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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LOL!! wow! It's A Tv Show RELAX!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE CHAIR!! AND WILL ALWAYS ... ALWAYS SHIP THEM!! but i was so happy with the dair scene!! I mean the obstacles in the way of chair thing was getting so old.. This is something fresh, something new.. I hope there is actually Dair . I want to see how they play out, they deserve a chance .. But Chair will happen again

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y r chair shippers so stupid? lol

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Ugh! This chair fan is so glad to have tuned out.

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Well I cheated and read some of the review before I got a chance to view the episode and as a CHAIR fan and my heard did plunge when it found out that they had kissed. I watched the show a day later expecting the worst but you know what it wasn't that bad. To me its quite clear, Blair is going through alot of emotional trauma, shes lost a baby, being blackmailed by a husband, is in love with someone she has a lot of history with and is tempted by a man who loves her, and is a fantastic friend! Confronted in that situation you can easily see why she kissed back. She is looking for comfort, and as I said confused! DAIR will have their little bit of spotlight - and they deserve it, they have GREAT chemistry, but as friends. Blair and Chuck belong together, have their own amazing chemistry too, and they will end up together.

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As I see it neither Blair or Serena are mature enough to sustain a real relationship with anyone. Blair would grow bored with Dan very quickly I think.

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@Dair For Ever: Excellently put my friend!

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you know what puzzles me.. is that people seem to have forgot that dan wrote a whole book about his closed friends, he has criticizing and judging them the whole time. he wrote serena as a trash bag and blair as the better one WTF... chuck was there for him when nobody else was and the keeps on trying to make chuck look bad in blairs eye. the people that want dan and blair together are just sick. you cant even compare ed\leighton and penn\leighton. people that said that kiss last episode was sexy ... WTF... I MISSED THAT !

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For me the essence of Dair is best captured by this sublime verse: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." From the moment he fell in love with her, these lines sum up everything that Dan has been to Blair, and the opposite of what Chuck has been to her. Given her intelligence, her zest for life and not being apologetic about wanting the best for herself, it is inevitable that Blair would choose Dan. However, given that how much of the conclusion depends on the "whims and fancies" of the creators of this show (who have gone on record saying their characters may do something one second and a completely inconsistent thing the next) ...sigh...I doubt Dair will happen.

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As much fun as it was to watch Chair after a while it became so boring and predictable. I mean one can only cheat and let your partner down and play games and lie and scheme and always try to be one up on the other for only so long. At some point, something's gotta give, because they are never truly living in the moment - it's always about the next thrill. And as fun as that was in high school, it is clear from Blair's characterization that she is very ambitious, wants a career, wants to be respected and be an achiever etc. Dan brought out that side of her by nurturing it. Dan and Blair complement each other so well - Blair gives Dan that joie de vivre he lacks and Dan gives her that stability and security she needs.

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@Anonymous It's in Chace Crawford's rider lol. "Sleeping with guest stars." He even managed a man-on-man lip-lock in the Inside sequence. Now a Date union is something I would also support. Bring back the bromance!