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Gossip Girl 100th Episode Review: OM-GG!

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There was really no way Gossip Girl's 100th episode, having been hyped for an entire season, while promising romance, tears, scandals, nods to the past and the mother of all shockers, could live up to expectations.

"G.G." didn't lack for drama, however.

In what has come to be sort of a make-or-break episode, Gossip Girl had a golden opportunity to redeem its recent mediocrity and prove itself worthy of all the passion and loyalty we've invested over the years.

While there were some gaping plot holes and disappointments tonight - especially depending on your couple of choice - you can't find fault with the pure number of twists, especially during the last five minutes.

Seriously ... anyone see that coming?!

Blair Waldorf: Just Married?

Georgina Sparks is Gossip Girl. Wow. Talk about saving the best for last. We have approximately eight million unanswered questions regarding how she pulled this off undetected all these years ... but wow.

Who else could it be, though? Michelle Trachtenberg was hands down the best part of this episode, and every one she's been in. No other villain could compare mix it up with the Upper East Siders like Georgina.

From a plot standpoint, it actually made sense that Gossip Georgina was the one to torpedo the royal wedding. Much as she tried to pin it on Chuck, Serena, Dan and Nate, none of them would do that to B.

G? She made clear early on that she had no such reservations. With G.G.'s identity still unknown to all the characters, and Trachtenberg sticking around, it will be very interesting to see if she's unmasked by the gang.

Or if she's not really Gossip Girl. Our Round Table will tackle that tomorrow!

While her latest, greatest act of sabotage came out of left field, that's not exactly out of character for her. Every line out of her mouth was hilarious, but never more so than when she referred to their annual "shindig."

She really does show up without notice, and possesses an unparalleled way of stirring up trouble on a grand scale with seemingly no emotional attachment or conscience. Personality-wise, she's tailor made for the part.

Having been down for the count, Gossip Georgina saw an opportunity for a big comeback and taking down Blair was the prime opportunity. Awful as we all feel for B, you gotta hand it to Evil G for this coup.

Putting aside the logistical impossibility of an entire church full of people reading her blast simultaneously - some of us turn off our phones at weddings, Josh Safran!! - kudos to the show for keeping that under wraps.

The episode wasn't perfect, but it definitely injected the season with some fresh life, thanks to G.G. and the revelation that Louis is worse than a boring, uptight stiff that B doesn't really love. Much, much worse.

We all expected somebody would stop the wedding, and knew Gossip Girl would be involved. But the fact that B went through with it in the end, only to be deceived by her prince, is heartbreaking and surprising.

Where does Mrs. Grimaldi (it hurts to even say it!) go from here?

The final twist of the night came when the runaway bride was rescued not by Chuck, but by Dan. Chuck is clearly not out of the picture, but he wasn't on the other end of her distress call. Nice misdirection there.

From Dair and Chair, to Blouis and Derena, this episode gave fans on every side of the polarizing love square (pentagon?) something to talk about. It's hard to even know where to begin - or guess where we're headed.

Blair found out who wrote Louis' vows, but the author himself didn't spill the beans. Chuck confessed his true feelings for her, only to let her go rather than ruin her wedding. Two great guys she has here.

Call them her knights in shining ... purple suits and Muppet hair? In a way, G.G. may have made it possible for Blair to be with Chuck (or Dan) without the baggage of him having ruined her nuptials to Louis.

The interesting thing now is that Chuck and Dan won't necessarily be pitted against each other yet, but joining forces in helping Blair escape the marriage that shouldn't have been. And then there's Serena.

Oh, S. No one can say this episode contained any filler - the characters put it all out there, from G.G. to Chuck, to Nate and even Serena, who dropped a massive L-bomb on Dan ... and we don't mean lonely.

Serena's been doing a lot of soul searching (as has Nate, thanks to his run-in-with "Lola"), but sadly for her, this confession may not be reciprocated. It appears, at least for now, that his heart is with her best friend.

Funny how dreams can imitate real life, isn't it?

In non-romantic couple news, Serena and Blair's friendship actually played a role for once, and for that we are grateful, as that used to be a central component of the show that has been sorely lacking of late.

We'll see if that lasts, considering Dan's role in both of their lives. It's fitting in a way. It wouldn't be S and B without a heavy dose of conflict interspersed with genuine concern and love for one another.

Serena in a Pink Dress

A brief rundown of what else went down this week ...

Adult Entertainment: Rufus, Lily, Eleanor and Cyrus all stepped up big time. My living room definitely got a little dusty seeing Eleanor's scenes with Blair and Chuck, and Blair's with Harold and Cyrus.

All that heartstring-tugging, while often on the back burner in a show that thrives on scandal, gave this wedding-themed installment a much-needed sense of authenticity. For better or worse, and through thick and thin, family is family ... and tonight made the Gossip Girl parents feel extended family to the fans.

Also, a Princess Bride reference from Cyrus? Too easy ... and too awesome for words.

Many people (including this reviewer) mock Rufus and Lily for their declining relevance on the show, so watching them help salvage the wedding, briefly - and reminisce about their own - was a nice treat.

It Feels Like 2007 Again: The promised homages to the old days were there in spades, and incorporated in ways that actually fit the present-day story. Case in point: A memorable Gossip Girl quote ("I love you, always have, always will") which was spoken to a very different character long ago. Also, the cover of "Young Folks" at the onset was fun.

