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Gossip Girl Review: The Best Thanksgiving Ever

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Gossip Girl celebrated Thanksgiving tonight, and what a feast it was! With the typical turkey and a full side of drama, holidays on the Upper East Side are never dull.

Do you remember our previous Thanksgivings with Gossip Girl? Flash back with me for a moment – all the way back to pre-Chair, Derena and even Rufly – when the epic couples we’ve been rooting for all this time were just starting out.

Gossip Girl Thanksgiving

Like in real life, family time brought on family problems. Blair was once adjusting to new Waldorf traditions on her favorite day of the year. Thanks to Nate’s dad’s illegal dealings, his family life was far from perfect as money suddenly became an issue. Meanwhile, Chuck and Bart weren’t exactly sharing any fond special father-son moments either.

Although much time has passed, "It's Really Complicated" showed that things simply aren’t all that different. Chair started out apart then together again for only the umpteenth time. Derena kicked off the installment together in bed, and then ended with Lonely Boy as lonely as ever. As for Rufly, the former of the duo couldn’t care less for reconciliation.

This time around, Nate is facing much more than money issues with The Spectator. He’s also got Bart Bass using him as a pawn to take down his own best friend. As the plot continues to thicken, we were reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

It all started with Derena’s attempt to throw “the best Thanksgiving ever.” At least that’s what S thought it would be. Unfortunately, the party got crowded really fast when everyone attending had their own agenda.

Chuck felt defeated by Bart and looked more pitiful than ever as he mentioned more than once – unfortunately, for us – that he couldn’t be with Blair just because he hadn’t taken down his father. He was seriously playing the world’s saddest song on the world’s smallest violin.

Fortunately, thanks to Pocahontas (High five to B for adding several awesome Gossip Girl Quotes, but not for her outfit), John Rolfe was able to brush the dirt off his shoulders and get back on operation expose Bart. Chuck, with B and Nate’s help, connected the dots between Bruce Caplan’s sudden drowning and Sheikh Hassan’s accident.

Chuck’s finally got Lily back on his team, but Bart so easily killed off the two men who could have put him behind bars. Would he be so quick to do the same to his own son? I’m thinking so, and that seems like a safe bet based on next week’s promo.

Elsewhere, Georgina, of course uninvited, made an appearance at the VDW’s loft. By the way, what’s up with Vanya and company letting just about anyone upstairs? Anyhow, after struggling to decide which chapter to publish on his beloved S, Dan went with the honest and brutal approach. The truth telling story about the golden girl who falls from grace, a faux love story, and S’s relentless daddy issues obviously didn't fare too well with S.

Dan on Thanksgiving

Then, Derena called it quits after Dan admitted that he orchestrated the stuck elevator and that he felt like he did nothing wrong in telling the truth about S. Of course S couldn’t understand how he could love her, but write those hurtful words both at the same time.

Dan has been a self-righteous jerk lately, but every word about Serena treating him like a visitor all this time was hardly true. He may have never felt like an equal and was seen as the poor kid from Brooklyn by some. However, Dan’s always been equally judgmental about the UES. And honestly, was he entirely wrong about Serena?

After all, it took her all but two seconds to call Steven again right after saying goodbye to Dan. Side note: Speaking of Steven, why is Sage still here? Did Nate forget she was in high school again? That girl needs to go. Nate could do so much better, and it looks like Derena seems to be over, so maybe there’s hope for Serenate.

Dan’s writing his final chapter and claims that his plan all along has been going his way. Chair’s going to war. Are you ready? I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next as Manhattan’s elite is sure to leave us saying OMFGG.

Other Thoughts:

  • Lily was “so proud” Serena went grocery shopping. What an accomplishment!
  • Sage didn’t mind Chuck creeping while she and Nate were making out. Chuck’s response: “She’s a keeper.” This is the Chuck I much prefer over the walloping loser he was for most of the night. 
  • The "7th Heaven" reference for Barry Watson was delivered perfectly by B. 
  • Nate punched Dan. Let’s say it all together now: FINALLY!
  • Where were Ivy and William? …not that I really care, but just wondering.

