Gossip Girl Review: Sources of Evil

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Now that's more like it.

After such a mediocre installment last week, "All The Pretty Sources" met all the criteria for a solid Gossip Girl episode. It focused on the core cast members, advanced the storyline, and was entertaining as heck.

Sounds like a simple formula, but the show has been known to deviate from it as we know. Tonight our favorite characters were in rare form, and even the supporting players brought something to the table.

The episode also managed to tie all the storylines together in a way that flowed nicely and didn't feel totally forced, like throwing everyone together at a party out of the blue ... which did sort of happen.

B's shower was where the tension boiled over, but it did so (relatively) believably and scandalously for all. The big winners? Chuck, Nate, Nlair and Serena. The losers? Louis, Ivy, Diana and Gossip Girl.

As for Dan, that's a tough call. Maybe he won't even remember what happened ...

Serena and Blair Conflict

This was a big night for the men of Blair Waldorf. To say Louis did not help his standing is an understatement. In the last three episodes, he's taken two steps back, and last week he did not even appear.

Logistical issues aside - I refuse to believe Louis would know how to make that list of sources live on the Spectator (TV Fanatic CEO Eric Hochberger could, but not me) - one could foresee his meddling.

He's totally self-destructing, and it's amateur hour for Louis when it comes to his scheming. Desperate and jealous, he simply wings it without thinking of the consequences ... or how not to get busted.

How ironic that the one true source of evil in this hour was the man who thinks he's above it all. Even Diana didn't sell out Nate's friends, and Ivy's a huge liar, but just in over her head at this point.

Fortunately, the petulant Prince was exposed and Blair saw him for the ineffective sleaze he really is, while at the same time, the two men she disallowed from the shower stepped up to the plate. Mostly.

Any episode that gives Chuck Bass free rein to be a dick while not having the audience hate him is pure gold. That's what happened this evening, thanks to his budding bromance with Dan. I heart Duck.

Chair and Dair lovers are often divided into respective camps, and the ending of "All the Pretty Sources" will surely prompt some more in-fighting, but Chuck was right. They were both outsiders tonight.

From Chuck's hilarious means of passing the time, to his efforts to get Dan some ass (not make one of out himself) and the way he took care of his drunken comrade at the end, the Basshole was great.

Who knows if they'll continue to have these types of adventures together, but if they do, Duck may have a real shot at winning TV Fanatic's dynamic duo poll. As for their romantic overtures toward B?

After dragging him out of the bridal shower with everyone they knew and a bunch of people they didn't (Dan asking who the peeps in the elevator were was classic), Chuck knew Dan's true intentions.

They're both in love with Blair and they both lost. For now.

It's not over yet, at least for Chuck. Dan's feelings for Blair remain strong, and their connection is deep. But when B realized Chuck had been "good" this whole time, the look on her face said it all.

If Gossip Girl is trying to plant seeds of doubt about B going through with the wedding on the 100th episode spectacular in January, they may be doing too good a job. Is there any chance she will?

We know the wedding will take place, but how much of it is unclear. There's also the matter of the baby, which was a total afterthought tonight, save for Beatrice leaking the paternity test scandal.

It's not looking good for the Prince, that's for sure, and in the ongoing, three-person battle for Blair's affections, the way things are going right now, a redeemed Chuck may have the inside track.

Ivy is Still Around

The reason Louis is on the outs, again, is the list of Gossip Girl sources getting out. Somehow, Nate got Jonathan to hack them off GG's site in like two minutes (he and Diana didn't think of that earlier)?

Eh, whatever. The point is that Nate and Serena, for all their flaws, were not about to drop the bomb, but suddenly computer-savvy Louis was ALL over it. He paid a price, as did Diana in a different way.

Whatever the Grandfather's motives for remaking Nate, installing him as the head of a big website does accomplish that to some degree, even if he's blissfully unaware of how those strings were pulled.

The fact that he never sent a tip to Gossip Girl speaks to his character. We rip on the guy for his lack of brains, and that will certainly come into play again, but he came off smelling like roses here.

Can the Spectator be the new Gossip Girl? Will Nate establish a legitimate career or implode after 2-3 weeks? Will he realize he's a pawn? So many questions. It's hard not to root for the guy, though.

It was a lot of fun to see him doing something for a change, and working with Serena in the process. Their relationship has always been central to the show, even if S and B interact so much more.

Serena and Blair reminiscing over blasts from the past (literally!) was pretty funny, and you had to laugh at S' subterfuge surrounding the shower, playing it off as if it were a casual, ordinary affair.

In the end, S was a terrific maid of honor and gave the bride-to-be the night of her dreams, Louis be damned. It was so sweet, though I bet we haven't seen the last of Diana trying to stir things up.

Why Diana caved to the pressure is uncertain, but at least we know there's a joint secret that could apparently doom both herself and the Grandfather. Speaking of secrets ... Ivy. Oh, sweet Ivy.

It took eight episodes, but her storyline finally picked up as Max continued to stalk her and force her into one lie after another. Then after Max busted her, again, he went completely off the rails.

The girl lies way too easily. It's like she's an actress or something. Even the pros can only impersonate a real person and infiltrate a family for so long, however, and the walls are closing in on her.

