Gossip Girl: Birthday Girl
Peace settled upon the island of Manhattan on this week’s episode of Gossip Girl as Blair and Chuck sat down with a certified court reporter and hammered out the details of a truce. Divvying up assets like a divorcing couple (strip clubs for Chuck, Fashion Week in Paris and Milan for Blair), the two showed incredible restraint and maturity throughout the entire process pulled together by Nate and Serena. The former foes reconciled just in time for Blair’s big 20th birthday bash – because what’s a party without Chuck Bass in attendance? Rufus and Lily tried to celebrate their first wedding anniversary quietly, but without an opportunity to bring the entire family together they settled for sharing their night with Blair. Serena made a valiant effort to keep her pants on in the presence of her new semi-beau/professor while Dan and Eric joined forces to bring Jenny back home. Here are some other thoughts:
Worst look: Blair might have commented on Serena’s “sex glow,” but our eyes were once again drawn to her ratty hair. If she were actually rolling around in the sheets with Colin we’d give her a pass for being follically challenged.
Biggest mistake: Why is Serena going to Juliet for advice? Not only did she just break Nate’s heart, she’s shown in the past that she is not to be trusted. Serena really can’t tell the difference between her friends and enemies.
Worst scheme: Dan and Eric take a page from the Blair and Chuck book of devious battle and try to concoct a plan that will destroy the truce so Chuck can personally allow Jenny’s return for a family dinner. Despite the plan’s idiocy it actually works, although we’re not quite sure why. Dan debuts a revealing tape of Blair belting out bad karaoke to her party guests and when she immediately suspects Chuck, the truce disintegrates. Blame Dan.
Best hate sex: With the truce cast aside, Blair and Chuck go at it full throttle in the foyer. It almost wasn’t pretty to watch and yet elicited a cheer. At least they aren’t avoiding each other.
Who was the best dressed of the episode? Continue reading to find out.
Best birthday guest: Robyn. She’s welcome to drop by one of our parties any day.
Best clue: Colin is Juliet’s cousin. He pays her tuition and her rent. He’s obviously a very generous family member, but Juliet could use a little more dough – just look at her wardrobe and apartment. Juliet’s brother wants Serena expelled from school for being caught in a lewd act with a professor and he doesn’t care which professor takes the fall. Juliet feels guilty, but tapes the two engaged in a kiss for future blackmail fodder. We still don’t know what Serena did to this family to deserve this level of revenge. Maybe we’ll find out before May.
Best dressed: Say what you will about Blair’s frock, when Dorota ditches the uniform, she dazzles.
Most missed character: Cyrus. His name came up often in this episode and we missed him terribly. He’s just the gentle soul Blair needs to soften her steely demeanor.
Most artsy fartsy gift: Dan strews homemade paper flowers around Rufus and Lily’s apartment. He really needs to parlay his talents into something more productive – like writing.
In the end, Blair had a happy birthday or at least an eventful one that found her again in Chuck’s arms. Serena lets lust dictate her life and this time it may truly ruin her future prospects. Nate sulks over Juliet while she proves that brother blood is thicker than cousin blood.
Dan Rufus* and Lily frolicked naughtily around their paper garden while Dan and Vanessa platonically share the same living space. What did you think? Would you betray your sugar cousin for your imprisoned brother?
*Doh! Thanks for the catch, anon.