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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On the other hand, Blair knew very well that Serena is still in love with Dan, nice to see in the conversation between Serena and Blair in 5x13, so it is not supposed to be with him, because, as Blair said - You can not choose in which 're going to fall in love, but you can choose how you're going to love it! Serena never gave Blair a blessing to be with Dan, but she accepted it as a reality, knowing that Blair was in love with Chuck and that Blair will be back to him soon as it happened! However, having said Serena to Blair, Blair was instantly used and kissed Dan with the sight of Serena, which is very arrogant and rude! And as far as I know, Serena has never been kissed with Nate in front of Blair in season 3! Because of this, it is very difficult to Serena and Blair to reconcile, but I think in 6x07 that will happen! 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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@b, from the beginning of your answer I agree, both, Serena and Blair were making all sorts of disgusting things to each other, but I can not agree with the other because neither of them is innocent both of are guilty, the only question is for which the two of us is rooting, you likely for Blair and I of course for Serena! And is why is necessary to consider the big picture and not focus on a single character or a couple. At the end of season 5 Serena was the only victim, that's a fact! Serena did scanned portions of Blair diary but not released while she was GG 3.0, and that's a fact! And if she wanted to she could publish, Blair did not know that Serena has become GG 3.0, but Serena did not! Secondly Serena did not again had sex with Blair’s boyfriend, because at the moment when Serena and Dan had sex, Blair and Dan were no longer in a relationship, because Blair, behold chance, chose Chuck! On the other hand, Blair knew very well that Serena is still in love with Dan, nice to see in the conversation between Serena and Blair in 5x13, so it is not supposed to be with him, because, as Blair said - You can not choose in which 're going to fall in love, but you can choose how you're going to love it! Serena never gave Blair a blessing to be with Dan, but she accepted it as a reality, knowing that Blair was in love with Chuck and that Blair will be back to him soon as it happened! However, having said Serena to Blair, Blair was instantly used and kissed Dan with the sight of Serena, which is very arrogant and rude! And as far as I know, Serena has never been kissed with Nate in front of Blair in season 3! Because of this, it is very difficult to Serena and Blair to reconcile, but I think in 6x07 that will happen! 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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Also, this episode was blessedly free of Steven and Sage. If only they were actually staying gone... (sighs). Gotta admit, though, my favorite part was all the times it kicked Dair squarely in the nuts.

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I actually did like the Dan/Serena scenes (despite the fact that Dan seems to be escaping relatively unscathed from his overwhelming douchebaggery), and Blair/Eleanor was wonderful as always. And I really enjoy Blair interacting with Nelly was well. Chuck, unfortunately, got bogged down in the slowest-moving storyline ever, and throwing Rufus/Ivy into the mix is hardly going to help matters. Anyway, I did enjoy it, for a Chair-less episode (the last one, thank God), but Chuck's storyline is such a waste. I'd rather see him and Nate sit around getting high and playing Halo, rather than trying to solve the slowest-moving mystery in the history of TV, for reasons that still are not clear to me.

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Who are these morons giving this episode only one or two stars?
This was a good episode people, get over yourselves.
Stop wathcing if you don't like it.

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Ivy is teaming up with Juliet, it's just too obvious since Juliet is comming back in the finale.. And since Lily sent Ben innocent to prison she has a pretty good motive.. and a sick sceaming mind!
This episode at least wasn't boring but we all know this show died a long time ago so why even bother hoping it will get better..

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Okay, let's get Yale recapped; 1. Serena, It-Girl of her time was accepted to Yale but didn't tell anyone anything, because Blair had been wait-listed;
2. Meanwhile, Dan was also accepted and was thrilled;
3. Blair, wait-listed at the time, got a B in literature (yes, taught by Ms. Carr, who later slept with Dan) and feared it would ruin her G.P.A, therefore get her off the waiting list;
4. Blair tells Serena she didn't apply anywhere else and Serena turns down her acceptance, hoping Blair is next in line;
5. She tells Blair this and ecstatic, thinking Yale is sure now, Blair goes after Ms. Carr;
6. Nelly Yuki, who also wanted to go to Yale (recall Season One, SAT times?) tells Ms. Carr and Headmistress Queller what Blair did, so Blair's acceptance is placed on hold and she has to perform community service (which yes she has Dorota do anyway);
7. But Blair is still persistant on getting back on Carr, and ruins her shots at Yale when Ms. Carr sends them something, I don't remember what it is, but this storyline is terminated at 2x18, I'm quite sure.

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I agree this was the season's very best yet! While the season premiere came back strong, things just went down road from episodes 2-4, only to be more or less re-animated in "Monstrous Ball". But overall it feels as if things are picking up (next week's episode appears to be good) and hopefully we can end the show on a high-note. If only there hadn't been episodes 2-4 this season, it could actually be an entirely good final season! The good thing is, like Blair, producers apparently realize - GG was good in High School. NYU and Brown brought it downhill, season 4 more or less made things work again and then of course there was season 5, something we all wish to erase from our minds.

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@ zoran Blair and Serena have both done things to each other but Blair always stopped before she actually hurt Serena. Serena on the other hand uploaded all of B's diaries to the Gossip Girl laptop then slept with yet another of B's boyfriends on the bar at the Campbell Apartment Blair's treatment of Serena in the finale and this season has been justifiable Blair attempted to make amends with S and she didn't accept her apology and acted like she was the victim if she had a problem with B being with Dan she should have said so instead of giving them her blessing. All of which is further proof Dair shouldn't have happened I've been rewatching the first three season and that relationship came out of nowhere during the fourth season and alienated most the shows fans

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It wasn't stupidity that cost Blair Yale it was Ms. Carr who's questionable behaviour with students lead to Blair to picking up on her attraction to Dan which continued after being reinstated as a teacher