Gossip Girl Review: Daring to Dair!

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The spirit of Valentine's Day was in the air on Gossip Girl Monday night, but did "Crazy Cupid Love" tug at our collective heartstrings, or did it flatline amid high expectations?

There was plenty wrong with the episode, but at least Dan went there. He did it!

There's no longer any doubt about how Gossip Girl's underdog non-couple feels about one another. Dan's feelings may be stronger (or at least less complicated, with no dowry looming over Rufus) than the reverse, but they're mutual. He kissed Blair and unlike the first time, it wasn't just Dan doing the kissing.

On the contrary, she was all for it. That was awesome.

Whether you're rooting for a Chair series endgame or for unrequited Dair love, you have to concede that the show has short-changed both twosomes of late, and that something had to give one way or the other.

Blair probably should have run off with Chuck last week. Or the week before, during the now-infamous pre-wedding confession. But she didn't, and Dan subsequently remained in the romantic picture.

Tonight, he decided to make the most of that opportunity, and give the Hump credit for having giant cojones. Sadly, crazy Georgina was creeping nearby and engineered the ultimate c--k block on Dair.

Hot Dair Action?!

I didn't think he'd actually do it, or that she wouldn't pull away. The long-awaited kiss was worth the wait for those who have watched Dan and Blair grow together and experience so many near misses.

The evolution of their relationship has been an enjoyable constant in recent months, culminating in Blair's recollection of all the reasons "Serena" should love him. That scene was as heartfelt as it gets.

How adorable slash hot was that kiss, too? Leighton Meester was typically wonderful in conveying the mixed emotions of feeling forbidden to do such a thing but at the same time wanting it SO badly.

While this chapter was cut short, the love story remains an open book.

Make no mistake, Dair is no longer just a momentary obstacle or a blip on the radar. Blair and Chuck may indeed end up together in a year or so, but after this? Dair is the real deal, and all bets are off.

The fallout should be interesting, with Georgina holding the infamous photo as blackmail, Serena bitter at her BFF for moving in on Dan, and Chuck apparently for revenge against Dan for moving in on Blair.

The juiciest part of all of this is that the Dair kiss has dealt a serious blown to Chair and Derena ... and Blerena and Duck. No one will be able to wrap their minds around (or get over) this one anytime soon.

At least I think that's Chuck's motive. His random hookup with Alessandra was preceded by an unintentionally hilarious request for info on Dan's book. What could she possibly reveal that would hurt Dan?

Therein lies the problem with Gossip Girl these days. Dair did all they could to salvage this installment, but they can't stop the majority of the plots from feeling disjointed and patched together haphazardly.

Take Blair's return to N.Y. for example. Needing a way to push Louis out of the picture for one week, but still have him looming over Blair, they give a "minder" ... who's conveniently absent at exactly the wrong time.

Then there's Georgina's desire to break a mega-scandal because she's ... bored? Until Dan outs her, because she has the loudest cellphone ring ever, so she can't? But she magically gets her hands on Blair's prenup?

Or Nate's desire to woo Lola at a party Gossip Girl told him he's throwing, which can't happen because she won't cater Spectator events, but shows up at when Chuck moves the shindig to his place spontaneously?

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It doesn't make a lot of sense. Even if you're entertained by it all (and for the most part I am), you can't escape the fact that the show tries to strong together seriously convoluted plots with 2-3 lines of dialogue.

What else did we learn Monday? Where do we even begin. Some of the major developments:

  • Ivy's been staying in the Hamptons with Cece, who is totally the frontrunner in this spring's Gossip Girl death pool if she wasn't already. Ivy ran into Lola, who she'd bet before in Florida. Obviously.
  • Lola's a cutie who's playing hard to get, which only causes Nate to want her more. Love it. Also love that she's apparently clueless about everything that's gone on. Time for some recon/payback!
  • B's minder has a thing for Louis or is a serial murderer intent on offing her. Or a bit of both.
  • Fair, young Dorota was once wooed in a Polish beet field. Too bad that story was cut short.
  • Serena pines for Dan and broods a lot. Not too much else going on in the land of S of late.
  • Georgina employs various minions, including Nate's random Vanessa look-alike assistant.
  • Phillip and Milo? Say a prayer for those guys.

All in all, this week was very much up and down for me. The Georgina/G.G. and dowry angles are all over the place and on the verge of being mishandled to the point where it's hard to take them seriously.

That said, Dair continues to carry the show, just as Chair was once the reason to tune in. Which of the two couples has a brighter future romantically? Will Serena sabotage Blair before Chuck undermines Dan?

