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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Ace

@Anonymous My point exactly. Chuck is constantly devolving at the writer's whim that makes Chuck come off as a disingenuous as ever. At least when he was "Chuck Bass" he owned up to it, now he's this back and form wanna be Machiavellian character that always comes off short.

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@Dair For Ever I actually do support a DAIR union, although I'm more of a proponent of Season 4 DAIR then I am of Season 5 DAIR due to the writers' ridiculous and convoluted storylines that allowed season 5 DAIR to unite. This whole Louis marriage, Dan sending in the tape, the way that the environment is changing so Blair can be with Dan is OOC. I'd rather have the struggle be that Chuck actually does change instead of this constant regression the writers have him go through, and Blair having to choose between Dan and Chuck without this Louis thing in the middle. Season 4 should've ended with Louis' departure.

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every show on tv has the basic principle that you give your best writing to your best actors. penn and leighton and blake have the most film credits therefore these actors should get the best storylines. Ed is not better than Penn therefore he should be with Leighton.

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I hate how most of the people on this site complains about Chuck not changing and reverting back to his old ways. You make it seem as if he's a bad person because sometimes he makes bad choices. If that's the case I guess Dan is a bad person too because he's made alot of bad choices as well. And please don't get me started on Blair, alot of you think she should be with Dan because she deserves better. Please!!! The only thing that has changed about blair since the end of season four is her pointing out everyone else flaws and not looking at her own (a judgemental trait I guess she inherited from Dan). Oh and how can I forget she's become incredibly flaky, but other than that she's still very much the same blair because she's still playing games (and very much enjoys it).

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While I watched the episode, I was prepared to consider changing the definition of "Sack of shit" to just see "Chuck Bass", but he did good in the end so never mind that. Loved Blair and Dan, they are so fun loving to watch at.
Blair wanted to hold hands for support, hahaha priceless. So the first obstacle(Serena) and I thought also Chuck were was checked out, but not with that end from him. So just "two" obstacle left then, the video and Chuck.

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@QueenB
yep you hit the nail on the head, the witty banter is there but no chemistry...and I agree totally with you about Dan

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Sorry, I just can't buy Dan and Blair as a couple. I don't care that she isn't with Chuck at this point, she can be with whomever she likes. There just isn't much chemistry, witty banter yes, chemistry no. It is almost as bad as with stiff as a board Louis. I also think if she loved Chuck as much as professed a few weeks ago whe could have at least talked to him in person. Sorry, this new Blair Waldorf isn't that great and a lot less fun than old one. If Serena had treated anyone this way, most people would be all over her, but since it is Blair asking Chuck to wait only to move on with Dan it is okay. I wonder what Blair will think of Dan sending the video. Looks like Dan is still the same self righteous jerk hypocrite he has always been. He could have easily admitted by now that he sent it. I'm glad Serena has grown up.

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@miracledreamer
And you guys hate Blair for having feelings towards Dan and Chuck but it is okay for Chuck to fuck with anything that moves! Good to know.

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@miracledreamer No he didn't, he claimed that he changed when he clearly hasn't, now you're just making excuses for the terrible writing that this show greatly suffers from.

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kudos on last nights episode! Great Job GG! I still love you and whether people want to admit it or not if they are on this site and commenting then they still do too! :) Thanks for another great episode!

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