Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panelists break down all aspects of last night's Gossip Girl Season 6 premiere, "Gone Maybe Gone."
In our Q&A session, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff members Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines share their opinions.
Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!
1. Favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?
Leigh: It's not possible to pick, so I'm going with all of the Georgina and Blair banter. Their rapport was hilarious.
Courtney: "Do that again!" I was thinking the same thing just watching the scene! Close second goes to Chuck's speech to Blair in the limo.
Eric: Of course NBC would give Lola her own show. They'll probably push back Community a little more for it.
Christina: Dan to S: “Wisconsin? Seriously? Do you even know where that is on a map?” Sure, a little rude… but I was thinking exactly the same thing!
Steve: Anything out of Georgina's mouth, particularly her barking orders at Dan and theorizing that Serena may be a brainwashed sacrifice-in-waiting for a religious cult.
2. Favorite obvious inside joke of the night?
Leigh: "Serena is not Country Strong." Because I love that movie and love Leighton in it.
Courtney: I'm going with Leigh. The Country Strong reference was awesome and Leighton Meester is so damn fun!
Eric: I'm already a sucker for Gossip Girl cheesy narration. Give her a chance to make the meta reference to the final season and you have me smiling from the start.
Christina: I couldn’t help but smile when Chuck said: “Crashing parties is one of our favorite pastimes.” Ah, Gossip Girl, you make getting through Mondays worth it.
Steve: I like Gossip Girl referring to this as her last season, and to her limited time left. Also, the renamed Ostroff Center and the fact that Lola is doing a pilot on NBC, which is also true of Ella Rae Peck.
3. What was your favorite thing about the Season 6 premiere?
Leigh: That Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage wrote it. There is nothing like the originals. If I have to pick an actual thing, it was Serena being completely fine and reinventing herself. Go S!
Eric: Besides the obvious choice of having Schwartz and Savage back, it'd be having G around. I will always appreciate her craziness, even if Amira can't translate for us.
Christina: There were tons of awesome moments, but I especially loved every dig at G by B.
Steve: All our responses to questions #1 and #2 combined? Just that the snark and the spark were back and it was fun to watch, with the gang all together and crashing a formal function like old times.
4. How did the Chair sex scene rank among their past dalliances?
Leigh: Unfortunately like McKayla Maroney I was...not impressed. We've seen wayyy better between these two over the years. Maybe it also lost its luster because it was in the previews so much.
Eric: 3. I'm so over Chair. I can't handle anymore cheese with this being "apart to be together" crap. Dan had it right with his speech.
Christina: Off the charts! From the steamy hookup to the unstoppable banter, I’m betting all Chair fans were left just as satisfied.
Steve: Definitely behind limo and piano, but you have to like that Josh and Stephanie threw the fans a bone (so to speak) before quasi-breaking them up again.
5. More ridiculous, Chuck's outfits or Dan's hair?
Leigh: Both absurd, yet standard operating procedure. Dan got a haircut though, couldn't they have trimmed it up a bit? I miss the crew cut from season one.
Eric: Bow tie. Plaid jacket. You'd think nothing could be more ridiculous than that. Then Dan shaves the sides of his head and leaves a dead skunk on top. Does someone have a better animal for me yet!?
Christina: Ridiculous = Dan’s hair always.
Steve: Gotta go with Chuck here. The plaid jacket and bow tie are just so over the top (in a good way of course). Dan's hair is just part of his hipster, occasionally pretentious novelist look. I've become accustomed.
6. Better slap of Dan: Blair's or Serena's?
Leigh: OMFG Serena's. Blair really doesn't have a right to be mad at Dan. Even as a Chuck/Blair fan, I will honestly say that Dan's speech to Blair was pretty spot on. HOWEVER, I can't believe he verbally bitch slapped SVDW like that! Why was he even there? I would've pulled a Bianca from "10 Things I Hate About You" when she pulls a triple whammy on Andrew Keegan at the prom.
Eric: S. See: answer 4. Dan should have been slapping B. Though that might be frowned upon.
Christina: Sabrina’s… I mean Serena’s because I just didn’t expect it to happen twice and it was rightfully deserved.
Steve: S on merit - even Dan said he had that one coming, whereas he had some reason to be bitter at his ex - but B on technique. That was unexpected and his response was pretty priceless.
7. Shadiest new character: Amira, Sage or Steven?
Leigh: Well Sage is in high school, duh. Steven I don't know yet, he seems... healthy, which is unusual on this show. I suppose I'll go with Amira. No clue what's up with her.
Eric: Sage. Girl must have the best damn fake ID. Was it just me or did she say she was writing about The Spectator for her high school newspaper. 1) Lame article. 2) Nate's going to go down harder than Sandusky.
Christina: Sage. We all know Nate’s never had luck with the ladies, and is it just me… or does she bear a striking resemblance to Vanessa?!
Steve: Let's go with my namesake, if only because he appears the least shady right now.
8. Who the heck is Gossip Girl?!
Leigh: As Gossip Girl herself told us in the season two finale, we are all Gossip Girl. :)
Eric: Damnit, I'm still voting Eric. They can give him the mentions they want, but I still know he's in Africa. He's hiding in trendy NYC coffee shops gossiping.
Christina: I’ve really got no clue, but I’m hoping it’s Jenny now because she needs to make an appearance.
Steve: Damien. He's the only one old enough and who could have that much dirt ... and money to afford a Kristen Bell-like voice modulator. Just an out-there theory.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments!