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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 6 Recap: Top 5 OMG Moments

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 8th 2011 2:00AM
Blair - I Am Number Nine['Gossip Girl' - 'I Am Number Nine']

After a two week break, 'Gossip Girl' was most assuredly back with a bang last night, bringing all of our favorite Upper East Siders (and their enunciation-challenged significant others) to one scandalous shindig, where sparks began flying before the coats were even checked.

Louis and Eliza's nefarious scheme was revealed, Nate got more than his fair share of action, Serena hit a new career low and Dan became a literary has-been in the space of a week. And that's not even touching on Blair's grueling bridesmaid competition -- Pippa Middleton made it all look so easy!

Join us after the jump for our top five favorite moments from this week's episode.

1. Blair's Bridesmaid Bootcamp
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, but uneasier still lies the head of a princess-to-be's bridesmaid; I don't think Charlie Ivy Chivy has any idea what she's let herself in for. Queen B's last hurrah was a harrowing affair for some of our favorite former minions (too bad Nelly Yuki was AWOL), and the wedding dress scene was undoubtedly one of the show's best ever laugh-out-loud moments. From Blair screeching, "SHE NEEDS TO PEE!" at Penelope to Dorota's convincing paparazzi impersonation, it's a wonder the minions weren't hiding under the train and sobbing from the trauma. Still, I'm a little sad that Penelope tripped at the final hurdle (literally), since I can't imagine Blair being quite as caustic to Chivy as she would be to someone who isn't fake-related to the maid of honor.

2. Louis Demonstrates His Scheme Gene
I knew that Prince Charming routine was too good to be true. After months of Louis seeming more vanilla than soft serve, this week he ably demonstrated that he could plot like any good Upper East Sider by attempting to bribe Chuck's new therapist into turning him back to the dark side, wanting to sour Blair's feelings towards him once and for all. Insecurity is so unbecoming for a future monarch, your highness.

Lucky for Chuck, what Eliza lacked in acting ability, she made up for in guilt, and in the end, she couldn't go through with betraying Chuck -- even if our favorite Basstard thought she already had. He didn't go off the deep end, leaving Louis teetering close to the edge with Blair instead.

At least Louis finally confronted her about the paternity test, which, if I'm interpreting the show's vagaries correctly, means that he truly is Blair's baby-daddy, but that Blair had her doubts enough to need the test, sending Louis into a jealous downward spiral of manipulation and mutilating his intended-to-be-dramatic lines. I know it's like shooting fish in a barrel to mock some of the bizarre accents that appear on 'Gossip Girl,' but I almost developed a stress headache just listening to him fumbling evilly through "naow, itz up to yuh to turn Chuck back into ze monztuh 'ee was for ze furhst 20 years uhf hiz layfe!" Was Hugo Becker really the best French actor they could find? Hopefully, Louis' recent manipulation means that it'll soon be off with his head and off the show!

3. Chuck's Conscience Reappears
While Louis floundered, Chuck finally grew up, returning to Blair with hat in hand to offer a long-overdue apology for all the mistakes he made with her, from not waiting longer for her at the Empire State Building to treating her like property. It was refreshing to see him finally take responsibility for the many heinous things he did to her, but was it all too little, too late? Blair is certainly playing things close to the vest with Chuck this season, and if his heartfelt words rekindled her love for him, she didn't outwardly show it, no matter how many viewers were likely praying for them to reunite with a passionate kiss or another roll on the piano.

We're seeing a maturity and grace in Blair this season that can't even be undermined by her minion-baiting. Her pregnancy and the ups and downs of her relationship with Louis have clearly forced her to see the bigger picture, and as much as she obviously still cares for Chuck, perhaps she feels, either because of the baby or the massive public scrutiny of her impending nuptials, that she's made her bed with Louis and now has to lie in it.

Or perhaps her prince still seems more reliable than Chuck? He's changed for now, but how many times has he seemingly evolved and then reverted right back to his bad boy default setting in the past? I think Blair would be wise to wait and see whether Chuck's newfound sense of honor is here for the long-haul, or whether he'll backslide again. Having said that, I also believe that Chuck and Blair's romance is the show's endgame, and even if Blair is reticent now, we'll get that passionate kiss before the final curtain falls on the show.

4. Serena's Career Suicide
Just when Serena was starting to make strides in her new career, a megalomaniacal boss threatened to derail everything. Last week, we saw Serena and Dan make peace, but the ceasefire was short-lived, after Jane manipulated both Serena and Dan in order to get Dan out of the way for Aaron Sorkin to write the 'Inside' screenplay. While Jane might have actually had a point -- both that Dan was too close to the material to adapt it properly, and that he probably deserves to get Zuckerberged to some degree for ever daring to write about his friends that way -- it was clear that Serena, who has had to deal with a lifetime of having her words twisted and her actions called into question thanks to Gossip Girl, wasn't about to be manipulated and used at work too.

