Gossip Girl Review: Winning!

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After Gossip Girl dared to Dair last Monday, would it raise the stakes even higher tonight?

"Cross Rhodes" picked up after the kiss-heard-round-the-Upper East Side, with just about every relationship on the show affected by it in some day. Dair, obviously, but also Chair ... and Derena. And Blerena and even Duck.

Overuse of cheesy couple names aside, Dan and Blair hooking up has been great for the show. Everything is in flux now, from Blair's emotions to the battle between Chuck and Dan. After tonight, who is really winning?

The Princess Still in Peril?

It's premature to make any endgame predictions, but if you thought Dair was a flash in the pan, you thought wrong. Especially after Blair filled in for Lola in the Upright Citizens Brigade's rendition of Inside.

Watching B's face as Sabrina talked about Dylan's true feelings for Claire was a poignant moment - the moment Dan and Blair truly became one in the sense that their mutual attraction was realized and proclaimed.

Some people still say they have no chemistry in the romantic sense. I used to be one of them, but every week I come around a little bit more. Their courtship may be complicated and unorthodox, but it's real.

Leighton Meester, as always, portrayed Blair as a Type A control freak one instant, and a vulnerable maiden in distress the next. It's not the Blair we once knew, and she's not perfect, but such is her life nowadays.

Louis. The prenup. Chuck. These remain formidable obstacles for Dan and Blair (more so the latter ... I sense a vintage Gossip Girl unraveling of the dowry in two sentences of dialogue next week) to say the least.

Serena was right about one thing, though. When Blair is head over heels for a guy, nothing else in the world matters. There's no rationalizing it or explaining it away, and tonight, her walls came down at last.

The mixed emotions of feeling forbidden to do such a thing but at the same time wanting it SO badly shone brightly tonight as Blair kissed Dan not once but twice - once passionately, once lovingly, both memorably.

Is their relationship on firmer ground than it was a week ago? Absolutely. That's the good news. The bad is that moments after Chuck called off his character assassination mission, Gossip Girl dropped the bombshell.

Humphrey, you bastard ...

Bass-O-Rama

Dan may be winning, or at least giving Chuck all he can handle in the quest for Blair's heart, yet the Basshole was in rare form with his traditional, sex-based subterfuge. He may be just getting started, too.

Swapping out the manuscript and painting Dan as a plagiarist (while a bit dubious logistically) was cold and calculated. Even if you're rooting for Dan, it was fun to watch the "old" Chuck come out and play a bit.

Yes, using women as objects for pleasure and revenge is not being a good person ... as someone helpfully pointed out. Chuck had been through a lot, though, and he did ultimately listen to B's advice, so we'll allow it.

It seemed he learned his lesson following Blair's directive, until he learned Dan tipped off G.G. Now all bets are off. Dan's the man in many respects, but when it comes to undermining schemes, Chuck may be peerless.

His next move will be very interesting. How far will he go against Blair's order to leave Dan alone? How badly will Dan be hurt when Blair eventually finds out her Muppet prince charming was behind the blast?

Your guess is as good as mine. Blair's love life is very much a blank page, an open book just beginning, with the rest still unwritten (yes, I just quoted The Hills theme song), and I can't wait for the next chapter.

Hey, that book sure sounds more interesting than Dan's next one. Zzzzzzz.

I could go on ad nauseam about the virtues of Dan, the redeeming qualities of Chuck, and the case both can make to put a ring on Blair's finger one day, but we actually have a lot more to cover from "Cross Rhodes."

Namely the fact that ... they did cross. The Rhodes girls, that is.

Serena and Blair in the Street

Finally. After nearly a YEAR as the UES' most infamous impostor, ChIvy was outed at last as she came face-to-face with Charlie Rhodes ... and Carol, Lily and Serena. It was a good, deceitful and confusing run.

Cece's failing health was the nail in the coffin (too soon?) for her. ChIvy should have just bailed in the Hamptons, but she wouldn't abandon her faux grandmother, even if it meant having her trail of lies exposed.

I've been bored by ChIvy for some time. That said, it was great to see her go down. She might be better off if she just split, but it appears she may seek revenge as Georgina's henchwoman next. Good luck with that?

The other silver lining to what looks like Cece's certain demise is that it brought Blair and Serena back together. An evening that began with a major frenemy feud ended on the best of terms, with the two like sisters.

One person who won't be getting in Dair's way is S, who in a moment of reflection, loyalty and surprising maturity, agreed to support her BFF, no matter what. Aww. At least that's one feud we can cross off.

