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The Recap: Gossip Girl 4.22 The Wrong Goodbye

Blair and Chuck the Wrong Goodbye

Wild horses couldn’t have kept me from last night’s Gossip Girl season finale, but last night’s episode could have used a few wild horses of its own. Perhaps I’m simply way too used to the duplicity on the Upper East Side, but last night’s episode fell short of the kind of cliffhanger drama I’d come to expect from GG. Sure ‘Charlie’ isn’t really Charlie, but all that proves is that Lily’s sister Carol is as devious as the rest of them, as if anything less was expected. Did anyone else think that Serena sort of just floated around in the finale, like a loose end someone just forgot to tie up? Sure she had her own story line, but I really don’t care, it doesn’t relate to anyone else. Could this signal the makings of a spin-off, (although I’d never watch it) what’s to become of Serena Van der Woodsen?

I suppose the big cliffhanger was that Blair may be pregnant, but who’s to say that the darn thing wasn’t sitting in the trash for so long that it changed to a false positive. The ‘who’s the daddy?’ game may prove interesting for season five if she’s actually pregnant, I mean it could be Louis, Chuck or… (dare I say) Dan. Vanessa proved to be the true snake in grass we always knew she was, but what else can we expect from the true outsider. She’ll be off to Spain and out of the GG circle next season it seems, but what’s to become of ‘Inside,’ Dan’s allegedly brilliant novel (that I’d love to read and wish wasn’t just a part of the story line). Tick. Tick. BOOM! It sounds like Vanessa’s about to muddle up Dan’s life a bit, and his friendships will be called into question for all but one, which I’m guessing is Blair. Maybe Dan always loved Blair, or at least it was her acceptance that he was vying for this entire time. Acceptance he’s definitely earned this season.

Things I Loved About the Finale:
The moment at the alumni party when everyone clamored around Dan to figure out what to do next. He surely commanded their presence as he sent them scurrying off, one by one, oh so diplomatically. Queen B would have been proud.

When Raina Thorpe took down Russell I wasn’t just happy that Blair had been saved from the crazy man attempting to burn her alive. I was impressed by the bravado of the Upper East Side newcomer, Raina Thorpe (Tika Sumpter). I really hope they bring her back next season, without her I’m not sure what the hell to do with Nate, except look at him.

I kind of wish the cameo with Cecily von Ziegesar lasted a little longer than a two second, unimportant intro. I mean, the woman wrote the books that started Gossip Girl, her genius should have been recognized in that moment, perhaps even a hint at another book series or spin off would have been nicely placed in there.

What Chuck and Blair did after he rescued her from the clutches of Russell there were those moments where we were reminded of why we love Chuck and Blair so much. The scene at the Bar Mitzvah was one of those few glimpses of Blair’s childlike innocence that makes you love her even more. Then when Chuck bowed out of the fight for Blair’s heart, realizing how genuine her relationship with Louis is, it reminded me that there is an unselfish beating heart inside Chuck Bass after all.

Nevertheless, although last night’s episode was a little lackluster in the drama department, I look forward to seeing where everyone ends up come September. Here’s to the Lost Summer (and all the trouble it may bring)!

The Recap: Vampire Diaries 2.22 As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

It’s been one rocky season and in true Vampire Diaries style, the body count mounted as we got through the season, right til the end.We’ve seen the hearts ripped right out of werewolves chests, immortal vampires come back from the dead, only to die again, new vampires come and go, our heroine’s sort of dead-beat biological father giving his life in a final act of heroics, and one of the original Vampire Diaries family take her leave from this world, only after turning into a Vampire herself (RIP Jenna). But, as usual, last night’s season finale left me with a few more questions than answers.

With a virtually tame Damon for most of this season who found solace in the arms of one lady or another, we can definitely say things ended up right where they should have been for him. The final kiss between Damon and Elena, was endearing, but not mushy. It wasn’t the passionate throw fans were probably expecting, but it will suffice, for now. As for Stefan, I think I’m a lot more interested in this so called ‘ripper’ Klaus described, than the lovesick, bleeding heart vamp we’ve become accustomed to. And for someone who gorged on human blood after being on a human-free diet just to save his brother, Stefan didn’t put up much of a fight when Klaus sent Katherine off to save Damon, even though he claimed she’d never get the cure to him. Stefan’s going to be over the deep end in season three, but won’t that make things more interesting?

