Gossip Girl Round Table: "Riding in Town Cars With Boys"

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the midseason finale (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 and Leigh Raines to discuss "Riding in Town Cars With Boys."

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

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1. What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Courtney:If we are going by a quote, then it's Chuck with "These stories are invented to sell papers to women who collect ceramic cats." Cracked up at this because you know there are tons of old ladies reading those celebrity gossip papers with the most unrealistic stories. If we are going by exchange, then hands down Blair and Chuck in the back room of Chivy's party. Runner up: Lily and Chuck. 

Leigh: With so much emotional dialogue, I need to inject some humor into this whole situation. Chuck about Nate's rejection of Bloomberg. "That's a bold move Nathaniel, I'm almost aroused." Classic bromance.

Steve: Lily telling Chuck she loves him like her own son. Definitely got a little dusty in here. I also loved Dan and Serena's passive-aggressive bickering at the breakfast table, and everything Dair - not the romance some fans wanted, but it was great seeing her come to Brooklyn.

Eric: Going to give it up to Dorota. As much as I want to credit her screaming in Polish at the paparazzi, I can't possibly begin to translate. So in second place, I loved her magic spell to win Louis back. Take note Secret Circle. You may have to invite Dorota to join.

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2. What was your general take on the midseason finale, and the first half of Season 5?

Courtney: There were some bumps in the road of Season 5 so far, but the past several episodes are making up for that. Blair's friendship with Dan has been a highlight, her relationship with Louis... not so much. I am over the character and the story. Time to get rid of Louis after the wedding that hopefully will never take place. The Chivy arc has been front and center and the only time it is enjoyable is with Nate in the picture. The midseason finale was slow to start and even predictable, but it was definitely enjoyable. The Chair moments, the Dair moments, even Rufus got a small piece of a story. My biggest issue with the season so far is Blair's wardrobe. I understand she is pregnant and trying to hide a baby bump. But that does not mean she needs to wear hidious frumpy frocks. Queen B is too good for that.

Leigh: Last night was just too emotional even though I expected it. I also had a visceral reaction to Ivy and Max. I hope that Eric's prediction for the second half of Season 5 is on point. I feel like the NJBC + Dan is making a comeback, as evidenced by Serena, Nate and Dan vowing to go up against Gossip Girl. I think the writers are doing a good job at keeping up the suspense, but despite the first few episodes of the season, this show has just gotten majorly depressing.

Steve: I've generally enjoyed this season. There have been plenty of minor complaints I've touched on in reviews over the last 10 weeks, but for the most part I've been invested in the storylines and entertained by the characters. This royal wedding / 100th episode spectacular had better live up to the hype.

Eric: Season 5 started off strong with the royal wedding and Inside, but then at some point became the Diana and Chivy show. I think Max's desperate attempts to tell anyone who would listen exemplifies how desperate the storyline became in general. I'm positive Chair fans will enjoy the second half of Season 5. Throw in some Derena and a little Spectator war against Gossip Girl and we might finish strong.

3. The car crash: Cliffhanging shocker or predictable copout?

Courtney: Both. I expected Blair to be the one seriously injured, not Chuck. But it is definitely a cop out on the baby situation.

Leigh: Copout. I don't think they needed to go the Princess Diana route. I get why they did it, but it wasn't in good taste. And since we know Chuck is going to live, are they really going to go the amnesia route? Come on. How many near death experiences does the kid need to have?

Steve: It really is both. Such a cheap way out in that Blair's pregnancy will simply go away, and that we know Chuck won't die. But definitely a surprise in that Ivy, Trip, Max, Diana and Jack were or will now become involved in the crash and its aftermath. That was woven together surprisingly well.

Eric: Copout. I get that it's supposed to mimic the paparazzi and Prince Diana, but come on, do you really need to force anything more between at Chair at this point for the sake of a cliffhanger? Why don't you pick on some other characters sometime.

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4. Dan or Nate: Who was more The Man this week?

Courtney: Can I be a total girl about it and pick both? Dan is a selfless, loyal friend to Blair which in return makes him The Man. But Nate has morals: he never sent in a blast to GG, he is always telling the truth, he looks out for his friends. Therefore, The Man. But... if I'm picking one, The Man this week is most definitely Lonely Boy. Who said chivalry is dead?