What Max intends to do with Serena, who knows, but at least he had the gall to blackmail Ivy for some real money. Fifty grand on the UES is like 10 in Oregon. Girl's got a trust fund. Think BIG!

Diana and Ivy have combined for way too much screen time this fall, but they certainly weren't boring tonight. I'm legitimately intrigued about what will happen with both, which is officially a first.

This was a strong installment overall, with good laughs and better drama. With two more weeks to go before the holiday hiatus, it'll be interesting to see where they leave all this unfinished business.

I turn it over to you. What did you think of tonight's Gossip Girl? Leave a comment and tell us below, and don't forget to take a look at next week's promo and vote in our poll ...

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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (307 Votes)

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I cannot say enough how much I love having Penelope back. She is my favorite minion, by far, and amoungst my top favorite GG characters ever. On a related note, I soooo missed the matching minion outfits. The co-ordinated bags and tights? Adorable!

Truestoryp

I LOVE THE EPISODE!
Finally an episode that was focused on friendships! I really missed that. I admit that Serena's speech made me tear up a little. I'd missed the besties so much and the show had been neglecting them for so long.
Serena knows Blair the best and she proved it by throwing her the best bridal shower that Blair could ever wish for. The only downside to this scenario was that it was for Blair's wedding to the most horrible character ever. Louis is a creeper and the biggest jerk! The fact that he doesn't like S only makes me hate him more. He needs to GTFO immediately. I'm glad that Blair got to her senses and confronted him about his actions. Now if she only broke up with him once and for all.
Duck!! Duck were hilarious! I can watch Chuck Bass pwning Dan all day long. Or watch him taking Monkey for a walk. It's a tough choice! There was some tough love courtesy of Chuck there as well. And aww, how sweet was he when he took care of a drunk Dan. My Bass boy is becoming a wonderful man! There was some weird family vibe in the last scene.
Nate is the sweetest guy in the show! I still can't believe that he never sent a text to Gossip Girl.
Ivy is an evil genius and I kinda like her a lot. The girl has got moves!
I loved seeing Serena and Blair bonding. It needs to happen more often, show! Also, Serena made my night by being the best friend and sister all at once. Thank you for making Blair see the light, S! :)
And finally CHAIR! No words, I have no words. It was the shortest Chair scene ever but it was worth it!! Those two have such an incredible chemistry that they only need seconds to take your breath away.
Next week: I can't wait for Chair in therapy together! As Chuck would say, "This is going to be fun."

Eneci

What lame episode??? 3 stars most.
I disliked pretty every storyline, they were boring and predictable.
Diana has feelings! WOW a really bad written character who was so strong but lost everything in a second. she has one more agenda, secret and will come back around episode 15 and re-enter the story.
Blair and the Prince! Come on the story was so stupid, fighting over her friends and so bad written. come on what LOUIS Got suddenly tottaly psych. Kill him off!
Serena was a moral girl again and didn't do anything to improve the pe or to make it worse.
Dan and Chuck had their fun scenes and that was it. It didn't contribute to the story at all. Chuck needs to get his own princess, cause I don't see hair happening. Penn acted solid but I don't see where are they going with him. he is going into a auto-destructive road.
The Ivy story was a little bit funny and entertaining but than U come to the point and say no it is not going this way. Her boyfriend has a multiple-person disorder. Cause today he wants play happy family today, tomorrow not and so making rounds.
And the blogger no one could find in so many years gets so easy haked into her files by the same person! Come on GG is smarter than that! Hope the upcoming episodes get don't so messy stories and finally make some crucial decisions and take them back to college. ;)

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DEFINITELY Blair and Chuck. They're such an exciting couple. I mean come on people, Blair ending up with Dan would just be the ooooldest stereotype. And Luis is still a really boring character in my opinion. Chair all the way. By the way, I hate Charlie's character in this series. She's the type of fragile, insecure, desperate hypocrite that annoys the living hell out of me. Seriously. GTFO. Loved Nate in this episode though. He might not be the brightest crayon in the box but he's got integrity and he's a good guy. I like the direction his character is going in right now.

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I don't understand why everybody is for Blair being with either Chuck or Louis, Blair and Dan at least have believable chemistry and potential for a relationship. I don't see what she and Chuck have in common... and Louis is getting creepier and more desperate each week.

Bellabass

@ Sofia: I hear ya girlfriend!!!
@Christiana: I'm sure everyone does
and @Marisa: lol, me want the chairytale too!!! Chuck and Blair.......no words for them, they are the endgame. THE COUPLE!
CHUCK AND BLAIR ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DYING AT THE TENSION. Seriously though, you don't date your best friends ex - sorry Dair shippers, but it's like the rules of feminism or something. Louis is such a backstabber, and pretending he isn't just makes him worse than Chuck ever was. Chuck. Bad boy turned good? I'll never truly believe it but he has grown, and so's Blair. If they don't get together at the end of this season then I don't even know what I'll do. ahhhhh the drama! It's killing me.

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I am really a DAIR fan. I don't care if Chair is end game but I want to see some DAIR first. And, so BORED with the Diana storyline. I hope it is done for good.

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I hope DAIR will NEVER EVER happen, and I think it's going right, everyting, chuck and blair: )

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Christiana took the words right out of my mouth.

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