Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Backup Dan"

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panelists gather to break down Monday night's episode (see our official Gossip Girl review from last night) in even greater detail.

In a Q&A session below, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines discuss "The Backup Dan."

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!


1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Courtney: “You think I would be insulted by someone with a Samsonite?” Nailed it, Blair. Nailed it.

Christina: As always, there were so many choices. I’m handing this one to the airport passenger who so frankly said: "Now that I get a better look, you're not nearly as pretty as Blair Waldorf. And he's terrible!" I’ll always love Dan jabs, and the runaway bride hasn’t exactly been the B we once knew.

Leigh: Blair had a lot of good airport one liners. I'd say it's a toss up between Eleanor's face being like an emoticon and saying it was about to get like Bieber fever up in there.

Steve: Dan sarcastically telling Blair he'll be leaving "now that your real friends are here." Ouch. The truth hurts, and B responded, adding a new dimension to their relationship. Who knew D had it in him?

Eric: Blair's entire apology to Dan. Mostly because she still managed to get in a dig at the mop. Best characters ever. More on that shortly...

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2. How awesome are Dan and Blair?

Courtney: They have become the two most likable characters, especially considering they used to be disliked a lot. They play well off of each other and it just shows how much more intellectual and witty they are than anyone else. Definitely a 10.

Christina: Oh, Dair. I’ve always liked their banter, and it was kind of awesome when B said that she couldn’t have survived the past month without Dan.

LeighI didn't really buy their awesomeness until Dan located his balls last night and they got into the fight in the hotel room. They are a hilarious old married couple.

Steve: As I said in my review, I'm enjoying them more and more each week, and they were the best thing about this episode. Blair's flustered comments and Dan's expressions at the airport were all priceless. I wish they had fled to the D.R. together, and hope that in the coming weeks, they continue to be a focal point.

Eric: They were already at a 12 as far as I'm concerned. I mean, you're pairing the two wittiest characters on the show. Now that Dan finally stood up to Blair forcing her to show an honest side with him? 14.

3. Which Blair excuse for rejecting Chuck is worse, the pact with God or last night's ... whatever that was?

Courtney: Whatever last night was. Like others have said, it’s an excuse to keep them apart until the end. We know they are endgame. Blair can be married to Louis; doesn’t mean she can’t have some fun with the Basshole on the side.

Christina: Blair’s pact. That was just ridiculous on all levels. I actually get that her freedom is not something to be bought. As silly as the dowry plot is, let’s face it: Chair desperately needs a real, fresh start.

Leigh: Blair's pact with God. I understand her not letting Chuck pay for her freedom. She knows it's her mistake and doesn't want to be indebted to anyone or put out the people she loves. 

Steve: Last night. The pact I can chalk up to their near-death experience and the fact that Louis hadn't done anything really wrong at that point. Now he's revealed his true colors, Chuck's offering her an instant way out and she still won't follow her heart? Who cares if you're indebted but the person is your soulmate? Ridiculous.

Eric: Whatever last night was. I'm not here to come between someone and their beliefs. I am here, however, to point out one of the most contrived reasons to keep Chair apart for one more season. Look, I'd be happy if this was about having a real love triangle and giving Dair a real shot. But we know they won't, so stop this silliness Blair. You're not earning your freedom by staying married to a different man. As Chuck said, what century is this?

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4. Worse idea: Trusting Rufus Humphrey with a secret or threatening Eleanor Waldorf?

Courtney: Threatening Mama Waldorf. The apple does not far from the tree. Plus, she is so much taller than everyone else (besides Serena); it’s totally intimidating.

Christina: I’m going with the latter. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this show (who am I kidding, we’ve learned a LOT, right?!), you do NOT mess with a Waldorf or family for that matter.

LeighCan I pick both? You can't really blame Rufus at this point. He spills when it's important. And Eleanor... Well I said it last week and I'll say it again: Eleanor Waldorf MVP. Princess Sophie: Step off bitch. No one cares about your antiquated dowries. This is New York.

Steve: Trusting Rufus. You knew that phone call to dad was just a plot device to make sure Blair's whereabouts would eventually be uncovered. Should have kept it to yourself, Dan, no matter how much you love your dad and want to keep him in the loop. Dan lied so well (for him, anyway) to Serena too.

Eric: Threatening Eleanor Waldorf of course. Now we'll never have to wonder where B got it from again.

5. Georgina as not-the-real-Gossip Girl: Major letdown or major relief?

Courtney: Major Relief. The plot holes are entirely too big for her to be the real thing. Plus, I like the idea of thinking GG is someone we see creeping in the background of scenes and may have never noticed.

Christina: It’s a MAJOR relief, for sure. I know I may be in the minority when I say this, but I’ve never cared too much for Georgina. She’s always conveniently at the right place at the wrong time, and I’m hoping the real Gossip Girl shows up soon because I’m asking the same question as Chuck did last night: doesn’t she have some hole to crawl back into?

LeighMajor relief! Love Georgie, but it would have been impossible and a copout.

Steve: Major letdown. This week just cheapened the big 100th episode reveal so much. While there would be 1,000 plot holes involved in making Georgina the real G.G., it would at least be a bold writing step for the show to go there ... but we know they're diametrically opposed to such things these days.

Eric: Major saw-it-coming. I for one would have loved G to actually be GG, but I knew they'd never actually reveal it. That is one secret she'll never tell. Xoxo.

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6. Did Dan send the blast? Will that come back to bite him?

Courtney: Nope. Nate would never do it, even Chuck wouldn’t. Serena would so Dan could see he has no chance but she claims she didn’t. Wouldn’t be too surprised if Queen B did it herself.

