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Gossip Girl Round Table: "G.G."

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down last night's milestone episode (see our official Gossip Girl review from last night) in even greater detail.

Below, TVF presidente Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) and editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) join staff writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines to discuss the controversial "G.G."

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: Tough one... Eleanor asking Chuck "Are you coming to stop this thing or what?" and Georgina's "See you at the next shindig." Both awesome.

Christina: I’m with Leigh. There were far too many awesome quotes to choose from, but that specific memorable and classic line all about love was near perfect.

LeighSo hard to pick. I think I'm going to go with the classic: "I love you, always have, always will."

Steve: I've got to go with this entire Chair scene.

Eric: Sorry Steve, I don't care how easy it was, Cyrus took the prize when he called Blair The Princess Bride. The fact it took this long for a reference? Inconceivable.

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2. What did you like most about the 100th episode?

Courtney: I'm getting sappy and going with Blair having both her father and step-father walk her down the aisle. It was so sweet and having the parents play a legit part in the episode was a refreshing touch.

Christina: Again, lots of scenes to choose from, but I definitely liked the BFF bonding between the princess bride and MOH. Though short and sweet, I’m grateful that the centennial episode gave a nod to these two besties.

LeighAll of the callbacks to the pilot! It was a fun scavenger hunt in an otherwise over-hyped episode. If I had to choose one scene it'd be Eleanor realizing she had to get Chuck. Eleanor Waldorf MVP.

Steve: The roles played by all three of Blair's parents, Nate approaching Lola, the nods to the pilot, Chuck laying it on the line, Serena's bridesmaid dress, and every line out of Georgina's mouth.

Eric: Well, besides the huge reveal at the end? I love any episode that feels like a reunion. It's rare enough we get Eleanor, but throw in Blair's two fathers and you got a great episode.

3. What did you like least about it?

Courtney: One word. Louis. I wasn't expecting this episode to have Blair running into the arms of Chuck or Dan; I was just hoping it would get rid of the prince. He's been so boring, and even though it looks like he is adding another layer that could potentially be interesting, I still want him gone.

Christina: Louis! Why can’t he just go away?!

LeighUmm, everything else? The fact that the Blair Waldorf we met five years ago wanted to be a strong, independent, head-bitch-in-charge kind of woman. Not a teen mom getting married at 20 to a loser she can't even verbally comprehend.

Steve: Leigh makes a great argument, but mine is more general: The overexposure of the episode. No way this was going to please fans after weeks of relentless hype, even if a majority of it was decent.

Eric: Like Courtney and the rest of the Round Table: Louis. His actions, like always, made little to no sense.

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4. Georgina as Gossip Girl: You buying it? Or is there more to it?

Courtney: There has to be more to it. She was gone all that time and still running Gossip Girl? I highly doubt she was able to run the show from rehab. She may be the new GG, but there is way more story to this.

Christina: I’m so not buying it, and you can bet that there’s more to it. She may be presently the new GG, but there’s no way it’s been her all along.

LeighNot at all. No way that has been planned since season one. She's been in rehab, boot camp, bible camp, trapped in Russia, etc. How would she have run the site?

Steve: My colleague Eric makes a simple but profound point below. The name Gossip Girl implies there is a single female running the show (as does the fact that it's narrated by one voice). But just as there is no singular TV Fanatic, Gossip Girl could indeed be multiple staff members. Georgina may be an apprentice to the big boss lady, or perhaps she's the big boss lady with interns covering for her while she was in rehab with no phone. There are multiple not-inconceivable angles, and the show has certainly asked us to believe crazier things. Is there any better person to embody G.G., though? She's the right age, has known the Upper East Siders forever and is a hilariously snarky, emotionally detached sociopath. Gossip Georgina FTW.

Eric: She is by far the best choice the show had for Gossip Girl. Sure, there's plot holes a plenty when you consider her time away, but like any major celebrity gossip site, there's never just one person behind it. We're all Gossip Girl. Okay, not really, but there could be at least two people with the password. And I'm still hoping the other looks like Kristen Bell.

5. Greater villainous threat to the Upper East Siders: Georgina or Louis?

Courtney: Right now? As much as I hate to say it, Louis. He is in a power of control now and he has the ability to seriously shake things up.

