Gossip Girl Review: The End of Chair?

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Chuck Bass, you really blew it last night. Whatever your reasoning and whatever emotional baggage you carry, this one's on you man. Now get out there and fix it.

Sex, deceit and heartbreak all came together in the primary story line on last night's Gossip Girl episode, "Inglorious Bassterds," which was compelling to watch.

There were plenty of other developments, too, from Jenny's meddling to Danessa's squabbles, to Dorota's engagement and Eric's long-awaited reappearance.

We begin our review with the newest twist in the saga of Chair ...

Chuck goes to Jack to flat out beg for his hotel back, whatever the cost. Jack tells him that he’ll only sign the property over to his nephew under one condition.

He doesn't say, but we know what it is, and later, he spells it out matter-of-factly ... to Blair, who actually considers this indecent proposal to rescue her man.

The gut-wrenching twist came when we learned Chuck was in on this and tricked her into sleeping with Jack in a manner in which he made it feel like her call.

  • Blairly Fabulous
  • That Chuck Basstard

INDECENT PROPOSAL: Chuck blew it. Now it's up to him to win her back.

He's way too good at lying, which compounds Blair's pain at his willingness to give her up. It was doubly horrible in that she went along with it because she loves Chuck so.

Blair goes to meet Jack in the gorgeous Matthew Williamson gown he bought for the occasion, but just when their lips start to revoltingly touch, it's Jack who pulls back.

Smugly, he informs Blair how Chuck knew of the encounter ... and was all for it.

It was as confusing as his confession was painful to watch, and despite how convoluted and out of character it may have seemed, Ed Westwick once again sold us on it.

When Chuck tells Blair he did what he had to do, you can tell he knows he screwed up even if he won't say it. We could feel that slap reverberating through our screen.

With the damage done, Jack kicks Chuck in the stomach (figuratively) one last time on the way out the door, boasting that Blair will never love him after what he’s done.

But is that true? Or can he win her back?

This was great drama all around. However, we do question somewhat the re-emergence of Jack Bass simply for this purpose. Does he really have nothing better to do?

Also, while Chuck's decision was obviously terrible, the show did do a nice job of setting him up for it over a matter of months, with all the emotional damage incurred.

Moving on to the night's second biggest story, Serena pretended to ignore Nate’s birthday in order to surprise him that evening with a party. But when E tells J about it ...

You can see the wheels turning inside that scheming blond head as Jenny heads to Nate’s, pretending she’s the only one who remembered, just to steal some alone time.

All the while, she knows she can explain it away as just keeping up the surprise. Diabolical, J. That kiss she "accidentally" planted on him, too? Wow. Girl has no shame.

When they show up to the party, Serena sees what's going on and is not happy, and Nate eventually gets it through his man-bangs too and tells J they're just friends.

Serenate ends the episode fine as Jenny sulks ... but is this the last time Jenny wreaks havoc on this relationship? Would you actually like Jenny and Nate as a couple?

NJ State

OH, JENNY: Is Little Humphrey barking up the wrong tree?

Dan and Vanessa are dealing with their own relationship issues, which seem awfully vanilla compared to sex proposals and J's outright meddling, but are still realistic and cute.

He's trying to get into the Tisch writing program, and Vanessa wants to see the play Dan’s submitting to the program and offers her own script for a new short film in exchange.

Dan doesn’t love her script, and she doesn't like his. But they don't want to say it because they're dating now and can't be honest. Surprisingly believable relationship nuance.

They promise to be honest from now on, although there's a twist to this otherwise plain plot line as well - V is applying to the same program and hasn’t told him. Bold move, V.

On a lighter note, it was great to see Eric again after a long absence, and Vanya and Dorota are the sweetest couple ever. A more than solid episode all around in our opinion.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Vote in our survey and comment on "Inglorious Bassterds" below ...

