Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Kids Are Not All Right"

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Welcome back to the weekly TVF Gossip Girl Round Table, where our panel breaks down the previous night's episode (see our review from earlier this morning).

Below, lead Gossip Girl writer Mister Meester joins editor-in-chief DANdy and TV Fanatic CEO Gossip Guy to discuss topics from "The Kids Are Not All Right" ...

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

Gossip Guy: I love all witty Dair banter, but if I had to pick one? When Blair told Dan his grandfather should have been buried in the tie.

Mister Meester: Blair: "I tried to be Indra Nooyi, and while I admit that choice might have been a bit random, the other choice was to be my mother and I didn’t want that." Dan: "Why? You care about fashion the way that most people care about, well, anything. You used to send girls home from Constance crying for wearing tights as pants." Remember that? It was awesome.

DANdy: Easy. When Blair referred to Dan as a "friend" in that conversation to her mom. Never thought I'd see the day.

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2. Harder to believe, not a single gratuitous Serena cleavage shot, or African-Americans on Gossip Girl?

Gossip Guy: Please, the closest thing V does to being useful is filling that role. And even that she only quarter asses. Now let's talk the serious breaking news of lack of boobage. Can we get the dictator of taste on fixing this wardrobe malfunction?

Mister Meester: While minorities are scarce, it's not unprecedented (miss you, Isabel). I can't recall another Gossip Girl without S' chest on display, however. Luckily!

DANdy: The lack of a cleavage shot, obvi. I wouldn't have believed the latter prior to January 2008, but with Obama in the White House, anything is possible now!

3. Bass Industries story line: Loads of potential, or snooze-worthy?

Gossip Guy: Oh I'm sorry, I was just resting my eyes. What was the question?

Mister Meester: Snoozefest so far, but add in a little sexual blackmail, the return of Jack Bass and the second downfall of The Captain, and you've got potential.

DANdy: Snooze-worthy? Oh, because Lily slept with the elder Thorpe and Chuck is now doing the daughter? I see what you did there, Round Tabler! Well played.

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COVER-UP: Serena kept things under wraps this week.

4. Who will kiss first, Dan and Blair or Serena and Ben?

Gossip Guy: Please, anyone putting out faster than Serena? I'm pretty sure she found a way to sleep with Ben on the way to the coffee shop.

Mister Meester: Serena and Ben. This is a girl willing to blackmail her own mom, and who cabbed it to Staten Island without a ride back just to see him. This is a guy so excited at the mere chance of her arrival that he was in good, low-key spirits just hanging around outside the prison he'd been locked in for years (in a nice new coat, natch). Clearly they're on the fast track!

DANdy: I'll go with Dan and Blair only because Serena and Ben will likely skip right past kissing and go straight for the bedroom... if you know what I mean!

5. In honor of Vanessa (we missed you, NOT) and a certain guy slowly becoming useless himself, rate last night from 1-10 on the RUFUS Uselessness Scale.

Gossip Guy: While Rufus couldn't touch V's uselessness, the poor guy hasn't been relevant since season one, or possibly his Lincoln Hawk days. But kudos for the man remembering Lily's impressively large list. For that impressive feat alone, I'm knocking him down to 3.

Mister Meester: 7. Is Rufus auditioning for a role on The Real House Husbands of the Upper East Side? He hasn't had a story with much clout since like 2009.

DANdy: 10. At this point, I figure Rufus stands for Really Unnecessary Focus Unless Serena is also in the room and wearing a tight shirt.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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Dair is sooo refreshing! blair is actually kinda leaning on dan as support and he treats her well (well for who they r 2 eachother anyway)... chair is obv endgame but not 4 a while.. i love blair focusing on her career wanna know something ironic???? NOTICE how chuck and blair decide 2 wait 2 be 2gether in the future wen they have both found themselves ..and in last nights episode dan and serena did the same thing. also notice how blair gave up a lot and got really no were in her carrer wen she was always helping chuck but know shes actually focusing on her future...DAN always gives up EVERYTHING for serena but now hes finally focusing on his future too. Blair an Dan r in the same situation and chuck is with focused on his thing and serena hers...it all works out perfect.... in the future tho theres only 2 couples tht will build there long term future 2gether= chair and darena..its destiney and love. but until then i dare 2 dair