Christina: Not everything is ever what it appears… especially on Gossip Girl. What if Eleanor was the culprit? She wants nothing but happiness for Blair and a mother does whatever it takes for her daughter.

LeighI'm not sure if he did. Nothing is ever really how it seems on this show.

Steve: As Eric says, don't mistake that shot of Dan brooding during G.G.'s voiceover as proof of anything. Maybe he was just brooding? Also, when would he (or Serena for that matter) have sent it, given the role he played in the wedding? It's got to be someone else altogether who's responsible.

Eric: Oh please, if I fell for a camera pan every time a mystery was meant to be solved on Gossip Girl I'd be kicked off this Round Table.

7. What is Lola's deal?

Courtney: She is now on the radar of Nate the investigator and her aunt. P.S. Who else thought it was kinda strange that Lily called Nate in the first place?? Anyways, it looks like she is really there just for school and will be surprised these people are her family. Her mom really must have messed her up for her to call herself Lola. Personally, I would rather listen to Chivy’s raspy voice then go through this story again.

Christina: It is only a matter of time before Lily and Nate figure out who Lola really is. I also think that she might be honestly clueless and am hoping for a throwdown between her and Chivy.

LeighI think Lola might actually be clueless. I also think I might really like her as an addition to the show.

Steve: Agree with Leigh 100 percent. I'm starting to like her a lot, and if she were truly caught in the crossfire without some shady agenda, that would make her a lot more interesting.

Eric: First off, I'm glad she has a second nickname so I don't have to confuse her with Chivy. Plus, Lola trumps Charlie as a nickname for a girl any day. Nicknames aside, I welcome the real Rhodes to the UES any day. This way Nate can continue the trend of keeping it in our little incestuous family.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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10 Reasons why Chair is a not Endgame 1.Chuck traded Blair for a hotel
2.Chuck being aggressive with Blair
3.Chuck backstabbed his best friend Nate by going after Blair (His girl at the time) That is disgusting.
4.All they do is fighting to get back together, when they do, total disaster.
5.Chuck brings the worst out of Blair and Vice Versa.
6.Chuck found peace without Blair's or her being in his life.
7.Chuck is the worst character on the show.
8.Blair does not trust Chuck. (She obviously trusts Dan)
9.Chuck has no respect for Blair. (He slept with Jenny, Blair's enemy.)
10.DAIR FTW ! What more can i say about Chair Worst couple on the show.


Unfortunately for me, for the last two years, I've really seen the strings coming from the puppet masters. It was especially obvious when they ran Serena and Chuck down for the express train for DB ville. Pretty much every scene Blair and Dan have shared would have been 1000 times better if they had been Serena and Blair scenes. (Because this pretend triangle doesn't really pit Dan against Chuck. It is Serena v Dan for the coveted spot as Blair's best friend.)


@dover Which is exactly my point, none of them are really good friends because of what they do to each other. @ilovechair Serena treated Dan and Nate like crap and led them both on before ending up with Ben. He did make fun of his dad in the book and both of them got through it. Unlike some other saint who can do no wrong and can get away with anything.


ı think gossip girl is Diana Payne...


I agree. It would make sense that Dan sent the blast. He is the one who would benefit the most from it. Maybe he thought that because of the public humiliation Louis would not marry Blair and apart from that he could blame Chuck for sending the blast. Blair would be mad at Chuck and she would turn to Dan.
But I believe that the writers won't do it because that storyline actually makes sense and besides Dan is a saint, he does no wrong*eyeroll* He doesn't treat Serena like crap. And he also didn't make fun of his father in his book.


A lot of people could have send in that video but none of them would make as great an impact as Dan. Who would be angered if Rufus send the blast? Maybe Dan, who would forgive his dad pretty quickly, and the rest wouldn't care. Eleanor? Cyrus? Harold? Dorota?! Blair might be pissed but that'd just be a minor subplot for the Waldorf family and wouldn't affect the others. Serena and Chuck are out of the picture. Nate? Well, this could go somewhere but I doubt it. He and Blair aren't that close anyway, so introducing this subplot wouldn't make much sense. Dan is the only one who could change the storyline by sending that blast or am I missing someone??


@ Anonymous: Everyone on this show is a terrible friend and constantly backstabs others. All of them have done things to each other that no sane person could ever forgive, so the characters are either big on forgiveness or forgetful. But even in the first seasons, when they were at their worst, the NJBC immediately came to Serena's rescue when she was in trouble and it was clear who they cared about. They shouldn't be held to real life standards since realistically speaking they should all hate each by now. E.g. Blair helped turn Jenny into a backstabbing, scheming bitch and then threw her out of the city, breaking up the Humphrey family. In real life Dan would never forgive her, in the show he forgot it as soon as he learned that Blair likes old Hollywood movies. And I don't blame him, it just happens on this show. Also, I agree that the focus on the relationships is what ruined the show.


@dover They weren't very loyal when Serena and Blair have constantly fought and backstabbed each, Blair cheated with Chuck behind Nate's back, Serena cheated with Nate behind Blair back. So, no, they're not good friends. Nate is lucky he's not involved with Blair horrible drama storylines and he's moved on from that mess. The writers put themselves in this mess when they made it all about the relationships, then they had to make up terrible excuses to drag out these terrible storylines, while ruining all the characters/relationships and pissing off pretty much most, if not all of their fans that are left.


Lola is gossip girl. I am pretty sure of that. She has a major beef with UES. As she said herself, no one remembers a caterer.


How about Rufus sending the video? It might fit, right? He knows Dan loves Blair and every parent want his child to be happy...and I am sure he knows how Gossip Girl works (he's Jenny's father, so he just has to know, parents are not blind or stupid :). And he was near when Georgina filmed it... I know it has some holes, but honestly - I think there are much bigger ones in the show sometimes :)