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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 18, "Much 'I Do' About Nothing"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 18, "Much 'I Do' About Nothing"

I'm a little sad to report that I'm feeling underwhelmed by last night's season finale of Gossip Girl. I've been trying to get my head around what exactly seemed "off" last night because we were definitely treated to some great one-liners, a lot of good Chuck moments, and we even witnessed Dan scheming alongside Blair. On the surface, last night was everything we could have asked for from Gossip Girl, so why did it fall flat?

I think they actually gave us too much, too fast and didn't leave us with much of a finale cliffhanger. Regardless of how anti-climactic many of the scenes felt, there was still a lot that went down and so we must discuss. You can take Geek's quiz here, and for the rest of my thoughts,


  • The Georgina story has been building now for weeks, her evilness reaching new lows with every lie. You expect someone like that to go out swinging, in a fiery blaze of defeat just before she is about to cause permanent damage to everyone involved. But instead, Georgina dissolved into a spoiled child who was more scared of her parents than anything else, and what's more, this was all resolved a mere ten minutes into the program. A little disappointing right? I mean, it was getting so good.
  • Even Rufus and Lily sputtered out without much ado. These two are supposed to have powerful star-crossed lovers tension and yet they are so, well, adult about their feelings for each other. That's no fun. When Rufus shows up at Lily's wedding they kind of shrug, say they love each other and then Rufus goes, "Have a nice wedding!" Oh. How wonderful, I'm so glad everyone is so cordial. Where is the drama in that?!
  • I did like how the lovely morning music screeched to a stop at the opening of the episode when Blair realized she was in Chuck's arms. Chuck's response, "We were up late plotting against Georgina, we must have dozed off."
  • Speaking of plotting, everyone was extremely self-aware this week, including Dan who sought help from Blair to get back at Georgina and said, "This is so weird, I don't usually do plots against people."
  • I loved when Gossip Girl chimed in with, "Poor Humphrey. Looks like our regular moral compass, isn't such a straight arrow after all.”
  • Rufus is going on tour with The Breeders! That's actually pretty cool.
  • Ugh, was anyone annoyed with the did-he-didn't-he sleep with Georgina issue? But I loved how Serena was just like, "la-la-la, I don't want to hear it" and kept running away from Dan.
  • Meanwhile, it is hammered home that Chuck's love for Blair brings out the good, decent person in him which is, as Blair tells Serena, awfully ironic given Blair's general disposition. Still, she lets herself get swept away by Chuck's charm (ha!) and grosses out Serena by talking about how sexy he is.
  • Just as many of us predicted, Dan could not stick it out with Serena and he broke up with her. However, I thought he sounded awfully sanctimonious when he yelled, "I got seduced by someone else because of your lies!" Um, no. I'm pretty sure the only one responsible for Dan getting seduced was Dan. Let's take a little ownership here, buddy.
  • So Dan and Serena break up, Chuck and Blair are in love, Nate and Chuck are friends again, and Jenny gets an internship with Blair's mom for the summer. So, they skip ahead one week. At this point I think I blurted out, "Really?!" How much can they squeeze into one finale?
  • And before I can even process anything that has happened (heartbreak for Lonelyboy and S, Chuck and B together), every relationship changes. Again.

  • I get that Blair and Chuck have more sparks apart from each other than together, but still. Did they have to break them up that fast? We are talking a commercial break here. I'm confused why Josh Schwartz and gang wouldn't want to take their time with Chuck and Blair's story — a couple episodes of them falling in love so that their inevitable implosion is that much more heartbreaking and/or fabulous.

In the end, Chuck can't commit to Blair and gives in to guest star Lydia Heart's charms. But Blair finds her own random hottie on her way to Europe for the summer. And, of course, as soon as Dan is single, so is Vanessa. She made me laugh when she admitted that Nate was prettier than her. So that leaves Nate and Serena, alone, together. Probably going to the Hamptons. Sigh. What did you think? Was the season finale fun or were you left feeling a little cold?