Leigh: Both Dan and Nate were major studs this week. Nate's progression into this suit wearing, strong guy with good morals, makes him even harder to resist. BUT Dan was just... incredible and selfless and caring and wonderful this week. Should I keep gushing?

Steve: I expect Dan to be The Man. Dan the Man, it even rhymes. So Nate gets my vote after this week and last. To steal the Grandfather's line, we've always loved him, but now we respect him too.

Eric: Obvs, Lonely Boy. Nothing says love like putting someone else's happiness ahead of your own. Besides, I'm pretty sure the Chair fans would kill me if I picked any other option.

5. Most surprising side plot: Chivy outing herself, Trip turning on his famous family, or Lily and Rufus having meaningful dialogue?

Courtney: Lily and Rufus used to have meaningful dialogue in earlier seasons, and Trip turning on his famous family doesn't really surprise me... there is always one in every family. So I am going with Chivy outing herself. We got teased with Diana outing her, then Max telling her family, then telling Nate. And in just 5 seconds, she ratted herself out. Most surprising? It was to Rufus.

Leigh: All three were surprising, but Tripp having Max cut the brakes to the car was insane. He's actually that desperate that he would risk killing his cousin? That's scary and psychotic.

Steve: Definitely Trip. Chives' guilt was nearing critical mass for awhile, so it made sense that indirectly causing the accident made her spill the beans. We all know Rufus and Lily can be strong supporting characters if given the chance. Trip, though? Who saw him playing such a scandalous role in all this!?

Eric: Welcome back Lily and Rufus! Now I remember why you're the only parents that stuck around as cast members. You're so the Kirsten and Sandy Cohen of Gossip Girl when you want to be. Speaking of sticking around as cast members, does this mean we can say goodbye to the Chivy show?

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6. How the heck do Jack and Diana know each other?

Courtney: I am going with the idea that Diana is related to the Bassholes somehow. Maybe Chuck's mother's sister? Who knows but whenever Jack comes to play, you know it's about to get scandalous. Plus, Chuck is really the only one Diana hasn't interacted with one on one. Hmmm ...

Leigh: Diana is a Bass. She will have to donate blood to save Chuck. But why did she say that Jack shouldn't thank her? That was the part I couldn't crack.

Steve: Wow, good call Leigh. Let me know when you crack the rest!

Eric: I can't keep saying / predicting it anymore. Diana is clearly related to the Bassholes. I'm think I may want to revise my answer of the real mom and copy Courtney's aunt guess. Either way, daaaamn that family has some good looks.

7. Share your predictions for the January 16 return.

Courtney: Blair will be okay, baby will not. Chuck will be touch and go until he wakes up looking for Blair. Louis is going to be angry that she was with Chuck in the car. It will be about halfway through until someone notices Chivy is gone and then Rufus will spill the beans. Dan will be by Blair's bedside and Nate will look extremely hot in a three-piece suit. Hopefully this will mark the return of Jack Bass.

Leigh: Chuck will live, but possibly have amnesia. Maybe Blair goes nuts out of guilt? I'm thinking maybe the Grimaldi family blackmails Blair into going through with her wedding to Louis. Let's get some old school GG back up in here!

Steve: Dan will be there for Blair and Chuck, and Serena will be there for Dan. Chuck will have near-death experience flashbacks and epiphanies. Nate will begin waging war against Gossip Girl. Louis will be boring. Max will call Ivy long distance and refer to her as white trash.

Eric: I'm going to pick the most obvious prediction: Chuck survives. And I really hope the writers don't bring back that whole amnesia thing from his gunshot wound. Or just repeat my guess of last week that Blair loses the baby. That's still on the table.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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I am soooooooo with Leigh that the Grimaldis will blackmail Blair into the wedding! I have thought that for a while....glad to know I'm not the only one! :)

Pattyy

when was it known that tripp told max to cut the brakes of the limo?

