Gossip Girl Review: Royal Wedding Dreams, Awful Schemes

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Blair Waldorf got engaged last night on Gossip Girl, while Chuck and Serena vied for the honor of worst person ever. Just another night on the Upper East Side!

As Gossip Girl episodes go, there were certainly plenty of highlights in "The Princesses and the Frog," yet the overall narrative felt sorely lacking to me at times.

The Gossip Girl I like featured strong characters who are both funny and enjoyable to watch. Sure, there's scheming and backstabbing, but they're not ALL bad.

Somewhere along the line, though, the plot lines became really twisted and confusing and the relationships too tangential. Rant over. Let's break down Monday:

S the Back Stabber

Serena sucks. Sorry, but it's true, although you can blame the writers for this. Yes, she's jealous of Blair and sort of mad about Dan. But this is not the S we know.

Serena called Louis' mother to sabotage Blair. Then Serena sent Blair's dirty laundry (because Louis' mom can't read Gossip Girl) to further ruin her friend's chances.

All the while, she lied to Blair's face, except for when she defended Chuck after the party. That was honest at least. S probably believes Blair made the wrong call.

Chuck is on the brink. Not only of going completely off the rails and ending up shot in a seedy alley again, but of running out of excuses for us to make for him.

The Dark Knight broods. He is tormented, and has been dealt a lot of bad breaks. He can't handle emotional situations and drowns himself in booze and sorrow.

The stuff with his father - who we learned had an affair with Avery Thorpe - is not his fault, or something we would wish on anyone. It's gotta mess with his said.

But honestly, Chuck's behavior leaves little room for redemption at this point.

I mean, for someone who loves Blair SO much, he terrified, embarrassed and degraded her - BEFORE he forced himself on her and put his fist through a window.

That's how you treat your dream girl? This was worse than his usual efforts to crush Blair's soul to win her back, but it's not like he hadn't gone that route before.

It's very hard, if not impossible, to "root" for Chair now.

Even Nate can't find it within his man bangs anymore. He pointed out that Chuck's relationship with B is not normal, and blatantly chose Raina over him at the end.

Dair is all but forgotten. At least they were last night. After a slow, well-written lead-up to the Dan and Blair hookup, it's like nothing ever happened with them.

We like Dan, and have no problem with Charlie per se, but we just feel kind of used. Perhaps more importantly, GG needs to bring back Dan and Nate's bromance.

Princess Blair

Blair Waldorf is engaged! I couldn't care less that the royal family doesn't approve, but I worry more that she's been dating Prince Louis for about four days.

Blair's life may not be the fairy tale she thinks it is, but I admire her for wanting to spend it with a guy who treats her right and who genuinely makes her happy.

Louis is nice to her, and handsome. Gotta give him that. But is she really following her heart? Is she following what her brain says her heart is supposed to feel?

I love you to pieces, B, but remember, it's okay to dial it back a little. Prince William and Kate Middleton were together for the better part of 10 years. Ten years.

Think they'll actually get married? Do you want them to after Chuck's antics? At this point I'm willing to give the prince a chance, but suggest a long engagement.

Charlie is a regular Upper East Sider. Florida Schmorida. Between her elaborate plans to woo Dan, manipulating V and name-dropping Bing, girl's a natural!

You gotta love that Charlie insisted on confronting Vanessa alone at the end, and basically showed that even an outsider can thoroughly outshine an outcast.

How long until this new crazy side comes out in a bad way, however? Will her feelings for Dan erupt into a huge mess if he decides to pursue Blair (please yes)!

Rufus got a job! What house husband?! Hang up the waffle iron and the butler outfit, because the Fonz is totally going to be the manager of a band called Panic!

Vanessa is leaving at the end of the semester to study abroad. Approve.

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Can you find anything positive to say about Chuck? What is Charlie's endgame? Leave a comment below to discuss!

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Oh & at the end where Nate saw Chuck having a mental breakdown calling Reina to say he chooses her.....WTF shouldn't Nate help Chuck like Chuck has helped EVERYONE in the past....wow u think Chuck's the bad guy but actually he's not he would NEVER turn on any of his friends....and here's Nate fooling around with Reina when Chuck & her were somewhat 2gether & now Chuck is hurt cause Blair & Nate turns his back....this was horrible writing....the show's getting a lil too crazy for me...I don't know who's friends anymore they all back stab......