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wildflower666 wildflower666 9 years
their dress are cute.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 9 years
When does the new season start?!?!?! I miss it!
saira-xo saira-xo 9 years
They shoulda just stuck to the book where Georgina was some crazy girl Nate meets in Rehab. That whole plot with her and Serena was lame.
designerel designerel 9 years
Haha about the Blake Lively fake boobs comment, I honestly think they are all hers. In "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" she had a banging body and she was like 17 at the time of filming. I know girls can still get boob jobs that young but... I don't know. I think they are real. She is just blessed with one freaking hot body. And I'm not afraid to admit it!
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Okay first of all I usually post my comments on the first day the blog is posted, but I've been out so here it goes. I'll start with the person I care about the least, Little J. How can she be involved with Parsons if she supposedly made that hideous dress for Vanessa. That was disgusting."Here's my latest creation." Eww! Maybe you shouldn't have created it. I think the writers or stylist just hate Vanessa. I know she isn't rich but common you had to put her in that dress. The only thing interesting about that storyline was that she would have to work with Eleanor Waldorf which means we'll get our dose of bitchyness next season because of Blair being her daughter. And I agree why put Vanessa and Nate together if you are gonna end them so fast. Maybe Vanessa told him what Blair told her about him always being in love with Serena and he confessed. That would have been interesting if it was true,maybe it could be. So angry that Lily married Bart whom I now have another reason to hat. She should have been with Rufus.I'm so mad that Rufus, after hearing every reason she backed off, let her go again. Common man fight for the woman its gonna kill you. That totally just reminded me of Mr.Brightside by the Killers. Anyways. WTF? Georgina was so interesting and the two people she is most afraid of are her parents? Are you serious? Some of the lines from that scene totally saved that disaster of the throwdown of Georgina. Georgina: You didn't see the place they sent me. It was in Utah. At least I landed longer than Lohan. That was absolutely hilarious. I also loved loved Blair's line,"Haven't you heard? I'm a crazy bitch around here." She's damn right. She is definitely the only character worthy of the line. I also loved when Dan was telling her how he has never schemed against anyone before and she goes,"Okay virgin, I'll guide you through the steps." That's so classic. Lets discuss Dan and Serena now. They're relationship has never amused or intrigued me, but it was still a bit more annoying. I was entirely confused by them and I also would have liked it if the scene with them being the last two on the dance floor was the ending. BTW. Completely off topic or not, I loved S's dress.I mean considering it was a bridesmaid dress it was absolutely gorgeous. Finally for the two people that once against stole the show, Chair or Bluck. Every scene they were in was terrific. When she woke up in his arms and he says, "We were up late plotting against Georgina, we must have dozed." Blair:"Yeah and you were on the floor." Chuck:"I didn't want to mess up my back." That was so hilarious. I also love it when she tells him, "I never known you to do any excerise." or something like that and he goes,"I think we both know that's not entirely true." Blair: " Fine nothing that involved you removing your scarf" Chuck: "That was one time and it was chilly." I couldn't stop laughing. Blair:Don't worry I can be bitchy enough for both of us. Chuck: I still got the scars on my back to prove it. Chuck: You know they say when you love something you should set it free. Blair: And they say when you hate something you should slam the door in its face. Chuck: I love it when you talk dirty to me Blair. I completely love the fact that Chuck admitted his love for Blair to Nate. And Nate was surprised but sort of encouraged him. And how cute is it that she inspired the best man speech. I also loved it that he wanted them to take it slow. Blair: Chuck Bass I never you to be a romantic. Chuck: Well now you know. That was so cute, I fell in love with him even more. And I loved it that they were going to spend the summer together, but then. Oh ! I stated earlier that I now had another reason to hate Bart Bass. He completely ambushed his son with all this stuff and I'm sorry, but it seemed like he did it on purpose. I completely forgot that Lydia Hearst was guest starring and I hope that that was the one and only time. Maybe Chair can still be together, I mean he did send that he would be taking another plane. Maybe he just needed to get one last romp out of the way and I'm glad she won't be entirely hurt because she got someone else at the last minute too, but still.OH well I will still be rooting them on next season.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
Oh and Rufus and Lilly? WTF? I totally thought they were going to get together or he was going to go stop the wedding but no. Lame.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
oh and Nate/Vanessa was confusing. If they were going to split like that why did they even include it?
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
I agree with KDwxgirl. I think that the strike had a lot to do with why it was so rushed. I did generally like the episode though. I think they want us to think everyone is happy and all hell is going to break loose next season. I was annoyed by them breaking up Chuck and B so soon. The girl Chuck most likely screwed was really ugly. Dan really made me mad too. He wasn't even listening to Serena. I do wish she would have just told him to begin with. I think Georgina will be back. When she does come back, I think they'll explain why she's so afraid of her parents. Did anyone else think that Gossip Girl's end monologue didn't really sound like Kristen Bell?
kia kia 9 years
It was lame. Georgina selling her show pony for coke was the best!
lynbird lynbird 9 years
I knew Chuck wore his scarf during sex!
jjd7cc jjd7cc 9 years
