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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(Cont) And Dan is actually doing the mature thing in this episode. He puts himself first, and think about his future rather than his friends. Nate lets the story out before Dan has the chance to talk to Rufus anyway, so they're even. Nate must face this in a mature way, because Dan is just expanding his business opportunity. Nate must be smarter to manage The Spectator, that's all. And about him still sleeping with Sage after what she did, well, it's Nate anyway. How many times have we seen that before? Lastly, Rufus and Ivy is just... Wrong.

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Although the episode is a bit boring, I still somehow find it slightly interesting because of Sage. And maybe just my loyalty to GG. Why is everyone hating Sage? She is quite an interesting character and I like her being rebellious and immature. She's hot and young, and kind of reminds me of the younger version of Serena and Blair. I like Serena for trying to be mature, but if she would just help Blair in the first place, none of this will happen. I think Blair is like an excited child thrown into the adult world. Yes, she is smart and sassy during the fashion show when she is interviewed and all, but she is still immature and not ready for the adult world. She can do damage control after what Sage did but instead she drinks off her failure. A matured Blair would do things differently. Chuck's family storyline is boring, but I like his scenes with Blair. It's cute to see the producers trying to tease the Chair fans. At least this time they're supporting each other. And Dan is actually doing the mature thing in this episode. He puts himself first, and think about his future rather than his friends. Nate lets the story out before Dan has the chance to talk to Rufus anyway, so they're even. Nate must face this in a mature way, because Dan is just expanding his business opportunity. Nate must be smarter to manage The Spectator, that's all. And about him still sleeping with Sage after what she did, well, it's Nate anyway. How many times have we seen that before? Lastly, Rufus and Ivy is just... Wrong.

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I'm hoping she is and that the child is Chuck's and that Dan thinks it's his and then he's heartbroken when he learns the basstard is the father and he decides that the ues isnt for him and hopefully serena sees him for the pretentious poser that he is and she turns down his proposal or leaves him at the alter and runs off with Carter he is going to be in the finale after all

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Dexter Style! I hate him profusely. I hope one of the skanks he sleeps with gives him HIV

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Daniel Humphrey has just become the most reprehensible and un redeemable person in Gossip Girl. I seriously hope he dies by jumping of Brooklyn Bridge. I am so over him! So Blair tells him No, he knew that she loved Chuck! He knew it when she declared her feelings for Chuck at her wedding. Serena loved him and wanted him and chose him but clearly wanted nothing to do with her because of the delusion that Blair will choose him over the love of her life. Anyone with half a brain would know that Blair will always choose Chuck. Its who she is, who they are.
This whole thing about his retribution is absolutely unfair especially to his father. Rufus has done nothing but care and love his son no matter what. Ivy is clearly tricking him and he is vulnerable after Lily his wife and love left him.
Dan says he wants to do this book or serial because of how he was treated and backstabbed yet he back stabbed the first real friend he had. He's a pretentious douche who needs to be killed Dexter style!

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@zoran: i would vote for rufus and ivy. but fact is she is only playing with him,. and her love is for someone else. she loves william (puke) and fact is rufus and lily grow closer again by episode 7. so its clear that rufus and ivy is soon over again.

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@ B I wrote on the forum last night under the Chuck & Blair 2.0 link that Blair is pregs. I totally see it. No other excuse for how she is feeling. Exhaustion from work, no, from baby, yes.

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i felt so sorry for blair...serena is a total bitch

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I thought that Blair was really funny and the scenes with her and Chuck were so damn cute. "I have my back against a wall, and not in a hot Chuck Bass way". LOL. Hot! Serena is turning into a stuck up b*tch and her storyline is sooo lame. Dan's a douche as usual. And Rufus and Ivy are gross. I wish Ivy would just get lost already. I'm looking forward to seeing Chair scheme together against Bart. Altogether an alright episode but I want more Chair scenes!

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1 word to describe this show now: RUBBISH. That is all.

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