked for forgiveness (even then he still has continued to do some bad things).
Dan has his flaws but they do not compare to Chuck's in my opinion.
I also think Blair should be allowed to figure herself out before getting with anybody. And as a Dair fan, I hope the new Blair will see Dan under a different light. For now I'm contented with the friendship :-)