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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looks like Chuck is finally going to fight for blair :D
dair is cute but not endgame - refreshing for blair i guess.
maybee after yesterdays episode 'maria's' infamous spoiler may be true? what do you think?


Dair all the way!! I'm so sick of Blair pining over Chuck when he clearly moved on (did we forget about Eva, already?). He's not good enough for her. He whored her out to his uncle for a hotel. I'm sorry, but no matter how good Chair was in Season 1... there's no way it can ever be back to that again after everything that has happened. There is nothing healthy or realistic about Blair being with Chuck. I think Dan compliments Blair so well- they're on the same level intellectually and there's more substance to them then just a physical attraction. Praying that the writers don't screw this up, but sadly... they probably will.


Okay, the next episode should be mind-boggling. I like Chair, but Dair is pretty damn good! Can't wait.


i'm very scared about lily.. I think she's going to the jail and disappear for a long time ( like in season 3) or she break up with rufus because of her ex-husband (AGAIN) or rufus break up with her because of new big mystery or her lies... so. she is in terrible situation. but in the other hand - i hope that chuck help her, everybody will love each other and everything is going fine. yes, this is utopia , but I love happy end


I've said this a million times but I like Dan and Blair as friends. I don't understand why this show needs to have everyone hook-up! If they all had babies, their babies would hook-up and it would be an incestuous love triangle. I think Blair needs a friend that she doesn't hook-up with and I was loving the friend chemistry that Dan and Blair had. Ugh. I'll ALWAYS be a Chair fan, first and foremost. Nothing even comes close to the rare chemistry that these two actors have. I guess Chair is endgame and I'll have to deal with it. But congrats Dair fans, you have your moment, for now.


This was a great episode and certainly set up for the return of GG in April. I really love Dair and I love how epically normal they are. They have fights, conversations, and on occasion ditch each other because of what they are becoming. I think this all makes perfect sense. However, what does not make sense is this whole BS storyline that the affidavit has. It has more of a storyline than Rufus does and that's really kind of sad. Chuck, Vanessa, and Chuck's mysterious cohort on the phone are trying to sabotage Dair...-yawn- It does, however, make sense that the entire VDW clan is coming in and "circling the wagons" because shit's about to go down. I'm sure any claims of Lily's ill parenting will come up and the family needs to be together in order to make sure that things go the right way and the worst mother in the history of the world is not locked away from seeing her children because she was "trying to protect her family." I have to say this...if Lily wasn't around I don't think there would be much point to Serena or Eric's storyline. They are also competing for mommy dearest's attention and so I just want to see her stay.


really, Bart Bass having something to do with the death of Raina's mother.. that was the big secret?? since I don't like or care at all about the Raina/Thorpe/Chuck storyline that was well, not interesting at all. The same goes for Serena btw, really is it that hard to not fall for every guy that you lay eyes on? On a better note, I love the Blair/Dan story and kiss. It is actually the only reason why I still watch.. Yay Dair!


This was definitely a solid episode! I was upset at Russell for telling Chuck about the fire at first, until it started leading him to Blair! I see some gossip girl drama coming up and I can't wait for April 18th!


So, the VDW clan is 'circling the wagons' as Will put it. What else does Lily have to hide? Cece is flying in; we know Lily's sister is coming soon, as well. Maybe it turns out that it was actually Lily that was responsible for Mrs. Thorpe being at that building, that day, and she is--purposely or accidently--the one responsible for her death. Maybe we find out that Serena and/or Eric is not her child but actually her sister's with Will? There's definitely something else going on that we are not yet privy to... I read, today, that Georgina is returning, as well. Wonder how she will play into the whole couple quadrangle/pentagon/whatever... Vanessa--two episodes with her, and both have her trying to take down the group--and failing. It's time for her to go. Her appearances on this show are completely irrelevant and unwanted.


I think it's cute that episode 4x18 should land on 4/18.

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Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

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.

You didn't. (Pause) You did.