oh and nate and serena better not hook up!!! that would be so cliche!
jjd7cc jjd7cc 9 years
it totally sucked. i love the show but that episode just sucked. i sucks even more coz it stands as a finale. sucky finale ever written.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
i was underwhelmed but alas still in love w/ GG the georgie thing could have been wrapped up a bit better...maybe showing some sort of cop involvement for leaving the scene of a crime or something? accomplice? then have her rot in jail for a little bit and really come out swinging... vanessa's hair flower and blair's hair flower should have totally started fighting w/ each other..b/w vanessa's fug dress and the hair flowers in a scene together @ the same time it was WAY too much for me! eh i care abou roooofus and lil but really...not all that much... serena and that's it? roar... i loathe vanessa and dan together they better not hook up.... serena and nate summer lovin? i love chuck...he's the best who really cares if him and blair are together as long as they remain the evil lil monkeys they fun!
RiceGirlReese RiceGirlReese 9 years
Like the vast majority of you, I was completely underwhelmed/disappointed with the finale. I dont think I'll be tuning in for next season.
irkutza irkutza 9 years
although the sneak peak looked great and I thought this will be the best episode, it disapointed me. I think Chuck and Blair are great together, Serena and Dan are owful together The characters that should be kept in the next season are Blair, Chuck, Serena and Nate. Dan is irritating , ugly , and not interesting at all. Jenny is trying to hard and their father too..The hole family is a mess. Vanessa... Nate should do more things , because he's kind of boring.In the book his a junkie and always is coming up with something new ,that makes Blair crazy , and their relationship interesting... Dan is with Vanessa in the book, but still I don't understand why this characters have to appear.. Serena is with interesting guys in the book , and I think that the TV Show should follow the book example. They tottaly ruined the episode, when Chuck didn't followed Blair. I hope Serena and Dan will stay as far as they can of each other. I hope that the next season won't disapoint us , because I felt like this epsiode totally ruined the story and made me realize that S, B, D , C and all the rest are only characters , and I'll better whatch The Hills, because there things can't be so forced like in GG.
Bubblegum2000 Bubblegum2000 9 years
I am SO disappointed! No climax, no real relationship, no logic... They wanted so much drama they made something totally ridiculous. I'm not even waiting for the next season.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
The finale didn't do it for me because they left no cliff hangers in the finale. I loved Blair's entire look for the wedding and hated Vanessa's orange mess. I'm still going to tune in when season 2 comes rolling around.
mlen mlen 9 years
ok i didn't watch it yet but judging from all the comments- maybe one reason they broke serena and dan up right now is cause of rufus and lily? i mean think about it- they wanted to be together but promised their kids they wouldn't be? (or lily did at least) and then so sticks to her word and what happends to her daughter? o right she breaks up with dan! so now the kids aren't together but lily is stuck married to bart. kinda an interesting twist to it
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
oh & i loved chuck this episode TILL the end when he ditched blair.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
totally disappointed by the finale. the penultimate should have been the season finale. this episode had no OMFG moments. the finale would have been a good episode to stat with though the did rush the chuck/blair story. and the rufus/lily story sucked this episode. too understanding. i mean their story should have been way more tourtured and hurting.
tulipsaki tulipsaki 9 years
I think Jenny will be brought in to annoy Blair because she'll really impress Blair's mother. But enough of her. She's annoying. Chuck going off with that girl? Somehow, I don't think he's making it to Europe at all. Blair is supposed to go to her dad's and it looks like after a fling with hot dude, she'll be back and ready to take down Lydia Hearst and Chuck. It's kind of cute that Chuck gets excited by Blair playing rough with him, but anyway.... Serena is better off without Dan. Why does she keep trying to live up to his pretentiousness?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I thought it was OK. The way things ended was fine with me. I said towards the beginning of the episode that those were the three couples I wanted together and then, interestingly, it happened at the very end! I think one of my favorite things was Lydia Hearst. I knew she was going to be on, so I looked for her the whole episode!
Papaver Papaver 9 years
I'm not a fan of Dan and Serena pairing but their interaction in this episode was truly heartbreaking. "He's gone, you can let go now." "I don't wanna let go" I shed a tear I must admit. But what I don't get is Chuck - he admits he LOVES Blair, tells her he wants to take it slow,is a perfect gentelman for a week and then Bart lectures him about FEELINGS and evilChuck is back just like that? He knows Blair and he knows she doesn't want to change him. That's why they are so perfect together. I'm still rooting for these two.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 9 years
Yeah, I'm with you Buzz. The last 2 epis seemed really rushed to me. Ah wells. I know with the shortened season they had to progress the storyline somewhow. Ah wells. I am excited about next season tho. The last 10 minutes left us with sneak peeks of what to expect next fall. And I'm so glad to see that CHUCK is BACK!
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
After the strike, the number of episodes left to be filmed got cut by almost half. Therefore, there was a lot of information to get into the finale and a lot of plot points to point out/resolve. I think if the strike hadn't happened and they had time to film those 'extra' episodes, the finale wouldn't have felt so rushed. There was a lot crammed in to get to where they needed to get for this season to end.
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