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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 1, "Summer, Kind of Wonderful"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 1, "Summer, Kind of Wonderful"

Welcome back, Gossip Girl fans! If you weren't still basking in your Labor Day vacation last night, then you too watched the awesome and mostly hilarious premiere episode of season two like I did. True to form, the writers of Gossip Girl packed in a whole lot of plot, and the back-and-forths were at times mind-boggling. After covering the slow, deliberate Mad Men line delivery, it was a jolt to the system to hear these kids talk a mile a minute.

I would do a bit of season one recapping here, but the first three minutes of last night's episode were pretty darn comprehensive, so let's skip it and get to the good stuff. Blair's new man! Nate's Summer fling with a married lady! Dan's writer's block (try not to laugh) and new nickname courtesy of Gossip Girl herself! Jenny's internship and inexplicably awful Devil Wears Prada boss! Chuck's Chuckness! Ready, set,


  • First of all, the production quality as a result of shooting in the Hamptons was pretty extraordinary. Some of the scenes were gorgeous, including the shot of Chuck and Blair at Serena's grandmother's house under a grove of trees and the final scene of Dan and Serena on the beach with the fireworks overhead and the adirondack chairs off to the side near the bonfire. So picturesque it was scrumptious.
  • I'm still laughing at the way Dan and Serena coped with their break-up. Serena was essentially "sitting Shiva," as Blair observed, and Dan was dating a different girl every night, according to Jenny. Really? Dan the player (or "Playboy," as Gossip Girl would say) is hilariously far-fetched and silly.
  • When Blair accused Serena of sitting around moping all Summer watching The Closer I laughed . . . and then felt lame because that's essentially what I did. Crap!
  • So, ever since Dan was published in The New Yorker (ha!) he is a hot young talent and spent the Summer interning for his "literary idol."
  • Nate's affair with the married lady: not much to say, other than we see his chest a lot, so yay?
  • In grown-up news, Serena's grandmother is now on the side of good (helping Dan) and Rufus is on tour with his band and making fun of Jack Johnson. Glass houses, Rufus!
  • You know, every heavy, unrequited love-type scene between Blair and Chuck had me baffled. Obviously when they're snapping at each other and scheming, it's a lot of fun, but when the music slows down and Blair sheds a tear, I kept thinking, "Um, am I supposed to feel something here?" Because I didn't feel a thing. Not one thing.
  • Speaking of snapping at each other, Blair was full of newly minted Chuck-isms including: "Damn that mother-Chucker" and "Chuck Bass-tard." Language!
  • Another amazing line from Blair came when Serena's lifeguard date showed up to take her out: "A honk instead of a knock? Did someone order a townie?"
  • OK, when Blair's boy toy started talking in a British accent, I just about died of laughter. Then he said he was a Lord and I was done. So hilariously outrageous, it's hard not to love it.
  • And finally, with the help of Eric, Jenny impressed Tinsley Mortimer with her style in front of her really mean boss.

So, here's a question: Did you feel like there were many, many moments that could have ended last night's episode and kept you coming back for more? I felt like right when Serena kissed Nate in front of Dan, they should have stopped right there. Or when Blair's guy said "I'm a Lord," it should have been boom — until next week! Essentially, it felt like two episodes to me, and just like that the Summer is over for the Upper East Siders. What do you think? Are you glad it's all tidied up before the kids head back to school in the city? Or do you think it was a little too breathless?

