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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 12, "School Lies"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 12, "School Lies"

While last night's Gossip Girl advertised itself as the first of a two-part episode, there's really only one plot line that remains in limbo: Blair-Chuck-Nate (aka, your favorite love triangle of the year). Well, that and the mystery of whatever happened to little Jenny Humphrey. That said, there are no complaints here about "School Lies" other than I'm not sure I like the characters that I'm supposed to. Check out Fab's fashion quiz and Geek's tech quiz on last night's episode. Now, here are my thoughts:

  • OK, so Nate's been getting hotter and hotter, right? I like to think that he was filming this episode around the time that Chace Crawford himself started to become a stud in Hollywood (dating Carrie Underwood, etc.) and that confidence is showing up on screen. He looks so much more like a dashing man than a wimpy boy. Not to mention that his character is about a billion times less spineless these days. I'm just wondering what he'll do when he inevitably finds out about Blair and Chuck . . .
  • I went from not caring at all about the parent drama to almost liking it more than the stuff with the kids. Out of nowhere, the Bart-Lily-Rufus plot is the best thing about the show (don't worry, no spoilers until after the jump).
  • Want their clothes, and their hair. Anyone else surprised that Serena went with a classic one-piece bathing suit for the illicit pool party?

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  • Ugh, Vanessa is the worst. I mean, I know that she is supposed to be subversive and super cool and not playing into all the prep school nonsense with her artsy self, but she just bugs the hell out of me. I'm glad she gave Blair the tape but surprised that she accepted Blair paying her year's rent in return (even if Vanessa wasn't expecting it to happen). And I get that making a foundation to help fight youth genital herpes in Chuck's name is funny and all . . . but she's just so self-righteous. At least she doesn't seem to be trying to break up Serena and Dan.
  • Speaking of which, Dan himself was a little much last night. He's still a puppy dog for Serena, but he just can't seem to have a good time. Also, even if it did end up being Bart Bass who saved Serena's ass, Dan didn't have to be so demeaning to Serena, who legitimately thought she convinced the head mistress of her merits.
  • Minor point: Is there any way that the key to the pool at an upscale prep school in Manhattan is an old skeleton key on a velvet rope? Come on now, at least give us a giant janitorial key chain. Just saying.
  • Sigh, and then there are the parents. I'm legitimately conflicted about the Rufus-Lily-Bart situation. While it's a little ridiculous that Serena demands that her mom choose Bart (against her heart's desires), that's the thing about being in high school love — you think that it means everything and could be forever. That being said, I totally cheered at the moment when Lily called Rufus and told him she wanted to give it a try. Lily has done a total 180 since the beginning of the season. I love her, and that last moment was heartbreaking. My issue is, why does she have to choose any of them? Why can't Lily just be single a little while longer to look for someone who isn't Bart and isn't Rufus either?
  • Kinda happy to see Blair and Nate together again at the end . . . see my note in the beginning of this rundown about Nate's hotness.

What did you think about last night's episode? Is Chuck really in love with Blair or just taunting her? How will Nate find out? Do Dan and Serena bug anyone else besides me? Where is Jenny? What should Lily have done with Serena's request? Sad that there's only one episode left! Boo!

