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'Gossip Girl': Good mourning, Chuck

Gg_chuckfuneral Emotions ran high on last night's "Gossip Girl" as everyone grappled with Bart's death and the secrets that emerged from it. It was definitely the most intense episode to date: The sight of Chuck disheveled, drunk and enraged arguably topped Serena at the peak of her bad-girl stage, and the revelation of Lily and Rufus' love child provided the icing on the cake.

One secret does remain: How exactly did Bart Bass die? We know he was in an "accident," but what happened? Did a garbage truck plow head-first into his limo? Did a mad horse on one of those Central Park carriages run loose and trample him as he rushed to the Snowflake Ball? We never find out. All that matters is that he's gone and his death has forced everyone to reflect on what (or who) is important in life.

For Chuck, it's coming to terms with being the richest orphan in New York. His inevitable self-destructive and vindictive behavior was effectively conveyed by Ed Westwick, who must have stayed up for three days straight to achieve those undereye circles. There were touches of melodrama -- his wobbly walk, the extra-smarmy looks he gave to the private eye, his renouncing Eric as his brother -- but none were as satisfying and sympathetic as the scene of him crying in Blair's arms. B also deserves some praise for her touching speech pleading him not to leave and for her courage to say, "I love you." I was definitely crying on the inside. 

For Lily, the most important thing is her reunion with Rufus, who's willing to wait "six months or six years" if that's what it takes. Until, of course, he finds out from Celia that he and Lily conceived a child during their courtship.  As much as I love Lily and Rufus together, they're destined to be the couple that never gets their happily ever after. It remains to be seen whether the pregnancy was terminated at the French hospital or if Lily put the child up for adoption. He or she may be wandering Europe looking for birth parents. If that's the case, I smell a spinoff!

As for Serena and Dan, we'll have to wait a few more episodes until we get a long-awaited reunion. She may have gone to Buenos Aires with Aaron, but she looked more interested in her neck pillow than him. I'd like to see Dan move on with another girl while Serena is away. He deserves to be the subject of some unrequited love too.

Wedged between the despair and the drama was the sweetness of Eleanor and Cyrus' wedding. Their sizable height difference and her habits of feeding and patting him like a pet are hilarious yet endearing and he makes the perfect stepfather for Blair. Who didn't utter an "awww" during their cute embrace?

Since it'll be almost a month until the next new episode of "Gossip Girl," we are left to ruminate on the possibilities of Season 2's next half over our spiked eggnog. Is Lily and Rufus' love child alive? Where will Chuck run to, and under what circumstances will he return? Will Serena and Dan ever reunite?

xoxo

--Enid Portuguez

Photo credit: The CW

 
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While the acting on this show has never been *great,* it seems like these people (some of whom actually are pretty good with the right material) are just phoning it in. The resemble manneqins.

BEST EPISODE EVERRRR! Chuck & Blair = heartbreakingly perfect. Can someone please get Leighton Meester an Emmy? She rocks. Agreed that her scene with Cyrus was A-dorable, and her and Chuck hugging on the bed... wow, no words. This show just keeps getting better. And, though I have to disagree about Dan and Serena being the couple to pull for, I have to admit that Dan was really sweet to her and it seems they're headed for an inevitable reunion. I won't mind, maybe simply because that means greasy-haired artist boy will be out of the picture. Honestly, did they try to cast the least appealing person they could find? Yuck. Can't wait till January 5th! Thanks again for your fantastic write-up!

BEST EPISODE EVERRRR! Chuck & Blair = heartbreakingly perfect. Can someone please get Leighton Meester an Emmy? She rocks. Agreed that her scene with Cyrus was A-dorable, and her and Chuck hugging on the bed... wow, no words. This show just keeps getting better. And, though I have to disagree about Dan and Serena being the couple to pull for, I have to admit that Dan was really sweet to her and it seems they're headed for an inevitable reunion. I won't mind, maybe simply because that means greasy-haired artist boy will be out of the picture. Honestly, did they try to cast the least appealing person they could find? Yuck. Can't wait till January 5th! Thanks again for your fantastic write-up!

why can't they give eric more screen time? he's the most mature character on the show!

I agree - Eric needs more screentime - he is such a cool character! Love him. Blair & Chuck are awesome - but Aaron is an absolute douche bag. I can't believe they had Blair say "your boyfriend is hot" to Serena in "Its a Wonderful Lie". I can't believe they put her with a greasy lame artist with no backbone. Of course it makes Dan look wayy better! LOL

I love Aaron! I can't help but think of Johnny Depp everytime he appears. But I know Dan is destined for Serena and the whole Serena--Aaron relationship won't last for long. Ah well, enjoy it while I can...

and arg! no more GG until January? What's a girl to do?!

Ed Westwick did a fabulous job in this week's episode. I was blown away by his performance. Can't wait to see what happens next!

i can't belive its going to be anouther month untill the next episode comes out! i want to know what happen to chuck, and also lilly's baby. it was such an amazing episode! definatly this one and the one with serena's secreat were the best so far

This is one of the episodes that gave drama a whole new level. Ed Westwick's performance showed you how well an actor he was. His transition from broad-hungry man to a heartbroken, wreched individual just made him stand out in the show. He is gonna go far in this business.

chuck bass made me cry so hard. when signs by blocparty came on, i thought it was the best choice, i really can't wait until january 5th because i want to see if chuck cries out to blair again. seeing his tears roll down his face was the highlight of my life, such a great scene i wish there would have been more conversation like if he said I Love You back to blair, but you never know, it might happen. dan and serena need to happen and Aaron needs to move his greasy ass out of serena's life.! LEGIT

ok... ED WESTWICK NEEDS AN EMMY like yesterday!!!

leighton too

how about aaron and serena get kidnapped in buenos aires?

and lily stops being SO self involved... I mean her husband "just died" although im not completly sure lol...

ed & leighton have a rory & jess chemistry!! god.. greatest couple on tv right now!


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