Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the most recent episode (see our official review from last night) of our favorite show in even greater detail.
Below, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) and managing editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) join writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines to discuss "All the Pretty Sources."
Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!
1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?
Courtney: Serena's MOH speech. It felt genuine and that party was amazing; I need to have a wedding shower hosted by S like right now. I loved the little jab at the minions for trying to be like Blair.
Christina: Can I go with Serena’s entire MOH speech? This season has seriously lacked in gal pal time, and I’ve missed the besties together. Case in point, I also liked when Serena and Blair were reminiscing over blasts from the past.
Leigh: I swear I actually wrote this down last night because I was cracking up. Chuck to poser girls: "I should warn you, he's been trained to go after fake Prada." Simply Amazing.
Steve: Christina said it best. I've missed Blair and Serena's relationship and how they can remain so close even while reminiscing about their submissions to Gossip Girl, many of which presumably involved the other.
Eric: The entire scene between Chuck and the little B&S at the beginning. So glad the meta humor returned!
2. What was your favorite scene featuring Dan and Chuck?
Courtney: Sitting on the porch. Chuck had humor, Dan had his wild hair. It was perfection.
Christina: Ah, the most unexpected bromance continues to go strong. From girls to pot, Chuck was definitely in a sharing mood. I loved all of the Duck scenes, but I think the writers saved the best for last. The way Chuck took care of Dan was most noteworthy.
Leigh: This is a toughie. As nice as the steps scene was, I think I'll pick them getting stoned together. Dan would totally be one of those rambling stoners. Everything about that scene was hilarious. It made me miss the "lost weekends." Remember those? Season 1?
Steve: "Are you willing to get a haircut and change your clothes?" "No." "Then I don't know what I can do for you." This classic exchange set up a Duck storyline that lived up to expectations and then some.
Eric: That's impossible to pick a favorite Duck scene. Shameless plug alert: They're just such a dynamic duo. Fine, make me choose? Watching The Matrix together and Chuck fashioning his advice around Neo.
3. Is there any chance Louis redeems himself after this?
Courtney: I have thought Louis was extremely boring and dull since he has been on the show. At least him going down this path gives him some excitement to watch. He will try to redeem himself, and it will work until everything comes crashing down at the wedding.
Christina: Sadly, yes. After all, he is a prince and he’ll probably come bearing gifts and another empty apology again for B.
Leigh: Who? Oh that guy with the accent? Sorry I was so bored, I forgot for a second who he was. No, he will only get worse.
Steve: No, they're clearly setting up for her not to marry this guy, which we pretty much knew she wouldn't anyway. He was never interesting. Now that he's no longer nice, loyal or moral, what does have left?
Eric: Not at all. Of course, we've all seen teases of a royal wedding so we know we'll at least go that far. But clearly the show has driven Louis down a deep dark path he is not recovering from. I was pro Louis when he was boring and represented a crown for B. Now he's just irritating and in the way of the far more fun Chair-Dair triangle. No one needs a square with Lair (pronounce it so it rhymes).
4. How do you see Nate's career as Editor-in-Chief of the Spectator playing out?
Courtney: Ehhh, this doesn't seem like something that is going to be a huge success. Nate is a good man though (I was so pumped to find out he never sent in a GG blast). Here is hoping that he struggles at first and then finds his niche as an Editor-in-Chief. Maybe he will get a little ruthless. Could be fun.
Christina: There’s a slim-to-none chance this will work out for Nate. Aside from his lack of experience, how is he supposed to handle his new position as editor AND classes at Columbia?!
Leigh: Realistically I see this as a dropped storyline, just like his academic career at Columbia. Idealistically he will find out Diana's secret and expose her!
Steve: Did anyone else think, just for a millisecond, that perhaps Nate hasn't sent any tips to Gossip Girl because he IS Gossip Girl? That would be the biggest twist of all time, with him becoming a successful media mogul a close second. Much as I'd love to see it, I fear Leigh's right. Dropped plot potential.
Eric: I'm not even sure when the dude figured out how to make a website, let alone run an entire news outlet. Let's be honest, the biggest problem is how the hell grandfather thinks running a celebrity gossip blog is at all going to improve his son's image!?
5. Which will happen first: Dan gets a haircut, Blair wears jeans, Serena realizes she's being played, or Ivy says something truthful?
Courtney: Ivy saying something truthful because she already sorta did. She pretty much admitted to Max that things are a scheme but that the money is real. Baby steps here. Thing I would like to happen first? Dan getting a haircut! I'm pretty sure it is the worst it has ever been.
Christina: Thanks to Max, we all know that Ivy’s luck has to run out soon. Dan’s ‘do is a staple. Blair and jeans don’t even belong in the same sentence. And I’m fairly certain Serena has realized she’s been played a time or two already.
Leigh: None of the above? I think more will happen with Ivy so I guess I'll pick her. Even though she lies like she breathes, or whatever Diana said.
Steve: Serena's not going to wise up anytime soon. Ivy could reveal her true self, but only if her charade becomes an even more terrible alternative. Blair would look great in jeans, but that won't happen ... I guess that leaves Dan. At some point Penn will finish filming the Jeff Buckley movie and he'll be allowed to revert to his Season One roots.
Eric: Why don't you ask us whether hell will freeze over or pigs will fly? Obviously none of these things will happen in our lifetime. The one I'd most like to see? Blair in jeans eating gyros and shaved ice.
6. Biggest stretch: Jonathan hacking Gossip Girl in five minutes, Louis knowing how to make that list of sources live, Max turning from harmless, jaded ex to calculating extortionist, or people showing up INSIDE others' apartments in NYC, in general?
Courtney: Although all of these things are pretty far fetched (Hello Jonathan! Louis being a website tech?), I'm going with people showing up inside other peoples apartments. There is no way that the doorman working the Waldorf's building is going to let a complete stranger go stand in the living room in the dark.
Christina: Definitely Louis knowing how to make sources live ... how gullible do the Gossip Girl writers think we are?
Leigh: Definitely Louis knowing how to make the website live. There's no way. I look to Eric to explain why since he's the tech wiz around here.
Steve: I'll let Eric go off on Louis' apparent technical prowess and take the last item on the list. When was the last time you walked into your apartment and saw someone you barely know waiting there for you?! Dan, Chuck, Louis, fine, I'll accept that a doorman might allow it. But that random Max? Ridiculous. Having him accost her on the street again would be much more realistic.
Eric: Just like Steve pointed out in his review, obviously I need to go with Louis posting those sources live. But realize you have so many stretches even to get there. Jonathan hacking the phone that quickly. Nate figuring out how to build a dynamic website WITH a database and searching capabilities in a matter of hours. Then, on top of all that, Louis can just push a button to hack into the Spectator and launch the link!? I'm sorry, the nerd in me will accept that as soon as Dan gets a haircut.
7. Share one prediction for the next two weeks.
Courtney: I like Eric's idea of seeing Carol's real daughter. I'm also predicting a Dair scene that is heartfelt. These two haven't been in the best situation with each other for a few weeks now and Dan made a point; he was there for her when no one else was. Hopefully with the Louis drama, he will be able to be there for her again.
Christina: I’ve used this one already and I’m using it again: We’re going to definitively find out who the real baby daddy is!
Leigh: Besides Blair's imminent nervous breakdown regarding not wanting to marry Louis, I still sadly think she's going to miscarry. Just a hunch.
Steve: Dan and Serena hook up. Now that would really throw a wrench into things!
Eric: I want to see something seriously useful go down on the Chivy front. And not just another notch in Serena's already-filled belt with Max or his pathetic foray into blackmail. I'm talking bring in Carol's real daughter.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments!