Gossip Girl Review: Despicably High-Brow

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"Maybe you've been so busy worried about what everyone thinks that you forgot who you actually are. Which is a shame, because you should see what I see." - Dan

It's all about appearances, right? This week's Gossip Girl was all about the upper crust of the UES behaving badly - despicably if you will - in the name of getting what they want, for the sake of their respective reputations.

Meanwhile, the Humphrey men struggled to make sense of it all.

In a sense, "Despicable B" was like old times on Gossip Girl, with various stories of social scheming, though certain characters have arguably lost their way to the point where their actions cease to be believable.

Blair clearly has lost her way, somewhere between being traded for a hotel and selling out for a tiara. At least she admits as much, and has perhaps realizes at last that she can start being happy without preconditions.

Dair detractors may lament the couple's banality or lack of intense physical chemistry, but their connection runs deeper than the superficial. Going back to their days at W, Dan has loved Blair Waldorf for ... Blair Waldorf.

A Dair Picture

Dan always does his part. Whether or not you're a card-carrying member of Team Dair, you have to respect the genuine compassion, communication and respect between them. They are an equal partnership.

Fun as it was to see her so incredulous over Dan outshining her on the N.Y. Magazine Approval Matrix (a real, hilarious thing, even if Kim Kardashian's marriage lasting longer than B's isn't actually on it), our girl needs to regain her mojo. Strategizing to out-high-brow Dan at his own high-brow affair? Totally low-brow and beneath vintage B.

Dair's storyline had some wonderful moments - their heart-to-heart at the end, her botched attempt to generate interest from FIT, Dorota insisting B is still royalty to me! (FTW!) - but let's hope it marks a turning point.

She's got to know herself again, for real, and it'll be very interesting to see if Daniel Humphrey is by her side when she does. Who is the real B? Do any of us even know anymore? Just pray she tries to find her.

NOTE: It looks like B adopts an entirely different persona next week (see promo below).

Speaking of people unrecognizable from Season One ... when did Lily get so evil? Yes, she's always been materialistic, selfish and one to put on airs to a degree, but this level of vindictiveness is unprecedented.

If the whole plan all along was to nail Carol for fraud, well, kudos on the execution and all, but she'd already secured 50 percent of the estate, so what was the point? And why invite a reporter? To enhance her "image"? This is a woman who's been IN JAIL and married FIVE times. Pretty sure the reputation ship sailed long ago.

Notice she didn't deny paying off the nurse to sell out Ivy, either. That's just cold, Lil. Fortunately, Ivy proved her own goodness and/or naivete by tearing up the check at the end. Poor girl just wants a FAMILY! Not money!

Idiot. Did you see the zeroes on that thing?!

Rufus has clearly had it being lied to, and it's hard to blame the guy. He was always the trophy husband, but at least she was nice and they enjoyed each other's company. Now? Who knows who he's married to.

The problem with Lily's storyline was that unlike Blair's, it's just too complicated. Who can even keep track of all the lies and the reasons behind them, and at this point, are we emotionally invested in any of them?

Serena, Lily Pic

You know it's bad when William seems like a genuinely good guy just trying to do right by the four crazy women in his life. You almost feel bad for the guy. Maybe he'll figure out a way to leave all the money to Lola now.

Stranger things have happened ... on Gossip Girl.

Serena? She's just aimless at this point, a girl without a family, a real job, a boyfriend or much of a social life. It's sad, really, and makes you fear how low she'll go for attention in the next three weeks.

Perhaps the most significant (and most dubious) developments of the night came in the closing montage. First, Serena left the Gossip Girl server login info hanging out of her notebook! And Lola ganked it!

Week after week, characters one-up each other for biggest secret left out in the open. The people on this show need serious lessons in hiding sensitive information, because they make things too easy on lazy writers.

It's called a safe. Or a real doorman. Or a password on your iPhone. Or your pocket.

Okay, rant over. What do you think Lola will do with that info is the real debate. Give it back to the real G.G.? Become G.G. 4.0? Sell it back to Serena for her cut of the trust fund? Infinite, absurd possibilities.

Finally, Chuck Bass has been through about as many paternity twists as Gossip Girl has identity crises. Thanks to the busiest P.I. in the city and some (sexy!) mind games from Nate, we know Diana's a fraud.

You gotta love Nate going to bat for his friend and his company, while treating female fans to some gratuitous shirtless action to boot. Well played, Mr. Archibald ... and those who guessed Jack is Chuck's dad.

In real life, Desmond Harrington is 35 and Ed Westwick 24, BTW. A bit of a stretch. But if Chuck graduated high school just three years ago and Jack is around 40 ... we'll buy. Again, this is Gossip Girl people.

It STILL doesn't explain what Diana's angle is, though, and it starts to lose some of its punch when a huge bombshell is simply negated the following week. On a routine basis. Oh, yeah. That was a lie. Great.

Think he's actually Chuck's dad? And Elizabeth the mother after all? If so, why all the subterfuge? What's really going on here, and will the ultimate resolution to this ongoing saga finally be worth it?

We have our doubts, but here's hoping. Before we turn it over to your comments, here's next week's promo:

What did you think of tonight's Gossip Girl? Sound off now!

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@Zoran
I really don't know, but apparently Jack was there too. As I see it, this scene represents the starting point of a new healthy (yes, healthy!) Chair relationship, where Blair is ready to bet everything she has on it. Finally she will understand that it's about time to get back with Chuck for good.
Well, this is just my assumption, but I really just hope that it will end up like that!

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who's this ending song? and what's its title?

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I just love how good Dan is for Blair.

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@Elisa
I do not know where the scene at the casino was filmed. But I do not understand what Chuck and Blair are even doing at the casino? Do you have any ideas?

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gg since it's gossip girl chuck can have a threesome with his fake mother and nate and then after he finds out that he killed his uncle(if we admit that jack is his real father) he can very well grab a kalasnikoff kill all the remaining cast and the ''beloved''producers and then everyone will be happy...that much of a pay off;-)

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@Zoran
Wasn't the casino scene shoot in an hotel in New York?
Anyway, yes! I'm very hopeful now that the "capra" has been fired! Chair FTW, always!

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@Elisa
Yes, and I think Blair will not go to Rome. I agree with you that Dan is probably going to Rome. It would probably be their introduction to the termination or cancellation. As for Chuck and Blair and their common image in the casino and that I agree with you. Just to add that this is probably a dream that dreams Blair. The nearest casino to NYC is the one in Atlantic City. Unless Las Vegas, but Las Vegas is not just going to the casino but also for the wedding! But like you said we'll see what happens. JUST THINK NOW EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WHEN THE UNABLE PRODUCER IS FIRED!! Now we can expect in season 6 miracle. Now everything is possible!

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Zdravo @Helena, kona�no neko sa našim pismom. Ja sam iz Srbije, a ti? I super je da mislimo sli�no o seriji.

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@Zoran
I don't think that Blair will go to Rome eventually. I mean, what about those casino scenes then? In my opinion, the gambling means that she is finally ready to risk everything with Chuck. I'm quite confident about that, but who knows, these writers can be so impredictable (both in a good and in a bad sense)! Anyway, I just guess that Dan will go, since I remember reading that some pictures were taken in Rome to see the possible locations. At first nobody knew why they were taken, but now it seems that they were actually for GG. I'm not so sure because I'm not from Rome and I don't follow so much what happens there.
As far as Serena is concerned, I really don't know who the two guys may be. I'm quite sure about Nate, maybe because of Lola, but about the other one... We'll see!

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@zoran, odakle si? svidjaju mi se tvoji komentari :)

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