In my very first post here on Popinions, I dubbed Gossip Girl "the best show you're not watching". I totally lied.
In my defense, at the time, Gossip Girl really was good. The Blair/Dan set up had a wonderful slow build, the promise of what disaster the publication of Dan's book would bring was ripe with possibilities and they had finally figured out what to do with Nate (stand there and look pretty while baking special brownies). It looked like it was going to be an awesome season. But after episode four, in which the upper east siders got their hands on Dan's book and turned against him, the show took a nose dive. Serena went from job to job, bitching out people for not loving her the most. Chuck decided to get his life together which is problematically against everything that we love about Chuck. Pregnant Blair sat around trying to keep her prince baby daddy while still truly being in love with Mr. Bass. And Dan? I think he got drunk at some point. And maybe got into a twitter war. I don't know. I've tried to block it out.
This week, however, the show tried to make amends for putting all of its characters into a corner this season. As an overall episode, it wasn't that hot (and clearly all that wardrobe money took away from much needed stunt work). But the episode did right a lot of its wrongs, setting up what could be a much better second half of the season. First and foremost..Dan and Blair had scenes with each other! These two really are so much better when together and my heart broke for Dan the whole episode long as he struggled to tell Blair how he felt as she was torn between the other two men in her life.