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 can’t believe they kept Dan’s interest in Blair this long… Yey! Did you catch that line Serena said… something like, If Blair likes someone she ignores them… which could mean that since the FIRST kiss she already discovered she had feelings for Dan but was in denial, which makes TOTAL sense because a) she took to her bed for a week after that, ignoring him b) she then later decided to reunite with Chuck (which is her running away from her conflicted emotions)but didn’t go through with it.It has taken this long but it is more realistic than them jumping in bed together… for Dan and Blair the consequences of their being together cannot be summarized in a few short episodes… This is Blair for crying out loud… there are probably so many reasons(in her mind)for her NOT to like Dan… but everyone around them can see their weird special relationship with each other… So here’s hoping after 1 whole season they writers don’t disappoint.

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Finally Dair! the buildup from exactly a year ago. Last Valentines day Dan and Blair watched rosemary's baby together on their laptops... It's so refreshing to see that they didn't scrap the developing romance right away but kept it slowly building up which is unusual for the writers (I am convinced they have ADD) because more often than not,they try to move the characters into the next relationship right away.

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@CeCeFromTheGrave Well, if their terrible writing is any indication of how they are in a relationship...

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Im a dair fan. Dan made a mistake i agree but he did something out of desperation. I know we have all been in a place where we wanted someone sooo bad and yet it would never happen. If we had a video (or a shot) like that who could say that we wouldn't use it. Because at that point its better to do what we can and fail than never try at all. And chair fans remember that chuck has done far worse. I dont even need to point it out. I feel the love between dair, thats what a couple is to me... Where i see chair as a tradgity 2 who love that were never meant to be because they could only keep hurting one another and so in order to let the other be happy they have to let go. And yes i was a chair fan from season 1 but at some point things just can't recover. I believe its time to move on and dair is the perfect way to do that IMO

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Also there was one other thing I noticed... the way that Dan and Blair look at each other is so freakin real. Lol they dont look like they are acting. Its like when you relax your face and just(gonna sound real sappy here) let the love and such shine through? Like you are not trying to look cute or handsome, you are just looking at someone you really love. I dont know what that is all about but it was awesome if it was acting.

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Well...I may be the odd person out (which is sad in a way) but this is the best season of Gossip Girl so far imo. I've never been this excited about watching episodes of GG before. This whole Dan+Blair thing is kinda how life is. Unexpected but great. And who can disagree that Dan is the male driver of the show and Blair is the female driver? Serena took a big back seat last season and I'm totally uninterested in her storyline.

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Seriously, Dair is perfection. The way dan stared at her in this episode was magic. Love them and I seriously hope they'll be endgame. Dan deserves that, he is the nicest character. I feel like everyone hatin so hard is evil!

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I've come to the conclusion that apparently the writers can't write real relationships because they've never had one themselves. Can someone hook them up? Maybe we can get fewer psycho-circus storylines that way. Please?

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I see all chair fans butthurt cos Dan is now Blair's boyfriend (kind of). MUAHAHA! YOUR SO DUMBASS MOTHAFUCKER! YOUR SHIP DIED AGES AGO! GROW UP KID!

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Normally I don't comment about reviews - noone really cares about some random commentors opinions except the people who sit on the computer for hours with no lives and nothing else to care about than what a bunch of strangers say. BUT I do want to answer the question in the review about this being the first time Lily has worn jeans... Not true. Season 1, in the loft with Dan's father. Can't remember exactly what episode. But it's happened. Possiblly just the once. But I know it has.