Gossip Girl finally aired their famous Thanksgiving episode, “It’s Really Complicated” (inspired by the Nancy Meyers‘ rom-com of the same name). As always, the holiday consisted of 98 percent drama and 2 percent food. But to quote Blair, “What is Thanksgiving without a side of drama and pie?”

The Players:

Episode Title: “It’s Really Complicated”

Serena and Dan throw their first Thanksgiving together, inviting their closest friends. Unfortunately, everyone has their own agenda for attending. Chuck feels defeated by his father and begins a downward spiral, leaving Blair to solve his problems. Meanwhile, Dan has written his latest exposé, but must decide whether to publish it, knowing it could destroy a close friendship.

The Good:

  • The Stripper: In order to get past The Empire’s doorman, Blair creates a distraction by dressing in disguise. We never thought we’d see Blair put on a skimpy Native American costume and call herself a stripper. What was great was that even Chuck, in all his rage and depression, wasn’t able to resist her charms.
  • Serena Calls Dan Her First Love:  Steven tries to win Serena back. He slams down her recycled relationship with Dan, and tells her he loves her. But she defends Dan, telling him, “He’s my first love. He’ll always be.” In those moments, Serena comes off as the sweet, loving and naive girl from Season one. Gotta love her.
  • Dan Continues Being A Jerk, Gets Punched:  Dan played Serena like a fool (and got punched). Everything, from the stopped elevator to the Vespa ride, was part of his plan to humiliate her. All Dan cared about was his story. We know it’s easy to hate him for being mean, heartless and dull. But the truth is he’s just fighting fire with fire. He was made to feel like an outsider when all he wanted was to be accepted and respected by those who supposedly cared about him. Cece once told him that he would never be one of them. But through scheming and lying, he made it inside the circle. He might not be wanted or loved, but Dan Humphrey has finally become a force to be reckoned with. He’s the lonely boy who could.
  • Bringing Down Bart: Chuck is able to get Lily on his team. With the help of Blair, the two prove to Lily that Bart may have had something to do with the deaths of two important people, who were linked to the illegal oil deal. We’re glad Lily finally got onboard. She’s the only grown-up who ever loved and appreciated Chuck.

Best Lines:

  • “Where’s Monkey? I found his crying at my door comforting.” –Chuck
  • “Further instructions will come forth from my avatar, Dorota.” –Blair
  • “Chuck has hit bottom. All he does now is drink in bed and argue with Monkey.” –Nate
  • “You just cost my dim-witted doorman his holiday bonus.” –Chuck
  • “Nate, I came up here to make out, not to watch you and Chuck play Wikileaks.” –Sage

The Bad:

  • Awkward Product Placement:  Did anyone else notice the awkward shot of Serena’s computer? We couldn’t actually see a label, so we don’t know if it was bad editing or product placement. It dragged on for a while. We’re sure GG is guilty of this type of advertising, but it’s never been this obvious. Has it?
  • The Punch: Nate finally makes himself useful by defending Serena’s “honor” and punching Dan in the face. Unfortunately, he doesn’t look quite as badass.
  • Lonely Rufus: The shot of Rufus eating pecan pie all by himself was so depressing. We know he’s not the most exciting character on the show, but he doesn’t deserve a lonely Thanksgiving. He makes waffles! It was so heartbreaking.

Overall:

Two more episodes and that’s it. Gossip Girl will be done for good. There are so many questions left to answer. What’s Dan’s plan? Will Bart Bass go to prison? Will he send Nate to prison? Will Blair and Chuck get their happily-ever-after? Who will Serena end up with? And who the hell is Gossip Girl? Last night’s episode was like any other, dramatic and delicious. The best parts were definitely the ones with Chuck and Blair. They’re the most amazing power couple. We’re rooting for them.

Rating: 7/10

Gossip Girl airs Mondays at 9 p.m on the CW.

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