Gossip Girl, The CW, Airs Monday 8/7c
Episode: “The Age of Dissodance” (Season 2, Episode 18)
Synopsis: As the students of Constance and St. Jude’s perform “The Age of Innocence” as their final year school play, life begins to imitate art. After her dream of attending Yale is shattered, Blair’s drive for revenge alienates her from all her friends and acolytes. However, the true culprit behind the attacks on her perfect life is not quite who she expects. Blair’s dreams aren’t the only ones destroyed, as Dan’s eyes are opened to the true nature of someone he believed above the mud slinging of the schoolyard. Meanwhile, Chuck attempts to rescue Elle from the hands of members of his father’s secret gentleman’s club.
Review: Gossip Girl returns to our screens, and although it didn’t exactly return with a bang, it also didn’t disappoint. Instead we were presented with a neat wrapping up of Dan’s May-August love story; an attempt at making us believe Serena is actually over Dan while underlining the fact that her character has disappeared into some other creature; and a complete crumbling of Blair’s world, all intermingled with teenagers performing scenes from “The Age of Innocence”. Oh, and Chuck has a side plot concerning the secret gentleman’s club his father frequented and that girl that accidentally revealed its existence to him. It seems that chestnut’s going to last a while.
Despite all the build up, the heat and the drama with Dan and Rachel’s relationship in the previous episode, it seems that Ms Carr’s career in the realm of Gossip Girl is already over. It was nice to see a teacher behaving like a real person, even if that teacher is not much more than a teenager herself. With what Blair did to her, it’s understandable that the girl would be pretty pissed and eager for some revenge.
I hope the writers didn’t mean for this particular plot point to be some sort of shock twist, as it was pretty predictable. Then again, predictability seemed to be the theme of this week’s episode. From Serena setting herself up for failure by falling for a gay guy to Elle’s ditching of Chuck as soon as she got her money, there were no surprises. Only the closing moments held a certain amount of uncertainty and the promise of more trouble to come. With only four episodes left in the season and the promise of more fun and flashes from Serena’s former life, things are not due to run smoothly. Perhaps tonight was only the beginning of this downward spiral into Crazytown. Poor Blair and Chuck, it seems like they’ll never catch a break!
Up Next Week: “The Grandfather” – With Blair’s college dreams in tatters, she turns to her darker side in an effort to lose herself and forget her grief. Meanwhile, Vanessa attempts to persuade Nate that it’s time to let his mother’s side of the family back into his life.
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