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Well, I’ve been meaning to recap the season finale of Gossip Girl all week, but just haven’t had the chance.  So, here it is. 🙂

First off, I want EVERY single prime time soap to take note: Watch the season finale of Gossip Girl…That is how you write a season finale!  It was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

OK, so, the Upper East Side kids are all preparing for their high school graduation.  While preparing together, Blair (Leighton Meester) and Serena (Blake Lively) have a conversation where S tells B that Chuck (Ed Westwick) told S that he loves B.  B then asks S is she has told Chuck that she and Nate (Chace Crawford) have broken up yet.  Serena tells Blair that she has not.

Blair and Serena

Blair and Serena

Meanwhile, Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) sees Nate outside of graduation and they catch up.  Nate apologizes to Vanessa for how he handled things and the events that lead up to their breakup.  She accepts the apology.  Nate then invites Vanessa and Dan (Penn Badgley) to his graduation party.

Nate and Vanessa outside of graduation

Nate and Vanessa outside of graduation

Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and Eric (Connor Paolo) have a conversation about how happy they are that the mean girls are graduating and they wont have to deal with them anymore.  As they converse, the mean girls show up and ask Jenny if she’s going to put her name in the running to become Queen B next year.  Jenny tells them no, but then they introduce Jenny to Emma Boardman (Stella Maeve).  Emma is in the running to become Queen B next year.  Emma has also played with the mean girls before, when Blair was forced to babysit Emma and Emma got in all sorts of trouble.  Upon seeing Emma, Jenny decides that she really doesn’t have a choice but to run for the title herself.  The catch…the girl who comes up with the biggest scoop of gossip by midnight at Nate’s graduation party, gets to become the new queen of Constance Billard.

Eric and Jenny

Eric and Jenny

At graduation, Eleanor (Margaret Colin) and Cyrus (Wallace Shawn) sit behind Rufus (Matthew Settle), Lily (Kelly Rutherford), Jenny, and Eric.  Rufus is already uncomfortable that he and Lily are sitting next to eachother, but then Eleanor and Cyrus make it even more uncomfortable by telling Rufus and Lily what a great couple they make.

Cyrus and Eleanor

Cyrus and Eleanor

The graduates all file in and take their seats.  As the graduation ceremony begins, all the graduates receive a blast from Gossip Girl (voiced by Kristen Bell) on their cell phones.  The blast says: 

“Not so fast. You’re not graduating until I give you my diplomas. Mine are labels, and labels stick. Nate Archibald: Class whore. Dan Humphrey: The ultimate insider. Chuck Bass: Coward. Blair Waldorf: Weakling. And as for Serena van der Woodsen, after today, you are officially irrelevant. Congratulations, everyone. You deserve it.”

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Afterwards, at brunch, Serena vows to take down Gossip Girl once and for all.  She begins trying to figure out how to do so with the help of Blair, Nate, and Chuck.  Meanwhile, Rufus apologizes to Lily and they make up.  Also, Nate talks to his grandfather and tells his grandfather about his affair with the older married woman last summer.  His grandfather is surprised, but promises to protect Nate should the information leak out.  Nate then turns around and tells Chuck that he and Blair broke up.  Serena then asks Dan and Vanessa for help in taking down Gossip Girl.  Dan and Vanessa both turn her down.  So, Serena, Blair, Nate, and Chuck start plotting.  After naming some people who couldn’t be Gossip Girl, Serena decides to send Gossip Girl a text to see whose cell phone in the room starts ringing.  This could determine who Gossip Girl really is.  Serena sends the text…and Jonathan’s (Matt Doyle) phone rings.  Jonathan is Serena’s brother’s, Eric’s, boyfriend.

