Gossip Girl Review: A Wolf in B's Clothing

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Gossip Girl continued its final season tonight with an episode that continued the separate, yet intertwined storylines of Dan, Serena, Nate, Chuck and Blair, all of whom are determined to write their next chapter in life.

The Gossip Girl finale spoilers we've been inundated with over the past week offer more to discuss than anything playing out Monday in "Dirty Rotten Scandals," which wasn't really that dirty, rotten or scandalous.

Well, except for Dan. That guy's pretty rotten.

There were some memorable moments, however, as unlikely alliances formed and crumbled across the Upper East Side, leaving the respective careers of some of those involved hanging in the balance.

Let's break down tonight's top stories ...

BFFs at Odds?

Blair's fashion show was a disaster and Serena's relationship with Steven was nearly sabotaged, all because of Sage. Yes, this 17-year-old who isn't the slightest bit convincing is now out there besting the besties.

Serena's in a tough spot, for sure, because she really cares about the new man in her life and wants to prioritize what's important to him - his daughter. When did she become a total pushover, though? Blair too?

Don't eff with an effer, we once heard. When Nate Archibald isn't crumpling up her clothes in the corner, this newbie is effing with everyone in sight, and occupying far too much screen time on Gossip Girl's final season.

We'll see how it plays out in the coming weeks, and it's possible there's a twist coming that will redeem her, but we've seen far greater OMG moments than her underwear stunt, and the whole plot line feels a bit tired.

S and B need to get the heck over it, agree to share the UES HBIC crown, move on and live happily ever after.

On the plus side tonight, Steven seems like a good guy, and Chuck Bass stepped it up when it counted.

Chuck, and his quest to track down Bart, took a backseat to his will-be-better half this week, but he helped coordinate the fashion show when B was on bed rest, and was there for her even after she crashed and burned.

That's true love right there. That and a $250 bottle of champagne, and sleeping on opposite sides of the covers. That was a close shave (not as close as the job he's done on the side of his head), but he stuck to the pact.

It looks like Chair finally got the message that just because they aren't together together yet, doesn't mean they aren't at their best when they're spending time with each other in pursuit of dreams and aspirations.

Chuck's goal, when he's not running haute couture events, is to dethrone Bart, and with B's assistance, whoever this Lady Alexander is had better watch her back, because a tour de force known as Chair is coming to town.

Mind, body and scheme. Bring it on, and pack your purple socks!

The Man Loves His Purple

Meanwhile, Dan sold out hard. Wow. This dude's ego, hair and gumption know no bounds.

Ivy may be a professional con artist, but she's right about one thing: The innocent guy she once begged to call her Serena is now just as ruthless as she or anyone else on the Upper East Side, if not more so.

Hopefully Rufus is right, and he'll come around, because there aren't enough bridges in the tri-state area to sustain Dan at the rate he's burning them. Has he no shame? Or desire to have any friends or family?

The bromance was just being rekindled, too. What did struggling publisher Nate ever do to deserve that move? No loyalty to the Spectator for giving his career a re-launching pad? Unedited, no less?

Cold, Lonely Boy. Cold. Karma's a b!tch, and it'll enjoy paying you back for that one.

However wronged Dan feels he was, and however uncomfortable it may be to see Rufus and Ivy dating, you just can't treat people that way. Publishing the story was one thing, but chastising his own dad afterward?

The way things ended with Blair, one can see how Brooklyn's finest is a little jaded. You can be bitter - and write a book - without launching a scorched earth vengeance campaign, however. Find a middle ground.

People will forgive a lot, and he still has an opportunity to make amends here. But airing people's dirty laundry is bad enough without the omnipresent superiority complex. Heck, even Nelly Yuki experienced it tonight.

Come on, Dan. You're better than this. But S said it all tonight: Suck it, Humphrey.

Elsewhere, Ivy is still shady, no matter how enraptured Rufus is with the fact that someone's actually being nice to him, Dorota is still dutiful and wonderful, and Georgina was sadly missing in action tonight.

Cooking up some big takedown plot elsewhere, perhaps? Or actually hanging out with Milo? We may never know, but we can only hope she returns before long. Without her, Gossip Girl's missing (sorry) the Sparks.

Finally ... Nelly Yuki. Gossip Girl candidate? Just throwing that out there.

