Gossip Girl Round Table: "Despicable B"

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panelists are here to break down Monday's episode (see our official Gossip Girl review from last night) in even greater detail.

In a Q&A session below, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines to discuss "Despicable B."

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!

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1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Courtney: Even though it was super obvious what Nate was up to when Diana walked in, I'm going with their bedroom scene. Nate in a suit is hot. Nate taking off his suit is even hotter.

Leigh: Courtney is tempting me to change my answer to Nate taking off his suit... but I'm still gonna go with the whole Lily VDW dinner takedown. Hell hath no fury like a Rhodes girl scorned, lied to, cheated, frauded, etc.

Christina: William: “Hello, sweetheart, you’re looking lovely as ever.” Serena: “Oh, thank you, I get it from my mom.” Oh, snap! As always, so subtle, S.

Eric: Lily's dinner party. I don't care how cheesy it was with people popping out from rooms, it felt very Gossip Girl.

Steve: It was never spoken, only printed: New York Magazine's hilarious (and accurate) zinger likening B to Kim Kardashian at the bottom of the Approval Matrix. 

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2. Who were the most high- and low-brow characters of the week?

Courtney: Most High Brow: Rufus. It's about time the lead singer/guitarist from Lincoln Hawk takes a stand. He is not just a trophy husband and he doesn't need an UES woman to take care of him. Most Low Brow: Blair. Even if she redeemed herself at the end of the hour with Dan, the whole episode did not feel like her. It was actually kind of beneath her.

Leigh: Uh I suppose Dan would be in the high brow category if he had that kind of literary success at age 21. Was Blair's marriage shorter than Kim Kardashian's? I don't know but at least Kim still entertains me. Blair that is the ultimate diss.

Christina: Most high-brow: N/A. Most low brow: B. New York Magazine got it right.

Eric: High Brow: In this episode that's nearly impossible. By default it has to go to my solid as a rock Rufus. Dude didn't put anyone in jail and is willing to walk away from the UES $$$. (I assume Lily like a true Rhodes has an iron clad prenup in place) Low Brow: How is this even a choice with Lily on super evil mastermind mode? When did she go from manipulative mom protecting her children to evil super villain? 

Steve: High Brow: William. Sure he's a philandering liar who can't be trusted, but you got the feeling that he was really trying to do right by his kids and baby mamas this week, even if the circumstances made that impossible. Low Brow: Lily. There's materialism and vanity and then there's her. What an incredible display.

3. Who is more lost these days, Blair or Serena?

Courtney: Do I have to choose? Blair has jumped from one serious relationship to the next, one even ending in divorce. She is 22!!! Serena has had multiple jobs and has even resorted to being GG. Neither of them have jobs or college. They are both lacking in the friend department. At least Blair has Dan, Serena has pretty much no one. No wonder they are both so lost...

Leigh: Blair is. She even told Dan as much. Serena is actually guarded and not trusting everyone she meets for the first time in her life. Even if she's a bitch, after all she's been through over four seasons, she kinda deserves to be.

Christina: Blair has Dan and they should just go get lost together. Serena’s just not the same anymore. She’s job-less, boyfriend-less, and even cousin-less now. IT Girl no more, for sure.

Eric: S. She's really quick to judge Lola for failing to out her as Gossip Girl... after the terrible stuff she did to her own sister as Gossip Girl! Sorry, half sister. You might want to have some friends around S. B at least will always have her Double Ds. (Dortota and Dan you perverts).

Steve: Blair in the emotional sense. She's unrecognizable to herself and fans, which she finally realized this week. Serena also wins, however, in the sense of being abandoned by the writing staff for months.

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4. Dair: Boring or refreshing?

Courtney: They started as refreshing, now we're entering the boring territory. Seriously, a salon? PS. Can I just mention that if this party was in Dan's honor, didn't anyone in his family think it was important? How about his friends?

Leigh: Not that I was ever a Dair fan, but I kinda feel bad for Dan at this point. He seems to genuinely love Blair and she seems to be lost and leaning on the guy who can give her the most attention and TLC.

Christina: Snoozefest! Gone were the days when I watched every scene with B intently. Now, I’m still watching, but only casually as I’m playing Draw Something or Scramble.

Eric: Despite finding it refreshing they're a pretty low drama couple on GG, they're kind of turning into a yawn fest for me. Feel free to send me a Draw Something challenge, Christina. I need the points for some new colors more than another Dair scene.

Steve: I enjoy Dan and Blair's relationship, but I worry about the same thing Leigh summed up so well. When B does find herself, will Dan have the same appeal he does now? I hope so, but I have my doubts.

5. In honor of the show's only non-miserable character, discuss the awesomeness of Nate.

Courtney: Nate is completely awesome. For one, he has hooked up with pretty much, if not every, girl on the show. He wears a suit as well as the Basshole, is a great friend, and is loyal. I was skeptical about the Spectator storyline in the beginning, now it's become my favorite part of recent episodes.

Leigh: I mean... just look at him. He's sexy and he knows it.

Christina: Nate is total awesomeness. Editor by day, sleuth/prostitute by night. However, it’s become clear you should never tell Nate a secret because he will immediately tell the wrong person every single time.

Eric: So awesome he's willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: sleep with Diana / Elizabeth Hurley for his BFF. If that's not friendship, I don't know what is. Poor guy...

Steve: He may be a terrible secret-keeper, as Christina says, but Nate's been killing it lately with his suits, ties, morals and sexual mind games. I mean, the guy had to think this week! On his feet!

