Gossip Girl: Sucker Punch
"A shared love of scheming is the basis for every good relationship, right?"
Like every episode of Gossip Girl this week found the gang scheming and attending a party – there was even a fight for good measure. Blair tried to get her boss laid in order to increase her chances of a favorable performance review; Chuck attempted to draw Raina in with stories of his childhood, hoping to save his father’s empire. Serena continued her quest to woo Ben, while Dan, Eric and Damien joined forces to oust the former convict from the zip code. Only Serena succeeded as Ben dropped his guard and locked lips with the bountiful blonde. Instead of a performance review Blair was handed the reins on a trial basis at the magazine and efforts to deter Thorpe from buying Bass Industries proved futile for Chuck. Here are some other thoughts:
Most confused: Chuck admits he’s only sleeping with Raina to wrangle his business out of her father’s clutches, but then seems truly hurt when she threatens to never speak to him again after the revelation of his mischievous intentions. Is he falling for her or is it still all an act?
Worst employee: Epperly obviously has the brains or she wouldn’t have her position at W Magazine in the first place, but she acts like she’s one of the interns. Then, she quits her job unexpectedly to follow a former flame to a yoga retreat. And we’re pretty sure she didn’t give two weeks notice.
Most unbelievable: Epperly quits her post and Blair is next in line for the job? She’s a sophomore in college and she’s only been an intern at the magazine for about a week. Blair bellying up to the bar as an underage drinker is more believable than her landing a job in journalism without a degree and any discernible experience.
Worst makeup job: Damien’s orange sheen can’t be blamed merely on a fake tan.
Most gullible: Eric honestly believes Damien wants a relationship above and beyond their dealer and druggie roles and is willing to lie about Ben’s rage issues for him.
Worst parent: Without Lily showing up in this episode, Rufus actually did more than just hold her coat. He finally attempts to talk to Eric and when he confesses his lack of friends and confidants, Rufus just lets him walk away. Put down the bowl of cereal and offer some kind words to the struggling kid.
Most clingy: Ben tells Serena he doesn’t want a relationship and she sends him a bookcase. The girl refuses to take a hint. And why should she? Despite Ben’s professions of disinterest, he still succumbed to her feminine wiles.
Continue reading to find out if Chuck is just playing Raina.
Most selfish: Serena throws Dan to the side (again) when a new man catches her eye and she offers up the Humphrey residence to the new guy. Does Serena not see the potential problems of having her ex and her current guy room together? She just doesn’t care.
Most used: Nate. Poor thing can’t get anyone to see past his gorgeous smile. Blair goes to Chuck when she needs help with serious matters and she hits up Nate when she needs a beefcake.
Blair convinces Raina to give Chuck another chance, which seems out of character. While it’s understandable that Blair chooses to focus on her career and making a name for herself instead of relying only on a romantic relationship with Chuck to satisfy her, why would she help Chuck forge a fling with another woman? Dan and Nate stick it to Damien and tell his father about his line of work while Serena and Ben play kissy face with Dan in the next room. What did you think?