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Gossip Girl Round Table: "War at the Roses"

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Welcome back to another edition of TVF's Gossip Girl Round Table, where our panelists break down Monday's show (see our review of the episode earlier this morning).

Below, chief Gossip Girl writer Mister Meester joins critic-in-chef DANdy and TVF shot-caller Gossip Guy to discuss GG quotes, plots, enemies with benefits and more.

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from last night?

Gossip Guy: Blair referring to Jenny as Gothic Barbie. I wonder when Mattel is releasing that product.

Mister Meester: Aside from the obvious hate-sex preamble, I'll take Blair's "You put gladiolas in my cabbage roses? The Waldorf's isn't a Best Western!" I have no idea what that means, but it sounds like a stinging rebuke just the same.

DANdy: Blair's shout-out to Jonathan Franzen. I'm curious how many viewers even know who that is!

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2. Was the ending the hottest Chair scene ever?

Gossip Guy: OMFG.

Mister Meester: It has to be at least up there with the limo scene from the first season. Call it a tentative tie until they blow it out of the water next week (hopefully).

DANdy: Hottest Chair scene ever? Yes. Hottest Gossip Girl scene ever? No. That honor falls to Nate and Serena's bar stool sex from the very first episode. A close second: every scene with Serena in that dress from last week.

3. Was last night's episode too convoluted?

Gossip Guy: It wouldn't be Gossip Girl if it wasn't.

Mister Meester: Gossip Girl always will be to a degree, and I'll get invested in any plot that's scandalous and funny, and in which the characters behave in a plausible way (albeit in their fictional universe). For example, Chair's peace treaty was great, no matter how silly, but both Dan's and Juliet's  story lines failed to do it for me.

DANdy: Convoluted?!? It was simple: Juliet's cousin doesn't know that the student he wants to bang is the same girl Juliet and her brother are trying to expel, for reasons still unknown; while Dan... did a lot of stuff online, for reasons not totally explained, that enabled an old video of Blair to surface at her 20th birthday party and humiliate her because she was mostly off-key in it. Rachel Zoe also showed up.

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HUMILIATION: A Nelly Yuki snuff film would have been better.

4. Hardest to believe: That the drunken video was really so embarrassing to Blair, that Serena attends Columbia (in general), or that Dan cared enough about his parents' anniversary and/or revenge to plan that whole charade?

Gossip Guy: That Serena or Nate could possibly attend any college, let alone an Ivy League school. How can the two of these beautiful morons continue to trust Juliet? At least Nate was trying to get some.  Serena... your excuse?

Mister Meester: None of Dan's shenanigans made a lot of sense, nor does Serena attending an institution of higher learning, but Blair's humiliation stood out most. She already made the Jenny situation seem like the dirtiest secret ever. How does this compare?

DANdy: Serena and Columbia. I always thought that Ivy League institution was at least harder to get into than she is.

5. The Juliet storyline: Intriguing or boring?

Gossip Guy: I swear I'm not just saying this because Katie Cassidy is ridiculously attractive, but I'm still intrigued. Each week they add a new little twist to her story that I need to know what's happening already!  Okay, we finally got their connection: they're all family. Check.  Now what the hell did Serena do to them?

Mister Meester: All I have to say is that this had better be good, because with the time it's taking to play out, my patience is being stretched. Ben can text and call from jail whenever he wants. You'd think they could hurry this along ...

DANdy: Put it this way: I'd rather watch Letters to Juliet. On an endless loop.

Bonus: What's something you can imagine in the peace treaty but was never mentioned?

Gossip Guy: Much like Tiger Woods, I'm positive Blair put a gag order on Chuck to never speak of Gothic Barbie again. See what I did there? I'm trying to get it to stick.

Mister Meester: That after consummating the deal, Blair is entitled to a severance package, if you know what I'm talking about. I'm not talking about anything financial.

DANdy: Neither side will reveal the identity of A in Pretty Little Liars.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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blair and chuck were totally gorgeous in this episode, they looked amazing together, colour-coordinated and all. big congrats to the wardrobe/hair/makeup team.