Christina: G, for sure! She’s one crazy biatch.

Leigh: I honestly wasn't expecting that Louis bombshell, but G takes the cake every time. Her monologue about the annual shindigs was flawless and entertaining.

Steve: If Georgina has really been the puppet master of the UES this whole time, then clearly she's even more of a force to be reckoned with than we realized. But Louis, going all heavy-handed on Blair and basically telling her she's his prized possession an hour after they said "I do"? That's cold. This guy needs to be taken down hard and it won't be easy. It might even require an alliance between the NJBC and ... dare I say it ... G.G.

Eric: Seriously? How dare you even mention Louis in the same sentence. No matter how many seasons have passed, there's still only one G.

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6. Dair. Chair. Derena. Where do you predict all of these current non-couples are headed?

Courtney: Dair definitely has lots of chemistry, but I am enjoying them as best friends. Lonely Boy has become Blair's go-to and although I think her knowing he wrote the vows might make things awkward, these two will continue down the road of BFFs. Chair is end game, without a doubt. Serena may have waited too long to make her move to bring back Derena. Although it is sweet that she knows what a great guy Dan is, I'm still not over their parents being married. Here is hoping these two do not get back together so Serena can match herself up with the other hottest guy on the show, Nate Archibald.

Christina: Dair = BFFs. Chair = The End. Derena = LOL! For crying out loud, they’re step-siblings! S will continue to pine over him while he’ll continue to pine over B.

LeighPlease don't make me suffer from another rage blackout Summer Roberts style! Serena just professed her love to a Muppet who used to die over her and she got totally ignored. She's too hot for this. I was the biggest Chair fan ever. Even creator Josh Schwartz's favorite scene is the limo sex! But Chuck has to hit a wall at some point, you can only get rejected so many times. Hopefully Dan is taking Blair to her agent's office to get them both a new gig. We were introduced to a smarter, wittier, more practical Dan and Blair than we know now. 

Steve: The Gossip Girl I grew attached to back in the day featured Derena and Chair. How can I not want them to end up back together? At the same time, Serena's rekindled love for Dan feels a bit abrupt, while Dair has shown surprising staying power over the past few months. Every time you expect their relationship to be swept under the run and forgotten about (Josh Safran style), the bond grows stronger. Will it ever become mutually romantic? I really don't know, but in order to do justice to the characters and reward their fans, Dan had better at least put the idea out there - and I mean more directly than ghostwritten vows.

Eric: Dair is sadly just taking a nice leisurely car ride to relax at some museum or movie theater with zero sexual activity. 'Cause that's what Dair does. Chair is obviously coming very soon. Probably beginning with a secret sexual rendezvous in the back of a limo and then turning into a recurring scandalous affair. Will she get half of the world's second smallest country in the divorce? Derena meanwhile, is probably still too incestuous to ever be endgame, but we can certainly enjoy a tease of them for a little longer. Still surprised all that positive gossip they got from being together never called them out for being step siblings.

7. The real Charlie was clearly introduced for a reason. What is it?

Courtney: Nate will start dating her and uncover the truth about who she really is. His next headline is already writing itself for The Spectator.

Christina: More unraveling scandals, secrets and drama. I can’t wait.

LeighTo breathe some life and decent scandal back into the show! And as always, mess with the Van der Woodsens. That family has been through the mill!

Steve: To give the new Nate a lasting love interest with whom he forms a real connection, rather than simply hooks up with because the writers can't craft a good storyline for him? Here's hoping.

Eric: Well, yes. The truth will come finally. It may not even take that long anymore since Nate seemed to shed his mimbo slowness. Now the real question is what are the consequences for Carol and Ivy? While that kind fraud could clearly land you in jail in the real world, I feel like a more Gossip Girl-esque revenge plot will be drawn.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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Just wanted to throw this out there. Blair was married in NY, the marriage license was likely obtained in NY. Therefore, Blair can easily seek an annulment (the marriage wasn't consummated), because NY allows for one spouse to seek annulment of the marriage. She doesn't need Louis' permission (therefore, it isn't over when he "says it ends.") to end the marriage legally in NY (for the Catholic Church, that's another thing :-p)

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This episode wasn't all that surprising...
We all know GG is a heightened reality show, but Louis is part of a royal family. Back in the days, they'd probably have killed or exiled Blair so she couldn't be a part of the royal family. So, the Louis striking back was actually WAAAAY long overdue. Blair can't expect her cheating on Louis and never properly apologizing for it to not come back and bite her in the face. Oh well, as long as there's more Georgina, this show might still be worth the watch.

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I love Eric's comments about Dair and Chair. That's exactly how I see it: Dair are platonic besties and a Chair affair is coming to our screens shortly. Here's hoping we're right!

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For me it's all about chair. I hate that they are being kept apart. Someone needs to knock some sense in Blair and get her to go back with Chair. I'm not into Dair. I hate the idea of Dair. I like them as best friends but nothing more. Please bring Chair back together. Their chemistry is off the charts and they are perfect for eachother. Dair = Friends. Chair = Soulmates.

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I am not thrilled with the writers dragging Blair back and forth between Chuck and Louis. It's made her as annoying as Serena was in previous seasons when she could never make a bloody decision. Blair is my fave but I could slap her silly this season. I really would like to see Dair happen and last but not at the moment. The storyline isn't in the right place. I think also the argument that she wouldnt do it to Serena is flawed. I think if Serena saw a real love between the two she would accept it. You do that for your friends. However if the writers plan to make Chair 'endgame' then they should leave Dair as they are. Don't ruin their friendship. Can't see Chuck though being happy with Blair having Dan as her 'go to guy'.

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Stuff this chuck needs to keep fighting for Blair crap he has done time after time I say let her go be with Dan.
Chuck is losing his spark moping after Blair who certainly doesn't put his happiness first.
How can Dair fans be happy with their plot, he's not her true love, she picked Louis over him before she realised how stupid she had been, if he gets into a relationship with her now he really has no respect for himself but then he is the biggest loser on the show.
What will happen is she'll get with him, he'll always be worried she doesn't love him the same, he'll get jealous and resort to underhand tactics to get chuck out of the life. She'll sleep with chuck behind his back as she has done with everyone else and bam it'll end without even their friendship which is worth watching!
And if she does that to Serena well what sort of friend is she. I'm hoping we've turned a corner with these mediocre storylines revolving around Blair triangles and fairytales xoxo

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I used to love Chair and even through all the ups and downs wanted them to be together. I actually felt at times that I shouldn't especially after the hotel incident, Jenny and Raina because I would never want any woman to go back to a relationship that exposed her to that much pain. But I just loved them together. However I am now seriously bored of it. It should have been the end at the end of S4 when Chuck let her go. The writers should have ended it cleanly. Dair has piqued my interest because I love their dynamic. It's fun, snarky and sweet. Makes me smile when theyre on screen together. Chair doesn't do that for me anymore.

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I love all this flashbacks, incluind the songs, but the best flashback was when Blair is in tje car look to do window, the was just the way the Serena in the first season, and also when Serena is in the ladder and Dan look at her but is not the same way the he look before... and I like that. Finaly Dan get over Serena... And I hope that now be forever.

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...The whole "I can't be with Chuck because I have a deal with God" story is just laughable. I quote Blair:
“Signs are for the religious the superstitious and the lower class�
And the priest of Monaco it could not be more obscure. Seriously get new writers or end the series as this is just getting worse. So sad as I once really liked it.
PS. A hint to the writers: if you just had two huge royal weddings in television (and one of them was in Monaco) use what you see!

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This episode was terrible. First of all: Never ever would a prince get married in another country other than his kingdom. Blair's hair looked just wrong for a royal wedding. Her hair has not been looking good for at least 3 episodes. The whole episode reminded me rather of an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful - it was just tacky. Everyone knows that you can annul a marriage so shortly after therefore it was just stupid of Louis to tell her an hour later (plus: Blair's father is an attorney!!!)Bad, bad storyline and no accuracy. Serena just seems plain stupid like she took Valium and her brain works slow. She is pretty but shallow and boring without the drinking and sleeping around...