Gossip Girl Review: Winning!

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After Gossip Girl dared to Dair last Monday, would it raise the stakes even higher tonight?

"Cross Rhodes" picked up after the kiss-heard-round-the-Upper East Side, with just about every relationship on the show affected by it in some day. Dair, obviously, but also Chair ... and Derena. And Blerena and even Duck.

Overuse of cheesy couple names aside, Dan and Blair hooking up has been great for the show. Everything is in flux now, from Blair's emotions to the battle between Chuck and Dan. After tonight, who is really winning?

The Princess Still in Peril?

It's premature to make any endgame predictions, but if you thought Dair was a flash in the pan, you thought wrong. Especially after Blair filled in for Lola in the Upright Citizens Brigade's rendition of Inside.

Watching B's face as Sabrina talked about Dylan's true feelings for Claire was a poignant moment - the moment Dan and Blair truly became one in the sense that their mutual attraction was realized and proclaimed.

Some people still say they have no chemistry in the romantic sense. I used to be one of them, but every week I come around a little bit more. Their courtship may be complicated and unorthodox, but it's real.

Leighton Meester, as always, portrayed Blair as a Type A control freak one instant, and a vulnerable maiden in distress the next. It's not the Blair we once knew, and she's not perfect, but such is her life nowadays.

Louis. The prenup. Chuck. These remain formidable obstacles for Dan and Blair (more so the latter ... I sense a vintage Gossip Girl unraveling of the dowry in two sentences of dialogue next week) to say the least.

Serena was right about one thing, though. When Blair is head over heels for a guy, nothing else in the world matters. There's no rationalizing it or explaining it away, and tonight, her walls came down at last.

The mixed emotions of feeling forbidden to do such a thing but at the same time wanting it SO badly shone brightly tonight as Blair kissed Dan not once but twice - once passionately, once lovingly, both memorably.

Is their relationship on firmer ground than it was a week ago? Absolutely. That's the good news. The bad is that moments after Chuck called off his character assassination mission, Gossip Girl dropped the bombshell.

Humphrey, you bastard ...

Bass-O-Rama

Dan may be winning, or at least giving Chuck all he can handle in the quest for Blair's heart, yet the Basshole was in rare form with his traditional, sex-based subterfuge. He may be just getting started, too.

Swapping out the manuscript and painting Dan as a plagiarist (while a bit dubious logistically) was cold and calculated. Even if you're rooting for Dan, it was fun to watch the "old" Chuck come out and play a bit.

Yes, using women as objects for pleasure and revenge is not being a good person ... as someone helpfully pointed out. Chuck had been through a lot, though, and he did ultimately listen to B's advice, so we'll allow it.

It seemed he learned his lesson following Blair's directive, until he learned Dan tipped off G.G. Now all bets are off. Dan's the man in many respects, but when it comes to undermining schemes, Chuck may be peerless.

His next move will be very interesting. How far will he go against Blair's order to leave Dan alone? How badly will Dan be hurt when Blair eventually finds out her Muppet prince charming was behind the blast?

Your guess is as good as mine. Blair's love life is very much a blank page, an open book just beginning, with the rest still unwritten (yes, I just quoted The Hills theme song), and I can't wait for the next chapter.

Hey, that book sure sounds more interesting than Dan's next one. Zzzzzzz.

I could go on ad nauseam about the virtues of Dan, the redeeming qualities of Chuck, and the case both can make to put a ring on Blair's finger one day, but we actually have a lot more to cover from "Cross Rhodes."

Namely the fact that ... they did cross. The Rhodes girls, that is.

Serena and Blair in the Street

Finally. After nearly a YEAR as the UES' most infamous impostor, ChIvy was outed at last as she came face-to-face with Charlie Rhodes ... and Carol, Lily and Serena. It was a good, deceitful and confusing run.

Cece's failing health was the nail in the coffin (too soon?) for her. ChIvy should have just bailed in the Hamptons, but she wouldn't abandon her faux grandmother, even if it meant having her trail of lies exposed.

I've been bored by ChIvy for some time. That said, it was great to see her go down. She might be better off if she just split, but it appears she may seek revenge as Georgina's henchwoman next. Good luck with that?

The other silver lining to what looks like Cece's certain demise is that it brought Blair and Serena back together. An evening that began with a major frenemy feud ended on the best of terms, with the two like sisters.

