'Gossip Girl' recap: Blair and Dan get drunk in 'Con-Heir'
Published Apr 3 2012, 20:03 BST | By Ben Lee
Honestly, I believe this week's episode of Gossip Girl
is among one of the finest yet in season five. Whether it's the scandalous moments or the freshness of a new relationship in Blair and Dan, 'Con-Heir' is a highly entertaining hour and proves there's still life in it left.
Many have been quick to dismiss Blair and Dan's romance, but they're genuinely cute together and that shows despite a couple of eye-rolling contrived moments early on when they struggled to consummate their relationship. However, when they finally did the deed in a swanky hotel room, it was obvious they were both unsatisfied.
It's far from the most original storyline ever conceived, but it worked like a charm. The scenes where Blair and Dan confide with Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski) and Nate respectively (spot the awesome Mad Men
Don Draper reference?) were smartly written and funny, and the way they let themselves go wild in a drunken stupor, resulting in (seemingly) mind-blowing sex was a rewarding payoff for fans of the pairing.
I fully endorse this relationship. The whole Blair/Chuck on-again off-again thing grew a little tiresome with the writers continuously finding ways to keep them apart. But with Blair and Dan, it's an excitingly new and fun dynamic that keeps the show fresh - and Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley work together really well and look like they're having a good time with the coupling.
The other major plot centred on Ivy Dickens as Lily, Rufus and William (William Baldwin) conspire to challenge CeCe's will. Of course, this isn't Gossip Girl
without a swanky party, and this episode delivers when William coaxes Ivy to throw one to commemorate CeCe. But before Ivy writes the cheque to William and unwittingly screws herself out of the fortune she inherited, Gossip Girl lets slip that it's all an insidious scheme to take her down.
And Gossip Girl? She is none other than one Serena van der Woodsen right now as the reins were passed onto her by previous temp Georgina
. Serena's actions not only helped Ivy but also got her fired by Nate. She does manage to get through to Lola (Ella Rae Peck), though - the real Charlie Rhodes predictably speaks up against Ivy about the Ivy/William conversation she eavesdropped on.
Despite the fact that she has become rather antagonistic towards the van der Woodsens, I'm really enjoying Ivy right now and - though I shouldn't - I found myself wanting her to come out on top against Lily. She's just an enjoyable character to watch and easy to sympathise with. I hope she stays around beyond this season.
Chuck, meanwhile, actually stays out of all of the drama as he deduces that Jack wasn't the one who donated the blood which saved him from death. It was great to see Desmond Harrington again, and we might finally be getting somewhere in Chuck's search for his mother as it appears to have been her blood.
If there is a flaw to this week's instalment - aside from Lola continuing to be uninteresting and bland - it would be that everything more or less plays out in predictable fashion. But seeing everything unfold is part of the fun, right?
'Con-Heir' is not only entertaining but it leaves plenty of room for the many threads to develop. Between Chuck's mystery mother and the impending legal matter between Ivy and the van der Woodsens, season five has the potential to end on a high. There's also the return of Diana Payne and the final scene which saw 'xoxo44' aka the real Gossip Girl demanding her site back. Strangely, though, I'm most excited to see what's next for Blair and Dan.What did you think of this week's Gossip Girl episode? Leave your comments below!