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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@Chair Fan
I am bitter because I don't feel as excited for this show as I have felt before. The writers killed Blair's character for me in the last episode and she has been my favourite character. So I'm saying goodbye to the show. But I will always love chair and so of course I will watch the chair reunion scene on YT. But apart from that I don't want anything to do with this show anymore.


@Bonnie Serena did that last season with Dan, Nate, and Ben. @Step and @Celeste it's because of revolving everything around that relationship that this show has suffered. The writers have to create drama which involves obstacles/roadblocks, not only that, it's getting repetitive at this point. @Ida That line was terrible, it felt like Blair was reciting a line from some cheesy Hallmark card. @Christine Now it's a love square. @Tipsy The writers enjoy pissing people off. @Dear it's already incestuous with Dan/Serena. Those soap operas have better storylines than Gossip Girl does. @cris The show was already ruined when they ruined all of the relationships and characters in Season 3. Chuck and Serena would only complete the love diagram. @Luisa Blair was already portrayed as easy when she cheated on her fiance with Chuck.


After 2-3 seasons of hating D and not missing a chance to make a comment about his bad hair now Blair is kissing him ? And as it seems from the promo this is going on for at least another episode. After all those times she was explaining how much she loves Chuck and will always love him blah blah blah...
this show is starting to look like a teenage version of The Bold and the beautiful ... What's next ? C & S ?


i actually think dan is in a very precarious position. he could be left alone. if serena get over dan then she has no serena to fall back on if blair will eventually choose chuck. so better yet bring back vanessa so dan could be with someone LOLOLOL..:D


@Anonymous when dan come to visit serena at the ostroff center she told dan at she went to the masquerade party to kiss dan because she chose him. so technically she chose dan. but after finding out that lily sent innocent ben to prison she tried her best to get him out then when serena and dan realize that something is not adding up they decided to part ways for the time being just until they are ready to jump in again.


Before I forget...how on earth do u just go to see a divorce attorney and u just take the prince's of Monaco prenup ??? Really?
The show doesn't even make sense anymore ...


@ilovechair i myself love chair but don't say goodbye to the show just yet. we have to see this thru and believe that chair will be together again eventually. after blair's humphrey episode. @Anonymous serena and chuck should not hook-up because i love them as brother and sister. PS i actually liking the sort of ship wars because it just proves that the ratings doesn't reflect the love and passion that gossip girl fans have on the show. here's hoping for the 6th and final season!!!cheers!!!


@Chair Fan Serena didn't go with either of them, she ended up with Ben, and only when he dumped her did she suddenly go back to Dan. @lejla Yet Gossip Girl's lowest rated episodes had nothing to do with Dair. @Dexter Idolizer Nate is just there to sleep with the next female guest star, he's got no real storyline of his own. @question It's the writers' fault for dragging out this repetitive on/off relationship crap. @Rosie The writers can only ruin characters and relationships, it's the actors that have to put actual effort into the show. @Stephanie He didn't seclude her. Blair chose to run away with Dan when Serena was right there. Dan would have to sell Blair out for a book or almost punch her in a drunken stupor before he reaches that low.


The writers really screwed us chair fans over. To let Dan kiss Blair on Valentine's day in Chuck's room was just too much. After Blair told Chuck that she loves him more everyday she kisses Dan in Chuck's room. WTF? And all of a sudden she is in love with Dan? This I cannot believe and I seriously don't want to see a Dair kiss again. I've watched GG mainly because of Chair. They are the heart of the show. But right now they destroyed Blair's character so much, that I don't want Chuck to be with her. When I stop enjoying a show then I stop watching it. It's as simple as that. Maybe it's childish and immature to do that but I don't care. Dair being a couple is gross and I don't want to see that. I will always love Chair and I will always love Ed and Leighton's amazing onscreen chemistry! I'm done with this show. Goodbye GG!


389 comments. it must be a record LOL
All this because narrow-minded viewers, who are obsessed with a fake-tv show relationship, can't enjoy something different, something new. If all you want is watching the two same characters over and over again, go on youtube and watch all the Chair tribute videos and stop coming here, insulting people who just wants to be entertained. Happy Valentines Day.

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