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'Gossip Girl' Season 4, Episode 18 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 19th 2011 7:40AM
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Welcome back, Gossips -- it's been a torturous six-week wait to see the outcome of the kiss heard round the world. And even after the episode premiered, those pesky 'Gossip Girl' writers were determined to tease us just a little more.

After the nefarious will-they-or-won't-they back and forth that preceded the steamy (we assume, since even that was hidden from us) "Dair" liplock before hiatus, once we returned, a whole new set of questions emerged, the most important of which was: Did they love it or hate it?

Apparently, a little of both. For our contrary Queen B, the kiss solidified her belief that she and a certain billionaire playboy were MFEO, while poor Lonely Boy was left longing for his Park Avenue princess after spending the whole episode trying to deny his affection.

(Sidebar: Did anyone else find it a tad weird that all of the characters referred to Dan and Blair as "Dan Humphrey" and "Blair Waldorf," as if any of these people know any other Dans or Blairs worth noting? I know that it's used for dramatic effect to convey shock, as it was in Dan's conversation with Eric, but is it really realistic for Vanessa to phone Serena and drop the bombshell of her best friend and ex-boyfriend/stepbrother kissing by using their full names? I found it very jarring.)

Baby Bass continues to take one step forward and two steps back in his relationship with Blair, and in true 'GG' fashion, he managed to completely destroy any chance of a peaceful reconciliation by being ... well, Chuck Bass. Even one of Princess Diana's dresses (swoon!) wasn't enough to sway Blair back to the dark side, and I can't blame her. There's something inherently condescending about a man giving a woman an opportunity in order to make her feel powerful so that she can be part of a power couple again. Blair is independent and resourceful enough to accomplish that on her own, without needing manipulative handouts from her ex, no matter how romantic his intentions. True, she was wallowing in self-pity for a little too long, but that was due more to Blair's penchant for the dramatic than from her feeling weak -- kissing a Humphrey is enough to give anyone a quarter-life crisis.

Still, it was sweet to see Chuck feeling so insecure and threatened by the thought of another man giving Blair a "life-changing experience." Lord knows we've seen Blair in that position of jealous vulnerability before, and in that respect, Chuck has grown up a little. If only his first response to that jealousy wasn't to humiliate his rival -- green really isn't your color, Mr. Bass.

And just as Blair's fairytale came crashing down around her ears, who should arrive in town but the dashing Prince Louis, complete with Cinderella's slipper? If Chuck is being positioned to be the Beast this season, Louis certainly looks like a Beauty right now. But I wouldn't count Dan out just yet: This pauper could still turn out to be a prince in disguise.

Lucky we had some relationship drama to spice things up this week, because the rest of the episode felt a little flat (like CeCe's hair?). Aside from Eric and his witty one-liners, the Van Der-Rhodes scheming was a little too snoozeworthy for my taste, even with Lily and Carol engaging in some seriously mortifying mom behavior. Dancing and buying legwarmers?! That's no way for an embattled icon of the Upper East Side to behave. And where were the paparazzi when all of this public embarrassment was taking place? They've been camped outside Lily's penthouse all day, but missed the part where she snuck out in search of a unitard? I think not.

Similarly, considering that last time we saw William van der Woodsen, he was being pursued by the cops, it's a little baffling that he was able to just stroll back into town with nary a word towards his Most Wanted status, let alone to then see him included in a high profile photo shoot. Then again, we are watching 'Gossip Girl' -- Upper East Side logic does not resemble our Earth logic.

Another rule of the UES is that any long-long relative must have an ulterior motive behind their reappearance, and we already know that something is amiss with mild-mannered cousin Charlie, who has a mysterious past that, of course, Lily didn't feel the need to investigate. Keeping an eye on her sounds like a much more sensible option than finding out exactly what kinds of people or situations it would be best to help her avoid -- especially when you're facing jail time and probably won't be around to monitor her anyway. Hold on to your wardrobe, Serena, we don't trust the way Charlie was eyeing those Louboutins (or your ex, for that matter).

In other news that nobody cares about, Vanessa's back! And she's stirring up trouble! Go figure. Is it worth burning a bridge with your best friend just to build a bridge with Serena, who has never cared about you one way or the other? Um, the answer is no, V. Go hang out with Little J in the land of Never Again, please?

And Nate was pretty and useless, as usual.

'Gossip Girl' airs Mondays at 9PM ET on The CW.

Are you disappointed that Blair didn't choose Dan as her Prince Charming, or would you rather see her back with Chuck? What do you think Charlie's mystery is? Share your thoughts below!

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June 07 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What The Hell? We all know that Blair is acting. Of Course she loves Dan she is just afraid what people will think! Poor Dan he actually loves her maybe even more than he loved Serena! Blair stop with your fear of thinking Dan would pick Serena over you(:

April 25 2011 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miss candi

I'm definitely disappointed about Blair choosing Chuck.. I love Chair, and I think they should be an end game.. buttttt.. I think Dair would be a perfect interval to that... I think with all the hype for this episode, they fell flat a bit, it was anticlimactic and kinda boring, I found myself playing angry birds with it on in the background.

Charlie is intriguing, but she didn't make enough of an impact on this occasion for me to really care for her, maybe she'll do something interesting soon..

Ps. You'd think Gossip Girl would have more to say with all that's going on at the moment. lol.

April 21 2011 at 6:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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