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Actually I liked Serena and Chuck interactions better than Dair, but I will admit that Dair didn't have bad scenes, although their chemistry for me works only as friends, you don't feel the magnetic tension that you feel with Chuck and Blair. I will say that Blair is the one with the infatuation in the head, Dan was nowhere near that state of mind regarding Blair, but she was practically sulking after him in the party like a little girl, that was before they had the talk about her scheme with Eleanor, she was more calmed after that. Lily is an idiot and Serena obviously got her brains from Lily, I mean how could she think Chuck will calmly accept that Thorpe was the buyer? What surprised me was how come Chuck didn't think either that the affidavit could land Lily in jail if it was published? He was the one who told Serena to give the document to the Post reporter. BTW, Rufus is a mess. Ironically, he though that Dan did the exchange of the manila envelopes on purpose, when actually it was an accident. Nate was really sweet trying to watch over his dad, practically parenting him. But the guy is an idiot, if anyone wonders where Nate got his brains it was from his dad, Grandfather actually was right regarding that dude (2x19). Thorpe has chosen him because he knows The Captain can be manipulated. This episode feels subpar because there where many plot holes and crazy behaviors from the characters beyond usual. Chuck couldn't play hard to get for 1 minute before going after Raina? Dorota is cleaning Blair's scheme board with Eleanor still in the house, how dumb is she?! Ben is released overnight and is incredibly cool when he sees Serena? Ben should at least said "I was just released on parole! Did you have anything to do with it? Thank you!" or something like that. And Serena gets to try to visit him like it was an hotel? This the best jail in the world (considering his texting with Juliet). BTW, the USA justice system came out looking badly from this episode, luckily die hard fans know this is hightened reality, but still.

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Lily had the best quote of the night: "Look, I know you disapprove of me, but can you at least do it in a tuxedo?" She's the best EUS parent ever. I thought this episode was pretty dull BUT I will forgive anything b/c Vanessa wasn't on it. Does anyone have confirmation that they are phasing her out? Please?

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I love the idea of Dair!!! gonna be interesting maybe dan goes a little wild for blair!

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Grow up kids, because even if you don't the characters will. I am loving Dair. They are a breath of fresh air. I am glad many others think so too.

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What a lack lustre episode, but at least I didn't have to see Vanessa. Futhermore, the new girl looks as if she the same age as her 'dad'.

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If Dan and Blair turn into a couple, gossip girl is done for me.
I'll just look at Gossip girl as two seasons, season 1 and season 2 .. the good seasons.

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RATINGS FAILURE SAYS IT ALL!!!!!!

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I love these new characters, I think the bass storyline has some interesting ramifications

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from last night?
One of my faves was Dan calling Blair a dictator of taste, but all the Dair banter was excellent. 2. Harder to believe, not a single gratuitous Serena cleavage shot, or African-Americans on Gossip Girl?
We haven't had many Afircan-Americans on the show, but there have been some honestly I hadn't even really noticed. Serena has never been so covered up that was surprising definitely. 3. Bass Industries story line: Loads of potential, or snooze-worthy?
Bass Industries story line: big time snooze fest! 4. Who will kiss first, Dan and Blair or Serena and Ben?
I'll be really surprised if something happens with Dan and Blair beyond the reluctant budding friendship they've got going right now, but you never know with this show (that would be a real thorn in the side of the Chair relationship). I'm guessing Serena and Ben will kiss first, but if that happens than Serena will have lost what respect I had for her. 5. In honor of Vanessa (we missed you, NOT) and a certain guy slowly becoming useless himself, rate last night from 1-10 on the RUFUS Uselessness Scale.
I'm glad we're bringing this up. I couldn't care less about what happens to Rufus, it hasn't been interesting thus far. He's borderline redundant I give him an 8.

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