Les jeux sont faits, mes amies! That episode was just rammer-jammed full of deception. Blair made the good girl go bad, and Vanessa’s decent into evil manipulation was very Little J circa season 1. Remember when Alison Humphrey was all, “Think about the person you’re becoming”? And in comes Mama Abrams with the same message.
I’d been wondering whether (or when) we’d get another Blair dream sequence, and loved the opening All About Eve scene. As if Leighton can pull off Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis.
My beefs with the episode:
- If I was Taylor Momsen, I would be seriously concerned about my lack of screen time so far this season. Her raccoon eyes last season weren’t so bad. Can’t we have some Jenny time?
- Since when are Rufus and Lily “Dan’s parents”? He still has a mother. She’s just, like, an hour outside of Manhattan. Are we calling Lily Mrs. Humphrey now? Mrs. van der Woodsen Bass Humphrey? No. And where is Eleanor Waldorf?
- Olivia needs to stop saying “disinvited.”
- Though the Carter & Serena scene in B’s candlelit bedroom was very Chuck & Blair–epic, that was not enough Carter for one episode. More Carter Baizen please!
- And enough with the Welcome Back, Kotter mugs. It’s not that funny.
My favorite moments & lines:
- Vanessa and Jenny to Dan: “People like you better when they meet our family.” zing.
- The whole Chuck kisses Mr. Ellis scene. B: “I’ll just go powder my nose. Back in 10?” C: “I only need five.” And B’s “Out, you cable-knit queen!” and C’s “Did you really think I’d never kissed a guy before?” And kissing Chuck Bass being #27 on the Tribeca Scavenger Hunt. Adore it.
- Dan burning his Special Chicken in the background while Olivia talks to V on the phone.
- B to V: You’re embarrassing yourself. More than usual.”
- Olivia’s impression of a vapid Hollywood starlet with her “Totes” and “I love you too, bitch.”
- Blair to Lily: “Where did you learn to give a pep talk? Guantanamo?”
- Rufus on B’s ‘speech’: “She really should have run that by someone.”
- It was mortifying, but great for secondary embarrassment when Vanessa (finally) admitted she wished Dan’s parents were hers . . . right in front of her own absentee mother. Eep.
- Sigh, Blair’s new minions make me miss the old minions.
What did you think? Believable that Nate could trick Serena? That Serena could light all those candles without setting her mane ablaze? Did Blair’s flatish, straight hair upset you more than her deception of Meester Chuck? The Chuck and Blair fight upsets me to my core, but we needed some conflict there to keep the sparks alive. And next week! Our first ever Gossip Girl Halloween.