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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I really wonder at the Diana/Jack connection. I wonder if she'll swoop in to reveal that she is the former Mrs. Bass? I also am pleased with Dan because he is the only character working on himself. Chuck can't deny his selfishness - he's breaking up a family to meet his own desires. Dan is the only one who is understanding of what selflessness actually means - he loves Blair so much that he is willing to see her happy with CHUCK - the lowest lifeform. I think Blair is going to have issues with Chuck, even though she is praying for him, because her baby is going to be lost. I hope that Louis exits like a gentleman because his character trashing is just a lame way to go out. And I can't wait to see how the Dair storyline plays out. Mid-season last year was when all the Dair deliciousness happened and we still have Dan's confession and Blair reading Inside to look forward to. Cheer's to a better second half of the season!!

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I think the stills with Blair running through the NYC streets in her wedding dress is a sign that Chuck Bass......died
And she dashed right out to try and make it to the hospital..but was a moment too late...
Such a sad sad sad image if what I'm thinking might happen...and if it does...screw the writers...I want a happy ending too....and who doesn't???

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Season 2: Nate lets her go, she goes with Chuck. Season 4: Chuck lets her go so she can be with Louis. Season 5: Dan lets her go so she can be with Chuck. Now, would somebody marry Blair freaking Waldorf? And by "somebody" I mean Dan.

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Chuck has bandages over his head, he is definitely going to have head injury causing him to have memory loss. It is going to be Derena all the way, Serena just has to realize that she is in love with Dan and she was at her best when she was with Dan. I just can not believe they did this to Chuck TWICE, wth? They should have Blair with traumatic injuries isnt she carrying a baby after all???!???

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my theory is blair is trying on a wedding dress then gets the news chuck's awake, and runs out to be with him, then theirs is the wedding that happens. :)

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Louis looks like a frikin vampire

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I saw the pictures of Blair as a runaway bride in episode 100... What if she is leaving Chuck at the alter for DAN?? THAT CAN'T HAPPEN!!!

Eneci

Possible the best episode of the season.
- Max was playing his game all wrong and seems like he is behind the car crash. But Ivy! IVY is a sneaky little thing, and a real reminder of why we started to watch the show. Interested in how they will bring her back, after all know she has no space to comeback as a Rhodes. cause Rufus will start to ask some important questions.
-Dan was my favorite character since i started to watch the show! he was on such a great route, but he lost his way! I really felt for him when Blair was talking how she loves the other 2 guys! But I think this almost conclusion will give him inspiration for his book. Serena our sweet dear Serena, she should go for the I want a live out of my family story! She didn't evolved at all she is still so self-centered. But i loved the opening sparks between Serena and dan they knowing each other so well.
-Blair! I love her 95% percent of the time I adore her! But i don't like her she is playing spoild not working for me! But we all know that this is just the starting of the Blair drama cause a wedding will take place for sure. Hope they don't pull a paralyzed crap story with Chuck.
-Nate is still boring the death out of me! He's stupid family was always a bad story for him make him gay so he gets interesting again! BTW he was always the worst character in the show. And please don't put him together with Charlie.
Let's get ready to rumble in 2012! Gossip Girl!

Kavern

i really loved this episode. i love the lily/chuck scene because without that conversation between them chuck would've just let go of blair completely and thanks to lily she made chuck realize how he can accept louis' baby.btw so it really confirmed that the baby was louis'?! up until this episode i was hoping it was chuck's grrr..:( i sorta have a mixed feelings toward dan i was happy that he orchestrated chuck and blair's reunion because i am a chair shipper but i am completely furious at how oblivious he is towards serena subtle hints of trying to reconcialte or at least rekindle their lost romance. i know that he is in love with blair right now but i do think that no matter how hard he tries blair's heart will always belong with chuck. i love how the writers' are making serena realize that it was dan all along that he is looking for. i also liked that serena was jealous of blair after 5 season i think it was really the first time that serena is portrayed to be jealous of blair. i just wish that somehow, someday dan will come back to serena's waiting arms. lastly, i hated chivy and tripp it was their fault why chuck and blair got into an accident. i'm pretty sure that botched limo was meant for nate since the driver said that he thought he was to bring nate to ues when in fact nate was headed to westchester!!

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epic episode , wow!

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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