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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 8 Recap: Top 5 OMG Moments (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 11:20PM
Serena and Blair['Gossip Girl' - 'All the Pretty Sources']

No-one throws a soiree like Serena van der Woodsen, but it wouldn't be an Upper East Side shindig without a healthy heaping of scandal. This week's 'Gossip Girl' once again brought all of our favorites together, but despite the verbal fireworks, it still felt like a spark was missing (perhaps because so much time was spent on Chivy and her snoozeworthy boy drama).

Still, some progress was made between Blair and Louis, and Queen B's dashing prince is turning out to be a right royal pain; when he was being sweet, he was simply dull, but now that he's trying to scheme, he's just plain irritating. Alas, we've been promised a royal wedding, so we sadly haven't seen the last of Louis yet, but it looks like we might get a break from Elizabeth Hurley's scenery chewing, after Diana's reluctant exit ...

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

1. Prince Charming Takes a Walk on the Dark Side
Oh, Louis -- you clearly forgot the first rule of scheming in your attempt to sully Serena's reputation: don't get caught. Sure, in theory, turning Blair against her friends was a sensible plan, especially since Louis is clearly itching to drag her back to Monaco, but these Upper East Siders are both master manipulators and fiercely loyal, so trying to sever their relationships was inevitably going to be an uphill battle, and even if he had succeeded in getting B and S fighting, chances were that they'd be back to being BFFs within two weeks anyway.

Still, I was a little disappointed that Blair was so quick to believe the worst of Serena, both in her party planning abilities and her desire to steal the spotlight from Blair during her bridal shower. It's sad that even as the writers are developing and maturing Chuck immeasurably, they seem to be devolving Blair at an equal rate, taking her back to her petty, insecure, high-school persona, which is a sad regression when she seemed so patient and forgiving last season.

2. Blair Wants a Break
But no matter how immature Blair can be in the heat of the moment, she still made the right choice in deciding to take a break from Louis this week. The prince's actions have been the opposite of chivalrous lately; they've been downright dastardly. Being paranoid about Chuck is one thing (and probably entirely justified) but trying to separate Blair from her whole support system is just cowardly, and the sooner Blair disentangles herself from Louis and all his royal baggage, the better. No matter how polished our Park Avenue Princess might be, the monarchy just isn't for her. Here's hoping we get a few weeks of respite from Louis and his incomprehensible sentences.

3. Chuck and Dan's Bromance
Lonely Boy found himself an equally lonely friend this week, with both of Blair's scorned lovers left off the guest list for her bridal bash. Chuck, still trying to be noble, didn't even indulge with the two women that Dan declined, and he seems to be channeling all of his sexual frustration into dog walking, which ... probably won't be effective for long. Their 'Matrix' scene was actually fairly charming, especially since Chuck gave Dan some much-needed tough love and advised him to change his situation if he was tired out being an outsider.

Sadly, Dan's solution was to get drunk and crash Blair's party to give her a piece of his mind (selfish as ever, Humphrey) but luckily, Chuck was close behind, still prepared to be a gentleman. Their scene on the steps was oddly poignant, with Baby Bass all grown up and pointing out that both of them were losers in the race for Blair's heart. (Or are they?) Considering how antagonistic the pair used to be towards each other, it's nice to see how far they've both come, even if Dan still won't let Chuck cut his hair or change his clothes.

4. Nate Scores a Promotion
Diana's relationship with William van der Bilt finally became clear this week, as it was revealed that Nate's grandpa is the majority shareholder in the Spectator brand. He had apparently employed Diana to help him rehab Nate's public and professional image -- I can't imagine that he also employed her to go all 'Cougar Town' on his barely-legal grandson, but those are semantics. Diana was supposedly grooming Nate to take over the site, because any legitimate business would want a slutty and generally unreliable 20-year-old with a penchant for pot as the boss, right?