One person who won't be getting in Dair's way is S, who in a moment of reflection, loyalty and surprising maturity, agreed to support her BFF, no matter what. Aww. At least that's one feud we can cross off.

Blair staying with S at the end was a sweet gesture as well. As fun as it is to watch those two bicker and fight in their snarky way, it's only enjoyable when you know they'll come around in the end. And they do.

Will Cece's passing bring the fractured Rhodes clan closer together, or drive a wedge between them? Conventional wisdom says the former, but ... Carol paid Ivy to impersonate Charlie and now they know this.

Not your average dysfunctional family in other words. A few more odds and ends from this episode, which started off slowly but converged in a rather emotional and dramatic way by the end of the hour:

  • Don't know quite what it is, but is everyone loving Nola as a couple as much as me?
  • You know Lola's an outsider because she's beyond bad at Facebook/phone stalking.
  • Did anyone else catch the Dorota and Jenny Inside characters in the background?
  • How appropriate is it that Rufus still hides his old clothes from Lily in Brooklyn?
  • Great scarves tonight - both on Blair and Alessandra. Chuck has good taste.
  • Was Lily just wearing jeans for the first time ever?
  • R.I.P. Cece. You were great.

Before we turn it over to your comments, as always, here's next week's promo for "The Princess Dowry." Looks like Hurricane Georgina (absent tonight) is forming and taking dead aim at the Upper East Side ...

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

Who do you think should be with Blair?

 

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@momo83 And I'm certainly not saying that Dan is perfect. I have been saying that my hope that the hint on who submitted the video was a classic bait and switch because if it wasn't, it would be yet another way the writers are contriving everything just to allow a season 5 DAIR when consistency should've been from season 4 DAIR and Louis should've departed. But in comparison of Dan's misdeeds and Chuck's, the latter is far far far deeper in the scales of transgressions than what Dan has done combined.

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@actors that can act "penn's a better actor than ed" are you serious? Ed nails every scene he does. Whereas penn doesn't show enough emotion in his scenes, have you ever actually seen dan cry or get angry or upset thats rememberable at least? Chuck has so many memorable scenes an mainly because of his acting. Especially when he works with leighton. But that's just my opinion. I don't really have an opinion to this episode it was ok. I'm not hating dair as much as I thought they are kind of cute but mainly as friends. Still hoping for a chair reunion but I can wait:-)

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@Guest They deserve to fall even further, I want to see the excuses CW will probably make if/when they try to force another season of crap on us. @momo83 So it's only selfish when Dan does it, but not for anyone else. This is what I'm talking about people singling him out.

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@momo83 of course, a lot of characters have completely been out of character, especially Blair, who's become a whiny, pathetic shell of herself. The writers can seem to develop any of the characters properly, they only know how to ruin them. I've admitted Dan's out of character moments, like the stupid video tape drama. I was just pointing out how you were only singling Dan out, especially when some of the other characters were responsible for the issues you pointed out.

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Last night this show had the WORST ratings in it's entire history (1.01!)...with the extreme focus on this ridiculous version of Blair and the complete lack of care for all the other characters it's just not worth watching anymore...

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@Jeca You're absolutely right. Dan doesn't have any consideration for the chain of events to come or the people he may hurt by acting on his selfish feelings for Blair and neither does she. Ugh, this is so dissapointing.

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@Anonymous I'm not twisting things and blaming everything on Dan. I'm stating facts to make a point that Chuck is not the only character that's out of character. If anything I'm not surprised by Chuck's actions this season (just my opinion). Guess what the writers are taking turns screwing up everyone's character, and in my opinion this season Blair and Dan are the two most out of character. Chuck had his moment in season 3 and part of season 4 when the writers made him do awful things to blair, which you keep bringing up. Serena had her moments season 3 and 4 also. All I'm hearing are justifications from you as to why Dan did the things he did. I assume your favorite character is Dan, which is why you can't admit to his out character moments.

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@pty I know you didn't write it, I was just saying that. The recap makes the show much more interesting than it actually is.

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@ Anonymous: hey, take that one with the TWOP recapper, I didn't post this because of a Supernatural comparison, but because he was making a valid point about the characters being used as plot devices instead of well, as characters.

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Dair is also in that "The House of Mirth" spirit that GG writers affectionate. Lily Bart/Blair, the ultimate NY socialite is in love with an outsider.

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