Gossip Girl Review: You and I Are Not Friends

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Now that's more like it.

After a slower episode last week that introduced set some things in motion but offered little in the way of drama, intrigue or humor, tonight offered all of the above.

If you like Gossip Girl, then you probably liked "Petty in Pink." Maybe you don't like some of the characters' decisions, but with the show's standard formula for success - sexiness, spying and scandals - it had all the makings of a solid episode and it delivered.

Reflection of Beauty

Dan can't be just friends with Blair.

Despite my disappointment that we didn't SEE the kiss between Dan and Blair (come ON, writers) it did result in a major revelation for the Donut: He LOVES her!

He tried to deny this to others and to himself. He even kissed her as a ruse to aid her romancing another guy. But he's finally come to grips with his true feelings.

I love that Dan acknowledged this. The question is what he does next.

Will he try to get in the middle of the royal courtship Blair is so taken with? Will Blair ever admit her similar connection with Dan, which she continues to repress?

Somehow I predict that Charlie, who's getting the hang of UES life quickly, will try to help him win Blair back, while secretly harboring feelings for Dan herself.

Dan's gotta make a move at some point. While Prince Louis seems like a good-on-paper guy and all, B seems more smitten with the IDEA of him than anything.

The glitz and glamor of dating royalty were evident in that final kissing scene, with the flashbulbs sparkling and our Queen B swooning. But I think it'll fade in time.

I just don't see him as the long-term fit for Blair, and am going to predict that the only Royal Wedding this spring will involve Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Between Dan and Chuck, who was not involved in Blair's story line this week, one of NYC's finest will triumph come May. Will it be the Prince or the Pauper?

While some parts of this saga were obviously hokey - Lucien yanking Louis back to France unless Blair was dating Dan; any of Serena's reasons for meddling; Charlie's intense desire to become a spy - that's par for the course for GG.

In fact, combined with a fancy party, that pretty much IS Gossip Girl.

Lily in a Red Dress

Lily's floor-length gown conveniently hides her new accessory.

The party in question was an all-pink affair to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, hosted at the VDW penthouse where Lily is now under house arrest.

Wearing an ankle monitor a la Lindsay Lohan, who was hilariously referenced at one point, Lil ultimately pulled the plug on the event after Nate's mom dissed her.

This after Rufus, who actually had a conversation with Dan (there's a first time for everything), went to great lengths to move it to her pad, too. What can you do.

The fact that Lily's simply under house arrest felt anticlimactic, but is probably a realistic punishment, and allowed us to focus on other stories, so I'm cool with it.

While Blair tried to keep a regal romance intact and on the DL, and Lily attempted to stay socially relevant despite a felony conviction, Raina tried to find her mom.

At first, Chuck urged Nate to stop her. Then he accompanied them to New Jersey in search of Avery Thorpe, afraid of what they might learn and what it will mean.

What Chuck knows (or at least strongly believes) is that Raina's mom died in that fire and Bart was responsible, and it's eating away at him more every second.

Beneath the Howard Hughes routine lies a young man coming to grips with his family's legacy, a lucrative but increasingly dark history. What will he find next?

All I know is that Ed Westwick continues to sell it so well. This brooding, tormented shell of Chuck Bass is hard to watch, and at the same time a treat to watch.

Will he try to protect Raina - and his own reputation - from the truth? Will Nate step up and play a role beyond that of supportive boyfriend/sidekick? Stay tuned.

Vanessa is Back! Yes!

Oh yeah, and we have to talk about V.

Perhaps the best part of the whole episode involved someone else Dan is not capable of being friends with. Watching him SHRED Vanessa at the end was tremendous.

"Just to be clear, we are not friends." OHHH, he went there!

One of my favorite things about coming to work Tuesdays is my colleague Eric (a.k.a. Gossip Guy) eviscerating Vanessa in our Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussions.

Having extended the olive branch to his old friend only to learn she was going behind his back all along, it was as if Dan spoke directly for Gossip Guy with that line.

Also great were the one-liners from Charlie that good-naturedly mocked the show and its often convoluted plot lines. "Right ... because that happens." Priceless.

What did you think of this week's Gossip Girl? Discuss!

Review

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Serena is like a big cloud of cotton candy, fundamentally insubstantial. I don't know if the show should pursue giving her direction or purpose at last, or if she should stay the way she is and finally fall in love with someone suited to her. A hockey player, maybe, or some rock star. Like mother, like daughter.
Nate is her match, they're both stupid, ridiculously good looking. They will make the most beautiful but the dumbest babies ever!

