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 I'm not comparing Dan's or Chuck's deeds, wrong is wrong and right is right. Chuck has made mistakes, Blair has made mistakes and so has Dan. If Dan was the one that sent that video he is just as wrong for not coming clean and for taking part in ruining the marriage Blair wanted at the time.

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@momo83 What do any of these guys see in Blair? She's honestly not worth it to go through all that unnecessary drama. Chuck has gotten flack because of what the writers did to him in Seasons 3 and 4 and now he's just here waiting/pining for Blair while she makes dumb excuses and continually makes 1 stupid choice after another.

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@Guest Its funny, but I made a similar statement on the facebook page. Her acting with Dan has been off. It's a little over the top as was her acting with Louis. Chair's interaction seem more natural.

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@Guest I wouldn't be sure about the Chair scenes. "I love you! I can't possibly love you anymore than I already do!" Whoever wrote that terrible dialogue needs to be fired ASAP. It's like they ripped off those lines from some cheesy Hallmark greeting card. Leighton like the rest of the cast seems bored of the show and you can tell they want to get this over with. The overall character interactions were a lot better back then, less over the top dialogue as if they took it from some corny Lifetime film or something, which is what we're getting nowadays. @Ace Why do you think Nat has no real storylines? He's just there to bang the next female guest star and hang out with the other actors occasionally.

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@Anonymous I included Blair in the same sentence as Dan. In my opinion (key words) they are both being selfish. And yes, Chuck, Nate and Serena have had their fair share of selfishness, but not in this season. I am currently referring to the dan/blair story arc. Honestly, Blair is being more selfish than Dan. She led on the prince knowing she didn't really love him, led chuck to believe she wanted to run off and be with him just to start up a fling or relationship with Dan (mind you she is still married). I think Chuck is catching alot of unneccessary flack in all of this because from the beginning of season 5 up until now (not next week's episode), Chuck has only done what blair wanted him to do.

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I really used to enjoy the acting of Leighton Meester as Blair. But in the scenes with Dan it feels like she is "over-acting" most of the time. A lot of people seem to enjoy the "bantering" between these two characters, but to me it feels very forced, without real depth and trying too hard to come across as "funny" and "cute". Dan as a character on the other hand comes across much cooler and more interesting when he is with Blair. What I enjoyed so much with Chair was, that the chemistry felt so natural, subtle and well balanced between the actors. That was until season 5 when their scenes were reduced to one single pattern...Chuck pining over Blair and Blair making up ridiculous excuses not to be with him - without ever really dealing with the relationship and issues between them! What a waste for such an charismatic and beloved TV couple...

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If there's one actor that can't act on GG, it's Chace Crawford. He's eye candy. He doesn't need to "act" but to simply take off his clothes and screw every guest star that walks through the set. He has this consistent dumbfounded look on his face every single time. I mean, Chace is pretty, no doubt, so when he's the official man candy of GG, he isn't there for "acting". LOL

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@pty The writers haven't really given Dan anything emotional to work with.

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@Gemsiibear I wouldn't be so sure, the actor doesn't seem to like where his character is going, he's even rightly criticized the show, he's just whispering his dialogue, I don't blame him, the actor is better than this mess. Leighton is decent when she's not forced to whine and make a fool out of herself when the writers degrade her character.

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chair fans are so stupid

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