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Gossip Girl Review: The Implosion of Blair Waldorf

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As Gossip Girl episodes go, no one will accuse "While You Weren't Sleeping" of being one of the more boring installments. There was enough going on to make your head spin.

All in all, it was a pretty good episode if you can overlook some major plot holes and storytelling that seemed a bit jumbled at times. The best part was Miss Leighton Meester.

I'm still on the fence regarding Dair (although inching closer to the YES column), but I'm a card-carrying member of Team Leighton. She's been carrying the show these days.

Watching the disheveled, scatterbrained Blair try to keep it together was priceless, funny and sad at the same time. You loved seeing her crash and burn, yet sympathized.

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That's how a great character should make you feel, and Leighton brings Blair to life with such panache. Her new foil/friend/possible hookup, Penn Badgley, is no slouch either.

Last night, we saw the once-unflappable Blair falling apart at the seams, and who was there to pick up the pieces but Dan. Not Chuck, not Nate, not even Serena, But Dan.

These two are so cute, and the Gossip Girl writers, for all their convoluted and absurd plots, deserve credit for really allowing Dair's relationship to blossom over many weeks.

Watching Dan trying to help his non-friend multitask, brushing off her rapid-fire knee-jerk insults and ultimately being there for her was the highlight of the night, bar none.

When they ordered pizza together and fell asleep watching movies at the loft, I found myself really happy. I don't know if the fan community at large agrees, but that's me.

Of course, the episode wasn't ALL Dair-related (unfortunately, some might say). There was a whole lot else going on, ranging from drug deals to double agents ...
  • Chuck and Lily buried the hatchet, duping Russell into thinking they were still feuding. She then flirted with Russell while Chuck broke into the Thorpe's office, and even Rufus got in on the gamesmanship a little bit. Woo!
  • Nate was tasked with keeping Raina busy during Chuck's espionage. Nate enticed her to skip a lunch date with Ivanka Trump with some video games and weed. The return of stoner Nate? Definitely another highlight.
  • On his 18th birthday, Eric was blackmailed into becoming a drug mule for Damien, whose smuggled cocaine was waiting in packages of pink tulips that he somehow couldn't grab himself because of his father's watchful eye.
  • We know, it makes no sense. The short version: various mishaps lead to the wrong stuff getting picked up and Damien crashing Eric’s party wanting $100,000 to pay off his clients or else he'll unveil the secret of Lily’s forged affidavit.
  • Ben is warming up to Lily and so in love with Serena.
  • Vanessa showed up for some reason.

In the end, Damien was thwarted by one of about 600 holes in the blackmail story - Ben refusing to cooperate. Never mind that it was Serena’s testimony and proving Lily forged anything based on Damien's testimony would be near-impossible. Anyway.

The final moments show Damien teaming up with Russell Thorpe (now there's an unlikely, ridiculous alliance) to bring down the Van der Woodsen/Bass/Humphrey alliance.

Regarding the love connections, do you see a spark between Serena and Ben? I'm indifferent on that couple. As for Nate and Raina, hey, crazier things have happened right?

Watching their impromptu date, I couldn't help but think there was more chemistry there than between Raina and Chuck. Not that the bar was set too high there, but still.

As for Dan and Blair, what happened after the credits rolled and what the fallout will be next week, we leave you with the CW's promo for the February 28 episode ...

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl, and how do you think things will play out next week? Who are your favorite couples/characters these days? Discuss!

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I think that although the main plot of this episode revolved around the Serena-Eric-Lily-Damien debacle, it was Blair who really brought this episode to life. I'm not completely sold on the Serena and Ben pairing nor am I leaning towards Dan and Blair entirely. I know that they have had good moments and while I'm watching them they seem ideal. But after watching the episode, I couldn't help but take a step back and remember the relationship between Chuck and Blair. Based on the development that they've been giving to Dan and Blair as a couple, I'd think they're good together. But when you look outside of the Dan-Blair box, you'll see that Chuck is still there. Even if they shouldn't be together at the moment, it's obvious where Blair's heart still is. PS I don't get why Vanessa had to come. I thought the show was a lot better without her.

