Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Debarted"

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

DANdy: Lily comparing Serena to Rielle Hunter. I imagine under five percent of viewers understood that reference, but I was among them - and I laughed and laughed.

Gossip Guy: As much as I want to be sappy and give it to one of the dramatic Chuck and Blair lines, I have to go with a funny one. Definitely Blair's disgust over Chuck's real estate deal: "This is a homeless shelter. A. gross, and B. really?"l

Mister Meester: It was a three-way tie for me this week: That heartwarming Chair moment, the unintentional comedy Serena saying she "risked everything for Tripp" (what that means is anyone's guess), and for pure LOL comedy, Lily's Rielle Hunter reference. Though for it to be even more appropriate, Serena would have to get pregnant and Maureen would have cancer. Get on it, Stephanie Savage!

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2. Whose performance was your favorite last night: Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively or Chace Crawford?

DANdy: Chace emoted a couple times. Impressive stuff from him, indeed. But Ed Westwick does despair like Rielle Hunter did John Edwards.

Gossip Guy: Seriously? If both everyone on the Round Table and the Emmys don't unanimously agree on Ed Westwick I'd be shocked. However, if there's an award for most improved, it goes to Chace.

Mister Meester: All were terrific, and Chace deserves a special mention for his best story line and performance to date, but Ed may have even topped his Dark Knight performance in last year's "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" with the inner turmoil he showed last night. Fitting that Bart again played a huge role.

3. Will Rufus revenge-cheat on Lily?

DANdy: No. He'll be too busy trying to find a job in this economy.

Mister Meester: I can't see Rufus actually closing the deal with one of those Upper East Side trophy wives, but he definitely wants attention, and he's going to want Lily to know about it. I just hope these two make it in the end.

Gossip Guy: I don't think Rufus has a mean bone in his body... or even a backbone at this point. What the hell happened to the bad ass lead singer of Lincoln Hawk? I can't wait to watch the VH1 special of where are they now... at co-op meetings with the other trophy wives. Lame. I might be changing my icon on here...

4. You're-going-to-hell move of the night: Tripp leaving Serena in the car to save his reputation, or Maureen giving Rufus the letter out of pure spite?

Gossip Guy: Oh absolutely Tripp. What a scum bag. But kudos for Nate just laying out his douche of a cousin. And more kudos for Nate for calling Dan's competition a douche. Man, this guy is so quickly gone from being my least favorite character to second favorite. There can be only one Chuck.

DANdy: Maureen's maneuver. Far be it for me to defend Tripp, but if he truly believes his presence in office serves the greater good, the congressman at least has an excuse. Maureen is just a cold-hearted bitch.

Mister Meester: Maureen. Tripp sucks, but he likely made a snap decision there. Not like the calculating b!tch Maureen, who decided to wreck the lives of Serena, Rufus and Lily even after Tripp gave her what she wanted.

Serena Hospitalized!

Serena and Nate did not maul each other right there in the hospital - to the dismay of one of our Round Table panelists - but soon enough. Soon. Enough.

5. Which inevitable couple are you more excited for, Serenate or Van?

Gossip Guy: I used to be the biggest Derena fan, but after two years of mourning, I'm finally over them and ready for both to move on. However, while I fully endorse Serena and Nate, I can never endorse anything involving V.

Mister Meester: Van. Don't get me wrong, I'm pro-Serenate. But I'm excited to see Danessa/Van as a couple. This is her best hope to become a solid character, rather than one we have to bring back our weekly Uselessness Scale for.

DANdy: Serenate. We all remember their hot sex on the bar, right?!? It's the reason I started watching this show.

6. Biggest shocker: Chuck's mother being alive, or Jenny dealing drugs?

Mister Meester: Jenny. Holy crap, J. We know how badly you wanna rule Constance, but effing drug-dealing!? Wow. Props to the writers for injecting (boo) some new life into the Jenny/queen drama. It could be a real high (boo!) point.

DANdy: Option C: Dan not nailing a cute girl that came on to him via a masturbation video of herself. Dude, Vanessa is into threesomes. She would have understood.