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Dan is THE m*$&&#$-f%-#*#&% MAN. Can I date him? !! Oh and this show is played out

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Ugh more of the same which has driven our show into the ground. I'm pretty sure this show couldn't get anymore predictable. I'm getting bored out of my mind because everyone knows what will happen next. The only question is if well see Chuck with amnesia again. Yay! Hope this is the final season

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OMG!!!!
First off I cannot control my emotions right now because so much just happened with Chair.
I have mix feelings about this episode up to the last 10 minutes.
There were many flaws I saw in this episode that made it not as enjoyeable.
-A lot of the characters are having a lot of private conversations in public. Not the best idea. Tripp and the grandfather were talking outside as if they are commoners. He's the governor or at least soon-to-be-ex- governor. People are going to follow him around especially now that his wife is suppose to be having an affair. This leads to my next point:
-Max is very annoying because he seems to be everywhere. How did he managed to follow Tripp if Tripp took a limo? And then he begins talking to him and Tripp, without any common sense listens. I probably will regret saying this but I want to know how their conversation went for him to now decided to leave. Its just bothering me because they need to finish this SL.
-Seriously is this Chivy person good or bad? One of the reason why I do not like Charlie/Ivy is of the way she is directed. At times she can be a complete villian, lieing her way through everything and I can see her intentions are clearly selfish and ruthless. Then all of a sudden she makes a complete 360 and starts to regret it all. The scene at the hospital was weird because two seconds earlier she told Max how she wasn't going anywhere and then she's balling her eyes out, telling Caroll she's leaving for good? Make up your mind. I am tired of going back and forth with her. The way this character has been portrayed made it very hard to believe that she would confess to Rufrus her secret. I don't think she is gone yet because there are always consequences and this way she will be let off too easy.
-Louis came back looking for Blair so where was he for the rest of the night? I am personally glad he wasn't there in the end, but realistic he should have been,
-Chuck and Louis were out looking for Blair. So why did Chuck show up at Ivy's party? Did Dan text him to tell him to show up? If he did then the writers should have wrote that in just so we understand the characters and the setting makes sense together and that it wasn't random.
-GG is just as much about technology and networking as it is about fashion, so why didn't Chuck or Louis text Blair saying they are coming to her? They could have done it in the car, in the elevator, in so many scenerios. I know they needed them not to find her to add in the drama, but realistically this doesn't make sense.
Anyway now onto more important things.
I feel as though there were a lot of forshadowing within the lines. Such as Dan kept trying to tell Blair how he feels about her but Chuck keeps coming up to stop him. This shows how powerful Chair is. Dan even admitted it himself when he talked about their bond.
Serena looking at the posts about Dan and her shows how much she is in love with him and that is not going away.
What I liked about the episode was because each individual SL managed to connect in a way that was very good. Lily talked about loving Chuck foreshadows his ability to love Blair's baby. Charlie wanting the avoid the press released a post about Blair's whereabouts, which was nicely done.
Even through the phone you can feel how powerful Chair's connection is to one another.
Chair was amazing!Their scene in the room and their scene in the limo were the best of the episode. I really do like the last scene though when everyone gathered and was devastated to find out what happened to Blair and Chuck. The drama and intensity there was great. Ah! The "I love you"'s are back! Chair is so epic. The fate of her baby is still up in the air.
I don't know if anyone would agree but Chuck and Blair getting into this car crash really does symbolize something about them. If anything it only enhance what we already know and that is they are endgame. These two have been through so much and to add this in just shows how strong their love is. The risked it all for each other. We cannot say that Blair will end up with someone else in the end or say this with Chuck too. It is not possible. These two are meant to be. Look at the new promo. Blair prays for him. When Chair got together for the first time that was the first we saw Blair being religious, now she is once again...and it has to do with Chuck. There are so many symbols and foreshowing for them that we can not ignore whether you are a fan or not of Chair.
I cried when Lily cried over Chuck. We know he will make it but in that moment the drama was very good and powerful. Chair all the way.
@Eric- The reason why Chair always seems to be the main focus when it comes to cliffhangers is because Ed and Leighton have the most talent out of everyone else. It would be a waste to use cliffhangers for anyone else.

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As for who's "The Man", I'm actually for the first time developing a crush on Nate!

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@Leigh
But then again, is anything about gossip girl in good taste?

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Does anyone else miss Jenny?! I do! I need some Little J in my life!