Gossip Girl Round Table: "Memoirs of an Invisible Dan"

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Welcome to another Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the most recent episode (see our official review from Monday night) of our favorite show in detail.

Below, TV Fanatic CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines talk "Memoirs of an Invisible Dan."

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!

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What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Courtney: Blair letting loose on Dan that “there is no us!” Leighton Meester continues to carry each episode (with the help of Lonely Boy of course).

Christina: Dan to Sabrina, I mean Serena: “If you can’t tell the difference between what I did to Blair and what I did to you, then maybe your portrayal in the book is more accurate than you thought.” Well said, Lonely Boy. And once again, S is ridiculously oblivious and narcissistic as ever.  

Leigh: Dan to Chuck: "I'm guessing my dad's probably halfway through and Nate's probably on page 20." Because if that's not the most realistic thing ever said on this show... I don't know what is.

Steve: I'll mix it up and take a serious one - Blair telling Louis to start trusting her or let her go. Good for her. Yes, she's Blair Waldorf, a complicated girl on her best day and a shady one on her worst. But she means well, and she's been always honest with him ... well, except for that silly envelope.

Eric: Is this even a question? Pretty much everything when Chuck and Dan sat down to discuss the book. But the obvious winner? Chuck not having a problem with the suicide, just that it was a belt and not a scarf.

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What surprised you most about Dan's book?

Courtney: Besides that it was at the top of the Amazon book list? That he would go as low as ripping his father. Serena, Blair, Chuck... they have all deserved it at some point, but his dad? Cold.

Christina: “Derek.” I loved the look on Nate’s face when Chuck informed him his character was meshed with Eric’s.

Leigh: I was actually really surprised that he killed Chuck and the manner in which it happened. Erotic asphyxiation? What show is this? Nip/Tuck? (BTW re-watch if you don't realize that's what happened).

Steve: First I want to comment on what a great storyline this was overall. It really explored the characters in a way we haven't seen in some time. As for what surprised me most, probably that Dan had sex with Blair ... in his dreams. Come on Dan, we know you want to and all, but I thought the book was semi-autobiographical. Blending Nate and Eric came out of nowhere, too.

Eric: The the publicist told Dan to leave the beard, but didn't even comment on the muppet hair. No one doing promotion for anything would ever let him out of the house looking like that.  Wait, how do they let Penn film Gossip Girl with that mop?

Who did Dan sell out hardest?

Courtney: Like I said before, Rufus... all the way. Who cares if Rufus really is a washed up rocker who married for money? He is his father. Besides Dan has no problem being a part of a world with money. And anyways, Rufus and Lily were together years earlier when he was still rocking with Lincoln Hawk. Definitely wouldn't say he married for money.

Christina: Nate. I, too, thought they were “best friends” and Nate was important enough to get his own character. Hats off to Nate, though, for throwing the biggest hissy fit of all of the characters. It was kind of cute and probably foreshadowing of Nate’s de-friending of Dan.

Leigh: Selling out your own father who was your only friend next to Cedric the Cabbage Patch kid is really deep. Dan's smarter than to think Rufus only married Lily for money and that he's in any way a sellout.

Steve: Blair. He allegedly never intended this to be published, but to write that he had sex with his friend, who is now engaged to someone else? Even if we assume he took creative license, that's still pushing it. And if by some chance it did happen (last night didn't make it seem like it), then he really sold her out.

Eric: RUFUS! I mean, he didn't say anything worse than our Round Table has been saying about the washed up has been. But from your own son? That burns harder than Gossip Guy. Whatever happened to the dude?

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Most difficult to believe: Dan being #4 on Amazon, no one besides Chuck bothering to read the book, or Serena's reputation being hurt at work over a fictional character?

Courtney: I agree with Christina. There is no way that Daniel Day-Lewis, an Oscar winner, would even know about the newest UES scandal book. Or even more that an assistant at the company was a character in it and that was what turned him off.

Christina: Definitely Serena's “reputation” or the lack thereof ... As if Daniel Day-Lewis would give a crap about the UES.

Leigh: Is there any doubt it was the Daniel Day Lewis situation? I mean c'mon writers, at least pick an actor who might actually give a crap. And by actor, I mean a real housewife.

Steve: For argument's sake, the fact that none of the crew besides Chuck was even a little curious. Okay, Nate's just a slow reader, but Blair and Serena openly eschewed the book. Given their respective roles in Dan's life, wouldn't you think they'd be clamoring to read how he portrayed them?

Eric: Yeah I agree with everyone on Serena's rep and Daniel Day Lewis. Beyond silly. Besides, I personally would buy enough copies of Inside to make it to #4.

Everyone hates him now, but who will be the first to become friends with Dan again?

Courtney: Well it definitely isn’t going to be Nate!! Chuck isn’t mad at him so at least he has one person who is sort of his friend. Blair will be the first to return to his side. These two have become really good friends who need each other. Blair is not about to embark on her pregnancy journey without Lonely Boy and his Netflix.

