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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 10, "Bonfire of the Vanity"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 10, "Bonfire of the Vanity"

On this week's Gossip Girl, love is in the air for Serena, who is aglow with feelings for Aaron the artist. Also glowing? Eleanor Waldorf! Yes, Blair's mother has become totally smitten with Cyrus, a man Blair imagines to be as charming as Cary Grant ("Maybe a dashing stepdad is just what I need"). And because Blair is turning 18, she's determined to remain as poised as as possible, a la Grace Kelly, and welcome Cyrus with open arms.

Then there are the Humphrey kids, who have, to Rufus's horror, cynically traded their souls away in return for fame and fortune. Jenny and Agnes are in a "business partnership" together and looking for some representation, and Dan is back to writing about "Charlie Trout," to his mentor's great pleasure. Ready to chat? Just


  • First of all: How exasperating are both Agnes and Jenny in this episode? Yes, Agnes turns out to be a highly unstable, unreliable friend to Jenny, but jeez, Jenny was very angry last night. She stomps around and screams and cries, and it's just very stressful to watch.
  • Agnes sets Jenny's clothing on fire! That was intense and totally crazy. I personally would have wrestled that you-know-what down to the ground to save my blood, sweat, and tears, but Jenny opts for crying.
  • And then there's Dan, who's playing with fire in his own way, sneaking around Bart Bass for a story he's suddenly commissioned to write for New York Magazine. The entire time, I was thinking Dan's totally out of his mind to mess with the Bass family — how about you?
  • Of course he uncovers controversy in Bart's past via an unnamed source and excitedly tells Rufus it's just like All the President's Men!
  • And then there are Serena and Aaron. He texts her maps all the time? And she follows his little maps around and they meet and make out in places all over New York? It's way too shmoopy for me and makes me feel like they're just setting Serena up to fall.
  • Then Aaron asks Serena to pose for him. Blair warns that being someone's muse is a bad idea, and Serena points out that Picasso had muses, to which Blair replies, "A guy starts out in his blue period, and everything’s great, but it’s only a matter of time before he's all into cubism and it's some other girl's eye coming out of her forehead."
  • And it turns out Aaron has lots of "muses," aka other girls he dates. While I guess he has a point that he would like to see other people, having his ladies overlap like that is just rude. At first Serena says thanks but no thanks to the whole open relationship thing but later decides she's not some stuffy conventional Upper East Sider and hops on board the free-love train.
  • She's so free, in fact, that she goes on a date with Aaron in broad daylight in her nightie. Freeing? Or highly indecent? You be the judge.
  • I love Blair's response to finding out Aaron has lots of muses: "I would tell you that I told you so but now that I'm 18 I'll refrain."
  • Cyrus (played by playwright Wallace Shawn) turns out to be Aaron's father. He also turns out to be a tiny little man and not very dashing in Blair's eyes ("I was expecting Cary Grant and got Danny DeVito!").
  • Blair then becomes determined to kick Cyrus out of her and Eleanor's life ("Screw Grace Kelly. I need a scheme. That tiny man must have a big secret.") but ends up bonding with him (he brings her Cyndi Lauper!).

So Dan does the right thing (I guess? I mean, someone died in a fire because of Bart Bass, and Dan's the only one who knows but decides to bury the information. This show sends my moral compass into a tizzy) and Jenny's homeless, again. How many GG episodes will end with sad Jenny schlepping her stuff around the streets of New York with only her eyeliner to keep her warm? Blair respects Cyrus, but he's making himself a little too comfortable in her home, and Serena fancies herself a free spirit. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on last night's episode!

