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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@anonymous i've read some posts on here as to why GG *won't* be cancelled. either it'll get a final 13 or a full 22-24 episodes. some of the more informative comments have talked about syndication, actors contracts, the digital sales, and all sorts of other components that i didn't consider to be part of the decision making process. ratings, though still very important, are not the only thing that is looked at. on the other hand, i never thought House would be cancelled. i don't know the decision behind that one. i hope another network picks it up. it's not as great as it was in it's heyday but it's not like GG either.

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@pty That's what the writers do, pile on poorly written storylines one after another, that's how we got the stupid Louis storyline that's still being dragged out. @ms.m It's not just Chair, everything is swept under the rug. The step brother Scott, Blair's miscarriage, etc.

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@momo83 Are you kidding me! Dan as much as anyone else knows Blair through and through. In fact, he's been with on her many "wicked" schemes, sometimes against his best judgement. No comparison to the shrinking violet that Louis thought Blair was! Also, I hardly think you can call Dan's feeling for Blair an "infatuation", but no point in arguing with you if after all they have show how much he loves her, you still choose to call it an infatuation. Finally, Dan started falling for Blair way before she ever needed his help. In fact, he thought she loved Chuck and like a true gentleman buttoned up his feelings for her. Instead he loved her from afar and was there for her as a friend. And now, FINALLY, when he actually musters up courage and does something for his OWN happiness for once, here's everybody pouncing on him! I say GO Dan. Enough of being the silent lover. Express your love and eventually the most compatible couple aka Dair will be together.

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back to why i was here...what i would like to happen:
Cece leaves all her money to Charlie. she can't be prosecuted for identity theft without Carol also being charged, since it was her scheme to begin with. Lily, Carol, and Serena probably gang up on he, saying she was in it for the money. Charlie leaves and finds Lola and signs over all the fortune to her. Lola decides to enlist Charlie's help to get revenge on the Van Der Woodsens/Rhodes.
Not incredibly interested in the Dowry crap...it's boring. a lot of it will be Chuck/Georgina confronting Dan about the video he sent in, threatening to tell Blair? i want Dan to confess on his own and Blair to be upset. as a Dair fan i don't want anything swept under the rug or forgiven. that was one of my big problems with Chair.

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I agree with Where's Waldorf comments. That's how I remember the 10th season of Friends. I don't like things that are happening in Gossip Girl right now but I'm still watching, and I'm gonna keep watching. My opposition towards Dair doesn't stream from whether Dan owns up or not to whatever he does or doesn't do. My opposition always streamed from issues like the one I saw last night, where Blair kissed Dan in front of Serena and nobody bothered to think how this could or would hurt Serena, apparently only because Serena said that she would not be an obstacle if Dair decided to start a relationship. There was no need for this show to add another storyline where half the characters are going to end up hurt one way or the other.

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@momo83 Dan already knows about her schemes/games, he's seen her do it countless times already. Vanessa screwed him over with the book and left the show on her own. Serena led both Nate and him on before ending up with Ben, screwing the both of them over and Dan finally got over her last season. It's awkward because they're step siblings and they have to be forced on set-up dates.

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Like one of the other posters posted I believe the only reason Dan is infatuated with Blair at this moment is because she's playing the Damsel in distress and is in need of him. What will happen when that other side of her comes out? will Dan still be around? You know that side Blair told Cirus about of her that loves scheming and sex games. Will she be yesterday's news like serena and vanessa.

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@momo83 The writers and the characters on the show have been propped up to show how much Chuck's changed, even though he constantly regresses to his old self. Chuck is out of character and it's gotten worse and worse with each season, now he's just sitting around pathetically pining and brooding. He used to be at least fun and interesting, now he's just whispering his dialogue, probably because the actor doesn't seem to care about him anymore. Vanessa stabbed him in the back and she also helped Juliette, which threatened Serena's life. Serena led both Nate and Dan on before ending up with Ben, then she sided with Ben over Dan when he didn't trust him, so she turned her back on him and only wants him back now that she has no one. Not only did Chuck ruin Blair's party last season, he forced himself on her and almost punched her. All you're doing is twisting everything and blaming everything on Dan.

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i keep seeing *GG cancellation* and we're tuning out until the real Blair Waldorf comes back, until Chair comes back. it's: Endgame, cancellation, tuning out. i've been watching prime time and daytime soaps for the last decade, with social interaction online via message boards, chat rooms, fan pages...etc. And I've NEVER seen a fan base throw such a tantrum over a couple. and i'm sure it's not JUST Chair fans...but fans of other ships on different shows do this too. i don't know if it's the direct interaction fans can now have with writers/producers via twitter...but it's all gotten nastier and unpleasant. and that makes me sad. it's a show. enjoy it, or don't. no need to threaten, harass, or belittle others tastes or opinions.

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I was pretty dissatified with the dan and blair scenes this episode, especially her realization and when she admitted to dan she liked him, they couldn't have made it less anticlimactic, there was no ball or dress or tension, and it was completely overshadowed by blair and serena's fight and cece's death. You would think after a season and a half of build up they could find a better way to write that in. It was really infuriating. In fact, I much preferred blair and chuck's scene this episode even though i dont ship them anymore...

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