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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 12, "It’s a Wonderful Lie"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 12, "It’s a Wonderful Lie"

Last time we hung out with the kids from Gossip Girl, it was Thanksgiving and things seemed to be mellowing out. Jenny stopped with the divorcing of the parents and moved back in with Rufus, Serena and Aaron settled in to an exclusive relationship, Blair got to see her dad, and Chuck and Nate made nice.

But now that the mini-break is over, the drama's starting up again, and this week's episode is basically a slow build to the annual Snowflake Ball, where everyone eventually turns up one way or another. I'm not gonna lie, I was a little bored with this one — but I think next week will be really good, so it's probably worth it. There's plenty to chat about so let's get started. Just


  • I'm really glad the other girls get to do some serious talking this episode. Penelope, Hazel, and that other one are deliciously mean and seem to pull off scheming pretty well with or without Blair, it turns out.
  • I loved Penelope's run-in with Vanessa. Penelope says something like, "Oh, hello, weird camera girl," to which Vanessa responds, "Hello, sad Blair wannabe."
  • OK, raise your hand if you pulled out the dictionary when Blair said, "I like an intelligent man. He'll whisper mellifluous nothings in my ear." I did. It means "filled with something that sweetens." It feels like less of a guilty pleasure when I can argue Gossip Girl makes me smarter.
  • Hmmm, how do we feel about Aaron's ex/Dan's new flame, Lexi? I found her kind of annoying. And I kept thinking of Lex Luthor (or Lexie Grey) every time they say her name.
  • Serena on Dan dating Lexi: "It's a little When Harry Met Crazy."
  • Dan and Serena are starting to weird me out with how open they are with each other now that they're "friends." Is it normal to devote that much time dissecting the new people you each are about to sleep with?
  • Regardless, ew. I don't want to hear Serena talk about having sex with Aaron. He's still not cute to me at all.
  • I really love it when Blair gives Serena advice, because she's so blunt and doesn't tolerate silly ideas. Like when Serena thinks she should "warn" Dan that Lexi sleeps with guys on the first date —"Oh absolutely, guys hate to be caught off-guard with sex."
  • So Blair and Chuck come up with a little bet to find each other dates for the ball. If Blair wins she gets Chuck's limo and if Chuck wins, he gets . . . Dorota! Ha! Poor Dorota. I hope she addressed being a pawn for these kids in one of her webisodes.
  • Hilariously, Blair and Chuck's doppelgangers (Chuck's was so funny!) hit it off, which only depresses Blair. Are you getting bored by the round and round with Chuck and Blair? I feel like something big and crazy needs to happen with these two.
  • I might be alone on this, because I know people get irritated with Vanessa, but I'm glad she's the one who ended up with Nate. Jenny still seems like a little kid to me.
  • How'd you like Nate's moral relativism? I love when people on this show explain what counts as a nasty thing to do and what's not so bad. So Vanessa lied and backstabbed her good friend, but according to Nate, Jenny exposing Vanessa's undies to the entire ball was worse and unforgivable. That seems like a crappy-friend tie to me, but what do I know?
  • And then there's Lily and Rufus! Aw, I like them together and their little dance made me feel nice inside.

Bart Bass is in an accident! Things are going to get really crazy! What did you all think? Sound off below, and to check out all the clothes, head to CelebStyle!

