Gossip Girl Review: A Dair Affair

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Now that's what I'm talking about.

This was one heck of an episode of Gossip Girl, with tension slowly built throughout the winter boiling over on all fronts, and leaving us with even more intrigue as we head into a mid-mid-season hiatus. "Empire of the Son" lived up to the hype.

The real reason for Russell's vendetta against Chuck was revealed (in the opening "previously on Gossip Girl" montage, and then later). Lily finally prepared to face the music. Rufus remembered he's on the show. Ben was vindicated.

And, lastly, there was the kiss heard 'round the Upper East Side and Brooklyn.

Dair Moment

You could sense a Dair kiss was coming whether you're a Gossip Girl spoiler junkie or not. From the opening moments, Blair was still stalking Chuck but is in a really good mood.

Blair does not walk around in good moods, people.

Meanwhile, Serena got a call from Vanessa for some reason, but is confused and upset that Ben is blowing her off. Nate? He's being Nate, and exploring his feelings for Raina.

Chuck learns about Nate and Raina from Russell, who also hints (so subtly, with that orange outfit) that he knows Lily's secret. Lily and Chuck try to find out what he knows.

Try as they might to do their thing, which they don't really understand or want to admit, Blair and Dan are handcuffed by sneaking around. It's Dorota who catches her on it.

Soon we learn that Ben has been ignoring Serena because his mom is in town, while Lily thinks Ben revealed the secret (Vanessa hinted this) and that's how Russell knows.

The affidavit is also missing from Serena’s drawer. There's no mention of Eric or Damien, both MIA this week, and their role in outing Lily. It all leads up to Chuck's big party.

After Serena accuses Ben of outing her mom, she learns that it was Ben's mother who rifled through her stuff and gave the affidavit to Thorpe so that he can clear his name.

Russell tells Chuck to hand over Bass Industries or else. Raina was hiding and overhears, devastated that her father, her idol, would resort to such an underhanded tactic.

Lily is ready to turn herself in. But there's more to it than that.

A Lily and Serena Photo

The major secret revealed last night was a bit odd, as it was a reference to a blink-and-you-miss-it Season 2 scandal, but it did help explain Russell's hatred of Chuck a little.

Russell Thorpe reveals that his wife died because of Bart and that’s why he’s seeking revenge. This would have been more shocking had it not been given away earlier, but still.

Serena's father, William, returns and tells Rufus they're going to form a united front. Rufus is just excited to form any sort of dialogue at this point. Stay tuned on this front.

Rufus' other contribution last night, along with Dorota, was to convince Dan and Blair to stop fighting it. Why the plausible deniability? Why not embrace their true feelings?

Embrace them they did, as Dan made the first move - refusing to back away - and insisting that they kiss, just once, to ensure their relationship wasn't more than platonic.

We have a feeling it's a lot more than platonic.

"For crying out loud, Humphrey!" Blair said, before kissing Dan as the screen froze and the credits rolled. She surely spoke for many fans across the country ... but what next?

The Dair cliffhanger was vintage Gossip Girl, leaving us wondering whether Chuck and Serena will bust them, where Louis the Prince fits into this love rectangle, and more.

Here's our first look at where things pick up April 18 ...

Terrific stuff last night, and plenty to keep us guessing as we suffer through another long break. A handful of final thoughts before we turn it over to your comments ...

  • Apologies to those who like him with Serena, but does anybody else think Ben and Vanessa would make an awesome, irrelevant couple? Anyone?
  • This was not a good night to be Chuck. Not only did Russell throw him for a loop, TWO exes are in the arms of friends. Well, one friend and Dan.
  • Nate's streak of being involved with every girl is legendary.
  • Who do you think will find out about Dan and Blair first?

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

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I'm so pissed about Dair. Why writers had to go there and do that to Blair's character? I'm so sad about it. I hope that all Blair will remember of her kiss with Dan is his bad breath and poor chemistry... but apparently writers are not that nice to do such a plot at the moment...