Three down, seven to go. What did you think of this week's episode? How are you liking the final season so far? Has it kept you invested, or are you just going through the motions? Discuss below, and vote in our survey:

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This Sage character is not interesting at all. A teenage troublemaker is a card that has already been played on this show. Recycled story lines, yup, not even the final season managed to scape.
Dan is now the ultimate hateful jerk. Doing that to his own father who's always been there for him is very close to unredeemable.
Serena is a real dumbass. She knows how Sage is crazy about Nate, she could easily use this to manipulate Sage.
As for Nate, poor manwhore is poor. Dating that spoiled brat. I'm sure he can do much better. I wish Jenny would come back to take Sage down and reclaim her place as GG's young troublemaker.

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Did anyone else feel like this was one of the cheesiest episodes of GG ever? I could not stop rolling my eyes at the idiotic lines and circumstances: Chuck entering the room right when Blair says "I need someone who can read my mind." "You read me like tea leaves, Chuck Bass." Seriously?!? There were a few more, but I forget what they were. I agree with everyone who says this season is crap. After the last couple of seasons there was no way they could redeem this show, though. Making Blair have like 5,000 relationships one right after the other totally descredited her character. I would have liked the Dair thing to happen earlier when it would have made sense, before Louis. I'm even tired of Chair with their constant whining of "We can't get back together because ___ [insert tired excuse]." Ugh, just end this train wreck already!

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@zoran: that is true and i can not expect it. i am sure that if rufus finds out that ivy wanna destroy lily, he would totally be against this..
rufus might be at moment on the dark side but only because he is lost. but he was never the devil. the same like dan. rufus and dan are both the good guys in this show

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Dan, Nate and Sage should die in a fire. Seriously... That Dan is going rogue on all the Upper East Sidders is one thing but attacking his own father AGAIN for basically no reason (he felt "cheated", oh, what a drama queen, what are they now girlfriends? ) is just beyond hideous... what a truly asshole. And I thought the Spectator was supposed to publish parts of his new book. How can Ruvy be a part of the published texts if he had just learned about them? As for Sage I have no words for her other than "Little J" wanna be. And Nate, how can he date that brat and actually believe that she's "mature"? Didn't think it was possible but he has found a whole new level of stupidity.

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@ Netty, I think Rufus is just happy with Ivy, but the key to his heart is still reserved only for Lily. However, the problem with the Humphrey men is that they love to rescue girls in trouble, and do not fully understand women. Because what is happening to Rufus was happened to Dan and vice versa. Rufus is little slow in terms of women's manipulations, and that he and his son saw only the best in the girl with whom they are. Sooner or later Ivy will reveal itself, and perhaps this has already happened, when she sent a report to the GG that Rufus would sue Dan. Either way, we know that the Ivy’s goal is aimed at Lily, and when the final confrontation between Lily and Ivy arrived, Rufus will definitely be on the side of love of his life - Lily, as well as will Dan with Serena!

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@zoran: i understand that. but fact is rufus believes that ivy really loves him and he is happy with her. but fact is for her its only a game. and that is the mainpoint that i can not get behind both there. andf of course at end he goes back to lily. in 6.06 and 6.07 things becomes better again for rufly:-)))

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my favorite part of this episode was the end when blair and chuck finally realize that together they are more powerful which is hat i have been saying all summer that the best plans were when the 2 of them worked together i also love that we may not be getting all the steamy chair scenes that are great but we get to see them in a different way which is so sweet the only thing i worry about this season is that it feels like they are moving pretty slow for only having 10 episodes this season so hopefully now that blair will be helping chuck we will get more to the story lines OH and nate needs to drop sage she really does look way younger and it's werid watching the 2 of them

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@ Netty, I know that Ivy plays with Rufus, and I also know that Ivy is related to William. But what's wrong with that Rufus advantage of the young and beautiful Ivy, nothing until they were both satisfied. Of course it will sooner or later Rufus will to return Lily, Lily is still the love of his life!

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The only thing good about this episode was Chuck and Blair's flawlessness. Sage, Steven, Ivy and Dan need to GTFO. Nate and Serena need to drop Sage and Steven and get together and make beautiful blonde happy babies together. Chuck and Blair need to drop the stupid pact and bang.

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Sage is even more annoying than Jenny, Vanessa or any other girl i can think of. yes she is pretty but so irritating. also Steven had smthg with Lily?? GG u re getting too gross

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