Jonathan tells the gang that he had broken into Gossip Girl’s account so that he could see all the gossip she was receiving.  However, he is NOT Gossip Girl.  After showing the gang all of the emails that GG has received and hasn’t even used yet, they believe him.  Jenny takes this as an opportunity to find the gossip she needs to become Queen B.  As she looks through, she finds the one piece of gossip that will ensure her title for next year…Blair Waldorf slept with Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington) on New Year’s Eve.  Remember, Jack Bass is Chuck’s uncle AND enemy.
Blair and Jack

Blair and Jack

That night, Lily heads over to Rufus’ place with some beer and a stash of pot that she found in Chuck’s bedroom.  Lily and Rufus proceed to get drunk and high, and he proposes to her.  She accepts!!!  YAY!!!!

Lily and Rufus

Lily and Rufus

Blair and Eleanor have a heart to heart where Blair tells Eleanor that Chuck has not said “I love you” to her yet.  Eleanor tells her daughter not to let Chuck get away with it.

Eleanor and Blair

Eleanor and Blair

At Nate’s party, a drunk Nelly Yuki (Yin Chang) runs up to Dan to tell him something she always wanted to tell him.  However, Serena shows up and Nelly runs off.  Aww, Nelly has a crush on Dan!!!

Nelly Yuki

Nelly Yuki

Jenny approaches Blair to tell B that GG knows the scoop about B and Jack.  She wants to let B know that she’s going to use this gossip to become the new queen next year.  Blair tells Little J that she doesn’t have what it takes to be queen and to shut up.  Little J runs over to the mean girls and tells them that her gossip is too good to wait until midnight and she wants to tell them now.

Blair and Jenny: The Showdown

Blair and Jenny: The Showdown

Blair takes Chuck into a bedroom and begins to undress.  The two start to make out passionately, and then comes a new blast from Gossip Girl…

“Serena just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Since she had to find out the truth about me, I’m going to tell you the truth about everyone. Every gossip bomb I’ve got is about to drop, and if you’ve got a problem with that, take it up with her. Ever wonder why Miss Carr (Laura Breckenridge) left town? It’s because Dan Humphrey had sex with her during the school play…”

GG keeps going, spilling about Jenny’s PG-13 photo shoot (Nate was there), Dan going to jail, Blair and Jack Bass, and Chuck and Vanessa.

Gossip Girl blasts Serena

Gossip Girl blasts Serena

Now the fun begins, as all the kids begin fighting with one another.  Jenny didn’t know Dan was in jail, Dan didn’t know that Jenny posed for some naughty photos in front of Nate, Blair didn’t know Chuck slept with Vanessa, and Chuck didn’t know that Blair slept with Jack. 

The mean girls want to know what gossip Jenny had…however, GG scooped Jenny, and now Jenny has NOTHING.  Chuck takes off after a heated confrontation with Blair, Blair blames Serena for the entire mess, Dan defends Serena and Blair attacks him saying he truly is one of them and that GG was right in calling him the “Ultimate Insider”.   In the bathroom, Blair confronts Jenny and tells Little J that once again Chuck didn’t say “I love you”.  She tells Little J to use this gossip as her leverage to become queen, however, Little J says she just can’t use it.  Blair then tells Jenny that Little J is her queen.  It’s a really sweet moment.

Blast from the past: Vanessa and Chuck

Blast from the past: Vanessa and Chuck

Serena is pissed.  So, she sends a text to Gossip Girl telling GG to meet her at a bar.  Serena is going to find out who this b!tch is!  Nate goes with Serena to the bar and they chit chat.  They wait for over an hour, and then Dan walks in.  Nate wonders if Dan is Gossip Girl, but he says he received a text to meet Serena at the bar…he’s not actually GG.  Blair files in next, then Jenny and Eric, and a whole slew of other kids.  Once all together, they receive a new text from Gossip Girl saying:

“You wanted to meet Gossip Girl? Well, look around. I’m nothing without you. And while most high school friendships fade, it’s my hope that what happened today will bond you forever. Now that all my secrets are out, you have a clean slate. Until college. Congratulations, I’m coming with you.”

