Gossip Girl Review: A Princess in Peril

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Gossip Girl closed out 2011 with a wild episode tonight, a dark installment that kept us on the edge of our collective seat throughout even as one of its central storylines came to a tragic, predictable end.

The title, "Riding In Town Cars With Boys," alluded to the accident that left Blair and Chuck fighting for their lives after an episode that saw the Princess-to-B battling paparazzi and conflicting emotions surrounding her baby and future. Just as Blair found the fairy tale ending so many viewers have longed for, it all came crashing down.

The baby will almost certainly not survive. But will the love of her life?

Nice to Meet You, I'm Chuck Bass ...

On one hand, it's a cheap cop out for Blair to suffer a miscarriage and the slate to be wiped clean after all this time. It's lazy writing (as is having key conversations happen in public ALL THE TIME).

On the flip side, the tension escalated (relatively) believably for the last hour and for the past 10 weeks as a whole, with some surprising twists and new wrinkles thrown in to complicate matters.

There were so many in the last 15 minutes tonight, where to begin?

We'll discuss Chuck's fate shortly, but first, a word about Dan. Those who worship the Muppet may have wished he'd been sharing that getaway kiss with Blair, but it wasn't to be. Instead, he put his own feelings aside to help the girl he worships so much that he could unflinchingly love another man's baby just to be with her.

And for that, how can you not love Dan?

Ironically, tonight marked watershed moments for both Dair and Chair. Both men proved their love for B, even if only one came out and said it. Dan's actions deserve praise, even if he didn't get the girl.

While some people think only of advancing their own interests, even if that means putting others' lives at risk (cough, Chivy), Lonely Boy would rather be lonely than see someone he cares about unhappy.

This selfless realization spurred him to reunite Chair for good. He did the right thing for his new best friend and for the woman he loves, even if it most likely dimmed the hopes of a Dair romance for good.

Dan Blindfolds Blair

So is Chuck ... no. He can't die. He just can't. He has more lives than we can count at this point, but he's got to have one more left in him. Especially after these last few weeks, his loss would be catastrophic to the show.

When Gossip Girl returns January 16, he will fight for his life. It will be tense, drawn out and painful, but Chuck Bass will rise again. The question is where he and Blair Waldorf will stand when he does.

The royal wedding is still on for January 30, although it's unclear how much of a time jump will be involved between now and then. My prediction: Blair leaves Louis at the altar for Chuck on that date.

One thing tonight's Gossip Girl did that many episodes don't is tie the storylines together in an intriguing way that doesn't feel convoluted and forced. Okay, everything about Chivy is forced, but even so.

Max threatened to expose Chivy as a white trash fraud (he loves to call her W.T.), so she sent a blast to Gossip Girl, which in turn drew hordes of celebrity gossip media to the impostor's debutante ball.

Blair and Chuck were at the party because Dan chose it as the place to bring them together (maybe not the best spot in retrospect - hindsight is 20/20, D). Then Chair fled, with paparazzi in hot pursuit.

The fact that Chivy tipped them off was the straw the broke the camel's back for her, as she confessed to Rufus of all people that she's a giant fraud ... only to have his attention diverted at the hospital.

Max, meanwhile, got paid (somehow) and Jack Bass, Diana, Trip and the Grandfather all could be implicated in the crash that nearly killed Chair, with their tangential connections and varying motives.

Nate the Journalist

There are many theories with limitless potential, which made for a great ending to the first half of the season, even if it was a devastating one for Blair that still felt inevitable. She wasn't having the baby.

Can you see Blair raising a child at 21, whoever the father actually is? The show wasn't going to go there and decided to go the Princess Diana route with the Upper East Side version of Kate Middleton.

Making Blair pregnant was a major OMG moment, but the pregnancy was swept under the rug in recent weeks, only to be given a sense of urgency tonight. Very disjointed, but it did open some new doors.

What was perhaps Gossip Girl's greatest scandal has been replaced by another. Who is Gossip Girl, and how far will Nate, Serena & Co. go to take her down? What enemies (or allies) will they make?

With GG now the target of the NJBC, you have to wonder if the royal wedding / 100th episode will mark something major on that front as well. Will she try to crash the thing? Again, infinite possibilities!

Hopefully, Nate and Serena play expanded roles this spring. They're Blair and Chuck's best friends (okay, Dan can tag along too now), and they now have a common enemy ... maybe even multiple.

He may be manipulated easily, but Nate has been kind of the man these past few weeks, and I'm glad he doesn't look like he's about to be pushed around - or have his plot buried for the 20th time.

Chace Crawford may have even acted a little bit this evening (crazy, I know), and Leighton Meester deserves a special nod for her performance as well. Such a range of emotions conveyed in one night.

Tonight's episode and the fall season overall were good despite some flaws. The show has improved greatly upon last year with some coherent and compelling storylines (the wedding, the book, the pregnancy, the love quadrangle, and now GG / The Spectator) focused on the main characters. Mostly. Plenty to build on in 2012.

I now turn it over to your comments, but first, our first glimpse at the show's return!

Looks like Chuck is in serious trouble. Check out the promo for January 16 episode ...

Will Chuck make it?

 

What did you think of the Gossip Girl midseason finale? Discuss!

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Come on guys, Chuck is NOT going to die. That's stupidity on the writers part and we would have heard rumours. THis is what the writers want, people to panic so at least the ratings will go up. He's not going to die, they're already filiming scenes. As for Blair's baby? Well, I don't want it to die, although the outlook is probaby unfortunately. I wanted the kid to be Chucks. Futhermore, why is Georgina at BlAIR'S wedding? I still think Milo is Louis's kid. Maybe.