Regardless of Nate's many foibles, he proved himself to be an overall honorable and decent chap because he hadn't sent any incriminating scoops to Gossip Girl (unless he is Gossip Girl!) and thus Diana was prepared to gracefully step down, kind of. Unfortunately, Nate didn't have the same high regard for his womanfriend as she had for him, so their parting wasn't exactly amicable. There's still the matter of the photo she found of herself in Bart's file, though, so I doubt we've seen the last of her.

5. The Final Scene
After making up with Serena in the glittery aftermath of her awesome Tiffany-themed party (I covet), Blair apparently couldn't keep herself away from Chuck any longer. "You've really been good this whole time, haven't you?" she swooned after turning up at his door, and I only wish we could say the same for her. It would serve her right if Chuck rebuffed her, given all the mind-games she's been playing recently, but that long and loaded look the pair shared was certainly promising, wasn't it? You know you love each other, xoxo.

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

What did you think of tonight's episode? Are you relieved to see Louis and/or Diana leaving? Were you as bored by Chivy and Max's drama as I was? Share your thoughts below, and check out our scoop from the 'Gossip Girl' 100th Episode Party here.

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Marie Cody


November 28 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marie Cody


November 28 2011 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love that Nate has apparently never tipped Gossip Girl.

Love Chuck telling Dan to take some personal responsibility. It was just the perfect reversal moment. Chuck the "bad guy" telling the "good guy" to stop blaming everyone else. I guess therapy is working for my boy.

Monkey absolutely not chasing the minis was great. That dog is such an adorable tramp-like puppy.

Blair finally being hit with the clue stick, when Serena points out that Chuck was only there to retrieve Dan and not stir up trouble was nice. As was the lovely moment at the end. So much electricity between them. Shame Blair is all caught up in marrying Prince Boring the Creeper.

November 22 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

CHUCK AND BLAIR WERE AMAZING! even if they only had like 10 seconds!

also loved that we finally got some Blairena! about time!

November 22 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the episode! Serena/Blair scenes were much needed and Serena's speech got a bit tear-eyed. Chuck and Dan's interaction was hilarious and Dan should just hire Chuck to be his life coach already. Now, why didn't he follow Chuck's advice to get a haircut and change his wardrobe? Chuck and Monkey make my life! They're my favourite duo. Okay, after Chuck and Blair of course! Louis is the WORST and I'm glad that Blair stood up for her friends. Now, if only that story line ended and she sent his royal pain in the a** back to Monaco.
LOVE Chuck and Blair at the end! Yes, it takes only a few seconds for them to be all "It's all coming back to me now". So happy that Blair finally realises that Chuck is changing and walks in on him being so fatherly and caring towards Dan. Great episode overall!

November 22 2011 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love,love,love, Chuck and Blair. After everything I still love these two and how just seeing each other the way they did last night when Blair went to his place they know. There are no walls up now. Blair knows Chuck is changing and next week looks like fun with Chuck and Blair therapy!
Overall this was the best executed episode. I think the friendships were just nice to see, in general. Not a big Dan fan but Duck was worth watching because of Chuck Bass. And then there's Blarena. Missed the heart to hearts with these two and having an episode with them interacting more was so much better. They need to do that more often

November 22 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexandra Stuart

Chuck and Blair are obviously very much in love. the longing look they gave each other was promising. this show needs more Chuck and Blair and Dan to get over his weird feelings.

November 22 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great recap. I surprising really liked the Chuck and Dan scenes. Also Blair has been annoying me as of late but that last scene with that look was definitely taking steps in the right direction for me and her, that scene in its self managed to steal the whole episode for me (Chuck and Dan might have been awesome but nothing can compete with Chuck/Blair). Although I would have loved more scenes and/or longer ones that scene was perfect in its simplicity, the look and the tantalising teasing it did of Chuck and Blair. Ed and Leighton own Gossip Girl in even the smallest scene they share.

November 22 2011 at 7:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danielle Fennell

Thank you for the wonderful recap.

November 22 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandra Isabel

Love the recap. Loved the finale Chair scene and loved the Dan/Chuck bromance.

November 22 2011 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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