Gossip Girl Round Table: "Portrait of a Lady Alexander"

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Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's weekly Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussion! Below, our panelists break down all aspects of last night's Gossip Girl, "Portrait of a Lady Alexander."

In our Q&A session, TVF editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff members Christina Tran and Leigh Raines share their opinions. Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!


1. Favorite quote from the episode?

Leigh: Lily to Serena: "It's probably my fault you have a father complex." Ya think Lily???

Christina: Blair: “Listen, Princess Jasmine, I’m sure every one of those horses went straight to the glue factory.” I’m always down for a perfectly-timed Disney reference.

Steve: Georgina matter-of-factly stating that she's "pimping out celebutantes for Dan to have sex with." All business, that G.

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2. Favorite scene or storyline?

Leigh: Ummmm, this week was probably one of the worst episodes I've seen in years. I'll go with Serena yelling at Dan in the restaurant because he has really turned up the douche meter.

Christina: Slim pickings! However, I’ll go with the fact that Blair actually acknowledged that Dan helped her out last year.

Steve: Chair scheming. They do make a good team, even in slow episodes.

3. Would you hire Georgina Sparks as your agent?

Leigh: It depends how badly I wanted something. She's damn good at her job and knowing how to get Dan a better deal. She's crazy and unethical but effective.

Christina: No, because I can’t stand her. I never have and never will, and I absolutely hate that she is still around in what I thought was supposedly deemed an epic final season.

Steve: Definitely. I'd just be prepared to change my name and number and the locks on my house, because when you do business with the devil, it's only a matter of time until she changes sides.

4. Bart's big secret: Intriguing or disappointing?

Leigh: I guess it needed to be something really big, international, federal crime kind of big to waste several episodes on it. Why does Bart keep referring to Nate's dad as a criminal though? Has he met himself? Pot meet kettle.

Christina: Major disappointment! Seriously, Bart rises from the dead, and that’s his big secret?! He should have just stayed dead.

Steve: Of all the potential reasons for Bart Bass faking his own death, that does kind of make sense. Being rich is great, but not if it lands you in a federal prison. What Chuck decides to do about it and whether the payoff will be worth the many episodes spent on the storyline remains to be seen. What is Chuck's endgame with regard to his father? Does even he know?

5. Will the Dan-Serena sex tape see the light of day?

Leigh: I don't know. I think it'll be used for blackmail and maybe not released.

Christina: It’s only a matter of time. By the way, I loved that S had no qualms whatsoever about leaving her bag with Georgina. That was just so S.

Steve: It's already up on serenasecrets (dot) com. Just kidding, but admit it, you momentarily thought that was true. With G, you know she's already fielding offers.

6. Least interesting character: Steven, Sage or Ivy?

Leigh: Ivy has had zero use or entertainment value this season.

Christina: Ivy! I am so over her.

Steve: Sage. I just can't get into her storyline.

7. Biggest surprise: Dan rediscovering his moral compass, Blair wearing that green thing on her head, Steven name-dropping Kate Upton, or Scott getting a mention?

Leigh: I suppose Scott getting a mention was the most random even though I don't believe Steven got with Kate Upton. However, the writers know how to drop a line about relevant pop culture, so I'll give them credit on the Cat Daddy reference. Blair makes more fashion mistakes than not and I don't believe Dan is being truthful.

Christina: Scott getting a mention. I thought everyone forgot about him. Hey, I almost did, too.

Steve: Steven does have a thing for younger women, so going from Kate Upton to SVDW doesn't surprise me too much. Nor does Blair's headband (if you can call it that), for the reasons Leigh said. That leaves Dan and Scott, and I guess I have to pick the latter, simply because no one's mentioned him in years.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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actually best thing about the episode what that lily said chuck is her son
worst thing about the episode is that it got silly dair fans started again *rolls eyes*


Love Dan and Blair scene. They have great chemistry and I hope they stay together. Best couple ever.

