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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@anonymous If he criticized Blair, it would've been in his book. In the earlier seasons. He often was scornful of Blair and her actions, privileges, headbands, etc. in Real Life. If someone painted me in a flattering light in a book, yet criticized and talked down to me in real life, I'd place more weight on their actual behavior... that whole "actions speak louder than words" thing. No one knew about Louis' motivation.
I'm referring to the time when Dan wanted to stop his story about Blair from being published and asked Louis to do it. Blair thought she'd been stood up, but Dan knew better and said *nothing*. He let her think the worst as it meant running off to the Hamptons with her.

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team Serena all the way

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I don't know anymore. I honestly don't want B with anyone. It doesn't make sense to me how she can love Chuck more and more everyday and yet still have feelings for Dan. Back when Serena did this to Nate and Dan everyone was annoyed with her, but it's okay for Blair to do the same? Makes no sense to me.

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@Ace The difference between Chuck and Dan is that Chuck owns what he does, which is why he made it no secret to Dan that he was the one that messed up his book proposal. However, Dan is a coward he tried to pin the video coming out during the wedding on Chuck, knowing good and well he sent it out himself(and he still hasn't confessed this piece of information to anyone yet). Chuck never made a public display that he's a changed man, he's just trying to become a better person. He is what what he is. This was one trait I use to like about Blair, she never portrayed herself to be an angel. She was who she was until the 2nd half of season 4 she became the female version of Dan. Acting above everyone else and pointing everyone elses issues, but her own. Dan has been wearing many faces since season 3 and has been going back and forth from good to bad.

Ace

When it comes to Chuck's change, let's not forget that Dan was a contributing factor. Nevermind that almost punching Blair didn't wake Chuck up from his alcoholic bender, but it was actually Dan's portrayal of Charlie Trout's suicide that moved Chuck to be more than just the sum of his actions. And when Chuck was all hollowed out trying not to "feel" in even more self-destructive behavior, it was Dan who brought Monkey into Chuck's life.

Ace

@JAS I use OOC because the writers have this constant lack of consistency. While I do think Chuck's change into being a good person is within his established character, because characters aren't two-dimensional beings that stay the same for five years, it's OOC that the writers have him revert to his old ways at their convenience.

Ace

@momo83 And it's insult to injury because Chuck has this self-proclamation that he is a changed person, that he is good, and yet at almost every opportunity, he reverts back to his old ways without hesitation or without blinking. What good person goes out of his way to destroy and besmirch a professional name all because he's going after "his" girl? And the only reason he recants is because "his" girl tells him so? Forget the fact that his ever-present love for "his" girl allows him to sleep with Alessandra like some meat puppet to further his own goals, or double-face the man who essentially lead him to this pivotal moment of introspection, no, Dan's choice are "just" as bad as Chuck's. In comparison, Dan hasn't done nearly enough to come to a fraction of Chuck Bass misdeeds.

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i dont even want chuck and blair anymore nor do i want dan and blair.. its ridiculous :| all of this.. blair having 3 boys and telling them all to wait.. and even if serena said it was ok.. blair knows she loved him and kissed him infront of her.. and the whole build up to the ivy thing and this was the reaction.. the ratings show how people feel about it now :)

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I'm sorry but i really hate the term OOC.....i mean we arent the writers, we arent the producers....who are we to say 'blair is OOC'? sure we are fans of the show and follow it intently because we love the characters etc but at the end of the day its up to the writers.
i even read an earlier post i think on tumblr or here (cannot remember there are so many to scroll through) but what the person said was 'the writers are ruining chuck....he has redeemed himself and now they ruined him by making him seduce alessandra...he is so OOC'...im sorry but wasnt redeeming him making him OOC?...lol why is it ok for chuck to change and redeem himself but not ok for blair to change her opinion on dan?

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@momo83 The way the writers portray him as an inherently bad person that can't rise above his true nature is why the character IS a bad person. Their decisions make Bass into nothing more than just his actions. And when comparing Dan's choices vs Chuck's, the former's does not even come one ounce difference in the scale with all of the latter's choices: violent behavior, misogynistic tendencies, Machiavellian manipulation, the constant means to an end mentality, self-serving actions more often than not, and destructive behavior that impacts not only the self but everyone else around him.