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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 25, "The Goodbye Gossip Girl"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 25, "The Goodbye Gossip Girl"

This week's season finale of Gossip Girl is everything I've come to expect from this show in terms of the way it ties up loose ends. It ties them, and then it unties them, and then it ties them again. All in an hour. The writers basically throw at us everything they've established over the season — and then some.

As Gossip Girl dumps out all the characters' secrets throughout this finale I found myself completely unmoved in terms of shock value. Who can remember what's still a scandalous secret and what's not? And do any of these "secrets" matter much anymore? However, given all that, I still had fun with this episode. What can I say? I'm addicted.

It's all a whirlwind of information that we have to talk about, so


  • First of all, I love Serena logic: "Gossip Girl does not report in college." That's when I knew, without a doubt, Gossip Girl would be reporting in college next year.
  • Vanessa shows up to graduation with her video camera, of course. This gives Nate the opportunity to apologize for dumping her for Blair. Vanessa's all, "That means a lot." Then Nate's all, "Stop by my party." All better.
  • Um, what is Jenny wearing at graduation?! It's kind of hard to root for Little J when she runs around looking like she's been up for 32 hours, drinking.
  • Ha! Dan's name is left off of the graduation program! Congratulations, Don.
  • At graduation, Gossip Girl strikes! And she gives everyone — gasp! — labels. Dan is the "insider," Nate's a "whore" (awesome), and Serena's "irrelevant." However, Nate's "whore" label only refers to the actual exchange of money for sex, not the fact that he's been with every girl on this show, which is what first came to my mind.
  • Could Rufus and Lily be more boring? I love how being "wild and crazy" means sitting on the floor discussing things and reminiscing. And what is in Lily's brown bag that she stole from Chuck? Why do I find it hard to believe Chuck would keep his fun drugs in a grubby paper sack?
  • The best ever, though, is when Serena decides Gossip Girl is going down and then everyone gathers up to think out who it could be (Chuck: "I'm gonna run some stats").
  • Then they're all, "Hang on. It's just occurring to me now that Gossip Girl posts about us a lot. I bet she goes to our school!" It took them until senior year to deduce this?
  • Anyone else still think Gossip Girl might be Nelly Yuki? Were they being obvious about making us think that so that we'd all go, "That's too obvious"? Mind games!
  • Chuck and Blair's little sexy game ("Do you like my headband?"— ha!) was so ridiculous it made me wince and then laugh.
  • The best bomb of the night is Carter's announcement that he found Serena's dad (who we actually met in the '80s flashback as a young d-bag).
  • Finally, Dan's half-brother, who's clearly stalking him, pretends he's going to Europe with Vanessa? OK. They all laugh, though, and then continue with their conversation as if a stranger didn't just interrupt them randomly.

Jenny is crowned queen by Blair and she will destroy the monarchy but first: headbands. Everyone is going to school in New York except for Serena but she'll get there next year, I'm not worried about that. Georgina is going to be roommates with Blair because the way college housing works is anyone can walk into an office and request a room with anyone else and it shall be done. Still, that will be a lot of fun. Finally, Blair and Chuck in love! What did you think of the finale? Jumbled mess? Loads of fun? Or a little of both?

