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!

Review

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Bam

Aaaaaaah!
Amazing episode. But that could'be been one hell of a make out.
It really pissed me off that after building up so much sexual tension they didn't even run the kiss!!

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oh my effing god!!! i was holding my breathe and couldn't help but giggle towards the end of the show. the episode is pretty damn good with all the drama but nothing beats the DAIR kissing part! i'm an avid CHAIR fan but there's really something with dan and blair that make's me want a lot of them even more especially there will be a lot of kissing between them and looks like chuck is after with blair again and that louis is coming. can't wait for the next episode, blair is really the heart of the show, without her the show is totally boring! xoxo

Lizzy-cody

@luckbealady
Yes that's exactly what I was thinking:) Only Little J.

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Yes Dan and Blair are great together. the perfect couple,except we all know only one person can come between them,its neither Serena or Chuck but little Jenny Humphrey, her and Blair have way to much history.

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Oms i loved the dair kiss about time chuck gets paid back. At first i just wanted this relationship to make chuck jealous but now i want them to be serious for a while. I just love their chemestry. The only downside is that when prince comes she is going to forget all about Dan and chuck, because when it comes to royalty she forgets about the people she really cares. So she is going to mess things up with dan just cause of prince . Also chuck needs to work hard if he wants blair back

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I think Vanessa will tell Chuck and somehow Chuck will use Louis to break Dair up.
Just a thought... Don't know how else the prince will return out of the blue. I think Chuck has a better chance breaking up Blair & the prince than breaking up two intellectual people who finally found solace in each others' arms.

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This coming from a former 100% chair lover... dair is exquisite!!.. and up until a month ago, i was totally against it. But i have to give credit to the writers for the dialogue between these two, and also the actors for the delivery and timing of their lines.. I used to think chuck and blair banter was the best, but really, dan and blair are quickly taking over.. I used to want Chuck for Blair a the end, but Chucks character has totally been ruined by the writers, and it might be too late to bring the season 1/2 chuck back. I think it has been made clear that chuck does not bring the best person out in Blair. And it's refreshing to see Blair be happy and mature for once. Kudos to the writers for making a believer out of this skeptic. But now that you have , please don't let it be a tease, and keep them together !!!!

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DAIR for endgame!!!!!!!!!!

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Brilliant episode!!Loved every bit of it except for that one line- like you getting traded for a hotel- so now everyone knows and is okay with it??!?! I am a Chair shipper and knowing that Chuck wants Blair when he feels low is good but somehow not good enuf. I think the writers have ensured in season 4 that Chair would never be acceptable with the way Chuck treats Blair. I am happy for Blair that Dan at least cares for her though I am no Dair shipper- its nice to see Blair being treated as she deserves. And why does Chuck only think of Blair when he needs her- what abt when she feels low? Anyway what is this maria's spoilers- please let me know

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Dair for Endgame! Dair