Ace

@pty In one of my other posts, I liken Dan and Serena and Chuck and Blair as the Ross and Rachel of GG; ultimately they are endgame but in no way shape or form are they ready for each other romantically. The previous three seasons have shown us this. Additionally, the writers have experimented with DS and CB so many times that it's stagnated the show. The idealist in me wants to believe that DB will end up like Joey and Pacey, but the realist in me attaches itself to the endgame of DS and CB. I just think that DB reinvigorates the show as this combination has been four years in the making. It's a nice detour and sure as hell entertaining one at that. The buildup was fantastic and so far, each payoff has been exceptional. In terms of being ready, I think Dan and Blair are ready for each other right now, moreso than their respective former loves.

Ace

@pty I didn't know that EW keeps his chest hair. I thought during the Bourne Identity story arc in France he had a scene with a shaved chest. But, eh, I could've been mistaken.

Ace

@pty Eh. I think that's a bit of stretch. "Is my ex here?" is awkward to ask and a bit unbecoming of Dan. He, above all people, wouldn't reduce Serena to something as little and as simple as an "ex". And he said so himself, it was Blair that was in his mind all night, not Serena. It's far more natural to ask if Serena, by name, was home opposed to "are we alone?". And I think the point was for Serena to specifically not be home. Dan's honorable sensibilities would have prevented him from pursuing B so openly in front of S, especially with an opening gambit. And it'd just be a tad bit insulting, "Hey. I know your mom just turned herself in and your bf up and left, but hey since you are down anyway, here's a metaphoric kick to your ovaries: I'm going to go make out with your best friend now. "

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@Amanda: of course Dan didn't came to see Serena, we all know that. What I meant was that I don't find romantic or very promising for a future relationship that when a guy goes to see a girl he thinks he might like the first thing he says is his ex name, who also happens to be the best friend of the girl. If he needed to check that they were alone he could have simply asked without throwing his ex name in there, that means something, she's in his head.

Ladygannicus

@Naazneen You said it perfectly! Dair!!! The thing about Vanessa.. i liked her when the character was introduced. They made her into this horrible person somewhere along the way. She was like Dan.. principled but "from the other side of the tracks" but a likeable character. Now she's just a bitch who irritates the life out of me. I used to like Vanessa around the time she was with Nate.

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Naazneen I totally agree with you. Joey and Pacey became epic... who knows maybe Dair will. I still like Chair, but I must say I am totally intrigued to see where Dair will go. I want them together now. The Blair and Dan story line makes me like Dan a lot. I'm not bored with his character anymore. Not to mention that how different Blair and Dan are make their interactions so funny/cute and just overall enjoyable to watch. And yes please can Ben really be gone. I don't like that Vanessa is creeping back in. I stand by what I've said before. Bring back Georgina or Jenny not Vanessa. There is nothing to like about Vanessa. At least Georgina and Jenny have some personality and are interesting! As for Serena and Nate they both need a better storyline. Although I must say Raina and Nate are not such a bad thing. This wait is to long!! I want to know about Dair now..

Ari

DAIR WAS FLAWLESS THIS EPISODE WAS AMAZING

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The thing about Dan and Blair is that if anyone had told us last year this is where those characters would be, we would all be screaming BLASPHEMY from the rooftops. But TPTB have handled this potential romance so well its almost blasphemous to think that they WONT go there - as in a relationship - with these two. They are honestly like chalk and cheese. Even more so than Dan was with Serena. Blair is a snob, she is witty, sarcastic and oh so vulnerable underneath it all. I think it would be criminal if the writers dont give us some Dair relationship drama. They are delicious together and i think Dan and Blair navigating a relationship with each other will be equally delicious! Its way too early to predict a DAIR win over CHAIR. But who knows where things will go? Who would have predicated that Joey ends up with Pacey?

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@pty... I think he asked about Serena so that he could make sure she wasn't there when he kissed Blair. Not because he wanted to see her

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

You ever have a dream that feels so real, when you wake up you just want to lie there with your eyes closed and hold on to it? I barely remember being a teacher at Knightley. Being with you, makes it feel real. Because you remember.

Ben

Rufus: We'll get through this.
Lily: You sound so sure I almost believe you.
Lawyer: They're ready for us.
Rufus: I'll be waiting.
Lawyer: Lily, this is Assistant District Attorney Vincent. He's going to be taking your statement.
ADA: Whenever you're ready, Mrs. Humphrey.

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