Drea xoxo

@strawberryfields loved your little review there made me chuckle and realise i'm not alone in my views atm.
1) lily saying chuck is her son
2) the ending credits
3) no, but if i need a hitman i know where to go
4) so over him, so oover this storyline and want him to vanish already and bring back diane! we never got her connection to everyone clearly i thought. very rushed that was....
5) couldn't care less! but both deserve the way they've become
6) ivy then sage then steven. ivy mainly because she should have gone 2 seasons ago
7) scott but mainly this season being a bore! who'd thought it


6. All three, Ivy, Sage and Steven are completely uninteresting characters, and without the need wasting time of the main characters!
7. The biggest surprise was definitely the mention of Scott! All were lost on him, except some of viewers opponent to Serena and Dan! I hope he is together with Vanessa, and they will not appear!


3. Yes and no! I would hired her because she is efficient and ruthless, but I also would been against because the first chance she would stab me in the back!
4. Bart's secret is a classic example of a businessman and the illegal acquisition of wealth. There's not a big surprise, and I think that this is an introduction to why Bart will eventually be killed!
5. Of course, why would Georgina stole Serena’s sex tape if she do not want to be displayed to the public! Besides the sex tape will be a great weapon to finally put an end to the stupid relationship between Serena and Stephen! Perhaps this season Georgina would do more to reconnect Serena and Dan, the opposite of what she was done in season 1!


I do not know why most people think that this is the worst episode, when in the past was worse than this one. This is an average episode, which moves the story forward, and nothing more. The next episode should bring more information and excitement, but perhaps the expectations of the audience is too big!
1. I have to agree with Steve, although I prefer Lily statement addressed to Serena, but everything to do with Georgina's more interesting!
2. I hesitate between Chuck and Blair scheme and Serena together with Dan, but since I'm a fan of Serena and Dan, I prefer their scene together!


pty Season 5 was a massacre (blouis, disgusting dair...) but i expected something good for the finale season but this season is just boring.Anyway, the show died the moment safran showed up.He ruined the show.


I get that many of the characters acted like idiots and that Chuck and Blair didn't displayed much sexual energy onscreen but I don't get why people say this was the worst episode in years! The Dair nightmares were worst in season 5 and even season 4 episodes like 4x20 were worst. I personally appreciated the fact that at least the Bart storyline is going somewhere, even if it was a small advance and judging by the press release today about 6x8, it looks like it will get stuck again eventually. But at least there was some advance, and also for the status of the Bart/Lily interactions (possible future breakup) the sex tape thing (possible reason for breakuup or at least tension between Steven and Serena) and the Nate storyline (possible explanation of spoiler pics of him and Bart on set).


favourite scene to me was the dan and blair goodness at the end! yes, nobody wants dair as a couple, I get that, but they still had an awesome friendship that hopefully will be the focus in the next episode.
until blair finds out about the sex tape...


Favorite Scene: The movie, Pretty Woman, race track reference: Did anyone notice for the racetrack scene the brown polka dot dress. There was a girl, they showed right at the beginning of the scene and several other times with the almost exact dress that Julie Roberts wore in Pretty Woman at the race track...brown w white polka dots, kind of halter top and full skirt, and wide brim cream hat. Loved that!!! Dans moral compus change was so subtle, didnt notice it. Yes, Steven, Sage and Ivy...all pretty non-interesting. Would be nice if someone were a dear and wonderful person...selfless and giving....LOL Mostly love the beautiful clothes and gorgeous scenes of New York. Always love it when Blair and Chuck work together. Quote: Lily: (When Bart askes Lily to stay away from Chuck) 'You cant ask me to do that, he's my son too'x........Thot that was very sweet. Always enjoy Blairs outfits...head to toe. Sorry if it is true that Nate is going down the cooked books path...hope not. Sex tape: everyone is soooo mad at Dan...they will definitely seek revenge and then will his credibilty be lost, or Georgina will / could use it to boost his popularity.... Barts secret is interesting...especially the illegal oil angle. He will look bad, Lily will leave him, go back to Rufus, and Ivy, for whatever reason she is trying to manipulate Rufus, may have a change of heart, and stop doing it as she sees what a nice / sincere guy he is? Hire Georgina? She is an intelligent character, but not in the kind of positive way. Only if you want really bad karma to accumulate.

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