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@ ALF ur comment made my day :D :D :D

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one question: How come Blair is now suddenly sooo sure Luis is the father? She's never opened that envelope, has she? And by the way, i still don't know what people expect to read in that letter: Hi Blair it's Luis'? Blair would have had to send in Luis' and Chuck's DNA. And where did she get those? From their tooth brushes? Anyway, I think the Luis/Blair/Chuck situation will turn out this way:
The hospital will tell Chuck's family that he will probably never wake up again. So that her child has a father (whether it's really Luis' or not) Blair decides to marry Luis after all. But THEN rigth before she says "I DO" GossipGirl lets everybody know, that Chuck woke up. And Blair runs. That would be a really cheesy but awesome storyline, don't you think?

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ivy is reason for accident ,so selfish and selfcentered. when forced she sold everybody's whole secrets just for kepping her secret. she always does d wrong deed and cries like victim

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THAT PROMO MADE ME WANT TO CRY. GG IS SO EMOTIONAL LATELY. ILY GG.

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Despite all the harm that Ivy caused, i really liked her. She's just a lonely girl who wanted to feel loved and safe. And i think the accident wasn't totally her fault, Trip and Max must've sabotaged Nate's car, but Nate took Chuck's car instead.

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The pictures of Blair wearing the wedding dress can't be from "the royal wedding". The dress just isn't big enough :D I don't want her to marry Louis!

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my theory is that blair promises god that she will marry the father of her son/daughter if he lets chuck live. but in the wedding day (somehow blair has lost her baby for then), someone says that the father of the baby is actually chuck (i think that person is definitely georgina), so she runaways.
another posibility is that the grimaldi make blair marry louis and they threaten her or something... chuck is not gonna die! but i wouln't like him to have amnesia T_T he has already suffered too much... i'm intriged about jack's and diana's appearance and also confused.. in the third season it was told who was chuck's mother... and what if both of them are chuck's parents? i know it's crazy lol in my opinion chace is a great actors and he deserves interesting storylines. in this episode he was great! poor serena! she really is in love with dan! i don't like how dan has treated her in the last seasons a have a teory about gg's identity... i think gg is dan! have you seen his face when serena said gg was responsible of the accident and when serena and nate decided to take her down (that is going to be interesting!). well baut if dan isnt gg i think it must be a boy not a girl pd: i love chair (don't you think they were so cute while the were planning their future? it seemed that they already were a family) and i love dair frienship as well as duck! they're so funny

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You know what im thinking.. like what if they keep chuck in a coma for like a long time.. and somehow louis and Blair are still getting married as the "wedding ep" is gonna happen .. and just as they're getting married , she gets a call saying chuck gained conscience and then she runs to see him.. ughh i dont get it .. how could she even consider marrying louis afer this ..
it will be interesting to see how this plays off

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I hope Diana is NOT related to Chuck ! No more Mommy, Daddy or even Aunty issues, please! Unless these issues involve him boning Lily, of course. My $$ is still on a Bass prostitution ring reveal. It actually makes some sense: Bart Bass ran a prostitution ring. He laundered the dirty call girl money, with the aid of crooked ol' Jack, through Bass industries. Bart decided to keep the call girls on the pay roll in a legitimate position as au pairs to avoid further scrutiny from the IRS. Bart then fell for one of girls (Diana) whom Jack met at some point. Chuck recognized Diana as one of his childhood "au pairs" and/or from the photo Bart kept of her. Bingo! Is Ivy actually gone? It would be all kinds of great if she walked out of the hospital never to return! I actually think a Chuck death could be interesting and not because I dislike Chuck. It would be fitting for the character and the "ripple effect" could create many story lines. GG ain't that clever though! @BimboBoop- Perhaps I overlooked the potential awesomeness of Chuck and/or Blair having amnesia. Your scenarios are hilarious. I can see it now: Blair: "I need 400 count Egyptian cotton in here! Where's my Nate and why in the world is Serena's Brooklynite boy toy asleep at my feet? Whatever, I need to start on Yale application! Who the heck is this French guy by the way??" Meanwhile... Chuck: *Clicks the call button for more morphine to take the edge off the alcohol withdrawals* "Call me 2 Portuguese hookers and page my Dad in Luxembourg NOW! BECAUSE I'M CHUCK BASS! Hang on..whose dog is this and where exactly is my scarf? Is that Humpty Dumpty asleep at my feet? Nevermind. Just get me Nate Archibald! I hope he isn't still mad at me for sleeping with Blair...". @Dana- I was actually discussing the GG finale with a friend and we agreed the show should totally pull a Woody Allen with Chuck & Lily! It would cause friction in Rufus and Lily's marriage, Chuck would have romance outside of Blair/a guest star and Serena wold be totally wigged out. Chily shippers unite! I don't see the same spark with Serena/Rufus though I did see it with him and Vanessa big time! Oh, missed opportunities! @pty- GG is totally a telenovela. I think they should embrace it and go full on soap now. If the show can't be legitimately good, it might as well be bat sh!t crazy and entertaining!

Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 10 Quotes

Lily: Just because Carol made a mockery of her own debut does not mean Charlie should be cheated out of the experience.
Rufus: Yeah, she hired Karen Finley to go in her place and when Carol's name was called, Karen walks out wearing nothing but chocolate and a pillbox hat.
Lily: Now I'm a Karen Finley fan, but it was a bit much. We were barred from the Plaza for years.

Apologies have been made and the security breach fixed. But two weeks later, still not one tip. Apparently no on can hold a grudge like an Upper East Sider. And no one can lie like one either.

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