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@Rogue I'm hoping we don't have to read anymore "Dan and Blair have the perfect relationship" posts because it's so clearly untrue. They've had problems in every single episode so far- bad sex, trust issues (dowry), that disaster of a party, Blair scheming to hijack his speech, and now more trust issues. They actually haven't had a single episode where their relationship was solid.

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Funny that Rome's back on the table next episode, huh? Given that spoiler sources talked about Dan making this "big career sacrifice" for Blair. Of course, it was pretty obvious even from this episode that "sacrifice" was not quite the right word...

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5. Blair definitely got her swagger back this episode, and I don't think it's a coincidence that finally spending time with Chuck, Nate and Serena appeared to be the catalyst. She's been so isolated with Dan for the duration of their relationship. And I agree that she's not *not* herself with Dan, she's just this... muted, boring version of herself. She just had this extra spark in her scenes with Chuck and Nate, and I don't know if that's just chemistry between the actors, or intentional writing/directing, but it was very noticeable. 6. I can't help but feel bad for Serena. She seems so depressed, it's like she's taking over Chuck's role as the always-sad person on this show. Just give her a glass of Scotch and a dog already. And based on the sneak peak for next episode, Blair will just make it worse by rubbing Dan in her face some more. I'm actually ready for Serena to explode all over her one of these days, because she's clearly not okay with this whole situation. 7. Obviously. Not just because I want him to leave, haha, but because giving up such an amazing opportunity for a (doomed) two month relationship with a girl you clearly don't trust... just not a smart move.

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2. The best quotes from the episode, IMO, were Chuck's "she likes to watch" and Blair's "he HAS a friend". Scheming is totally like foreplay for those two. Oh, and Lola's concise description of Nate's schedule: "gym, gym, trim bangs, gym." 3. I wasn't shocked about Bart at all, since it was spoiled all over the internet. I'm definitely interested in seeing the subsequent Chuck/Bart conversation, as well as how Lily and Rufus deal with this. I don't think in reality you're still legally married to someone who's been declared dead, but this is GG and reality isn't their strong suit, so... but yeah, I think how Chuck handles this situation will really be a testament to how much he's matured. 4. Blair, which was kind of surprising given how clueless she's seemed lately. And the diary mention certainly sounded like foreshadowing, yes?

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@Xoxodanielle I think it's unlikely Dan will be known at all, haha. Agreed that this was the best episode of the season. Finally felt like vintage GG again (and the writer, Jake Coburn, is definitely on my list of who I'd like to take over next season, if they can't lure Josh 1.0 or Stephanie back!)

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I don't think we ever really saw Bart's body- that was in Chuck's imagination, when he and Blair walked by the hospital room and they covered him with the sheet. That was after he admitted he'd run away before Bart died.

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Ugh, it's really annoying how this cuts off your comments. "The one-time Queen B has been a shell of herself months, though, and is a much different creature when she has her swagger. She clearly has that, as well as chemistry, with Chuck. But can he give her lasting happiness?" This, I agree with completely. It's been depressing watching Blair turn into this whiny, mopey, self-absorbed brat she's been for most of S5, so it's about time she got some of her mojo back. In terms of lasting happiness, I think the entire point of Chuck's storyline this season is to show how much he's grown, that he's become the man she always wanted him to be. So I have no doubt that he can make her happy long-term. What I doubt at this point, actually, is whether Blair can make him happy. She's treated him abhorrently this season, and that can't just be erased in two episodes. Of course, if Chuck can just let it go, maybe we're supposed to as well?

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"Whether the Blair we saw tonight can be involved romantically with Dan for the long haul is an open question. He's been there for her all year when no one else has, and no one can take that away from him." I take a little exception to this, actually. Not the part about Dan being there for her (of course he has, although I would argue that it hasn't done her nearly as much good as he seems to think), but the suggestion that no one else has. Other people weren't there because Blair pushed them away, not because they weren't just as loving and supportive as Dan. And I think it became quite obvious tonight why Blair's been pushing Chuck away- because the second they come into proximity again, the sparks start to fly. "The one-time Queen B has been a shell of herself months, though, and is a much different creature when she has her swagger. She clearly has that, as well as chemistry, with Chuck. But can he give her lasting happiness?" This, I agree with completely. It's been depressing as hell watching Blair turn into this whiny, mopey, self-absorbed brat we've been seeing most of the season, so it was wonderful for her to regain some of her old mojo here. In terms of lasting happiness, I'd like to think that Chuck's shown over the course of this season that he's finally grown up and become the man she always wanted him to be, so there's no doubt in my mind they could be happy together. So the question in my mind, at this point, is actually whether she's capable of making Chuck happy. She's treated him abhorrently for most of the season, and you can't just erase that in a couple of episodes. Although, I guess if Chuck doesn't care, maybe we're supposed to just let it slide?

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Who Should Run Gossip Girl Next Season?

My vote is for me. As long as I get full benefits and a corner office. But barring that, I think Josh Schwartz and/or Stephanie Savage should be in charge. And if they're too busy, Sarah Goodman or Jake Coburn would probably do a decent job. It's not like anyone can be much worse than Safran, right? (I'm totally going to regret saying that, sigh)

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Good lord, this fandom makes me weep for the future. I seriously hope some of you are just saying what you wish would happen, and not what you actually think will happen based on your logical reasoning abilities.

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