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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"You always let your disappointment with the outcome for Chair and Dair influence your opinions on the writing of the show." TOTALLY agree with you, ggfan. I do blame the writers for being so idiotic up until this ep. People are only now watching for their favorite ship when this ep opened up some non-Dair vs. Chair stuff. There was so much other great stuff until I can't believe that we've got shippers throwing tantrums. So here's what I say to both ships...

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I don't get it - so Louis has never loved Blair? All of that was acting ("I'm the luckiest man in the world" and what he said to his mom before)?? Or he was just devastated after the blast (and decided to go ahead with the wedding despite being heart-broken, just to get a revenge)? Sorry but I'm confused here.... not that I liked him at all, but....

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As someone who is the same age as the gossip girl characters, I feel like I myself have grown up alongside them. I have been a dedicated fan since I was in high school, and this episode tonight well, I'm done. Gossip girls two central relationships are those of Blair and Serena and. Blair and chuck. The old Blair would never have left with Dan Humphrey of all people when chuck was there with open arms. I'll take it one further--the old Blair would have never even gotten mixed up with Louie in the first place. After finishing what I thought was supposed to be the best gossip girl of all time, I was left with disappointment. I love gossip girl but feel the series should end before they continue to ruin the show I have loved from the beginning. They have been coming up short consistently since the third season, but after watching this horrible wedding take place, I am officially done.

Ace

@Kevin, Kristen Bell, the voice of GG.

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OMFG...yeah that's it...the episode really delivered i found myself saying omfg loud for the first time since season3 finale...i'm a huge chair fan and with last night i'm more assured chair still lives and Georgina?OMG that chic is a handful...mehn i love her silly...and for the 1st time this season i can't wait for next week...everybody really stepped up last night..it was really worth my time
Ps: still believe Georgina ain't gossip girl dunno how the writers will do it buh i got a hunch she ain't gg maybe she knows who the real gossip girl is.

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@Ilovechair do you mean back to her high school years?

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@ggfan Maybe you're right... Maybe it's true that we focus too much on what is happening with Dair and Chair and everything else kinda falls behind the curtain. But, in one thing I do not agree with you... OMG moments. This episode lacked those, at least for me. I agree about the first episode... Hell, whole first season was one big OMG. Now, nothing is believable enough. Instead of OMG i usually say WTF???
I really love GG and I am just sad that it has changed so much. :(

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@Ace who is kb? KB homes?

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.... For the rest of the season I'm looking forward to Chair scenes, to Chuck's storylines, especially the ones involving Jack and the evil Louis storyline. I would love Chuck and Blair to get together but only if Blair becomes her old self again and does not stay the way she is now „the new Serena".
I guess I must have missed the“ gasp moment“, because there wasn’t anything shocking at all. Even Geroginas schemes were lame. Since when does Georgina get caught?
And Georgina being GG. I hope that that isn’t true. It is just lame. I want GG to be somebody nobody would have guessed that he or she could be GG.

Ace

You know, at least for me, what would've been more awesome? If Lola, aka the real Charlie Rose, was played by KB. And she's the real GG. I think that would've been more fun, given Charlie's backstory of "being kept away from socialite life".