Gossip Girl Round Table: "Monstrous Ball"

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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 this week's Gossip Girl, "Monstrous Ball."

In our Q&A session, TVF editor Steve Marsi and staff members Christina Tran, Leigh Raines and Courtney Morrison share their opinions on everything that went down on the UES.

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!


1. Favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Christina: Best scene was when Chuck glared at Ivy up-and-down in disgust for the trash that she truly is.

Leigh: Nate to Sage: I know you're legal, but this is all way too high school for me. Burn! Go man bangs!!

Courtney: Surprisingly... Steven’s breakup with Serena. “I’m a father!” He was mature and smart about it. Just as I was starting to like him....

Steve: I enjoyed the diner scene at the end. The irony of Dan and Serena bonding over this particular sequence of events was well done.

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2. Most dynamic duo of this alliance-heavy installment?

Christina: Blairena. Sure, they had some high and low moments and didn't end on the best note, but they are ultimately the most dynamic duo of GG. They always have been and always be. 

Leigh: I cant even believe I'm saying this but... Dan and Blair. I always thought they were a great duo as friends and they had some good banter.

Courtney: Also going with Dan and Blair. They do make a great time and are great as friends.

Steve: Dan and Serena for their chemistry (sex tape and beyond), and Blair and Serena in hopes that they will right this ship, mend their strained relationship and end the series on a high note.

3. Worst scheme team award goes to ...

Christina: Blair and Sage! Shouldn't Blair know better than to work with Vanessa 2.0?

Leigh: Chuck and Ivy. Why is she still on the show??

Courtney: Chuck. Nothing was accomplished of his big plan to take down his Dad. He even enlisted Ivy... the only reason I didn’t pick her is because she was actually able to lie and get out from Bart pretty quickly.

Steve: Gotta go with Sage and Blair. As the saying goes, those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.

4. Harder to believe: Sage stealing Georgina's phone, Blair as a fashion designer, or Ivy ... in general.

Christina: Ivy! By the way, how ridiculous was that scene with her rolling down the cab window to spy on Lily and Chuck?!

Leigh: Ivy in general. See my above answer. Also G was dying to release that tape anyway.

Courtney: Sage stealing Georgina’s phone. G knows what she’s got on there, there is no way she would let that out of her sight!

Steve: The phone. We've seen some amazing lost/stolen phones and other dubious electronic device plot holes in our day but that took the cake for me. PS ... @ Christina: VERY.

5. Have we seen the last of the Spences?

Christina: That's probably what everyone is hoping for but for, but I'm betting Sage isn't done wreaking havoc for Blairena. There's also no way any girl would give up on Nate Archibald so easily.

Leigh: According to sources, unfortunately no. Sage will be back.

Courtney: I'm thinking not. Steven will be done with S but Sage will find a way to get involved.

Steve: And have the show return to focusing almost exclusively on its five core characters for the last five episodes? No, that would be too enjoyable for the fans; it's definitely not happening.

6. More underutilized this fall: Rufus or Nate?

Christina: It's funny how the only way these two could get a storyline is for one to be paired up with a teen while the other is with an actress-turned-con-artist-turned-psychopath. However, between Nate and Rufus, I think we could always use a little more Nate in our lives.

Leigh: Nate. Always Nate. But I do question how Rufus is letting himself get conned so easily.

Courtney: Nate, because he is one of the core characters. Although he has had better stories than previous seasons. I don’t expect too much out of Rufus since he is an adult character.

Steve: Nate has definitely been in writer exile for a long time, but I have to go with Rufus. At least Nate's Spectator storyline, ability to sleep with every female character and general charm give him some purpose. The Season 6 version of Rufus, however, is doing nothing but eat up what little screen time the show has left.

7. Dan and Serena: Will they, should they or won't they?

Christina: They will and should if, and only if, their parents don't get back together. That's the only way I'll be down for Derena.

Leigh: I feel like too much has gone down at this point, some things can't be unsaid. I did see some underlying old chemistry at the end though.

