Gossip Girl Review: Taking What's Yours

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Our Gossip Girl gang is growing up. Not necessarily maturing, but growing up.

Their transition into adulthood is a major theme of this sixth and final season, and tonight saw the five core characters - Dan, Serena, Nate, Blair and Chuck - establish what they want to achieve as individuals.

While last Monday's premiere brought the group back together again after the Season 5 finale scattered them, "High Infidelity" was an episode that set the stage for the remainder of the CW series.

For these aspiring publishers, writers, businessmen and women, the obstacles are formidable and the stakes higher than ever, both personally and professionally. Let's break it down by character:

D and G

Dan is finding it more challenging than expected to release his hard-hitting Inside sequel. Plenty of people would run it, but not in the way he feels would deliver the maximum, destructive impact.

With his sketchy literary agent in tow - Georgina is the highlight of Season 6 so far, whether she's watching him sleep or offering snarky commentary - the sometimes-bitter Muppet encountered resistance.

Save for one unlikely ally. Nate may be portrayed unflatteringly in Dan's book (unless he's Mr. Irrelevant a second time), but the head of the struggling Spectator sees this as a literary marriage of convenience.

He needs a major story to save the publication. Dan won't compromise by running his serialized UES expose unless it appears verbatim. Thus, Date came to a mutually beneficial agreement.

It seems a little too perfect at this point. What happens when the first chapter gets published and the Spectator faces the inevitable blowback? How far is Nate willing to go to keep it in business?

Moreover, if everyone easily linked the pseudonyms of Inside to the real-life Upper East Siders he dragged through the mud, what does Hard Luck Humphrey have to say that's SO shocking now?

He's determined to make a name for himself on his terms, in any case, which is essentially Nate's goal as well. Whether either achieves it, and how long this tenuous pact lasts, are open questions.

Serena and Nate both assumed their new significant others were cheating - with each other - but predictably, there was more to it. Steven being Sage's father was still unexpected, however.

A sibling or cousin, we could see, but father and daughter? Neither Nate or Serena saw that coming, and just as surprisingly, both relationships ended the episode intact following the reveal.

He's really okay with Nate dating his 17-year-old daughter? Hey, there are worse guys out there ... unless there are unrevealed ulterior motives involved with Serena and Nate's new loves.

Nate and Sage

Clearly Sage has no problem lying, and things seem a little too perfect now. Like Serena's bid to take Manhattan as a respectable and responsible adult, the jury is still out on these two.

Blair's road to fashion glory and stepping out of Eleanor's shadow hit a roadblock thanks to two blasts from the past: maligned former Constance classmate Nelly Yuki and faux-cialite Ponzi schemer Poppy Lifton.

Being Queen B only gets you so far once you get out of high school, the younger Waldorf learned, as the bridges she burned came back to haunt her. Not sure we buy Nelly as a WWD reporter, but whatever.

Having crashed and burned, B gave her staff a 10-day ultimatum, with the future of her company and future with the love of her life riding on Waldorf Designs' success hanging in the balance ... somehow.

The whole together-but-apart bit feels a bit overblown and forced with lines like this. Chair can't get married if Waldorf Designs isn't massively successful or Bass Industries isn't returned to Chuck's control?

Kind of a stretch, but they're wholly committed to this idea for the time being.

Like his possibly future wife, Chuck is determined to become his own person and just the scion of a famous businessperson. In his case, though, this entails declaring a full-on, above-board war on Bart.

He pressed his dad, his dad aggressively pressed back, and the younger Bass made his intentions clear. He also pressed Amira, only after which did he receive a clue. Who is the person in that photo?

Hopefully this plot line picks up steam in the coming weeks, along with the others. With only eight weeks left in Gossip Girl's run, there's not much more time to waste. Let's get to it, right?

A few stray observations on tonight's episode before turning it over to you:

  • MEGA SPOILER ALERT: This Gossip Girl finale photo surfaced today.
  • Barry Watson (Steven) is 38 and Sofia Black D'Elia (Sage) is 20.
  • "No one in high school reads Gossip Girl anymore." Or watches it?
  • Handsome Vacant would be a great Secret Service code name.
  • Who doesn't get turned on by D saying "raw" and "hard"?
  • Were Rufus and Ivy in bed this whole time?
  • Nate watches Millionaire Matchmaker?

So, that brings us up to date. Did all of this make you more excited for the conclusion? Or is the show just running out the clock at this point? Sound off with on all things "High Infidelity" below!

