Gossip Girl Round Table: "Riding in Town Cars With Boys"

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the midseason finale (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 and Leigh Raines to discuss "Riding in Town Cars With Boys."

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

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1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Courtney:If we are going by a quote, then it's Chuck with "These stories are invented to sell papers to women who collect ceramic cats." Cracked up at this because you know there are tons of old ladies reading those celebrity gossip papers with the most unrealistic stories. If we are going by exchange, then hands down Blair and Chuck in the back room of Chivy's party. Runner up: Lily and Chuck. 

Leigh: With so much emotional dialogue, I need to inject some humor into this whole situation. Chuck about Nate's rejection of Bloomberg. "That's a bold move Nathaniel, I'm almost aroused." Classic bromance.

Steve: Lily telling Chuck she loves him like her own son. Definitely got a little dusty in here. I also loved Dan and Serena's passive-aggressive bickering at the breakfast table, and everything Dair - not the romance some fans wanted, but it was great seeing her come to Brooklyn.

Eric: Going to give it up to Dorota. As much as I want to credit her screaming in Polish at the paparazzi, I can't possibly begin to translate. So in second place, I loved her magic spell to win Louis back. Take note Secret Circle. You may have to invite Dorota to join.

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2. What was your general take on the midseason finale, and the first half of Season 5?

Courtney: There were some bumps in the road of Season 5 so far, but the past several episodes are making up for that. Blair's friendship with Dan has been a highlight, her relationship with Louis... not so much. I am over the character and the story. Time to get rid of Louis after the wedding that hopefully will never take place. The Chivy arc has been front and center and the only time it is enjoyable is with Nate in the picture. The midseason finale was slow to start and even predictable, but it was definitely enjoyable. The Chair moments, the Dair moments, even Rufus got a small piece of a story. My biggest issue with the season so far is Blair's wardrobe. I understand she is pregnant and trying to hide a baby bump. But that does not mean she needs to wear hidious frumpy frocks. Queen B is too good for that.

Leigh: Last night was just too emotional even though I expected it. I also had a visceral reaction to Ivy and Max. I hope that Eric's prediction for the second half of Season 5 is on point. I feel like the NJBC + Dan is making a comeback, as evidenced by Serena, Nate and Dan vowing to go up against Gossip Girl. I think the writers are doing a good job at keeping up the suspense, but despite the first few episodes of the season, this show has just gotten majorly depressing.

Steve: I've generally enjoyed this season. There have been plenty of minor complaints I've touched on in reviews over the last 10 weeks, but for the most part I've been invested in the storylines and entertained by the characters. This royal wedding / 100th episode spectacular had better live up to the hype.

Eric: Season 5 started off strong with the royal wedding and Inside, but then at some point became the Diana and Chivy show. I think Max's desperate attempts to tell anyone who would listen exemplifies how desperate the storyline became in general. I'm positive Chair fans will enjoy the second half of Season 5. Throw in some Derena and a little Spectator war against Gossip Girl and we might finish strong.

3. The car crash: Cliffhanging shocker or predictable copout?

Courtney: Both. I expected Blair to be the one seriously injured, not Chuck. But it is definitely a cop out on the baby situation.

Leigh: Copout. I don't think they needed to go the Princess Diana route. I get why they did it, but it wasn't in good taste. And since we know Chuck is going to live, are they really going to go the amnesia route? Come on. How many near death experiences does the kid need to have?

Steve: It really is both. Such a cheap way out in that Blair's pregnancy will simply go away, and that we know Chuck won't die. But definitely a surprise in that Ivy, Trip, Max, Diana and Jack were or will now become involved in the crash and its aftermath. That was woven together surprisingly well.

Eric: Copout. I get that it's supposed to mimic the paparazzi and Prince Diana, but come on, do you really need to force anything more between at Chair at this point for the sake of a cliffhanger? Why don't you pick on some other characters sometime.

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4. Dan or Nate: Who was more The Man this week?

Courtney: Can I be a total girl about it and pick both? Dan is a selfless, loyal friend to Blair which in return makes him The Man. But Nate has morals: he never sent in a blast to GG, he is always telling the truth, he looks out for his friends. Therefore, The Man. But... if I'm picking one, The Man this week is most definitely Lonely Boy. Who said chivalry is dead?

Leigh: Both Dan and Nate were major studs this week. Nate's progression into this suit wearing, strong guy with good morals, makes him even harder to resist. BUT Dan was just... incredible and selfless and caring and wonderful this week. Should I keep gushing?

Steve: I expect Dan to be The Man. Dan the Man, it even rhymes. So Nate gets my vote after this week and last. To steal the Grandfather's line, we've always loved him, but now we respect him too.

Eric: Obvs, Lonely Boy. Nothing says love like putting someone else's happiness ahead of your own. Besides, I'm pretty sure the Chair fans would kill me if I picked any other option.

5. Most surprising side plot: Chivy outing herself, Trip turning on his famous family, or Lily and Rufus having meaningful dialogue?

Courtney: Lily and Rufus used to have meaningful dialogue in earlier seasons, and Trip turning on his famous family doesn't really surprise me... there is always one in every family. So I am going with Chivy outing herself. We got teased with Diana outing her, then Max telling her family, then telling Nate. And in just 5 seconds, she ratted herself out. Most surprising? It was to Rufus.

Leigh: All three were surprising, but Tripp having Max cut the brakes to the car was insane. He's actually that desperate that he would risk killing his cousin? That's scary and psychotic.

Steve: Definitely Trip. Chives' guilt was nearing critical mass for awhile, so it made sense that indirectly causing the accident made her spill the beans. We all know Rufus and Lily can be strong supporting characters if given the chance. Trip, though? Who saw him playing such a scandalous role in all this!?

Eric: Welcome back Lily and Rufus! Now I remember why you're the only parents that stuck around as cast members. You're so the Kirsten and Sandy Cohen of Gossip Girl when you want to be. Speaking of sticking around as cast members, does this mean we can say goodbye to the Chivy show?

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6. How the heck do Jack and Diana know each other?

Courtney: I am going with the idea that Diana is related to the Bassholes somehow. Maybe Chuck's mother's sister? Who knows but whenever Jack comes to play, you know it's about to get scandalous. Plus, Chuck is really the only one Diana hasn't interacted with one on one. Hmmm ...

Leigh: Diana is a Bass. She will have to donate blood to save Chuck. But why did she say that Jack shouldn't thank her? That was the part I couldn't crack.

Steve: Wow, good call Leigh. Let me know when you crack the rest!

Eric: I can't keep saying / predicting it anymore. Diana is clearly related to the Bassholes. I'm think I may want to revise my answer of the real mom and copy Courtney's aunt guess. Either way, daaaamn that family has some good looks.

7. Share your predictions for the January 16 return.

Courtney: Blair will be okay, baby will not. Chuck will be touch and go until he wakes up looking for Blair. Louis is going to be angry that she was with Chuck in the car. It will be about halfway through until someone notices Chivy is gone and then Rufus will spill the beans. Dan will be by Blair's bedside and Nate will look extremely hot in a three-piece suit. Hopefully this will mark the return of Jack Bass.

Leigh: Chuck will live, but possibly have amnesia. Maybe Blair goes nuts out of guilt? I'm thinking maybe the Grimaldi family blackmails Blair into going through with her wedding to Louis. Let's get some old school GG back up in here!

Steve: Dan will be there for Blair and Chuck, and Serena will be there for Dan. Chuck will have near-death experience flashbacks and epiphanies. Nate will begin waging war against Gossip Girl. Louis will be boring. Max will call Ivy long distance and refer to her as white trash.

Eric: I'm going to pick the most obvious prediction: Chuck survives. And I really hope the writers don't bring back that whole amnesia thing from his gunshot wound. Or just repeat my guess of last week that Blair loses the baby. That's still on the table.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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EDITING PREVIOUS POST ***SPOILERS*** i didn't read it all the way through. apparently Blair grabs Dan away from Serena in the dream sequence. And Louis IS in the sequence too. :::my bad::: so subconsciously Blair wants Dan over Chuck and Louis. :::::EEEEEE:::: super giddy. means good things for Dair!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, I forget, did we totally rule out Diana as Chuck's mom?