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Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
I LOVED it all!! I do feel something whenever there is that moment between Blair and Chuck was kind of heart-breaking when he just couldn't say..."I LOVE YOU"....which I guess I would assume Blair wanted to hear. Everything is just rather entertaining.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Oh my lord, can I just say that Tinsley Mortimer is the WORST ACTRESS EVER. Please woman, stick to being a lady who lunches.
sensy sensy 9 years
Heres a link to the full episode Enjoy
manga manga 9 years
um I love chuck now. so so much. I FELT SO AWFUL FOR HIM WHEN HE AND BLAIR WERE HAVING THAT TALK. I thought the lord thing was a tad overboard. I could see blair thinking, "shit! a lord! I messed this one up!" haha. serena and dan made me happy. nate and the married woman was a little wtf. hey, where's vanessa?
happygolucky007 happygolucky007 9 years
Okay I know....way late to share my two cents but I've been in Hawaii and missed out on my Sugar time! Yes, Chuck is amazing! My eyes are glued to the screen when he's on! HOTT!!! I think Serena can do better than Dan. Yes, I said it! Go back and watch the first season over again... he is not nice to her at all- so egotistical for a Humphrey. We'll see. I still think he is a doll. Blair looked so pretty with her hair highlighted and all those great floral prints. Makes me want to spend a summer in the Hamptons. Lucky. Does it seem like she has gotten a bit soft? I am super glad to see Eric and Jenny friends again. Love those two characters. Nice and sane. Serena's grandma thing was confusing. Eh oh well. I want to see what happens with Lily and Bart and Rufus. I'm dying for epi 2!!!
devioussmileox devioussmileox 9 years
without letting out a big spoiler for the books... i just really hope that schwartz and team dont go the route that dan goes in the books. that would be....just sad.
Inge15020039 Inge15020039 9 years
season 1 was extremely good! but then again the O.C hitted off the same way as GG. so i hope things get spicy and have more gossip in it, but the on and off thing with dan and serena has been a little to much. I saw a spoiler from episode 3 and i was very disappointed! But i loved the episode for the nice clothes and blair & chuck: great conversations! hilarioius! i can't wait for more!!!!
dollhouse1 dollhouse1 9 years
ladies ya'll need to BACK OFF, of Chuck Bass, cause that boy is MINE!!! omg i hated this bass-tard till last night, completely fell in love with him. He sooo HOT, funny how i just noticed
bento-barista bento-barista 9 years
Okay, I have to admit I was not and still am not entirely a GG fan, but last night's ep. was tre awesome. So much better than the few ep. from last season I caught. & I can't help but admit, I too love Chuck. PopUK said it best: He is dastardly (as he exemplified in season one's finale but dosh garnit I love him. :D
supertramp supertramp 9 years
Okay honestly I loved the episode. It was hilarious but I actually was talking to the tv several times. I was so mad at Chuck, it was as Blair said it, "3 words and 8 letters". yeah maybe he was afraid to say it but its kinda hard to feel bad for him when you're rooting for this couple at every moment. I'm sorry you didn't see the chemistry but sooner or later you might. I think Blair stayed with the lord only because he compared her to Chuck and she didn't want her to be compared to someone so manipulative. My favorite line of the night was from Eric when he found out who Chuck's got on speed dial, "he's got a P.I. on speed dial" Hilarious, right? And I did love it when Blair asked Chuck for one good reason and, "I"m Chuck Bass, isn't good enough." Ahhh! It would have been good enough for me sadly. But I'm rooting for these two to be together at some point this season. Another great quote, "The only thing worse than being with Dan Humphrey is mourning Dan Humphrey."
AHHHH!!!! I LOVED IT!! Last season, Chuck was one of my least favorite characters. But after last nights episode, I LOVE HIM!!!!! Blair looked gorgeous, as usual. And, am I the only one that noticed Dan in his wifebeater!? HELLO!? CAN U SAY HOT?!?! All in all, I thought it was a great beginning to another fantastic season!
CheleBelle CheleBelle 9 years
