If you haven't seen this week's Gossip Girl, leave NOW! I spoil lots and lots of stuff here.
If you don't watch Gossip Girl . . . er, why don't you watch Gossip Girl?
Okay. So YA author Heidi R. Kling and I went on a rant about why Gossip Girl's most recent episode made us angry. Tomorrow, I'll be posting about it again, but in a more "Here's what we can learn" sort of way. Because, essentially, Monday's episode took a character the creators have spent 3 years developing and smashed all of his development to the ground. In other words, they made my amazing Chuck do something very out of character.
To recap, in Monday's episode Jack Bass (Chuck's icky uncle) decided to blackmail Chuck. Jack has posession of the hotel Chuck loves, and in order to get it back, Jack said Chuck's girlfriend, Blair, would have to sleep with him. There's some history to this, but I'm too lazy to explain. If you watch GG, you know the story.
Anyway, Jack proposes this to Blair. She says no. Then sees how sad Chuck is about is hotel and then she agrees, thinking Chuck will never know and that she is saving him. But after only a kiss, Jack tells Blair he succeeded. His goal was to "destroy Chuck" (so drama!) by taking away the things he loved. The hotel or Blair. According to Jack, Chuck chose the hotel.
In the next scene, Chuck admits that he played Blair to get her ot sleep with Jack so he could have his hotel back. Essentially, he sold her and lied to her and and and and . . . GAH!
Chuck started out a sleezy character, to say the least, but the writers have done an AMAZING job making him grow slowly and believably into a not-quite-good-but-decent human being. He has issues and damage, but he's not evil. And he has spent the last season or so showing just how much he loves Blair. She is usually the one to hurt him these days. He loves her very much, and has sacraficed other things for her before.
What he did Monday? So, so, so not Chuck.
So Heidi and I decided we were angry and we wanted a ReDo. So we're each going to rewrite that last scene of Gossip Girl to make it more believable.
Here is mine. Now, mine isn't particularly happy. The thing is, the writers needed a way to break up Chuck and Blair. I get that. Drama is tension. Whatevs. But the way they chose to do it wasn't accurate to the characters. My ending breaks them up and fits more (in my opinion) with how the characters would really act.
So, without further ado, here is my ending.
Backstory: in this version, Blair sleeps with Jack. EW right? Sorry. It had to be thi way.
BLAIR exits JACK’S apartment, looking ashamed. She looks up and sees CHUCK standing a few feet away, paused as if he were on his way to the apartment. CHUCK looks very shocked and then suddenly very upset.
BLAIR – Chuck . . .
CHUCK – How could you?
BLAIR – Chuck, I –
CHUCK – (shakes his head, starts to walk away, down stairs)
BLAIR – (chasing after him) Chuck! Chuck, stop. I did this for you. (catches up with him, slides in front of him) I did it because I love you. It was the only way to get your hotel back, and –
CHUCK – Do you have so little faith in me?
BLAIR – What?
CHUCK – Did you really think I couldn’t do it on my own? Did you think you had to go out and prostitute yourself to save me?
BLAIR – (getting angry) You said it was impossible! I was doing what was necessary. You love that hotel.
CHUCK – (yells) I love you more!
(long dramatic pause)
CHUCK – I have to go. (moves around her down the stairs)
BLAIR – (near tears) Chuck, please . . .
CHUCK – (looks over his shoulder at her) You betrayed me, Blair. You betrayed me, and you don’t believe in me. I think I could forgive you for one or the other, but not both. And definitely not with Jack.
(CHUCK storms off. BLAIR sits down on the stairs and cries)
(At the end of the season, they get back together)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010