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'Gossip Girl' Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: Top 3 OMG Moments (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 28th 2011 10:30PM
Chuck and Blair['Gossip Girl' - 'Rhodes to Perdition']

They say blood is thicker than water, but on the Upper East Side, few things are thicker than money -- a lesson that the artist formerly known as Ivy learned all too well this week. She misguidedly seems to think that the Rhodes name has earned her a bulletproof vest, but in reality, it's only painted a bigger target on her back.

While far too much of this week's 'Gossip Girl' was concerned with Chivy drama, it was nice to see Nate at the center of his own storyline for once (even if said storyline was still kind of a snooze), and the scenes between Chuck and Blair were both touching and tragic. Finally, we saw Chuck admit what we already knew; now it's just a matter of time before Blair comes to her senses, right?

The episode was somewhat lacking in twists and turns this week, so instead of struggling to find our top five jaw-dropping moments, we narrowed them down to three instead. Join us after the jump for our favorite scenes.

1. Chuck and Blair Still Feel That Saturday Night Fever
We've witnessed the starcrossed couple dancing around each other for weeks now, but this is the first time all season that we've seen Chuck truly admit his feelings for Blair, telling Nate, "I can't imagine the day I won't [love her]." Now, if only he could tell that to his ex, we'd be making progress. Still, as has been patently obvious for a while now, Blair is just as fixated on her former flame as he is on her, and stalking him to therapy was further proof of her obsession. Her day glued to Chuck's side was never about discovering the magic elixir of goodness that Chuck has somehow acquired to make him a better man, it was just Blair's twisted way of being close to her soulmate under false pretenses, testing Chuck the way she's been testing him all season, to see if he'd slip up first (so that she didn't have to).

Her heartbroken reaction to Chuck returning the engagement ring was telling indeed, and though Chuck denied it, there is probably some truth to Blair's realization that she brings out the dark side in her men, not the other way round. True, Chuck was a total Basshole when he was younger, but despite the best efforts of his family (and the 'GG' writers, who have treated him inconsistently for years now) we've seen some real growth from the character over the past two seasons, and regardless of his setbacks, Blair has arguably been more fond of mind games over the past couple of years than Chuck has, drawing him back towards his darker impulses even when he tried to give himself a fresh start after his shooting.

The real problem with this Chuck/Blair/Louis "triangle" is that we know Blair and Louis aren't going to end up together, the wedding is almost certainly never going to happen and that somehow, the baby isn't going to be an ongoing concern. It's hard to invest in a storyline that's taking up a good portion of the season when it's all so superficial and expendable; I just hope that, if Blair is set to lose the baby, the writers don't trivialize it the way they've trivialized so many other serious issues in the show's past. Right now, it seems like the storyline is just designed to string Blair and Chuck fans along (while throwing out a few vague tidbits to Dair shippers to keep them interested), and the sooner the show drops the act and acknowledges that Chuck and Blair are MFEO, the more impactful the story is going to be. But for now, every scene involving Louis is basically just dead airtime that could be better spent looking at Nate shirtless, and that's becoming grating. Priorities, writers!

2. A Rhodes by Any Other Name ...
It pains me to have to acknowledge the ongoing Chivy storyline, because I find it so generally tedious, but I was impressed that Max actually attempted to out Ivy to the Rhodes clan so early on in the year, without trying to draw the drama out past the midseason finale. It's annoying that he failed and that we still have to deal with Chivy's drama (especially since Max is obviously going to make another attempt to take her down), but I can't deny that I was impressed with Chivy's improvisational lying, blaming Max's attempts to blackmail her on a sex tape to get the rest of the family firmly on her side. The show also has me infuriatingly intrigued about what happened to the real Charlie Rhodes, since Carol once again alluded to some deep, dark secret that her family would never forgive her for. Is she dead, or somehow disowned and likely to return to seek her fortune somewhere down the line? After all, 'Gossip Girl' never met a family member it didn't like to drag back into the frame for the sake of a scandal.

On a vaguely related note, how cray-cray was Serena's hair this week? 70s chic meets electric shock, much?

3. Nate Goes Noble
Ding-dong, the cougar is gone, and without Diana and her questionable code of ethics and disregard for sexual harassment laws, Nate finally got a chance to be assertive -- or what passes for assertive from a pretty-boy stoner with a trust-fund, anyway. His new role as editor-in-chief of the Spectator gave him more to do than he's been given in some time, and it also allowed for a return visit from his troubled cousin Tripp -- yay for continuity. He proved that, unlike Diana and his grandfather, Nate actually does have a conscience, and despite the fact that he's still practically a fetus and really has no business running a major publication, he's demonstrating himself to be a competent and respectable boss, choosing to "do the right thing" instead of shaming his family or running a story without knowing all the facts. Here's hoping he finishes what Diana started and actually does go head-to-head with 'Gossip Girl' sometime soon, to give his arc a little more meat.

Sadly, while everyone else was having meaningful character development -- or at least an attempt at furthering their storylines -- poor Lonely Boy was stuck with yet another disposable plot thread, wasting time arguing with anonymous haters on the internet because his book was kind of a flop. Considering the rest of his family was celebrating with CeCe, it made Dan look even more self-absorbed that he would apparently rather track down mean commenters Jay and Silent Bob style than hang out with his extended family. Seems like there really is no room for Brooklyn in this New York fairytale anymore.

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

What did you think of Chuck and Blair's day together? Are you impressed with Ivy's powers of deception or are you hoping that Max will manage to take her down? Is Dan's lack of storyline actually making you long for the days when he had Vanessa and Jenny to talk to? Share your thoughts below.

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Mecky Francisca


January 09 2012 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zenson Own

Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 10 S05E10 Riding In Town Cars With Boys

December 05 2011 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zenson Own

Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 10 S05E10 Riding In Town Cars With Boys

December 05 2011 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this episode. Watch new episode here ----> http://www.watchustvseries.info/2011/12/how-i-met-your-mother-season-7-episode.html#watch

December 05 2011 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I feel like this is the calm before the storm! I just hope they keep on Chairing!

December 01 2011 at 2:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I only keep watching the show for chair, they are MFEO. Cant wait til they do.
Im still wondering why they didnt show us the paternity test results??
I like that chuck turned into a good guy just want to see how long that will last!

November 29 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

I have watched every episode...but this season it has been week to week....and this morning i deleted the DVR midway and said...I have had enough......won't be back....

Hate pretty much every character and was fast forwarding every time Charlie....or Hugh Grant's EX.....were on the screen.....SCARY when Chuck becomes the good guy......That's when it is time to EXIT.....the Upper East side.....for good

November 29 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I couldn't agree more with your take on the Chuck and Blair story line. It's just a waiting game right now where they will string along the fans and test their patience. Enough with the obstacles already.

The episode itself was great. Cece was awesome as always, Nate has a story line and he was the least natefused I have ever seen him and Chuck and Blair are doing what they're best at; breaking our hearts and making us love them even more. It makes everyone question why the wedding is still on when it's so obvious that Chuck and Blair are MFEO.

November 29 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chair was beyond amazing! I love blair's face when she finds out about the ring! awww...i nearly cried.

the only other thing that has me interested is WHAT is wrong with CeCe?

November 29 2011 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexandra Stuart

OMG Chair was amazing! They made me cry so hard! They are the heart and soul and everything of GG…I am loving Navy. They are cute I hope they will be a couple soon..And Dan! He can stay in his loft all day if he wants and bond with his dear agent..They fit well together.. just don’t let him put his nose into anything UES related I am just sick of Humphrey!

November 29 2011 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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