Spotted: The Hurt Locket

Welcome back, Gossip Girl! This episode didn’t blow me away with its awesomeness but it was certainly a solid return — Nate and Serena are hot together, Blair was hilarious and sweet, Chuck brooded so well, Damien is more interesting now than he was before the break, and Jenny is fierce.

It was kinda wack how this was a post-Christmas holiday episode. It’s March, people. I guess the season really was supposed to come back in January and then there was a scheduling shuffle after this episode was already in the bag. But I spent the first 15 minutes trying to figure out what the heck month it was.

Also wack (i read a hilarious tweet that used the word “wack” and I am bringing it back into my slang vocabulary): how Rufus is handling this whole Lily and her Ex situation. He’s been so totally submissive in his relationship for the past six months so I understand the strong reaction but completely ignorez-vousing Lily and then barely letting her explain herself before heading downstairs to the co-op lady? Not cool, Rufus. That said, Lily didn’t seem all that vehement about pleading her innocence. Rufly, don’t fall apart on us! Again.

Look how cute Nate and Serena are: her tights match his shirt. Love how Blair instantly knew that Serena had already hooked up with Nate. The make-out in the coat closet scene was great and that genius song was “crystalized” by The XX. I think I like these two together. Serenate!

Chuck’s mom or not Chuck’s mom? That is the question. Certainly looks like she is with that final moment of her holding the other half of the locket, a picture of her and a newborn inside it. I’m happy that Blair dropped her Table Elitaire plans to be with Chuck. Let’s hope we don’t have to hear about any more secret societies at NYU ever again.

Jenny Humphrey, nicely done. She came up such a clever and crafty way to sneak drugs past high security, she managed to be “helpful” to Nate and to mock Damien as his plan fell apart without her, and fixed everything up in the end. She even got in a dig at the French. If only she was using her powers for good instead of drug-dealing evil. Damien charmed me way more in tonight’s episode than he did in his fall episodes. I like where this is going!

I also dug the slow-build on the Dan-Vanessa plot. Not even a glimpse of Vanessa.

What did y’all think? A strong return? Excellent lipstick on Jenny Humphrey? It was sort of so ugly that it got pretty again. Oh man, I am so glad to have our Upper East Siders back. If only my roommate wasn’t watching an episode of 24, I would watch it again right now.

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Previews of The Hurt Locket

Hey Upper East Siders,

Last night I had the pleasure of joining the roundtable discussion at Talking Gossip After Dark and the episode is now up! Listen to it here or on iTunes. You can still enter my contest — answer the Dean’s Question and win a copy of my book, Spotted: Your One and Only Unofficial Guide to Gossip Girl!

Lots of trailers and webclips for Monday’s new episode, “The Hurt Locket”!

Trailer: In the Kitchen

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