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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 13, "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 13, "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"

This week's episode of Gossip Girl is pretty dark, and I'm not just talking about the funeral wardrobe. In the spirit of not being too spoilery, I won't say who kicks the bucket, but let's just say it sounds like Dart Lass. Tragedy seems to have put a halt to this humanizing of Chuck that's gone on all season (hanging with Eric, softening to Blair, etc.). This episode's awesome because Ed Westwick is given carte blanche to be as over-the-top as he could possibly muster.

The result? A lot of lurking and a new Dark Knight-esque voice — but more on that in a second. The other plotline swirling around in this episode is the Lily-Rufus-Dan-Serena "I like you but our parents like each other" complication that made my head spin. And then there's a wedding. Oh and then there's the big old Lily secret that threatens to tear the world apart! OK, not really — I just love typing that. The secret's a doozy, though, so let's start chatting about it. Just


  • Grandma van der Woodsen is definitely in the house in this episode. It's never quite clear if CeCe has good intentions or evil, but she definitely likes gin in the morning, which is fun.
  • Everyone is sad and shocked by Bart's death but no one can reach Chuck. Blair says the hotel told her they're sending up food, so at least she knows that "there's something alive in that room."
  • I'm no fan of Aaron's because he lacks a personality and doesn't make up for that by being fun to look at, but I was sort of on his side initially with Dan being all over his girlfriend. (Serena: "Dan's been such a rock.") It's obnoxious when they both get texts from her and Dan's all, "I got mine first!"
  • Lily tells Rufus that she feels guilty that she was about to end her marriage to Bart when he died and she couldn't bear to listen to his final voice message to her. Well, in true Bass form, Bart didn't leave a bunch of sweet nothings on her phone but a threat that he knows her secrets. Sheesh.
  • When Chuck finally emerges he's . . . disheveled! And mean. And tossing around terms like "whore" and "b*tch." (On Lily: "B*tch is the reason my father is dead.")
  • He's also sporting a funny, deep, gravelly voice that sounds like Christian Bale as Batman, but worse. It made me laugh.
  • Chuck's also super wasted, because nothing numbs grief like hitting the bottle (. . . or the drugs?) on this show.
  • Most of the episode goes by with nearly everyone in the dark about Lily and Rufus's little meet-up when Bart died. So when Dan gets kicked out of the funeral by Chuck and he tells Rufus that according to Chuck, "my father killed his father," it's actually news to him.
  • So everyone's trying to get through to Chuck (including Blair, who declares her love for him!) but the cheesiest line of the night goes to Eric, who's saddled with delivering this doozy: "I just lost my stepfather. I don't want to lose my brother, too."
  • Poor Blair! After she tells him powerful things like "We're Chuck and Blair!" he spits back, "We talked about this. You are not my girlfriend."
  • Thankfully Blair has Cyrus to lean on. Aw! How cute are they?
  • The wedding's so cute, too. Love Eleanor and Cyrus together. But here's a question: Why did the writers bother making Aaron Cyrus's son when they never interact? Blair and Serena haven't even discussed (as you'd expect BFFs to) the fact that Serena's boyfriend will now be Blair's stepbrother. Which actually makes them even, as the guy Blair loves is Serena's stepbrother. Or was. Man, this is complicated.
  • And while we're on the topic of crazy stuff, it's weird to me that for Serena it's either Dan or Aaron. Because her mom loves Rufus, she buries her feelings for Dan and therefore has to "try to make things work with Aaron." If you have to try so hard, maybe you should just be single for a sec.
  • I knew it! Lily had a secret love-baby with Rufus back in the day. I can't wait for the Serena/Dan half-brother/sister to show up!
  • OK, I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I totally cried during Eleanor and Cyrus's vows . . . followed by more crying when Chuck and Blair hug in her room. Pathetic, really, but I couldn't help it.
  • How pretty did Dorota look? She's so sparkly at the wedding!
  • Less sparkly: Chuck's note to Blair. "I'm sorry for everything. You deserve much better. Don't come looking for me. —Chuck"

Wow, that's a lot to digest, so what did you all think of this episode? Sound off below!

