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Gossip Girl Review: "Ex-Husbands and Wives"

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A recent Gossip Girl poster teased "The *itch is back."

Last night, following a season of enjoyable, but largely individual story lines, the collaborative, group scheming we grew to love was back in "Ex-Husbands and Wives."

More like: Welcome back, *itches!

With increasingly important stakes, complex plot developments and twisted relationships pulling our characters in different directions, this truly felt like old times again.

For all the flak Season Three has taken, it's building toward a conclusion that may even live up to Josh Schwartz's promise as - dare we say without jinxing it - epic.

It was good to see Dr. van der Woodsen’s shady prescription writing and motives, and his dealings with psychiatrist Dr. Holland Kemble (yes, that Holland) exposed.

Even better was that they exposed by the gang, back together again ... although Dan doesn't usually participate, as Nate said in one of our favorite quotes all night.

Columbia Girl

Dates come and go. Gossip Girl schemes are forever.

We began with Blair getting ready for a date, but let's face it, this Cameron guy was no match for the detective work B was about to be enlisted for - on two fronts.

Rufus had grounded Jenny for being a drug dealer (tough sentence), but that's not about to stop her from uncovering the truth about Lily's pills... with Chuck's help.

Meanwhile, Serena calls out Rufus for having an affair, so he calls out Holland in front of the family, only to have her admit the "affair" (a lie) and humiliate Rufus.

Wait, what? Fifteen minutes in and our head was already spinning!

With the VDW family being slowly torn apart on multiple, carefully-orchestrated levels, there's only one woman who can help us, and her name is Blair Waldorf.

After Chuck's personal pharmacist (hilarious) reveals that the pills are basically useless, he and Jenny go to Blair to help track down information about the meds.

Blair thinks Chuck is just trying to mess up her date and rebuffs him, but then Nate and Dan stop by Blair’s looking for her help unmasking the neighbor’s lie.

She's in, and the Gossip Girl reunion that followed was awesome ...

We didn't see the Holland connection coming, but she's Lily's shrink, and the medication and her lie are very much linked. Blair hatches a scheme to expose this.

Meanwhile, Serena catches Jenny, still on the case herself, searching through her mother’s meds, and as they argue, J realizes that she wants out of this family.

Now with her own ulterior motives, she lies to the others about her findings.

Blair, Chuck and Dan readjust their plans (at a black-tie event, natch), and at the gathering, Blair and Rufus force Holland to admit that she wrote prescriptions.

Elsewhere, Jenny tips off Will that he's about to be outed and straight up admits she wants to split the families apart. The doctor leaves ... with Lily and Serena.

He plans to take them all to Palm Beach. But will he get away?

Dan calls Serena to tip her off, while Rufus confronts Will in person. He does the only logical thing: Says he's getting the files to prove his innocence, then bolts!

That doesn't make you look guilty at all, Will. Just saying.

Jenny confesses that she gave up the scheme, further estranging herself from her family, nuclear and extended. Where will Little J end up this time next week?

Daniel H.

Even Dan got in on the action last night!

With the cops closing in, Serena meets with William in secret and says he did cure Lily the first time, then fell in love with her and realized he wanted her back.

He wanted them all back. Will knowing this help Serena realize she is loved, albeit by a shady individual? At the end, we see Serena and Dan cuddling. Uhhh ....

The hint at a Derena reunion might have been more noteworthy had we not also seen Jenny packing her bags and crashing at Nate’s apartment. This is trouble.

This is big trouble.

Finally, Chuck tells Blair to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building ... if she doesn’t come he’s closing his heart to her forever. What will she choose?!

All in all, that was a great episode and a solid setup for next week's season-ending "Last Tango, Then Paris." All the layers were weaved together so intricately.

From Serena's dubious loyalty to her dad to Dan's reemergence, Jenny's out of control machinations and Chair's connection even when they're apart, this had it all.

We've said our piece, now let's hear from you. What was your favorite part? How will thinks play out on the Gossip Girl season finale? Sound off!

"Ex-Husbands and Wives" was ...

 

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Amazing episode that brought the gang together!
I'm always up DanSerena bonding. :)
Didn't like Serena too much and could actually understand Jenny's motives for once, but towards the end- Serena became a little hurt girl again, and that was good. Blair- what can I say that hasn't been said already? She was awesome- all through the way..hilarious,cute and *itchy-how does she manage it? Chuck- The looks he gave Blair clearly show he misses her, she him and we them
Nate-Chuck convo was cute! But I definitely don't think the hook-up is between J and C..he doesn't even look at any other girl with such ardent longing or whatever..my God! The chem between Chair is just sizzling hot!! in short-loved the epi!!!

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good episode!
I love how they gang up together and I'm kinda enjoying Darena...maybe they'll hook up again?
and Chair is always epicccc love the couple therapy LOL

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This episode was relly great! Loved the Chuck and Blair therapy scene , so hilarious! And also Blair's "you can't 'an affair to remember' me". haha.
I can't wait to see the season finale! Looks like there's going to be a lot of drama.

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normally Serena is my favorite character, but I was starting to dislike somewhere in the middle of the ep, luckily, the ending explained everything, I felt relly sorry for her about her dad, she really just wanted to get him back.

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omg the promo for the finale looks so great! jenny looked like a total skank in the end when she moved in w/ nate. more than usual anyway lol. loved the chuck and blair couple therapy scene, my favorite of the episode :)

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I was glad to see Dan help Serena through her hard time. I've been wondering all season why he hasn't been there for her. They used to be friends then when she was going through all her stuff with Tripp he didn't even seem to blink. I guess because he was too caught up in his own drama with Vanessa. Either way, it was nice to see him support her no matter what. I only wish Nate could have been more supportive. Oh well, I have a feeling this might be the end of Serena and Nate. I thought the storyline was a little too convoluted, but I enjoyed the whole gang working together. And as much as I like Chuck and Blair I think the build up and tension between them is better than them being together. So, I hope the writers take a long time to bring them back together. Angst and games work well for them, but not Little J. Sorry, I'm not ever going to like her scheming and plotting it is just a little too much.

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Loved loved loved it! I've missed Serena and Dan so much! Great to see them in some sweet scenes together! Dan finally made an actual decent appearance for the first time this season. He is much better being the slightly out of place outsider then popular old Dan in NYU! Chuck and Blair were awesome in this ep too. The scheming was perfectly played out to re-enforce how perfect they are for each other, it's by no means the end! Chair forever! And Jenny... I loved her in this ep! I think we're being led to her ultimate breakdown as she's always had a tendency to slip off the tracks but I think we're headed for a major crash which should be some awesome TV!

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It's amazing what a good bra and inserts can do, in the right dress :P

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is it me or did taylor momsen (jenny :D) get a booooob and i mean a huuuuge boob job?

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I loved this episode!!!
So awesome!! Team Jenny! :D
(Although I usually like S better but this time J was great.....in a way I can't really explain.)

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

Serena: I need you to tell me the truth.
William: Come with me.

Really? That's it?

Jenny

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 21 Music

  Song Artist
Song Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto remix) Massive Attack iTunes
Beach house Beach House Zebra iTunes
Song Paradise Circus (feat. Hope Sandoval) Massive Attack iTunes
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