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Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Fasting and the Furious"

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Welcome to another Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the most recent episode (see our official review from Monday night) of our favorite show in detail.

Below, TV Fanatic CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines discuss "The Fasting and the Furious."

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!

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What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Courtney: Definitely goes to Chuck after Dan gave him the dog collar: “I can think of a few girls who could look good in this.” Classic Basshole.

Christina: I loved when Serena’s boss cleverly called Dan “Dan F. Scott Fitzjackass.” Then again, I’m a fan of The Great Gatsby and appreciated such mentions as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.

Leigh: I'm going with a serious one this week despite Nate and Chuck's banter about how Nate speaks "Old Lady." Chuck new psych: "You never had a childhood so you behave like a child in the worst ways." WOW, calling it like it is on her very first appearance on the UES! I heart Chuck but it's about time he got some therapy.

Steve: I'll go the cheesy route and choose the heart-to-heart between Blair and her mom, and Serena confessing her feelings for Dan. Who knew Gossip Girl could make the room so dusty ...

Eric: Pretty much every word out of the exchange between Dan and Chuck. I once thought there could be no better banter than Dair, but then I met Duck. "Well at least this time it's because they hate you and not because they don't know you exist." A wise sage, psychic and hilarious to boot. What's there not to love about Chuck?

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Bigger stretch: Chuck and Louis talking to the same psychologist, Diana wreaking havoc at the Waldorfs with no one noticing, or Nate blinding trusting Ivy to put the files back?

Courtney: I'm going with Chuck and Louis talking to the same psychologist. She came out of nowhere and all of a sudden she is key in information for Louis and ready to help Chuck. Too much of a coincidence, even for Gossip Girl standards. Although Diana at the Waldorfs was a little extreme.

Christina: Diana wreaking havoc. If she was Nate’s +1, why didn’t anyone ever notice Nate was nowhere near her side?!

Leigh: Chuck and Louis talking to the same psychologist. This is Manhattan, there's more than enough therapists to go around. Also if she was in any way reputable she wouldn't see two patients who were a conflict of interest.

Steve: All good options, but what I found hardest to believe was Diana waltzing into a private family event, orchestrating those shenanigans and not arousing any suspicions. She's devious, but come on.

Eric: Nate. No matter how many seasons pass, I keep trying to give this guy credit as an intelligent human being. But seriously, you couldn't stick around for two minutes to watch someone you believe to be clinically insane put the files away? Yet you have hours to do your hair every morning? Not that I'm jealous...

Is this the beginning of the redemption of Chuck Bass?

Courtney: Chuck redeemed himself with me when he let Blair go, but hopefully this is the beginning of him coming around back to becoming a functioning person. He does need the help and if it helps him win Blair back, then Chuck Bass redemption is the way to go.

Christina: I’m not entirely certain, but if “the redemption of Chuck Bass” is needed in order to get Chair back together, I'm game.

Leigh: Yes, I kind of think it is. I don't think Chuck will shake all of his devious ways, and quite frankly he'd be boring if he did, but I think he'll get on a better path. Perhaps he'll be a little less masochistic.

Steve: Without question, something had to give with Chuck. He needs to step outside of his own head (and not in a drug-induced way) to see himself for who he really is. Hopefully this is the beginning of that process, whatever Eliza's true intentions may be. Only then can he be a better man.

Eric: No. Unfortunately this is the start of Louis and random dog-walking psychiatrist manipulation. Welcome to the manipulative UES, Louis. And welcome to having a personality. Possibly. That will be determined if my theory comes true.

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Will Blair make a good mother?

Courtney: Absolutely, she wasn’t queen bee for no reason. This character is one that has truly grown over the past several seasons. The one-time scheming mastermind now cares about her family and friends and will care about this baby. Hey, she already sent in her sonogram to Constance/St. Judes. The girl knows what she’s doing.

Christina: Most definitely. With her experience with the minions and a mother like Eleanor, she’s got a stellar resume to be a good mother. 

Leigh: I hate to say it, but Blair can barely take care of herself let alone a child. This kid has a chance if it's raised by Dorota. Otherwise all I can picture when I combine "Blair" with "Motherhood" is scenes from Mommie Dearest. Wire hangers everywhere.

