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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Postergirl

ikr it wassucha weird episode didnt makemuch sense
but man i loved it!

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i dont think chuck was mad at all,he just found out that B still cared about him over the summer and was trying to find him. obviously she still hated him over the summer but she still cared if she wanted to know where he was so chuck had to end the treaty if he wanted B cause earlier in the episode she wouldn't even shake his hand because of the treaty "no touching" so he had to think of away to convince B to want to end the treaty as well then of course the next thing he does after tearing it up is kiss her :)

Yelena

yes its the best episode so far on season 4
but seeing from the promo I am sure next episode is gonna b even betterrrrrrr!!!!!!

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BEST EPISODE OF GOSSIP GIRL EVER!!! loved the plot, loved the clothes, loved the musice...and especially loved the sex scene htott dammmmn blair and chuck make one hot couple

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The whole Juliet/Ben storyline is really boring and tiresome at this point. That Serena would tell her anything is hard to believe even though Serena is a flake she isn't completely stupid. Come on! The only good thing about this storyline is Colin not being part of the plotting. As for the Chuck and Blair: I loved the peace treaty! I liked that things were getting back to the original over-the-topness of these characters. I'm still confused why Chuck was so mad, but no matter what I'm happy to see these too back to their old ways. Wow, Dan's plotting, so unbelievable!

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as I know, B was born in 1991, let's suppose in real life. This year is her birthday, it would' be the 20th, it would be the 19th. There's a mistake it's been since the "seventeen candles" episode. Or now they could say they all were born in 1990. ¬¬

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I am so happy Chuck and Blair are back together. They spent too long apart. I loved last nights episode, as did all of my friends. It was epic though we still don't really know why that dude in jail is so hellbent on destorying Serena still.

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Dans plotting was the most interesting thing about the episode. Juliet's storyline was 2nd.
i am bored with blair,serena,nate, and chuck
need more jenny,eric, and i want vanessa to get revenge on juliet and also i want her to smack blair just onc. blair is a punk vanessa will give her a really brooklyn beat down. the sex scene at the end was so bad. for those on her still virgins. Sex is not going to be that extreme like that also i like use condoms. promote safe sex if you are going to do a scene like that.

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I personally was intrigued to see Dan plot and take someone down. Last week Jenny, this week Dan. Chuck and Blair have said some of the most rude things i have ever heard. So it was nice for blair and chuck to humble them selves. Everyone needs to look out Dan and Jenny can take people down if they choose too. But remember they want to be above it all, sometimes you need to get dirty in order to win.

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I'm actually happy that Colin doesn't know a thing about Juliet's scheme. He's the one with the money and power--woe to her and Ben when he finds out what they are up to, especially since he SEEMS to really be falling for Serena. Dan--so f'ing annoying in this episode. Even Eric admitted they were bested and that it was time to move on. I realize Dan was feeling like J's big brother and that he should protect her but--she doesn't need his protection. Why was Vanessa even in this episode?? Blair and Chuck--that last scene, while hot, also looked awkward. Blair didn't exactly look convincing to me--felt like bad softcore porn before the clothes come off :( Next week looks like great fun :)

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