Gossip Girl is dead, long live Gossip Girl!
What just happened?! It’s an end of an era! Another show that I started watching in my teens ended last night. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get tissues just yet, because Gossip Girl said farewell in style with a lot of OMG moments! All That Cubeness decided to make it a special review of the series’s last episode with lot’s of pictures and a (little) note on every big and small plot twist. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be the longest All That Cubeness review ever!
The episode starts right where we left off last week. Chuck and Blair bailing the scene with a little help from Georgina Sparks. I had a few doubts about them trusting Georgina, but luckily the girl did the right thing for once. PS: Where Chuck and Blair really in the trunk?! Hilarious! After that we see the police visit Chair’s family and friends. Seeing Eleanor almost faint when Dorota and Cyrus implicated that Blair and Chuck might have something to do with Bart death was funny too. Also Nate realizing he is dating a minor, bravo mister Archibald!
The missing couple was found easily by Uncle Jack Bass (“Blair, you can come on out. Uncle Jack’s here to help.”). Of course Jack would install a tracking device on Chuck’s limo. They try to plot their way out of the current mess of the NYPD searching for them. Blair’s idea: “Can you help us get out of here? A… a nice deserted island with no extradition treaties? We don’t need money. We can live off the land.” Nobody sees that happening, right? But after Jack talking about her spearfishing in a coconut bikini, you just totally pictured them on that island for a second. But there is a way to solve this mess. Clearly Jack Bass has been watching Revenge because he suggests to pull a Victoria and Conrad Grayson (getting married because it comes with spousal privilege which means that a wife cannot be forced to testify against her husband).
Chuck and Blair get married. Okay it was probably the least romantic proposal ever because of the circumstances, but Chuck made it up to us by demanding to marry in front of their family and friends. With the help of the dream scheme team (Georgina Sparks and Jack “I love the both of you” Bass) they gather everyone at the Met to plan a wedding at the Bethesda Fountain (bravo on the music choice at the Met: It’s Time by Imagine Dragons). But before that Jack arranges the wedding rings: “The choice was between Byzantine cross and Egyptian snake.” Chuck’s response: “I assume, like attracted like, and you went with the snake?” Jack again: “You know me well, nephew.” Aww where was Jack Bass this whole season? Let’s get back to the wedding part. Blair in a beautiful blue Elie Saab dress uses Cyrus’s line against him (“I think that is enough.”) when the sirens come closer to their fabulous spot in the park. Which leads to the I do’s à la Chair!
Cyrus: “Do you, Chuck, take Blair to be your lawfully wedded wife?”
Chuck: “Three words. Eight letters.”
Cyrus: “Blair, do you take Chuck to be your lawfully wedded husband?”
Blair: “One word. Three letters. Yes!”
They kiss and you can see Chuck in his white tuxedo with blue sparkly bow tie saying “I love you” to Blair right after that, but I think the soundguys forgot to put it in. Ah whatever, they were married right on time! The only thing missing was Blair correcting her name to the officer (it’s Mrs. Blair Bass, now!). PS: what was Georgina carrying in that box?! Although I loved seeing her running around (or at least trying to run) in her enormous heels.
The reveal of Gossip Girl: the ultimate writing outsider Dan Humprey. Dan comes clean to Serena about his writings and more specifically the reason why he started Gossip Girl. Yes, dear readers Dan Humprey is Gossip Girl! I think (in the end) it was brilliantly done. First of all we got a flashback with a pre-season 1 party. Didn’t they all look fabulous?! Stoner Nate, Chuck chasing ladies with his signature scarf, Blair organizing the party and Serena being tipsy. Plus for Blair’s sense of humor, because we all know she was battling her own bulimia: “O.M.G! Kati just puked on her Prada! She is taking pictures with her cell phone. We have to go wish her happy barfday!”
Right before the wedding Serena and Blair have a heart to heart about Dan: “S., we all hoped that Humble Humphrey would overcome his Brooklyn roots to join a higher social strata. I mean, after all, it’s the American dream. But let’s face it. In his case, the dream has died.” But Serena really wants to give him another chance. It turns out Blair is wrong and Serena is right, when right after the rushed ceremony a Spectator blast pops up on everyone’s mobile phone! Which leads to…
The moment everyone finds out, part I: the return of a few familiar faces. Well done, GG writers. We saw Lola, Juliet (and a lot of fingers pointed to her in the online dicussions about Gossip Girl’s identity), Vanessa and even Little J.’s crazy partner/model Agnes! The CW really knows how to promote their other shows in another show’s episode – not that Arrow needs that. Plus how hilarious was it that even N.Y. mayor Bloomberg had a cameo?!
Want to know at which part I freaked-out the most? Kristen Bell and Rachel Bilson having a cameo on the show! Okay, I know that it has nothing to do with Gossip Girl (besides seeing Kristen Bell pronounce her famous lines on screen for once), but those two actresses played two of my favorite characters on teen television (Veronica Mars on VM and Summer Roberts on the O.C.)! Plus I have to say that’s really a smart move of Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz to call Rachel, because it might even draw some attention (and hopefully more viewers) to their new show Hart of Dixie. Start watching that show, people it’s good!
