Gossip Girl Round Table: "Empire of the Son"

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Welcome back to the weekly TVF Gossip Girl Round Table, where our panel breaks down the previous night's episode (see our review from earlier this morning).

Below, lead Gossip Girl writer Mister Meester joins his esteemed editor-in-chief DANdy and TV Fanatic President Gossip Guy to discuss "Empire of the Son" ...


1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from last night?

Gossip Guy: Since I'd like to try and tie all my answers to the Dair kiss, I'll go with Blair's "Oh for crying out loud, Humphrey" before she grabbed and kissed Dan.

Mister Meester: Vintage Dair ... Dan: "Serena, Eric, Lily, they're gonna need us now more than ever." Blair: "Not us. Dan and Blair. Individual entities. Two nouns separated by a conjunction." Dan: "Or a comma, if mentioned in a list." Blair: "Which is rare."

DANdy: Anything by Dorota last night was pure gold. Side note: Is it just me or is Gossip Girl off her game this year? She's totally phoning it in.

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2. Best episode of 2011 so far?

Gossip Guy: Let's see. Bringing the boring Bass Industries storyline to a close, taking Lily down, the return of William, Nate having something (or someone) to do, and a Dair friggin kiss!? Only thing that could've made this perfection: less Vanessa. And more Serena cleavage.

Mister Meester: Big time. One of those classic episodes that brings things together, plants the seeds for more stories and makes you care about the characters. Bravo.

DANdy: I'm not as high on last night as my colleagues, but I liked it, especially the end. It could have been better, but the show is getting back on track after this.

3. Was that kiss just the beginning of Dan and Blair as a couple?

Gossip Guy: OMG I hope so. But they better keep up the witty sarcastic banter if the two if them do end up together. I refuse to watch a lovely dovey Dair unless I have Dorota around to clean up my vomit.

Mister Meester: I hope so, but this photo suggests otherwise. Dan and Blair have carried the show in the second half of the season. I hope it doesn't fizzle out from here.

DANdy: No idea, but since the episode ended with a frame of Dan and Blair, I have no choice but to recognize the couple nickname, Dair, that I denounced last week.

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PLAUSIBLE DENIABILIY: Dan finally convinced Blair to do away with it.

4. Most random twist - Ben's mom showing up out of nowhere to bail him out, or a Season 2 throwaway Bart scandal resurfacing in the Thorpe takeover storyline?

Gossip Guy: Definitely Ben's mom showing up and somehow being the one to get her hands on the affidavit and hooking up with Thorpe. I mean duh, I saw the Bart scandal coming in a mile away during the "previously on Gossip Girl." On a side note, did you guys see that Dair kiss!?

Mister Meester: Both came out of left field, but Thorpe and Bart at least had past ties (though I'm skeptical how long ago the writers decided to create said ties). Ben's mother's involvement felt abrupt and out of place. Vanessa-esque, except she had an actual impact.

DANdy: The involvement of Ben's mom. That story line went down faster than Nate's pants when he sees Raina. Or Serena, or Blair, or Vanessa, or Jenny, or ...

5: With William back (again), will Lily and Rufus last?

Gossip Guy: Well, unfortunately since Rufus has been relegated to being Lily's purse I'm pretty sure the dude's going out of fashion. Sorry. Way too cheesy. I'll leave the witty lines to Dair. After they're done totally with their epic kiss.

Mister Meester: Last? Don't call it a comeback - Rufus has been here for years. He may be more of an accessory lately, but when the chips are down, he's Lily's rock. He'll be Eric's, too, and a much healther rock than the ones he gets from Damien.

DANdy: I predict his return will cause tension between Rufus and Lily, but Billy will ultimately fall out of favor and leave town. At least that's what happened last year.

6: Rate last night from 1-10 on the Vanessa Uselessness Scale!

Gossip Guy: Her great revelation about Ben changed no one's minds or actions so she easily should earn her standard 10. But I'm in a good mood after that Dair kiss. 9.

Mister Meester: Agree with Gossip Guy. 9. Gotta love V inserting herself into the Ben-Serena scandal but having little or no impact. Sums up the character so well.

DANdy: I think I saw her in the promo, briefly, so maybe she's got some actual role to play when the show comes back. But 9 last night, easily. Make that 9.25. 

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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There is a critical shortage of ifnromative articles like this.

Jade loves dair

"a) Chuck will beat the living daylights out of Dan when he finds out (he nos ppl!)" Lol, just lol


Every week I agree so completely with Gossip Guy. Good review, people!
Dair Kiss. Ohmygod. I actually loved it.


Props to Gossip Guy for successfully mentioning the Dair kiss in every response. That's all I can think about in the episode too, and it's driving me nuts that we have to wait more than a month for the next episode.


@Gossip Gleek: so agree with you, although I don't mind the scandal so much, it could be interesting but a friend and I both thought that Chuck believed Thorpe too easily, but I told my friend that Chuck has such a poor opinion of Bart that he's willing to believe anything anybody tells him.


lol at people who think dair is bad
dan would never whore blair out for a hotel


omg i hate vanessa she should be kicked of the show! the only thing shes going to do is to try and ruin dair ! omg i just hate her soo much ive done it since the first season i even hated her in the books!


1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from last night?
Serena: B, you okay? You seem different.
Blair: I'm doing a cleanse.
2. Best episode of 2011 so far?
4.08-Juliet Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The Chair scenes were PRICELESS!!!
3. Was that kiss just the beginning of Dan and Blair as a couple?
Ok lemme think about it. NO. U no why?
a) Chuck will beat the living daylights out of Dan when he finds out (he nos ppl!)
b) Dair is the most awkward combination ever. How many times do i have to say that?
c) Im bored. and angry at chuck more than ever.
4. Most random twist - Ben's mom showing up out of nowhere to bail him out, or a Season 2 throwaway Bart scandal resurfacing in the Thorpe takeover storyline?
Uhm im gonna have to go with the scandal. Ok I had my OMFG mentality going. I was prepped for like Blair abortion or something juicier than ever. and thats what i got. uhm boring much? and how does chuck believe that? ok wow.
5: With William back (again), will Lily and Rufus last?
ok right now i could care less what daddy vdw is doing. he almost tried to kill his wife just so he could have her to himself. enough said. im more interested bout dat prince...
6: Rate last night from 1-10 on the Vanessa Uselessness Scale!
oh here comes my FAVORITE question. Wait, she was in that episode? Oh vanessa. When are you going to understand your just so worthless? 1-0!


Hopefully we get to see more of DAIR! They are awesome!


Why would Ben's mom's coat be upstairs? why not in the entrance way near the elevator? That boggled my mind. She had no reason to even go upstairs. Unless Ben knew where the affidavit was (I don't understand why Serena would tell him "i'm putting it in my dresser drawer") and he told his mom where it was, his mom would have had to search for it and therefore take a lot of time. Do we really expect Serena not to get suspicious as to why there is someone upstairs for over 5 minutes when she just needed to get her coat?
At the end of the day, Serena is so naive and it is driving me nuts. Vanessa is so useless. period. What annoys me about Serena's character is that she can spend 4 months choosing between D and N, picks D because she is in love with him. Then they decide to hold off on it, yet within the next episode she is head over heels for someone else. omg. For feeling something that epic for someone else, one would think that she'd want to play the single card for a while. DAIR!

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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.