Louis: This guy sucks. However, while pretty much everyone agrees these two aren't meant to be, he showed a side of himself that at least made the character somewhat interesting for the first time ever. Between Louis and G.G., the show created two all-star villains this evening ... NJBC, unite!

The fashion: It was a feast for the eyes. Look for our style recap this week!

Nate and Charlie: It's gonna happen. Nice.

Ivy: Where the heck did she go? Hello?

All in all, it's hard to complain about tonight, which left us on the edge of our seats and genuinely wondering (and caring) where things are headed going forward for the first time in awhile.

Before we turn it over to your comments, here's next week's promo for "The Backup Dan" ...

What did you think of Monday night's Gossip Girl milestone event? Was it the best ever? Did it suck? Somewhere in between Was the big reveal anything like you expected? Discuss below!

Review

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Amygirl

For a show to get a 5pt rating it would have to have NO mistakes. I thought 4/5 was generous, considering how stupid Blair is and how irritating she has become.

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WTF! sriously what is going on i have just been crying my eyes out since the start of the wedding this really cnt be happing WTF1 is all i can say and georgina is GG since when?

Queenbee94

Although I absolutely love TVFanatic and appreciate all the effort the team is putting into it, I will complain about one thing. I've been reading your reviews for the last two years now, and recently I've been getting the feeling you don't give the show the chance it deserves. After all GG has never received a TVF 5 star rating. TVD on the other hand rarely ever gets anything below 4 and a half stars. This might be an adequate rating for a show that is superior to any other show, however GG has produced excellent episodes, some of which top TVD. Just to be clear: I, too, think that GG's season 5 has not been the best season so far, and I love TVD! Still, I feel like you are being a bit picky on shows like GG and extremely generous with shows like TVD. I can honestly not think of anything negative in this episode, and apart from people not turning their cell phones off during a wedding, neither do you, Steve Marsi, according to your review!

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I think the writers prefer Blair and Dan to be the headliners. These two are the best actors in the pack and relying on their skill keeps the show afloat. My theory before watching this ep was that Blair would run away from both Louis and Chuck and go straight to Dan. I wasn't surprised at all he was in the car waiting for her. I am so glad this is the end of Louis. So sick of his accent that teeters between French and British but honestly I respect him more for telling Blair off. Come on! Is he really a bad guy for that? In the real world he gets a high five.

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First of all, come on whats there to complain about seriously, just acept that its a TV show we all love since we watch it. If we wanna change it, start working as a writer for the show :P
I do belive that the "Chair" fanatics will have their treat, dont worry the producers have been walking arround it as it was a hot potato. She will just seek Dans friendship since she knows she can trust him in difficult times.
She will probably overcome her fear of god in the last episode, even though I do belive that the best thing would be a Dair with a bit more of the old Blair thing but thats my thoughs, live well and prosperious :)

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i have not been on this website for a while, but im glas to be back :)
chuck and blair, amazing chemistry. blair needs to quit saying they cant be together because they can! they make the show, and i loved the twist with prince louis..... whata bitch. but the sceneat the wedding where the guy asks if anyone objected to the marriage and the look between chuck and blair was so powerful i cried. it was very beautiful. georgina was also amazing like always
chuck and blair till the end

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@ Ace: I'm sorry, the 1000 character limitation that TV Fanatic now has prevented me of thinking that I should clarify the following: during my post on this site I have always said that this show moves in the realm of heightened reality and it is ridiculous to expect that real life logic and morals be applied to this show. Now that being said, I expect "heightened reality". Meaning that even though I don't expect EVERYTHING to be realistic, I do expect some realism or logic used in certain situations. Lately the show lacks this aspect in most of its situations, and that bugs me, because it didn't used to be this way.

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@pty This show has never really been about realism; if it was, Blair and Chuck would never have been together on-and-off for this long in the first place. Well, let me take that back, if Blair was truly the independent all-woman-empowered character that she was, this whole Chuck drama would not even be a blip on her radar. I mean, seriously, as far as realism is concerned, you'd have to be the biggest emotionally-damaged masochist-doormat to continually believe Chuck is a viable option. And I'm not saying that Blair was completely innocent either as she's done her share to contribute to the toxic relationship that is Chair. Only in this heightened dramatized novella can that relationship last. It's best to just have that suspension of disbelief.

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I have problems with this episode that are not even of the shipping kind. Georgina as GG? Logistically impossible in some instances, like when she was sent to boot camp that later turned bible camp, how could she report from there? Or from Belarus for that matter? She's awesome but this only makes sense if she is now turning into GG, or has a collaborator. Blair's hair awful, bridesmaids dresses awful, I don't care if they were Vera Wang originals. Unrealistic the phones sounding off in the middle of the wedding. Unrealistic a final fitting outside the house or church on the wedding day. More unrealistic than anything, they marrying in NYC instead of Monaco, but I don't even want to get into that too much, production reasons after all can be used to justify this one. Where on earth was Roman? Louis in the appartment on the wedding day, risking to break the rule that the groom cannot see the bride before the wedding?

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@Kimmie i think that's the million dollar question. who send in that video? my guess is dan which i might be impossible but he has the most to gain.