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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The prince brings out the narcoleptic in me. Can't stand his boringness. Chuck has to be the father.. Hope writers won't disappoint me..

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aaawww poor chuck got his feeling back in the end scene captured by the one tear :' . #teamchair just the intensity of the rooom when blair and chuck was talking! how can that be separated forever! i think blair was not totally honest and is hiding something, like the baby if chucks. loving the season thous far n excepting to get more intense n eye grapping. O.O

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I'm not sure about that. I think you can't discard all that happened in the previous seasons and just say that season 4 was where it started. Although that moment was for Serena, they still sort of connected. It doesn't mean it meant nothing to either of them.
Furthermore, I disagree with the fact that Dan should just remain a friend because he's been getting it on with every girl. Dan has changed a lot from season 1 and so has Blair. He's less prejudiced and less arrogant about being different. Since we're dealing with a different Dan and Blair, to me it's not going to be ridiculous if they ever end up a couple.
And both have been misused by their former partners a.k.a Serena and Chuck which I think is a step that has decidedly made them change in the way they view a relationship.
Of course that is just my opinion and you are free to yours. I agree Dan and Blair make an amazing friendship to see. It's a little why I want it to develop because to me, it feels good and healthy.

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OMG, you people! HOW COULD DAN BE THE FATHER??????????

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Here's a thought ...do we really think Blair would tell anyone if she found out it was really Chuck's? Maybe she just wanted to know so she could know. Lying about it just keeps her secret more secret. I still think it is Chuck's baby. Why was the pregnancy test BEFORE Blair went away for the summer?

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Everyone who is busy cursing out the writers--lighten up. We have most of the season to go, yet--and none of us know what the writers are going to do, so just anticipate (if not enjoy) the ride to the end :) Dan and Blair--amazing friendship
Blair and Chuck--endgame. Just think of this season as part of the journey to that end. Baby Waldorf--she lied to Chuck, but the baby won't make it to term, so it's just a plot-device, at this point. She will never marry Louis. Charlie--so even CeCe doesn't realize that she's not a blood relative. Wow. What has happened to the 'real' Charlie? Did Carol give her up for adoption, without telling anyone? She could have--no one in the family apparently recognizes her, anyway. No matter, the real Charlie will come out of the shadows, soon enough... Ivy (Ivey?) and Max--they aren't finished, just yet. I think he's going to come to NY to look for her--and fall for Serena :P

Rosalie

The baby is Chuck's. it has to be. Otherwise it means GG is not worth watching. And I still think Blair is lying. She just doesn't want to lose her damn fairytale. This is Blair's IP.Ä°ts so cruel to keep the baby as a secret from the real father.

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Aww Blair and Chuck.So sad and sweet. Love them.

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the one comment mentioning Matt being Benjamin Button is spot on! dammit he's the sexioest male on gg. Chuck is nothing compared to him.

Bellabass

@chair Ahahaha, I likeee you! CHAIR ALL THE WAY.
May I say that, that scene with Chuck and the dog. PRICELESS.
How can you not love Chuck?