Gossip Girl Round Table: "It Girl, Interrupted"

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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 "It Girl, Interrupted."

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: Blair: "Cubic Zirconia does not touch this body." No longer a princess but still Queen B.

Leigh: Favorite scene was Chuck in that red tracksuit talking to Nate. Because it's nice to know that some things still hold true from season one. Although nothing can live up to the tracksuit he wore to the lost weekend.

Christina: Lily: “We do not negotiate with terrorists! Especially not ones from Florida.” These words flowed from her mouth ever so flawlessly.

Steve: Rufus learning that Lily screwed over Ivy. Even for a guy who's always been the show's moral compass, his reaction was that of utter shock - a genuinely surprising and emotional moment.

Eric: Dorota seems to always steal the scenes and quotes these days: First, trying to claim the divorce papers were lyrics for practicing karaoke, then making the right choice with B's best interests in mind.

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2. What, in general, do you like most about the show these days?

Courtney: I'm loving that Blair is front and center these days. Although I am a huge fan of S, no one compares to Blair Waldorf.

Leigh: The mysteries. First it was the identity of the real Charlie Rhodes. Now it's who gave Chuck the blood?

Christina: I’m digging the twists. For example, Serena thinking that she was using Lola all along, but then ended up getting used by Lola herself.

Steve: Wondering just how much trouble Serena is going to cause since she's obviously getting in over her head, who saved Chuck, whether Ivy will get her comeuppance, and how long Dair will last.

Eric: Dair. These two characters are pretty much the last bastion of entertainment for me the days. Together, or apart. Insert a little Dorota and there's a reason it was my favorite scene.

3. What do you like the least about it?

Courtney: The show has always had some plot holes which can be frustrating, but I have to agree with the change up of GG. The only one I want is the original.

Leigh: That Blair isn't even a likeable character anymore. Chair Dair Nair aside she's not funny, driven, ambitious, bossy or the best friend we once met. The only good part of her in this episode was that gorgeous pink Oscar de la Renta she was sporting on the Met steps.

Christina: The absurdity in situations like how Nate could only find a single investor or even how Lily is so powerful that she has the ability to freeze or unfreeze anything. Let’s not also forget the fiasco of the dowry.

Steve: Sometimes inconsistent character behavior and a lack of unifying theme to the season. Before, we've had insiders vs. outsiders, the gang graduating high school, the gang starting college, the gang taking down Juliet, Chair attempting to rule Manhattan, the adventures of the NJBC in general ... now it just feels all over the place.

Eric: This weirdness with passing off the Gossip Girl baton. Especially once Serena confusingly hopped into the relay race. That pretty blonde reveals every week she has no clue what she's doing as she runs around like a gorgeous chicken with her head cut off.

Blair at the Party

4. Will Lily and Rufus make it through this latest rift?

Courtney: Agreeing with the girls. I don't really care that much either. I'm sure they will, because really, what will Rufus have to do if he is not with Lily?

Leigh: The more important question is "do we care?" Glad Rufus wants more than to be a house husband, but Lily's family is her business.

Christina: Probably. I’m with Leigh, though, and can’t say that I really care all too much.

Steve: I'm not writing them off yet, but if the fat lady were there - and she's not, because there are no even mildly overweight women on Gossip Girl - she would be warming up, if not singing already.

Eric: Pretty sure we've seen this exact storyline before. And correct me if I'm wrong, they're still together. Yawn.

5. More believable: Serena as Gossip Girl, or Lola as "It Girl."

Courtney: Serena as GG. She's been the focus of it for several years, of course she knows the style and the way to work it. I like Zola, but there is no way she gets lingerie named after her after one picture. People didn't even know she was the real Charlie Rhodes until recently.

Leigh: Serena is doing a decent job since she's so familiar with Gossip Girl's style, but she'll always be better as the subject of gossip.

Christina: Serena as Gossip Girl. She apparently dropped out of school, couldn’t make it in the real world (twice), and is now more narcissistic than ever. Her life as a blogger as we know it… until the real GG takes her down!