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
amybdk - It's a reference to Justin Bobby, who is Audrina's douche-y on-and-off boyfriend on The Hills. His real name is something else (i think a diff name other than Justin) but he likes to be referred to as Justin Bobby for some reason :oy: I guess Aaron Rose is similar to him, hence "Aaron Bobby"
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Dan & Jenny are both acting really stupid. Jenny should've just punched Agnes and gotten her clothes back instead of whining like a little girl. And the massive amounts of eyeliner...:oy: Serena was also acting ridiculous in this episode. Why does she want to be with this Aaron dude so bad? He treats her like dirt. I really didn't understand his speech about "Upper East Siders." Just becuas you want to be in a monogamous relationship, that means you're stuffy? LOVED Blair in this episode. Her blouse at the birthday party was to die for and she had great one-liners, like usual. It was nice to see Wallace Shawn & Cyndi Lauper make guest appearances as well.
ildergreier ildergreier 8 years
More Blair and chuck!
pelininstyle pelininstyle 8 years
I think Rufus is very very boring. He is trying to teach Jenny something apparently but i think his ways are stupid. He should encourage and support Jenny because she is really talented and instead he is pushing her away. Chuck is one of my fave characters. I was happy to see him bounding with his father. Aaron is both ugly and stupid playing the cool artist. So ridiculous. But again Serena doesn't have good taste in men. Dan was both ugly and stupid,too. Always wining about how he is from Brooklyn and how he is not rich so he can't be with Serena. Too cliché. I love the show but some characters are kind of losers:-)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm very sad that i missed this week's episode. so much goes on in NYC apparently that i don't know about and yet i live here. that's what i get for the 2 seconds that i forget that this isn't the hills and is telling us that it's a scripted show. go figure!
supertramp supertramp 8 years
Okay once again I'm still not interested in Serena's love life. I guess I liked her more when she was trying to be bitcy. And Aaron isn't that interesting either and that sucks because I know he is sticking around for a while. Rufus needs to know that his methods aren't working well. To the parts I did love. "I wanted Cary Grant and got Danny Devito." Priceless! I loved Blair and Cyrus probably because I respect him as an actor. Loved him in Clueless. I also liked the few Chuck moments. This is a child that might be rotten because of neglected caretaking by his father. Sad! And he almost cried, sexy!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I'm super slow... I'm not getting the 'Aaron-Bobby' reference! Anyone care to explain?!
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
Advah - :rotfl: Poor Rufus...
Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 8 years
Aaron looks like a Guinea Pig. He's got the little face that could be easily photoshopped onto some rodent's body. I HATE HIM. He's totally unnecessary!!!! I hated Serena's nightgown. I mean... You're 17! And you're wearing a wedding-night slip all over NY? Where's your mom to tell you that that's wrong? :P Love Blair, as usual. Last season I liked Serena+Dan better, but this time around I've become a Chuck-Blair fan. They are great, both together and apart. Rufus seriously needs counseling on how to be a parent. Especially when your 15 year old girl is running around acting crazy and stupid all over NYC!!!!
princess_dork princess_dork 8 years
OH MY GOD! I'm so jealous, I have to wait till saturday because of Monday night football, not fair.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
Wait! This was on last night? How come my TV had a football game on instead? When will it be on cwtv? :(
xoxoT xoxoT 8 years
Mr. Hall from Clueless! YES - I couldn't for the life of me remember where I knew him from. THANK YOU!
KirbyBoom KirbyBoom 8 years
Advah - I totally paused to read Dan's story too! The kid sucks, he'd be luck to get into brooklyn community college with that mess, forget Yale! It was like a child writing a school assignment about what the did over the holidays. I knew his writing would suck from the moment he failed to come up with a more creative psyeudonym than 'Charlie Trout' wow, must have taken him all day to think up that one. Bukowski he ain't. and Mr Hall from Clueless as Cyrus... <3
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
You're so right about Nelli Yuki Jammi! I had forgotten about that. Her line was so ridiculously high school, and Blair's face was the perfect withering look.
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 8 years
WTF? how did you all see it. it said gg wouldnt be on till saturday?!?!
cheytown cheytown 8 years