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I HATE Reina...she's always freaking out about something with her dad...so OVER her it's getting OLD, everytime she comes on I loose interest & Nate could do soooo much better. Why does he take Chuck's sloppy seconds....kick Reina to the curb. I'm happy for Blair....I always wished Chuck & her would somehow reunite their love but after last nite I can see Blair is much happier with the Prince. Serena's character is lacking.....I'm surprised her & B r still friends actually after all the backstabbing back n forth whats left of their friendship really???? S even backstabbed her own mom.....

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Wow. I am actualy disgusted by this episode. I think the writers took this way too far. And while Chuck has massively screwed up in the past, I couldn't hate him, and you could always rationalize his point of view, no matter how twisted it was. But last night, I'm sorry, was probably the death of the most epic couple in television history. I never thought the writers would push chuck into a place where I could never see him the same way again. I don't think I even want to at this point. I feel like the writers cheapened their relationship, rendering everything their relationship encompassed meaningless with that one scene. Chuck was never a nice person, but then again, neither was Blair. And he's been in many other dark places before, so why now writers? why do you have to pull domestic violence out now? I am disgusted. This episode felt cheap. They cheapened a relationship that I thought transcended convention. Instead, they made it the most statistically conventional ever, and because of that, they cheapened the whole show. The Chuck we all knew would never do something like that, because he's had plenty of opportunity to do so and they chose just now to do something like that. Barring that that was Chuck's evil twin, I don't see how he can ever make that up to Blair.

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I think this episode was EPIC. weren´t we all getting tired of everything going right, and Chuck spending days in his mansion just drinking scotch? With Blair completely humiliated by him and Raina wanting to destroy him, and Jack coming back to help her as Nate has left him too to help her, he FINALLY has to get out of his hotel to fight back for whatever they are planning on doing to him.. So ofcourse violence in real life is not something we want, but come on people this is a tv show and they have to come up with something to make Chuck loose everything all over again so he can begin to build it up again.. I think the gossip girl writers are BRILLIANT. Love this show.

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@whateva i just think blair deserves to be happy and to do whatever it is that she wants to do in life, and she seems to be getting it from prince louis. obviously they might be moving too fast for some but who knows what would happen in later episodes? as long as she's not weighed down by the heavy burden that being in a relationship with chuck seems to bring her, i'm happy for her. i acknowledge the fact that blair was wrong to separate chuck with eva though, eva seems to bring out the best in chuck and makes him happy.

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It was not suppose to be insulting to ALL Chair fans.... Maybe just a little to those who do think it was romantic or hot. If you don't fit in that category then it wasn't to you. Its okay when people say Chuck needs to redeem myself for the ship to survive, its not okay when people say that was romantic or hot, end of story. There's a difference. As to the alcohol, he knew he had a predisposition to aggressive and violent behavior while drinking. Examples of this can be found in his behavior with Jenny and Serena in the first seasons, both of which he had been drinking before the attacks. This is how you prove a character is prone to violence under the influence....

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@restive
Blair contradicts herself cause she also said something about making something of herself first before embarking on relationship too. Now she doing something her mother told her Waldorfs are not being someone's wife. I still Blair needs to grow up more and I don't like how she been contradicting herself.

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i wish people would hear/read (quotes) between the lines and look behind blairs mask, or in her face when she is with chuck, no matter what he does to her, she loves him...just get it!!

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@ IsabelleB
Don't be insulting, I am a Chair fan and I did not find it hot or romantic.
That scene was not about romance imo, it was about that Chuck needing help.
As for justifying why Chuck did it, I am not but I know that he wouldn't have done it sober (I have a family history of people abusing alcohol, which is why I do not drink, and family members who do crack and they change personality while under influence).
My thing is no one knew Chuck was a violent drunk until this episode, I would only fault him if he was aware he was violent drunk prior but any other time we seen him drunk or buzz he been chilled (probably cause he was smoking some weed too).

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i wish people would listen to what blair said in the episode, that their fates weren't sealed in the 11th grade. chuck might have made blair happy (for whatever reason) in season 1 but she grew up and wants different things now. sure she isn't a perfect person but she deserves to be happy and to be with someone who makes her happy, not an unpredictable, aggressive asshole who needs to be committed to a mental hospital before embarking on ANY relationship.

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But while the beast locked himself in a tower of ennui, the girl found herself a prince. His name?

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Once upon a time in the land called Upper East, a beautiful girl met a beast.

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