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Amie

cont I was a fan of Chair 1.0 (as in Chair during season 1-2) but since then these couple made me roll my eyes more than ever. So congratulations to those Chair fans who have decided to stick to their ship till the final episode with none other than a Chair wedding I presume.... As for everything else, Georgina is still annoying not funny or evil, Dan is still a douche, Nate is till Nate. I mean, really, I think I completely lost all my faith in Dan the moment he started bitching like a little girl when he said that nothing good came from his friends since they ran Jenny out of the city (oh yeah, like she didn't destroy some people's lives while she was around or participated in getting Serena drugged almost to death) and whining about Chuck getting Blair. Another whatever episode, the only thing that keeps me attached is the couture. Also interested in Sage's true colours.

Amie

I never thought I would say this but I actually enjoyed watching Serena tonight. Sure, there was still some high school attitude about her when she thought that Steven was cheating on her, but the fact that she a) dared to call him and ask him about it and b) not come up with some ridiculous expose at the event like she would have previously, really got me thinking that she is really trying to mature. And I was beyond glad that Steven explained everything to her and Serena actually listened and did just pout and leave. You know why? Cos this guy is not Nate or Dan or Chuck, he is an adult. So yeah for these two. But Blair...Cornelia Waldorf! Nelly had a point when she came to do that interview, Blair is still living in high school mode thinking that she can manipulate her minions to do her dirty work. Seriously Blair! Ugh and her whole phrase about this fashion line being so important for her and her future with Chuck....made me wanna barf. I was a fan of Chair 1.0 (as in Chair during season 1-2) but since then these couple made me roll my eyes more than ever. So congratulations to those Chair fans who have decided to stick to their ship till the final episode with none other than a Chair wedding I presume.... As for everything else, Georgina is still annoying not funny or evil, Dan is still a douche, Nate is till Nate. I mean, really, I think I completely lost all my faith in Dan the moment he started bitching like a little girl when he said that nothing good came from his friends since they ran Jenny out of the city (oh yeah, like she didn't destroy some people's lives while she was around or participated in getting Serena drugged almost to death) and whining about Chuck getting Blair. Another whatever episode, the only thing that keeps me attached is the couture. Also interested in Sage's true colours.

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Dan is a douche because the same thing accuses others of doing he has done as well. He messed with Vanessa's head when he pursued her. Forgets Jenny was the worst sort of person when she got banished (how is everyone forgetting this little girl was going help William make believe Lily was still sick). Blair called him all summer and he refused to talk. the lack of communication is on him not her. He still keeping from her that he cheated while trying to make her feel guilty. He knew going into it Chuck was someone in her life he has to deal with, so again on him. He lied alot and played on Blair's deluded mentality instead of telling her she needed to seek professional help.
And agree with the person who states if the Jenny banishment bother him so much why would he date the woman who did that?

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Oh, come on. The first time I saw Steven and Sage I knew there was father/doughter relationship....
And Georgina is becoming my favourite again.

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I know it's prbly not going to happen but I want this Stephen/Sage drama to bring Nate and Serena together as a couple it would make sense but the writers will most likely have Serena end the series with Dan who thinks he's better than everyone I want him to end up alone on the outside looking in

Blairshipper

This episode was kind of crap. I'm tired of all the guest stars and just want to see the regulars in their own storylines. It will be SO SAD if Nate and Serena end up with these randoms. Also, Sage looks so thin, like she might break. If she looks this thin on camera, I wonder how thin she is in real life =/ That's scary.

Saad702

Gossip girl writers need to take a leaf out of Scandal writers book! In seven episodes they showed a variety of stories everything was at break neck speed. Nothing was slow or took its time to get there. With only 8 eps they should bloody move it already!!!! Seriously!

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This season, the final season, is about growing up, which is what the characters are doing yes Blair schemed when she thought that Nelly and Poppy were working together to ruin her but she learned from her mistake and decided to start over which is what growing up is all about! The one thing I hated about this episode is Dan having him want revenge because of how his friends treated Jenny makes no sense Blair banished Little J if he was so upset about it why would he date her he pursued her and then told her he loved her just more proof that the dan blair relationship should have never happened in the first place it was out of character and it ruined both of their characters

Tfv168

Aside from the new set design of the Waldorf Atelier (thank you TV Guide), this episode was a wash. Same old crap. I even FF'd thru the Chuck-Bart nonsense at brunch.

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*fricking! Can't even avoid swearing properly!! :-)

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