Gossip Girl Review: "Panic Roommate"

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"Panic Roommate" was a decent episode of Gossip Girl.

It was an improvement over the past couple of weeks, but certain things still aren't clicking for me lately. I kept feeling like I should be more invested in ... well, almost everything.

Serena and Ben kissing just didn't feel like an OMG moment. Chuck and Raina have so little chemistry, it's hard to believe there's anything there. The Damien-Eric storyline had a lot of potential, and while it certainly wasn't bad, I expected more drama.

Ben and Serena Photo

Serena is falling head over heels for yet another character.

Plot lines that make sense are not a requirement for Gossip Girl success. Compelling people and story arcs are, though, and that's what's lacking at this stage of the game.

The whole takeover of Bass Industries needs to get some legs. Chuck is a fan favorite, yet it's hard to identify with him in his quest to save the company, at least at this point.

Ben should be growing on me more too, his role in Juliet's scheme and in Serena's past having been fleshed out the way he was over the course of this entire season, but no.

This guy is emotionless and beyond dull, and his connection to Serena too nebulous to see any sort of spark there. Maybe he'll come out of his shell soon, but he's a bore so far.

Perhaps the best parts of the episode where the music - not just Florence & The Machine's performance of "Cosmic Love," but also The Naked and Famous' "Young Blood" - and the previews for next week, which we've posted for you below.

Let's start from the beginning. For whatever reason, Blair decided that the best way to get Epperley off her back was to get her on her own back, so to speak. A good plan.

With Chuck unavailable, she turned to Nate. Hey, he's got nothing else to do.

Amazingly, Nate didn't close the deal, but Epperley ended up running off with a guy she was in love with anyway ... leaving Blair already in charge of her position at W?

Eh, we'll buy it. Epperley peacing out of the show so abruptly was bizarre, but it's Blair, and anything that gets her up that career ladder (and more screen time) works.

A Chair Chat

Is there a Chair reunion in our future?

Having moved into the Humphrey loft for reasons far from clear, Ben's presence inspired Dan to team up with Eric, who was being manipulated by Damien, to get him out.

Their plan, which could have been 10 times stealthier and more effective if Chair had been involved, was to get Ben to lose his temper, attack Damien and violate parole.

Fail. Ben kept his rage in check. Plan B was for Eric to punch Damien and accuse Ben, who didn't try to defend himself against that false accusation and was hauled off.

Of course, Dan being Dan, he did feel bad and come clean. As did Eric. Now Damien may really be on the outs because he's getting cut off by his dad. Again, low stakes.

Think that will actually happen? Will Damien will be back for revenge? This is a character we can see big things happening from, so this might be just the beginning.

This episode was pleasant enough and some of the Gossip Girl quotes were good, but we need some more drama, and reasons to care, to make this season truly great.

Perhaps Gossip Girl is just a victim of its own success and I expect too much. But I think that our favorite show, much as I always enjoy it, is capable of slightly better.

Next week may up the ante, fortunately. Check out the hand-touching in this promo:

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Discuss with us below!

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Oh Serena, you are one shameless ho. Sending your newest obsession to live with your lovelorn ex without even telling him, then getting mad at HIM when he objects?? Seriously? And at the end Dan acts like he was the one who was wrong? What? It must be good to live in Serena's world, but only if you're Serena. The increasing desperation with which she's pursuing Ben is embarrassing. I hope it ends really badly for her, for once. And Ben with his 'it's all Juliet's fault'...um WHAT? Again, did he not have Nate's dad beaten up to force his own sister to go along with his plans? Way to bail on your own sister, you whitewashed POS. I hope she comes back and calls him out on it in front of everybody. Nate and Juliet round 2!! I really missed DAIR in this episode. Was glad there was a tiny bit of CHAIR, even if Chuck is being such a douche that they should re-name the next line of Summer's Eve feminine washes after him. I mean, what is with this 'I love Blair! No wait, I love Vanessa because Blair is bad! No wait, I love Eva because I'm bad! No wait, I love Raina because she's bad!' Come on Chuck, if you keep falling in love with everyone you sleep with you'll become an actual girl at some point. I really hope he's still playing her, but I hold out little hope for it. At this point, if he doesn't pull his head out of his ass pronto I don't think I care if he and Blair ever get back together. Oh, poor Eric, I nearly forgot about you! (So said Serena and everyone else).

