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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One of the better episodes this season by far. I definitely think Max tampered with the car, and Nate got in the wrong one. His driver mentioned he didn't know they were going to the airport? I love that they're bringing Jack into the Diana/Nate/Trip/Grandfather storyline. Somehow they are all connected but how? I love Nate these last few episodes too, I hope he continues to be a bigger player in the next half of the season. I have not cared about Chivy this entire time, but I wouldn't be surprised if her confession gets swept under the rug with a comment of being stressed out and worried about Blair and Chuck. Serena is so unlikeable to me. The second she gets jealous or doesn't get what she wants she turns on her friends. She did not tell Louis where Blair was for Blair's happiness, she told him so she could mess up Dan's chance of telling Blair how he feels. Dan has evolved too much to go back to Serena. When he was bringing Blair to Chuck, it seriously sucked, but at this point in time Blair loves Chuck and Dan did the right thing. But that leads to the next half of the season where we can hopefully put an end to the entire tri/quad/angle? that has been going on the past season. A hopeful theory is that Chuck loses his memory and during that time Blair and Dan become closer, a lot closer. And when Chuck regains his memory, Blair has to choose between Dan and Chuck (choose DAN!)
A more likely theory, we get the exact same thing again. Blair goes back to Louis, and then leaves him for Chuck at the alter, only to have another thing separate them. On a happy note, Georgina will be back. And I love Georgina.


Ok... I never expected for me to say sth like this what Dan did in this episode was beautiful and deep and an act of true love. I actually felt for him after a long long time. Though i was super excited that Blair admited her undying love for Chuck seeing Dan hurt was heartbreaking.
I also felt for Serena. Yes...Unlike Dan she chose the selfish way but she can't help it. Atmittedly Dan was the love of her life so i can see why Dan putting their past completely behind him would have caused her pain and jealousy. I'm really hoping for a good ending for those two...
I won't even think the possibility of Chuck dying... But i also don't want the amnesia card played in the show...OR any other disability! A simple coma will be just fine. Of course i can't say i can combine the ''Chuck in coma'' scene with ''Blair in white'' scene. But we'll see...


What about Diana and Jack Bass? Why does she have to come after hearing that Chuck's condition is serious?
I think that the car Chair took was actually meant for Nate... Who was behind that?


Uggh! I knew something was going to happen to Chuck! With all the set photos around I had barely seen him! I bet my BW Headband collection that the wedding is just a dream- why would Blair marry that snake Louis after all of this?
I wonder if Chuck is going to end up in a coma and THAT is why Blair leaves the wedding? Stupid holiday break.


i love this episode, we could see ALL the characters playing their parts,all were important in their roles and with a different and more mature way of dealing with their problems, even nate had a great part and serena said more that the 1 minute of lines and screen time.......so long baby louis.....


they can't kill chuck the same way they killed his father


i think the show has got a lack of imagination, and i could not believe if they kill chuck the same way his father died


Since Ivy never finished telling Rufus what she meant by being a fraud--and since she immediately called Carol, when Rufus walked away--I expect that Carol will talk Ivy out of confessing everything, and Ivy will make up some story to account for what she said to Rufus. It would be really interesting if the writers killed off Chuck, but I think they would lose viewers in droves, so I don't see it happening. The memory loss, though--that could be an interesting twist, and could push Blair back to Louie--except that maybe Chuck regains his memory on Blair's wedding day :) So Grandpa Vanderbilt and Diana had a hand in the car accident--but they were expecting Nate to be in that car? I am thinking they were expecting Tripp to be in that car. I wonder what old man Bass and Grandpa and Diana have hiding in their closets??


I'm hoping they don't pull an amnesia moment. That is so clichéd it's ridiculous. Chuck HAS to make it. Gossip Girl without Chair? Perish the thought!


I've been a Dair shipper for a while and would still like to see it happen, but this episode made me realise that it has to be Derena in the end! Those two are meant to be. She's horrible without him, and a much better person with him. I'd like to see them explore the whole Dair thing, but when the show begins to come to a close (probably next season) they need to end it with Dan and Serena being together.

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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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