Gossip Girl, The CW, Airs Monday 8/7c
Episode: “The Wrath of Con” (Season 2, Episode 23)
Synopsis: Serena and the gang come together in an attempt to take down Poppy, but Lily has other plans. Meanwhile, Rufus discovers that Lily may be just like her mother after all, leading him to reconsider popping that all-important question.
Review: When the highlight of the episode is its final moments, something’s usually not quite right. Unfortunately, that’s the best way to sum this week’s installment up, something wasn’t quite right with the execution. On paper, it must have looked great. Georgina’s complete about-face into spouting Bible phrases and being Miss Goody-Two-Shoes, the gang all together to take down a common foe, Chuck and Blair having “the” conversation, Rufus and Lily finding more ways not to be together, the list just keeps going. Yet despite all the juicy story aspects, the episode fell flat.
With so much negative to discuss, it’s important that the brief shining moments of positive are remembered. Despite being mentioned above as part of the “great on paper” set, Blair and Chuck’s discussion of their situation was a bright spot in the episode, most notably because Chuck was the complete gentleman that Blair’s always believed him to be. He acted out of her best interest, he admitted he loved her, he let her be happy. Of course, she doesn’t know any of this and if she did, it’d be adios Nate. Perhaps he can go back to Vanessa (who was a no-show again) to console himself before heading back for camp preppy. Meanwhile, Blair would linger in Chuck’s arms for a while before they enter this whole dance again, leaving us with no option but some form of murder-suicide plot.
The brightest other moment came, of course, from Georgina. During her entire sappy Jesus-loving, Bambi-eyed, saved stint, she was more irritating than any storyline previously attempted on “Gossip Girl“, quite the achievement! Had this been Survivor, people would have been ringing in in their droves to have her voted off the island and back to her mothership. However, those final moments where Georgina steps back into her Prada slip-ons and slings her Louis Vuitton bag back over her shoulder, you know the bitch is back and this time, she’s playing for keeps. Who knows whether it was the loss of the Bible money, Blair’s constant slamming or the fact that she was taken for a fool, but something tipped Georgie right over the edge. Poppy’s not going to know what hit her and that’s a scene I want to see.
On the adult end of the street, who knew that Lily had such a devious side! After all, setting your own daughter up with a criminal record (which, incidentally, she didn’t seem to care about. If she drops the charges, is the arrest expunged? Won’t this impact Brown’s acceptance?) is quite the dastardly deed. However, it was enjoyable to witness. Serena’s nice and all, but a night in jail may make her less irritating and possibly even get her to forget about Gabriel! This plot should be laid to rest with all possible haste, just like Lily and Rufus’ relationship is about to be. Rufus was never really a fan of Lily’s mother because of the very same streak exhibited by Lily herself this week, so it looks like it’ll be bye bye birdie. With their supposedly-dead son still lingering (who never did show up this week) in the background, he could end up the glue that binds them together, or the acid that burns them apart.
One final thing. Did anyone else think of a few very famous names when they heard the term “fauxcialite” and its definition?
Up Next Week: “Valley Girls” – It’s spin-off time as the back-door pilot to Gossip Girl’s spin off show (tentatively called “Lily”) finally airs. Through a series of flashbacks to the 1980s (complete with fashion mistakes, big hair and blue eyeshadow), we meet Lily as her teenage self and see what life was like for her as she grew up in “The Valley”.
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