She foolishly made a deal with Diana in order to kill the movie, thinking that Dan would prefer it nixed than adapted badly, but in the process, she might've killed Lonely Boy's literary career right out of the gate. With no movie deal and no spot on the bestseller list, Dan is already yesterday's news. Serena, on the other hand, might be making the news from now on, thanks to her new blog, 'S on S.' But what will Gossip Girl think of the leggy blonde competition?

5. Diana Plays Puppetmaster
Diana was a busy bee this week -- in addition to wrangling Serena onto her staff, she was manipulating Nate, threatening Chivy, scoring "scoop" from Chuck and launching her own media empire; you've got to love a woman on top. For someone her age, her rivalry with Chivy was decidedly childish, but this cougar's got her claws deep into Nate, and apparently, she's feeling possessive (not that I blame her). It looks like Nate's content to be her plaything now that she's actually acknowledged their relationship (and let's face it, it's the most storyline he's had in years), but I'm not certain that Chivy will go down without a fight. I just can't wait to see Diana and Gossip Girl go head to head -- or blog to blog.

'Gossip Girl' airs Mondays at 8PM ET on The CW.

What did you think of Chuck's apology? Will Blair take him back, or do you think she's determined to marry Louis? Share your reactions and predictions below!

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CHAIR need to get back together now that chuck has apologized and louis has shown that he's not as much of a nice guy as everyone thought! and then blair needs to admit that it's chuck's baby! and then chuck needs to run back to HW and get the ring back and propose again!

November 08 2011 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexandra Stuart

Chuck and Blair should reunite asap. we all know they are endgame and they have to be after all the obstacles they got on their path.it would be too cruel for them to the fans not to make them endgame. They are the best thing happened to GG. noone is great enough to replace them at this point. Ed and Leighton's chemistry also tops every couple on the show.

November 08 2011 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Slow start to the episode, but the finish was totally worth it! The CB scene was gorgeous and almost brought me to to tears, and Chuck's arc is the best thing this show's done in awhile- his character is finally getting the POV and growth he's needed for so long. I don't think we're getting a CB reunion quite yet, but I'm so happy they're setting them up for a good rebuild.

I also loved Serena being a good friend to Dan and him not believing in her- shows that the tables are finally turning in that relationship.

November 08 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ena C

annoying episode. defo the worst of this season, if not one of the worst ever. a total bore. the only thing cheering me up a little were the blair/ivy scenes! could be a great friendship! the chair drama is just annoying me... chair & derena 5.0 is pathetic.

November 08 2011 at 12:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
LA Dave

That moment where Chuck looks at Diana and thinks he recognizes her made me wonder if she might be Chuck's real mother. Only time will tell I suppose.

November 08 2011 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't even say how much I loved this episode. Hands down the best of the year and I have such faith in Chuck and Blair coming back together after this "when you think it's the ending it's actually a beginning". God I love them!

November 08 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Having said that, I also believe that Chuck and Blair's romance is the show's endgame, and even if Blair is reticent now, we'll get that passionate kiss before the final curtain falls on the show."

I believe that too. I think these Blair and Chuck are simply made to be with each other at this point. I do like your interpretation about Blair growing in a subtle way due to life changes. I hadn't noticed that really because I feel her POV is not as strong as it's been written in the past. Chuck's ,on the other hand, is as clear as day right now, which is great. I think he's growing and it's spectacular to watch that unfold.I think is will lead back to Blair and Chuck, so I'm very happy with that.

November 08 2011 at 9:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Adrienne De Chair

Yes,you are perfectly righ,Chuck and Blair ending upt together is the only way this show can ever end! Also i'm lovind this mature side of Chuck!

November 08 2011 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought I would hate Bridesmaid Bootcamp when I saw the promo, since it looked like the episode was all about that and nothing else, but turns out it was super cute and fun in small doses.

I felt bad for Serena, who was trying so hard to help Dan, but she probably should have been honest with him about his potential portrayal and see if he still wanted the movie. Of course, I'm sure she didn't think his fragile ego could handle it, lol.

Chuck, Chuck, CHUCK! I think I'm falling in love with him all over again. His growth arc has been the one consistently good thing about this uneven season so far. I know we're in for a looooong road before he can ever reunite with Blair, but I love watch take the necessary baby steps to get there.

November 08 2011 at 8:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sandra Isabel

I believe that Chuck and Blair will get together but not just yet. So yeah, this engagement will stick around for a little while I think.

November 08 2011 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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