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from last night?
Gothic Barbie was awesome!! 2. Was the ending the hottest Chair scene ever?
Yes indeed!! But there are lots of hot scenes when it's about Chair. In the last season (3th) they were such a great couple but we didn't see their passion for eachother. So this tension between them was great!!! Whole epic. 3. Was last night's episode too convoluted?
Actually it was one of the bests!! We should not be guessing, there must be surprises all the time. Like in the "inglorious bassterds". I couldn't guess that chuck accepted the deal...So it was really bad for me to see him taht he played blair and make her to force herself to go to jack. Anyway, I like mixed stories and secrets. But it shouldn't be between lovers (CB) pls :o)) 4. Hardest to believe: That the drunken video was really so embarrassing to Blair, that Serena attends Columbia (in general), or that Dan cared enough about his parents' anniversary and/or revenge to plan that whole charade? I think the video was superb. I'd like to see her like that more. It was adorable. But for blair ofcourse it can be ambrasing because she wants to be a powerful woman who woudl stay out of fun?? I'm sure dean was like her when she was younger. We can see may be later on the show. In this show everybody says "we don't like to be them (UESs)" or they hate UESs for their games, etc. But eventually they all do that. J, D and V want to win, want revenge..over stupid things sometimes...anyway show goes well I think. I just want more CHAIR hot scenes and I want them to be unbreakable couple ever. 5. The Juliet storyline: Intriguing or boring?
I think it is nice of writers to make it slow :o))) I just hope that it would be a really bad thing, that none of the stupid things so it would make sense...Although I believe that S is not a bad person that woudl deserve that hate from anyone... CHAIR 4ever :o))) The best!!!

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Rufus shouldn't have even thrown out that line to Dan about becoming "one of them"...being that he traded in his sexy flannel and v necks for suits and botox.

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yes!!!! that was the hottest sex scene ever! better than the first one in the limo, because there wasn't so much tension back then and you could see it coming. But now!! It was pure indulgence!!! I can't believe a show can give you so many emotions. And on another note: remember Serena was pretty smart in high school, she just didn't care too much. And probably every upper east side kid can get into Columbia. The story line with the dean however it's exaggerated. Coming to Blair's birthday? Anyway, can't wait for more CHAIR!!!!!!

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Did it ever occur to anyone that Chuck and Blair's secret article in the treaty could be about the identity of Gossip Girl?

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I am ammused that Rufus called out Dan. It made me imediately think opps Rufus! you're next! LOL. It just seems like as soon as one of them gets too jugemental with another, then sure enough, that one will be mixed up in a scheme sooner than you can imagine.

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I loved the prelude prior to the piano sex but also dan realizing what an ahole he was after his dad told him off about becoming one of them. Nate is such an idiot. He's so gullible, cute but how does he not get the point with Juliet. I think Juliet likes Nate forsure though. She's just caught up in her web of lies. I love how Dan got jealous over Nate escorting Serena and getting all oh you're here with her. Why can't he just stop pretending not to have feelings for her so they could get back together -__-

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Shannon
November 5th, 2010 12:51 AM
They are not brother and sister!!! There is no way I believe Nate loves Serena more than Dan does! nate is just wishy washy. He's the first to judge people and yet he's just as bad. Not that he's not hot though, eye candy he definitely is. I'd rather see Serena and Dan get back together though! They seem more natural. Please...Nate never once judged Serena and we both know it and he doesnt judge people he just does what he think is right and to tell you the truth I dont blame him. Dan is the most judgemental person I have ever seen plus Nate and Serena have way more chemistry then Dan and Serena ever will, and they have way more history too. Just give up... we all know that Serenate is the second hottest couple on Gossip Girl. TEAM TRIFECTA ALL THE WAY!!!! CB-SN-DV!

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They are not brother and sister!!! There is no way I believe Nate loves Serena more than Dan does! nate is just wishy washy. He's the first to judge people and yet he's just as bad. Not that he's not hot though, eye candy he definitely is. I'd rather see Serena and Dan get back together though! They seem more natural.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

What part of J. Mendel did you not understand?

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You put gladiolas in my cabbage roses? The Waldorf's is not a Best Western!

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