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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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Damn, how I love DAIR. As much of a CHAIR fan as I've always been, I was always open to the idea of DAIR as a diversion while Chuck pulled his head out of his ass, but I'm starting to think it's permanently stuck though. Plus DAIR is just so much more fun, while Chuck's feelings for Blair seem to cheapen every time he falls in love with the next five minute girl. Though I don't dislike Raina. I just don't care about her and Chuck. Serena/Blake needs to eat something. Seriously. Every time her hair is pulled back or up it accentuates just how much weight she's lost. She's still beautiful, of course, but gaunt. Don't care about Serena and Ben anymore than I do about Chuck and Raina, except as symptom of Serena's ever faster downward spiral. Try a week without a boyfriend, Serena; I swear it won't kill you. Eric and Damian could be interesting as long as this doesn't turn into Eric as victim redux. He's better than that. And I'd lke to find out more about Damian; what turned him from straight A good boy at private school to sleazy purveyor of the underground. Ugh, next week's promo. Blair tries to sabotage Chuck and Chick yet again. Haven't we already seen this five or six times? I am sick of seeing Blair desperate over Chuck. You know what I would really love? To find out that the whole thing about falling for Raina was Chuck's way of getting Blair to fight for him. If it was all about her all along, as screwed up as that would be, it would make so much more sense to me then the fact that the Upper East Side heartless lost boy we used to know gets googly eyed over every girl he has more than a five minute interaction with. It would be even better if we find this out just as Chuck sees DAIR together for the first time. Oh how I would laugh. And point. And laugh and laugh some more.

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I'm so surprised with how much I enjoyed all the Dair scenes. These two are my favorite GG characters right now (used to be Chuck too, but he's just boring this season and keeps making the same mistakes)and though I was against any romantic development between them, this episode totally changed my mind

Jeca

Oh Eric since when are you so weak ?
And Dair is hapenning is such a perfect dosis , that we are likening.
Chania has to end and berena no chemestry there, even ruflus and serena has more than this couples .... If we have dair maybe one day we'll get rufnessa,
and as irony the only one playing clean is lily.... Chuck , chuck u lost the only family u had and very well deserve.

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This was the first good episode since Juliette left. The last 3 were all dull.

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Blair is making this show watchable once more. I hope they don't make them some one episode thing. They sparkle when they're together. I got chills when eric asked Dan who do you want to spend Valentine's day with and he said Blair. It was a happy moment.

Z0ey

i agree, dair is really cute and right now, i just want blair to move on with someone because its kinda sad seeing her pining for chuck when he has already moved on!! even though i'm always going to be a chair fan because i really think they should be together in the end, i agree that they need some time apart right now.. they should experiment with other ppl, focus on their careers, etc.. i mean they're only 20 and its really early for being in a serious relationship.. but in the end, i want a chuck/blair wedding because they've been through too much not to deserve that =)but only after chuck somehow redeems himself for doing all those things to blair!! for right now, i'm content to watch dair but chuck and raina make me wanna gag

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I've been cheering for it since the "no headbands" in 3rd season... At the begining I just want to as an one-night-stand or a not lasting relationship because I loved Chair. But when this season started things changed. I dont know. Blair looks pretty with Dan. And I think they both deserve someone who can actually love.

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I can't believe that I'm saying this, because I was very much a fan of Chuck with Blair, but honestly... I really think Blair should be with Dan now. They were absolutely perfect last night. It was adorable. It's sad that the writers had to destroy Chuck and Blair the way they did. They were enjoyable the first couple of seasons, but after that... it was just one thing after another. I feel like bringing them back as a couple would be continuing to beat at a dead horse (which unfortunately GG seems to do frequently). Please just... let it die like Serena and Dan. I'll always enjoy the Chuck and Blair moments of the first couple of seasons, but it's over and should remain that way. Can't say I'm a fan that everyone in this show hooks up with each other, but that's to be expected. I really do see now that Dan and Blair could work with each other.

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I still want Chair.. Chair is true love, But I like the friendship between Dair, but I hope they stay as just friends.

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As much as I dont like the producers pairing up almost everyone, and that the fact that Chair really is over, Well, I'm actually starting to like Dair because of this episode.

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