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
This episode was kinda blah to me. My thoughts: 1. Aaron is a douchebag & Lexie is really odd. 2. I can't stand Serena and Dan. I like both of the actors in other roles, but not as these characters. And Serena needs to tuck her cleavage away. 3. I agree with others who said that Nate's moral compass is skewed. I laughed when he said that line to Jenny that went like "Vanessa may have lied and backstabbed you, but that not as bad as what you did to her." Umm excuse me? I have to say though that I like Nate and Vanessa better than Nate and Jenny. 4. The Blair and Chuck storyline was kinda funny, with them setting each other up with their "clones." 5. I like Lily and Rufus together, but I don't she is fair to Bart OR Rufus. She always comes running to Rufus when there's trouble, but then she breaks his heart.
whimsicalnymph whimsicalnymph 8 years
1. I don't like Aaron, he creeps me out. When Blair said to Serena that he's 1 of the hottest guys, I wanted to puke! 2. Dan and Serena, Serena and Aaron. Lexi's not even in the picture. Somehow I sense that there's going to be a Dan/Serena relationship back on soon. Why else would they have those conversations and longing looks into each other's eyes while conversing? 3. Blair and Chuck. I just wish they would get together soon. Seeing them in a relationship would be fun. 4. This episode was kind of boring. But next episode is going to be anything but that, as we all kind of know that due to Bart.
kemma kemma 8 years
So Nate goes from Blair, Serena, Vanessa, Jenny, back to Vanessa... That guy needs to meet some new girls to date and get out of that circle. Get that boy off to college! And by new people I don't mean the Duchess. YES!!! Jenny's hair is SO awful. It gets worse each week like they are trying to fix it and it just keeps going down hill. She used to be cute but now she just has a bad do from the 80s. It almost looks furry? Aaron is disgusting. Why couldn't he have been in the car with Bart? Get rid of him! Yuck.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
why couldn't it be lil j with her raccoon eyeliner? sad jenny - mullet & black eyeliner; happy jenny - no mullet, no makeup. *puke so predictable about bart bass. beta bass was disgusting and not even close to chuck...the way he talked made me turn my head sideways and want to puke. i'm so over vanessa, and nate being so self righteous about her? ummm did you NOT date blair for a long time? she is the queen of humiliating people. aaron creeps me out. and i totally kept thinking of lexie gray (who i also find annoying) when referencing his ex. and oh serena's boobs. thought you were going to implode all over the snowflake ball.
chlobear chlobear 8 years
haha@ stacygirl-- You know Blair's first mom was so forgettable, I forgot they recast her! Good one
Staceygirl Staceygirl 8 years
Aaron is hideously ugly. He looks like a rat. They need to do what they did with the actress who originally played Blair's mom, and leave him out of a couple of episodes so everyone will forget what he looks like and recast him.
Pop-Champagne Pop-Champagne 8 years
Lexi is irritating and not hot compare to Serena. But it's not like they can/will cast someone hotter than Serena to be Dan's date. haha. I hate Vanessa. She's as bad as the rest of them in terms of backstabbing, she's just not good at it that she always get burned in the end even when she does start it. ie blackmailing blair to help save the place in Brooklyn then Blair told her that Chuck only wanted to seduce her, and now with the dress thing! Gawd, that girl needs to get out of the show.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
The only thing good about this episode was the Chuck Doppelganger.
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
I'm grossed out by how this poster is soooo bored by every turn. Grab an attention-span, and enjoy the subtleties! I thought last night's episode was fantastic, one of my favorites...Serena actually being funny for once ("Can't she just vote?") was such a treat, and Jenny being an ever-increasingly fierce little diva, I can't get over! PLUS, a ball, yea! Sure "balls" are apparently common-place on the upper-east side, but I can't get enough of them either. Love Rufus too, he just looked so cute when comforting Lilly towards the end. Vanessa is being portrayed by just as incapable an actress as Nate's actor, and so, I'm glad the pretty, dumb people are together, for now. Aaron needs to leave the show, and Serena needs to get rocked by a really-manly Heath Ledger type of guy, BUT I LIKE Lexi she seems like a really smart b!tch--what I assume Vanessa is supposed to be--, and the Gossip Girl world can't get enough of that--and I feel that sort of personality would really bring the most out of Dan. A good boy so needs a bad girl. xoxo
kc17nov kc17nov 8 years
Can we all just agree that Jenny's haircut is GOD AWFUL? Everytime I see her on screen, I'm distracted by it. Jenny might have a chance with Nate if she went to a decent hair salon!
sunsmuckers sunsmuckers 8 years
Lexi is irritating to say the least.
norisa norisa 8 years
I am GG's #1 fan and I think this episode was not bad at all. Last week and the week before, but this one was not bad. I liked it! I laughed! Though my sense of humor my be questionable, since I on occasions laugh at knock, knock jokes. What was off: 1) Lily has been a bitch with Bart waaaay before she found out about his manila envelopes. I think she is gathering every thing she can to excuse herself from her marriage with Bart. 2)Blair saying that Aaron is hot. No, he is not hot. Why in the world would she say he is hot? Is it because he comes from money? Eww! he is your soon to be step-brother. 3) Serena or Blake, I think we all understand that you have a killer rack. Cover it up some before you catch pneumonia. You are starting to cross the line from "Marilyn Monroe Sexy" to "Pam Anderson Sexy". Has anyone seen the stills from her in that ball gown? It is cut short in the front to show off her legs! Too much skin! 4) Chuck and Blair clones were way ugly. Frankly, I look more and act more like Blair than her clone. Chuck's looked like he was 15 years old. And the bet storyline is old and annoying, but the stakes were the best part. SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE LOST!! 5) Aaron rose, Brown is calling you! You need to pack-up and leave and then you should permanitly move to Europe and never return to NYC. Just like Carter Baizen, and Lord Marcus. 6)Rufus and Lily. Please! You had your chance! Move on people! 7) I like the idea of Nate & Vanessa, but every time they have kissed they have no chemistry. 