Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Kids Stay in the Picture"

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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, TV Fanatic Managing Editor Mister Meester is joined by our esteemed President Gossip Guy for an in-depth discussion of "The Kids Stay in the Picture."

Our colleague DANdy is off partying with Jack Bass on a multi-nation tour of Southeast Asia and currently unavailable, so it's a two-man show this week ...


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

Gossip Guy: Absolutely goes to Dorota for correcting Blair and identifying Dan as more of a Labrador than a toad.

Mister Meester: Blair defending Dan and putting Chuck in his place. She may have been too quick to dismiss what she has with Dan, but at least she recognizes him for the standup guy he is, and tore Chuck a new one for involving Dan in his "plot."

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2. Focus on Lily's relatives and husbands: Fun change of pace or boring filler?

Gossip Guy: Oh those were here relatives? Seriously, I was wondering who that old lady was. What happened to the fun sister we met in the flashback!? B O R I N G. Hopefully, Charlie will prove to be fun and not just a weird incestual love interest of Dan. Wasn't her cousin / your step-sister enough for you? I saw that look you were giving her...

Mister Meester: I'm not writing this off yet because there are still four episodes left, and there MUST be more to Carol and Charlie than meets the eye, but this was not an exciting episode largely for this reason. The writers have been obsessed with Lily's back story ever since the spinoff that wasn't. I just hope they came up with something good this time and that it ties in with the larger narrative. Also, Dan had better not hit that.

3. More random, out of place confidant: Eric (for Dan) or Epperley (for Chuck)?

Gossip Guy: Please, Eric is so awesome I'd buy him as anyone's confidant. Plus, he's at least been paired up with Dan in previous episodes. Bringing back Epperley, and just explaining her complete change of character in one line? Pff.

Mister Meester: Epperley. Eric felt a tad forced but he's family, which is never too big a stretch. Besides, it's Eric. That kid rocks. Chuck and Epperley plotting - unnecessarily, no less - and sending clandestine texts just felt silly to me.

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MEN OF LILY: The Rufus-Will drama felt a little ... unimportant.

4. Do you like Nate and Raina as a couple?

Gossip Guy: Yes, the scenes between them in Nate's bed were absolutely riveting. Much like my sarcasm.

Mister Meester: Hey, the guy needs someone something to do. No, really, I like seeing him as the supportive boyfriend and hope the producers give this relationship a chance to really work (even though I have a hunch it won't happen).

5: Rate last night's episode on the Vanessa Uselessness Scale (1-10).

Gossip Guy: This is why I logged in to my inbox to answer this round table. Holy crap. We've always joked about Vanessa being useless before. And unfortunately, I feel like the boy who cried "Vanessa is Useless" because I wasted all my ridiculous numbers. No number can really express just how useless she's become. She literally hides in shadows and comes in too late with advice via voicemails... MULTIPLE TIMES THIS SEASON. Just kill off her character already. Fine, you forced me to give a number: 7,248.

Mister Meester: 9.9 / LMAO at Gossip Guy.

6: Team Dair, Team Chair or Team Prince Louis?

Gossip Guy: Team Dair. They were too nice to each other this week with all that prince/princess crap. Bring back that witty Dair banter from the real Queen and her toad Labrador that I crave. Leave Chair for end game.

Mister Meester: Dan and Chuck sure left the door open for a third suitor, didn't they? Neither stepped up and Louis is going to make them pay the price. The question is whether either Chuck or Dan will fight to win her back - next week's promos sure look like the donut is back in the picture, but things aren't always what they seem. In fact, they usually aren't in Gossip Girl promos. To actually answer the question, I really miss Dair - at least the chemistry and the wit, the connection and them spending so much time together - but ultimately, romantically, I'm hoping for a Chair engagement at season's end.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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I WOULD LOVE CHAIR, like i did last year
but looking back at all seasons chuck treated blair HORRIBLY. I loved blair and chuck and wanted to punch a wall with the whole jenny thing Eww (she is hot but her step bro REALLY?
I cant help but think, that dan and blair have this underlying deep passion for each other but blairs superficial ways get in the way ugh for someone who is really smart shes Dumb I would love to see a proposal and then Dan comes in and say i love you and i was meant for you & blalbalba that would be EPIC Dan on his part needs to not be so chill, and emotionally calm STEP UP AND TAKE THE GIRL YOU KNOW YOU WANT Jesus
As for dan and eric i WAS SOOOO THINKING the same thing when they were talking about blair together but its his bro guess the step means its okay for any of the cast to bang another or maybe eith chuck now that would be DRAMA
As for the Rohdes FamBam, i could careless for the sister but the cousin looks like she could be a good plot twist, maybe she sleeps with