Can't wait to find out.

Before we turn it over to your comments, here's next week's promo for "Cross Rhodes." Blair looks like she wants it bad. Again. Consider this a 20-second glimpse of the next round of fan wars about to erupt ...

What did you think of this evening's Gossip Girl episode? Discuss below!

Are Dan and Blair soulmates?

 

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All the Chair fans boycotting the show live your life a little. You all are so convinced that Dair is a bump in the road that leads to the ultimate destination. A while ago you were complaining about a ridiculous bump like the 'pact' and when they give you a real one, you can't stand it anymore. Watch and see where Dair go wrong, so that your precious Chair can be together.

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@Livelovelaugh Blair/Serena are terrible friends, they were fighting before Dan even came into the picture. @Glitterkorn Dan/Serena were ruined the moment the writers foolishly made them into step siblings, now it's just awkward except for the Chair fans who only want this out of convenience. @Kat Well, she was stupid for even coming back in the 1st place. Gossip Girl has been lame and annoying for a while now.

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Im happy for dan and blair to run its course but i hate what its doing to blair/Serena in the long run i dont want dair to be together but im interested at the moment

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I'm glad Charlie/Ivy is about to get busted. I cannot believe she didn't stick around to tell Lily about her mother being so sick. I also cannot believe that Cyrus would allow Blair to sign a prenup that didn't have a legal out. But even so, its only a year before she can divorce him. Maybe in a year, Blair can figure out who the heck she wants to be with. Unresolved sexual tension is fun. Too much is annoying and lame. GG has reached the annoying stage.

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Having been a fan of GG since season one, I have to admit to being a little disappointed with the fifth season... until the last three episodes. I agree - the stories are a bit disjointed (and yes, that assistant DOES look just like Vanessa), but ridiculous entertaining drama is what this show is all about and they're finally getting back to their roots. As for all of the permutations that are surfacing (Chair, Derena, Blerena and Duck), I think we're in for some serious surprises, especially with the conniving Georgina playing around with everyone's lives. I think Chuck and Blair are meant to be... but I am entertained by the addition of Dan, because, let's face it, his on-again-off-again with S is a hot mess.

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@Ace Buffy was picked up because it was popular and it was still doing better than Gossip Girl is right now. Gossip Girl has nowhere to go, it's still on a perpetual loop of repetitive relationship drama. A show becomes more expensive after 100 episodes, so if they want to waste money on a show that's getting worse, than the CW network deserves to go down in flames which is what they're heading towards each year, they're getting worse. @kris I blame Serena's portrayal on the horrible writing. Gossip Girl doesn't deserve a wrap up, it's not a complex show that actually have plots to finish up. It's just ridiculous, repetitive relationship drama that has gotten stale and tired, it just needs to end. If you give them another season, you'll just get more ridiculous excuses and roadblocks and more back and forth crap. @Chair Fans The parties are getting lamer and lamer.

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@kris Dan/Serena share a half brother and their parents are still married, that makes them more incestuous. Jenny doesn't exist on this show anymore, Blair doesn't seem to mind otherwise she would've used that excuse. @sarah Until Dan sells her out for a book deal or he almost punches her in a drunken stupor, what he does can't even be considered bad compared to what other characters have done. Blair chose to be in a loveless marriage especially since she was constantly cheating behind Louis' back. @Rogue Blame the writers for ruining this show.

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@Anonymous since you said that serena is in love again with dan because the plot says so we shouldn't blame serena..we should blame the writer for reviving this mess. but i do think this deserve a final season a farewell season just to wrap things up and not end it abruptly.

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btw who thinks that the party in this episode is by far the lamest party ever done in gossip girl? raise your hand if you agree. but its pretty cool to see S, C and N in school uniform. would have been better if blair wore a headband and uniform too.

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@Amelia Blair and Serena are always fighting, they're terrible friends who are constantly backstabbing each other even before Dan came into the picture. @Lucyyy That doesn't make it any better. @Chair Fan She still ended being with Ben instead of actually pursuing Dan, not she's suddenly hung up on her step brother because the plot says so. @neats They deserve to lose viewers, even though they've already lost most of their audience at this point. @Where's Waldorf Serena did stop loving him when there's other guys she's sleeping with like Nate, Tripp, Aaron, Ben, etc. No one has dibs on each other, Serena slept with Nate and Blair kissed Dan. @Dr. Holland Honestly, this show deserves to be canceled, there are better shows out there that deserves more of a chance than this terribly written show.

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