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!

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i actually agree with everyone who says blair is now the annoying character.i know that she's like the center of the story but her being the center of every episode is sickening.it's all about her and the other characters are just background characters that has nothing else. and i'm not surprised that this season's ratings are low.i remember last season the highest rated episode was the townie when the story was not about blair.don't hate just saying that they at least focus on something else that's why i'm kinda excited for this lola storyline to progress because its something new.. the episode would have been better if jenny humphrey was invited and was the one who sent the blast to gossip girl.that would have been a classic gg sabotage and a tribute to the core 6 characters of the show..

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I fully expect this get alot of backlash, but I really liked the unexpected change in Louis and honestly felt like Blair got her just desserts. Let's not forget that the first time that the two went on a date, Blair treated Louis like dirt because she thought he was a chauffeur. Later on, she sleeps with Chuck while she was meant to be with Louis, and takes him for granted. Then to top it off she humiliates him on his wedding day. I'll admit that Louis was foolish for chasing after Blair in the first place, but the fact that he tried to make things work and Blair threw it all back in his face made me glad that it finally came back to her. I was never shipping Blouis. Everyone knows that Chair is endgame - and we'll probably be subject to another annoying billion 'will they, won't they' moments before they do - but someone needed to give Blair a reality check and I'm glad that Louis did.

Ninasmileface

One, it is not all about Blair. I am so sick of the show centered around her for the WHOLE season. Two, Louis, who everyone hates and just wants to see leave is still here. I am so sick of looking and that guy's face every day. Well it is what Blair deserves for being a whiny little princess which is what she has turned into. This brings me to three, the change in Blair's character. I know that Blair is supposed to be all mature now, but she is acting more childish than ever. Her reasons for not being with Chuck even though she loves him more and more every day are weak, and the Blair I used to see would NEVER submit and marry Louis, a man she doesn't even love. The producers said that they wanted GG to go back to what it was like in season one, well the only way I see that happening is if they bring Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz back.

Ninasmileface

I don't really know what to say. If this was supposed to be the grand and spectacular 100th episode then the rest of the season is not going to be very good. Now this episode had some good moments with Serena being smart for once, Georgina being awesome (and GG?), Nate being typical Nate, and the parents were all great of course. The problem I had with it (ship bias aside) was that if I compare this supposedly amazing episode to season one episodes it is not nearly as good. It would probably be an average episode when compared to season one, and for a few reasons.

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I definitely LOVE this episode! It's wonderful!Although CHAIRYTALE didnt happen, this episode surely is nerve-racking and heartbreaking.I love the lines,the characters esp Mommy Waldorf ,the fashion and of course the SURPRISES!!! Good job for the writers!Just please bring CHAIR back to each other's arms asap!:))

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Chair all the way! Dont get me wrong, i love Dan, but Chuck and Blair are definitely endgame! I love the dan and blair and dan and chuck friendships though. I hope we see more of that. Also does anybody remember that after the car crash Jack Bass rings dianna?? Can't wait to find out what thats all about.

Kimberly-anne

I love that scene between Chuck and Blair in her changing room. Their dialogue was so amazing. What I have a hard time believing was that last week Chuck was so on board with the priest to r and stop the wedding and now he was completely ready to let her go...again. I feel like something happened within the week that we missed.
One good thing I realized came out of this episode was that Serena kind of said it all for us. Chair is epic. They will always have each other and will always come back to one another.
Who did send that video then???
Oh great, so I guessed this means Dair may be a real couple *gag*. I just want Chair to be together already and I don't really care for Serena and Dan.
Overall this episode was okay, but I definitely did not shed any tears. Blair lookd beautiful though.

Kimberly-anne

Lily and Rufrus...umm seriously just go away.
One flaw that I noticed was tha the priest never showed up after talking to Georgina. This show tends to do that alot. They often end a character's storyline kind of aruptedly so it doesn't make sense. I mean I'm glad he's gone but to end it so sudden was just weird.
I didn't expect Louis to be that heartless. But whether they get married or not, the video was already leaked so there wasn't much point to going throught with the wedding. If anything, it makes it look like Blair is marrying him out of guilt. His dialogue in the beginning with Serena was just awful.

Kimberly-anne

The 100th episode was okay. I have seen much better episodes, but this one also has many surprises that I did not see coming. I don't have much to say just because there wasn't anything epic about this episode to be honest.
It just occurred to Nate on the day of the wedding that all his relationships were based on lie? Wow, he really is slow. And is that girl the real Charlie? Umm, does Carroll really not know where her daugther is or something because why would she work in New York?

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...But nowadays nothing makes sense on GG anymore. The writers turned Blair into this annoying and whiney version of her old self, so I guess we will see Dair happen unfortunately.But I will certainly not watch it, that would be gross. And that's not meant as an insult to Dair fans. This is just my opinion. I hope we get to see the NJBC takedown or Chair plotting against the Grimaldis that would be great. I'm glad that Jack's returning to GG and his and Diana's storyline will perhaps be interesting. And I really love Harold, Cyrus and especially my favourite Chair shipper Eleanor! Loved her scene with Chuck! That was just great!

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