Having devoured season 1 on DVD in approximately 48 hours I can say this was a nice Labor Day goodie. And that this episode re-affirmed what I had felt from episode 4 of season 1....Blair and Chuck are the 'money shot' when it comes down to the best part of the show. Everyone else is lovely-marvelous and such BUT Chuck and Blair make the show. Looking forward to their future misbehaviors. As for Lord Marcus...his 'coming' out was so bad till it was good.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Aw man I feel so late to the party...Ugh I was at college all day. Anyway, I agree with Buzz about this episode. I thought it was pretty good, I loved the fashion as usual (Serena's white ensemble was to die for) and the witticism, but I feel like this episode packed SOOOO much plot into one little episode. I have to say I'm finally onboard the Blair-Chuck train now, even though I still think Chuck is skeevy and I won't forget when he tried to rape Jenny in the series premiere. Does no one else remember that? Dan was not believable as a playboy and his reconciliation with Serena was a little too quick. Nate with an older woman? Umm ok then. But wtf she is the mom of Blair's boyfriend?? AHHHH. Jenny's storyline was kinda meh, but I liked how she outwitted her boss by showing off her designs at the White Ball even though her boss didn't think she would be there.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I've been reading the books and while I find they're very different from the show, I think that each one is awesome in their own right. I mean, they got the characters mostly right, they're just putting them into different relationships and circumstances.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
adorKablefae, I'm a fan of the book and I agree. They totally butchered everything. I mean, I guess it makes sense to try to make it more shocking but I, for one, was kind of looking forward to Schwartz' INTERPRETATION of the book, and not a totally different thing altogether.
nillawafer1983 nillawafer1983 9 years
The Tinsley in "The It Girl" is a different person, not actually Tinsley Mortimer! The fact that Jay McInerney guest starred in the episode, including reading a part from one of his actual books, totally made the episode for me! What an apt guest star :-D
hollspd hollspd 9 years
Chuck Bass is LOVE! He is *such* a hottie. Oh how I've missed his snark. He and Blair together are perfection. And apart they are also perfection. Love to see them playing off each other. Wait, were there other characters in the show? heh. Gimme some more Chuck.
adorKablefae adorKablefae 9 years
Anyone book fans out there? Catch that Tinsley is a key part of Jenny's spin off "The It Girl?" I'm just upset by all the differences and how they butchered the books. They weren't that fantastic, but you almost have to ignore the canon to enjoy the show. Anyway, Gossip Girl is one of those shows that I hate to love. :P
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
OMG, that British accent :rotfl: The best part about last night's episode was NO VANESSA! Yay! I'm soooo happy GG is back!
devioussmileox devioussmileox 9 years
i adore this show. while yes, some stuff is quite ridic. (the lord for example.) it is great in many other ways. my thoughts: - on dan being playboy: no no no! why? i get that he was trying to heal, but had this been a girl, she'd be labled a slut. and that is just NOT dan humphrey. - on chuck/blair: GOD! this seriously made my chest ache! i love them and so desperately want them together. but at the same time stretching out the heartbreak and bickering could be great! look at pacey/joey on dawsons creek. fabulous story line there. - on nate: am i the only one who could care freaking less about this cat? - on jenny: same on how i feel about nate. maybe if they gave her a decent story line...??
bushra bushra 9 years
yessssss!!! glad this is back and not too dramatic to start off with, i liked the over the top production too, but hey, was that an ikea EXPEDIT behind Chuck at the bar (i should know, i have one =:) ) and the Lord and his accent! very laughable. i think this was Chuck's episode though, and about time too!
Stella10 Stella10 9 years
Ok, So I totally missed last season but heard the clothes and attitudes were tres chic so I was compelled to rent last season so for the last week I have been watching like 3 or 4 episodes a day and I am totally hooked!!! Almost died when the guy turned out to be british but loved it more when Tinsley Mortimer made her guest appearance and made Jenny look great in front of her boss Priceless!! I'm totally hooked and can't wait for next week I do really love Chuck Bass and his Basstardly attitude!!
POPSUGAR-Celebrity-UK POPSUGAR-Celebrity-UK 9 years
OK, late to the party but I just watched this and... wow! I almost cried laughing when that guy turned out to be "British" - I felt like I'd turned on the TV in the middle of the day and caught some Olsen twins movie. Yet, it was genius - didn't make me love it any less. I know he splits opinion but I adore Chuck. He's so OTT, with every line said in such a dastardly manner, that I can't help but laugh at the character. Seriously, he's awesomeness. Anyway, enough gushing - loved this episode and so glad it's back. Sad that most of my fellow Brits won't see it for a few months though...
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I must admit, I'm totally in love with Chuck Bass. But I've always found arrogant bastards to be charming.
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