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Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Jewel of Denial"

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Welcome to the third Gossip Girl Round Table discussion of the season! Below, our panel breaks down the previous night's episode (see our official review from earlier this morning) in great detail.

Below, TV Fanatic commander-in-chief Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines talk "The Jewel of Denial."

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: "There’s nothing more boring than a sense of morality, Humphrey." Classic Chuck Bass.

Christina: From Blair: “That is much more civilized, unlike your hair, Humphrey. You look like a Muppet.” I really just can’t get enough of the Dan jabs.

Leigh: Chuck to Dan in response to Dan doing some persuasion: "I have knee pads in the bedroom if you need them." First of all their banter kills me. Second, of course you do Chuck.

Steve: Two scenes I loved actually featured no dialogue: The camera panning up from Lily's ankle monitor to her face, and Blair's look when she saw Chuck and the dog on Gossip Girl, closing her laptop in utter confusion/disgust.

Eric: Blair calling Dan out on his Muppet hair. I've spent five years trying to figure out what that goof looked like and she pulled it off with one word.

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Is it just me or is this season actually pretty good so far?!

Courtney: I absolutely agree! Gossip Girl is back on her game! Leighton Meester is killing it and I am loving that she has the majority of the stories week after week. Whether she is with Chuck, Louis, Dan, Serena, and even Charlie/Ivy... the girl shines in every scene. Dan and Blair’s friendship is one of the most enjoyable things this season so far. Even as a Dair fan, I understand it’s a friendship and even that gets me excited to tune in.

Christina: I loved last night’s. Prior to this episode, this season has just been okay. I’m looking forward to see what happens in Blair’s maybe almost fairytale.

Leigh: The first two episodes kind of sucked wind but last night turned it around for me. The Dair friendship, Ivy stepping up to Carol, the return of Rufly, and Chair's emotional scene... I might've shed a tear.

Steve: I've enjoyed it, and am glad it isn't just me. Ivy/Charlie is the lone weak link so far in my opinion. Last night at least provided us with Charlie's motive and raised the stakes a bit, unfortunately I still don't care that much. Maybe that's a credit to the other stories, which have started strong and have good potential.

Eric: I know, right! Since episode one opened in LA, this season just has such a fresh feel. I think we finally have some good scandals, primarily led by Blair's pregnancy, and supporting characters to keep this season going. Let's just hope they don't go the way of the usual Gossip Girl and just throw them away in the end.

Has Blair even opened the envelope yet, and what do you think it actually says?

Courtney: I’m thinking yes and that Chuck is going to be the father. Blair said it herself, she can’t be this close to having all her dreams come true and have them ripped away. This is GG people, that is absolutely what is going to happen.

Christina: I’m going with no, and it’s got to be Chuck’s, right?! 

Leigh: Blair opened the implausible DNA results. At first I was sure she was lying, now I don't know. Queen B has a good poker face.

Steve: I don't think she opened it. Even if she did and decided to lie about the results, she wouldn't keep it around, intact. She can't bear to look, but knows tossing it altogether would be irresponsible. I think. It looked like Dan was basically forcing her to read it, however, so clearly I'm not sure. But it can't be Louis' baby after all this.

Eric: Heck no. That envelope is as sealed up as a torn-up-and-taped together container can be. Now we all know the baby is actually Chuck's. But a Dair fan can dream, can't he?

More hilarious friendship: Blair-Dorota or Dan-Chuck?

Courtney: Blair and Dorota are always priceless but Dan and Chuck is downright hilarious. Who buys someone a dog that isn’t really their friend? Only Lonely Boy would do such a thing. I guess he knew what he was doing - how amazing was the scene with Chuck and Monkey at the end.

Christina: Blair-Dorota! What an unusual and funny pairing!

Leigh: Blair and Dorota are always shutting it down so let's give someone else the props this week. I am loving Dan and Chuck as friends, or whatever they are.

Steve: B and D. Chuck and Dan can't expect to overtake a legendary duo in just a few scenes, but give them a bunch more like the hilarious one above and we'll talk.

Eric: The bromance affectionately coined Duck by our Gossip Girl reviewer. Between knee pads and a dog named Monkey, their scene stole the show.

Hardest to believe: Blair's DNA test, Chuck adopting a dog, or Nate turning down sex?

Courtney: DNA test no doubt. Really? Just a hand addressed envelope written personal and confidential? There is holes all over that story.

Christina: Blair’s DNA test! Talk about impossible. By the way, that last scene with Chuck and Monkey was pretty heartbreaking. My dog, Cotton, and I were watching, and I couldn’t help but think, poor Chuck. I still am in shock that Nate turned down sex.

Leigh: Nate turned down sex? Maybe I just didn't notice because Chace Crawford wasn't taking his clothes off.

Steve: The test, however laden with impossibility, is central to the main plot, so I'll overlook it. Monkey is emblematic of Chuck's need for companionship and his relationship with new BFF Dan, so I can see that as well. Nate spurning Diana and threatening to go do something more substantive, though? Where did that gumption come from?

Eric: Hidden option four: Diana has heard of Gossip Girl. Come on, I know she supposedly gossips about Manhattan's elite, but she's gone from talking about Lonely Boy and other high school students at Constance to being uttered in the same conversation as News Corp during a plot? How big / broad could her coverage be if Serena is S and Blair is B. Let's just say she's no THG.

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What kind of scandals will Nate and Diana uncover?

Courtney: They will definitely be the ones to uncover the Ivy/Charlie situation and will most likely blast Blair’s pregnancy.

Christina: I’ve already got Gossip Girl for scandals. I need the best kept secret of all: Rufus’ homemade waffle recipe! Let’s hope Nate and Diana can help.

Leigh: Nate and Diana will find out who A is, who the mother is, who leaked the latest celebrity nude photos ... pretty much anything EXCEPT who Gossip Girl is. Remember what happened last time someone tried to take her on?

Steve: Looks like outing Charlie as an impostor is first order of business. Beyond that, Jenny Packham's clientele includes Keira Knightley, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Aniston and Pippa Middleton (thank you Wikipedia). There could be some pretty famous iPhones at that fashion show. P.S. LOL @ Leigh.

Eric: OMG. Leigh pretty much nailed them all. Other than answering the one question eating away at me this season: Who is Klaus afraid of!?

How excited are you to learn what Dan wrote?

Courtney: Sooo excited! He always has been “the ultimate insider,” so the info has to be flowing. I loved that the cover of the book looked like a real Gossip Girl novel. Also really looking forward to Nate being gay and the return of Charlie Trout. Monday can not come soon enough.

Christina: How excited?! Is this a rhetorical question? Well, thanks to what I consider the best invention ever, my DVR, I was able to pause and get a first glimpse at Dan’s Inside. You can thank me later: "Standing behind the podium with a gavel in hand was Clair Carlyle, the president of the Florence School for Girls' sophomore class. When Clair demanded attention, everyone respected her request. She was smell yet giant. Young yet adult. Girlish yet macho... Clair was in charge and we were her hapless minions."

Leigh: It's gonna be a best seller! Send me a signed copy Lonely Boy. After all, Gossip Girl did once refer to you as the "ultimate insider."

Steve: Quite. As Courtney noted, it's very "meta" of a show based on a book series to have Dan write such a novel. And even if the Dair sex scene was all in Humphrey's head, the producers still get props for throwing fans a bone (pun intended) and letting their love evolve, albeit fictionally. One can only imagine what other secrets he dished and creative liberties he employed in cultivating Inside. P.S. Thank you Christina for sleuthing worthy of Gossip Girl herself ... or at least our Gossip Girl spoiler section.

Eric: Based on the latest promo? 11. Dan slept with Blair and Nate is gay? This sounds like a hilarious alternate universe reminiscent of some of the fan fiction in our Gossip Girl forum. I can't wait to explore. 

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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i just love the feel of the low wetnir light in the church and so many of these images – so beautiful you guys!!!

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i just love the feel of the low wetnir light in the church and so many of these images – so beautiful you guys!!!

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Favourite quote - "There is a part of me that really wanted it to be yours". Is it just me or did that sound… honest? Is it possible that the boring prince is really the daddy? It's either that or Blair is officially the best liar ever. The entire scene with Blair and Chuck was just amazing. I waited for the Chair scene since the season started, but that totally exceeded my expectations. Very intense. The look on Chuck's face when Blair said she's pregnant - wow. I still have chills. More hillarious friendship - still Blair and Dorota. They have been around too long to be just taken over by somebody. But Chuck and Dan have something. If they keep it up, they have a shot. Monkey is fantastic. Hardest to believe - I'd say it's down to DNA test vs sex addict. Chuck adopting the dog is not hard to believe at all. He's Chuck Bass, he can do whatever. We should know that by now. Did anyone think that he would get rid of the dog? What kind of scandals will Nate and Diana uncover? I think Leigh and Eric covered everything :) How excited am I to learn what Dan wrote? Hmmm, is it possible to die of excitement? If it's possible, I'm starting to worry. I don't know if I will live long enough to see the next episode.

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What was your favorite quote from the episode?
Blair's saying what's in my mind lately. What's up with Dan's hair? Seriously, it's disturbing. Is it just me or is this season actually pretty good so far?!
Great execution of pregnancy plot so far. Check. Great usage of guest star. Check. Serena being "Serena". Check. No Vanessa. Check. Yep. So far it's pretty awesome. Has Blair even opened the envelope yet, and what do you think it actually says?
She hasn't opened it but she insisted on believing it's Louis'. I'm saying it actually says it's Louis'. Let's just say when Chuck decide to investigate, it will all end very badly for him when he found out the truth. More hilarious friendship: Blair-Dorota or Dan-Chuck?
Blair-Dorota has been fun throughtout Season Four so it's not exactly new. Duck, on the other hand, hilarious! Is it just me or Dan just seem to be an awesome friend to everyone (Blair, Nate, Serena, Vanessa). Hardest to believe: Blair's DNA test, Chuck adopting a dog, or Nate turning down sex?
Nate turning down sex. Now, now, Nate, don't confuse fans. We think of you as a manwhore but if you keep doing this turning down thing, we're forced to think of something else for you.
P.S. For the first time since I watch GG, I actually like Nate when he's plotting with Diana. What kind of scandals will Nate and Diana uncover?
Nate will probably find out about Charlie/Ivy situation (which led to another victim of Manwhore), which Diana couldn't careless to know. Diana will mainly aim for high socialites, Lily's phone maybe? How excited are you to learn what Dan wrote?
I saw the promo! It looks like a really awesome episode. Can't wait for it to come out. Pfft...heck, if it really exists, I want a copy of "Inside" for myself!

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I think the best scene last night even though it wasn't a quote was Chuck crying after hearing of Blair's pregnancy. I do have a question regarding that though. Were we to assume he was upset because she was pregnant with another man's baby and he would've preferred it to be his?
I'm liking this season so far. I think Blair's storyline is what is making it the most interesting. I thoroughly enjoy the relationship that Dan is having with both Blair and Chuck. I personally prefer the Dan/Chuck relationship better than the Dorota/Blair relationship right now.
I personally think Chuck is the father. I assumed Blair had read it too but being that I have it on DVR, I may have to go back and rewatch it. I think whatever the case is, it is really Chuck's. I imagine that will come out towards the end of the season, if not on the season finale.
When doing a paternity test, wouldn't you need the DNA of both Chuck and Louis. How did Blair obtain such things so easily in a very short amount of time? I'm accepting the storyline without this explanation though only because I'm too curious as to who the real father is as well.
I personally have no interest in the Charlie storyline. I want to fastforward through her scenes but I don't just in case there is any important information given regarding any other storylines in the show.
Nate turns down sex when he thinks he's being morally wrong but it's usually his downstairs brain that gets him in these morally compromising situations to begin with.
I'm pretty excited to know what Dan wrote. As long as it doesn't interfere with his relationship with Blair or Chuck though.

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there are alot of people saying that the reason blair hid the envelope and looked at it that way in the end was because she didnt want louis finding out that she had done the test in the first place but if thats true then why didnt she throw it out
if the baby really is louis then wouldnt blair just destroy the test results after all its the only evidence she had it done as the only people who know are chuck dan and darota and none of them are gonna betray her
i mean this is blair we're talking about she would have destroyed the evidence

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I ♥ @Uncle Jackass... He said it all.

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Wasn't there an interview where the GG writers (or maybe a producer?) said that we will find out who the father is in the middle of the season? And as last night was only Episode 3 (and the fact that Blair looked like she was lying when she was telling Chuck + she hid the envelope), does this prove more that Prince Charming is NOT the father of baby Waldorf?

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I've been thinking about the envelope and these are the options I have for what happened: a) Blair looked the paper with the results but didn't read them and she just saved them on the drawer which makes her kinda insane because anyone could find them and read them before her, this whole scenario of her not reading them is the less likely, b) the baby is Chuck's, Blair saves the results for sentimentality which is kinda risky considering anyone could find them, c) the baby is Louis and Blair is hidding the results so he doesn't find about the test and asks why she did it in the first place, but that's just stupid, because it would have been better for her to destroy the results, by ripping them again or burning them. Btw, it's pretty impossible that Dorota pieced them together without seen anything, but this show is that crazy.

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Two Things:
If Chuck is the father, that is goodbye to GG.
Second things, Gossip Girl better take that british bitch donw. Altough I'd love to know GG's identity. Oh and additional third things: I'm liking Charlie this season.

Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 3 Quotes

Blair: Go away! I'm preparing for my interview with Hello magazine.
Dorota: But doctor office call again. They have test results.
Blair: Hang up or I'll tell the reporter you're undocumented.

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