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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@GGFail If he criticized Blair, it would've been in his book. He wrote Blair in a positive light unlike Serena. What you described sounds more like Serena and every time she falls head over heels in love with every 'nice' guy she meets while using Dan as a backup. @Where's Waldorf You're bothered enough to whine about it in your posts.

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@Dair For Ever
OMG, I so agree with you. They did not know what they were creating but it became something so beautiful, so surprising. I love Blair more when she is with Dan. I despise her when she is with Chuck.

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--cont'd His motivation isn't caring for *her*, it's only to ingratiate himself by riding to her rescue to make himself important. Was he going to take her to the Hamptons away from Louis when he knew full well the reason WHY Louis did what he did? Yes. Did he act as a true friend and tell her Louis' motivation so that she could be reassured of Louis? NO! Because that would be at odds with his quest to be Hero. Sending that video in to Gossip Girl? So selfish. In that instance, Chuck was the selfless one because when Blair shook her head "no" during the ceremony, he didn't speak. He listened to Blair and honored her decision. Dan, in another show of egotistical superiority, overrode Blair's decision and sent the video. That's not love, that's control. He has to prove that he's right and she's wrong. Lather rinse repeat for however long this insanity continues.He's in love with an idealized vision of Blair, and she's mistaking a sense of obligation for love.

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For all the Dair shippers saying that a relationship with Dan is "healthy" and he "cares". Puh-leeze. That horndog cares only for himself. He has the same rose-colored glasses on when viewing Blair as he did with Serena. She's a distant shiny pretty thing that he places on a pedestal while at the same time constantly criticizing her behavior and her world. He may sneer at the UES, but he wants it. He kept picking at S until they broke up. It would be the same with B.

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wahhh not bothered for Dair :( I've never liked the loser and the popular bitch getting together. I like watching sexual chemistry and I don't see it in Dair. But I'm going to keep watching because everyone's stories have been pretty entertaining this season and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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@GGFail Gossip Girl really doesn't deserve another season so the terrible hacks can crap out more contrived crap. People should just drop the show and stop watching.

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The audience demographics for GG shows an ages 12-18 skew. So I get why the high school boyfriend might seem to be the ONLY boyfriend possible. But, even in the fictitious world of GG, the characters have had to age both chronologically as well as emotionally. And one can & does outgrow high school relationships. Doesn't mean you cease to like that old love, you just like him/her in a different way, because now you are in love with someone else. Blair & Chuck loveD each other. Blair & Dan LOVE each other.

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Watching re-runs multiple times has convinced me how unbalanced the writing on GG can be - veering from Awesome to Abhorable. I think the Dair pairing emerged as something unexpected and very beautiful. I don't think they actually planned on it - so Dair might be the least “manufactured� relationship on GG. Dair emerged as something natural & wholesome & thereafter the writers probably just went with the flow...but they had so not seen it coming, and they had this Chair fan base to appease, that the writing kept getting more contrived. It is to Dair's credit that they still SHONE. I think the writers should really trust their instincts & for once give Dair an - author-backed - chance.

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@ Dair for ever : you are totally right it's incredible for a couple that did not even started to have such a high support rate ! Come on Chair has been here since season 1 it is mathematically normal for them to have more shippers. But what does matter is that Dair shippers have increasing share, and also as one previously said ...all that matters is quality over quantity. I love the witty intellectual so look alike and at the same time full of constrasts relationship that links them!

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Sooo glad I didn't watch this episode. The comments are enough to let me know that would've regretted wasting an hour of my life. I loathe the soap opera Gossip Girl has become.Heightened reality is fun to watch, but the show has become a parody of itself. Fake cancer? Secret love-child? Hire-a-fake-child? Long-lost parents? The entire royal storyline? Please. This show is a farce. The increased incidences of pregnancies and medical dramas as storylines is soooo low rent. Did the UES suddenly become a giant trailer park? The first 2 seasons had great OMG storylines that were fun: financial scandals, real-estate drama, art, fashion (I miss Jenny because since her departure there is no fashion story at all... such a missed opportunity for a show set in Manhattan), and the lifestyle / manners conflicts between the UES and Dumbo. It started downhill in Season 3 and picked up steam from there. I used to have hope that it could recover, but I no longer do.