Steve: Blair's flaws and poor decisions are too numerous to list, but she always means well and has strong maternal instincts. She's very young, but regardless of age, you're always ready and yet never ready to be a mother. Blair prides herself on being the best, and that should serve her well - whoever the father is. Plus, Eleanor is looking like a pretty strong role model for B in this department.

Eric: Of course. Did she not make a good mother to her minions in seasons past? Give the manipulative Queen B credit. She'll raise the perfect prince(ss).

Do you want Dan and Serena get back together?

Courtney: NO! Although these two were the heart of the show at one time, now it is just weird! Their parents are happily married and even though they are step-siblings, it’s still a little weird. Plus, Dan has built his own character, he is no longer Lonely Boy chasing after S. He deserves better. And Serena shouldn’t go after him for movie rights or because she’s jealous that Blair is the star of his book. There is a reason she isn’t.

Christina: Absolutely NOT. I’ve been over Derena ever since Rufus and Lily officially got back together.

Leigh: Yes! I still have faith in Derena. People love each other in spite of their flaws. They've still got the spark.

Steve: I loved Dan and Serena back in the day, and could feel that way again IF the relationship matures and is properly nurtured and developed by the writers. Part of the reason both Dair and Chair supporters are so passionate is that the characters really grew with each other believably over time - even if you're a Chair lover who hates Dair, you can't deny that and vice versa. I'll reserve judgment on Derena until we see where the next phase of their journey goes, although part of me thinks they are MFEO.

Eric: Oh no, I might lose my membership as official card-carrying member of the Dair shippers. But man, it was cute to see them revealing their feelings again. Plus it's been awhile since we've have some good incest on this show...

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Who are the most underused and overused characters so far this season?

Courtney: Well Lily and Rufus fall into their own category, so if I’m picking out of the main characters, I’m going with Nate. Even though he has the storyline with Diana, he can do more. It’s admirable that he didn’t want to sell out his friends, but at least it would give him an interesting arc to go with. I mean, he was only half a character in Inside. That is saying something. Most overused? Ivy without a doubt. She is everywhere and is usually unnecessary. I miss the days when it was just about B, S, Lonely Boy, Nate the cougar-hunting pothead, and the incredible Chuck Bass.

Christina: Cyrus! I actually came across a rerun of Clueless this past weekend, and thought to myself how underused Cyrus was when watching all of Mr. Hall’s scenes. Are you reading my mind, Mysterious Question Giver? Overused: Ivy. I’m bored to tears of her already. How is she always anywhere and everywhere? She must have gotten tips from Vanessa.

Leigh: Overused: Beatrice. She's pretty but dull. Sorry but we already have someone in that role and his name is Nate. Underused: Cyrus. As he would say, "Not enough!!!"

Steve: Underused: Lily. Overused: Louis and his family. Courtney makes a great point about half-character Nate, however, and Eric's idea of the IUS may have to be implemented next time.

Eric: Underused? Cyrus. Man it was so great to have him back! I just want one of his signature hugs every time he's on screen! Overused? Ivy. She's the Vanessa of Season 5. IUS anyone?

What is Diana's connection to Bart?

Courtney: Best twist of the night, hands down. Maybe she is Chuck’s mother's sister coming to meet her nephew or she could be a former lover of Bart. I’m not really sure, but I’m willing to bet it will be juicy. And I can not wait. This should be the blast that puts Diana’s site on the map.

Christina: I’m thinking Diana is Chuck’s mom’s sister or for the sake of fewer words: Chuck's aunt! We should confirm with Lily, though. I’m curious to know why Bart would have a file on himself if he was investigating the family. Also, if that was really a picture of Diana, wouldn't Lily have recognized her by now?

Leigh: She probably banged him along with half the island of Manhattan. I'm thinking she was some lowly intern or something and he took advantage of her or they had some torrid love affair.

Steve: No idea, but if she has an ulterior, personal motive to infiltrate our UES crowd, that would at least make sense ... unlike the Spectator-Gossip Girl rivalry which sort of feels forced at times.

Eric: OMG, she's Chuck's incredibly hot mother. Mostly because I don't remember, did we ever learn conclusively that fraud Elizabeth or whatever was his mom? 

