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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.... I respect the opinion of those who want Blair and Chuck together but I'm a sucker for the outsider and the rich girl falling in love. And the writers have wisely taken their time with this one and I feel have planned all along to bring them together. When I saw Dan and Blair split screened watching movies together, I was hooked. They find each other on Valentine's Day as if that's just the way their navigational system works. I love it. Keep it coming. I don't know if they will be endgame but this is entertaining.

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I believe that this show has a real relationship here. Dair I mean. Not Chair. It has been a build up and if they take it down next episode its their loss. But for you Chair fans out there...think about one thing. If you were in Blair's position, who would you choose? The caring, best friend whom you also have feelings for or the great love who hasn't always been that great. And don't spout any of the bullshit about Dan and the video or Chuck and his freaking love for Blair. Because even in this messed up world they have created on the CW, they should at least have one redeeming couple. I also want to think Lola and Nate are going somewhere too. That seems like a good relationship that they should expand on.

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Chuck hasn't changed at all. He is having sex with another woman, using it to compensate for the loss of Blair. Which ain't healthy either. Then he sabotages Dan. I don't pity him, because he is using his own for good. You don't have to good, to have a relationship with Blair. You are good entirely.
I was disappointed, since he was making such a great start, wanting to change and such. I just don't get why he has to do all those things to prove his love. You don't prove love by hurting others. You prove that you love that person, and the people around them.

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@Sal Yeah, he supposedly changed because he got a dog and put a blanket over Dan and then he reverted back to his old self with screwing Alessandra and changing Dan's manuscript.

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NEWS FLASH: PENN'S HAIR IS LONG BECAUSE HE'S FILMING A MOVIE ABOUT JEFF BUCKLEY. And it's fantastic the way the writers have used this for Blair insults. A few years ago I stopped watching the show for quite a while. It was about the time the writers were linking Dan romantically with Vanessa and then there was something about a threesome. I turned the channel and didn't watch for a while. I came back to the show in season 4 because of Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley. I also appreciate the ridiculous fun of this show. As someone said, it is a farce and pure escapism.

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Chuck has not changed at ll. Appalling as usual, using sex and weak women. Did he not try to change at the beginning of the season? He will NEVER change...

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@Dair For Ever Gossip Girl is actually losing viewers from the writers' own incompetence, so no, I'm not helping. The number of comments and activity/buzz that Gossip Girl doesn't help despite all of the special treatment the CW gives it.

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@GGFail No one knew about Louis' motivation. Blair chose to go through with her loveless marriage after cheating on/humiliating Louis, no one forced/influenced her, she chose to make her stupid choices. Chuck wasn't selfless when he slept with Alessandra and had Dan's manuscript plagiarized after he supposedly changed. Chuck wanted Blair to run away with him, he wanted to buy her out of her loveless marriage with Louis, he didn't honor her decision. The accident happened when they were in the limo together before the accident. What's control is Chuck selling Blair out for a hotel or almost punching her in a drunken stupor and almost forcing himself last season when Blair told him to stop.

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Please writers, dont't ruin DAIR. We love them together. And I am so happy Dair stands a chance at the poll. I mean, they are just starting and Chair has been going on forever .so it is natural Dair is less favored by the majority. I agree with a poster below, those who love Dair just do, there is no explanation to it. The same with Chair lovers. Am just happy we get to see some Dair finally.

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@Anonymous - I don't know which shipper you are and it doesn't matter. Judging by your comments, you're clearly not a fan of the show. But just logically speaking, by being here and commenting so may times you're actually increasing the page views and comments count on a site that's about the show. Wouldn't it serve your agenda much better to just completely ignore it and not drive traffic towards any GG-related material? Just saying!