All in all, Gossip Girl continued its string of solid episodes for the final season. Here's next week's promo:

So, what did you think TV Fanatics? Are you ready for the final two remaining installments? Hit the comments now to share your predictions and don’t forget to return tomorrow to chime in on our Gossip Girl Round Table!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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I don't understand why everyone is against Dan when his completely right about all these guys, they are hypocrites and can't deal with the fact that Dan (he has guts) has exposed them for who they really are. B is still always skimming like she did in high school, Chuck will never stop fighting with Bart and cant be with Blair unless he wins and Nate is backstabbing his own best friend to save himself when he made the choice to do something illegal. I actually feel sorry for Dan, his doing it to be like them when those people are nothing to aspire to. So lets see how it all ends.

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I want my Serenate!! why writers why?? I´m so sad they are my favourite couple from the very first episode, anyway I really liked last night´s episode it felt like good old Gossip Girl for me I´m going to miss the show

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@roventica
Agree with you completely. Serena has messed Dan around for three and a half seasons and is now getting a taste of her own medicine. Shouldn't be careless with people's feelings time and again. Nate should get off his high horse - he was quite willing to publish all these articles. Dan is absolutely correct - these characters call themselves the NJBC but they are some of the most judgmental, backstabbing, two faced individuals. I actually think Dans final article should be about him and how being in their 'world' dragged him down and how he lost himself. However it won't - it will be some crap that will take down Bart and everyone will be 'friends' again. Boring, boring, boring.

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Here's the thing- Dan feeling like a visitor on the UES was not Serena's doing. She did nothing to cause him to feel that way. Those are just his own insecurities, and it's ridiculous of him to blame them on everyone but himself. It was stupid when he freaked out about it in 2x03, and it's stupid now. Of all the characters, I actually think Dan still has the most growing up to do- which is odd, given that he probably started out light years ahead of the rest of them in the pilot.

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@roventica Seriously? How on earth can you describe what Dan did as "standing up for himself"? What did Nate ever do to him? Or Serena, for that matter? There's absolutely no excuse for how he used and humiliated Serena in this episode. And the worst part is, Dan isn't even sorry- he's still acting like he's in the right! Like if he insults the rest of them enough, tries to drag them down to his level, then it makes it okay for him to be a total douche. Ugh.

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I don't understand people's reaction about Dan. I think the dude stands up for himself for once and he is right when he said to Serena that what he did was not worst than what her friends and herself have been doing to each others everyday, trying to ruin each other and then sited down to Thanksgiving and called themselves a family. It makes sense that he would become that kind of guy with that crowd. It would be naive not doing so.

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As usuall a ridiculous episode...but hey it's Gossip Girl...I'm at peace with it by now...but still had to laugh pretty hard about Blair when she asked Nate if he was talking about Chuck's dentist :D This was just so absurd I cracked up^^ I also didn't like Blair's Pocahontas outfit or her other outfit btw...I mean seriously: How can you possibly permanently dress up someone looking as hot as Leighton Meester in such an unflattering way?! This goes on for seasons now!! I mean she is tiny and petite and they make her wear a slack suit in that she appears just bulky. I could rage on and off about this because when you don't have an actual good storyline then please at least give the audience some eye candy...and I'm saying this as a straight woman!! Speaking of eye candy I enjoyed the part where Nate punched Dan in the face. He deserved that and I was turned on by Nate for the first time in this whole series!! :D But I actually like Nate this season anyway. More than in any others... So only two more episodes to go...

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@dpsmile, It did not start with Nate and Serena, it started with Serena and Dan and so will be finished - the marriage of Dan and Serena, and Blair and Chuck!

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Rather a douchebag than an ungrateful, spoilt, violent, mentally abusive, sexual predator!

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Let me just say this about Dan- he's not the ultimate insider, he's the ultimate douchebag.