Gossip Girl Round Table: "High Infidelity"

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Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's weekly Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussion! Below, our panelists break down all aspects of last night's Gossip Girl episode, "High Infidelity."

In our Q&A session, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff members Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines share their opinions.

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?

Eric: "Revenge is a dish best served serialized." ABC agrees.

Leigh: Can I just give the award to Georgina? Who is writing for her this season? She and Dan are cracking me up together.

Christina: Georgina: “Why is the handsome vacant one calling me?” Dan: “If you’re referring to Nate, he has a surprisingly high IQ.”

Courtney: Sage: "No one reads Gossip Girl anymore." She might be on to something...

Steve: Anything out of Georgina's mouth. The consistently ridiculous lines combined with Michelle Trachtenberg's emotionless, deadpan facial expressions are gold.

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2. Most surprising: Nelly Yuki's return, or the Central Park Conservancy letting Serena do anything?

Eric: The Yuki! I knew we were getting back old characters this season. But ones I forgot existed!?

Leigh: I originally wanted to say Serena, but throw enough money at something and they'll probably say yes. Nelly Yuki is only 21, if she's working at WWD she's doing admin/intern busy work.

Christina: Nelly Yuki’s return… she brings back great memories from Gossip Girl Season 1 and 2. Also, did you really expect anything short of awesome things happening for S?

Courtney: Serena, without a doubt. I didn't really care too much about the reappearance of Nelly. I was too busy being pissed at her glasses for still taking up half her face.

Steve: The Yukster. Leigh's right, Serena brings a lot of money and exposure to the table, mitigating the effects of the inevitable debacle. Nelly working for a big-time fashion publication? I don't see it.

3. Least surprising: Nate sleeping with an underage girl, or Bart hiding something?

Eric: With the horniest and shadiest characters doing their thing I'm hardly surprised. Though since Nate has only had history with one underage girl I can remember (Jenny, anyone else?), I guess Bart with his 9 million secrets wins by default.

Leigh: Nate sleeping with an underage girl, obvs. We all know he likes to be the underage one in his relationships!

Christina: The latter – can’t Bart just die already? Oh, wait a sec.

Courtney: Bart; the guy has been keeping secrets and scamming everyone since the beginning of the show.

Steve: Nate. Pretty sure any time "Girl" is cast on the show, "must be willing to get in bed with Chace Crawford" is in the three-line character description. Could be worse, of course, at least according to our panel.

4. Dan and Nate's alliance: Will it work out?

Eric: No. I've fallen hard for this bromance in the past and I won't be fooled by it again. Pretty sure Nate's going to bail when he gets to a chapter about himself.

Leigh: This is Gossip Girl, of course there's going to be a problem. But actually for the most part, I think it will work out for awhile. Nate is really the only friend Dan has besides Georgina, and she's more of a stalker really.

Christina: Maybe only for the short-term. See my response for Question #1 for evidence that the bromance lives on.  

Courtney: I hope so because after Dan gets published again, he's going to need some friends. On the upside, maybe if the two spend more time together, Nate can talk Dan into doing something better with that hair of his. Possibly teach him the tricks of the trade of man bangs...

Steve: You're no one unless you're talked about (and get comments, in the digital age), so the Spectator scored a coup with Inside 2 (or whatever it's called). Seems like the perfect buzz-worthy story to cement its place among the best celebrity gossip sources. We'll see how they respond to death threats, however.

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5. Which relationship will last longer: Steven and Serena, or Sage and Nate?

Eric: Nage. It's two hard to make couple nicknames out of two people that start with an S. Plus, Nate finally found his intellectual and maturity equal in a high school girl.

Leigh: Well I'm already sick of Sage, so let's go with Steven and Serena. Why is Sage front and center on the final season of Gossip Girl? Dislike.

Christina: I’ll go with the former, but who really cares if these two make it. Writers, bring on Serenate!

Courtney: The double S'. Only for the fact that Nate is an adult who runs a media source and Sage is in high school. The two just don't fit. I'm with Christina though, let's get S & N back together so the best looking couple from the UES can reign again.

Steve: S&S, by virtue of that pairing not including a high school girl or Nate Archibald, neither of which are exactly known for relationship stability.

6. Will Waldorf Designs thrive under Blair? Do you buy that her future with Chuck depends on it?

Eric: I think Waldorf Designs is going to thrive under Dorota. Man, that woman was kicking butt! If not, call us when the season is over. TV Fanatic will find a spot for you. And pff, see last week re: Chair. So over their made up drama.

Leigh: Waldorf Designs will thrive under Blorota. Dorota is the key ingredient to everything, I love her. Can we keep her at TVF when the show is over? Chuck and Blair's future depends on them tossing out this bullsh!t set of rules and just being with each other already.

Christina: Yes to both. Although B’s outfit from last night wouldn’t suggest it, I think Waldorf Designs will thrive perfectly well. As for Chair, sure… why not?!

