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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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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I wanna say that I think Dan's "the man" and still be a huge Chair shipper! I started to like Dan this and last season. I thought he was a righteous and bigoted cry baby before, so the thought of him falling for Blair seems endearing to me!
As long as Blair stays in character and doesn't fall for him I'm perfectly fine :)
I appreciate Dan's efforts to make Blair happy. It was a kind and selfless thing to do and there is nothing to badmouth. Btw: Chuck's "letting go" was also selfless and meant well. It just wasn't right^^...that's the difference! But I admit that at the time it was maybe kinda right :) (I know this sounds silly but I think you get what I mean.)
So I hope Dan will find his happiness, he won't find it with Blair though. I and also Dan (I might add) agree on this I think. He even said it outside his role. Blair might be Dan's soulmate but sure as hell this isn't a mutual feeling!

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The only thing i did not like was the limo chasing seen... other than that great show typical gossip girl fashion, I have to say the part in the limo about how they were talking about where to raise the baby and how Chuck said he was going with her to tell louie was really great! It showed them HAPPY and at peace with each other and wanting to be together,awww for that few minutes they were both just so happy.

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i find something slightly off about how blair confessed her love for chuck in the limo, when she was engaged and about to marry louis. i know their were chair scenes before and during Blouis' relationship which just shows that Blair still isn't mature enough to have an honest relationship, but suddenly she was trying to get louis on the right track and started snogging chuck and then wanted to elope? / run away together? this is just really crap writing. i would rather have her end it with louis at the party after he sabotaged her and then she could have talked to chuck and chose chuck or dan or stayed single! i'm so surprised that blair now has three guys to choose from!! and S has none - because she's a B*&%^ but come on, the story lines are beyond pathetic and the car crash - everyone saw coming. i'm disappointed the writers may not continue the baby storyline - chair with a baby would have been wonderful! espec now since chuck i think is right up there wth dan, being amazing !! nate needs something more exciting happening and the only OMG moment was diana's secret which i presume many fans have already guessed: she's chuck's mum - i feel sorry for lily if this is the case. because i LOVE CHILLY. @David of course, Jenny was awesome!! before they ruined her character of course, she and nate were my fav, and i loved jenny/dan moments.

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I can't wait to find out how is Diana related to Chuck and Jack Bass. . .I'm not worried with Chuck cause he'll definitely survive of course, w/o the amnesia, I hope. Blair and Louis wedding will push through because of guilt but then B realized she can't live without Chuck. .Chair forever. . cross fingers. .

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"you act as if all dair fans are angels" As it happens I said nothing whatsoever about Dair fans, but yes, maybe that's because they tend to serve up fewer annoying squeals of "MOST EPIC REUNION EVAR!!!!" Maybe if the Chair romance wasn't such a feeble imitation of bad soap opera, no one would lose count of the many reunions or hope for a particularly substantial one. Even those darn pink peonies are being wretchedly abused these days. Is nothing sacred, people? It was a long, unforgiving journey from the tender, steamy subtleties of the Season 1 limo to this week's crassly constructed parody of a real, tragic death. Between the producers and the fanbase, how can we stand to watch this sordid dance between the shameless and the senseless? I care because once upon a time it was a great show. Sigh!

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"Personally, I can analyze just the actions themselves and separate everything else going on because it is the type of mind I have." 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!

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1. dorota in general, the polish, her words of wisdom everything. I love her!
2. i likes the season kinda. too much chivy, too much diana, too much blouis, wayyyy to much of serena going "shoot i love dan AGAIN, and he's a supposedly good guy who cheated on me twice!" not enough cyrus, or serena and nate. werent they supposed to be besties?! i loved the first episode though!
3. both i totes predicted it. but i was a little sad that it was such an obvi copout. even though i didnt want blair to have the baby cuz i just cant see queen b as a teen mom
4. well im biased and dont like dan very much this season so def. Nate plus he is just soooo hot!
5. they were all not that shocking but what tripp did was just wrong! i mean how could he attempt to hurt/kill his beautiful god of a cousin?
6.i think they are related somehow like siblings or siblings in law.
7. i think nate and serena will comfort each other and get back together. ok maybe not exactly but i do think that they will at least become really close because of everything that is happening. i hope that serena stops going after dan cuz A)he doesnt love her anymore, B)they're related, C) nate is way better for her(he never cheated on her), and D) i think this season should be more NJBC focused anyway. blair will lose the baby and not marry louis.

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I love that you referred to Sandy and Kiersten. This wreck reminds me SO much of when Marissa died. Poor Ryan! Glad it's not (hopefully) gonna pan out the same, because noone is as "smart" as Mischa who is only doing commercials now. xoxo

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Did any1 else notice Blair started to care about the baby when Chuck said he would love it as his own. Before she didn't seem to acknowledge the baby. seems to me she didn't care since it was Louis'.

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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