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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Rating: 2.5 / 5.0 (720 Votes)

The only thing is episode deserves credit for is for finally everyone calling out Blair on her high school behavior! Finally! Because really.. as for everything else. Ew to DERENA! No, srsly. The guy has been nothing but a dick to everyone and her including and S is so stupid and with no pride if she accepts him back so easily. Can't believe it but Nate actually had a point...as if S would really ever listen! As for the promo next week..OMFG...Chuck telling Blair they can;t be together....kill me now! And why you are at it - can someone stake Ivy, that bitch needz ta go!


i'm sure in episode 11 Chuck would say this word again "Blair, we can't be together because my dad is still alive" that's why CW decided to take 10 episode only for GG. :))


If Queen B offers the designer position to Little J and they collaborate to make her B by Waldorf Design line a success it would show both characters maturing it would a great scene for the finale with B secure enough in her life and relationship that she's able to forgive Jenny hope it happens if it doesn't talk about a missed opportunity


I'm in the UK so get the ep a couple of days later and have to admit have just been deleting it without watching as the eps sound truly awful. The writers are stuck in a loop and its boring, boring, boring! Also the lack of continuity, complete disregard of what was previously written and stagnant characterisation is so disappointing.


Gossip Girl is so frustrating! I keep watching but I feel like no one grows or develops. Yes scheming is all fun and all, but this is the last season, there needs to be some closure. Seriously Dan and Serena again? They get together because it's almost like last resort due to humiliation. Dan was still pining for Blair last episode. Blair needs to get her shit together again and be strong and take over!


Maybe that was Jack talking on the phone with Ivy :)


I find Blair's idea for the new clothing line good; but I've already seen some pictures. I wish I hadn't =/ It's nice to see Nelly Yuki but I missed Georgina... I'm afraid for Blair & Chuck in next week's episode. Looks like he's really disappointed and tells her they have no future :( I know they'll eventually end up together but I can't bear to see them separated once again but I also know the writers have to put some drama in their relationship =S
Despite me being glad that Derena is back, I kinda wish we had had Serenate too ;-)


The episode was actually good; reminding us of the good old days :-) Despite everything they said to each other, I'm glad Dan & Serena are back together even if it doesn't make much sense since he admitted he was still interested in Blair last week at the beginning of the episode. OK, it was no surprise they would get back together and maybe there was no build-up but how can you do that when there are 10 episodes left? When they filmed the end of S5, they didn't know they would get only 10 episodes and she could not return to him right away in the S6 premiere. Just watch the show as it is and don't try to understand or see if it's logical. I find it still entertaining. Last week's episode was good too :)


@JustMe(2), Bravo, that's it, you're all nicely explained and complement what I was trying to say! I could not remember the name of Professor - Ms. Carr! Information which was sent Ms. Carr in the end, it was given by Dan, who so angry Serena and Blair, that Serena hit Dan first slap in the face!


And again, therefore, it is necessary to look at the big picture and not focus on the individual characters and couples. I agree with you that never should have happened relationship between Dan and Blair! Sorry for the long response!

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