 

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I love Chair. I can't wait for them to go back together. I hate Serena though...Dan is way to good for her. Jenny is bitchy but at least scenes with her are not too boring. The best would be a new character who can play games with Blair, that would be fun

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I am with tiredofchairbreakingup

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i think , dan and serena is the best couple. whatever about jenny , i dont like her bcause she is very stubborn and childish. if she like nate , i dont care , but serena must be with dan. hehehe
please dont bother blair and chuck. . hhe

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Dear Writers of Gossip Girl. It appears that the common opinion of most Gossip Girl fans is that no one likes Jenny Humphrey as the "bad-girl" character. People- like myself, who once were Jenny fans liked her better when she had a good moral compass and worthy ambitions, not the cunning bitch she is now. The people who begged for Jenny and Nate to be together- again, like myself, prefered her when she actually deserved Nate. I was once a die hard jenny and nate fan but now because Jenny acting stupid I've now turned off her. The people who still want them to be together dont want it to happen like this- with jenny trying to steal Nate away from Serena when hes in a happy relationship. So in conclusion, dear writers- GET YOUR SH*T SORTED AND LISTEN TO THE FANS.

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Lil' J is DEFINITELY barking on the wrong tree!!!

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i just dont understand why you would do this to the most interesting characters if blair and chuck weren't on this show. we would have 40 minutes of dan and vanessa boringness, nate looking pretty but not doing anything, serena throwing herself on any guy who looks at her, jenny being a dumbass wannabe, and rufus and lily bullshit with rufus getting mad at her for every little thing.

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ugh yea they'll get back together. i hate the writers stephanie/josh. you had the couple with the most chemistry, romance, INTEREST, and the critcs loved in the palm of your hand. what did you do to it you made them break up over and over and over and over again and did this shitty storyline that made chuck and chair lose like 50 % percent of fans. assholes. and another reason Chuck: in the beginning of GG chuck was a womanizer, whatever then you actually MADE HIM MATURE AND GROW unlike the other characters on this show then what did you do your going to make him go back to hookers and trannys and drunkness. way to eff up your only good character besides blair!! ugghhh ooooh.

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Chair are meant to be. Like Blair said, they belong together. They just need to fix this in their own time and way.

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Nate and Jenny as a couple would be so much better, their relationship makes sense as it has been a long progressing relationship which has kept from season one, and especially season two. They both have chemistry and whenever their together it's so much more interesting to watch then Serena and Nate, i mean they're so boring when they're together, like a tryhard chair, but with Nate and Jenny it's actually fun to watch

Kimberly-anne

This episode was good in a sense that it kept me on my feet.
I hate the party because even though the idea was really interesting, I felt as though when they kept on showing little scenes of it was all a big waste of time.
Nate and Jenny are boring, I actually prefer Nate and Serena but then I like Serena and Carter better so I guess what I am saying is get rid of Jenny, and get rid of Nate and maybe even Serena too. Weird love triangle because I keep forgetting Jenny like only a junior in high school.
Dan and Vanessa has become a lost cost because they bored me to no end. Nobody cares if they are having issues with each others writing. Like come on, that is the best plot line the producers can think up with?
I am happy for Eric. He is the only other person I like on the ahow besides Chair, so I am happy he found someone. Elliot was the name?
OMG!!! The whole Chuck-Blair-Jack storyline kept me on my feet the entire time. I didn't even dare to change the episode even during the commercials. No matter hurt I was by the storyline, I couldn't help but admit that it truly was the best part of the episode. I am just sooooo relief that Blair and Jack didn't do IT. I was shaking the entire time when Blair showed up at the hotel to meet Jack. What I would have like more was Blair and Chuck publicaly humiliate him.
I can't believe Chuck!!! My baby has gone too far to get back his hotel. No matter how hard he has work for it, Blair should always be his number one priority like he is to her. He crosses the line and I can't defend him this time. He has to earn Blair's forgiveness. I flet like slapping him too when he used Blair's words against her in the end. I hated how he acted like he was giving up something and that only he was suffering. I love Blair's quote to Chuck, I think it went something like, "I never thought the worst thing you've ever done was to me." That brought tears to my eyes.
But Jack Bass is gone! Thank You!!! Although the way he exited didn't seem to settle so I have a feeling he will be back sooner or later. My wish is when he does, it will be of the last time as Chair will come together and take down the true devil.
Chair Forever.

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

I don't need a guy to make me feel fulfilled, especially when he's unavailable.

Jenny

You could fix this. Chuck would never have to know.

Jack

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 17 Music

  Song Artist
Everything-everyday-everywhere Everything, Everyday, Everywhere Fabolous iTunes
Pop-the-glock Pop the Glock Uffie iTunes
Heart-2 Heart Bertie Blackman iTunes
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