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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JAKE! How could you do that to your Sarah Grace!!!! And Diana, encouraging him to boot. I can't blveeie that you would let someone sit on the couch with you other than Sarah, and a Rat Dog at that! Tisk, Tisk. :)We watch Chuck too. Good Stuff. Glad Sam uses a Kennel easy. I know that can be a pain in trying to train a dog. Glad you guys are enjoying your Nutria!

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Didn't you notice the picture Diana destroyed from Bart's file at the end of the episode? She was wearing a school uniform.. . . Diana isn't Chuck's mother, she is his SISTER!!!

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I think Diana is Chuck's mother, just sayin'..

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ATTENTION BLAIR's HAIR STYLISTs: Jennifer Johnson, Sarah Stamp, Jason Hayes , etc
You've got to be kidding me!! What on earth are you doing to her hair? Are you trying to make her look like a greasy poodle in every episode? Why can't she have the perfect hair like she used to have in the earlier seasons? I can't help but to think this is being done on purpose! This is the last season and for god's sake she is engaged to a prince. Is this the type of hair suited for an upper east sider queen? Please I beg you if you are reading this. DO SOMETHING..... Thanks :)

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The Therapist Coincidence - I think the only reason why Louis contacted Eliza is because he read about her and Chuck on Gossip Girl. When Blair enters her bedroom at the end of the episode, Louis has the blast about Chuck and Eliza open right in front of him. Diana - I wouldn't be surprised if she's Chuck's mom. True, Elizabeth was hanging on to the necklace, but who knows why? Maybe wishing for things that never came to pass, maybe feeling regretful over other aspects of her life, maybe as a memento of her brief love affair with Jack - we don't know yet, and because of that, we can't be 100% that she's Chuck's mom. Diana could be a lot of other things, too, and I'm eager to find out which role is hers! Bart's File - I don't think Bart kept a file on himself. Perhaps Lily arranged it for personal reasons, but my bet is that Chuck compiled it last season when he was searching for clues about his father's business dealings and past. We know he still works with the PI, Andrew Tyler, so it's not that big a stretch to assume Chuck asked him for information. Keeping it in the family safe would make sense to him, I imagine. As for the rest of the episode - loved it. I've been loving this whole season so far! Just when things start to feel disjointed or over-the-top or whatever, we're slapped with another juicy plot twist. I'm a fan of both Chair and Dair (though definitely crushing harder on the Dair side - they feel so fated!!), and I even like Louis. He's cute and obviously cares so much for B - if only he'd come along sooner. I'm intrigued at the thought of him getting his scheme on, and I really can't wait to see how therapy works for Chuck! Definitely excited for the coming weeks. :D

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re: redemtion of the 'great Chuck Bass'
yawn yawn

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I didn't found the Round Table biased...

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@Spector Look, you seem intelligent and rational. The fact is that looking through past comments and forums, Chair fans seem to be the ones whose emotion makes them incapable of thought. I am not attacking any one person and I am using words like tend and seem because I do not believe that they are representative of the whole fandom. I am going on facts. Look at the past years' worth of comments and the bias against Dair fans is easy to see. Chair fans can be really vicious and mean although Dair fans can be too, it doesn't seem to be an underlying theme. Frankly, I'm tired of illogical debates and mean-spirited mobs of Chair fans saying things like, "what are you smoking," "Dan is stupid," etc. Dair fans, who I believe are older than Chair fans, just don't do this as much. Prove me wrong please. Not just with a couple of samples of mean Dair fans. But show me that it's a theme, and you'll see where I'm coming from.

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So, since the Gossip Girl round table is so biased against Dair, why don't you guys dare to prove us wrong? Head to our Dair tribute video contest!! http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/...

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@Katie,
You say you hate reading "unreasonable deductions" and "character attacks," but what you just said about how Chair shippers are apparently the only ones who are "angry, rude and display shocking lack of knowledge about proper sentence structure" is completely unreasonable and a total blast to the legions of Chair shippers out there who are, in fact, decent people that do not deserve to be classified under your bias judgement. It makes absolutely no difference what your ship is, anyone can say vicious, unintelligible things. It's fair game for all, so I don't believe you were fair in making those claims. I am, by no means, trying to stop you from saying what you will say anyways, I simply ask that you allow others to do the same without unfairly labeling them as stupid beasts who don't know how to craft a sentence.

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