Credit: The CW ©2007 The CW Network Photo: Dan and Blair Bond Over Mean Moms in Gossip Girl Season 1, Episode 3 "Poison Ivy"

Blair and Dan didn’t exactly hit it off right away. In fact, in Gossip Girl’s third episode, Dan was already referring to her as “Everything I hate about the Upper East Side packed into one ninety-pound bon mot-tossing label-whoring package of girly evil.” Aw, you’ve just gotta get to know her, Lonely Boy.

Dan does get to see the softer side of the wicked queen soon thereafter, when Blair’s mom fires her own daughter as a model to choose Serena instead. He may be judgmental to those with an Upper East Side ZIP code, but Dan has always been too much of a softie not to comfort someone in pain. He and Blair have an adorable moment in the hallway, bonding over their sucky mothers.

Plenty of fans have been rooting for these two ever since. Dan and Blair themselves may have taken years to get on board, but that moment in the hallway launched a thousand Dair ‘shippers.