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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Blair and Beatrice seriously need to team up together against the rest of the Grimaldi's, seeing as they both have nothing to lose now. They'd be a trans-Atlantic power couple wreaking havoc on Monaco...


Please give us DAIR finally.


@ Anonymous: And yeah, I know that a lot of people jumped ship or stopped watching and that's because the writers refuse to pick a clear path of action. They are just giving Dair and Chair fans throwaway scenes together which angers both fandoms. They shot themselves in the leg there since currently no one is happy with the series and the characters (Blair is stupid and whiny, Chuck is a love-sick puppy, Dan is a douche, Serena still likes Dan and no one knows why) are just sketches of themselves in order to keep the ships going. If they chose one ship, all characters could just move on and develop into better people. Right now they are just stagnating.


@ Anonymous: Being loving and loyal to their friends while disregarding others was a part of both Blair's and Chuck's characters and not just their relationship with each other. But I found them both engaging and likable then. In a way it's charming and heartwarming to think that people, who can be so terrible to others, are so extremely kind and loyal to their loved ones and can love so much. Blair and Chuck could appreciate someone who was kind to them and helped them. In this season though, Dan and Blair's friends have done nothing to earn such treatment from them. And it's annoying that noone calls them out on it, while in season 1 and 2 every epiosode was about what terrible people Chuck and Blair are or were. cont.


@cantstandGGanymore Not many people are happy, Dair or Chair, the writers are screwing everyone over. @Dr Holland Actually, that's an unfair generalization. Many of the Dair fans I've seen are former Chair fans who got sick and tired of the repetitive on and off crap that's been going on for too long that and the writers ruined Chuck and Blair's characters/relationships. Other Chair fans either left for good or are holding on like you. @dover and @rena Actually that used to be part of Chair's charm. They used to be fun, manipulative, scheming people who felt that they deserved to be with each other and many Chair fans felt that way particularly in the 1st 2 or so seasons. Now look at them, Chuck is now pathetically brooding over Blair and Blair is a whiny, unlikable, weak-willed character who is constantly making up pathetic excuses.


My biggest problem with dair is that I don't see the sexual spark that I see between Chair and even old school Derena.
I'm sorry but they're more like brother/sister to me.


@ Dr. Holland:
I also think that Dan wouldn't be able to handle Blair in the long run, though I might be wrong. But what bothers me the most about Dair isn't even that they could or couldn't work well together. What really gets on my nerves is that they treat everyone like crap except each other. Dan's always had a tendency to be a jerk to people other than the girl he is currently in love with, but it's never addressed by anyone. Can't someone point out that he's acting like a terrible douche? And Blair goes on to rage at Serena and then totally disregards Chuck, only to sweetly apologise to Dan. That doesn't make them likable characters to me. They've become so awful this season that they can have each other for all I care. I want them to stay away from Serena and Chuck until they stop acting like such unreasonable idiots.


Blair has become the silliness in person, she and Dan are very sweet togheter, but I think Dan is too good for her ¬.¬ but let's give them a try xD (Good luck Dan)
I'm still wondering why Chuck still wants to be with her, oh wait, he is in love XD


Gossip girl is totally unrealistic. The plot about getting divorce it's unbelievable. I checked the wedding laws of Monaco. They are old. I know for a fact that a lot of European countries don't recognize religious wedding. In my country, the laws for a divorce have been modified so it will be a lot easier if one of the person doesn't want the separation. Just living apart from each others for few months is enough to get divorce.


When will Chair fans be happy again after 2 seasons? Dair fans are more happy... so unfair!!! Oh so now we know that Chair fans will keep on being depressed till the end of the show. Fuuuuucccccc*k. won't watch anymore

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