TV Review: Gossip Girl 2.3 – The Dark Night

Gossip Girl: The Dark Night

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

Episode: “The Dark Night” (Season 2, Episode 3)

Synopsis: A black out throws the Gossip Girl relationships sharply into focus. Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgely) find that their unresolved class issues are too big of an obstacle to overcome. Blaire (Leighton Meester) wants to move her relationship with Lord Marcus (Patrick Heusinger) to the next level, but he doesn’t seem too keen. Chuck (Ed Westwick) finds that his hang up over Blair is affecting his performance in the bedroom. Nate (Chace Crawford) gets in over his head with Catherine (Mädchen Amick) and loses his relationship with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr).

Review: It’s hot in the city and the temperature is definitely affecting the residents. Serena and Dan’s loved up relationship sputters and dies when they have to confront their issues. At least now they can go on their merry ways and off to find new love interests. Blaire and Lord Marcus’s problems seem a little more insurmountable though. Blaire wants to test out his Lordship’s moves, but he doesn’t seem too keen. Meanwhile, Chuck is so desperate to get back with Blaire that he can’t get with any other girl, even if they’re flown in from around the world. He’s not in as much trouble as Nate though, who wants out of his deal with Catherine. I guess when you get paid for it, it’s too much like work, huh? Unfortunately he’s already told Ms. Bunny Boiler about his father. Catherine’s reaction to the idea of losing him shows her claws, telling Vanessa that if he does leave, she’ll report him to the FBI. Oh, and Jenny insults her boss and gets fired, before a bonding session during the black out makes them total BFFs.

Overall, a lot going on! Catherine’s comments on her need for Nate and how Blaire’s relationship with Lord Marcus might be missing one thing is an interesting parallel. Is a title really worth a sexless, sparkless relationship? It was nice to see Vanessa again, though she did come off very whiny and a tad annoying. Jenny’s sudden rise from intern to confidante of the designer felt incredibly contrived, Blaire’s mother doesn’t seem the type to pull a 180 simply because she spent some time with the girl, and Jenny was very insulting to her designs. Correct, but still insulting. Serena and Dan ending things had me confused, I don’t see why those two crazy kids can’t work it out, but the scene with the Bratz in the park was excellent. Chuck conning Blaire into thinking he was Lord Marcus was vintage Chuck, but Blaire knowing better and still carrying on doesn’t make sense. Maybe he’s just that good. Either way, B and his Lordship seem to have quite a few rocks in their path, and not the good kind.

Up Next Week: When Serena notices that Dan has been cozying up to the new girl in school, Amanda, the ever-loyal Blair and her minions decide to befriend Amanda and sabotage her budding new romance with “lonely boy.” Vanessa discovers a scandalous secret about Catherine and enlists Blair’s scheming expertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, once again.

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