6. Dumbest move of the night: Ivy ripping up that check, Serena leaving Gossip Girl's server info out in the open, or Diana actually believing Nate broke into her apartment to seduce her?

Courtney: Ivy ripping up the check. I get it, she wants a family. But you can't have a family with people who don't want you. She could have used that money to start over! I wasn't really surprised at the other two.

Leigh: Ivy ripping up the check. That was just petulant and not a smart business decision young lady. I'm sorry a bunch of people you were paid to bond with don't want to hang out with you anymore, but they gave you a seven-figure severance so take it.

Christina: That was just so Serena! Diana is a cougar on the prowl. As for Ivy, seriously?! Idiot move.

Eric: I really, really want to take the computer bait, but there's a million reasons I need to yell at Chivy. Yeah, I'm that angry I'm bringing back the nickname. Girl you can go buy a new family with that money. You can start with me 'sis, so let's go grab that tape.

Steve: Fine Eric. I'll go there. The server. If she knows she's the only person with access to GG's site and how valuable that is, why leave it anywhere someone can gank it and steal her GG mantle? Never mind the fact that people not named Lola might also piece together that SERENA IS GOSSIP GIRL. 

Diana and Chuck

7. Is Jack really Chuck's father? If so, what's his angle for screwing him over all these years?

Courtney: I think he is, but I honestly have no idea why he would have screwed him over so many times. Maybe it has something to do with Bart? Maybe Bart took Chuck from Jack because he was a bad father? Regardless, the Basses are one hot bloodline.

Leigh: Chuck's maternity and paternity needs to be moved to the Maury show because I honestly cannot keep track. If Jack is his father and has been acting like a dick all of these years, it's because he slept with Bart's wife and Bart punished him by either pretending Chuck was his, or telling Jack this kid can never know you're his real father and I'm going to raise him.

Christina: I’m still not sure. If so, let’s not forget Jack also slept with Blair… will that be too weird for the someday reunion of Chair? Hey, a girl can and still should hope.

Eric: You kidding me? The second I saw that 'tat I knew who Chuck's pops was. The real question is why the heck Elizabeth is emailing Nate. Who isn't sleeping with that guy? 

Steve: It would make sense, in a twisted way, if Jack and Elizabeth were Chuck's real parents. Resentment at Bart as a motive for tormenting him all this time? I can buy that too. Why Diana would lie, and why she's even hanging around, is a different story. Will we ever find out? More importantly, do we care?

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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@xmeg816x
Bravo! Finally someone who really understood this episode with "hotel"! Incredibly, as everyone remember the "hotel" and not remember what really happened. Even worse is that the writers insert half-truths propagated in the series. You're right, Chuck did not want Blair to go with Jack and sleeps to him in order to he get back hotel. That's the point. The same Chuck did with Elizabeth when he was offered money to her, expecting that she will not take it. Blair has acted hastily and went to Jack. As she did the same for New Year's Eve. Of course, the blame is mutual. But Blair must realize that she do not have to submit to her boyfriends (Chuck) that they would like her. Blair should not try to be what she is not, but should show what she is and she will have immense love of Chuck.

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@ggholic28 @morgana - my thoughts exactly! where is the "scandalous lives of manhattan's elite" in dair again? um...the scandal is that Blair has clearly gone insane. duh :)

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i think Diana is his aunt and Jack is his uncle and Bart is his father. So the question is remain the same, the mother of all question Chuck mommy? My theory is Elizabeth is in fact his mother and they kept her away because The Bass dynasty has more than what meet the eyes! even beyond the UES can imagine and Elizabeth is the key for Chuck to access the loathing heritage. And Diana and Jack keep her away from him so they have flexibility to HIS heritage! Why Elizabeth didn't do any bold move, c'mon it's The Basses we are talking about. She can be a "missing person" in any days! Think this will make a more logic and humane story line, because Nate didn't have to be "my son sexy friend" and Blair didn't have to be "my son sexy ex" who once bang each other! Which make this series a better series than it is now.

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Why is everyone so excited about the hotel thing. Didn't Blair sleep with Uncle Jack on New Years

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I agree with so many of you here. Those that enjoy Dair, go read Sweet Valley High or something. This is supposed to be the scandulous lives of manhattans elite. It should be about excess, money and all the pleasures that money brings. Power couples and power plays.

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I just felt like I need to point something out about Chair and the whole hotel situation. I have been rewatching old seasons and watched that episode and I feel like everyone kind of forgets that Blair went up there on her own fully planning to sleep with Jack not even knowing Chuck had done that. And honestly to me it seemed like even though Chuck made the "deal" his response to Blair actually going up there made me feel like he never expected her to do it. Idk I could be wrong but thats how I interpreted it and not like that in any way makes what Chuck did ok but I think that should not be held against him like it is. I loved Lily this week its so sad that her of all people reminded me of the old NJBC days of scheming. When she delivered that line to Rufus about who is gonna support him literally made my drop job, I never knew she could be that badas. Hoping that next week brings back the actual NJBC scheming days cuz I really need some sign that old gossip is still in there somewhere.

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@Zoran
To quote Delboy - mange tout, mange tout!

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@Lm
Congratulations Brits, congratulations. Add that these are three of my favorite series - Dynasty, Dr. House and GG! But I have to add the brothers Trotter - Del Boy and Rodney (sorry I forgot the exact name of the series in English). They were brilliant!

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@Zoran
That's because us Brits know how to deliver a line that communicates the utter disdain we have for something. There's no sugarcoating it with us! Lol. :-)

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@morgana - my thoughts exactly! where is the "scandalous lives of manhattan's elite" in dair again?