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Gossip Girl Review: "It-Girl Happened One Night"

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Dan and Blair took a step closer to moving beyond the friend zone and, dare we say, the Bass Industries story line finally got a little interesting last night on Gossip Girl.

The title, "It-Girl Happened One Night," refers to Serena. Or Raina. W wants to follow an “It Girl" on her Valentine’s Day and Blair suggests Raina for selfish reasons.

Serena tells Raina that Blair still has feelings for Chuck, after which she promptly pulls out of the article, setting the stage for vintage Gossip Girl frenemy schemes.

Long Live Queen B

Both Blair and Serena said they’re not celebrating Valentine's Day this year - Blair is too busy at work and Serena is "taking it slow" with Ben, hilariously - but we're skeptical.

Ben is looking for a job but can't get one with the whole felony record thing. Dan, who's penned a story about living with his ex's boyfriend, offers to get him a catering gig.

The Bass Industries takeover comprised the bulk of this episode, but unlike the previous few weeks, there were actual implications, personal and romantic, on top of business.

This being Gossip Girl, Ben ended up catering the party Chuck threw to show Russell Thorpe that his name had cachet. Also at the party, his feelings for Raina were revealed.

When Blair finds out Raina backed out because of what Serena told her, she arranges a run-in between Serena and caterer Ben at Chuck's party. He sees her and is very sad.

Why this matters so much to him, we have no idea. Serena dated Dan, his roommate ... who also worked at that catering gig. Also, Lily is married to the rocker father of Dan.

Speaking of Lily's better half, I'm giving him a 9 on the Rufus Uselessness Scale in our Gossip Girl Round Table later this afternoon. I think he had one or two lines this week.

The Captain tells Chuck about Lily and Russell's past, and that Russell plans to break up Bass Industries. In a bold effort to save Bass, Chuck has Lily bounced from the board.

Of course, that was all Russell's plan, and things go doubly bad for Chuck. With Lily off the board, he can proceed with the takeover and divesting of the company more easily.

Meanwhile, Chuck's plans to seduce Raina go awry when she sees what he did to Lily and no longer trusts him. Blair overhears him confess his true feelings to her and is sad.

As much as I don't buy the chemistry or feelings between Chuck and Raina at all, I'll admit the plot line served a purpose: Dan reaching out to comfort Blair gave me the chills.

Daniel and Blair

Does he want to be more than platonic? Would she ever go for it? We're left with a bit of mystery there, but there was genuine emotion in that scene and those that followed.

Earlier, Dan had tried to sell the article about Ben and Serena (she certainly provides him with enough material) to W, via Blair. She brushed him off, but she secretly read it.

After the hand-holding, we learn she gave Dan’s article to someone at Vanity Fair and actually compliments his writing. We've come so far since her "Dan's a writer?" line.

This week on the Dair front ends with them watching Rosemary's Baby ... in bed! Okay, they were in separate apartments and on the phone. But still, things are progressing.

Did this week change your perception of Dan and Blair at all?

I've enjoyed their banter throughout, but for the first time this year, I find myself on board with the idea of them as a couple, or at least excited to see where we go from here.

Admit it, they're darn cute and they're only becoming more so.

The episode-ending montage is a doozy, too. Serena and Ben kiss at a bar. The Captain gets fired from Thorpe, but kept his access card and passwords, which he gives Chuck.

You gotta love the Captain saying he's "still got it" and proudly admitting he's now an accessory to corporate espionage and who knows what else. Hey, at least he's on our side!

It's never been quite clear why Chuck cared so much about the company, but now that he's been shot down by everyone, it's so on. I smell a NJBC scheme ... business edition!

Finally, Damien lurks in an alley and confronts Eric, who had been doing volunteer work, and blackmails him, threatening to out Lily for perjury over the whole Ben situation.

What Damien has in mind? We'll find out soon enough, but it's Damien. It's gotta be good. Hopefully next week, he gets a story line befitting of a true Gossip Girl villain.

What did you think of "It-Girl Happened One Night"? Should Dan and Blair take it to the next level? Will Chuck and Nate take down Russell? Discuss!

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I have soo much love for Blair. I like when the show shows her softer more vulnerable side. I don’t like Raina, simply because I just don’t. She doesn’t seem to have anything stand out about her. All of the Blair and Dan scenes were quite endearing. I’ve always been 100% Chuck and Blair, they’re so passionate and have so much chemistry. However Dan and Blair are soo damn cute, and I love the witty repartee they have. Dan was there for Blair when he she would be heartbroken. Ahhh where is this going?

Lawrie

the watching the same movie over the phone scene was so cute!
i think dair could work very well as friends, real friends! without any backstabbing (see S and B)! but if they go from friends to couple, that would be ok with me, too, because it actually is a development! and in this case not the usual let's-rush-into-this kind of thing that no one can follow and understand. serena and ben.. yuck! when i read the books i always imagined serena's (older) brother to look exactly like this... kinda weird now seeing them make out. they really look more like brother and sister to me... chuck and raina and the whole empire thing are soooo boring! who cares... haha rufus always makes me laugh. he again looked like some puppy waiting downstairs for someone to come down and play with him :D how he went off sighing when lily didn't have time for him xDD

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Just one thought: are really S and B friend? they seem to me they're acting like kids...come on!!! chuck and the empire??what a bore!he didn't give a s...when his father was alive... chuck an raina...no chemistry there,sorry! nate...well...boring too. and don't even mention S, and this Ben here...what a big shame to date a waiter...seriously??? get real ,please!!! in all that, I love Blair and Dan...at the phone, do you remember "when Harry met Sally"...? awesome!

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GG IS REALLY STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A SOAP OPERA.

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i can't wait to see what happens with Damien!

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Truthfully, I think the only reason I'm currently still watching Gossip Girl this season is because of Dan and Blair. They are fun to watch and I'm sorry but the scene where Dan tries to comfort Blair blew me away. Their acting in it was incredible. No words. Yet so emotional. I currently don't even mind the idea of them getting together at all- and this is coming from someone who adores Chair. If they just stay friends that's OK as well. Point blank I just want more Dan and Blair interactions. Then Nate- please can he get a better story line?? That boy is to good to be stuck with such boring story lines. I mean come on Eric currently has a better story line than him. And Serena? Its always the same! Always about some boy! Please spice her character up! And Jenny needs to be brought back or better yet Georgina! They bring tension and drama. Is it just me? Or is anyone else wondering why Eric hasn't at all contacted Jenny? If anyone can help him its her! And finally keep Vanessa away! She is just plain irritating!

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DAIR FTW ! PLEASE CAN CHAIR NEVVVVER HAPPEN AGAIN !! THEY ARE A VERY BAD PAIRING, AND THE WRITERS SHOULD NOT HAVE PUT THEM TOGETHER TO BEGIN WITH ! IT WAS ACTUALLY SUCH A BAD MOVE, BECAUSE SINCE THEN I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE GG! CHUCK CAN BE WITH RAINA OR WHO EVER BUT CHAIR FANS, NO OFFENCE.....YOU'LL SOON REALIZE, AS YOU WATCH DAIR EVOLVE AS A COUPLE, HOW BAD CHAIR REALLY WAS. AND REALISTICALLY, CHUCK AND BLAIR DIDN'T REALLY ACT LIKE A COUPLE, OR DO INTELLECTUAL AND CUTE/ FUN THINGS THAT A COUPLE WOULD DO AT TIMES. THEY ARE A VERY UNREALISTIC COUPLE, WHO HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I'VE WATCHED 3 SEASONS OF CHUCK CRYING OVER HIS MOTHER, AND UNCLE AND WHOEVER, BLAIR PITYING HIM, WHILE HE SELLS HER TO SAVE SOME BUILDING. OH AND THEIR OH SO WONDERFUL INTIMATE SCENES, HOW CAN WE FORGET THOSE.AND WHEN THE NEXT BEST WOMEN COMES ALONG...IT'S BLAIR WHO? SO IF THEIR SO AMAZING AS ALL THE FANS CLAIM THEM TO BE, THEN WHY HAVEN'T THEY STUCK TOGETHER ? BECAUSE THIS HAS BECOME CYCLE BETWEEN THEM, AND LETS BE HONEST SHE'S GOING TO SOON REALIZE THAT HE ONLY NEEDS HER WHEN LOOKING FOR A MOTHER FIGURE, AND THEY WILL PROBABLY NOT BE ENDGAME, BECAUSE HAD THE WRITERS WRITTEN THEIR STORYLINE DIFFERENTLY, WITH MORE CHEMISTRY AND PASSION, MAYBE. BUT THEY DIDN'T SO....I GUESS ITS DAIR VS CHAIR MAYBE, THEY WON'T MESS UP DAIR LIKE THEY DID CHAIR... AND WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THEM AS ENDGAME

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P.S. How come everyone seems to hate Dan and Blair so much. Actually it seems more like they just hate Dan.

Taylori1114

OMFG!! Really people I mean really this whole Dair feud is so unnecessary. I look at it like this whatever happens, happens. Personally (this goes to Chair fans) I think if Chuck is ever going to realize how much he loves Blair he's going to have to see her with someone else and who better than Dan. Yes I am a Dair fan but even I have to admit that if it happens it can't possibly last long. The only way it could is if Blair looses sneaky, sly edge. Or Dan would have to become a true schemer. So Chair fans just sit back and be patient. If it was meant to be it will happen.

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Wow, I can't believe people like the Dan/Blair coupling or build up. This episode was total cheeseball rom-com nonsense with split screen and all. That is not the Gossip Girl I've grown to love. I think they make a funny duo with witty banter, but as there is nothing about them that seems like a couple, well except the schlockiness of the last couple episodes. Come on writers give us better! Chuck is dumb! Has he learned nothing from his tussles with Jack or his mother...or even Blair? Don't buy the line you're being fed; think for yourself. I'm sure by now he would have realized people always have reasons for doing things and no matter what Lily's faults are, she usually does dumb and awful things in order to protect her family. That he would trust the Russell Thorpe over Lily is ridiculous. Hopefully, this lesson is finally learned.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 15 Quotes

Thank you for saving me from a Valentine's Day even more depressing than the movie I was going to watch about it.

Serena

Dan: Waldorf. Where's the new Epperly?
Blair: You're looking at her.
Dan: Oh God, what'd you do to her?
Blair: She's in a better place.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 15 Music

  Song Artist
Song We Turn It Up Oh Land iTunes
Drinks on the house Drinks On the House Daniel May iTunes
The speakeasy The Speakeasy Daniel May iTunes