Gossip Girl Round Table: "Gone Maybe Gone"

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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!

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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.

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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!

Courtney: That it focused on the originals in a way we haven't seen in a few seasons. I'm sure it's due to the fact that Schwartz and Savage were behind it, but it felt like old school Gossip Girl and we desperately need that after last season. My least favorite is definitely having crazy G around. I'm hoping she doesn't stick around all season, I don't think she's needed.

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.

Courtney: It was pretty hot! Nothing will ever beat the original limo ride, but I would rank Monte Carlo pretty high up there.

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.

Courtney: So hard to choose because both have been so ridiculous for so long. I can't imagine Chuck in normal clothes (remember the track suit!) and I have kinda become used to Dan's mop. Humphrey's hair cut did look a little better so Chuck's wardrobe gets the more ridiculous vote.

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.

Courtney: Serena's, only because it felt more justified. But I can't say I didn't enjoy both...

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.

Courtney: Hmm... how to choose because they all are going to be extremely shady! Sage gets my vote. Why is a high school girl snooping around The Spectator? How did she know who Nate's college professors were? Sounds like a creepy stalker to me.

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. :)

Courtney: No idea. I want to think that it is someone who has been in the background all of these years. I will be disappointed if it is some random person we just met.

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!

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@S Most of the audience is tired. Look at these dead threads and the low ratings. I loved Chair and I still like them but, yea, wtf? When they pulled out the 'we both love each other and want to be together, forever, but can't' bull a-g-a-i-n I was like are they effing serious? Unbelievable. I'm over GG entirely. And I'm there with Chair too even if I do like them (I know that doesn't even make sense). It really is their chemistry and how their story started out but I will fully agree it's old. These writer are unbelievable. That being said, you can't lump this show with Breaking Bad or Mad Men any more than you could try to compare Hannah Montana and the Wire. This is a guilty pleasure for many of us!

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1. "Do. That. Again. And Chuck to Blair "I would give up everything for you." 2. Everything Blair's says, when she is interrupting Serena's wedding. 3. That it isn't that dramatic anymore. Season 5 was very sad and TOO dramatic. This season seems to be fun and dramatic. 4. IT WAS SO HOOOTTT!!! It was so hot, i think it's right above the piano-sex. I am a Chairshipper, and it was everything i expected and more! 5. Dan' s hair always win that one. 6. Serena. Blair's was funny, but Serena had more reason to do it. 7. Sage. She seems funny and interesting. Amira is very pretty and she seems sweet, but if she gets in between Chair i hate her. Steven eems like one of the good guys, i think he'll be good for Serena, let's just hope he accepts Serena's past. 8. Damien, i thought Jenny at the beginning, but they are going to her memorial service... so i think she's dead.

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Honestly, Chair is the only reason I still watch this show. I have actually no idea why I still ship them, because their relationship is so insane and unhealthy and yes, sometimes I wish Blair was actually with someone who's more, let's say.. sane? Someone who is a little bit more upbeat and less dark, perhaps someone like Dan. But I do ship Chair. I guess they just have chemistry, or something. I've been shipping them for 5 seasons now and honestly, I'm even getting tired of all of this. I'm kinda glad it's the last season, 'cause this is getting absolutely ridiculous.

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So glad I'm not watching this joke of a show anymore.
Feel sorry for Eric and Steve having to sit through it as part of their job.
How could anyone, even chair fans, put up with the ridiculousness of the chuck and Blair storyline?! Aren't you all sick and tired of the same thing for six seasons??
Go watch shows like Breaking bad, homeland, Girls and new girl instead- they are all great. GG is directed solely at confused 12 year olds. Embarrassing.

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1. Going with Christina and the shout-out to Wisconsin.
2. Wow, I didn't get any of them, not even the 'Country Strong' one. Does that mean they weren't that good, or I just didn't care?
3. Nothing?
4. It was way down there. Too basic, even for them.
5. Dan's hair.
6. Blair's because I can remember why she slapped him. Can't say the same for S.
7. If they're a new character, then they must be shady. Although I think Steven knew who he was really hooking up with.
8. I'm still kinda hoping for Lola, but Carter Baizen would be good too.

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I think Steven & Sage are somehow affiliated with Gossip Girl. Serena was with Steven when Gossip Girl said Serena was dead but then told Nate where to find her. It seems like she was covering up where Serena was.

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Favorite quote: Somehow I couldn't stop laughing when Nate said "Wait. Who are the two angry guys in matching hats?"

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I guess now Chuck has two loyal creature, the only difference is that one of the collars is wearing a hw diamond ring. This love and ring are so precious that even Gollum is jealous - All joking to the side, this shame for love must be the worst romantic couple to ever grace the airwaves. I mean it's so utterly offensive to witness this crap and yet I can't help myself to turn away, I guess it's like watching a train wreck.

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i agree with courtney. i like the old team back - savage &schwartz and the originals - serena, blair, nate, chuck & dan and it would be even better without georgina in the picture. just the repartee among "old friends" was very entertaining for the first episode that i would be very sad if it goes off air after the 10th episode. please give serena better lines, please. rufus and fake lola is kind of icky

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Thank the good Lord for Eric on this panel - the only one not drinking the Chair Kool-Aid.