Gossip Girl Review: Let Your Dark Side Shine

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As loyal Gossip Girl fans, there’s nothing more we love than walking down memory lane. "Where the Vile Things Are" was the perfect mix of scheming, plotting and undermining.

After last week’s disastrous cotillion, Eleanor finally returned to call out Blair on her immaturity and lack of professionalism. After all, Blair’s “dark side” has caused her to screw up multiple times recently and even her own mother has had enough of her.

B and E

Dan published yet another truth-telling article calling B the “Queen of Scheme." It’s no surprise she’s hardly changed from her high school days of manipulation and scheming, and Eleanor wants her deviant side gone for good if she plans on running the company.

After unsuccessfully trying to blackmail Nelly, mother dearest sees that B just isn’t trying hard enough; she’s booted from the company and moves on to trying to blackmail Dan by threatening him with the return of Vanessa if he doesn’t retract his article.

B apologized to Eleanor and even resigned, but later realizes that she wants to design a line for high school girls inspired by her old Constance uniform. Eleanor actually liked the idea and the two Waldorf women were back in business. Does this mean that B’s going to bring headbands back?! Has she finally found her calling?

As for Derena, shippers were probably ecstatic because they are definitely back on. The nods to Gossip Girl Season 1 were everywhere to be found when Serena finally got the Vespa ride she always wanted and even admitted to hustling Dan on their first date. Then, there was that infamous elevator scene.

The sparks were certainly flying as we were reminded by some of the best Derena moments.

Finally, S asked Dan to stay over and of course he accepted the offer. 

Elsewhere, Chuck is still digging to find evidence of Bart’s incriminating oil deal. With Nate’s help in searching the VDW loft and even stealing one of Bart’s employee’s phones, they find out that the evidence was hidden behind a painting on auction at Lily’s benefit for the art world.

Much to Lily’s dismay, it was also the benefit she’s sharing hosting duties with both Rufus and Ivy (deemed as a Charlatan, gypsy trash, and interloper by Lily, of course). There was lots of money being thrown around for donating as the two feisty, catty blondes tried to one up one another relentlessly.

The bidding began, and Chuck arrived just in time to raise the stakes. Millions of dollars later and with Chuck, Lily and Ivy distracted, Rufus was the lucky winner of the much desired painting. Lily nearly begged for the painting back and Ivy couldn’t care less.

It was Chuck’s turn to make an offer – for which he paid double – to only find out that the hidden documents were missing. How could he seriously trust Ivy of all people to have the painting delivered in tact? Well, now Ivy’s got the evidence. What’s the psychopath going to do with it now?   

Other Thoughts

  • Georgina was MIA. I couldn’t be happier. How about you?
  • Dan "Humpfreak"...
  • Jenny Humphrey got a mention by B. Maybe it’s time she brought back ‘lil J to help with the new line.
  • Last week, Ivy easily got into the Van der Woodsen’s loft. This week, it was Nate’s turn. Who’s next?!
  • Who was Ivy on the phone with at the end? Could it be Lola or someone else? 

Overall, this was a drama-filled stellar hour that just might have been the strongest episode yet of this final season. With less than a handful of episodes left, the countdown to the finale begin!

Watch next week's promo, then hit the comments.


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Hey, does someone knows the name of the artist of Lily's famous painting? i have been looking for it for so long but i cant find it. Please help....thanks


I think that this season is so horrible!
Dan being the bad guy, serena being a slut (jumping from one guy to another), chuck obsessed with taking down his father (making that pact with blair), blair hanging on to her so-called true love and nate dating with a high-schooler.
For me, serena and dan was brought together so suddenly that it doesn't even make any sense after all that had happened in the previous season.
I thought that Dair was actually amazing..their relationship didn't just jumped from strangers to lovers but it was developed and their friendship was really beautiful. Even if the writers didn't want to make it end-game but they should at least let them stayed as friends.


Reading about everyones opinion and ships and sudden thoughts, I realized nobody thinks Derena has sense...so good job writers! All the characters are ruined at last and forever.


I loved derena in this episode.I know it didn't make sense that they happened now but they are way more convincing than dair when they got together (puke).Blair is still a childish brat, i hate this bitch, i don't have any symptathy for her.The writers don't seem to get it, there is no way in hell they can make me believe that blair is a strong, independent woman.She never was and never will be since season 5,she disgusts the hell out of me.


@b, Of course neither Serena or Blair are not innocent, but at the end of season 5 Serena was the only victim, she lost everything! Blair got what she wanted - she wanted Chuck and they reconcile in the end season 5! Dan is also a loser at the end of season 5, but it's his fault! You defend Blair, as if she did nothing to Serena! The break-up of friendship between Serena and Blair began by Blair entered into relationship with Dan, even though she knew that for Serena Dan is love of her life! Simply Blair take Serena boyfriend! Everything else that happened between Blair and Serena is a consequence of that, simply Blair never should have to enter in the relationship with Dan! For what Blair has done has no justification, simply she watched only their own interests, without regard to who is going to be hurt! Can not Serena and Blair to simply apologize to each other and everything to be as it was before, they are too much hurt one another in order to have easy and quick reconciliation! But in 6x07 or 6x08 episode are likely to occur reconciliation of Serena and Blair, because the two of them through the whole series were BFF!


but I'm not enthusiastic about the way they came back to each other. The writers should have never had that whole Dair thing happen. They should have put more focus on building up a relationship between Dan/Serena, or at least have made Dan have feelings for Serena at the back of his head while with Blair. The show is ruined.


I was actually pretty bored with this episode. The derena pairing has just lost the magic it had in season 1 and 2. I can accept them as endgame (other choices would be Serenate and Serena/Carter!


Best episode in a longgg time


@Zoran this explains everything I've been saying courtesy of digital spy. Blair earnestly apologizes for kicking Serena out, having gained a new perspective from being worried about what could have happened to her friend, was particularly well done - it feels like a punch in the stomach when Serena says she doesn't want to be stuck with her best friend. But when Blair bites back by saying that Serena needs to stay out of Manhattan now, it's hard to feel sympathy for Miss Van Der Woodsen - after all, Blair only kicked her out in the first place because Serena released her diary (and she then seduced Dan, too). Serena isn't an innocent victim, and if we're supposed to be concerned about her fate in any way, she's going to have to become a lot more likeable fast. Blair gets away with being a villain because she's charming, and we don't need to be emotionally invested in stone-cold Georgina. But we're supposed to feel for Serena, and right now


Ivy was on the phone with Serena's father. she have a relationship with him.

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