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You know, even though we all knew this was coming, it still doesn't feel quite real yet? It's entirely possible that when I see Blair and Chuck officially tie the knot on my TV screen, I'll turn into a blubbering pile of feelings. But still, Imma need to see the wedding night. Just saying.

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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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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.

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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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Gossip Girl Round Table: "Monstrous Ball"

2. Most dynamic duo? I dunno, it's hard to give it to Blair/Serena, because they made up for all of five minutes before it all went to hell, and it's hard to give it to Blair and Dan because, no. I guess I'd have to say Dan/Georgina, because they're kind of creepy and hilarious and perfect together. 3. Worst scheme team- clearly Blair and Sage. I don't know how Blair keeps being outwitted by a bratty 17-year-old, maybe all the sexual frustration is rotting her brain. 4. Seriously, Georgina basically *invented* the bump-and-grab cell phone steal. No way would Sage have been able to pull one over on her.

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1. Best humorous quote actually goes to Nate: "Could the weirdness be that Steven hooked up with your mom in a dungeon when you were in grade school?" And Serena's like, psh, as if.... on this show, that barely even qualifies as weird. Best overall quote is a tie, between Blair's "there's no one better for me than you" to Chuck, which hopefully lays to rest all of the irrelevant crap about who the "better man" is, and Blair's "I'd rather be with no one than with you" to Dan, because I've been waiting to hear that for like a year and a half. And after how Dan's been acting since 5x24, it was so richly deserved. Oh, and I also loved Chuck's "they say good things come to those who do", but that could be because he basically whispered it against Blair's mouth and that... was hot.

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@j
I actually thought the "I'd rather be with no one than with you" encapsulated Blair's attitude towards Dan perfectly. After all, she's not technically with Chuck right now, and she *still* doesn't want Dan, does she? She couldn't seem less interested in him if she tried. Sucks to be Dan, I guess. I am truly sorry that your ship sunk though- it couldn't have happened to a lovelier group of fans. If only there were some way to have seen this whole scenario coming, like, two years ago...

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@Erik
Are you really comparing Serena dating Nate to Blair dating Dan? Because when Serena first came back in S1, she turned Nate away, telling him that her friendship with Blair came first. She didn't actually date him for another 2 and a half years, when Blair was totally fine with it- she had happily moved on with Chuck and no longer had any romantic feelings for Nate. Blair dated Dan knowing Serena was still in love with him. That's the difference. As far as the rest of your post goes, Serena did NOT ruin Blair's chances to get into Yale- in fact, she gave up her spot FOR Blair, and then Blair effed it up entirely on her own. Serena pushed her into a cake after Blair called her a prostitute, FYI. And what on earth did Serena do to threaten Blair's relationship with Eleanor? That was all Blair's insecurities. Seriously, are you just making this stuff up?

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I agree that it was the best episode so far this season, and I think it was a combination of a good writer, a good director, and things actually happening in the episode. Unfortunately, none of those things involved Chuck and Blair boning each other, but I'm trying to be patient on that front. Their almost-kiss-nuzzle-thing was still pretty hot on its own, but I just can't understand why their pact forbids sex. If anything, the lack of sex seems to be distracting them more than actual sex would.... Also, all of the Blair/Chuck/Dan stuff was glorious. I got Blair forgetting Dan was even in the room the second Chuck walked in, Blair slapping Dan, Blair telling Dan "I'd rather be with no one than with you", and Blair reassuring Chuck that "there's no one better for me than you." And I didn't even get you anything, GGWriters.

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