Gossip Girl Season 6 Review “It’s Really Complicated” – It’s Really Not


I found the title of this week’s episode of Gossip Girl, “It’s Really Complicated,” sadly ironic. If anything, this belated Thanksgiving offering, the beginning of the final three episodes of the series, was anything but complex. Basically…and I cannot stress this enough and I don’t even care if my attitude towards him has driven readers away, because there’s two episodes left and then there will be no more reviews to comment on…but Dan totally got punched in the face.

It was awesome.

Why did he get punched? Because even though his feelings for Serena were wildly ambiguous throughout the entire episode, when it came right down to it, Dan proved himself to be a petty, jealous, insecure little boy when…just as he did with Blair…he absolutely couldn’t stand Serena even talking to an ex-boyfriend. Although he’d written two versions of his Serena chapter, he told his editors to publish the bad one, a move that got him dumped, punched and cast out of the Upper East Side.

Of course, he later told Rufus that it was part of his plan and that he was okay with their hate because at least they weren’t looking down on him, but that smells like the same crap American Idol failures tell themselves when they don’t get a ticket to Hollywood. Dan’s so-called “truth” is nothing more than the smudged view of the world that he sees through the lens of his envy and self-loathing. Had he more confidence, pride and trust, he would have won Serena years ago and been very happy. Now he’s just a bomb site. There’s nothing left but anger and bitterness.

Very different than Chuck who started the episode off as a shell of his former self, determined to drink ALL THE SCOTCH!! The best holiday gift Nate could have given him was to connect the seemingly accidental deaths of the two men who knew all about Bart’s sins. Although they couldn’t prove murder, the circumstantial connection, plus Bart’s semi-abusive response to it, was enough to make Lily doubt her husband…which also puts a large target on her back. I was actually surprised that her limo didn’t blow up right then and there.

At least things are looking up for Blair heading into the final two episodes. Chuck is back on his feet, Dan is out of sight, Serena is her bestie again and in five years, her lip gloss has never stopped shining. But will she get a happy ending?

Also, just how did Georgina worm her way into Thanksgiving dinner? Why has no one given her picture to the doormen of Manhattan with a warning to keep her out at all costs? That bugs me, how she’s always there and no one likes it, but no one kicks her out, either.

What is Dan’s plan? Will it be good or evil? Will it change my mind about him? I doubt anything could at this point. The best I can hope for is a title card in the final minutes of the series that says his second book was as big of a flop as his first. For a writer, that’s a good enough punishment.

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