Gossip Girl: Season 3, Episode 12 'The Debarted' Review - Featured

Gossip Girl aspires to achieve a certain goal every time a new episode is aired. Here we had a self depressing Chuck, a misguided Serena, a sibling rivalry and thorn marriages.



Now Gossip Girl has taken the road where the end would justify the means and all the other pieces before it could simply fall out of place, so long as everything ends in accordance with the script.


That is why we have characters poking in and out of episodes without any sort of development or back story as to how they claimed even a second of screen time. We also have characters falling in and out of love like a misused hobby and then there are the marriages that come out corrupt and worn down to the ground.


Tripp is a very weak character, he claimed to love Serena and protested to overcome whatever trials that came their way, yet he still ran crying to his wife like a little baby. He has shown no real valor of a congressman, nor has he represented himself as the man he claimed to be. Which makes me wonder why anyone would waste time fighting over him? Surprisingly, I liked Maureen over all the melodrama. The letter, which Maureen used as blackmail, claimed that Lily and Serena's father spent some time in a hotel room. That could only mean that nothing 'under the sheets' happened and Lily was not the 'cheating whore' Maureen made her out to be. Solely because Lily was to ready to tell Rufus the truth and she didn't fear the worst for their marriage.


I felt the feud between Jenny and Eric was short lived and a cheap shot on Eric's part. Did it really take two people to plan the big comeback? Maybe the writers have something else stored for the siblings and their truce revealed to be a bluff, who knows. I just don't know how to feel about Jenny's drug-dealer mentality. I am certain if she asked Lily nicely she could have gotten the extra bags, but her problems seem to go beyond that, and without any direction in her life, she would continue going off course. It's even worse since her very own father couldn't pay attention for two minutes, to notice that his little girl is slipping.


I am actually tired of the whole Blair-Chuck lovie dovieness. I remember how the Bart death was dealt with and couldn't recall Lily's visit to the hospital, so the closure bit was expressed well for Chuck's sake. I did feel that the whole Bart death was spontaneous last season and Chuck handled the covering of his father in the hospital with maturity. The possibility of him seeing his father had something to do with his lightheaded and drunken states, which led to a sense of delusion. Gearing into the Christmas mood, the ghost mental was a somewhat pun for fun.


Dan and Olivia did not get their essential closure they needed to officially end as a couple, and even though Dan is admitting his feelings for Vanessa to himself, I couldn't officially root for them. Every character on this show is in and out of relationships, either with each other or someone completely impromptu. The only 'single' characters are probably the youngest of the cast and their relationships with others can be warped and manipulative as well, so there isn't one real couple worth rooting for.


Since we are all preparing for the Holidays, some our loved series have already taken their mid season break and I could use a break from Gossip Girl for a while, as an early Christmas present. Some of the plots have taken an interesting spin, like Nate's development (hitting Tripp was solid) and Chuck's 'mother'(?), but it's not enough. They are all slight impressions and small twists. The rest of the nonsense (ouch), like Tripp's whining, Serena's naivety, Rufus' spontaneous 'affair' with a spontaneous character and Jenny's rebellion, could really take a hike, because it really drowns out all the plausible elements each episode.


I am not really expecting much now, there were some points in the episode where I sort of, couldn't really care anymore, but just had to watch it for the sake of just letting you all know how I felt about it, but nothing changes.


Does Serena really deserve Nate; I mean he stuck by her side throughout all the bull she gave him?


Lexa


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Three Stars


Grade C-

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Dec 8, 2009 1:23PM EST

ugh, i'm officially sick of gossip girl, the third season has sucked up till now!!

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Dec 8, 2009 4:01PM EST

it has been truly sucky, but i am srsly starting to heart nate - finally some character depth! for ages he was either chuck or dan's sidekick

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Dec 8, 2009 5:28PM EST

i like blair and chuck's relationship, they're each others yin and yang. Its a boring story-line, but I wouldn't change anything about it.

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Dec 8, 2009 8:51PM EST

i wud stop watching gossip girl if there was no blair and chuck.

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Dec 8, 2009 9:24PM EST

I totally cried, that episode. I don't remember them going to the hospital for Bart but I liked how they added that in.
Maureen is such a...well you know what. I mean, I understand that she sees Serena as a "whore" for having a affair with her husband, but how can she be okay with Serena being with Trip in private and her acting as Trip's wife? And giving that letter to Rufus was expected for me, but I didn't think Rufus would go and ask advice from that other impromptu character like you said.
And I wasn't sure what the whole letter drama was going on about. So Lily and Serena's dad spent time at a hotel...Were they talking about the past or when Lily took that trip, supposedly to visit her mother.
I totally agree with you on Trip though! I can't believe he goes to Maureen for advice on what to do, even though he is a congressmen!

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Dec 9, 2009 5:17PM EST

The word nonsense is an apt description of the show. It's the same old story and the only thing that changes is which character you hate from one week to the next, and after watching ep 9 - They Shoot Humphreys, Don’t They?, I disliked them all with a passion and so I've decided to pull the plug on GG.

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Dec 11, 2009 8:05PM EST

the chuck blair thing is the best thing in de show..serena well.. ive had about enough of her little love stories and wrong men hasnt she slept with all the main characters except for chuck and his lousy attemt of rape in the first season..Dan and vanessa... i dont know first she likes him now he likes her a waste of time..lets hope there's a better spin in store for us

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Dec 13, 2009 2:49PM EST

I agree, the show has sucked this season and it has been deteriorating for quite a while. What roots us to a show is fundamentally a good story, however Gossip isn't really offering a good story and this fact is exemplified in the plot's lack of logical development in its key dramatic occurrences. What each episode is basically offering is another oppurtunity for a gimmick to draw audience's attention. Gimmicks were carried out with shocking circumstances like "the threesome", Rufus's "seeking son" or Serena's affair with a married man. Also some of the story-lines that are continuing are either extremely boring or not given enough attention. Like Nate and his ridiculously rich family, that's the most boring story ever. I am tired of Nate, the name, the character and his situations. Whatever happens to that character brings no emotional response because nothing about him is interesting. He's always dating a different person, he doesn't seem to even have a personality (or a consistent one) and the actor who plays the part is not really talented. Jenny's story line was one of the most interesting on the contrary, the character was realistic, she was a social climbing creative little girl. Jenny and Chuck's are the most interesting characters on the show by the way. Serena is always troubled and she doesn't seem to do anything but ruin her life and progress to a state where even rich girls who watch the show realize that her character is so unrealistic that it doesn't seem that she's even human...Jenny's character should be given more attention please and I like her relation with Chuck....damn I'm tired...I'll write some more later..::;

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Dec 19, 2009 1:42PM EST

chucks still awesome just to be clear theres a new story on the horizon 4 him
gossip girll been awesome
dan humphrey has a good story
the rest are boringggggg

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Feb 16, 2010 9:28PM EST

I can't believe they are going to break up the one remaining reason to watch this show its absolutely unbelievable from the story and audience standpoint that a writer would spend two years developing these characters their relationship grooming them in order for them to be in a committed relationship to then break them up for the sake of tension and completely regressing them to how they where before their emotional development.WTF the show will be as if the past three years never happened.

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Feb 22, 2010 4:08PM EST

i love blair and chuck together..and i won't be able to see them break up. IT'S STUPID. i totally agree with totvornottotv

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Feb 24, 2010 2:58PM EST

When does the next season begin..?

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