Gossip Girl, The CW, Airs Monday 8/7c
Episode: “Remains of the J” (Season 2, Episode 20)
Synopsis: Serena attempts to prove to herself and the world that she’s not stuck in a rut when she overrules Jenny’s wishes and throws her a spectacular sweet sixteen. Nate decides that he and Vanessa have come to an end, but not before she learns of his renewed friendship with Blair. When the party finally arrives, a wild night leads to a morning filled with revelations and possibly regretted actions.
Review: This week’s episode was a nice mix of the fun of the old with the drama of the new, whilst setting up the season’s big finish. Not only that, but it even made Nate and Blair cute and not just bland and boring, something long since thought impossible. Unfortunately, the recap at the beginning of the episode did sort of give away the big twist at the end, but no episode’s perfect. At least, not in Gossip Girl.
This week showed exactly why Nate and Blaire were a couple for so long before we joined them last season. They had a close relationship and at one point they were good friends, ones who could rely on each other. Despite how much pull and appeal the Blair and Chuck relationship has, it’s hard not to think that Nate and Blaire could be just as happy together, at least in the short term, after the events of “Remains of the J”. Of course, all good tv relationships require a little spice and the shocked look on the happy couple’s faces when Vanessa decided to lip meld with Chuck in front of them shows that perhaps not everything in the past is really done with.
Was anyone actually surprised when we saw Chuck and his liason the morning after the night before? That spark has been burning hot and bright ever since partway through season 1, and it’s good that they finally acted on it. The question is, will it stay secret enough for both to regain their lost loves, and if by some miracle it does, how long could it be before the events of that night finally bite them on their asses.
Speaking of actions having consequences, hands up who believes that Serena is headed down that slippery slope towards becoming “Savannah” again? Her mad dash off to Spain smacks of the infamous Georgina Sparks, and goes completely against Serena’s usual level-headed approach to things. Then again, her life is in a rut, she has no boyfriend, her best friend spends most of the time either lying to her, fighting with her or whining at her and her mother is dating her’s ex’s dad. That’s not even getting into the illegitimate love child shared by those two. Add the debacle regarding Miss Carr from a couple of weeks ago into the pot and you’re left with a strong case for getting outta Dodge.
However, Serena’s not been acting like herself for a few episodes now. Her infatuation with the director of the final year school play, the way in which she hijacked Jenny’s party for her own benefit (sub-consciously or not), even the way Poppy Lifton made her feel bad for being off the social scene, none of this seems like the very strong and true character we were introduced to initially. Events may have taken their toll, but this just isn’t quite sitting right. There were a few moments in the episode, such as when she and Dan were making the bed, which showed signs of the old relaxed Serena, but sadly, not enough. It was a nice touch to have her call on Dan though, just goes to show that there’s still a connection, romantic or not.
Finally, if Dan can’t afford to go to Yale, Serena turned them down and Blaire was dropped from their list, where does that leave our intrepid Gossip Girl stars next season? Chuck seems intent on running his father’s business (now that he’s finally stopped focusing on the secret gentleman’s club) and Vanessa is happy in Brooklyn with her documentary film making, so assuming Nate’s grandfather can get him access to an Ivy league school in the Fall, it seems that he’ll be the only one matriculating at the end of the school year. Of course, with three episodes to go, that could all change. Tune in again on April 20th, same Bat time, same Bat channel.
Up Next Week: “Seder Anything” – No new episode next week, Gossip Girl returns to our screens with a bang on April 20th as Chuck and Nate compete for Blair’s affection and a familiar face from the past returns to play a very different role than what we’re used to.
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