Gossip Guy: I can't possibly be shocked by anything Jenny does... except that one time we saw her without makeup. That was damn shocking.  Didn't even recognize the girl. Wait, where was I? Oh yeah, I guess the Chuck's mom thing was kind of obvious when Lily and Blair were discussing Chuck never being to his mother's grave, however, as far as Gossip Girl series-wide shockers, definitely Chuck's mom. Good for him because Lily is a terrible mother figure and the boy needs someone. Did you see that Emmy-award winning torment he portrayed this episode?

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Gossip Girl's main cast; Ed, Leighton, Penn, Blake, Chace, Taylor, Matthew and Kelly are a dream team. They're all good actors. Really good. Ed may have stood out in this episode because of the intensity of his performance, and he did a great job, but it was Leighton's expressions and subtle sensitivity that actually made me teary-eyed. First, while hugging Serena and then that unforgetable scene with Ed. It was Blair's comforting of Chuck that actually tugged at my heart-strings, and sympathise with Chuck. Ed finished it off beautifully when he kissed Blair's temple. Even when you watch in silence, that scene is moving and thrilling. Throughout the episode, they are equals. I agree wholeheartedly that Leighton is consistently amazing episode after episode. "Leighton gets every colour of Blair" quoting Josh himself. She's great with every other character. But she's best with Ed. They're wonderful together. I would vote for this episode, Best Dramatic Actor; Ed. Best Supporting Role; Leighton. Best Comedy; Chace. Best Dramatic Actress; Blake.

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Boring Serena don't let her and Nate be together. Leighton and Ed are amazing anyway. Vote for Leighton/Catherine with Ed in Wuthering Heights.

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Leighton was perfect and amazing. Give the show for Leighton and Ed please. When they have the chance they stole all the show. Serena deserves to be pregnant and alone and Nate has to realize that the only woman for him is Blair. I love Chair.
Going on the campain for Leighton/Catherine with Ed in Wuthering Heights.

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Ed and Leighton are perfect for each other. They are athe couple of the Tv and they will be the couple of Movies. Just give them a chance. Imagine Leighton doing Catherine in Wuthering Heights, how wonderfull will be that. Let's make a campain. And Emmy for leighton and Ed.

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Leighton is my favorite on the show. She deserves an Emmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I don't know how they even consider blake livelt good acting..at least her character is as stupid as she is so it fits perfecty! she doesn't even have to act!

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1. I know I omitted a small portion but I love when B says to C: "Pretend like ya never get sad and all you care about is making money... But I know better." Great Chair moment. Ed does some great acting there when Chuck realizes that he WILL eventually have to deal with Bart's death. 2. Ed Westwick hands down. This is the first time we see real emotions from Chuck, which means Ed actually had to do some hardcore acting in this episode. He placed himself under tremendous pressure and stress all the while concealing his grief.

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Given the material, I think Leighton won that one hands down.
She was beautiful in this scene with him at the hospital. TBH I was bothered by Ed's heavy breathing, there are other ways to convey that you feel overwhelmed. And TRIPP is the douche here. Maureen did it because she wanted to spare Rufus the pain she felt. She didn't cheat on her husband and took her lover to the countryside to spend quality time... SHe just took pity on Rufus...

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Am I the only one who noticed that the scene where Nate and Serena talk in the hospital as the promo pics show wasn't actually in the episode? I just rewatched it and I still didn't see it.

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"That was bashing. And I think Ms. Iwantsomebass needs to slow down on Leighton bashing. She's everywhere." OH PLEASE! Slow down? I like the girl, but I don't worship the ground she walks on. And that was NOT bashing. Leighton's a good actress, I wound never say she wasn't but I think Ed's better. I was pointing out how GOOD HE IS not how "bad" SHE is.

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Nate: You have two options. One. Man up, go to war and fight for the girl you love. Or just forget her. Move on to a palette cleanser. And forget her.
Dan: So you're saying my only choices are extreme emotional vulnerability with a good friend, or meaningless sex with a stranger.
Nate: Pretty much.
Dan: Alright.

Nate: Dan, do you really think if you went toe-to-toe with Paul Hoffman that you couldn't take him? You're using him as an excuse.
Dan: No. He's a handsome guy. He's a sophomore. He and Vanessa have a lot in common.
Nate: He's a douche.

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