Courtney: They will. I didn’t mind the two in the beginning of the series but I got majorly weirded out when their parents were married and they were dating. Now that Rufus has moved on to a younger model with a sexy voice... well looks like all doors are open.

Steve: Why not. Maybe being back with Serena can help bring back good guy Dan from Gossip Girl Season 1, and vice versa ... they seemed to bring out the best in each other for a time. If not, they're clearly good at turning on each other at a moment's notice, and the fallout could be spectacular. Either way, let's see what happens!

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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God NO!
even I had to admit that when Dan was waiting for Blair to take her to the cotillion...they looked good together..
But at this point, Dan and Serena...it's just SO expected...so easy...and so UNBELIEVABLE...after everything they have said and done to each other? After sharing A BROTHER?
I'd rather see her with the only honest guy, Nate (By the way, I would have LOVED if Georgina had called Saige bluff in front of him on purpose just to ruin that relationship). That girl is so pointless...How is it that Blair can't handle her? She fought harder with Jenny and she was way smarter (before the racoon eyes)


7. Dan and Serena. Will they? Apparently so. Should they? NO!




3. I agree with Christina and Steve, the worst scheme is definitely Blair and Sage! It seems that Blair forgot what nonsense did Vanessa, when she teamed up with Vanessa 2.0!
4. I agree with Christine and Leigh, what does Ivy seeks there, she is completely unnecessary character!
5. Unfortunately not, but it'll be good to be a little break in their appearance. Steven is back again in 6x08, and Sage will be present in the 6x09 and possible in 6x10!
6. I agree with Steve, this season Rufus is simply unrecognizable, as if he was lost in the translation. Hopefully they will in the coming episodes to restore the old Rufus and together with Lily would help bonding Serena and Dan!


It took half a season, so that the audience gets a quality episode like 6x05. We finally got rid of Stephen and Sage, at least briefly. But I do not want to spoil that, the events in the series are moving in a favorable direction for Serena and Dan, and it was finally time for this to happen!
1. Favorite scenes ever and always Serena and Dan together, the two have a real treat for the eyes of viewers!
2. I agree with Steve, it's not unusual, because the chemistry that radiates between Serena and Dan is just amazing after all this time - their flame of love still burning!


1. I can't believe I am saying this but every scene and quote that has to do with Nate and someone reminding him about his father's past troubles with money.. LOL, that quote from Chuck - I am sure every accountant behind bars is telling himself that - was good! 2. Blairenea - even at their worst they are still the best. 3. Chuck..for trusting Ivy to cause trouble between Lily and Bart - he lost Lily in the process- very bad decision. 4. Sage stealing Georgina's phone - was she a child thief back in the days? 5. Hopefully not. I liked Steven with Serena! 6. Rufus...for the past 3 seasons I would add. 7. No, Dan is such a douche - and slept with Blair.


The Georgina scenes are the best!~ Especially the way she looked at Sage, haha!


I also loved Chuck's whispered I heard good things come to those who do line. That scene proved that Ed and Leighton still have the undeniable chemistry that made them the fan favorite couple that they are and why they were called the heart and soul of the showv


7. I think Dan/Serena will, and I think they should, but only after a whole lot of things are aired out (and it's quite obvious that Dan has put his Blair-obsession behind him). Nobody deserves to be somebody's second choice, least of all Serena, who spent most of last season alone and miserable because of Dan and Blair. But at the end of the day, I like Dan better when he's with Serena, and I think rediscovering his feelings for her will snap him out of this bitter butthurt-spiral he seems to be stuck in. And Serena clearly still loves him, and I want Serena to be happy. So Dan/Serena it is.


5. Have we seen the last of the Spences? If only... (sighs). I don't actually mind Steven that much, but Sage is just ridiculous, and the two of them together are a complete waste of a storyline. 6. Well, choosing Rufus would imply that I actually want him to be utilized more, so... I guess I'll go with Nate. I actually loved his scenes with Chuck and Serena at the beginning of the episode. He really shines when they actually give him an opportunity to interact with other mains.

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