Gossip Girl Review: Daring to Dair!

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The spirit of Valentine's Day was in the air on Gossip Girl Monday night, but did "Crazy Cupid Love" tug at our collective heartstrings, or did it flatline amid high expectations?

There was plenty wrong with the episode, but at least Dan went there. He did it!

There's no longer any doubt about how Gossip Girl's underdog non-couple feels about one another. Dan's feelings may be stronger (or at least less complicated, with no dowry looming over Rufus) than the reverse, but they're mutual. He kissed Blair and unlike the first time, it wasn't just Dan doing the kissing.

On the contrary, she was all for it. That was awesome.

Whether you're rooting for a Chair series endgame or for unrequited Dair love, you have to concede that the show has short-changed both twosomes of late, and that something had to give one way or the other.

Blair probably should have run off with Chuck last week. Or the week before, during the now-infamous pre-wedding confession. But she didn't, and Dan subsequently remained in the romantic picture.

Tonight, he decided to make the most of that opportunity, and give the Hump credit for having giant cojones. Sadly, crazy Georgina was creeping nearby and engineered the ultimate c--k block on Dair.

Hot Dair Action?!

I didn't think he'd actually do it, or that she wouldn't pull away. The long-awaited kiss was worth the wait for those who have watched Dan and Blair grow together and experience so many near misses.

The evolution of their relationship has been an enjoyable constant in recent months, culminating in Blair's recollection of all the reasons "Serena" should love him. That scene was as heartfelt as it gets.

How adorable slash hot was that kiss, too? Leighton Meester was typically wonderful in conveying the mixed emotions of feeling forbidden to do such a thing but at the same time wanting it SO badly.

While this chapter was cut short, the love story remains an open book.

Make no mistake, Dair is no longer just a momentary obstacle or a blip on the radar. Blair and Chuck may indeed end up together in a year or so, but after this? Dair is the real deal, and all bets are off.

The fallout should be interesting, with Georgina holding the infamous photo as blackmail, Serena bitter at her BFF for moving in on Dan, and Chuck apparently for revenge against Dan for moving in on Blair.

The juiciest part of all of this is that the Dair kiss has dealt a serious blown to Chair and Derena ... and Blerena and Duck. No one will be able to wrap their minds around (or get over) this one anytime soon.

At least I think that's Chuck's motive. His random hookup with Alessandra was preceded by an unintentionally hilarious request for info on Dan's book. What could she possibly reveal that would hurt Dan?

Therein lies the problem with Gossip Girl these days. Dair did all they could to salvage this installment, but they can't stop the majority of the plots from feeling disjointed and patched together haphazardly.

Take Blair's return to N.Y. for example. Needing a way to push Louis out of the picture for one week, but still have him looming over Blair, they give a "minder" ... who's conveniently absent at exactly the wrong time.

Then there's Georgina's desire to break a mega-scandal because she's ... bored? Until Dan outs her, because she has the loudest cellphone ring ever, so she can't? But she magically gets her hands on Blair's prenup?

Or Nate's desire to woo Lola at a party Gossip Girl told him he's throwing, which can't happen because she won't cater Spectator events, but shows up at when Chuck moves the shindig to his place spontaneously?

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It doesn't make a lot of sense. Even if you're entertained by it all (and for the most part I am), you can't escape the fact that the show tries to strong together seriously convoluted plots with 2-3 lines of dialogue.

What else did we learn Monday? Where do we even begin. Some of the major developments:

  • Ivy's been staying in the Hamptons with Cece, who is totally the frontrunner in this spring's Gossip Girl death pool if she wasn't already. Ivy ran into Lola, who she'd bet before in Florida. Obviously.
  • Lola's a cutie who's playing hard to get, which only causes Nate to want her more. Love it. Also love that she's apparently clueless about everything that's gone on. Time for some recon/payback!
  • B's minder has a thing for Louis or is a serial murderer intent on offing her. Or a bit of both.
  • Fair, young Dorota was once wooed in a Polish beet field. Too bad that story was cut short.
  • Serena pines for Dan and broods a lot. Not too much else going on in the land of S of late.
  • Georgina employs various minions, including Nate's random Vanessa look-alike assistant.
  • Phillip and Milo? Say a prayer for those guys.

All in all, this week was very much up and down for me. The Georgina/G.G. and dowry angles are all over the place and on the verge of being mishandled to the point where it's hard to take them seriously.

That said, Dair continues to carry the show, just as Chair was once the reason to tune in. Which of the two couples has a brighter future romantically? Will Serena sabotage Blair before Chuck undermines Dan?

Can't wait to find out.

Before we turn it over to your comments, here's next week's promo for "Cross Rhodes." Blair looks like she wants it bad. Again. Consider this a 20-second glimpse of the next round of fan wars about to erupt ...

What did you think of this evening's Gossip Girl episode? Discuss below!

Are Dan and Blair soulmates?

 

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@UC He is in love with Blair, if he was bored, he would've gone back to Serena. "quit falling in love with every girl that comes your path" Sounds no different from Serena and every 'nice' guy she falls in love with or Blair this season.

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this is not fair.. at all.. Blair once dated Nate n then fell for Chuck and now Dan? how many characters r they gonna make her hook up to? i hate it.. CHAIR forver becauise they deserve each other and theyve been through a lot.. come guys Chuck and Blair are in love n this episodes are there to just throw us off a bit.. Gossip Girl always has a way of turning events ajround.. im hopeful.. Dan let me talk to u a bit.. quit falling in love with every girl that comes your path.. u dont know what you uwant and that makes you very childish.. U R NOT IN LOVE WITH BLAIR.. u r just bored.. get over HER!

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@Ace The CW suffered from poor decision making, Dawn Ostroff ruined the network by limiting her viewers/audience to 18-49 range and ruined successful WB/UPN shows. If nothing is done to try and fix these problems, it will continue to get worse. There's a reason why the big networks (CBS, FOX, ABC, and even NBC (to an extent)) don't use the CW's system because it clearly doesn't work. Poor decision making killed the WB and UPN and they lost a lot of money, and it's slowly killing the CW because it's a failing network.

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@Ace The CW is in an awful state, it's been declining every year and now 0.5/0.6 demos are all too common now on this horrible network. Buffy was a popular series that ran on longer than it should have, yet it was still not as bad as Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl was Dawn Ostroff's baby, it was given the special treatment compared to other shows and it still does poorly. Even in terms of syndication, Gossip Girl does poorly in repeats getting 0.2 in demos. Other shows that go past 100 episodes like Grey's Anatomy can actually be supported by its' success. Costs go up, for the actors' salaries, the costumes, the locations, etc.

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@Lisa Not only did Blair not stop, she also kissed him back when she could've easily pushed him away if she wanted to. @Zoran It's not only real life problems, the writers foolishly turned them into step siblings in Season 3 when not only did Rufus/Lily marry, they found out about their step sibling. It also doesn't help when the actors clearly want out of the show, especially Ed Westwick, who even went as far as criticizing his own character and the writing.

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Ok people lay of Blair. Dan was the one that started the kiss and no Blair did not stop it but she did not go in there inteding to kiss him. She really was trying to help Dan and Serena get back together. And it's possible for Blair to love Chuck but have feeling for Dan. He has been there for her and she prob pushed this feeling away because of Serena. Also she married Loui for Chuck and hello did you not see Loui be a jerk? She has to stay with him or her mom will lose her bussiness. Chuck and Blair are not ready for each other and Dan gets her. Besides for the whole video thing witch I think she should for give him for. All that being said I am a Chair fan but I'm loving the Dair. Why can't we all just get along and remember this is a tv show. No need to be hateful to each other.

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My remark was not directed to study the relationship WB and GG actors in the series. Of course the actors have valid contracts with the study, but in this case, no contract can not cover the fact that the two main characters Blake and Penn in the first 3 seasons were in private relationship related to the beginning of season 4 broke the connection, and that this feel to their performance in the series. I'm not talking about the love scenes, but of ordinary scenes that they only do two completely different compared to the first 3 seasons. Even so, they must give credit to them that they had this season to act out a love scene in episode 11 (the year after the break), and declarations of love by Blake faked in episode 13, because it is very difficult for them because of their past.

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Buffy, for example, was a poor decision that the WB made because although they were popular, the WB still canceled them, and UPN picked them up almost immediately capitalizing on WB's mistake, a mistake they acknowledge. They, then, canceled Angel a season later, who by comparison did lower in ratings than Buffy, and another decision that the WB regrets. If GG was doing that poorly, the network would've moved it to the graveyard slot where Supernatural currently resides. The CW will axe out Nikita, Ringer, and Heart of Dixie before they would even consider canceling GG, especially a show that gives them profit now.

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@Anonymous That's actually not true. Most broadcast dramas' production costs are front-loaded, which means the short fall happens in earlier seasons. It's one of the primary reasons actors have their contracts commit to the show a standard 5-8; this locks on-screen talent, baring actor-complications, so that the production breaks even by the 100 episode mark. Most shows that reach that break-even point go into the black because syndication allows the network to shop the show at a higher price per episode. While production costs rise as actors have built-in raise markers, so does the revenue stream to maintain the bottom-line, especially when a show can be shopped to more than one network.

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Sorry, but my English is not the best.
The fifteenth episode took place as it is written, and it might be expected because the plot is set in season 4. In fact, on Valentine's Day in season 4 B and D were first connected, and S is the choosing of Ben pushed D right to B, and C is to do the same for B. But this is not the biggest problem GG series. As I mentioned a few days ago the producers turned the story upside down, because the main actors Blake Lively and Penn Badgley in the half of season 4 can no longer act love scenes, because they broke their own private affair. I am a fan of Serena / Dan, but the two of them not being able to compile some sort of connection of the second half of season 4 and so far has led to the producers that they finally killed the story of Serena / Dan.