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xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 8 years
I don't think anyone mentioned this. The music in this episode was also top notch; it got everthing right.
crystalm07 crystalm07 8 years
So I just rewatched this episode to get ready for the new one this week and noticed another possibility for Rufus and Lilys son....Erics ex Jonathan. Its a huge stretch but theres def some unfinished business with him and I'm thinking we'll be seeing more of him possibly. Maybe he found out about it and thats why him and Eric broke up and he was acting weird about telling him something?? Idk its a huge stretch.
I L0VED this episode! Chuck & Blair are great for each other.
jjd7cc jjd7cc 8 years
i cried a lot of times!!i watched the wedding part and the hugging part in blairs room over and over and id cry each and everytime!!
tiggles101 tiggles101 8 years
OMG. I havn't seen the episode yet but it sounds really good! I kind of lost interest in watching it after the whole Yale experience. I watched a little of the other episodes but not completley. MUST SEE CHUCK. DRuNK. ANGRY. hot in my books.
meghan1022 meghan1022 8 years
i think chuck was so hot in this episode =] and i absolutely HATE aaron, hes the creepiest looking guy ive ever seen and hes need to get out of the show. i also heard that they do not go to beunos aires in the next episode so i guess we will see jan 5th =]
meghan1022 meghan1022 8 years
i think chuck was so hot in this episode =] <3 and i absolutely HATE aaron, hes the creepiest looking guy ive ever seen and hes need to get out of the show. i also heard that they do not go to beunos aires in the next episode so i guess we will see jan 5th =]
martiandoll martiandoll 8 years
This episode of GG was awesome! Ed's tormented Chuck was brilliant, and Blair showed how caring she is in this episode. Chuck and Blair, my favorite couple! Ed and Leighton are wonderful actors. :D Chuck was so hot in this episode, if I were Blair I'd comfort him too! Blair gets more and more beautiful each episode, her wardrobe is so classy and chic. I really disliked Lily in this episode. She just showed how terrible a parent she can be. I didn't like the way she told Chuck that Bart wouldn't be dead if Chuck didn't call him. It sounded as if she was blaming Chuck, displacing her guilt on someone else. Plus, her ability to just drop everything and run away...WTF??? She seemed so inconsiderate. Serena's the same way, telling Chuck he's not helping the family mourn while Dan has been there, for HER. She and Lily are selfish. What about Eric, where's he going to spend Xmas, with CeCe? They need to give him a more interesting storyline, not just filler scenes here and there. And the actor playing Aaron is so monotone and us some emotion!!! Either than or get rid of him completely. He's as boring as Dan.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Holy crap I never would've though GG would make me cry. :( TWICE. I was so touched by Blair and Chuck.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Please let the love child be ANYONE but Aaron! If he is the love-child, he remains a plot point and we can't GET RID OF HIM. Can't he just go back to RISD and go to graduate school for 10 more years like all the other artsy pretentious guys I went to art school with???
pss pss 8 years
well it was the best episode ever!!absolutely great!!ed was so amazing...he acted really good.and chuck...omfg can be hotter??and this ep was so cute, sad and angry!!!awww..and his voice??come on it is sooo hot!!if he whisper something in my ear with that voice...i die. and when he was in blair´s bed with tears in his eyes i whug him so tight.good for b too in this ep, she was really human too.they´re a great couple. and about ed as a vampire..maybe, it would be hot, but my rob is a awsome one!!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
This is the episode that made me shed a tear especially at the part when Chuck was in Blair's bedroom. I was hoping for a bigger secret from Lily but the love child was expected. Serena's clothes are getting a little too revealing. Please cover up, yes we know you got some boobage going on. Yes, please kill off Aaron. He's useless, not cool, and not eye candy. Time to watch Chuck bug out in next episode. Can't wait!
sjivs131 sjivs131 8 years
Ed Westwick is amazing! Chuck Bass is amazing!!! He is the only person on the show that had a "normal" reaction to Bart's death, one that people could actually relate to after losing a loved one. As heartless as he usually seems on the show, he actually seemed like the only person WITH a heart. Everyone else was so involved in their own lives to even take a MINUTE out to mourn the poor guy. Serena as usual acts like she cares about everyone but really only has her best interests at heart. Other than that, not THAT excited for Rufus and Lily's baby...Good Episode!
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
I'm pretty sure Serena is NOT Rufus's child. If she was, I think Lily would've gone out of her way to prevent Serena from seeing Dan because he'd be her half brother. I don't think the Lily/Rufus love child has anything to do with incest. I just don't think Gossip Girl would go there.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
