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Episode: “Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (Season 2, Episode 22)
Synopsis: When Blair and Chuck notice inaccuracies in Gabriel’s version of how he met Serena, a confrontation is ensured. However, the scheming Gabriel turns this discovery to his advantage, applying his Midas touch to situation and walking away with a group of investors as head over heels about his business venture as Serena is over him. When Chuck realizes that only the true Queen of Mean can solve the mystery, he seeks out the devilish Ms. Sparks but finds instead a truly changed person. But is she really as saved as she makes out to be? Meanwhile, Nate’s jealousy over Chuck’s contact with Blair causes him to pop a surprising question, for all the wrong reasons.
Review: Well, that was a fun little episode. Jealousy, betrayal, scheming and best of all – a little Chuck and Blair action (strictly platonic, but better than nothing). As we head into the home stretch of the season, the story arcs are setting up nicely and it’s obvious that nothing’s going to go smoothly.
Even the adults had a little drama this week, as Rufus dealt with money worries and considered a fairly prominent relationship issue. Whilst the ring was completely not to my taste, the idea of him proposing to Lily is both a blessing and a curse. It could seal the fate of Dan and Serena forever, but would also get rid of the angsty back and forth dance that Rufus and Lily do every so often. Funnily enough, the part he’s now so blase about, his cash flow issue, is exactly what he should go back to worrying over.
From the moment Gabriel mentioned an investment, his intentions were clear. Scam as many people out of their money as possible and blow the joint. Doesn’t anyone on this show watch Lost? Sawyer was an expert at just this con! Just like Sawyer, Gabriel displayed a sliver of heart when he tried to protect Rufus from the con, but unfortunately not enough to let him keep his money. Now the question becomes, did Gabriel just bail out on Poppy too, or is this still part of the plan? Of course, we’re still looking for an answer regarding why the dastardly duo chose Serena to begin with. Also, were the investments the only reason for the scheme, as it seemed that Poppy was surprised at this turn of events. Perhaps they just hadn’t planned on getting into that quite so quickly. It appears that it’s nothing to do with Georgina, as Gabriel seems clueless about anything to do with that particular minx.
Speaking of Georgie, for all her talk of being saved, praying and confessing her sins to Jesus, one mention of Blair Waldorf had her leaving her commune and headed back to the bright lights of the big city. It’s possible that Chuck was right and the “saved” stuff was all an act, or there could be genuine remorse motivating her to find Blair. The audience expects the former, which makes me lean towards the latter. Writers do try their best to confound our expectations, after all.
Surprisingly this week, even the sub-plots were strong enough to hold attention. Nate and Chuck’s sparring over Blair, Vanessa confessing about her torrid night of passion with Chuck, even Dan’s whingy bits about Yale were solid. The disdain and almost fear on Blair’s face as she peered down those steps into the subway station was priceless, and Vanessa’s method of confession was cute. Who doesn’t want to drink the pain away when confessing something so embarrassing?
It looks like Dan’s headed for NYU as Rufus’ money walks out the door with Gabriel, so the final hold out of the gang is Serena. At this stage, it’s unlikely she’ll end up at Brown, so perhaps it’ll be Columbia for her and Nate whilst Blair and Dan matriculate at NYU. Wouldn’t that make for some interesting late night study sessions.
Up Next Week: “The Wrath of Con” – A supposedly deceased member of the Humphrey family shows up on Rufus and Lily’s doorstep looking for help.
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