Christina: Blair, always the damsel in distress, will be the first to forgive and forget. She seemingly always gets over things fairly quickly. As of late, Dan has been her shoulder to lean on and lap to cry on, so she needs to get over this novel fiasco fast and be there for Dan as he has been there for her in recent crummy times.

Leigh: Blair will need him. Otherwise I'd say Nate because Dan could buy him a bag of weed and an ice cream cone and everything would be gravy.

Steve: Nate. Considering how Serena and Rufus were eviscerated and Chuck died alone, he'll come to realize that being an irrelevant gay player wasn't so bad.

Eric: Duh, Serena. Not out of true friendship, but the girl has some movie rights to secure. Who wouldn't fall for those legs?

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Are Chuck and Blair destined to be together?

Courtney: These two used to be perfect for each other because they were scandalous and always up to something. They were a “get what we want when we want it” type couple. But since their time apart, they both have grown up and matured... for the most part. I think they are even better for each other now than before. So in one word... yes!

Christina: Haven’t you heard, “love’s an excuse to get hurt”? Speaking on behalf of all Chair fans, my response is: of course Chuck and Blair are destined to be together!

Leigh: This is a loaded question considering how passionate some of our readers are. However I've never wavered from my stance on Team Chair.

Steve: The show certainly took that direction last night, didn't it? I think Dan and Blair have made the show for much of the past year, but it's looking like a romance just isn't in the cards (except in Inside). Unless the writers listened to Penn Badgley and craft the mother of all surprises coming up. Wouldn't that be something? Here's hoping, Dair fans. Here's hoping.

Eric: Still? Chuck has Monkey and Blair has an equally stupid, loyal creature. Can't we move on to discuss what's going to happen to the prettiest couple on the show? Diana and Nate? My prediction. Nate realizes Derek wasn't so much of a mashup of his character so much as his future.

Who should star in Inside: The Movie?

Courtney: Well knowing Serena’s luck, she would end up playing herself. Blair probably wouldn’t allow anyone else to play her. And there is no one who could do justice for the infamous Chuck Bass. But if I had to pick a real actor/actress... I would definitely go Selena Gomez for Blair. I just saw a commercial for a movie they were in together and they looked super cute as BFFs.

Christina: Well, since everyone responded immediately and then dropped what they were doing to meet up ... during the day ... just for a mysterious text ... requesting their presence by none other than ... Dan, I’m betting everyone’s calendars aren’t too set in stone. Couldn’t they do a reality ... movie?!

Leigh: It's really hard to picture anyone else playing these roles but for the sake of the game, I'll give it a whirl. Keeping it in the CW family: Sabrina - Naomi from 90210. Claire - Elena from Vampire Diaries. Derek - Liam from 90210. Charlie - Damon from Vampire Diaries. Dylan Hunter - this is a toughie so I'm going to say Scott Porter purely because he's underused on Hart of Dixie and I love him on FNL.

Steve: Adam Brody as Dylan/Dan. Joseph Morgan as Charlie/Chuck. Zac Efron as Derek. Lindsay Lohan as Serena/Sabrina. Pippa Middleton as Blair. Kaylee DeFer as whatever poorly acted, ancillary character(s) they need filled at the last minute.

Eric: Where else would I go to cast sexy young stars than stick with the CW itself? I'd like to hire the entire cast of The Vampire Diaries. Ian as Derek. Paul as Chuck. Jeremy as Dylan. Candice as Serena.  And, of course, Nina as Blair.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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I no longer see Chuck and Blair as a couple I think the best for the show now is to leave them as friends. What they had was beautiful ... and sexy. But they do not go together as a couple more. And I'm sure it will force them to return only to end further that there was good between them, if they left something good. Chuck is getting as Marissa on The OC, everyone thought that Marissa and Ryan did not get together the show would end, but it was totally the opposite. And the story of Ryan and Taylor could soon be wonderful. And I think that season 4 is perfect. And I hope the fans leave the Chair below show the way it goes because GG finally returned to what it was. Exciting. Funny. And others.

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This is just a "hopeful" blog for chair fans because truthfully dair is all over to everyone's tongue. I suggest both parties keep hoping for their otp. Let's see how the writers could manage this whole season. I'm excited!

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I totally think Charlie/Ivy will actually win a role in the movie. It's a reason to keep her character around after they discover she really isn't a Rhodes. P.S. YES! Blair and Chuck are destined to be together - and should be end game on the show.

