Gossip Girl Review: Seething With Hate

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Talk about going out with a bang.

The ending of "War at the Roses" was awesome. Like give-you-heart-palpitations awesome. The tension was likely boiling over in living rooms just as it was within Chuck.

Call it hate, love, or somewhere in between. Call it destiny. Call it the endgame of all endgames. When Chuck prepared to have his way with Blair on that table, it was hot.

Getting there was the only problem.

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Chuck and Blair finally got back together last night ... sort of.

Despite ending on that epic note, and the infinite potential of next week and future episodes, we didn't feel this one was the show's best up until that point. Some things didn't click.

It's not that we expect Gossip Girl to be believable, it's that this week seemed almost too convoluted and contrived at times, without the reliable doses of humor. But we disgress.

As Blair’s 20th birthday approaches, Nate and Serena have Blair and Chuck sign a legal peace treaty, one that prevents the ex-power couple from plotting to destroy one another.

Ridiculous as this is, it actually fits the characters and their over-the-top schemes. Their war games are, as Chuck suggests to Dan, far too complex for commoners to even grasp.

Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick can convince us of anything their characters do, as well, allowing for major creative liberties on the writers' part. Dan's role last night, though?

For whatever reason (Blair needing a new foil, basically), he decides to take Chuck and Blair down as revenge, and also to bring Jenny back to celebrate Lily and Rufus' anniversary.

Right away, we were skeptical. Why is Dan hell bent on this? Why is the one-year anniversary of a fifth marriage a big deal? Would sneaking J in be that hard? Would Chair care?

We can't say. But when he and Eric (?!) decide to plant a fake Gossip Girl story about Blair and Jack Bass hooking up, Chair sees right through it. Seriously, Dan, why even try man.

Meanwhile, Serena is still trying to resist Professor Colin. Six whole weeks is just too long. Juliet learns about S' woes and gets S to agree to let Juliet “chaperone” her at Blair’s party.

Her job? Distract Serena when Colin’s around. Seriously, they are reaching here. Juliet just volunteers this and S accepts? S can't be trusted not to maul Colin at a fancy function?

Eh, this is Serena, so we'll buy it.

Ms. Serena

Can Serena last six weeks without jumping Colin? Decisions, decisions ...

Of course, Nate convinces Serena be her "chaperone" instead, which messes up Juliet's plan, and Nate has to work hard to calm S down as she sees Colin flirt with someone else.

As if things weren't confusing enough, Nate sees Colin and Juliet, then assumes they’re dating and that Colin is Ben. Turns out Colin is Juliet's cousin and isn't in on this ... well, yet.

Things come to a head when Dan, having stolen the peace treaty and apparently read some juicy details, convinces a record exec named Rita that Blair's party is actually a roast.

Rita arrives with a video of Blair drunkenly serenading Chuck after a Robyn concert. Robyn is there personally, as well. This video humiliates Blair so much that she rushes away.

Again ... we don't see Dan pulling this off, or Blair not laughing off the incident. After all she's been through, Jenny included, THIS is a huge embarrassment to her? Come on guys.

Believing this was Chuck's doing, Blair confronts him until Dan reveals he was behind it. Rufus is disappointed he's become "one of them." So are we, for aforementioned reasons.

Juliet sneaks away to speak on the phone with Ben, who tells her that even if Colin is the professor in question, they have to use Serena’s relationship with their cousin to ruin her.

Serena and Colin decide not to sleep together - our girl has such willpower! - but they do kiss in his apartment. Juliet apparently managed to install a camera there to capture it.

Finally, Chuck emerges after Blair's party ends to tell her the deal is over. Friends have to like each other and they're not friends. Blair agrees that she can’t stand Chuck, either.

Peace treaty? Off. Pants? Also off. Aggressive sex? Oh, it's so on.

As Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" plays, the moment fans have waited for arrives, the night was somewhat redeemed, and if nothing else, we can't wait to see what happens next.

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Discuss!

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This episode sucks chair whatever has no heat

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I completely agree with everyone's outlook on this but every character is PERFECT for their part. And like everything Chuck did was messed up but Blair was just hiding her true emotions which is nonsense. I don't like the unneeded romance between lilly and rufus. Nobody cares about that. I think Juliet might be Gossip Girl... maybe? And why Collin bad... or no?? I can't seem to understand. I'm so glad that Nate is hot, or else i'd hate him. Why don't they just talk to each other... It's really so easy. AND HE DOESN'T WANT TO LISTEN TO WHAT JULIET SAID, hooow stupid. And juliet seems retarded but her brother seems to be the one controlling her...

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I think if Dan wanted revenge he shouldve gone for it when J was there. I get they're siblings but jenny also sabotaged him too. Dan has the blinders of love for his little one and e doesn't see that maybe jenny was the one responsible for her actions. I'm not condonig the way she's treated but she decided to get down and dirty with the big dogs, it's a risk a social climber must take.

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Can't wait for tomorrows episode. Looks like a whole lot of yum! Ah, happy!

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this episode was by far the HOTTEST chair action EVER on GG.!!
I keep going and re-watching that scene over and over its so hot so full of passion, anger, hate, love LOVE THEM.
I LOVE how he puts her on the table and has his hands on her like he knows how she wants to be touched and where and only he can touch her he knows what she needs and wants
and she only wnats him they are so sexually comfortable its amazing.
its so obvious they are in love you can see it while watching them.

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elena- totally agree!! I WANT MY CHAIR BACK TOGETHER!!

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I re-watched the episode and Dan finally came out of shell and took on blair and chuck. See the problem with most fans on here they don't look at the dynamics of the show. I think this dan is showing real growth and on how he always used to just brush stuff off. Now he fighting back. sure you can see him as hypocrite for what he said to jenny. But lets face it Dan got pushed to his limit. It was revenge and but he was sticking up for his little sister. Also

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Chuck and Blair are the only reason to watch the show. Ed and Leighton really knock it out of the park every scene. Why on earth would you want them to be together in real life?! This is their job, and my are they good at it, not their life. Am I the only one who likes them together as they were last season? I wish the producers would stop worrying about their deals; bring Chuck and Blair together and give them an enemy that C and B can fight together.

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im totally agree with u angieh..i just freak out..why they are not dating in real life..lol!!!! Just dream i think..but if they are dating in real life,, like robert and kristen i think the show can have good rating like twilight haha..

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um has anyone noticed that juliet keeps texting ben in jail? i didnt know you could have your cellphone in jail...much less be able to text haha

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