Gossip Girl Round Table: "It's Really Complicated"

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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 episode, "It's Really Complicated."

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 Upper East Side.

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

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1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Courtney: Favorite quote definitely had to be Blair's 7th heaven reference. My least favorite? That pantsuit she was wearing.

Christina: I loved when Nate sucker-punched Lonely Boy. That was awesome!

Leigh: When Lily called Chuck from the limo to tell him she believed him I was overjoyed. Also she read the slides with a jewelry loop per Cece's suggestion on how to catch a guilty husband. I love when Cece presents herself from beyond the grave. She was a bad bitch!

Steve: "Nate, I came up here to make out, not to watch you and Chuck play WikiLeaks." No way she knows what that is, but gotta admire Sage for being forward at least.

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2. How did this Thanksgiving episode compare to Thanksgivings past?

Courtney:  I expected more since it's the final Thanksgiving, but it was pretty good. Just about everyone was in the same room and Dan got punched. Sounds good to me!

Christina: What was supposed to be the best Thanksgiving ever just made me miss the early Thanksgiving episodes with Jenny and Eric. I’m always down for a full side of drama, but it simply didn’t measure up to the best of times. Then again, I’ve been re-watching Gossip Girl Seasons 1-2 so pardon my nostalgia.

Leigh: This was probably number two, behind Gossip Girl Season 3's "Treasure of the Serena Madre" when Serena was having an affair with Tripp Vanderbilt.

Steve: Have to agree with Leigh, that was an all-timer. I enjoyed this week's episode but all things Seasons 5-6 are just viewed through a different lens; it's hard to compare the current GG to the first three years.

3. Biggest Surprise: Nate is back with Sage again, Bart is now Dan's role model or that all it took was Pocahontas to get John Rolfe out of his funk?

Courtney: I'm going with Bart being Dan's role model. As douchey as he has been, he's better than wanting to be Bart Bass.

Christina: Dan’s gone Dark Side for some time now. Chair’s… Chair. As for Nate, between being blackmailed by Bart and the stress at The Spectator, I think he somehow forgot Sage was in high school still. Two episodes to go, so here’s to hoping that high school hipster is gone for good by next week.

Leigh: If Bart is really Dan's role model he's gone wayyy off the deep end. Going from idolizing Rufus to Bart is a 180.

Steve: All fairly surprisingly, but Bart being anyone's role model has to take the cake. You're basically selling your soul to the devil with zero hope of redemption at that point ... unless you're playing the devil ...

4. Team Dan or Team NJBC?

Courtney: There is no possible way I could be on team Dan after his Thanksgiving stunt. He was just cold.

Christina: Team NJBC! Sure, Dan’s only been truth telling with every single one of his exposes. However, he’s also been brutally honest and hurting every single one of his once so-called friends and even his own family. Dan said he never felt equal and has always been judged for being a poor Brooklynite, but he judges Serena and the rest of the gang all just the same.  

Leigh: Is this a real question? NJBC FTW! Dan is mad at them because of how they treat each other and because of their "world?" Why didn't he just stay at NYU and live an awesome new life with people he got along with and who revered him. Why was he always trying to win over the UES, a place he hated and resented? None of it makes sense to me.

Steve: I've always thought Dan was an interesting character, unpredictable and genuinely conflicted as to what kind of person he wanted to be. That said, there is no Team Dan anymore. I'd have punched him too.

5. Dan's apparently the man with a plan. What's his final chapter about?

Courtney: I'm thinking it's about all of them. His desire to be part of the UES and how you can never fully make it in. Maybe it will be his redemption chapter where he tells the truth about himself.

Christina: Well, I think it’s safe to say that the writers have practically destroyed Dan Humphrey. I hope for his sake that the final chapter isn’t just more badmouthing. Maybe Dan’s turn for the worse is actually for the better and he’s somehow planning to help take down Bart. I just don’t see how else his character could be redeemed at this point – that is, if he cares about redemption at all.

Leigh: I've thought about this and I truly have no clue where this kid is going. Is he going to reveal it was all an experiment or character study? Dan flip flops too much to make a real assumption on what his Final Chapter could be.

Steve: Dan is about to be outed as Gossip Girl, having documented the entire series as the ultimate insider-outsider from the beginning (and conveniently disparaging himself as Lonely Boy to throw people off). Obviously I'm just grasping at straws here and have no idea who Gossip Girl is, but wouldn't that be sort of awesome?

6. Based on next week's promo, is Chuck about to make a huge mistake?

Courtney: Chuck always has a plan, especially with Blair, Nate, and lily at his side. He will make a mistake, but not one he can't fix during the finale.

Christina: That’s what they want us to think! However, I think the plane crash will actually play a huge role in operation take down Bart with Chuck playing dead this time, only to prove Bart’s involvement with yet another mysterious transportation accident.

Leigh: No, Chuck is about to pull a Victoria Grayson and she's one of the biggest badasses of all time. No way Chuck dies, but rather frames Bart for a third person mysteriously dying on Bass Transportation, just like Christina said!

Steve: Based on these Gossip Girl finale photos, no, he won't be plunging to his death. I suspect, however, that the fallout from this will extend beyond next week and possibly throw a wrench into his plan to wed B.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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1. Nate: "All he does is drink in bed alone and argue with Monkey"... because I can actually imagine that happening, haha. Actually, everything Chuck/Nate/Monkey-related in this episode was just gold. And two thumbs up to Chuck's Hot Tub Time Machine comment- he knew he had to reference a movie Nate had actually seen, so.
Although the "will you go to war with me?" scene was perfect too.
2. Like Steve said, you can't really compare any episodes from Seasons 5-6 to previous seasons... but all things considered, I think this was a worthy offering. Definitely the best episode of the season so far.

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1. 'She's a keeper' (Chuck)
2. Thanksgiving?! What?!
3. Bart being Dan's role model.
4. Team DAN! He did the right thing, but apart from that I think he wants to takedown Bart.
5. About Bart.
6. No no no...Absolutely not. The first few episodes this season were terrible, I really hope the last two aren't! We need the real GOSSIP GIRL (= Dorota).

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i really really liked enjoyed this episode
chair was top of this game
and i did the idea of dan as gg
they made it make sense
so yay for dan going dark
thought i really liked derena, dar dan makes way for sense and i hope there is ni redemption involved

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Team Dan all the way! NJBC are all a bunch of hypocrites, specially Nate.

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