Gossip Girl Review: The Best Thanksgiving Ever

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Gossip Girl celebrated Thanksgiving tonight, and what a feast it was! With the typical turkey and a full side of drama, holidays on the Upper East Side are never dull.

Do you remember our previous Thanksgivings with Gossip Girl? Flash back with me for a moment – all the way back to pre-Chair, Derena and even Rufly – when the epic couples we’ve been rooting for all this time were just starting out.

Gossip Girl Thanksgiving

Like in real life, family time brought on family problems. Blair was once adjusting to new Waldorf traditions on her favorite day of the year. Thanks to Nate’s dad’s illegal dealings, his family life was far from perfect as money suddenly became an issue. Meanwhile, Chuck and Bart weren’t exactly sharing any fond special father-son moments either.

Although much time has passed, "It's Really Complicated" showed that things simply aren’t all that different. Chair started out apart then together again for only the umpteenth time. Derena kicked off the installment together in bed, and then ended with Lonely Boy as lonely as ever. As for Rufly, the former of the duo couldn’t care less for reconciliation.

This time around, Nate is facing much more than money issues with The Spectator. He’s also got Bart Bass using him as a pawn to take down his own best friend. As the plot continues to thicken, we were reminded that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

It all started with Derena’s attempt to throw “the best Thanksgiving ever.” At least that’s what S thought it would be. Unfortunately, the party got crowded really fast when everyone attending had their own agenda.

Chuck felt defeated by Bart and looked more pitiful than ever as he mentioned more than once – unfortunately, for us – that he couldn’t be with Blair just because he hadn’t taken down his father. He was seriously playing the world’s saddest song on the world’s smallest violin.

Fortunately, thanks to Pocahontas (High five to B for adding several awesome Gossip Girl Quotes, but not for her outfit), John Rolfe was able to brush the dirt off his shoulders and get back on operation expose Bart. Chuck, with B and Nate’s help, connected the dots between Bruce Caplan’s sudden drowning and Sheikh Hassan’s accident.

Chuck’s finally got Lily back on his team, but Bart so easily killed off the two men who could have put him behind bars. Would he be so quick to do the same to his own son? I’m thinking so, and that seems like a safe bet based on next week’s promo.

Elsewhere, Georgina, of course uninvited, made an appearance at the VDW’s loft. By the way, what’s up with Vanya and company letting just about anyone upstairs? Anyhow, after struggling to decide which chapter to publish on his beloved S, Dan went with the honest and brutal approach. The truth telling story about the golden girl who falls from grace, a faux love story, and S’s relentless daddy issues obviously didn't fare too well with S.

Dan on Thanksgiving

Then, Derena called it quits after Dan admitted that he orchestrated the stuck elevator and that he felt like he did nothing wrong in telling the truth about S. Of course S couldn’t understand how he could love her, but write those hurtful words both at the same time.

Dan has been a self-righteous jerk lately, but every word about Serena treating him like a visitor all this time was hardly true. He may have never felt like an equal and was seen as the poor kid from Brooklyn by some. However, Dan’s always been equally judgmental about the UES. And honestly, was he entirely wrong about Serena?

After all, it took her all but two seconds to call Steven again right after saying goodbye to Dan. Side note: Speaking of Steven, why is Sage still here? Did Nate forget she was in high school again? That girl needs to go. Nate could do so much better, and it looks like Derena seems to be over, so maybe there’s hope for Serenate.

Dan’s writing his final chapter and claims that his plan all along has been going his way. Chair’s going to war. Are you ready? I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next as Manhattan’s elite is sure to leave us saying OMFGG.

Other Thoughts:

  • Lily was “so proud” Serena went grocery shopping. What an accomplishment!
  • Sage didn’t mind Chuck creeping while she and Nate were making out. Chuck’s response: “She’s a keeper.” This is the Chuck I much prefer over the walloping loser he was for most of the night. 
  • The "7th Heaven" reference for Barry Watson was delivered perfectly by B. 
  • Nate punched Dan. Let’s say it all together now: FINALLY!
  • Where were Ivy and William? …not that I really care, but just wondering.

All in all, Gossip Girl continued its string of solid episodes for the final season. Here's next week's promo:

So, what did you think TV Fanatics? Are you ready for the final two remaining installments? Hit the comments now to share your predictions and don’t forget to return tomorrow to chime in on our Gossip Girl Round Table!

Review

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    @b, Do not worry everything is right with Serena and Dan, their love did not stop, Dan only had a little to divert and help Chuck to destroy Bart! You'll see that Serena and Dan will be together again, maybe already in the next episode!

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    Man I wished Dan would have put the beatdown on Nate. I also wish that someone else would dress Dan. Chuck has more style than anyone I have ever seen, yet Dan looks like a homeless person. There's nothing cool about wearing a v-neck and all that hair is showing.... uck!!

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    also, i think nate & sage are cute together. man bangs needs some fun in his life.

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    i actually really like serena with steven. so she has daddy issues. but with steven, she's a mature responsible adult. he brings out the best in her.

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    blair's storyline would have been so much better if she was happily married to louis. OR if she had the baby. OR if she & dan worked out. as least that would have been new, interesting, exciting. drawing the whole chuck & blair, blair & chuck love story season after season was a complete waste... it's so boring now.

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    i'm getting so fed up of chuck. i think it's the stupidest excuse ever to not be with blair. when two people truly love eachother... they run away together... need nothing but eachother to be happy. chuck just wants power. he was success. he wants to be dominant. it's all or nothing. which is totally unrealistic & ridiculous to be honest. the writers have drawn this thing out so long & horribly... they've completely ruined GG. GG should have ended in season 2. the season 2 finale was the best. it all went downhill from there.

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    I saw where C & B are on the rooftop and Bart falls off. I saw that clip on youtube, but who knows how that will play in to anything, and the whole C plane crash thing, when does that happen? Ugh, I just want to know everything now. In the scene C talks to his dad and Bart falls, so maybe B knows C is alive but keeps it hidden from Bart and then Bart knows he is going to jail so he goes to the roof and C shows himself?????? UGH!

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    The best scene of the show possibly the series... Nate hitting Dan. Sad to say, although a major character in the show, I've never really liked Dan. He seemed to me more self-righteous than everyone on the UES. After reading the comments, Dan might redeem himself by writing the final chapter about himself. I really wish Serena would get rid of Sage. If the rumors are true about what she was like before boarding school she gave the Queen B a run for her money. Again, per my last comments hoping the series ends where it began with Nate and Serena, Blair and Bass... the fab four back in action and together 4ever. Btw, Chuck will probably take a lesson from his dad AND fake his death in order to finally get rid of Bart. Do you see Bart going to jail? Like everything else in his life, Bart will be the only one to decide his success and how he should fail meaning his demise/death. ;D

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    I really liked this episode, and not because of all of the Dan drama. He didn't get me watching the show and I could care less about him. I am a Chair fan, through and through. I loved the Chair interaction this week and loved to see B back to herself! If Chuck dies next week and the final is like a what could have been episode, i will be devestated, Chair got me watching this show, spent all summer catching up on the seasons I missed, so I have to have a great Chair ending.

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    Serena and Nate both deserved better from Dan. They both went out of their way to look out for him and make him feel included. To write scathing stories about the two of them and praise Chuck, is the most absurd ass backward plan ever.