Gossip Girl Round Table: "All the Pretty Sources"

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

Below, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) and managing editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) join writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines to discuss "All the Pretty Sources."

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


1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Courtney: Serena's MOH speech. It felt genuine and that party was amazing; I need to have a wedding shower hosted by S like right now. I loved the little jab at the minions for trying to be like Blair.

Christina: Can I go with Serena’s entire MOH speech? This season has seriously lacked in gal pal time, and I’ve missed the besties together. Case in point, I also liked when Serena and Blair were reminiscing over blasts from the past.

Leigh: I swear I actually wrote this down last night because I was cracking up. Chuck to poser girls: "I should warn you, he's been trained to go after fake Prada." Simply Amazing.

Steve: Christina said it best. I've missed Blair and Serena's relationship and how they can remain so close even while reminiscing about their submissions to Gossip Girl, many of which presumably involved the other.

Eric: The entire scene between Chuck and the little B&S at the beginning. So glad the meta humor returned!

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2. What was your favorite scene featuring Dan and Chuck?

Courtney: Sitting on the porch. Chuck had humor, Dan had his wild hair. It was perfection.

Christina: Ah, the most unexpected bromance continues to go strong. From girls to pot, Chuck was definitely in a sharing mood. I loved all of the Duck scenes, but I think the writers saved the best for last. The way Chuck took care of Dan was most noteworthy.

Leigh: This is a toughie. As nice as the steps scene was, I think I'll pick them getting stoned together. Dan would totally be one of those rambling stoners. Everything about that scene was hilarious. It made me miss the "lost weekends." Remember those? Season 1?

Steve: "Are you willing to get a haircut and change your clothes?" "No." "Then I don't know what I can do for you." This classic exchange set up a Duck storyline that lived up to expectations and then some.

Eric: That's impossible to pick a favorite Duck scene. Shameless plug alert: They're just such a dynamic duo. Fine, make me choose? Watching The Matrix together and Chuck fashioning his advice around Neo.

3. Is there any chance Louis redeems himself after this?

Courtney: I have thought Louis was extremely boring and dull since he has been on the show. At least him going down this path gives him some excitement to watch. He will try to redeem himself, and it will work until everything comes crashing down at the wedding.

Christina: Sadly, yes. After all, he is a prince and he’ll probably come bearing gifts and another empty apology again for B.

Leigh: Who? Oh that guy with the accent? Sorry I was so bored, I forgot for a second who he was. No, he will only get worse.

Steve: No, they're clearly setting up for her not to marry this guy, which we pretty much knew she wouldn't anyway. He was never interesting. Now that he's no longer nice, loyal or moral, what does have left?

Eric: Not at all. Of course, we've all seen teases of a royal wedding so we know we'll at least go that far. But clearly the show has driven Louis down a deep dark path he is not recovering from. I was pro Louis when he was boring and represented a crown for B. Now he's just irritating and in the way of the far more fun Chair-Dair triangle. No one needs a square with Lair (pronounce it so it rhymes).

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4. How do you see Nate's career as Editor-in-Chief of the Spectator playing out?

Courtney: Ehhh, this doesn't seem like something that is going to be a huge success. Nate is a good man though (I was so pumped to find out he never sent in a GG blast). Here is hoping that he struggles at first and then finds his niche as an Editor-in-Chief. Maybe he will get a little ruthless. Could be fun.

Christina: There’s a slim-to-none chance this will work out for Nate. Aside from his lack of experience, how is he supposed to handle his new position as editor AND classes at Columbia?!

Leigh: Realistically I see this as a dropped storyline, just like his academic career at Columbia. Idealistically he will find out Diana's secret and expose her!

Steve: Did anyone else think, just for a millisecond, that perhaps Nate hasn't sent any tips to Gossip Girl because he IS Gossip Girl? That would be the biggest twist of all time, with him becoming a successful media mogul a close second. Much as I'd love to see it, I fear Leigh's right. Dropped plot potential.

Eric: I'm not even sure when the dude figured out how to make a website, let alone run an entire news outlet. Let's be honest, the biggest problem is how the hell grandfather thinks running a celebrity gossip blog is at all going to improve his son's image!? 

5. Which will happen first: Dan gets a haircut, Blair wears jeans, Serena realizes she's being played, or Ivy says something truthful?

Courtney: Ivy saying something truthful because she already sorta did. She pretty much admitted to Max that things are a scheme but that the money is real. Baby steps here. Thing I would like to happen first? Dan getting a haircut! I'm pretty sure it is the worst it has ever been.