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omg gossip girl is soooo not true how can they do that dan will be with blair he will hold her hands and omg raina and chuck will be together he will confess his feelings for her ewwwwwwwwwwwwww i hate that woman soooo sooo damn much she is such a ....... ,whatever i hate her omg lol i think she looks like a chinese women with a really really bad tan !!! with her eye brows sooo sharp and her face omg her face is soooo soooo like what do you want KAAAAAAK that irretates me a LOT believe me i'm the expert like ew and chuck dont let me start on him like hello what did blair ever do to you but love you she left every thing every job every chance just to make you happy you she loves you !!!!!! you are the one that is making the show a very VERY bad show you made me hate you from the BOTTEM OF MY WIDE HEART !!!!! but if you get back together with blair and tell her that you love her and the hole i can't live without you speech and really truly mean it and then mybe propose to her that will make my DAY !!! ;) XOXO

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what a dumbass ^^^ thats OBVIOUSLY dan holding blairs hand.

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Is it me or it a bad parenting decision for Rufus to have a questionable character move in with his son? Ok sure he wasn't guilty of the original crime but he did mastermind Juliet's efforts. at this point I would rather Juliet return. Loved to see Nate and Blair she really does have great chemistry with everyone. Looking forward to more Dan & Blair next week. I didn't get the whole Chuck/Raina thing is he still playing her?

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This episode was pretty boring. Blair's antics were cute but that was about it. Dan teaming up with Eric and Damien had potential but amounted to nothing. Rufus was a little more involved so I guess that's a plus. This felt like a filler episode to build up to next week. Now next week looks AMAZING. Can't wait for more Dair!! They are really carrying the show by themselves right now and are all I'm currently interested in.

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why would epperly give a new intern aka blair who has only been there a week her position?that makes no sense

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Each week this show gets more and more annoying and less and less entertaining. Serena needs to find a guy, a job , a cause and stick to it. It's amazing how quickly she falls in and out of love. Why care about any story she's involved because you know it won't last. The Damien story might be interesting if it's handled correctly, GG does need a new villan since Chuck was neutered. The storyline with Chuck and Raina is boring. The Blair storyline could be fun though it's a tad silly for her to take over so quickly. Her moving up would be interesting if it's done right. I also don't have a problem with her and Dan getting together. It could be a funny and fun storyline seeing them get close and hating themselves for it but, not being able to control themselves. I like Chuck and Blair but. it's like other shows, the two of them are boring together. And Rufus, he's nothing more than Lily's lapdog; give him a story or put him out of our/his misery. GG needs to get it's act together or I am gone.

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Damien came off as such a wuss, in this last run of episodes. I remember him having a much 'cooler' vibe last time around--very disappointing. I hope this isn't the end of Eric's time in the GG spotlight, though. I also hope they aren't going to play the suicide card with him, again. Wow to next week's promo--I am intrigued!

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Agree that Chuck and Raina have ZERO chemistry. On the other hand, how can you say there are no sparks between Ben and Serena?!!! Did you see the way she looked at him and he looked at her?! Yes his expressions are more subtle which I guess is what you call "dull" but starting from the scene where they saw each other in prison I've been waiting for this moment to happen. Predictable? Yes. But I still waited SO LONG to see it!

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i cringe in all serena and old teacher guy. blair being blair. now that's awesome!need to get more omg moments though. its getting boringgg.... gg is dying i think. at least the fashion is good to look at and adorable blair. serena just pisses me off.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 14 Quotes

Either switch that thing off or bring it to bed. Vibration is a terrible thing to waste.

Chuck

A wise woman once said that every morning when you wake up you say a little prayer. After all, you never know what your day may hold.

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