Gossip Girl, The CW, Airs Monday 8/7c

Episode: “Gone With the Will” (Season 2, Episode 15)

Synopsis: Dan dodges Serena in a bid to keep from lying to her, but unfortunately his antics catch the attention of Gossip Girl and her followers. With everyone on Dan-watch, it’s only a matter of time before Rufus and Lily’s big secret out comes tumbling out, but the fallout from this bomb has yet to be fully felt. Meanwhile, Chuck discovers that his father really did believe in him, but dear old Uncle Jack quickly makes sure that no one else ever will, including Blair. Will this send him running back to the Far East to forget all his troubles? Lily and Rufus meet with the adoptive father of their child, but not everything is what it seems.

Review: While not quite as powerful as last week’s episode, this week’s installment still remains a lot better than some of this season. As usual, Dan and Serena together are far better than Dan and Serena apart, and even more importantly when Chuck is given some drama to work with, he excels. Add a dash of Blair, albeit a slightly watered down version of her bitchy self and you’ve got the makings of some great moments.

Poor Chuck. He starts to feel more confident, tries to grow into his role as his father’s son and then his one remaining relative sabotages him. No wonder the guy has trust issues. However, Chuck’s not blameless in this. His behaviour towards Blair was cruel and unfair, even if they were just friends. Their end scene at the elevator was touching, hopefully it will convince Chuck to work to fix things, rather than just imploding again. He and B could have a good thing, if they could just get out of their own way.

Speaking of couples that can’t seem to get it right, Serena and Dan were surprisingly well behaved this week. The normal next step in their ongoing tango would be to dance around things for a bit and then give up, but they look to be putting up a fight! Of course, their situation is just a little bit weirder now, given that there’s common blood in their family tree. Even weirder still, their respective siblings look on each other as, well, siblings. When one half of the family views themselves as related, dating is going to get tricky. Especially if Rufus and Lily last as a couple! This whole situation is getting twisted up, and though it’ll be interesting to see how they sort it out, it does feel a tad… wrong. Not to the point of jumping the shark, but not in line with the rest of the show. What’s strange is that the show is causing a strong conflict between resolutions. Serena and Dan make a wonderful couple, but Rufus and Lily are extremely sweet together. It would also allow Jenny and Eric to be siblings, roles which they already inhabit so happily and well after only a day! Something tells me both resolutions can’t co-exist, which is a pity.

Finally, about that common blood link. Gossip Girl is definitely pushing the “surprise” twists this year, to the point that this one was visible from the second it was set up. The predictable next step would be for their son to show up in the big city, bags in hand. Then again, who says he won’t be at college with the wild bunch next year? After all, they can’t stay in school forever. Hopefully they won’t take the predictable step, formulaic story lines are so last year.

Up Next Week: “You’ve Got Yale” – It’s that stressful time of year when Constance Billard and St. Jude’s students find out who is and isn’t worthy of early admission to Yale University. Blair’s academic career suffers an unsightly blemish when a teacher doesn’t think she’s A-material, but do the Yale review board disagree?

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