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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watched Gossip girl 4x07 'War at the roses'
I think it's the worst episode of gossip girl ever...

Saad-khan

I think it was really fun episode... though Vanessa is back which is the most annoying character on the show... she is always tangling between them never have her own story and her dressing ... yuck..
I like the Line Jenny the Gothic Barbie so true I think jenny is the only one who dresses in the show like she does in Real life too... weird right? doesn't she play a teen and just a character nor a Rocker.. anyways noone bash her about over doss of makeup ... Anyways... Blair and Serena are getting Hotter week by week... Sam Page is annoying always who find him smart C'mon his face has that weird smile. Ewwwwww...

Itsneverenough

totally agree with U angieh!

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Dan sucks as usual>> In the last episode he was advising Jenny to do such a thing and here he does the same .. Revenge really?? Blair and Chuck >> I cnt get Chuck really he sucks tooo >> he loved that silly Eva and now so sudden after knowin tht B was searchin for him he loved her again WTH!! Chairs chemistry is great and i luv watchin them together but i think she should be wth sme1 else n not him he doesnt deserve her at all... As for Sarena she loves each and every guy she jus like sleeping wth all the guys!!!! Nate >> whn will he grow up he is jus as silly as he ws is season 1... He follows wht others say,, he cnt wait to explore anythng but go and talk to the person he hve doubts on!!! Jenny >> Jenny or no Jenny who cares??? We reached episode 7 but we still dont know why the hell is Juliet and Ben aftr destroyin Sarena's life n thn whn we'll find out for sure it will be a silly story

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honestly, if not for chuck and blair and their amazing chemistry on the show, I would not watch this show. Serena's stories (apart from season 1) are always the same and always boring, so she is always boring. Nate is the same..boring!! You expect the Humphreys to be boring, so no shocker. You have to give it to GG, somewhere along the line in season 3 they got their heads out of their @sses and realized this Chuck and Blair thing DRIVES the show and they started to really play it up. I find this funny because the show was always meant to be this big Serena driven show.

Itsneverenough

I would freak out if i was Ed's girlfriend and watching this scene between him and leighton on the piano.. this surpasses good acting. this is 4 real! Ed has kissed quite a few women on this show and somehow its diff. btw him n leighton. And it's almost Blair's Bday, wich means it's also the 3th Bday of the limo sex. Three years of Chair !!

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@quenn B: i think chuck angry cause the boundary of the treaty,such as can touch each other..and he can pretend he still love blair..the scene so hot,,but it hink too short and too husty rush..its kinda be forced..but i still realy2 love the ed and leigh's chemistry... Why they are not date in real life lol!!

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@quenn b i thing chuck angry cause the boundary of the treaty,such as can touch each other..and he can pretend he still love blair..the scene so hot,,but it hink too short and too husty rush..its kinda be forced..but i still realy2 love the ed and leigh's chemistry... Why they are not date in real life lol!!

Xoxodanielle

Be tee double you,
Is the bromance between Date over yet?? If Dan isn't over Serena yet which is obvious because of the jealousy at seeing Nate with her, I don't think Nate will take seeing another Derena go.

Xoxodanielle

It really was a great episode.
I was mixed about Dan's motives but so happy when we got the last laugh after rufus called him out. And shame on Eric too. As for Dan, honestly it's Jenny's urge for acceptance that brought all the drama on herself, she wanted to become part of the Upper Crust and she got messed up. The Social Climbed,gothic barbie, got herself entangled in their lives so Jenny should be held accountable for what happens. As for the big embarassment, that was hilarious, if that's the most embarassing thing Chuck had on Blair I'd be a happy camper. It would be just like Blair to be uptight about that. ( not to digress but it was funny to see leighton off key especially when she can actually sing.)

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