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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@xmeg816x , torontogirl98 I agree with you. Dair being friends is okay, but a romance between them wouldn't make sense at all. Blair told Serena to tell Dan about her feelings and she didn't seem to be jealous at all. When Louis told her that Dan had written the vows she seemed hurt because Louis betrayed her but she didn't seem like she was reconsidering her feelings towards Dan. Besides to hurt Serena by having a relationship with Dan, that's just wrong.

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Wasn't it obvious that they would again not let Chuck and Blair be happy? Of course they would make Blair run away with Dan, and by that time I so disappointed with the whole episode that I didn't even care about G being Gossip Girl.
WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE WANT DAIR?? Dan sucks, his character is just despicable he's like Blair's puppy or something who just revolves around Blair grr the way the UNFAIRLY blamed chuck for sending the blast and why did he write those vows for Louis in the first place and he knew damn well she didn't love him and whyyyy did he support he in the stupid plan of marrying Louis to protect Chuck and he knew that's why she was doing it
But you know what, after all that went down these last few episodes Blair doesn't even deserve better than Dan or Louis. I hope that Blair and Dan elope somewhere out of gossip girl together. It just brakes my heart to see Chuck so unhappy. He should fall in love with G, she's the closest thing to the old Blair we used to love.

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xmeg816x My thoughts exactly its not that I hate Dan, but I don't see how it is even possible for Blair to start dating him when she is so madly in love with Chuck. I really enjoy their back and forth with each other but again they are friends, and not everyone on GG needs to sleep together! I loved how much Chuck grew up this episode, like how he refused to play the priest's game, he is so much more mature now

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i am already quite annoyed with blairs character just because of her bipolar ways with chuck. one second in the episode she is telling him how much she loves him the next second she says he will always try to ruin her life. i don't even know why she assumed it was chuck who sent the blast someone else obviously filmed it so i don't know why her thoughts automatically went to him, she is queen b everyone is always trying to get dirt on her. on another note...
as soon as louis made his confession i got so excited at the idea of an old school NJBC take down. if it doesn't happen this show has really lost its way.
and did tonights episode make anyone else miss the old nate. when he actually truely mattered on the show. i am hoping for an s and n reunion to make them both matter again!
dissapointed with the idea of georgina as gossip. would have been way more shocking if it was like dan or something.

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"one dad, not enough!" probably my favorite line of the whole episode. or when Eleanor told Blair she only gets more beautiful everyday showing her change in character compared to the pilot. Even the scene between Serena and Blair when they talk about Humphrey is so sweet and it reminded me of old times! also, did anyone else feel like Blair running to Dan was just another reason for a twist? I don't understand why she had to ring him to tell him, wasn't he at the wedding? although I think it makes for good and I love their friendship but I just felt like it was a little forced. I disagree with some people I think the chair scenes were spot on. My favorite thing about their scenes is that you can feel the passion and love in room and no other couple makes me feel that way on the show. Ed and leighton do a fantastic job every time. I also felt like the make up crew stepped it up a bit. Blair and serena looked flawless the whole time. anyway that's my 2 cents

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ok putting aside any ships people....dair happening would honestly make no sense. blair has repeatedly told chuck how much she is in love with him and she was about to break off her wedding for him a few episodes ago. i don't know why people think that because she left with him that means that dair is happening. louis said it himself dan is her best friend. she was hurt and needed her best friend to help her out (serena doesn't seem as if she would be helpful in the situation). i would lose all respect for blairs character if she all of a sudden ends up with dan. she hasn't expressed any romantic feelings towards him, i mean hello they kissed and nothing ever came out of it. just because dan is in love with her doesn't mean she needs to be in love with him that isn't how real life works.

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@dover I was really looking forward to reading your comment and I wasn't disappointed;-)What you wrote about Blair and Chuck, I agree with you 100%. I can't stand this version of Blair and I don't even care about her anymore. Did she really believe that Louis would still love her after she humiliated him a thousand times? Louis is not Dan. I think Louis being evil could be an interesting storyline and maybe Chuck and Blair could plot together against the Grimaldi family like in old days. Apart from that I don't like Blair at all now. She is just annoying and I don't care who she chooses to be with. She accused Chuck for ruining her life, when Blair' s the one who is doing that to herself. I just hope that the writers give Chuck happier storylines. I don't want to see him miserable for the rest of the season.

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Also, I never cared much for Dair but this episode really made me hate this ship. The old Blair would have started a take-down the moment Louis finished his evil speech but now her answer to every problem seems to run and hide in Brooklyn. The writers are rushing into things and ruining Blair and the show along in the process. The concept of Dair may be all cute and dandy but instead of developing the relationship properly, they just come up with stupid and contrived storylines to tease fans (Dan writes Louis´ vows, Blair runs away with him). In the process they quite purposefully ruined Chair, but now they don´t even bother to make Dair´s progression believable? In this episode I felt most for Serena and Chuck who in my opinion deserve better then Dan and Blair. Those two were the worst and most unlikeable characters on the show lately. And leave it to Dan to use his power of judging and immediately blame Chuck for the gg blast.

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The episode was entertaining, funny at times, made me feel nostalgic and melancholic. But I really dread the things to come. I am tired of the Dair-Chair melodrama dragging out. I am so, so tired of BLAIR. I just don´t care about her anymore. Despite the things he´s done to her in the past Chuck deserves better then being dragged along by a woman who marries one guy, tells another that she loves him and then runs away with the third option. I´m just sick of seeing Chuck, who´s been a good guy this whole season, being miserable and lonely. I cheered when Chuck tricked Cavalia and was happy that he didn´t purposefully ruin Blair´s wedding but he´s lost his flare. I want the writers to prove that a good guy can also be a badass and stop Chuck´s “love-sick, miserable puppy� act. The only thing that keeps me watching is the possibility of the NJBC (+ Jack!) vs. the Grimaldi family. And of course I hope Chuck will rise to his former glory and finally find some happiness! cont

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Does anyone know if B is wearing the Erickson Beamon neckless at the wedding?