The moment everyone finds out, part II: the reason behind Gossip Girl. Dan’s voice-over including that montage of old scenes gave me goosebumps: “The Upper East Side was like something from Fitzgerald or Thackeray… teenagers acting like adults, adults acting like teenagers, guarding secrets, spreading gossip, all with the trappings of truly opulent wealth. And membership in this community was so elite, you couldn’t even buy your way in. It was a birthright… a birthright I didn’t have and my greatest achievements would never earn me. All I had to compare to this world was what I’d read in books. But that gave me the idea. If I wasn’t born into this world, maybe I could write myself into it. I’d overheard enough conversations to be able to mimic the language of the Constance girls, but every writer needs his muse. And it wasn’t until that photo of Serena in the white dress that I knew I had something strong enough to actually create a legend and launch a website. Within weeks, I was getting dozens of e-mails with stories about Upper East Siders, so I posted them anonymously. And then I got more. Before lon it was a monster. Everyone was sending tips. And when Serena came back from boarding school, I wrote my first post about me… Lonely Boy… the outsider, the underdog. I might’ve been a joke, but at least people were talking about me.”
The moment everyone finds out, part III: the gang discussing suspects. Jack giving Dan credits and everyone discussing suspects was so much fun after that. Here are some awesome moments and quotes from that scene: Georgina claiming to be more awesome than Dan by stealing the website and commenting on Nate’s theory: “And you’re the only one who owns a hoodie.” Which is totally true. Plus Nate still claiming he never sent tips to Gossip Girl and Georgina calling him “Saint Nate”.
One of the best moments was Dorota freaking out so much she asks Jack Bass to make her a very specific vodka (“Uh, vodka on the rocks. Big glass, not too many rocks. Three olives.”) and he looks at her with a “what the hell” face! It got even better when Jack brings the drink out and Chuck thinks Jack made that for him. Dorota explains it with: “Miss Blair, I… I so worried about you and, uh, Mr. Chuck, and brain exploding from Lonely Boy news. I need vodka.” After Blair said she always suspected Dorota of being Gossip Girl, Dorota took another big sip of her drink. Her poor nerves.
Chuck always suspected Gossip Girl to be one of them. Blair thought Dorota. Serena suspected Eric and later Rufus to be Gossip Girl. Rufus thought it was Nate (really?!), Georgina (still totally self-centered) asks “Did anyone think it could be me?” and Jack responded casually with “My money was on the blonde broad in London.”
I’m still not sure if Blair’s response was in character at the end of the scene. It was definitely fitting for the high school Blair, but the grown-up version of her? Although having power was and is still very important to her. Either way I liked her conclusion “So, I guess that means it’s all over now, that we can all grow up and move on.” and Dan’s response: “Yeah. Gossip Girl’s dead.”
By the way Bart’s death was ruled an accident, because there was no actual evidence of Chuck being on the roof (there weren’t any witnesses either, except his wife who doesn’t have to testify). Problem solved! Also Lily didn’t have much work to do for Bart’s funeral, because she used the arrangements of his first funeral and got help from the father of her children, William Van Der Woodsen. The wrap up of the whole Battle of the Basses was in the end very easy! (I hear you thinking: couldn’t they have done that sooner? But let’s not go there, shall we? I’m going to stay on my pink and perfect GG cloud for now.)
How everyone ended up at the end of the show. There were some early departures in the episode. Sage left to type the Gossip Girl story at the Spectator and was nowhere to be found afterwards. After annoying us all these episodes in season six, it felt a little bit weird she didn’t get a better send off. Even Ivy did better! Ivy was dumped by William for Lily (yawn…) but she decided to write a bestseller about her con-artist adventures, which was turned into a movie starring Olivia Burke (1/3 of a famous threesome) and Lola Rhodes! Seems appropriate.
Dorota is still working for Blair. Chuck is still adoring Blair and being the best and proudest father ever! Their son Henry is such a mini Chuck and super adorable! Plus it finally seems that Chair have the stable relationship they deserve and I think that they might love each other even more after seeing them exchanging looks at Derena’s wedding. PS: I adored Blair’s dress!
We even saw Eric and Jenny return for a few seconds. It sad they didn’t get more screentime, but it seems that Jenny is working on “J for Waldorf” these days. Also Lily and Rufus looked very friendly and I even thought for a second that they were back together, before we saw William appear at Lily’s side and Lisa Loeb next to Rufus. OMG! Plus how great was it that Lily who has married for a million times had wedding jitters and Serena didn’t?! Also Cyrus and Eleanor were still going strong.
Nate is a successful businessman with the Spectator who’s probably going to run for mayor. According to an interview with Stephanie Savage Nate is so focused on work he doesn’t have a lady by his side in five years. Who would have expected that from the former classwhore and cougar chaser?! I wouldn’t have mind Nate dating someone, but this way wasn’t a letdown either. It seemed like Nate really found his way.
One of the best twists was our dream scheme team hooking up! How cute was it that Georgina had her hand in Jack’s hair and shook his head. They make an adorable couple and seem to be perfect for each other. I think one of GG’s best matches ever. I’m even a little disappointed that we never saw them (Georgack – pronounce it with a French accent) get together before.
But everything really ends with the couple the story once began with. Isn’t it romantic that you can talk trash about a girl on a website to win her over and actually succeed in the end?! Well people that’s the story of Serena and Dan. I must admit they never looked happier and Serena looked absolutely stunning in her wedding gown. It reminded me a little bit of a phoenix – which rises from it’s own ashes. Super appropriate in the case of Derena.
Although the GG writers were right in the end with “There will always be someone on the outside, wanting to get in.” I didn’t think the close-ups of the new Constance and St. Judes students were necessary (including the similar clothes to the core characters and the Dan Humprey kid walking very awkwardly down the street). But these are just semantics. Looking at the episode as a whole it was really great! Even when some storylines had to be rushed. Our final rating is a 10-. Thank you cast, crew and creators for this lovely show. It had it’s ups and downs, but when the show was good it became great immediately! It ended like a true fairytale…
And they lived happily ever after!