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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Let's focus on the real question: What was your general take on the midseason finale, and the first half of Season 5? The writers are losing their game. They try to convince us that the story is going somewhere when really it's been on rinse and repeat since Season 3. GG has officially lost it and gone over to terrible Telenovela soap opera drama side. Proof: Louis, Chivy, the baby and the biggest copout since Bill Clinton's definition of "sexual relations". Seriously, remember those days when the UES was fairy-tale like? There was the extravagant brunch, modeling world, Cotillion, etc. Every other episode serves as a reminder that these people are living the 1% lifestyle most of us envy. Now the writers don't even care to make the UES look tantalizing. They brought on Prince Louis to create a false sense of glamour which failed. We didn't even know the Paparazzi cared about the wedding until this episode! What they need right now is to bring back the N-JBC with the original cast members: Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and Dan. No more Nate banging some random female plot device that'll leave by the end of the season. No more Serena dating the first cute guy that compliments her. No more Blair degrading herself by running to Chuck like a needy spoiled brat whenever she can. No more... well, more Dan Humphrey, but no more Muppet hair. And no more remorseful Chuck. He's great as a dark knight, not as a pretend knight in shining armor. Oh and no more Chivy. Yeah she fits well in the UES, but her storyline is more irrelevant than Louis'. And for goodness sake, Blair needs to grow up. She couldn't even wait to officially break it up with Louis before:
a. having sex with Chuck in S4 and
b. kissing him (and probably would have humped him dry if the accident didn't conveniently happened) this season. And people thought Blair would be a good mother. Yeah, try explaining that to your child. "So, your father was a prince and the perfect gentleman. But I'd rather cheat on him with my ex... No, I didn't break up with the prince first, why would I? I was too confused and absorbed in my feeling. I also was and still am so desperate to get back with Chuck because no matter how messed up we are, we have that hot sizzle going on. Didn't you know sweetie? Sexual attraction and emotional abuse is what you need to look for in a relationship."

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GG, I apologize for failing to study your convoluted screed more carefully. Once it got to the part about your special mental abilities, I realized I was out of my weight class and gave up.

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I agree that the show is not making logical sense these days. It is moving so slowly and Chuck is unrecognizable. He is a little TOO NICE. The show needs him to be a little edgy and bad. Blair and Chuck have not worked for a reason. There are real life couples like Chair and most of the time, those couples learn from their mistakes and choose someone that they are better suited for. If I were Blair, I could never completely forget everything that Chuck had done to me. But, that aside, the push and pull of their relationship is repetitive. I thought that the writers were going somewhere with Dan and Blair in February, but their relationship has also become pathetic and repetitive. It is actually really, really sad to see Chuck so nice that he bores me and Dan so sad that I don't want to watch him suffer. When did Nate get to have all the fun?

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@ Jade - All your points sound like a great reason for Chair to STOP getting together. Let the writer's do something new - MAKE DAIR HAPPEN! As you have pointed out, each season has contained Chair getting together and something horrible happening as a result.

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@LuLu "The precise, objective workings of your highly analytical mind suggest to me that you should be a lawyer, if you're not one already. Cheers!" Thanks and those snide, little zingers devoid of any wit suggest to me that you should be a poster over at TWoP. If you're not one already. Seriously, you'd fit right in. Great comeback, LuLu.

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the writers have gone too far.. i mean enough messing around with chuck and blair.
they finally make chuck and blair happy with each other and then they get into a car accident. chuck is near death and blair is still spotted in a wedding dress. chuck and blair are an on again off again relationship and they finally deserve to be happy together. the writers do this all of the time..
season 2- bart's funeral goes to blair at night and they share that amazing hug..... chuck leaves a note and leaves
season 3- chuck is about to propose to blair... stupid and annoying dan comes and ruins everything (mostly blaming chuck for sleeping with jenny though)
season 4- chuck and blair are going to be together (season finale)... chuck lets her go at the end.
season 5- together for one episode... get in car accident.
its time the writers stop messing with their relationship and finally make them be together. there are more characters in the series that they can have more story lines for.
when chuck and blair get back together it should be for good. no drama, no nothing in the way and they live happily ever after.

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TFV168's comment about wanting Dan's blood flowing through Chuck and Blair was soooo funny!!! :)

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Dan was the biggest man, i really hope Blair gives him a chance, also like how Serena is know the one that is after Dan, when Dan pretty much had to compete with Nate, and now Dan is after Blair. I really hope the wedding doesn't happen, but I think Louis might be the one to leave Blair, because he won't be able to get rid of the thought that Blair could leave him again for Chuck or Dan, more likely Chuck though, that's my theory though on the wedding.

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@lulu.....spot on with the epic call.

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Dan is the man this week. He has made her happy even though him hurt. more importantly he knows what makes her happy
chair will not be happy when they are together because they will always hurting each other like in season 1 to season 4 and 5x10 accidents that make them hurt, so they will be hurt if they are together.
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