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gabichou26 gabichou26 9 years
Oh, I LOVED Serena's bathing suit. So. Much. Totally felt the same about the key. And about Lily... EXACTLY! Why in the world does the fact that she can't go on with Rufus means that she HAS to go with Bass? There isn't a good enough word for how frustrated I am about that.
swwonder swwonder 9 years
Never liked Nate before, but I actually said 'Wow, Nate got hot' during this epi. I still love Chuck, but I don't like how bratty he's being with the whole Blair issue. I love the Chuck/Serena relationship, or lack thereof, and now it's all Cruel Intentions-esque brotherly/sisterly I love it even more. The whole Lily/Rufus stuff broke my heart, I wanted them to be together, but I'm sure it's more interesting this way. I'm a little bored of Dan and Serena, I want some of Serena's old ways to come in to play, he seems to judge her a lot so I'd like to see him react to something. I loved Serena's out of character one-piece!
demeter demeter 9 years
No Blair/Nate. Blair/Chuck forever!!!
candiifloss candiifloss 9 years
and i thought it was so cute of nate to say: "If you can forgive me, then NOTHING can tear us apart.. i promise" lets hope he keepz that promise in the next ep!! (starting to hate chuck)
candiifloss candiifloss 9 years
luv blair nd nate together! <3 luv blair nd nate together! <3 luv blair nd nate together! <3 luv blair nd nate together! <3 luv blair nd nate together! <3 luv blair nd nate together! <3 luv blair nd nate together! <3 Chuck was really annoying me in this episode! Didnt even notice Jenny wasnt even there lol
spacebear spacebear 9 years
i hate the writers strike! i want many more new episodes
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
i doubt blair is pregnant. just some drama for the screen. LOL
hmr2505 hmr2505 9 years
Oh, and I really wasn't very impressed with this episode. For some reason, it was my least favorite one so far. The Rufus/Lily situation is really sad!! Does she even love Bart?? I thought I was rooting for a Blair/Chuck connection but after this episode, I really don't know who I want Blair to be with!? Her and Nate were so cute at the end! I must say though, next week's episode looks SO GOOD! I cannot wait!!!!!!!
hmr2505 hmr2505 9 years
What!? The next episode is the last!?? OH NO!!!! That went by soo fast!! I never once watched The OC so I had no idea how totally addicting a show like this can be!! Do we have confirmation that there will be another season?????
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Yay for the return of Chuck!
pee-wee113506 pee-wee113506 9 years
I'm really getting annoyed with Dan/Serena/Vanessa thing. MORE CHUCK AND BLAIR! Can't wait for next week's episodE!
Bubblegum2000 Bubblegum2000 9 years
DanSerena needs to die, like, right now! These two are so boring! I'm still a BlairChuck fan, but I can't deny Nate was smoking hot in the last episode. And I agree, it looks like it's more Chace Crawford's style (and hotness) showing up on screen than character development Still, Chuck and Blair need to be together because they're so PERFECT! Hottest couple of the show! Also, I don't think Chuck will ever tell Nate about his affair with Blair. He's just taunting her, trying to scare her to win her back (most stupid plan ever BTW) but he won't tell Nate. He loves Nate!
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 9 years
sumnboutme- I don't think that Nate is all that either but I have to admit in this episode he looked good(i was prob more distracted by his body hehe!) I actually prefer Chuck over Nate...
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
BOO to Vanessa as well. I was enjoying the show without her in it. I still don't understand why people who have read the books still compare it with the show. Haven't they realized that the only similarity is the location and the general plot? I'm pretty sure the writers never had the intention of following the books down to the T. If they were smart they'd follow the story lines that appeal to more of the viewers (which I'm pretty sure they do hence the Rufus-Lily thing). Anyways, I'm I the only one who thinks Nate isn't all that?
thatsmajor thatsmajor 9 years
I really don't like Vanessa! She is annoying! I loved the Lily and Rufus love predicament... I want to see them together!!! Dan was a bit annoying in this episode but I'm glad it all worked out. I love Blair and Nate together and I'm excited/scared to see what happens when Nate finds out. Although I am surprised and disappointed that they are throwing in the whole pregnancy scare thing already. It seems like a bit much. I hope this drama doesn't get so outta hand that it becomes painful just to watch this show anymore, because I really like the fashion!
courtneyh courtneyh 9 years
BOOOOOOO @ Vanessa
catander catander 9 years
I don't really understand why Serena's character is so upset about her mom and Rufus. Sure, if things turned out really badly with her mom and Rufus, that could damage her relationship with Dan, but if all went well, what's the problem for Serena? I know weirder family things than step brothers and sisters dating. It's not as if they're actually related or anything!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Well, she was avoiding him b/c Vanessa had a video of Blair admitting to sleeping with Chuck so even if Blair said Chuck lied and Nate believed her then Vanessa had the video. But in the end Blair got the tape and didn't her and Nate meet up in her room and decide to try again? Then they kissed. I took that as a sign that they were back together... Who knows though! lol I am just really looking forward to next weeks episode... though isn't it the last :(
skiwi skiwi 9 years
okay thanks kikidawn! except i'm still confused as to why Blair was avoiding Nate after such a good night lol.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
skiwi, From what I understand Blair was a virgin until she had sex with Chuck. Then she got back together with Nate and she faked her virginity with him. Chuck is threatening to tell Nate that Blair actually lost her virginity to him(Chuck) and not to Nate. Well, that could possibly ruin Blair and Nate's relationship. (Which is what Chuck wants) -Someone correct me if I am wrong!
indielove indielove 9 years
Serena's suit was amazing. LOVE! Vanessa's character is kinda weird but I would like to see her and Dan together. They're cute and have alot in common. Jessica Szohr is gorgeous too, moreso than the other girls. Rufus is hot! No wonder Lily wants him. I think Serena is a spoiled, selfish brat, the way she treated her mother. *rollseyes* Chuck is fug. Ugh.
skiwi skiwi 9 years
I had a question about the Chuck-Blair-Nate thing: how was Chuck blackmailing Blair w/ the whole sex thing? was he saying that he would tell Nate that Blair and him had sex together if she went back w/ him? ~lol I know stupid question, but i must have missed something from the last episode :) anyways, my thoughts: -I know a lot of you might think its weird, but if I was a 40 yr-old woman, I'd find Bart Bass kind of sexy haha >.< -yes i agree w/ all of you, Nate is getting hotter and hotter by the episode!! -OMGosh can't wait for the next episode! looks super intense, although I doubt she's really pregnant
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 9 years
Okay I'm so happy I have people to dicuss episodes with!It was a great episode! Here are some points: ~ First-was anyone else jumping for joy that Jenny and her social climbing ways weren't in this episode! I can't really say I missed her or that her character is really that important on the show... ~For a sec, I thought Dan was going to rat Serena out! ~Why couldn't they have Vanessa keep the tape so she could have a storyline other then the whole Dan-Serena-Vanessa thing?!It would have realy developed her character if she's tried to blackmail them or broadcast it at school to get back at all the "rich snobs" at school! ~It's so obvious that Chuck is hurting so bad that he and Blair are over...I hope at some point that we can see an actual relationship between them just for curiosity's sake.. ~Nate did look pretty hot in the pool but I thought he was kinda pitiful in this episode... I mean he dumped Blair and then all of a sudden when he finds out she's with some "other guy" then he all of a sudden has feelings for her?! Also, it seems like only after he got " some" then he wanted to say that he loved her...but they are in high school so I guess ~I also thought it was a little selfish of serena to give her mother an ultimatum esp since Rufus seems like her love lost! ~Bart Bass makes my skin crawl... ~ Where was Eric? I would love to see more development with his character!!! Such as why he attempted to kill himself? Is he gay(alot of my friends think so)? Is he into Jenny?
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
Show was great , I dont' like Blair much she's a spoiled little rich brat but fun to watch nonetheless. Nate did look good last night he's a cutie and definetly not as pretty as Zac Efron (yes I used to compare them, I can't stand Zack Efron). I would be so annoyed if my man had a Vanessa in his life it's like come on girl get a new best friend and back off. She's always around them, sometimes is ok but all the time that's annoying.
GossipAngela GossipAngela 9 years
Chuck was such a jerk omg! I was glad that Jenny wasnt in it too
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