Photos courtesy of The CW

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RyanRachelFan RyanRachelFan 8 years
Georgina = Gossip Girl. It makes sense.
iheartstyle iheartstyle 8 years
haha your points made me laugh, it thought Jenny looked skanky at graduation and also winced at the chuck/blair sex game and i also thought it was strange how the stranger just butted in to their conversation :) i enjoyed the episode though and im looking forward to series 3
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Seriously, these kids are living in dorms? These kids, who have private drivers at their beck and call, who jet off to Paris for macaroons just because? They have incomprehensible amounts of money at their disposal, and they're going to live in dorms? That's just silly.
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 8 years
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
IT WAS A HOT MESS ... but unlike other shows that are have obvious plot lines and vomit inducing dialogue i cannot get enough of gossip girl. when serena waged war on gg & ... blair : ill gather intel chuck: ill run some stats i had a hysterical laughing fit.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 8 years
man im glad yall told me that the mystery dude is dans half-brother. while watching the show i was thinking... "omg a gay love interest?" - seriously, lol. im so dumb sometimes.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Oh, also! I don't understand why any of these kids would be living in student housing at college. I expected them all to move right into lavish condos furnished by their parents.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
piglette33...Yes, you're correct. Ugly Betty and Blair wore the same cardigan on their respective shows. I tried it on around Easter at a store, and it was cute, but it is also way too expensive. Interesting how the same piece of clothing can look so great on one person and so bad on another. Just proof that designers are creating clothing for the "ideal" body shape, and not for everyone....
lullavonn lullavonn 8 years
Oh Buzz, I had so anxiously waited for your recap. Great remarks and have to go with jungled mess. So many thoughts as well. - As many of you agreed, the tassel on the hair S, seriously?! Even celebs wear graduation caps when receiving a diploma. - Just like Sham28 mentioned above. Hopefully GG has the dark twisted glamorous plots that the first season had, given that there were fewer episodes last season (strike). - Little J annoys the hell out of me, good to see B being nice to her though. - The Chuck-Blair part was a little predictable, off course he was going to say I love you. I was never a Chuck or C&B fan for that matter, but hopefully their plot line stays hot unlike the Don & S's drama lost somewhere between Georgina and Gabriel... - The intro to the "Lilly Show" prevented the Poppy/Georgina story to be further explored. I still believe that they robbed us our prom episode! not fun at all. - One of my favorite parts last season was seeing the four of them (B,S,N and C) team up against Georgina. We got a little taste of that when they wanted to take down GG, ha! Sure it's going to happen at the end of season TWO. Overall pretty good and as you said Buzz, very predictable GG material. All I really hope for is that the show doesn't start taking wrong turns and eventually end up at a closed street, the OC dilemma that is.
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
The voice of Gossip Girl is Kristen Bell. She's not actually in the show as a character...
Aurora-87 Aurora-87 8 years
I am happy that Chuck and Blair are together. The last scene was great. I thought Serena challenging GG was bold. I still hope that GG is Doroda. lol Jenny will make a good queen bee. She will really shake things up. I loved the scene where Blair told off her old crew.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 8 years
This episode made me feel wayyy to old for it. I was kind of embarrassed while watching it haha but of course i will continue, its the closest thing left to the O.C - R.I.P
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
i might be the only one who doesn't want chuck and blair together.i was happy to see them together but chuck is suppose to be a playboy.i just couldn't stand his crying and being all emotional.i just don't see chuck like that.i also don't like jenny being the queen bee.she is just a mess i just can't picture her popular and she is definitely not someone i would look up to.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
i loved it. it was sweet. true they crammed in a bunch of junk, but hey, i finally got what i wanted. i don't think the characters will ever find out who gossip girl is, but we might. serena was very annoying last night, although she said one of my favorite lines. "It's not like we stay up braiding each others hair." & once again, can the writers please kill off Nate. vanessa too. I'm so happy. He told her he loved her. That's all i wanted. I mean they probably will have a bad summer, but it was a very loveydovey moment, in a good way.
cheytown cheytown 8 years
I hate that Serena did not wear a cap just the tassle. That cap is like every young person's rite of passage into the real world. It looks bad on everyone and its tradition come on!
mrsStephanieJ mrsStephanieJ 8 years
I thought this episode was a jumbled mess. -uncovering Gossip Girl's identity on season 2 finale? seriously. -My favorite part was when Blair & Serena left lunch & Blair stopped & posed for the photographers before getting in the limo. -I hated the tassle in Serena's hair as well. -Vanessa & Nate? Again? But how else would she be on the show next year. -I like Blair & Chuck together but if they keep doing this, on again, off again thing, it's going to get old. Fast. Regardless, this is still my favorite show, I hope that next season is more like the first, or better than all the rest. Lots of room for improvement.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Ridiculous episode. I've said it before, but I think I'm getting over Gossip Girl.
kia kia 8 years
I was hoping for more from the season finale. It was just o.k. Luckily there was a good deal of Chuck Bass on the screen. Little J does NOT look like a girl who likes to play board games for her b-day. I am thrilled to see what happens with Georgina, Serena + Eric's dad, and Dan's stalker brother. Anyone think it could be Penelope? The girl is not dumb. And seriously why did no one know about Jonathan's GG hacking activity? That was weird. Lastly, if any people choose to wear their graduation tassels in their hair in the next few weeks they deserve to be taunted in public for being tools.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
- Jumbled mess AND lots of fun. And I'm with you on Nate - I actually completely forgot about the sex for money until he mentioned it, and just assumed that were talking about the fact that he's a big man slut. - I'm looking forward to the family drama with Dan's brother next season. It'll be nice to have something new - this season's drama was about to get boring. - Blair and Chuck forever!
piglette33 piglette33 8 years
1. I can't wait for Serena and the new half-brother to almost hook up. It's too Gossip Girl not to be done! 2. Best. Thing. Ever! Chuck bringing Blair Pierre Herme macarons from Paris!! I might've swooned more if he had brought her Laduree macarons, but, really, I'm not picky. 3. You'd think Johnathan might've given Eric or Serena the heads up about having hacked GG. 4. Vanessa is just plain silly. She took Nate back after the older woman, she took Nate back after Jenny, now she's taking Nate back after Blair AND after he completely and publicly blew off their (already made) plans to go interrailing. Here, Vanessa have some spinal cord growth pills. You sure need them. 5. Are we really meant to believe Blair would stay in a dorm room? And even if she did, she'd have a little Excel spread sheet with plausible roommate material, which she would choose from. 6. I had completely forgotten Dan was in jail with Chuck.
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