Courtney: Yes and No. Blair will do a good job because she is driven and determined. I'm sure she will hit some rough patches, but girls like Queen B always rise again. I don't think Chuck cares one bit if Blair becomes successful at Waldorf designs, but she does.

Steve: Yes. No. I get that Blair and Chuck want to be their own successful people but someone will have to explain to me how this inhibits them from having a romantic relationship at this point.

7. Which Gossip Girl character would you most like to creepily watch sleep?

Eric: I was pretty content watching G watching Lonely Boy sleep. I'd do that in person if I could.

Leigh: Well Nate obviously.

Christina: Nate. Oh, yes, I would definitely love to creepily watch him sleep.

Courtney: Is there any question? Nate, of course. It would be like watching Sleeping Beauty.

Steve: Assuming I'm invited in and thus won't be prosecuted for breaking and entering, stalking and general creeping, then Serena. She's pretty.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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Amending my answer to #6:
Waldorf Designs will thrive under Blair when she hires Jenny Humphrey as designer. Jenny's got the experience with the company, and Blair is so out of her league experience-wise.

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@Shannon
believe and believable doesn't exist in Gossip Girl, where else could a boy with only a highschool degree run multi million/billion company?
The same goes for Blair and Nate for that matter.
So Nelly being at that position now is more believable in comparison what I wrote above about Chuck, Blair and Nate.

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There's no way I'd believe that at Nelly's age, she'd have a position like that. She would definitely be somewhere on the bottom of the totem pole for positions.
I also don't understand how wanting to succeed in their professional lives should stop Chair from still being in a relationship. I think the show makes us think we'll want them more when they are apart but this is not the banter we love to see between these two. Let's just get them together and be over with it.
I would rather see Serena with Dan. I have to wonder, how old is this Steven guy if he has a 17 year old daughter? And doesn't that make Serena only about 4-5 years older than his daughter. That is kind of creepy.
I'm tired of seeing Blair's plans blow up in her face. It would be nice to see her triumph when it comes to helping herself.
It's odd to see Nate with a younger woman. Actually it would be more odd at this point to see him with someone his age.

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@zoran ohhh, yeahh i remember now. Long time ago. I can see that everybody in the show its going back to season 2 and 3, they haven´t grow at all.

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@melbe, Nelly is in love with Dan, since the end of season 2. Remember at the end of season 2 when all the graduates went to a party, Nelly got drunk and tried to profess her love to Dan, but she was prevented. But I think Dan realized what she wanted to tell him, but for him it did not matter then and even now.

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is´t just me or Nelly looked at Dan like she was in love with him? Even Blair noticed that, when Dan walked away at the gala Nelly turn around and give that love look to Dan and Blair just turns and looked at Nelly in a wierd way.

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-cont- 6. No. No. Blair's character development died along with the Monaco princess storyline. Nelly was spot on. Blair is still projecting her high school persona into adulthood and expecting it to work. Dorota needs to sit her down and smack some sense into this trainwreck.
* Addendum: the company will most likely thrive under Dorota, but Blair's b*tchy, childish, mean streaks will burn it to the ground. Also, Chair just needs to elope, leave for whatever fancy city and let the interesting characters grow without their toxic effects. 7. Handsomely vacant Nate.

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1. "Handsome, vacant one" might have just replaced "man bangs" in terms of fantastic nicknames. 2. Return of Nelly. Someone needs to get Blair off her high horse. She's never truly repented for her incredibly childish, scheming ways. 3. Bart is tedious. And the actor playing him can't act to save his life. He's the male equivalent of K-Stew's portrayal of Bella Swan. He has one expression and speaks in a monotone whisper. Every scene involving him (and especially the ones with Chuck thrown in) were so uncomfortable to watch. Not to mention boring and irrelevant. 4. Date was my fav bromance. I hope they rekindle that sadly forgotten relationship. 5. SxS. I actually want the NJBC to stay together as friends, but not romantically involved. Their friendship worked best that way. Ergo, I'm rooting for Serena to end up with an honest, mature man. But Nate also needs an honest, mature woman by his side, not a Queen B/Little J wannabe highschooler.

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CHAIR, DAIR, DERENA, SERENATE, even NAIR shippers, let us all unite to support the series' final season whatever ship you are in! After all Gossip Girl is the show we all loved that's why we're all here. And undeniably this show has become an important part of our lives, seriously I was able to develop my sense of fashion because of this show. Let us all be bigger than our own ship and start to support the last season. Let's pretend for the last 3 months that we are all part of NJBC and Brooklynites and be united. Thanks!

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@ Elisa, where are you, I saw your comment a long time ago? It seems that couples who we both cheered to be together in the end! Sorry if that was my comment offended you at the beginning of the season, I was very angry on this nonsense with Stephen.

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