Christina: Thanks to Max, we all know that Ivy’s luck has to run out soon. Dan’s ‘do is a staple. Blair and jeans don’t even belong in the same sentence. And I’m fairly certain Serena has realized she’s been played a time or two already.

Leigh: None of the above? I think more will happen with Ivy so I guess I'll pick her. Even though she lies like she breathes, or whatever Diana said.

Steve: Serena's not going to wise up anytime soon. Ivy could reveal her true self, but only if her charade becomes an even more terrible alternative. Blair would look great in jeans, but that won't happen ... I guess that leaves Dan. At some point Penn will finish filming the Jeff Buckley movie and he'll be allowed to revert to his Season One roots.

Eric: Why don't you ask us whether hell will freeze over or pigs will fly? Obviously none of these things will happen in our lifetime. The one I'd most like to see? Blair in jeans eating gyros and shaved ice.

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6. Biggest stretch: Jonathan hacking Gossip Girl in five minutes, Louis knowing how to make that list of sources live, Max turning from harmless, jaded ex to calculating extortionist, or people showing up INSIDE others' apartments in NYC, in general?

Courtney: Although all of these things are pretty far fetched (Hello Jonathan! Louis being a website tech?), I'm going with people showing up inside other peoples apartments. There is no way that the doorman working the Waldorf's building is going to let a complete stranger go stand in the living room in the dark.

Christina: Definitely Louis knowing how to make sources live ... how gullible do the Gossip Girl writers think we are?

Leigh: Definitely Louis knowing how to make the website live. There's no way. I look to Eric to explain why since he's the tech wiz around here.

Steve: I'll let Eric go off on Louis' apparent technical prowess and take the last item on the list. When was the last time you walked into your apartment and saw someone you barely know waiting there for you?! Dan, Chuck, Louis, fine, I'll accept that a doorman might allow it. But that random Max? Ridiculous. Having him accost her on the street again would be much more realistic.

Eric: Just like Steve pointed out in his review, obviously I need to go with Louis posting those sources live. But realize you have so many stretches even to get there. Jonathan hacking the phone that quickly.  Nate figuring out how to build a dynamic website WITH a database and searching capabilities in a matter of hours. Then, on top of all that, Louis can just push a button to hack into the Spectator and launch the link!? I'm sorry, the nerd in me will accept that as soon as Dan gets a haircut.

7. Share one prediction for the next two weeks.

Courtney: I like Eric's idea of seeing Carol's real daughter. I'm also predicting a Dair scene that is heartfelt. These two haven't been in the best situation with each other for a few weeks now and Dan made a point; he was there for her when no one else was. Hopefully with the Louis drama, he will be able to be there for her again.

Christina: I’ve used this one already and I’m using it again: We’re going to definitively find out who the real baby daddy is!

Leigh: Besides Blair's imminent nervous breakdown regarding not wanting to marry Louis, I still sadly think she's going to miscarry. Just a hunch.

Steve: Dan and Serena hook up. Now that would really throw a wrench into things!

Eric: I want to see something seriously useful go down on the Chivy front. And not just another notch in Serena's already-filled belt with Max or his pathetic foray into blackmail. I'm talking bring in Carol's real daughter.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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A few people are saying how could Nate and Louis have tech smarts? You have to remember all of these people are supposed to be highly educated and very smart. They're not just rich brats and that was one thing I liked about the show. I think it's entirely possible to expect that someone highly educated could understand tech and computers. I also think Blair is lying about the babys father. I would LOVE it if Nate were gossip girl but something tells me we're wrong. I hate Ivy. She's pretty but if I have to listen to her whiny voice much longer I'm going to lose it. I like Diana. I think they should keep her but in a much humbler form. Liz Hurley seems to only play one character 'manipulative sexpot' and she's not even great at that. I'd like to see another side to her. Dan and Blair won't happen she just doesn't feel like that about him. If she is moving on it would be because of Chuck. Anyway loving this season - I just think Louis should leave and Ivy should leave and bring in new characters! ♥

