There was some stuff that just fell flat — like the split-screen ’70s campy spy/action movie effect. Nope, not working. And even Dorota, who I always always love, was given just too much corny stuff to do.
I’m not sure that the whole Jack Bass scheme even makes sense in the end — why is he so hell bent on breaking up his 18-year-old nephew’s relationship? He doesn’t have better things to do? But that Desmond Harrington knows how to play repulsive, and he did it well tonight. I am happy to see conflict between Chuck and Blair, and their confrontation at the end of the episode was great — even if it came from something ludicrous. Blair’s single tear, and that slap, and Chuck remembering word for word what Blair said to him when she first told him she loved him… classic glorious Gossip Girl.
As was Blair in that Matthew Williamson embroidered halter dress. Stunning.
I liked Jenny’s attempt to break up Nate and Serena, and liked even more that it failed. That she’s using her actual trauma-rama life to manipulate Nate, but he’s only there being a stand-up good guy.
Glad Eric van der Woodsen’s back, with his quick wit, his dalliances in Japan, and a new potential beau lined up. And congratulations to Dorota and Vanya. I look forward to your nuptials.
The Dan/Vanessa plot was a little more interesting this week, since they were bickering a bit and it looks like things will pick up when Dan inevitably finds out Vanessa’s applying to Tisch as well. Interesting.
The promo for next week suggests we’ll finally meet Doctor van der Woodsen, and (thank god) we’ll see the return of my one true love, Carter Baizen.
But this week’s episode… I dunno. It didn’t quite work for me. Thoughts on where it went wrong? Or why I’m wrong and this was Gossip Girl gold?