The episode definitely gave me a couple throws, I knew that Damon wasn’t going to die, but when Jeremy was shot I admittedly could have been found screaming obscenities at the television. I knew Klaus would have made an appearance in the finale, but I was dreaming up the start of his vamp-wolf clan in my head, not that he’d be Damon’s savior. I kept asking myself, how did Elijah not realize that Klaus planned to kill him when he said he would “reunite” him with his family? I mean the phrase was so cryptic and it wasn’t exactly like Klaus was the picture of honor before that moment anyway.

With the threat of Klaus’ mega army looming on the horizon what can we hope will happen next season.

In theory I’d like Damon to discover where Klaus has been keeping his family members, and for him to un-stake them, bringing them back to life for an epic take down, although there’s still the matter to worry about Klaus being both wolf and vampire. I’d also like it if Elena and Damon got closer and Elena stopped fighting the fact that the older Salvatore brother isn’t really her second choice. Bonnie has a world of hurt coming for her, I was worried for a moment that Jeremy had become a vampire, but instead he seems to be haunted by the spirits of his former Vampire girlfriends. Loving a man that hot with two other women in the bed or relationship for that matter can make things extremely complicated. And could Vicki and Anna be coming back to Mystic Falls in season 3 for more than just a haunting? Caroline and Tyler ought to get together, and fast, besides Damon and Elena, that’s the relationship I most want to see unfold. I’d also like it if Caroline’s mother would just die already, but maybe everyone on The Vampire Diaries being parentless isn’t such a great idea.

There’s still that little matter of Elena becoming a vampire, will she or won’t she? If the books have anything to say about it she will, but as we all know, from experience (ahem… Gossip Girl) the television show rarely follows the same track as the book. Not to mention it’ll be more interesting to see Elena’s journey unfold in the state of the living.

The best quote of the night:

Katherine: “It’s okay to love them both… I did.”

The Recap: The Vampire Diaries 2.20 – The Last Day

The Last Day - Vampire Diaries

Every episode of Vampire Diaries leaves me with more questions than the last and last night didn’t disappoint. For starters, I’m a blistering wreck after Damon’s brush with werewolf Tyler. I mean there’s obviously a cure for a werewolf bite now right? Because I can tell you right now, if Vampire Diaries Season Three goes sans Damon, I will be instrumental in a bonafide mutiny.

With vampire blood coursing through Elena’s veins (courtesy of the older, hotter Salvatore Brother), I’d like someone to inform me as to when someone is going to tell Klaus to back the hell off. It’s my fine opinion that Elena shouldn’t be made into one of the undead until the end of the Vampire Diaries series (which should come as close to the end of time as possible). I’ve said it and last night even Damon said it; Elena and Katherine both being vampires, stretching on for eternity – not a good combo.

The secondary love triangle between Caroline, Matt and Tyler is back in full swing. But has Matt realized that if he killed all the supernatural people in his town he’d be left with no one? I’m delighted that there seems to be a bit of unfinished business between Tyler and Caroline, that I’m dying to see evolve in the next few episodes. Everything in Matt’s world is unraveling and the only thing he can do is stand there, like a deer in headlights with a rifle in tow. Not good enough.

The fact that this sun and moon curse was a hoax is one thing – but the fact that the real curse that this whole ritual lifts is Klaus’ and Klaus’ alone kind of makes me really angry. Next week he’ll be showing his fangs with a back up plan in place he’s got a tied up werewolf and… Surprise, Jenna’s the newest town vampire. I’d forgotten about her mortality to tell you the truth, but I guess it was only a matter of time before someone else turned vamp in good ol’ Mystic Falls.

By the end of the season, in true Vampire Diaries style – someone will die, the only question is who. Will they be vampire, human, witch or werewolf? Perhaps Jules will be the one to die and I’ll have little more than one tear to shed for that occasion. There are only two episodes left and as we’ve seen time and time again, anything can happen.

P.S. Was I the only one that thought lurking behind Elena’s ‘I don’t want to be a vampire whimper’ was an ‘I love Damon too’ whimper along with it? Me thinks there was, after all – in comparison, Stefan has proved to be a true failure when it comes to protecting the younger Petrova doppelganger. I’m sick of Stefan and Elena, dammit – I want Elena to kiss Damon!

The Recap: Gossip Girl 4.19 Petty in Pink

The Recap: Gossip Girl 2.19 Petty in Pink

Last night’s episode of Gossip Girl wasn’t as eventful as we were all probably hoping, but it did give us some good groundwork for the next two episodes. It looks like Lonely Boy won’t be taking Blair’s brush off lying down after all. Instead it looks like Dan may be a late entry into the contest for Blair’s heart. However, since there’s a preview circulating around that shows Blair exclaiming that she’s engaged, I’m still convinced it will either be Chuck or the Prince she chooses in the end.

On a side note, Serena’s stirring up the feeling of dislike I have for her that has been pretty quiet this season.  She’s stirring up trouble and I don’t like it. Mark my words, Serena is about to be a problem and if you don’t believe me check out the synopsis of next week’s episode.

As for the rest of the Upper East Side, Lilly seems to be enjoying her ankle bracelet after her delicious revenge at the Pink Party. Vanessa has used up her metro card to the UES or Brooklyn for that matter, and should probably just go back to Vermont or wherever her parents are. Charlie may be new to the Upper East Side, but Serena wasted no time turning her into a Gossip Girl super sleuth, even though turning your cousin into your minion is a little low, even for Serena.

Raina and Chuck are so alike it’s easy to see why they worked well together to begin with. But will the end of the season mark the unraveling of the worst of all Bart Bass secrets. Raina’s search for her mother will bring the necessary chaos needed to combat what looks like Blair’s fairytale come true. But will anything be left standing by the end of the season?

For the next two episodes it will be a showdown between the Prince, the Pauper and the Dark Knight; but the way Nate seems to be defending Blair I can’t help but hope he’ll be added to the party. For the most part we all hope Blair will be swept off of her feet, but before that happens I’d like to see a rematch of the Parisian water fountain face off, with Blair leaving Serena in a puddle yet again.

The Recap: The Vampire Diaries 2.19 – Klaus

Damon Salvatore - Klaus Episode 2.19

Surprise: Klaus is here in the flesh. Elijah is back from the dead. And the sun and moon curse is fake. Did I miss anything?

Oh yeah, Elijah had a thing for Katherine – because who doesn’t fall for her really? AND, perhaps most importantly – Klaus is half vampire, half werewolf!
Now that we all know that the sun and moon curse was just a bunch of hullabaloo (err… the invention of Klaus’ wild imagination) what else is lurking behind the shadows, or in the fictional vampire book of history? It’s a little Resident Evil, but Klaus being half vampire half werewolf could prove quite interesting – he can’t be killed by the silver dagger after all. Secrets are oozing out of every crevice on The Vampire Diaries and the threat of a super race is enough to cause a hysteria we’re not likely to find again in this small town. I’ve been considering the effect Elena becoming a vampire may have on this situation, but I digress, I don’t think it’s going to happen (at least not yet).

In other news: what’s to become of Alaric and Jenna? If it were me in Jenna’s shoes, I’m not sure the rest of the season would give me enough time to process the undead living in my town and inhabiting the body of my significant other. If I haven’t expressed it already: I pretty much despise Caroline’s mother, and right now Matt’s on my sh*t list too – leaving the perfect opening for the lone wolf – Tyler to return and make amends for what happened before with Caroline. Bonnie and Jeremy are so cute it’s sickening, but I heard whispers of the possibility that she may end up with Damon. That would be tres interessant.

Was it just me or did Luca’s sister look a lot comfortable with Klaus, as if maybe she’s been working with him, instead of being held captive like we’ve been led to believe. Did I detect some trace of love from Elijah when discussing Katherine; perhaps the real Petrova doppelganger curse is more about how these two women have seemed to turn brother against brother time and time again. Speaking of which, Damon and Stefan are on the brink of a showdown that will be little less than cataclysmic. For now I’ll enjoy watching the storm brew in Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) eyes, there’s something truly sexy about the way that man displays his restraint and passion.