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Favourite quote - everything from Chuck and Dan. But since it's impossible to decide on just one of them and I have to pick one, I will go with something completely out of blue. Diana: "Unless you have pictures of Serena in bed with both "Hunger Games" boys, that's not gonna cut it". First of all you have to love a movie reference and second of all (unlike some other names that have been dropped on us lately, like Daniel Day-Lewis cancelling the deal because of "Sabrina" or Aaron Sorkin adapting "Inside") this actually could be possible. They are young, they are hot right now and them ending up in bed with someone like Serena is not so idiotic. My favourite scene featuring Duck has to be the one on the steps with Chuck realizing Dan's in love with Blair and Dan awkwardly trying to deny it. They are so great together. And I have to say that these last few episodes made me fall in love with Bass all over again. Louis is now on a whole new level. He went from extremely boring to extremely annoying with the speed of light. Please, let me kill him. The thought of Nate being Editor-in-Chief blows my mind. I don't even know how to comment on that. Although I have to say I was impressed by the fact that he never sent any tips to Gossip Girl. That's one decent guy, right there. Biggest stretch - all of the above. But using "Gossip Girl" standards I'm going with Louis. Jonathan already hacked Gossip Girl once so it's kind of acceptable that the writers brought it up again (even if it took him two seconds to do). Max showing a dark side is stupid but it's nothing we haven't seen before. People have turned from saint to evil and then back again many times on this show. Doormen being clearly incapable of announcing anyone is quite shoking but let me point out that those scenes require the element of surprise. And being surprised by the actual person looks better on the screen than being surprised by the call from a doorman (who cares if you have to bend the truth a little bit to achieve that?). Louis on the other hand had no excuse for being such a computer wiz, he's a freaking prince! Oh, I'm sorry, he didn't even have to be a wiz, he just pushed one button… Did they have to show us that? Couldn't they just say later that he bribed someone to do it or something? For the love of God, at least try to stay in touch with reality. What is truly shoking right now on "Gossip Girl" is that of all people Chuck Bass is the only one who's not plotting anything against anybody at this point. That's how far "Gossip Girl" went.


please guys get over it - dan is playing jeff buckley in a bio-pic that's why his hair is long and curly!!!!


come on guys..yes, blair's character has improved over the last 4 seasons..she and serena has proven their friendship over time..but the only reason that she is turning on serena most of the time in the last few episode is because of the fact that she is pregnant..she has hormonal imbalances as of the moment..


i love how even the show's characters make reference to dan's ridiculous hair.


I can't wait for Louis to disappear . I don't get what the writers are thinking, we don't have face ache Vanessa so they dump us with wet blanket, Louis prince of fools. The whole Kate Middleton reference thing is just getting boring now, I'm British and we've really had enough of the royal wedding overhype. I love Blair but she is always so quick to turn on Serena. Christ B, this girl is your friend! She has been for 5 seasons now! Blair's character seems to be going backwards, she is borderline (dare I say it) annoying in some episodes, not good. I'm glad Chuck is trying to better himself, now all he needs is Blair to get off his back. I wish poor Dan would take Chuck's advice and get a hair cut, that sensitive hairstyle he's sporting is all kinds of wrong. I do hope there is a good reason they casted Liz Hurley, she's so annoying but not as bad as bloody Louis.


oh and blair totally wore jeans once in the season 1 episode hi, society.
and while we're at it, she wore tights as pants once, too! in a season 3 scene in which she's in the park with chuck and ignores serena's phone calls because of trip.


why does everybody hate dan's hair so much? i love it. show some love for the muppet, people!


1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?
Charlie's epic line, "The money is real!" Seriously, say that to anyone and they will turn into a greedy pot. Still heart Max though. 2. What was your favorite scene featuring Dan and Chuck?
The stairs scene. Woo-oo-oo, caught in a bad bromance! 3. Is there any chance Louis redeems himself after this?
I said he should go with his royal beyond good attitude, but after he turn into this very lame schemer, urgh, I hope he disappears quickly. 4. How do you see Nate's career as Editor-in-Chief of the Spectator playing out?
Not a clue. It's actually hard to believe that Nate will be anything-in-Chief. 5. Which will happen first: Dan gets a haircut, Blair wears jeans, Serena realizes she's being played, or Ivy says something truthful?
Dan's hair is really getting on my nerves!!!! Please for the love of GG, cut those damn hair! It's not funny! 6. Biggest stretch: Jonathan hacking Gossip Girl in five minutes, Louis knowing how to make that list of sources live, Max turning from harmless, jaded ex to calculating extortionist, or people showing up INSIDE others' apartments in NYC, in general?
Hello, Jonathan! Gotta love random name from previous season popping up! Find yourself a new boyfriend? Anyway, that Max part is actually hilarious. What kind of doorman is working at the loft? 7. Share one prediction for the next two weeks.
Blair will lose the baby. Chuck and Dan try to take down each other. Charlie/Ivy will be outed and Gossip Girl will bring down Nate and Serena and the Spectator once and for all.


Blair haves jeans in her closet on episode 3 from season 1 at the first shoot

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