Steve: Sorry everyone, I'm going with Lola. Serena's just trying too hard, both running the blog and clamoring for attention. There's an innocence about L that makes her ascension all the more intriguing.

Eric: I'm actually switching it up to more unbelievable and adding a third option: Chuck wearing a one-sie workout outfit. WTF was that?

6. Should Nate hit it with Diana again?

Courtney: Someone as hot as Nate should hook up with someone equally hot. So yes, Nate needs to go back down the road, even if for just one little tryst.

Leigh: No! She's hot but probably Chuck's aunt or something. I have a new theory though, maybe Bart Bass was a teen dad and Diana is actually Chuck's sister?

Christina: No. He already hit it and quit it. Plus, I like Nola.

Steve: Nate should hit "it" as in the It Girl. I mean the original It Girl ... Serena van der Woodsen! Anyone else feeling a Serenate front coming through? Possibly wishful thinking. In any case, I do like him with Lola and am sorta over Diana. Hopefully he'll at least keep it in the family with one of William's daughters.

Eric: Sorry Lola, you are so not the "It Girl." Have you seen Diana? Nate should just move to Cougar Town already ...

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7. How does Georgina fit into all this, if at all?

Courtney: Hopefully she doesn't and won't be back for a while. Her character was a waste the last time around. Georgina Sparks can do better than that.

Leigh: Agree with Eric that Georgie is in black ops mode. She'll pop back up when needed.

Christina: Hopefully, not at all. Her random appearances are worse than Katherine’s on The Vampire Diaries.

Steve: So much for my theory that Louis fathered Milo. If Chuck simply paid the dowry, what block ops is Georgina actually partaking in? And what is Phillip doing in the meantime?

Eric: Listen, she's on black ops mode. Until she comes whirling back in for no reason to advance some random plot, none of us will ever know.

8. Should Dan get a haircut?

Courtney: Absolutely.

Leigh: For the love of all things Upper East Side, YES. It is a greasy mop. I also can't imagine what it looks like after sex.

Christina: Is this a rhetorical question?!

Steve: No way. I say fight the power and rock on with your hipster self. Who knew Penn Badgley unknowingly entered a bet with Eric and myself last November to see how long we could hold out.

Eric: You know, maybe we really figured out why B was so hesitant to be seen in public with him. Marriage contract my arse. Kidding, I'm actually loving the 'do these days. Humphrey owns it.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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6th Why not. But if by any chance Diane is Chuck's mother, it is better to have nothing to do with her around sex. Because it would destroy his friendship with Chuck.
7th Georgina fit into any story. This is nothing new for her. She will certainly be back for the end season.
8th Yes, why not. But I think it is Penns a new image. If you can remember almost every season he had a different hairstyle.

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This episode is far better than the previous. This is how it should look like the previous episode, lots of dynamics and crafts, what is rather a series of GG.
1. My favorite quote is from Lily: We do not negotiate with terrorists. Especially not with those from Florida!
2. Everything related to Serena. But especially for a dynamic that happens in this episode.
3. The last thing the crafts happened in the last episode. As the final activation Serene in the series, whose role in this season was put aside.
4th Lily and Rufus had already had a lot of challenges in their relationship and they survived. They are enough to find themselves, kiss and all is forgiven.
5th I am a fan of Serena, and Serena is certain better GG than it was IT girl Charlotte. Serena knows how mutually profitable is GG, so that she will continue to be GG. But for Charlotte this is all new, and it will be difficult for her without assistance to be IT Girl.
6th Why not. But if by any chance Diane is Chuck's mother, it is better to have nothing to do with her around sex. Because it would destroy his friendship with Chuck.
7th Georgina fit into any story. This is nothing new for her. She will certainly be back for the end season.
8th Yes, why not. But I think it is Penns a new image. If you can remember almost every season he had a different hairstyle.

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0.98 Million total viewers. DAIRY? REALLY????