Blair staying with S at the end was a sweet gesture as well. As fun as it is to watch those two bicker and fight in their snarky way, it's only enjoyable when you know they'll come around in the end. And they do.

Will Cece's passing bring the fractured Rhodes clan closer together, or drive a wedge between them? Conventional wisdom says the former, but ... Carol paid Ivy to impersonate Charlie and now they know this.

Not your average dysfunctional family in other words. A few more odds and ends from this episode, which started off slowly but converged in a rather emotional and dramatic way by the end of the hour:

  • Don't know quite what it is, but is everyone loving Nola as a couple as much as me?
  • You know Lola's an outsider because she's beyond bad at Facebook/phone stalking.
  • Did anyone else catch the Dorota and Jenny Inside characters in the background?
  • How appropriate is it that Rufus still hides his old clothes from Lily in Brooklyn?
  • Great scarves tonight - both on Blair and Alessandra. Chuck has good taste.
  • Was Lily just wearing jeans for the first time ever?
  • R.I.P. Cece. You were great.

Before we turn it over to your comments, as always, here's next week's promo for "The Princess Dowry." Looks like Hurricane Georgina (absent tonight) is forming and taking dead aim at the Upper East Side ...

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

Who do you think should be with Blair?

 

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@Jeca Half of those things you listed already died in Season 3 when the decline started, the writing is so awful. @pty Supernatural shouldn't even be compared to the likes of Gossip Girl. The problem with Georgina is that she's used as a plot device and not in a very good way to move things along. She has a family now and she's playing the same stupid games that she did in high school.

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I'm loving GG again, I loved this ep (and last week's)! It would have been too predictable, too easy, too simple and TOO BORING to just put Chair together. What's the point of making all the characters happy? What's the point of giving viewers exactly what they expect? It would kill the show. Chair have a special bond, they are each other's first true love but that was highschool and freshman year, they grew up and they can't be together anymore. I completely get that and I enjoy Dair's relationship. L. Meester portrays Blair perfectly. I'm looking forward to seeing what will Dair be like as a couple (I hope it'll be great; makeover for Dan and stuff lol), how will Chuck and S handle that and what is going to happen when Louis finds out for Dair and when Diana and the real GG come back. Can't wait!

Jeca

Cece may die here but the real death is for dair, sorry but this dair ,this season is just SO out of place , I can't, not matter what the writers's logic is, to undestand why after chair and all this arcs dair is the real deal, so in this episode they killed cece,dair,derena,chair ,chyvy and any respect to Dan, dude,u little hypocrite seudo writer,this can hurt a lot of people but...who cares ur in love? I'm with chuck in this one die dair dieeeeeee.

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"You have a walking plot device explaining baldly that she is a walking plot device while in the midst of causing drama for no other reason than to do so, and that's supposed to fulfill the same narrative scope and emotional complexity of, say, the first Georgina storyline? No. It's campy, it's the sign of a show in decline, and it's not even that clever. Certainly not so very much as to justify its innate tackiness. It's a Supernatural move, I guess is a good way to say it. And this is probably the best episode of the past two seasons, in an ongoing stretch of really good work -- so trust me when I say it's not that big a deal -- but it is pretty emblematic of the reasons that might lie behind some of the more vociferous complaints." (He was referring to Georgina).

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"The aesthetic has lost that sophistication, and become one where there's one real person in every scene, sometimes two if you're lucky, but mostly it's just characters as sounding boards and props for whatever story's being told. For a lot of viewers maybe that's not a huge difference -- Rufus was always an oppressive hypocrite, or Jenny was a whining bitch no matter what the story was about -- but it does have a huge impact on the overall tone of the show, and this is a perfect example: "

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OMG you guys need to read the TWOP recap of 5x15, page 11, this is so true:
"It used to be nice about this show that, in a given scene, all the people were real. You knew where Jenny was coming from, but you also knew where Rufus was coming from. It was never Blair-the-Bitch or Dan-the-Loser, but both. Even Vanessa was a fully realized individual; even Nate was often more than a prop. And I think one of the things that drives people nuts about the show now is that that's no longer necessarily true."

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I looove DAIR !

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@ms.m There's a reason the other big networks operates differently from the CW, because CW's way doesn't work, they're a joke of a network now, it's really pathetic. Dawn Ostroff ruined the network in its' inception and has now continued to decline for its' poor decision making. @Esteff Blair/Serena are terrible friends, they're constantly fighting with each other about something or screwing each other over.

Esteff

I finally watched the episode and I must said that I've lost all respect for Dan and Blair. Never thought they would do that to Serena.

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Who´d have thought that we would have ourselves so many devoted Dair lovers.

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