Chuck is... I love him, I wouldn't care if he was mean to me at all
manga manga 8 years
this episode was SO freaking dramatic. I am now 5000000x more in love with chuck. when blair found him in her room I almost DIED. I have this thing about bastards breaking down. OY. and, the thing with serena and dan piss me off. I mean yes it'd be akward if they were dating, and so were their parents, but would it REALLY BE THAT BAD? I mean, it's not like they'd be related by blood??? ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. chuck. sigh. much love.
bella85 bella85 8 years
Great episode, I cried a lot!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I was so happy when Blair found Chuck in her bed and totally sad when she woke up and he was gone. Sigh... when will these two finally be together? Thank you for letting us know what the note said. I couldn't make it out. :D
Manny654 Manny654 8 years
Anybody wondered about Aaron being their child? He looks a little like Rufus, and it would help explain the un-family actions between Cyrus and Aaron. Plus, didn't Cyrus say that he went off to Vietnam almost as soon as he got married, and then divorced his wife when he got back? Something doesn't add up right there to me.... Anywho, terribly great episode! Can't wait for January 5th!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Okay I freaking LOVE THIS SHOW! I have never liked any show on tv EVER this much! Ilove that it is so over the top-campy comedy, practically as bad as Passions sometimes, and yet, I CRIED at parts of last night's episode. And I am so embarrassed because I have thought all the Twilight/Richard Pattinson buzz is ridiculous and humiliating for women in general, but then I am DYING over Ed Westwick, seriously he could marry me in a heartbeat. And he is a really good actor too! And for anyone that watches GG as their guilty pleasure- I'm a law student who reads the WSG and the Economist, and I think it is a-ok to allow yourself to relax and love something so ridiculous from time to time. Oh, and one of the commenters on Gawker suggested that Lily and Rufus's child is CHUCK. They have a detailed description of how exactly this could happen- just go to their site and search for "gossip girl," one of the editors does a recap every week, and it it so funny! But Buzz's is good too! ;) I can't believe we have to wait until Jan. 5!
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Gaelgirl- I work at a children's bookstore and do a lot of books groups with teens etc. and we've been having the 'Is Gossip Girl Bad For Teens?' discussion since the books first came out. Honestly, I've talked to a lot of teenagers - mostly girls, but some boys too- about this and not one has EVER said that they expect their real lives to be ANYTHING like GG, or that they model their behavior on them. One school librarian I talked to likes the books because when characters are mean to each other, or make bad choices, there are eventually consequences for them. I do think the TV GG tries to do that too. But I have a friend with 3 teenage daughters and they and their friends get together and watch GG every week and dissect it, pointing out the 'real' and 'unreal' things, etc. The best defense I've heard for it came from a very bright, very quiet, well behaved girl in one of my reading groups. I sort of laughed when I saw her reading GG - normally she is into really serious College Sophomore type lit- and she told me that reading and watching GG was her 'guilty pleasure' - that she worked really hard on her other stuff and her grades and that was just her relaxation. It may not be the most 'moral' way to relax, but I think any teen stupid enough to think that GG behavior is reality or to try and emulate it would probably do that kind of stuff anyway, without GG as an example.
Noodles-and-Waffles Noodles-and-Waffles 8 years
Aaron is Cyrus' son in the books. Which might explain why they're doing it in the series. Now that Lily is pregnant in real she going to have Bart or Rufus' baby?
skiwi skiwi 8 years
Couldn't stop laughing at one of the comments the bloggers at NYMAG said: "What kind of cheesy, Hypnotiq-grade club liquor did Chuck steal from the bar before the funeral? Surely he would have gone for a nice aged Scotch." :D
felicityporter felicityporter 8 years
The EW reviewer has posited that Bart isn't really dead - - which sort of explains how the PI was unscathed and Bart is dead from the accident...So, he might be back. I don't think this is the last season as someone had mentioned especially since they are planning a spin-off of some sort. It better not be! Ed Westwick was so good last night. Can he get an Emmy nod already? Can any decent show get an Emmy nod already (ie The Wire, FNL...)
scorpion-Tee scorpion-Tee 8 years
First I want to say that this was one of the best epi ever. I love everything Chuck and Blair..I was soooo HEATED when he told Blair "Well, thats too bad" and left. I was like WTF you have been waiting to hear those words for how long? Second I knew lily and rufus was not going to be able to be together...its just always something between them. And no one pointed this out but why would dan tell Serena to go with Aaron and then go home and have J tell him to go back and tell her to stay..i was like couldnt have thought of that on your own.
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