Round Table: "Summer, Kind of Wonderful"

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Welcome back to the Gossip Girl Insider Round Table!

While fans gather in our Summer, Kind of Wonderful" include Nate's awkward positions, Chuck's new nicknames, Dan and Serena's romance and more ...


1. Better nickname: MotherChucker or Chuck Basstard?

DANdy: MotherChucker, hands down. Pretty sure Josh Schwartz chose this character's name just to use that reference at some point.

Mister Meester: I know, I'm lame, but I say tie. There simply aren't enough bad pun-insult hybrids to describe the great Chuck Bass.

Gossip Guy: Chuck Basstard. 'Cause we're not talking about any bastard (I'm looking at you, offspring of Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin), we're talking about the bastard, Chuck Bass.

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2. Did Dan and Serena get back together too quickly?

DANdy: Yes. The most significant story line to close season one was the break up of Derena. There was little doubt Dan was gonna find his way back to Serena eventually - a little manslaughter is nothing compared with those legs! - but at least drag the reconciliation out for a few episodes.

Mister Meester: I thought it was pretty realistic. On one hand, Dan tried his best to embrace the role of man-slut and let Serena go. But then at some point he realized she's Serena. You simply don't replace the Serena, not even by two-timing impressionable chicks eager to put out.

Gossip Guy: No. I don't think my heart could have taken any more seconds of them being apart. Why did they even have to wait until the end of the episode?

3. More uncomfortable place Nate has had intercourse: a bar stool or the passenger seat of a car?

Mister Meester: The car. Given the partner involved, the barroom encounter couldn't have lasted that long.

Gossip Guy: I'd say the passenger seat because it didn't involve the incredibly gorgeous Serena. What could be more uncomfortable than that? Now Serena on a bar stool or even on a bed of hot coals sounds perfectly comfortable to me.

DANdy: Car seat. It's a question of width and at least the bar stool allowed Serena to spread her legs out as wide as... sorry, I lost my train of thought.

4. What do you think Vanessa did all summer?

Gossip Guy: Doing exactly as she should, not interfering with Derena. She probably moved on and made more platonic best male friends that she secretly lusted after and tried to interfere with more perfect relationships. But really, as long as it wasn't our Derena, who cares?

DANdy: Not Dan. Apparently she was the only girl in Manhattan who could make that claim.

Mister Meester: Perhaps pining for a certain older man. We're not giving away any Gossip Girl spoilers here, but use your imagination.

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Marcus has his sights set on Blair, but Chuck is always lurking.

5. Does Marcus really stand a chance with Blair?

Gossip Guy: Look Marcus, you may have the money, the looks, and the status, but you sir do not have Blair's heart. That is for my man Chuck to break as many times as he sees fit before he settles down. I love you Chair!!

DANdy: No, if only for the lack of a coherent couple nickname. Larcus? Mlair? Neither work.

Mister Meester: I hope so, at least for awhile. You know Gossip Girl's dying to use the headline "Chuck Bass Beaton to the Punch."


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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

Serena: Blair will never forgive you for what you did to her.
Chuck: Who told you that little piece of advice, your boyfriend Nate?
Serena: Nate didn't say anything ...
Chuck: Good. I don't think it's wise taking relationship advice from someone in a FAKE relationship. Call me crazy. (pause) Enjoy another night alone with your thoughts.
Serena: Good luck on your suicide mission!

Serena: I still miss Dan sometimes... more than sometimes.
Blair: The only thing lamer than dating Dan Humphrey... is mourning Dan Humphrey.