Gossip Girl Round Table: "Seder Anything"

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As fans gather in our Seder Anything" include memorable lines, curious plot holes, Jewish humor, Nate's future, the changing Blair and the mysterious Gabriel ...


1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?

DANdy: Blair's "I'm one of the Chosen Ones. I was wandering the Bassian desert, and I've reached the Vanderbilt Promised Land." Great for yet another use of Chuck's name, and also for the episode's (and Passover's) theme of redemption.

Gossip Guy: In a rare first move, I want to give it to Jenny for standing up to Chuck so much this episode. Especially when she told him that "The only human contact that you don't pay for is the people in this house." Harsh and true!

Mister Meester: I loved how, when he Nate was breaking up with Blair, he recounted aloud the events of the past hour. All of the twists, turns, lies and schemes do get a bit confusing, even for the characters themselves. Vintage Gossip Girl.

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2. In honor of Josh Schwartz and two-thirds of our panel, what was the best Jewish humor-related part of the episode?

DANdy: The "Schmutz Happens" apron. 'Nuff said.

Mister Meester: Pretty much any line by Cyrus. He is hilarious. They need to put Wallace Shawn on retainer. With Cyrus and Dorota, Gossip Girl has a couple of great random, supporting characters to inject comic relief once in awhile.

Gossip Guy: Well thank you for this great honor. Really, the whole seder and its many interruptions was fantastic. I think my favorite part was everyone going for the sip of the wine before the blessing. Been there, done that. Though, technically they couldn't have even poured it before the seder begins since pouring of the glass is part of it. Where was your Jewish consultant? I'm available for free if you fly me out to the set.

3. Should Nate go to Yale or Columbia?

Mister Meester: Probably Yale, although I love the assertion that Columbia is somehow slumming it (or that Nate could get in there on his own merit but not Yale). U.S. News & World Report ranks both in its top 10 nationally!

DANdy: Columbia, but not because of the grandfather. The last time he visited Yale, if you recall, Nate pretended to be Dan, hooked up with some girl, and had a group of goons trying to kick his ass. Time for a fresh start.

Gossip Guy: Definitely Yale. I want grandpa Vanderbilt on my side. Oh no, poor Nate has to go to the school he didn't get into on his own merits. Wah. Personally, I'd mooch every opportunity I could. Want to adopt me gramps?

4. Strangest plot hole: Jenny having her Monopoly date at the van der Woodsen's and not in Brooklyn, Nate staying at the rehearsal dinner after his kiss-off toast, or Serena actually thinking she's married?

Gossip Guy: By far Jenny playing Monopoly at the van der Woodsen's. She hasn't moved in yet. What the hell is she doing there? Trying to get late-night raped by Chuck? Honestly, Nate may be pretty, but he's not smart enough to take a hint. And Serena? Can you blame her for kind of wanting to be married to that beef cake?

DANdy: All interesting questions, but Nate all the way. How did he not simply walk out of the rehearsal after dissing his grandfather like that? If nothing else, one would think he'd be worried that Maureen might try to poison him.

Mister Meester: I think Serena secretly wished the marriage was legit, and you can't apply logic to anything Nate does. But Jenny and Wes hanging out at the VDW's was the best. She doesn't live there, first of all - and wouldn't new, anti-UES Little J embrace her middle-class Brooklyn roots? Makes no sense.

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Serena van der Woodsen with boyfriends past and present.

5. Gabriel: Intriguing or boring?

Mister Meester: He seems like he's kind of a stiff, but clearly there's something beneath the surface. I'm curious to see what he does that gets Serena arrested.

Gossip Guy: Maybe I just love this guy from his stint as the Devil's son on Reaper, but Armie Hammer seems to play the good looking, subtly evil bastard so well. I was very happy to find out he wasn't all good when he talked to Poppy at the end. Can't wait to see where this handsome devil's plot line is going.

DANdy: Zzzzz. What's so dashing about this guy? This episode proved how great Serena and Dan are together ... even when just pretending to be together.

BONUS QUESTION: Has Blair really changed - and is being with Nate stifling the feisty, confident B we know and love?

DANdy: Meek, submissive, floundering Blair 2.0 is not doing it for me (although Leighton Meester is terrific in selling it). The old B would have played hardball with the grandfather and taken down Tripp's finacee so hard after that snarky comment. Hopefully N and C fighting over her in the next few weeks will restore the queen!

Mister Meester: Chuck said it best, and simplest: Blair is changing, having chosen Nate over him. It may be foolish to want her to be anything but herself, but hopefully for us, her Season One and early Season Two self returns ASAP.

Gossip Guy: I always want to believe the worst in people and think they can't change. In this case, the worst would be the best thing ever. I need my Queen B.


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natebass: when gabriel called serena's apartment, who picked up and said that? only jenny, chuck, his date, and wes were there. I'm guessing it was Chuck. lol


I didn't appreciate the whole Jewish storyline as it's a culture that I don't really like.


i think that the eventual change in blair will be that she uses her scheming for more selfless reasons and good causes (ie. helping serena) versus selfish and vindictive ones (ie. her vedetta against ms. carr or trying to sabotage nelly yuki's SAT score). i think she will still be ruthless and brilliant but her motivations will be better.


My fav quote: Dan :" Sorry Serena, but being Elinore's bitch boy is all I can take right now." LMAO


I really think Chuck was amazing in this episode. He almost brought tears to my eyes! And Nate... grrr, normally i dont hate him, like I'm a chair fan but at the end of remains of the J, he was ok. I don't like where nair is going, i love Chair and i'm pissed with Nate!


do you even need to ask? "he said he thought you would be here. he also asked if i had any hash." i love chuck.


Favorite Quote: "I meant, it's stupid of you to want her to change". Nate told Chuck once before, in "Hi, Society", that he liked Blair better after they broke up b/c she was being 'less Blair'. It's time someone called him out. Best Jewish Humor: Anything Shawn Wallace says... but esp. loved "That's where we moved Elijah... oh well" Nate: Columbia - though no one will convince me he didn't get into because of his family connections anyway - because it's a better personality fit Biggest Plot Hole: Nate would not have stayed after the speech he gave, and if he did no one would have spoken to him for co-opting Tripp and Maureen's celebration, which was crass and tacky and everything he's not supposed to be Gabriel: no, he's not setting off any fireworks, but he's different from any of the other male characters in his personality and manner and the mere contrast is something I like. I think everyone's just spoiled by the amazing chemistry of Leighton and Ed, but that's a bar set unfairly high Has Blair Changed?
As Chuck says she's [in the process of] changing. She went waaay overboard with the Ms. Carr incident, and her father's disgust at her behavior must have had a profound affect on her - something I think has been overlooked with all the Yale talk. She's growing up and we all change - but I don't think she's found her center yet. Like a pendulum, she'll find the happy medium - but I don't think Nate's idea of Blair is that center....


Well the bonus question. I think she is growing up that's good but she is changing her self to be with Nate which is wrong in some many levels. You do not change for someone else, you change for your self to be better, you don't get submissive for a guy just to like him.
I do hate Nate cause how does he get into Columbia if he is a dumb and Blair doesn't get into Yale.
I hate him because he cheated her last season not with a random girl with her best friend that's major words!
I hate Nate cause everytime he and his gf have a problem, he just jumps to another girl
I hate him bc he makes feel Blair bad, like if she was worthess of him, who the hell does he think he is? GOD!! ¬¬ Well I just want my old Blair but with less wicked mind lol


I soooooo agree, that song was awesome and really brought home the emotion of that moment when C walked out....


oh and forgot to add, how perfect was that song (runaway by yeah yeah yeahs) for the ending - perfectly brought the last dramatic pieces together!

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 21 Music

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