I agree about Blair putting Chuck in his place regarding Dan. I also agree that I want more Dair with Chuck as endgame. I mean Chuck really needs to fight for her. And I'd like to see Dan fight for her a little bit more too! But I am not looking forward to prince Louis! I want Dair/Chair.
I could care less about the whole Lily storyline. I was not impressed with Serena's extended family. The problem with it being a filler is it was more of the main storyline unfortunately.
Epperly came out of nowhere. Eric's laugh did seem forced but I do like how he was like, "you're totally crushing on Blair Waldorf." LOL.


Why spend a week in bed considering a kiss if that kiss meant anything? Simply, she was struggling to find reasons not to be with Chuck and when the situation presented itself, she chose the lamest excuse of all: "his immaturity". As an adoree of Blair, she pissed me off last night because it was only weeks ago that she was "employing" Nate to seduce her boss - conflicted much??? So her own "game playing" is mature...
Sure Chuck is twisted and deeply troubled, but he has legitimate reasons and he needs time. We too easily forget that Blair was not allowing him to "move" on with Eva. Am I the only one who thought Blair was "off her game" last night?

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In terms of drama, this episode was a huge disappointment.
First off, there was simply too much old people drama for me. If that episode known as the one that ruined prom in season 2 (2.24) taught us anything, it is the storyline of Lily and her sister is boooooooring. I did not even like watching William and Rufrus eveing though at some points, their banters were kind of funny.
Raina and Nate…umm they are useless. But the ending proved to have potential for the future. Damn though, I am so over her.
I didn’t really care so much for Charlie. I thought this girl was too awkward and her acting skills are even worse than Serena.
Why is Vanessa telling Serena about Dan and Blair's kiss? She has no place in this situation. What, is she all of a suffen rooting for Darena???This makes no sense.
Noooooooooooo, I hate hate hate the writers for doing this. I wanted it to be Dan and Blair together and then Chuck fights for her, she falls back in love with him and Dair will never be heard of again. But of course not, they had to go and ruin that by pushing Chuck and Blair even further away. I hate that Chuck did not go after her when she walked away from him. In real life if you love someone you would, so the writers are so lame by not having him do so.
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! Louis is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Whoa!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what will happen next.
Overall this episode sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was very disappointed with the drama that happened. My favorite scenes are like the ones with Blair and Dorota and that was it, even though I did take joy in seeing Dan’s face when Blair said that kiss meant less than nothing. But yeah, it was a very bad episode.


I didn't realise until someone pointed it out below - why isn't Nate there at the photo shoot? He is so big in the upper east side. Furthermore I felt that Nate was so pointless in this episode, he could have been part of it more - make an appearance at the photo shoot without Raina. Why arent Nate and Dan not friends anymore? is it coz of Serena or Chuck? this makes me sad I liked their friendship. Although happy to see Eric bonding with Dan


If Blair ends up with Dan, how can she ever get over, Chuck? SHE CAN'T and he'd always have Serena in the back of his mind. No matter who else Blair or Dan have ever dated, they always go back to their true loves, so that is already an unhealthy relationship!!!


Is it sad that I enjoyed reading the round table more than watching the episode? I guess I really only watch anymore to see Dair scenes and to see how useless Vanessa is.


Dan is so handsome...


Chair, chair,chair! Dan is so Anoyying and boring I don't understand all the hype with dan.he's a terrible character all together and ugly


lol i love how the dair shippers are up in arms for this episode i thought it was a good twist and as penn said not what we where expecting, i think by dating, blair and dan loose parts of their character blair her love of priveleges, her and dan have always been frendimies but by dating blair isn't as up tight as she is suppost to, and dan hates peaple like blair, so once agin a great friend but when he dates her wel...

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Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 18 Quotes

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Nate: You okay?
Raina: It's surreal. Everything happening to Lily is because of my dad, and I kind of feel like it's all my fault.
Nate: Look. It probably woulda happened sooner or later anyway.