Gossip Girl, The CW, Airs Monday 9/8c
Episode: “Dan de Fleurette” (Season 3, Episode 4)
Synopsis: Dan falls for Vanessa’s new roommate, who’s more than she appears. Blair, at her wit’s end over her lack of progress in NYU social circles, receives a report that Jenny is attempting to dismantle the hierarchy at Constance, prompting her to rush back to her old fiefdom in its defense. However, after a carefully planned series of events coordinated by Chuck, she realises that NYU is hers to conquer, she just needs to find the right method. When Lily arrives home and discovers Serena’s deferral of Brown, she’s not best pleased, leaving Serena feeling as though she’s never good enough, even when she finds a job she’s good at.
Review: It’s getting harder and harder to review “Gossip Girl”, as there’s been very little to talk about. At this point, 3 seasons into the show, there’s not much point in discussing how well or badly the current episodes are holding up to the first season. It’s no longer relevant. So therefore, from this week onwards casting the eye backwards won’t be a constant aspect of the review. It’s a serialized drama with an overall story arc and many many episode-length mini-dramas. Should there be more mini-drama than story/character progress, then that’s something we just have to deal with.
With all that said, it’s time to move on to reviewing “Dan de Fleurette”, and as episodes go, this was a pretty entertaining one. The guest stars may have been a tad distracting, particularly Tyra as she looked slightly ill much of the time, but Hilary Duff seems to have formed a decent connection with Penn Badgley. Since it looks like they’ll be spending a good deal of time together over the next few weeks, that’s a good thing.
Serena’s dramas with her mother seem to be somewhat ridiculous. For a woman that wants her daughter to be happy (and doesn’t every mother?), she’s behaving atrociously. Serena has said she’ll go to college after a year’s deferral, and as far as I can tell, that’s perfectly reasonable. So why is Lily acting so irrationally and insisting that Serena charge straight off to Brown? Congratulations to Kelly Rutherford for successfully portraying the utter frustration Lily feels about Serena’s decision, along with doling out the blame to Rufus (who deserving nothing but thanks for his behaviour, but it’s not like that matters) for his “part” in things. Serena’s job-hunting was a little dull, but her eventual role seems to suit her and hopefully she’ll keep her job for a few episodes so that we can see the princess dealing with divas. Of course, it’d be funnier witnessing Blair running after them, but we can’t have everything.
Speaking of Blair, her downward spiral of self-doubt and longing for the familiarity of the old finally hit bottom, and it’s about time. I have no patience for a whiny Blair, this is the Queen of Bitch-town and it’s about time she got her ass in gear. Georgina Sparks may have made Blair’s quest to conquer NYU more difficult, but it’s not impossible. Now Blair is off the mat (thanks to the wonderful Chuck, who is far more of a sweetheart than he’d ever let on), she’ll prove to everyone that it takes more than a little public humiliation to keep Blair Waldorf down. While Leighton Meester isn’t bad at the whiny act, she excels at the Queen Bitch persona, so I’m looking forward to seeing that back in action in the next episode.
Up Next Week: “Rufus Getting Married” – Georgina’s back, but will her arrival have a ripple effect? Rufus and Lily move up their wedding plans, but someone or something threatens to ruin the event. Carter’s not being completely honest with Serena, but if the news comes from an enemy will it be believed?
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