Gossip Girl Round Table: "Salon of the Dead"

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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 "Salon of the Dead."

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


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

Courtney: Chuck's reaction to finding out Diana is his mother. Ed Westwick rocked this episode. 

Leigh: Nothing can really beat the fact that Chuck was yelling at Diana that she was "banging" his best friend in the next room.

Christina: Diana: “I intended on watching you from afar.” Chuck: “Nate’s bed is not that far.” Chuck can still be witty while being down in the dumps.

Steve: Dorota still calling Dan Lonely Boy when he is not only dating Blair, but in the process of planning an elaborate public outing with Blair.

Eric: When Blair made reference to Vanessa What's Her Last Name? I kind of miss my frenemy... and raccoon eyes at this point.

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2. Diana's big reveal: OMFG or eh?

Courtney: Eh. I was hoping that she wouldn't turn out to be Chuck's mom because it was too predictable. At least we now know that Bart had a baby mama, making that a little more interesting. Hopefully the real secret that G.G. is holding on to is better than that.

Leigh: The only a surprise was how easily Diana just revealed it to Serena in the next room.

Christina: Major eh. I loved Chuck’s retort, though, immediately following the “big” reveal.

Steve: It was pretty obvious after the past few weeks that she gave him the transfusion, but I still thought she'd be a sister or an aunt, not his mother. So ... slight OMG, but with a side of eh. Next?

Eric: Given that our Round Table has been speculating about it since October, I can't help but feel underwhelmed by this big reveal. I really hope whatever the real secret Gossip Girl is more OMFG worthy. 

3. More inept performance: Lola at scheming or Serena as Gossip Girl?

Courtney: Both were pretty bad, but I will choose Lola as the worst. I did love that Serena had a video upload app that went straight to the Gossip Girl site. What did we do before iPhones? 

Leigh: Lola was like a baby deer trying to figure out how to work her legs.

Christina: I simply can’t choose between the two because they were both epic fails. Lola should reconsider her dream of becoming an actress while S should just ... I don’t really know what else she could be doing, but it definitely won’t be adding ‘blogger’ to her resume.

Steve: Lola the adorable baby doe, as Leigh put it, is at least naive when it comes to this stuff. Serena has been the subject of UES gossip for years, yet isn't the least bit subtle about her powers as GG? "Guess she's not so irrelevant after all!" Really? Could you try to blow your own cover any more? Weak. At least Georgina is well versed in black ops.

Eric: Lola. First, she was terrible at it. For a wanna-be actress, did she really need to lay things on so thick when telling S Gossip Girl would need to blog about the book to keep relevant? Secondly, she doesn't even have the backbone for it. She finally gets what she needs to oust S and nothing? The woman who just destroyed you? You are so not UES.

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4. Which couple will last longer, Dan and Blair or Rufus and Lily?

Courtney: Rufus and Lily. If she was able to live with him on a Lincoln Hawk tour bus, she will be able to keep her marriage together. 

Leigh: Rufly always come back to each other. Could give less than a crap about Dair. I respect that you need to experience dating different people as you grow up, but Blair and Dan turned into completely different people.

Christina: Rufly. Like their party, Dair was terribly boring.

Steve: Dan and Blair. They at least talk to each other about their problems and aren't so obsessed with the different "worlds" they come from that they lose sight of what relationships are supposed to be about.

Eric: I never thought I'd say this, but my money is on Dair. They sadly seem like the more honest, mature couple. No, they may not throw the best salon (not that I have any to compare it to), but they definitely fit in each others' worlds...

5. Rate last night's party-crashing on a scale of 1-10.

Courtney: Totally with Eric. The salon was a dud so I'm going with a 4.

Leigh: That party sucked. Where was Dorota? Both hosts would never leave to get ice. Also your party is obviously boring if everyone can hear their cell go off at the same time.

Christina: -7. Lamest Gossip Girl party ever.

Steve: The question pertains to the party crashing, people, not the actual salon ... whatever that was. Chuck slumming it in the 718 alone warrants a few points, and the fact that none of those peeps were invited and just kept rolling up to Blair's meticulously-crafted event? There was some humor in that. 6.

Eric: Who cares? Who wants to crash a salon that didn't have enough ice for a proper Pimm's Cup?

6. What was the least-believable eavesdropping moment of the night?

Courtney: The Diana reveal. No one who has hid a secret for that many years is going to talk about it with a twenty-something she barely knows at a party. 

Leigh: Diana casually chatting about her secret to Jack in an open hallway.

Christina: Lola creeping on Serena and Diana. Seriously, I thought Lola was just going to prove her point about S as GG by showing Nate the GG app or even digging through her e-mail. By the way, when will the UES learn how to password protect their phones?

Steve: Courtney hit the nail on the head. Not only did she reveal the secret to Serena, a near total stranger, in public, but with unmistakable clarity, almost trying to emphasize I'm his mother! Unintentional comedy.

Eric: It's sad when there's enough eavesdropping plot advancements to even have this question. As ridiculous as Diana having sensitive conversations inside hallways was, I still have to give it to Lola eavesdropping on D's big reveal. Not because I was shocked of their timing or location, but that Gossip Girl has a dedicated app she built just for uploading video! This from the same girl who can't figure out how to recover a password...

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7. What is Diana's other secret?

Courtney: I'm guessing that Jack is Chuck's real father. If so, that is one seriously hot family.

Leigh: I think it's something to do with where she gets her money.

Christina: Jack is really Chuck’s dad. It might seem too soapy, but this is Gossip Girl.

Steve: Looking like that at age 46.

Eric: That she's actually a secret agent and Chuck's real father is none other than Austin Powers. No, seriously, what do you guys think? Bart not being Chuck's dad? Maybe losing his inheritance to next-of-kin, Jack Bass?

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I'm not sure the point of a relationship on Gossip Girl is changing for the better. Relationships on the show are about drama and fun, that is what the show is about. And even if the show was about mature relationships where people grow, I'm not sure Dan and Blair are a great example. Just last week Dan got little girls to squeal over Queen B (not very mature, and let's not forgot when Chuck did this for her at the movie premiere a couple seasons ago--so not much changing either) and the way she behaved on this episode was totally outrageous. Her friends were clearly in some real trouble and had something going on and all she cared about was her party and her boyfriend. She is still self-absorbed, just focusing on her new thing Dan and being very intellectual. Sorry writers, but you used to make nice smart reference to interesting things, now you're just beating us over the head with Dan and Blair's intellectual interests. They obviously aren't that smart as neither appears to be attending school any longer. I enjoyed Chuck, Serena, and Nate. While I do want to see the whole gang back together to help Chuck resolve all these mysteries, I don't think Blair deserves to be involved with anything they have going on based on her lack of concern, interest, or sympathy over the last few episodes.


Isn't that the point of Having a relationship with someone if they change you for the better? That's all I see,Blair stopped being her snobby self of the past[[to a certain extent]] and Dan now has gotten over himself and isn't as judgmental as of late. They compliment each other well,just admit it ,even more so than their significant Ex's ever did ,truth be told in all of Gossip Girl these two have always ended up with the short end of the leash one way or another Chuck has treated Blair like Dirt many times and Serena isn't the most ideal "truelove" for Dan. Jus Sayin.


Agreed with @lovleylisa. Dan and Blair used to be so innocent and I really liked there friendship with each other but Dan has and should've always been Serena's. Blair is exactly what Serena used to be and the best part of their friendship was when they were opposites and didn't sleep with eachothers "bf's" I get the whole nate/serena/blair thing cause that was in the begining and was one of the first story lines but if Blair really loved Serena she wouldn't have been with Dan.... as for the current storyline I absolutely loved yesterdays epi except for the stupid salon thing... I just think Dianna is disgusting for sleeping with Nate knowing that he was chucks bestie! BAD MOVE!!!


I miss the old Blair too! When she was more interesting! I think it's gross because they had Blair as such a classy young lady who didnt sleep around so far shes been with Nate, Chuck (x10000000), Louis, Marcus, Carter Baizen, Dan and who ever I missed. I hate how tv shows have to make all of the characters sleep with each other they've prettty much ruined Blair's character for me. I used to like her cause she was the opposite of Serena. Now she's just the same... i love her and chuck though. Dan used to be like Blair too and now they made him like what chuck used to be... awful


What's up with Nate's lip? This has been several episodes, weeks from the supposed sports injury that it was first blamed on. Is Nate the victim of a Herpes attack? Wouldn't that be such a typical GG blast?


Here I am in bed sick watching first last nights gossip girl and then season one and wow has it changed!!! First of all I so miss the old Blair, yes everyone grows up, but she now seems like a girl that the UES would walk all over!!!
Then there is lonely boy, not so lonely anymore!!! He seems to get more than, than chuck!!!
Anyways I could point out every character and how much it doesn't seem like the OMFG GG anymore, but I'm sure you all know what I mean. I tried with dair I really did, for the sake of enjoying my show, but there do boring chair was hot!!!! But even them now I'm sure wouldn't be :(
Anyways long story short if there dine next year, season 6 not sad one bit it's actually gone on too long I think because the writers have ruined the chacters and the show. Just have a reminder by watching season 1 you will know what I mean


Q5: I'll give the party crashing an 8! Chuck and Serena dominated this party as the badasses they are... But for me it wasn't eventful enough (even with Diana's reveal)
Q6:As stated a million times above, the Diana reveal. Which is the main reason people don't believe Diana is actually Chuck's mother. Why the hell would she confide sth like that to Serena who to her is a simple aquitance.
Q7: I hope the '' Bart's alive'' SL will be the big secret. My mind just can't handle the thought that Bart might not be Chuck's father. His mother was not who he thought...and neither was his father? That will mean that he and his therapist should have to retake the whole thing from the beginning!


Q1:Chuck's '' Nate's bed is not that far'' had me ROFLing like a maniac. This whole dialogue in general was unbelievably surreal! (btw... poor Nate. He must be feeling very akward at this point)
Q2:Eh. We knew about the revelation weeks ago. And i believe it's actually true. The mother SL can't handle any more twists without becoming a complete jock...plus Diana seemed to really care for Chuck...at least in this episode.
Q3: Lola's scheming. Serena is angry and hurt so it's kind of hard for her to be subtle at this point of her life. If she could only light up a fire and watch all the UESers ''Burn, Burn, Burn'' she would die a happy person.
Q4:Rufly.I can't forget the beautiful love the GGwriters narrated in S1 and S2. They had to fight hard but when the timing was right they found their ways back to each other. They won't give up now for the shake of some Ivy Dickens!Plus, Rufly doesn't have to pretend certain people don't exist in order to maintain their hypostasis as a couple.

Ava mila

''Could give less than a crap about Dair. I respect that you need to experience dating different people as you grow up, but Blair and Dan turned into completely different people.'' Finally someone saying as it is! Where the hell is Blair Waldorf and who is this person looking like a cheap copy of her? If growing up means being selfish and blind about other people's problems (Serena is a mess, Chuck learning a life changing fact, Nate breaking up with his girlfriend) then I really want teenager Blair back. At least she cared for her friends and not just her reputation and princess title.


Hahaha I really just laughed out loud because of : "looking like that at age 46"

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