Fast forward one week:

Rufus presents Lily with a real engagement ring.  Blair and Serena have made up and Serena is packing to go to Europe for the summer.  Nate walks into a coffee shop where Vanessa and Dan are, and asks Vanessa if she’d still be interested in having him join her on the backpacking trip this summer.  After some hesitation, Vanessa agrees.  Dan strikes up a conversation with some kid and they learn that they’ll both be going to NYU in the fall.  The kids introduces himself as Scott (Chris Riggi).  As Dan, Nate, and Vanessa leaves, Scott shoots Dan a really diabolical look, but Dan doesn’t see it.  Later, Scott makes a phone call to his mother and says he’s in Portland and has met some cool people.  He then looks down at a newspaper article he has of Lily and Rufus.  Scott is their lovechild!!!!

Scott

Scott

Blair takes Jenny to the meeting of the mean girls and declares Jenny queen of Constance Billard.  The mean girls are really pissed, as they were about to crown Emma with that title.  However, once Blair tells them that Little J’s dad is about to marry Lily, making Little J the richest of all of them, they concede, and Jenny begins giving her rules for school next year.

Blair declares Jenny is the new queen!

Blair declares Jenny is the new queen!

Dan gets a call from Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg).  Georgina tells him that the money that Poppy (Tamara Feldman) and Gabrielle (Armie Hammer) stole is back in his account.  He wants to know how, but she doesn’t tell him.  Georgina tells him that she’ll see him next year, which leaves him confused.  They hang up, and we find that Georgina is enrolled at NYU and she is at the student center.  She requests a roommate…Blair Waldorf.  WOO HOO!!!!

Dan and Georgina

Dan and Georgina

Serena packs up the car to leave for Europe and is greeted by Carter Baizen (Sebastian Stan).  Carter has been causing trouble for the gang for 2 years now.  He tells her that he has the info she was seeking when she went to Santorini.  It’s info on her father and where he is!!!  Carter gets in the car with Serena and they head off.

Carter and Serena

Carter and Serena

Chuck finds Blair out on the street, gives her a bunch of gifts, and finally says the three words she’s been wanting to hear “I love you”.  The two have a VERY romantic moment kissing, giggling, and joking.  Fade to black. 

Blair and Chuck

Blair and Chuck

The End!

FANTASTIC episode and the fact that it tied up EVERY single story from all season long was AMAZING!  My hats off to the writers and I cannot WAIT for next season!

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GG LogoOK, so, I’m getting back on track here…

This past Monday night’s episode of Gossip Girl was the episode entitled Valley Girls, the episode set the stage for the possible GG spinoff of the same title.

In the episode, the gang attended prom, and Lily (Kelly Rutherford) reflected on her teen years in LA.

We’ll start off with the prom scenes.  This story starts off with Lily learning that Serena (Blake Lively) has decided to remain in jail to teach Lily a lesson.  However, Dan (Penn Badgley) convinces Serena that she needs to go to prom.  So, Dan convinces Serena’s grandmother to post her bail, and then he has Jenny (Taylor Momsen) design a gown for Serena for prom.  He then picks her up in a cab and takes her to prom. 

Serena goes to prom

Serena goes to prom

Meanwhile, Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate’s (Chace Crawford) prom plans keep getting destroyed from the limo service they chose to take them to prom all the way to Blair’s prom gown getting destroyed.  However, Blair is presented with a gorgeous gown that she had sketched as a little girl and thinks her father sent it to her.  Blair and Nate get to prom to find out they’ve been nominated from Prom King and Queen.  However, the mean girls are planning on making Nelly Yuki (Yin Chang) the winner as a slap in the face to Blair.  Chuck (Ed Westwick) overhears the mean girls and removes all of the dummy votes for Nelly and replaces them with votes for Blair.   Blair sees Chuck with the Nelly votes in his hand and assumes that he was going to rig the competition so Nelly would win.  Blair and Nate are crowned king and queen, and Chuck admits to Serena that he’s the one that made it so Blair would win and he’s the one who had her dream gown made.  Chuck really loves Blair.  Blair does not learn any of this, but while dancing with Nate she comes to the realization that she and Nate are not meant to be and the two break up.

