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Gossip Girl Episode: "Last Tango, Then Paris"

Season 3, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: In the third-season finale, Blair must make a decision about her future with Chuck. Meanwhile, a post on Gossip Girl about Dan causes problems for Nate and Serena; Dorota has her baby; Georgina returns to town; and things go from bad to worse for Jenny.
Original Air Date: May 17, 2010

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Season 3, Episode 22
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Length: 42:28
Aired: 5/17/2010
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "Last Tango, Then Paris" Season 3, Episode 22

This week, Gossip Girl ended its third season. Remember last year's romantic season finale, when Chuck finally mustered up the strength to declare his love to Blair as they kissed on the streets of New York City? Well this season finale was nothing at all like that.

The Sleepovers
When we left off last week, Jenny was crashing at Nate's place. As this episode opened, Jenny waited for Nate to awake...and we learned that nothing happened between them. He fell asleep snoring, she watched New Moon, and Jenny relented, "I get it. You love Serena."

Nevertheless, this is scheming Jenny Humphrey, and if an opportunity falls right into her lap, she's going to take it. That's exactly what happened when she went back to the loft and saw Dan and Serena asleep in bed together. Once they awoke, we learned they drank wine, Dan comforted Serena, and they shared one kiss — but that was all, and then they fell asleep. They agreed it was a mistake and that nobody needed to know about it. However, there was a picture of them in bed together all over Gossip Girl, courtesy of Jenny.

Serena went to Nate to do damage control and explained that she didn't cheat on him. But then Serena and Nate had a spat about her father. He believed her about not cheating, but later he caught Dan and Serena talking about their kiss (these two debated their one kiss ad nauseam). Nate's theory was that a kiss means something, and he asked them if they still had feelings for each other. A hurt Nate forwarded the picture of Dan and Serena to Vanessa (who was never seen in this episode — she's doing that internship in Haiti). Dan explained that Vanessa was so mad she has broken off contact with him.

This storyline tended to drag, maybe because of Serena's constant whining? Eventually, Serena told Nate that she needed to be on her own for awhile and therefore they needed a break. She even started feeding him the "It's not you, it's me" line. Nate was having none of this "break" business and told her if she wanted out, she was out — but he wasn't going to wait for her. With her twisted logic, Serena told him that breaking up was the only way they could have a real shot at being together down the line.

Something to Regret
If the main plot of this episode had to be summed up in five words or less, it would be this: Chuck had sex with Jenny. Because that was the one thing that destroyed everything else.

Let's back up a bit: A very pregnant Dorota desperately tried to convince Blair to meet Chuck at the top of the Empire State Building by 7:01PM (per his ultimatum last week). Blair said she wasn't going to, but you could tell she wanted to — she even took the precaution of having Dorota chaperone her date with Cameron, telling Dorota to stop her should she get weak and head for the Empire State Building. After hearing about the photo Jenny posted, Blair hightailed it over to Brooklyn to give Jenny "the smackdown you so richly deserve." That was a really good scene! She called Jenny out for being a wannabe for the past three years and said she never managed to fit in. She followed this up by telling her she was hurting others, nobody loved her, and even Rufus' love for her was questionable at this point.

Dan and Blair then had a conversation about signs (Blair doesn't believe in them), but suddenly Blair looked and saw the Empire State Building looming in the background (a sign!). She said good-bye to Cameron and was ready to meet Chuck — until Dorota went into labor! At the hospital, Dorota insisted that Blair leave and go to Chuck before it was too late. Dorota gave birth to a baby girl named Anastasia, and she asked Eleanor (who was simply ga-ga over the newborn) and Cyrus to be the godparents. Blair missed the birth because she was rushing to the top of the Empire State Building. Once there, she found the flowers Chuck had thrown out, but no Chuck. She was too late.

Meanwhile, Jenny had recently learned that Rufus was exiling her back to Hudson to live with her mom. She was to go there not just for the summer, but to finish her senior year of high school there as well. And Rufus wasn't the only one who thought Jenny had taken things too far: Eric said he was fine with banishing her, and Dan told his dad, "She's out of control." Yet, as badly as things had gotten for Jenny, they were about to get much worse. A depressed Jenny went to see Nate, but found only his roommate Chuck home instead. Stood up at the Empire State Building, he was drowning his sorrows in alcohol. He told her she could stay, but he explained that he wouldn't be playing video games with her the way Nate does. Chuck's hobbies are a little different. Jenny eventually admitted that she didn't want to be alone...and then Jenny Humphrey willingly lost her virginity to Chuck Bass, the guy who almost raped her in the pilot episode of this series. (True, these two got past that last year, but still, we can't pretend it never happened in the face of a plot twist like this.)

And then Blair showed up, apologizing for being too late to meet Chuck and declaring her love for him. Instead of being romantic, this scene was depressing, because Chuck had just betrayed Blair with one of her worst enemies. It was also filled with tension, as Chuck desperately hoped that Jenny wouldn't come out of his bedroom. Surprisingly, she didn't, and instead, she snuck off. And with her smeared makeup looking worse than ever, Jenny's tears showed that she had finally hit rock bottom. Eric came across her and gave her a shoulder to lean on. After declaring, "Everybody hates me!," she spilled everything, telling him she never slept with Damien but she did just sleep with Chuck. Oddly, she was acting almost like she had been raped (we know she wasn't), telling Eric not to touch her and asking him not to tell anyone what happened. Eric then went to Dan and told him to go to Jenny.

Dan went up to Chuck just as he was about to propose (yes, propose!) to Blair, and punched him, just as he did in the pilot. (It was as if many things were coming full circle from the pilot.) Dan demanded that Chuck tell Blair what happened, but by just looking at everyone present and seeing their reactions, Blair was able to piece everything together and no words were necessary. In full anger mode, Blair lashed out at Jenny, telling her "Go, and never come back. If you ever set foot in Manhattan again, I will destroy you." Dan put all the blame on Chuck, but that wasn't completely fair: The blamed belonged with both Chuck and Jenny. As this intense scene neared its end (and everyone arrived — Rufus, Lily, Serena, Nate), Blair instructed Chuck, "Don't say her name. Or anything else to me, ever again. This night never happened."

Summer Plans
A small time jump seemed to occur before the final scenes, and everyone was ready to embark on their summer plans. For Nate (who made up with his buddy Dan over the phone), this meant using Chuck's little black book and hooking up with two girls at once (sweet Nate can't seem to pull this sleaziness off as well as Chuck can). For Jenny, this meant a hug-fest with her family (sleeping with Chuck apparently made them all forgive her for all of her previous misdeeds) before heading off to Hudson — by her own choice this time. For Blair and Serena, this meant a summer of fun in Paris. It looked like Dan was ready to follow Serena there, until Georgina stopped him. She had been around all episode, wearing a wig and talking about dodging dangerous Russians. But she told Dan she had something of his, and then revealed her pregnant belly bump. And as for Chuck, he was in a drunken haze, stumbling around some shady neighborhood in a foreign country. He got mugged, and he was willing to give up his money and even offered to go to a bank, but he refused to give up the diamond ring with which he had intended to propose to Blair. His sentimental attachment to this piece of jewelry got him shot. As the episode ended, he laid all alone in the street in a pool of his own blood.

So, it certainly wasn't a boring season finale, but do you prefer last season's romantic ending or this season's explosive one? Are Chuck and Jenny's actions unforgivable? Was one of them more to blame than the other? Is this a point of no return for Chuck and Blair, or can they get past this? (Assuming Chuck survives his gunshot wound, of course — but how can he not? He's Chuck Bass.)

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This week, Gossip Girl ended its third season. Remember last year's romantic season finale, when Chuck finally mustered up the strength to declare his love to Blair as they kissed on the streets of New York City? Well this season finale was nothing at all like that.

The Sleepovers
When we left off last week, Jenny was crashing at Nate's place. As this episode opened, Jenny waited for Nate to awake...and we learned that nothing happened between them. He fell asleep snoring, she watched New Moon, and Jenny relented, "I get it. You love Serena."
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