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'Gossip Girl' Season 4, Episode 22 (Season Finale) Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted May 17th 2011 2:30AM
Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester['Gossip Girl' - 'The Wrong Goodbye']

Greetings and salutations, Upper East Siders -- it seems that 'Gossip Girl' decided to save the best for last this week, and while it looked as though the season might end with a whimper instead of a bang for a while there, those last 10 minutes more than made up for the doldrums of the preceding hour.

In true 'GG' fashion, the cliffhangers, revelations and surprises flew thick and fast, right up until the last frame, but perhaps even more importantly, Chuck did the first decent thing he's done all season (series?) and finally demonstrated the maturity that Blair's been wishing for throughout the past 22 episodes.

Despite the 'GG' showrunners long insisting that Chuck is a unique and precious snowflake just the way he is, the rest of us are probably fairly aware that our inglorious Basstard has been long overdue for an attitude adjustment. He's yo-yoed between decent and dastardly all season, but tonight, by finally embracing the old adage, if you love something, let it go, he finally took a step toward redemption, and in allowing Blair to walk away, he probably ensured that someday, she'll be able to come back again.

I must admit though, as alluring as the bad boy tends to be (and as boring as Louis tragically is), there's something so sweet about Blair's prince waiting at the party for her all night that spoke to the romantic in me. I know they're never going to work out, title and tiara be damned, but Louis is adorable and Blair does deserve a happily ever after, even if it has an expiration date.

I was very impressed that both Chuck and Blair finally grew some semblance of a conscience and felt guilt over their bar mitzvah tryst -- it was an adorable, if random, diversion, since it was nice to see how well the couple work together when they're actually working.



I found Georgina's triumphant return to be way too anticlimactic considering how terrible she was when last we saw her, although she did score the best line of the night: "I haven't been this bored since I believed in Jesus." I was expecting more crazy from her run-in with Charlie, but I guess that's what next season is for.

Speaking of Charlie, or should I say Ivy, I definitely didn't see the long con angle coming -- that was some pretty elaborate hoaxing from Lily's sister, but we obviously haven't seen the last of the artist formerly known as Charlie, and now that she's got her hands on a portion of the family fortune (not to mention the fact that she's been promoted to series regular next season) I'm intrigued to see where they take the character. Her "will I jump?" dilemma was fairly snoozeworthy, though.

Luckily for Charlie and Georgina, Vanessa was being heinous enough for everyone -- she seemed like she was back on track for a while when she was assisting Serena and Dan in tracking Charlie down, but then she had to go rifling through Dan's stuff (why, exactly?), guilt-trip him over his book, and then steal said manuscript, take it to a publisher and finagle her way into receiving all the money that is sure to result from Dan's genius prose. I know that Dan and Vanessa have had their ups and downs, but seriously, heinous. Downgrading Vanessa and Jenny from regulars to guest star status is one of the smartest things the show has ever done.

I'm glad that the melodramatic Russell/Blair cliffhanger was quickly dispensed with -- the ominous lighter flicking was a little too soapy, even for 'Gossip Girl,' and Russell and Raina have never really gelled with me, story line-wise. I know that there always has to be a little Bass Industries maneuvering in the background to remind us why Chuck's a billionaire (or something?), but every time the season took a detour in that direction, the momentum slowed to a crawl.

A great way to pick that momentum back up, though, is a pregnancy storyline -- since Serena has been a little lazy on the man front in the latter half of the season, surely Blair is the only logical choice, but is her baby daddy a new baby Bass, or a little prince? Might want to rush that royal wedding, B, otherwise your gown will be more maternity than bridal.

See you in the fall, gossips.

xoxo

(Sidebar: Was the Cecily that Headmistress Queller introduced to Serena at the alumni party a cameo from 'Gossip Girl' author Cecily von Ziegesar? Methinks so!)

Who do you think put a bun in Blair's oven? On a scale of 1 to Snooki, how horrendous was Vanessa's decision to steal Dan's book? What did you think of Charlie being a con artist? Do you think Serena will succeed at her glamorous new movie job? Share your reactions below!

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