'Gossip Girl': Landing with a thud
There was a bit of intrigue. Blair ( Leighton Meester) gets cold feet about her impeding nuptials with Louis. And, in what can only be a complete break from her normal character, Blair has a moment of honesty with herself. This leads her to call Chuck ( Ed Westwick) and lay her cards out on the table.
"Do you think you could love another man's child?" she asks her one-time boyfriend. While at first he declines, he ultimately has a change of heart. But will it be too late?
Charlie/Ivy ( Kaylee DeFer ) is set to be introduced into New York's high society. But it won't be easy as her ex-boyfriend/extorionist Max won't give up his evil plans without a fight. This first leads him to Nate's ( Chace Crawford) desk at the NY Spectator. Nate isn't buying what Max is selling. But C/I's ex ultimately finds a kindred spirit in Trip van der Bilt ( Aaron Tveit).
The two story lines, aided by Dan's ( Penn Badgley) best impersonation of Rick from "Casablanca," collide during a Princess Diana/Dodi Fayed-inspired paparazzi chase through Central Park. And we all know what's going to happen next.
"Gossip Girl" has had an impressive run through the first half of the 2011-12 season. It's a shame that it marked the mid-way point with such a dud.
Uh oh. Uh oh.