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Dan and Blair do not belong together -_-; !! Yeah sure, Chuck is a screw up but hopefully we can see a better man emerge from all this and he can win Blair back. After three seasons of Chair, It would be such a waste of the three seasons to completely drop their relationship, there is still unbelievable chemistry between them, that DAIR has a lack thereof. I've rooted for C+B since the beginning and I will till the end. CHAIR FTW!!

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Seriously this is a stellar episode..i love lair already.louis makes blair happy.it's good to see her without UES drama

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this episode was ok, better than last weeks. im so glad that Dan told Vanessa to go.the reason she gave to Dan for telling Serena about the kiss was a poor on.
i didn't like what Lilly did at the fundraiser. calling the police to get rid of every one. what nat mum said to her was so true. she treated her like an outsider, when she was going though hard time. now the shoe is on the other foot. what did she expect, that they will open there arms to her. go dan and blair

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Episode 19 "Petty in Pink" was absolutely great! I have to say that I really did liked what happened to Blair and Prince Louis and to Dan. The twist of the story is good and it just goes to show that Dan really likes Blair but she can't just let go of the Prince, i'm glad Chuck did not make any scene in this episode. What I really don't like is that Serena is trying to ruin Blair's love life, I mean seriously we all know that she did once steal Blair's boyfriend. Why can't she just accept that this is Blair's moment and that she and Dan can never be together because he is her step brother. I hope to see more of Blair and the Prince story, it's really about time for her to be happy because she deserves it.
And please Nate's character is really getting non-sense! So as Raina. Whatever happened to the prince of UES?! It's like if not because of Raina you wouldn't notice him on the show. xoxo

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best line of the review: Watching him SHRED Vanessa at the end was tremendous.
it really was!!!

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This ep was good, but please I wish they'd let Chuck start redeeming himself and concentrating on his good qualities (like his love for Blair) instead of giving the poor guy more baggage to deal with. How much can one guy take?? No wonder he drinks like his fish, his Dad never loved him, belittled him and now apparently is responsible for a woman's death. His Uncle is a twisted jerk, and his Mum never wanted him and sold him out. = (. Give Chuck something to be happy about for once, poor boy. I just really hope they don't make it turn out that Bart and Raina's Mum had an affair and Raina is the product. That would just be really, really sick I don't think I could take that, and Chuck just might as well jump off the roof of the Empire in the knowledge that the writers hate him with a deep and burning passion and he will never get Blair or be happy but suffer for the sake of unecessary drama = (. (almost as sick as when he slept with Vanessa, or Jenny lol). I on't think that will happen though, it better not = S. I kind of wish they'd give Dair at least one proper date, just until Chuck gets his stuff together and woos Blair, but oh well.
Can't wait for next ep, especially now I'm guessing with Dan hating her (YES, YES, YES) Vanesa will be out of the picture. One of the best scenes ever! = D Now if only they could get rid of annoying Charlie...

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It's because the season finale is a two part finale ! and this episode was amazing! thanks for the caddyness and gossip girl blast! edge of my seat

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I HATED 3 people in this episode SERENA
VANESSA
CHARLIE I think I don't have to voice out my reasons as to why I despise these 3 wh*res more than ever.

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I don't see the appeal of Dair as anything more than friends. I enjoy their witty banter and they've had some cute moments, but their relationship should stay platonic. I feel it's so out of character for them to be attracted to each other in any other way. What happened to lonely boy, turning up his nose at the ways of the UES, which are practically personified in Blair? And how could Blair ever have a longterm relationship with him when they live in such different worlds? In reality, she would never be happy with someone like Dan as anything more than a friend. Also, just as Blair was telling Charlie in tonight's episode, Dan is Serena's ex and therefore off limits. I don't think Blair would stoop to Serena's level and do something like dating her ex, even if Serena slept with Nate before. Blair is no saint but she's pretty loyal to those close to her. I like seeing Chair apart for a while and enjoyed seeing how Chuck actually got jealous of Dan last week. But I hope Chuck will really fight for her, so they'll be together in the end.

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 19 Quotes

Well, because if Vanessa is lying and it isn't true, then I'm a horrible friend for believing her. But if it is true, then they're horrible friends for not telling me.

Serena

I'm sorry, I'm still new at this, how is this better than just asking them?

Charlie
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