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Courtney and Steve's predictions sound spot-on, both made me laugh out loud :)

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@ S: yes in fact it does earn me a diploma, if anyone has a problem deal with it. And in my post I don't think I said much about Dair, I complained about the whole abuse argument. I may not understand the Dair apeal but I do know I can't change people's minds about, that's nothing new. And I certainly don't have anything agains Dan in case somebody here is wondering, or Penn for that matter, in fact I just say Easy A and he was wonderful in it. @ Jazzhillz: you get a life. At least I can say I have learned a great deal out of it, and I don't regret it. I support Chuck and Blair because of the intensity of their emotions towards each others, the rarity of their dynamic which has not been explored much before, the devotion they share despite everything that has happened, their similar background that creates a bond between them, not for the nicest reason (difficult childhoods), but a bond nonetheless, the deep understanding they have of one another, not all the time of course but is there. Nobody can deny that a lot of bad things have happened between and I do think their reunion should not be rushed, even though with all these teasing that line of thought goes astray more times than I would like, but I blame the bad writing for the nonsense that we have seen. At the end I support what I support and others will support what they want, and we all have to deal with the fact that we don't agree. What grates on my nerves is the constant atack, so I found myself that I have to complaint from time to time. What I may supposed to do, see how people atack them and not say anything? I didn't knew this was the modern concept of "freedom of speach".

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Oh yeah, and I'm happy to finally see a Serena dream! We always see Blair's "Hepburn dreams" but it was neat to see Serena dreams of old movies too and that her idol is Marilyn Monroe (go fig.) lol

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Nah, I don't think that this is really a "spoiler" per se as the dream sequence could have easily been worked into last weeks episode. It's not furthering the plot any, just restating Serena's insecurities with Blair and Dan.
It was well done :) I can't wait to see it in the episode!

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I agree with it all :)

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The musical is wonderful. But, im pretty sure this is the big Dair spoiler we are supposed to get in Jan. Anyway love the whole thing.

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It made no sense for Chivy to out herself after working so hard and making up all these elaborate lies!! I'm confused!! Serena kills me!! Again she has realized Dan is for her!? I'm done, she does this mess EVERY season and for the first time Dan was so involved with someone else he missed his opportunity to be the victim in her games again! YES! I love Lily and Rufus, especially together as a team! I also love Lily and Chuck, she's stuck it out with him through everything and still loves him unconditionally! That's a mother for you! My predictions are the wedding will happen but at the last minute Georgina will come drop a bomb before vows are exchanged, Chuck will wake up and him and Vlair will try to make this work. Blair will lose the baby : (. Dan will continuing being the driving force for Blair's happiness, no matter how much it's killing him. He will try to distract himself with Serena due to her relentless advances. But in the season finale Chuck AND Blair will officially let each other go and Blair will FINALLY realize what its like to be loved and how Dan has been the one showing to het since day one! She will then chase after Dan before he goes on his summer book tour!

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I love that footage of the dance sequence coming up after the hiatus - HILARIOUS - and love Chace's comments. I feel like out of all the cast members, Chace is probably the most down-to-earth. I can see why people think Chuck and Blair are overplayed but I am one of the fans that just can't let the last 4 seasons of Chuck and Blair go. After having being tortured for the last 4 seasons, I need a happy ending!!
There have been times when CB have been awful to each other but they have also been great together. I think they made some mistakes but they are growing from them. The fact is, despite all that has occurred between them, they are still truly in love with each other. Now that they are growing up, they need to be given a chance. I want to see them play out Chuck's wish of building their futures together. Also, it would be a great story line to see how a once dysfunctional couple actually become functional. Lastly, I wouldn't mind seeing more sexy scenes between them too. They are just ridiculously hot together.