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!

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Chrys

Well...I liked the episode. It was quite intriguing and it left me with a sense of fear about Lily's and Chuck's well being. Bart did seem a little...deranged?...when he grabbed Lily by the arms. Ofc i rolled my eyes everytime Chuck was saying that he could never be with Blair if he couldn't take down his father. Seriously...even Blair's pact with God made more sense as a roadblock!
For some unknown reason i still have faith in Derena. Serena said it herself...Dan is the one. And his chapter wasn't entirely untrue. Maybe he actually has a decent plan. And i too hope that the last chapter is a Dan one. It's about time he passed judgment on himself too.
And about Sage hooking up with Nate again...No. Just No!

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The finale needs to have unexpected twists. I hope I'm gonna be surprised and for the ending not to be obvious

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If Dan's insecurities are the reason his realtionship with Serena didn't work out how in hell would a relationship between him and Blair the Queen of the UES who is all about status ever work out

Crazybrit

first of all so glad NATE PUNCH DAN!!!!!!!!!!!YAY!!!! always hate dat wool haired whiner,like blair say!! i m really happy BLAIR take action and scheming on everything in today episode!! i m such a big of BLAIR WARDOLF,she inspire me!!!as for chuck,he is getting hotter!!!hate bart with his demon look!as for serena,ohh so sick of her and dan too,SUCKS!!honetly i wish ivy,jenny,juliet team up with blair fight against georgina,is goin to be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Well, i have a theory about dan's final chapter ; he said he has this plan, so what if what happenned at dinner was the beginning of the revelation that he is gossip girl ?!! As crazy as it may seem, but i always imagined gossip girl as someone who has this grudge against upper east siders so it's very likely that it's dan !!

Spindae-2o

"Evil" Dan!? Hmmmm I call it honest! I mean they all isolate him and their relationships are pretty odd! Love,Hate deception!!
Either way I believe the FINAL CHAPTER wil be just about HIMself! And the way he wanted into the UES group, and how he like everybody else played the same game!

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@Chiara Hahahaha it is true that lots of people who comment on this site are nouveau riche and try to be so upper class when they're actually not. But there are still some who identify with the NJBC that don't have to try and pretend for it so don't be b****y ;P

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i love how the actors dont seem to give a single fuck anymore ...they are just going through the motions.good for them , id do the same if i got shitty script like this

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Ed Westwick is so hot!!! I just watch the show to see him.

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where is the chapter of Georgina??? hope Dan should also write up about G because G is one of them....