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Okay, so @ all the Chair fans: I love Chair as well. But that doesn't change the fact, that RIGHT NOW they shouldn't be together. A show can only break and repair a relationship so many times before the whole thing gets boring and predictable. Also it kinda ruines the characters in my opinion, because the viewer will just get really annoyed with all the back and forth. If you draw this out too long everybody will just wish they would make up their mind already and be done with it.
Same with Derena. I LOVE these two together, but lately their attempt to rekindle their relationship every other week got a little ridiculous. Even Blair called Serena's love for Dan "sporadical" in a recent episode. Completely true. I didn't really take them seriously anymore (which is a shame) Chair had almost 3 seasons just about them, which i LOVED. Then they broke up (for very valid reasons I might add) and already tried to make up this season.
Putting them back together now would ruin them forever. They need to be apart for a while and get on with their lives. Maybe Dair will be so great together that Blair really will get over Chuck for good. Or maybe they will realize their just good friends. And maybe the writers do decide to rebuilt Chair and/or Derena in the end if Dair doesn't work. Whos knows....
I'm just glad they are considering other possibilities and finally give us a real BUILT UP relationship again.
As long as the stories in between are awesome (and believable) I don't care who is endgame. I like all of the couples and I have no idea who will be right for each other in 2 or 3 years...
Right now, Dair is awesome!!!

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@ Kitty, I agree with you also! It's a wonder Chace Crawford is still around and haven't left the show yet, because really, just like Rufus, he's becoming part of the set. No storyline. Whatsoever. Except for these weekly affairs you've mentioned. Dull, dull, dull. Too bad, cause I think he could do better.

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If Dair are so sensational why have the ratings dropped so markedly? I'll tell you why. Chair was so totally screwed over by the writers that they are trying to make amends. However "cutesy" Dair may appear superficially, this show was never intended to be about sweet friendships that revolve around pizza and movies. I want scandals and drama and chaotic love. Otherwise I wouldn't be tuning in to tv. Everyday life is mundane enough.

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Oh, and btw, Ben and Serena have ZERO chemistry and Nate really needs a storyline that is not just about him falling half-way for a new girl and loosing her again. Did he ever have a really serious relationship that lasted longer than a couple of episodes?
I know he and Serena lasted kinda long in GG-time, but I still...
And what is he doing anyway? Is he still studying? And what is he studying? I feel like we don't know ANYTHING about him anymore (other than who he is dating for the week of course *rolleyes*)

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@ThegGreyOne:
I totally agree with you. The slowly built up relationships are pretty rare on GG these days. Seems like everybody is "falling in love" with yet another person on a weekly basis. (Except Blair that is) Just look at Chuck. It took him 2 whole seasons to finally confess his feelings for Blair and this season alone he already had like 2 love interests that he deeply cared about??? That would be too fast even for a normal person, but for Chuck is is just ridiculous!!! Also love the comparisons with Joey/Pacey or Veronica/Logan. These writers proved that they were open minded enough to see where the story took them instead of just desperately hanging on to a plan they made years ago for their "perfect couple".
I hope the GG writers will do the same!

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Oh wow let me guess nobody is going to believe what Vanessa saw for a few episodes. Maybe Nate.

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Chair... always have, always will support them. Or any other guy that Blair will date, but not Dan. This is just wrong to me. I'm disappointed by the show.

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What I found most interesting (and the writers should probably get the freakin' clue) that even die-hard Chair fans are turning into devoted Dair fans or at least not opposing it at all.
And it's not just because of Penn's and Leighton's awesome chemistry, it's because, after a loooong time, we finally AGAIN get a relationship that's being BUILT UP. Take season 1. Serena's and Dan's relationship had many followers because it was *developed*. We even believed Nate's and Blair's romance because we were being told their history. Then came Chair. Perfectly written and executed. And then, in the 2nd half of season 2 and the whole season 3, we got these weekly hook-ups which were annoying and unbelievably out-of-character. So this whole Dair phenomenon, in my opinion, is kinda like a cry-out from many-many GG fans for the writers to WRITE WELL-DEVELOPED ROMANCE STORYLINES!! Not these fake things that last like 2 seconds. Ugh. Dair ftw. Or any couple that I can *believe*.

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aaaa WHY DOESN'T anyone aske HOW Bem good the check BACK!!!!! like com'on it's like oh thanks Ben!!!!

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Serena: Sorry if we kept you up last night. We were playing Scrabble.
Ben: She fell asleep to avoid losing.
Dan: Since when do you enjoy Scrabble?

Mick, Keith and their questionably-costumed cohorts said, "You can't always get what you want." But that doesn't mean it's okay for anyone else to have it either.

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