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Gossip Girl Round Table: Season Five Premiere

Loved the round table! Chuck Bass quotes ftw :) I think it's pretty obvious the baby is Chuck's, and though I agree Blair was a little off her game this episode, I blame it on pregnancy hormones and Louis's tedious presence. I see your "boring and naive" and raise you a "completely and utterly useless". The idea of the baby potentially being Dan's does make me throw up in my own mouth a little, but fortunately Dan cannot actually impregnate women with the power of his mind, so... Anyway, I did enjoy some parts of the premiere, but GG just won't feel like GG against until we get everyone back in the same city.

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Totally agree with you, Laurie. I think Dan/Blair work well when they're sort of pissy with each other, during more light and comedic scenes, and I actually don't mind his pining for her a little- but they simply don't have the chemistry (and Dan doesn't have the emoting skills) to carry a deeper, more meaningful storyline. The loft scene was sweet (though puzzling) but paled in comparison to even some of the more minor emotional CB scenes. I'm hoping any DB stuff will be more of a background or undercurrent- which is what Safran has suggested- because it's simply not sufficient to carry the show. Chuck's storyline, while ridiculous, does seem consistent with his OTTness as a character, and I like seeing him pine for Blair for awhile- God knows she did plenty of it last season. Also, he looked brutally hot, so that helped. Nate and Serena had some cute moments, and I love that Serena's finally developing some goals and ambitions- it almost seemed like Blair and Serena switched places in this episode, with Serena being the career-focused, driven one, while Blair yammers on about flowers and fairytale crap. Speaking of which, the princess storyline is doing Blair NO favors as a character. She's just coming across as spoiled and childish- and admittedly she's always been a bit of both, but it was always in a more endearing way, and now it's just grating. Dan's behavior in this episode was pretty douchey, and I can't for the life of me figure out why any of the previewers said he made some big sacrifice for Blair? What was the sacrifice, exactly? Trying to kill a story that he wrote, that he didn't want published for his own reasons anyway? And then not being honest with her when she came to him, upset about something that he could easily have fixed? For me, Dan was neither sympathetic nor a particularly good friend in that scene. Admittedly, I don't love the idea of Blair being pregnant at 20 for her character, but as a plot device to keep CB connected, I'm happy with it. I think it'll lead to some fantastic emotional moments between the two of them, which the show desperately needs after that premiere. Oh, and LOL forever at the idea that Blair's baby could be Dan's- you do realize that sex is required to actually produce a baby, right? It's clearly Chuck's, the only question is whether they'll actually carry it to term or not.