How far is too far? Monday night on "Gossip Girl," Blair and Chuck's relationship hit a major wall when B realized her beloved offered her up on a plate in order to get the Empire Hotel back. As a huge fan of the couple, this was sad and disappointing, but I can't say I was surprised.
Now that Elizabeth is out of the picture, Chuck and Jack were left to settle the score once and for all. Jack was up -- he had both the hotel and Chuck's dignity in his clutches. But of course, that wasn't enough. If Chuck wanted to regain control of the Empire, he'd have to sacrifice Blair to the God of Evil Uncles, which he apparently had no problem doing. His twisted logic believed that she would have done it anyway if given the opportunity to save him (he was right!), so he might as well let her take ownership of the plan. The whole scheme would have worked -- Blair took Jack's bait and even smartly drafted a contract ensuring Chuck would get his hotel -- but Jack couldn't skip town without leaving some element of Chuck's life in shambles. He spilled the secret to Blair and kickstarted the beginning of the end.
Is this the end of Blair and Chuck? I should hope not, but even master players like B could only take so much deception. Blair experienced the ultimate loss of trust and respect for someone she loved unconditionally; she'd be a glutton for punishment if she were to run back to him. And we'd be right there with her to believe that would be a sensible decision. Their on-again, off-again dynamic relationship has kept us fascinated for the last three seasons, but this incident is going to be hard to forgive. Blair's slap was felt by all.
The deception continued as Jenny set her sights on stealing birthday boy Nate from Serena. As S planned a surprise party, J plotted to woo Nate with a little idol worship and her emo charms. It was actually a tad creepy watching Jenny leer at him behind her kohl-lined eyes. She's clearly bored and looking to follow up her last dalliance with anything remotely challenging. Nate was too nice of a guy to notice J's intentions until she planted a kiss on him in the end, but if he even thinks of leaving Serena for her, I'll be upset.
The road also got a little bumpy for Dan and Vanessa, who decided to share their respective scripts with each other. Neither liked the other's very much, but neither were willing to give honest critiques until Dan discovered his bleeding paper hidden in Vanessa's purse. The real deception, however, may come later when he finds out that she had also applied to Tisch's prestigious writing program. I'm willing to bet that she gets accepted and he doesn't.
Amid all the scandal Monday night, Dorota and Eric's return made me smile to no end. It looks we'll be treated to a wedding next week!
What did you think of the episode? Do you think it's the end of Chuck and Blair?
--Enid PortuguezPhoto: Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf in "Gossip Girl." Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW