Gossip Girl Review: "Damien Darko"

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Eric and Damien? Didn't see that one coming.

There has always been an element of mystery to that guy, a fact illustrated this week by his absence from any clips or previews from "Damien Darko," an episode bearing his name.

Given Damien's past with Jenny and the small issue of helping Juliet almost kill Serena, you'd think he'd be locked up or at least given the cold shoulder by Eric. But this is Damien.

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DAIR AT W: Scene of some of the episode's high points.

Maybe he's just that smooth of an operator even in a city full of them. Maybe it's that Kevin Zegers is so gosh-darn handsome. For whatever reason, nothing sticks to Damien.

His endgame is unclear, but he has no qualms about selling Eric sleeping pills or Adderall, or pretending (is he pretending?) to be gay to get out of a jam or get what he wants.

After Ben, who we'll get to in depth in a moment, set his sights on ridding NYC of Damien, whatever Damien's intentions were shifted. That sound you hear is of it being ON.

Caught in the middle of a brewing feud between Damien and Ben, we worry about Eric. But we also look forward to watching it play out, because it could be quite compelling.

The rest of the episode truly belonged to Dair ... with a cameo by Chair.

Let's be honest. Dan and Blair are fun to watch together. They had some great scenes and watching their clever, conniving back-and-forth at W was vintage Gossip Girl snark.

Let's be honest about this too. The 30 seconds Chuck and Blair shared on screen displayed the rare kind of chemistry Dair will never possess. It could not be more obvious.

While Dair (and the writers) may flirt with the idea of Dair becoming a couple, and there may even be a kiss or 12 some night, we took this as a sign. It can't last, can it?

Moreover, do we want it to? Do we care if it's more than a fling?

It was interesting that the roles were reversed between the W interns. Blair actually cared about the job, while Dan broke their truce and decided to sabotage his adversary.

Of course, being Dan, he later owned up to it and helped Blair reclaim her position, which is part of the reason we love Dan, and displayed a caring side to their relationship.

The frenemies know how to banter, but there are real feelings there. The extent to which they pursue them is a topic of much debate, speculation and concern among fans.

No matter how you feel about their future as a couple or lack thereof, we're eagerly awaiting Dair's next move and the hilarious Gossip Girl quotes that are sure to follow.

Blair is Up to Something

BEST OF THE BEST: Will Blair rise to the top of W?

Unfortunately, the rest of "Damien Darko" didn't really sizzle. We know Chuck gets around, but we're not buying his dalliances with Raina. Nor really understanding the intentions.

By sleeping with her he hopes to undermine the sale of Bass Industries? We think? If so, he was thrown for quite the loop by Russell Thorpe's hiring of The Captain as his CFO.

Nate also disapproved of his father, making you wonder why he encouraged this bizarre living arrangement in the first place. In any case, this story is a bit of a snoozer so far.

It just seems beneath Chuck, or at least at a point where he's not unleashing his full potential. With his father's company on the line, we expect more scheming and sabotage.

Maybe we just need to be patient and the Bass-Thorpe rivalry will blow up in the coming weeks into something epic. But for the past two weeks it's just felt forced and tired.

Same goes for everything Lily says or does these days. Oh, and Rufus offering Ben an extra room at his place, as thanks for giving the daddy talk to Eric? Yeah. That happens.

Hopefully next week builds on the good things we saw last night and improves upon the bad. What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl episode? Discuss!

Review

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Lovinn dair right now. And hopefully chuck will see them together and realises that he needs to fight for blair and be done with raina or whatever.

Reeling

The Chair scene proved that there's no future to Dair. Thank god.

Ari

"Let's be honest about this too. The 30 seconds Chuck and Blair shared on screen displayed the rare kind of chemistry Dair will never possess. It could not be more obvious. While Dair (and the writers) may flirt with the idea of Dair becoming a couple, and there may even be a kiss or 12 some night, we took this as a sign. It can't last, can it?" WHAT THE FUCK
WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOUR LIFE
WHAT EVEN
GTFO PLEASE.

