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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"From Dair and Chair, to Blouis and Derena, this episode gave fans on every side..." WHAT?!?!?! every side?!?! You can not have serena end up with her brother! Unless Rufus and Lily break up, Serena and Dan together would be disgusting! Come on- they are step siblings. Serenas end game should without doubt be NATE!! Nate and Serena, that's mythic. Blair even said so herself.

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I'm a diehard Chair fan :) so i was satisfied with this episode and all the others, because the way i see it, if you're a Die-hardfan, you love every single episode :)

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im a Dair and Chair fan so im happy,but i knew louis was a prick from the start

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They may as well call Gossip Girl "Blair Waldorf & Her Complicated Love Life Which Isn't Complacated At All." Blair has become the most annoying character on the show, no you read that correctly. She's more annoying than Serena now, Blair now IS the old Serena. Blair used to be ambitious, intelligent and strong. I miss her. R.I.P Queen B, you're officially gone. Nate and Serena are background characters with little to no story line, Chuck and Dan just lust after Blair although Dan does a much better job of hiding it. I feel as this show sinks lower with each episode. The only highlight of this episode was Georgina and the last 5 minutes with Louis showing his true colours and Blair running off with Dan. The writers need to make Dair happen now or this show is going under.

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Yeah I agree with you people on here who are Dair fans cause so I am, it was more than friendship when she called Dan she could have called anyone else but she chose Dan I think that means something. Chuck and Blair just aren't meant to be together sorry people but that's how I feel, and the ending was perfect for Dair fans. DAIR FOREVER

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I dont understand why everyone thinks Blair is going to Dan when all she did was get in a car with him? I maybe wrong but I sitll think its a friend thing. So she called him, he has been there alot for her that does not mean she is jumping on the Dan train. I think there maybe more to come..

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I'm not sure Blair calling Dan means anything beyond friendship. Yes she could have called Serena but I have never thought Serena or Chuck that dependable (and I'm a diehard Chair fan). I think Dan is a good choice because he will just listen. Serena is always forcing people to talk and Chuck obviously has an agenda in this situation.

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Louis is badass!

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It's hilarious to see all the chair fans react from 100th episode. Butthurt much? Sorry your arguments are so invalid. Chuck and Blair are forever? Lol, your kidding me right?

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I like that episode, to be honest I loved it. Had funny scenes, exciting, romantic, memorable, and many of them took my breath away. In particular, the scene that Blair takes the phone and talk to someone then shows Chuck, then I thought, Chuck... again, please don't, but then Chuck asks for her as she runs to the car and Dan is standing there waiting for her, was amazing... I mean, she could talk to Serena, Chuck was dying to see her leave Louis, Nate surely help her escape, Eleanor, Cyrus, Dorota, Herold, Rufus, Lily, they all help her if she ask... But she called DAN. And That was perfect.