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Episode: “You’ve Got Yale” (Season 2, Episode 16)
Synopsis: Serena gets accepted into Yale. Dan gets accepted into Yale. Blair… does not get into Yale? Chuck takes Jack down, with the help of an unexpected ally. A new teacher at Constance promises to shake things up in more ways than one.
Review: Oh, Gossip Girl. You get my hopes up every so often with some great and promising story, but then you go and dash them. This episode is a prime example. The last few episodes have been solid enough, a few dips but there was always something fabulous to hook you for the next in line. Unfortunately, that’s all this episode has going for it, the last 10 minutes hook you enough to come back for next week.
It’s not that the episode was bad. Even in a lull period, there’s rarely a “bad” episode in the bunch. This one was simply dull. Blair’s struggles to find her way into Yale, while matching her personality, were more Blair-lite. Serena’s college crisis was bland, though it does introduce a new spin on the S&D relationship. The addition of a new teacher to the Constance ranks also looks like it could cause some trouble in that area. Perhaps the writers really will stick with the original book series’ story and nuke Dan and Serena’s relationship in the end, but it would be at the cost of a chunk of their viewership. If they’re not planning on ending the relationship, they’ve a funny way of keeping things going. At least things are a little different this time around, Dan avoiding Serena and not vice versa. Still, angst between Dan and Serena? Not exactly the opposite of dull..
Someone who embodies the opposite of dull is Chuck’s dear sweet Uncle Jack, but sadly it looks as though we may have lost him. If he really has exited the series, it will be quite the pity. His nasty streak runs wide and deep, as we saw tonight. At least the loss of the villain brought Chuck and Lily back onto speaking terms and even sparked a very nice scene between the pair. Chuck can play the hero well, when he wants to.
So, Lily has legally adopted Chuck and brought him back to the nest, Jack is flying back to Oz, Dan is put out and Serena is confused. The best may still be yet to come, though. Blair’s swearing vengeance on the sweet and innocent new teacher may sound like classic Blair, but I dare say we’ve never seen her black ops approach before. Watch out, Ms. Carr…
Up Next Week: Nothing until the 2nd of February, folks! : “Carnal Knowledge” – Blair comes up with a devious plan to take down a teacher. Chuck has no recollection of what happened to him when he wakes up in a hotel.
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