8) Aaron's art of Serena does look like a Gap ad! Maybe it is? 9) I felt like this episode ended abruptly. Needed a better ending. What went well: 1) Dorota. 2)Chuck in every every shot. Even in sequins. 3)Lexie is mean, but I thought she was funny in a very mean bitchy way. 4)Nate and Vannesa. 5) Vannessa looked beautiful! 6)Jenny stood up for herself. Way to go J! 7)Thank you Nate for ending things with Jenny. She is waaay tooo young and immature. She needs someone her own age and without family issues like Nate. 8) Jenny is going back to school? My thoughts about the characters on upcoming episodes: 1)Chuck is out for blooooood! That is from Lily! 2)Lily's secret is deeper than a stint at a mental facility. 3) Chuck and Blair will begin to have an actual relationship due to the upcoming events. I think they will finally be close. Sure, Chuck may push Blair away, but she will insist. Blair is very instinctively maternal and she will comfort Chuck in his time of need, just like she did with Serena. 6) Watch out everyone for a super angry Chuck! Everyone will feel his wrath. 4) Money fight between Lil and Chuck.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
Nate is starting to really annoy me with all his girl-switching. He needs to just pick one and stay with her. Also, I'm so sad about the Bart thing...he probably found out what Lily was institutionalized for right before he got in that accident, and they never got to resolve things. And the last thing Bart said to Chuck was "Just when I think we're making progress, you show your true colors" or something like that. I have a feeling that next week's episode is going to make me run out of tissues.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
I'm really hoping that since Chuck will be so devastated, Blair will come in and something exciting and meaningful will happen with them! Wishful thinking.. Also Vanessa usually annoys me to no end, but I just do not like Nate and Jenny together!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
Although I'm not loving their storyline at the moment, I actually do like Nate & Vanessa together. They have good chemistry! Plus it gives Vanessa something to do besides the art gallery :) Ugh with Aaron already - I mean, come on, he's just skeezy. God, Serena would be better of dating some Upper East Side Investment Banker.
whenturtlesfly whenturtlesfly 8 years
runningesq (#35), dorota: please, i don't want to shine mr. chuck's shoes for a month. blair: his shoes if you're lucky.
chlobear chlobear 8 years
Aaron is gross. Please let him be gone. And I am SOOO with you on the whole Nate & Vanessa thing, I wanted them together too! Lexi was definitely annoying, her way of talking reminded me of Dawon's Creek or something, she was just way too out there. I'm fine with Chuck and Blair being just chuck and blair... though they were totally boring, I think in the next episode we'll be in for a real treat... from what I'm reading, Ed Westwick gives one hell of a performance
heyilovey0u heyilovey0u 8 years
I love Blair haha. But I agree with Buzz, something needs to happen with her and Chuck. The Vanessa and Jenny and Nate thing is just annoying. Vanessa was being shady but then why would Jenny stoop to that level? I didn't even think that trick was that great. Ok so what showing your underwear? Embarrassing, but people have worn way less. Penelope's dress was ugly too. Lexi was so annoying, I hope this was her only episode. Aaron isn't that cute but at least he's a one-woman thing. Serena and Dan.. eh.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yep, you're right Runningesq, she definitely said Dorota would have to worry about shining something else.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I agree no Nate and Vanessa! Chuck and Blair should boink, and I loved the part about shining chucks shoes! The rest was dull.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
Aaron would be cute if he didn't have the scraggly facial hair. Jenny needs to be killed off.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I didn't think this episode was boring. There were parts I didn't like and parts that I did. First, I think we all need to sign a petition that would have Aaron's whole entire storyline removed or in other words, get rid of him. I can't stand him. I feel like he reads his lines, there's no reality to it, there's nothing that makes you like him, he's so boring. If we get that passed he can take his sleazy friend with him. And yeah Dan and Serena need to seriously move on. I wouldn't honestly tell my ex he was the best night of my life when I'm with someone else, its just weird. Second, the VNJ love triangle. Nate needs to pick a girl. And when he picks her he better stay with her, his randomness of having feelings for every other girl ticks me off since last season. Jenny whole situation with him wasn't going to work, so I'm glad they axed it. Vanessa's, though I still get irritated by her, actually made some sense, so I hope they keep this one. Third, Lily, Bart, and Rufus. I mean when Lily got with Bart, I knew it wouldn't last. I mean he's basically like Caleb Nichol and men like that get bored and get a 10th wife or something. Lily it was clear still had feelings for Rufus when she got married. Basically we all sorta knew Bart would get killed off the show. Lily and Rufus are like that meant to be couple. But I must say even after everything, it touches me to see how much Chuck cared for his father when he saw the intimate conversation his stepmother was having. Finally, Chuck and Blair. You should never bet on something that would require you to lose poor, sweet and innocent Dorota. Shame on you Blair, even if you knew they wouldn't like each other. The clones they got however were amazing. Blair's I knew would be easy to find especially when she described herself to Dorota,"Brunette, intelligent but not a bookworm." To which Dorota responds, "But Miss Blair that is you." And Blair again,"No it's not and she's out there." OMG. That was so priceless. Chuck's clone had to be the best. Where the heck did they find that guy. It was so funny seeing Blair's reaction. In the end I still care about the two being together and hope they can work something out where the show doesn't get boring and it's still fun.
shafiii shafiii 8 years
nate and vanessa = ew
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Dorota on facebook and her interaction with Blair was hilarious. Always is. Did I catch this correctly? Dorota: "I don't want to shine Mr. Bass's shoes" Blair: something about "shining something else" ??
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