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we have to admit that the relationship between dan and blair it's the most interesting thing in the show right now. all the other storylines are boring, but eric and damien, maybe. i'm a big Chair fan but, if dair ends, what do we gonna watch? i mean, dan will never be chuck for blair, but he can turns a important person in her life and help her to grow up a little bit. it's obvious that we'll have chair in the endgame, but for now, i really want to see dair happen, not only in the friendship way.

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Cba to watch GG now that Jenny is gone she was my favorite character and was the only one who kept things interisting because her character is always changing. Announce it when shes back i might take a look then.

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@suzanne
it's not that her mother cant call favors from a magazin because she CANT.
she cant because then she will OWE the magazin. a famus designer like elinor is asked to be Featured in magazins, and she can say no. but if she OWE'S the magazin, she pretty much doesn't have a choise but to agree

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Okay I know this may seem unpopular but I think they have done way to much to Chair for them to ever get back together without some cataclysmic event occuring. I mean they will get together "in the end" but what could they really do with them together now? I thought I'd hate Dair and that it was ridiculous at this stage that the only charactors to not hook-up were Blair and Dan, and Serena and Chuck. Loved the episode especially Dair but Chuck and Nate are just at such a stand-still plot wise. So his Dad's out of jail and working? Improbable but i mean hardly a huge plot point. I thought it would deal more with the Juliet fallout but it's like oh she's gone let's just forgive and forget. They started off making Ben the bad guy forcing Juliet (who we were meant to sympathise with) and now it's like Ben was just fine this whole time with destroying her life and spending years trying to sabotaging her but now he's just forgiven and forgotten? I mean why doesn't he go after Lily like he did with Serena? Lol not really a review more of a tirade but this was a good episode and a really good stepping stone for Dair.

Ljf hotlips

I completely agree with a few people here when they say the show is simply not as good as it used to be. The school days were so much better with much more scandal and even then Vanessa and Jenny were great characters! Blair and Dan competing at W magazine does not have suspense or scandal written on it in any way. As for Dair, have the directors just ran out of characters to couple up? This is all so wrong, and a good show is about not having the need to pair up all of it's characters!

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Honestly, i feel this show needs an upset in some way. Dont get me wrong, i loated the inevitable Pacey & Joey hookup that sunk Dawsons Creek, but im wondering if Dair isnt GG's answer to these almost incestuous, merry go round of boring hookups. I love Chair. Do Dair have the chemistry of Chair, maybe not. Do they have the POTENTIAL to be something really interesting at first, a distraction perhaps.. and then something great? Im starting to think so. They are the most UNLIKELY couple and yet by putting them in this position, it seems they are also the most exciting right now. On with the Dair i say!

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I actually liked the Chuck and Raina storyline (I seem to be the only one). I like the fact that he found someone who is as sexually open as he is and honest about it, I think that makes her great fling material (most of the main characters are closet tramps). They do need to start juicing up the Thorpe-Bass storyline asap because I am seriously losing interest already. They need to stop trying to center episodes around Serena she is oh so dull. I watched the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes and missed nothing of any importance (I remember when I would miss 5 minutes of the show and have to call my friends to get filled in). Ummm...yeah Damien and Eric, who cares. I usually forget he's part of the show anyways. What is with the references to Vanessa and why hasn't she got dealt with yet; no banishment, no making her life a living hell, WTF??? I want Jenny back, she made it a lot more interesting!

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

Blair: Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It's movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we'd like to be. Just like your scarf suggests that you'd like to sell used cars.
Dan: Vanessa gave me this scarf.

Lily: I get Ben out on parole but Serena and Eric continue to treat me like I'm toxic.
Rufus: I know you did what you could, but Ben's still going to have a criminal record. Give them time.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Song Lions in Cages Wolf Gang
Beat of my own song Beat of My Own Song Meme iTunes
Fire in your new shoes 1 Fire In Your New Shoes Kaskade iTunes
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