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I like GEORGINA STORYLINE, THE REAL GOSSIP GIRL RETURN TO GET BACK HER WEB FROM SERENA, I LIKE IVY DICKENS STORYLINE EITHER ALSO DIANA PAYNE AND BART BASS! 7. I REALLY WOULD LOVE GEORGINA SPARKS TO RETURN!! she is like the spice of the food. without her it doesn't taste good. :D
i hope the writer make Georgina a Good Real storyline that really can including the UES drama .. and stick around!! not go and come and go and come!
please let her stay ... because i know next season is the finale season! i would love to see the ORIGINAL VILLAIN EVIL ANGEL GOODNESS OF GEORGINA SPARKS!
maybe georgina & diana & bart & and another VILLAIN's come for next season!
and little j is back and juliet! and A HUGE DRAMA SCHEME BOOM!!!
xoxo

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1.Favorite quote has to be Blair: "Cubic Zirconia does not touch this body." Nothing is funnier than Queen B in a "Dictator of taste" mode. Favorite scene by miles will be the MET scene.
2.Dair, Dair and Dair.
3.The fake GG and Ivy story-lines, Liz Hurley's acting and the whole 'Chuck Mommy Issues Part 2'.
4.Sure, I hope so but I am also glad to see Rufus of S1 peeking through the layers of obscurity.
5.Both are unbelievable. PS--The way S is acting right now with BF Blair and cousin LOLA is downright pathetic. Then she has the nerve to say that Dair hasn't been easy for her. Self-righteous much.
6.Never again. Finally he has a good thing going on. Why ruin it?
7.Who knows? It would have been interesting t see how she managed B's divorce, but of course writers had to involve Chuck to show how selfless he is and ruin that angle.
8.Like Eric said, Humphrey owns it.

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I am totally with Steve on no.6! I'd love to see some Serenate again! :) I hope they'll start giving us answers soon, cos it's getting kinda boring. Isn't it time to end this Dair thing yet?! Chuck, oh Chuck. Poor Chuck. I didn't really like how Blair treated him last night. And the final text didn't realy make things right, in my eyes. Would love to see more of Serena and Chuck together, they're family, after all. I didn't think Diana could be his mum, but maybe Leigh has a point! :)I quite liked Lola, but she's starting to get on my nerves now.. maybe she should get back to Florida to her mum. Also, what happened to William and that storyline? It's got to come up before the end of the season that S and Lola are half-sister..

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I'm with Steve on everything except Serenate and Dan's hair.

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boring episode...
we need chair back...and we will get chair back :)
Id love to get to know some of you guys, so if you have twitter would you follow me? following back :)

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1. No favorite quote. This episode was quite dull!
2. Dair is about the only thing this show has going for it these days.
3. Inconsistant character behavior masked as "character growth".
4. Leigh hit the nail on the head with "do we care?".
5. Lola as It Girl. That status comes and goes. Serena's time is up.
6. Oh please - like Nate can resist an horny older woman!
7. I forgot about Georgina. She'll probably pop up in the finale to try and stir up the dust bunnies again.
8. @Leigh - I so didn't need that visual!!! I'd love it if his hair was as long as it was in JTMD, but I know we have to go through the awkward grow-out phase to get there. I'll take season 1 buzz-cut as a second choice.

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1 Chuck in the red suit only chuck can were such things he looked like a teletubby PO haha 2 i always love the scheming, especially if they take someone down not one of there own but a stranger like juillet or georgina poppie NJBC! 3 i miss B as a powerfull character lik in 1-4. 4 ofcourse but if they dont i hope a derena reunion 5 S as GG 3.0 Because Lola isnt a it girl she is stiff and lame i even preffer ivy 6 Yes he should just fuck her 7 no georgina isnt likeable if she is there 50% of the season just a few episodes thats enough 8 yes, i dont know why blair is oke with this hair haha if you look back at season 1-2 his hair was so much better he was really handsome but know he is just a lost muppet

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