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i am a hardcore "chair" fan as you can see above :p but OMG i so so so so soooooooooooooooooo want Dair to happen .. it annoys me to see obsessed chair and obsessed dair fans .. Its a show purely for our entertainment and as long as im entertained then im happy with whatever happens
ALSO love love love love this novel storyline .. haha atleast Vanessa did something good before leaving
- Nate is such an idiot.. i mean the way i see it dan wrote this book purely to vent his frustrations out or whatever.. every single character has something negative about them in the book , even "Dylan" himself ..If nate is not in it then he should be happy that dan had no complaints about him .. I myself woulf love for nate to be in the book potrayed as the really stupid manwhore he is .. which leads me to "GIVE HIM A REAL STORYLINE". Diana is so season 2!! And lastly Leigh : Charlie - Damon from Vampire Diaries. HILARIOUS!

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i am a hardcore "chair" fan as you can see above :p but OMG i so so so so soooooooooooooooooo want Dair to happen .. it annoys me to see obsessed chair and obsessed dair fans .. Its a show purely for our entertainment and as long as im entertained then im happy with whatever happens
ALSO love love love love this novel storyline .. haha atleast Vanessa did something good before leaving
- Nate is such an idiot.. i mean the way i see it dan wrote this book purely to vent his frustrations out or whatever.. every single character has something negative about them in the book , even "Dylan" himself ..If nate is not in it then he should be happy that dan had no complaints about him .. I myself woulf love for nate to be in the book potrayed as the really stupid manwhore he is .. which leads me to "GIVE HIM A REAL STORYLINE". Diana is so season 2!! And lastly Leigh : Charlie - Damon from Vampire Diaries.

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Favorite parts: Dan's conversations with Chuck. Lilly giggling over Nate's portrayal (and Nate's initial response). Dan's conversation with Serena. Who did he sell out the most?: Blair, but only because she's about to marry a prince. Otherwise I don't think his portray of her would really matter. However, he probably hurt his Dad the most. Most difficult to believe: That he would sell out his dad. Dan and Rufus (Dufus? LOL) have always had a good relationship. It just doesn't make sense that Dan would portray his Dad's character like this even if fictional. On the other hand, he's had many ups and downs with the the other characters, and assuming that he wrote the manuscript over a long period of time, I'm not surprised that he would have a more cynical approach to their characters. But not Rufus; there has always been a mutual respect with those two. Are Chuck and Blair destined to be together? I'm not so sure. Blair had this strange look when she was reading about her and Dan/Dylan, and it was definitely not a look of disgust. I'm certain there will be a Dair romance, so until that happens, it's hard to tell what will happen with Chuck and Blair. Plus Chuck needs some more time for self-reflection... Who should star in inside? I think Charlie/Ivy will audition to play Sabrina, although she might insist that they call her "Serena". Miley Cyrus for Blair (not because she'd be good at it, but because Blair's reaction would be hilarious).

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Did anyone notice the look on Louis' face in the finale scene of him & Blair in bed? Blair looked content, Louis looked like he didn't mean anything he had said earlier in their "make-up" scene.

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are chuck and blair destined to be together?
how is that even a question? OF COURSE they are! did you see those sideways glances in the humphrey/van der woodsen apartment?

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1. I have to go with Leigh's favorite quote, although Nate could only make it to page 20 if there were pictures.
2. I guess the most surprising thing was that Dan made his character have sex with Blair. So now it's fantasy as well as fiction?
3. Dan sold out Blair the most I guess. What gets me was that Dan told them all it was fiction but they still took offense at the way they felt they were portrayed. But Dan knew it would do the most damage to Blair's life which is why he killed the VF story and tried to kill the novel. And why doesn't anybody get that maybe Nate isn't in the book BECAUSE he's Dan's best friend? Nate should be thankful, not pissed!
4. Most difficult to believe = Serena's "reputation" at work and DDL caring about an UES scandal from a farm in Ireland.
5. Stealing from Leigh "I'd say Nate because Dan could buy him a bag of weed and an ice cream cone and everything would be gravy." Seriously, I think Nate will realize that he's lucky he's not in the book and all will be forgiven. Chuck is still friends with Dan, and he won't give that up now that he doesn't want to be Lonely Boy 2.0. Serena will only fake be nice to him to secure the movie rights, and Blair can hold a grudge longer than GOD.
6. Yes, they are destined to be togethor.
7. The movie will never get made. I can't see Dan signing away the movie rights. He didn't even want the book published! Bonus Question: Which was the bigger disappointment from the episode: Diana exposing Ivy as Charlie so quickly, Ivy copping to the truth so quickly, or Nate getting played for the fool? BQ. I was expecting the Diana/Ivy mystery to be dragged out much longer, and I was disappointed in Ivy for rolling over so quickly, but it was downright painful to watch Nate getting played for the fool he is. Seriously, why doesn't someone step in and prevent this from happening?

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Well, I admit it. This episode made it clear the writers were going to go for Chair all along, like I knew they would. I'm just angry they gave us such greatness in season 4 only to destroy our hopes in this episode. Oh well, it doesn't matter. We dare fans will always have the golden moments between those two to fall back on.
Also, part of being a Dair fan is to dare (as you've probably seen everywhere) and I guess we'll dare to hope even when everything seems to play against what we want.