Emmygirl- Love that movie! This show is a total guilty pleasure for me, but c'mon, Rufus needs to grow a set, and be an authority figure to Little J, and Little J, needs to get over the tantrums, and suck it up, hello she wants to be in the real world, those are real world experiences and not everyone wants to put up with others issues, they have their own. Reality sucks and she can't cry her way out of it- Boo-freakin-hoo! Even though Blair is nasty- still love her! And loved Cyrus- hes a peach!
cibele cibele 8 years
NO Vanessa and Nate! Yay. But the price to pay is to have a lot of Dan. Nay :( Blair is always adorable, when she's mean and delivers the funniest lines or even if she's being cute and nice :) Plus she always looks amazing and pretty. It's kind funny how Serena was supposed to be the prettiest of all. Serena and Jenny are both annoying in their own kind of way. All of you are right, WHY she didn't grab her clothes? I felt like punching my computer for that. Highly annoying. She just switches from being mean to poor little crying girl. And Serena is really dumb for going out with Aaron. He's just disrespectful all the time. This is not what i call being a free spirit. This is just being naive. She'll get hurt eventually, but i couldnt care less.
Jammi Jammi 8 years
"hehe I was waiting for Blair to scream "Inconceivable!" about Cyrus throughout the entire episode! But nothing! It would've been a funny nod to his famous role." LOL, agreed. Jenny really bothered me. You're going to be all edgy and run away from home, work on your back hand so when some anorexic druggy model threatens to burn your sh*t you just lay it on her, one time, take your ish and go. I agree with whoever said Jenny shouldn't have made her think she was an equal partner. They should've at least figured out the details before they went shopping around for backers. Aaron is so ugh, can't act, not cute, asshole. He's a loser. And that line about 'I don't know how it is in highschool...' I don't know how it is in college but when you're chasing a girl down as hard as he was chasing Serena, you make it known from the jump that you're going tobe wining and dining other girls. His bang bothers me so much! Blair was brilliant, I loved her facial expressions through the whole thing, hahaha, like when the Asian girl [who I thought she hated, hello SAT sabotage] was to Serena 'aww, he totally likes you' and Blair just stopped and just looked at her.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
Rufus has made a lot of mistakes. I guess I understand how he wouldn't agree with Jenny, but after every she's done, it's obvious that's she very serious (although childish) about her dream, and why can't he relate to that? Serena + Aaron = another boring relationship I love finding out more about the Bass family and I'm so glad Bart came around!
crystalm07 crystalm07 8 years
Ugh cannot stand Aaron at alllll....he needs to go soon! So sick of Jennys storylines and their taking over the show I once loved. I have not given up on it yet, but they need to make some changes and go back to the characters we all loved, or atleast get some new ones with actual talent!
Advah Advah 8 years
Duh. In my comment #4, I actually meant "trying to be edgy by wandering in Central Park in her nightie? Most of her formal tops cover up her boobs *less* than that". :oy: Now I should probably stop procrastinating and go back to job applications..
Advah Advah 8 years
Hah good point Lizzysau; Chuck doesn't usually read a book on his bed on a lazy sunny afternoon, he hooks up with twins.. :P TidalWave, I've just read a comment on another website that made me cry from laughing too hard - I thought you'd enjoy it: "Rufus just sitting, playing the guitar, looking like he just got his eyebrows threaded" :D This show makes my week. :)
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
The whole thing between Jenny and Agnes, was all Jenny's fault! Jenny needed to make it clear at the beginning that she wanted Agnes to be the face of her line, but Agnes was to remain as ONLY a model. By leading Agnes to believe that she could ever possible be a partner or bringing her to interviews was a huge mistake! But the biggest mistake of this episode was the one Jenny's father made. Turning a child away, how could he ever think he was right? He also had the upper hand, the contract was only a barging clip. In parenting no one ever wins, there's a compromise that's found. He could said "I will sign that contract, but from now on until you turn 18. You will live by my rules and everything must be ran by me. If you ever run away again I will call the police." That would have been a lot smarter Instead of just saying no and letting his daughter go live on the street, I think for that he should have custody taken away!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I can't get past how ugly and gross Aaron is. He ruined the episode for me. And I really missed the Chuck/Blair interaction.
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