Blair and Nate break up

Blair and Nate break up

Lily turns to Rufus (Matthew Settle) for advice on how to deal with Serena and with her own mother.  Rufus tells Lily that she is still finding herself and that she needs to make amends with her mother and Serena in order to begin progress.  Lily tries to kiss Rufus, but he turns her down.  However, there is definitely still a chance for these two.

Lily reflects on her past

Lily reflects on her past

While all of the shenanigans are going down, Lily reflects on her teen years.  Teen Lily (Brittany Snow) gets kicked out of boarding school and head to L.A. to see her father (Andrew McCarthy).  He basically rejects her and tries to get her back into boarding school, which she refuses.  Lily’s mother (Cynthia Watros) tells Lily to come home, but Lily also refuses her offer.  Instead, Lily goes looking for her sister, Carol (Krysten Ritter).  She finds Carol, falls for a boy, meets her future husband and kicks the crap out of him, and finds herself in jail with Carol.  Carol and Lily decide to live together and they get released from jail. 

A younger Lily with her father

A younger Lily with her father

Now for my opinions.  First, the good.  The episode was ok.  I liked that Blair and Nate finally ended their relationship.  I liked that we got to see a very sweet side of Chuck.  I liked the cast of Valley Girls.  I loved that Nelly Yuki and Dorota (Zuzanna Szadowski) were both featured. 

Dorota and Blair

Dorota and Blair

What I didn’t like.  I felt like the characterization was all over the place.  I didn’t really feel like the characters would react the way they did to certain situations.  I didn’t like how the mean girls went after Blair when they’ve been worshipping her for years.  I didn’t care for the Valley Girls storyline (though I LOVED the 80’s music!).  I was unhappy that Georgina’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) story was dropped completely for the episode.  It kind of felt like the whole episode was out of continuity with what’s been happening lately.  And it didn’t really make that much sense that Lily would be reflecting on her teen years so much throughout the episode.  It just really wasn’t that good in my opinion.

That said, next week’s episode “The Goodbye Gossip Girl” looks AMAZING!  It’s the season finale, and here’s what we know so far…

Blair and Chuck might be getting back together, Gossip Girl launches gossip that ticks off the Upper East Side Gang, Serena goes after Gossip Girl and finds someone that is connected to GG herself, Dan and Serena’s half brother shows up (but we wont know who he is until the last second of the show), Jenny takes Blair’s spot as queen of Constance Billard now that Blair is graduating, Serena hooks up with someone, and Georgina returns to wrap up her storyline.  Plus it’s graduation!  It should be an exciting hour next week!!!

Blair and Serena will be graduating next week!

Blair and Serena will be graduating next week!

So, what did you think of last night’s episode?

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I found this pic earlier today from US Weekly.  It shows off some of the dresses we’ll be seeing at prom this year on Gossip Girl.  Also, I should have some more pics tomorrow from the Gossip Girl episode called “Valley Girls”.  🙂  Enjoy!

Gossip Girl Prom Spread from Us Weekly

Gossip Girl Prom Spread from Us Weekly

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OK, Gossip Girl fans, here’s two little spoilers for the season finale:

1) In the season finale, it has been rumored that Serena will uncover the identity of Gossip Girl herself.  It has been confirmed that Serena will uncover the identity of someone connected to Gossip Girl, but not Gossip Girl herself.  I wonder who it will be???

Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen

Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen

2)  Nate is taking Blair to prom, and Chuck is FURIOUS!  So, Chuck decides he needs to get even…by manipulating things so that Nelly Yuki will become prom queen and not Blair.  Oh, and Dan and Serena will be going to prom together…but only as “friends”. 

Yin Chang as Nelly Yuki and Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf

Yin Chang as Nelly Yuki and Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf