Gossip Girl Round Table: "Reversals of Fortune"

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As readers sound off in our Reversals of Fortune" include memorable lines, Chair's sexy antics, Nate's family drama, rich boy Dan, the jet-setting wild child known as Serena and the semi-useless enigma known as Vanessa.

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

DANdy: Blair's observation that a model "looks like she needs a sandwich." Clearly a jab at new, fellow CW star Mischa Barton (of The Beautiful Life).

LovelyLively: I'm going with a series of quotes in which we learn that Serena hooked up with Cristiano Ronaldo and possibly Prince Harry, while Chuck once hit it with Ivanka Trump. Man these Upper East Siders get around!

Gossip Guy: Almost all my favorite quotes were uttered by Dan this episode. The guy was on fire! In particular I loved when responded to Vanessa's comments about $100 bills with "Do you know how hard it is to break one of those things? I don't know why they even make them." I've made the same cheesy joke when I was pretending to be rich off my singular $100 bill! Love that guy.

Mister Meester: Cheesy as it was, Chuck really got me with "I'm not Chuck Bass without you." How can you not love new, mutually-in-love Chair?

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2. Chuck and Blair's game: Hot, boring or asking for trouble?

DANdy: Boring! The best they come up with is Chuck flirting with a girl and Blair interrupting his supposed infidelity before it's realized? Please. Chair can do better. Seems like this was only invented to confuse viewers at the outset.

Mister Meester: Hot! As the man himself said last season, what do you expect, Chuck and Blair go to the movies? He likes hitting on girls, she likes putting inferior ones down. Everyone wins! Whatever helps them spice it up.

LovelyLively: Asking for trouble. Serena nailed it when she talked about the slippery slope. Fortunately, both Chuck and Blair seem to realize there's a time and place for games, but simply being together can be exciting too.

Gossip Guy: I'm gonna be honest, it made me kind of uncomfortable. But whatever, Chair is still the hottest couple ever and Chuck even proved how romantic they were when he told Blair "I'm not Chuck Bass without you."

3. Rate Vanessa's uselessness this week on a scale of 1-10.

Gossip Guy: First off, I just wanted to say how much I've missed the round table for these questions alone. Holy crap Vanessa sucks. Look, when I was redesigning the header last month, I almost decided I no longer hate Vanessa because of how hot she looked. Then she shows up with hair so nappy it has flies in it (rewatch the outdoor scenes), a relationship with the lamest long lost brother actor they could have cast, and back to the same annoying anti-rich rants that even Dan got bored of. Stop being so useless or I will be forced to remove you from the header. 11.

Mister Meester: 6. She got in one fight with Dan and acted like it's the end of the world. But if there's one thing Vanessa totally would become indignant over, it's D selling out. I also don't mind her and Scott together.

DANdy: 7.5. Hey, she wasn't serving coffee and she was hanging out with people her own age. Those are major steps for V.

LovelyLively: 5. At least we saw some signs of life. She and Scott are - dare I say it - kind of cute? Maybe? A little? That actor is pretty bad, though. Is he supposed to be creepy, or can he just not pull off emotional and conflicted?

AVERAGE VANESSA USELESSNESS QUOTIENT: 7.125!

4. Will Nate really cut ties with his family - and what does his grandfather have up his sleeve?

LovelyLively: You don't cut ties with the Vanderbilts. They cut ties with you. The only question is how they try to use Nate (and Bree) to their advantage.

DANdy: Hmm ... the creepy old grandfather or the hot, young Joanna Garcia? See ya, Vanderbilts! As for said creepy grandfather: Considering that he hung up on Tripp without revealing his plan, I assume his goal is to save money on cell phone minutes and use the extra cash to do something mischievous.

Gossip Guy: I really think Nate will cut ties. It definitely has nothing to do with his grandfather's plan take advantage of Nate's relationship with Bree. It has everything to do with the Ferrari. Kind of a little cheese to take to college. What is this, Entourage? Show some class, Archibalds.

Mister Meester: Whether Nate tries to cut ties is irrelevant, since the grandfather is plotting to leak a Nate-Bree sex tape. Sure, this would sabotage his own grandson as well as Bree, but Nate is kind of his family's black sheep anyway, and these things are always worse for the girl. Yay, double standards!

Nate, Bree and Grandfather

WARNING: What the grandfather says and what he means are quite different.

5. Do you like the new Dan?

Gossip Guy: Hells yeah! Dan started off as my favorite character before he was quickly replaced by Chuck. But now, Dan is looking and acting cool, while still delivering some of the best one liners. How can you not love this guy? Plus great new hair. I'm thinking I might have to switch mine up.

Mister Meester: Of course. Sure, he needs to be backhanded for that hundred-dollar bill comment, but Dan didn't do anything wrong. If someone handed V a wallet full of Benjamins, no way she turns it down. B!tch.

LovelyLively: Oh yeah. Dan has transitioned into his new life of privilege quite hilariously. Some of his rich boy quotes and reactions were pretty priceless.

DANdy: Do you mean the longer hair? Yes. Other than that, he makes corny jokes and feels a need to be there for Serena. Seems like the old Dan to me.

BONUS QUESTION: How do you feel about Serena and Carter as a couple?

DANdy: A couple of what? They had sex in a forest. That may make one itchy, but it doesn't make a relationship.

LovelyLively: Still undecided, but I absolutely loved the scene where Carter Baizen awkwardly walks out of the woods. One question, though: he asks if anyone's seen a girl in an orange dress. Didn't he and Serena just ... you know?

Mister Meester: I've always been a Derena guy, but she and Carter have some real chemistry. He's so shady and arrogant, but he's hot, and seems to legitimately care for her. Sounds a lot like Chuck pursuing Blair, no?

Gossip Guy: OMG. I wanted to hate them due to my obvious love of Derena, but wow. Riding off on horses together and doing it in the woods? H O T.

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?
I also loved the part when Chuck said, "I'm not Chuck Bass without you." *is such a fangirl* 2. I think it's hot! They like roleplaying? Who would've thought? XD 3. I'd give it a 7 too.

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And the new Vanessa is so hot too! I really look forward to the rest of season 3.

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I dont like the new dan....i miss the loft and the old humphreys....now every1 is all upper east side....wat bout brooklen??

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I liked the round table, found it really entertaining to read and agree with almost everything.

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