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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 16, "All About My Brother"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 16, "All About My Brother"

Whoa. Gossip Girl is officially getting good — partly due to Georgina, who I'm starting to believe has little motive for torturing Serena and is more driven by mental instability and pure evil. We know, based on last week's episode, that whatever secret Serena is carrying will bring Georgie down too. So why would Georgina mess with her own future? And why push Serena that far? She must expect that Serena's too wimpy to call her bluff. But it wasn't just that mystery that fueled the episode — there were secret bombs going off all over the place. Here are the rest of my thoughts:

  • The struggle for Queen Bee between Blair and Little J taking over the Gossip Girl blog was kind of blowing my mind. The rumors were flying every which way; then it involved Asher; then there was a nod to the real-life rumors that Eric was the anonymous GG. Even Dan was sending in tips!
  • Blair was on fire last night! I loved seeing the many faces of B jammed into one episode: wicked, ruthless, and protective of her friends. I'm so glad she finally went in for the kill. Jenny took a long, hard fall, but it was about time she got back to her Humphrey roots.

To see what I had to say about Eric's big moment and that horrid boyfriend of Jenny's,


  • Asher was just awful. Jenny's desperation to fit in at the cost of her dignity annoys me, but when Asher broke the news that she was just his beard — "Do you think someone like me dates someone like you?" — I could have died for her. What a d-bag! But instead of slapping him across the face and walking out, she compromised her soul even more.
  • The little Greek chorus of rich girls had some of the best lines of the night, including "Now you know how Vanessa Hudgens feels" and "Dating a gay guy is an honest mistake, but lying to your girlfriends about sex is unforgivable."
  • Gossip Girl got in a few zingers herself, including, "Don't worry Little J. The sun will come out tomorrow, even though your boyfriend did today" and the virginity-losing euphemism "swiped her V-card at his register." And, ew.
  • Murder! I knew it. How heartbreaking was that final scene with B and S? Blair is, at the end of the day, a really good friend.
  • We know the big secret has something to do with Georgina and Serena pretending to be Russians, a threesome Georgie taped, and, somehow, a murder. What do you want to bet the person Serena thinks is dead isn't?
  • So yes, Serena's been acting strange, but what is Dan doing? Dan meets a new girl, tells her all his relationship problems, and forces her on to Serena? Secret identity of said friend aside, I think S would have every right to be mad.
  • Lily and Rufus, back to flirting, trading parenting horror stories, and leaning on each other for support. Aw. Maybe Bart should come home.

  • After Eric was outed (thanks a lot, G), Serena seemed hurt that Eric would turn to Chuck to chat about his feelings. Eric explained that at least Chuck's not judgmental. Does Chuck as a shoulder to cry on make anyone else giggle?
  • The surrender of Little J to Blair was a great scene. Blair was actually restrained in her victory — sort of. She admitted that Jenny put up a good fight but followed that with, "I hope you don't expect a hug." Classic.
  • So, did you tear up a little when Jenny came home to a game of Scrabble? Did your heart stop beating when Serena admitted she killed someone? Do you wish Serena would stand up to Georgina already? How awesome would it be to see Blair vs. Georgina? I hope they recruit Chuck too. It would be like the Upper East Side's version of the X-Men or something.

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k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
I almost killed someone when Serena said she killed someone. I thought the show was going to go seriously downhill.
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 9 years
Georgina has to go! I am so glad Blair played her like that!!!
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 9 years
I know that Jenny deserved what she got but I have to admit I cries when she came back home! Only the millionth time I've done that on the show *-) LOL but it really did touch me=[ WOW 'bout the murder plot! I thought the sex tape would be the big plot line but obviously not! Blair is awesome. Where the hell is Chuck and Nate?! Hope they come back next week; don't want them to miss out on all the fun, now!=D Blair and Chuck v Georgina.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I'm so glad Jenny got what was coming to her! She was definitely getting on my nerves these past couple of episodes. And WHY WON'T SERENA JUST TELL DAN ABOUT GEORGINA?!...but I suppose there wouldn't be much of a show if Serena told all. :smile:
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
Thank goodness Jenny's story arc is over. I was so sick of her social-climbing antics. The way she talked to Dan and Rufus has me wanting to strangle her. Blair was so fun to watch in this episode, I loved it. And Serena should just tell Dan about everything already! I felt so sorry for her and so mad at Georgina. Can't wait for the next episode!
k14m k14m 9 years
that was the best episode ever!! wer is chuck and nate?? i love blair!! can't wait for the next!!
Luxifer Luxifer 9 years
Did anyone else notice during the dinner when Lily asks G what she's doing in town, she say,"I had time to kill" and S quickly says her parents are in Switzerland or something? Maybe "I had time to kill was a reference/foreshadowing and/or inside "joke" with Serena about killing someone? Yeah, I think the Jenny actress is terrible. The character as well.
nourche nourche 9 years
sorry but that jenny kid couldn't act if her life depended on it... kind of spoils the fun...
Lavinie Lavinie 9 years
I can't wait to see the smackdown between blair and georgina....that's gonna be great! i'm also glad to see jenny fall from her lil high horse- she was horrible to her family and for asher to treat her the way he did... i can't wait till next week's episode- but i know previews are always twisted and i can't help but feel like MAYBE and i know it's big maybe - but perhaps - the scenes of her kissing that other guy and stuff had to do with the past? just throwing it out there. i can see serena being depressed and overwhelmed and crying to blair with all the drama about georgina - but to go back to her old ways of boozing it up? i don't think so... and yes -i was totally annoyed to see how dan became friends with this random female -- um.. hello?! who does that?!
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
Omg my heart TOTALLY stopped when the nicey nice music changed and Serena said she killed somebody. CREPPY! On a side note: I am kinda peeved that they have strayed ALOT from the books, because I totally <3 the books story lines... but on the other hand it's kinda nice to be surprised about some stuff on the show.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 9 years
Oh- also, I love Nelly Yuki! Please let her stay on in the 'greek chorus', lol, that was a brilliant term for them, whoever thought that up.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 9 years
Wow- it was a great episode, IMO! First, I wish everyone would get over Serena and Jenny doing stupid things- they are teenagers! I am glad little J go taken down a peg too, as it was bound to happen. I also agree that 'perfect love' D & S, although sweet, was getting a bit tedious- but even that is funny! Don't you remember having the friend in high school with the perfect BF and all they did was hold hands and go out and gaze at each other... no wonder B and the others are rolling their eyes at it! But that said, Serena is not all that far away from her days as a real f***-up. When its just her and Dan, everything is cool, and even though B might not think he is good enough for S, she realizes that he is a nice guy and wouldn't interfere. But when the going gets tough, Serea's newfound confidence and good behavior crumbles and that is one thing that makes her so interesting- can she keep it together under G's pressure? And man, does G bring IT ON! She has come after S in every possible way! I think there is a definite 'Single White Female' vibe there, not just being upset because her buddy S doesn't want to party anymoer. Michelle T. is great at being all smiley-face psychotic. I also can't wait for the others to figure out how easily G played them. As for Eric coming out- he is showing the backbone that S hasn't yet figured out how to grow. The scene where he tries to tell J and she gives him that sappy 'o, you're sweet' look and thinks he has a crush on her was classic!! I cannot wait to see B hone her claws on a truly WORTHY apponent! Little J was just the minor leagues- taking G down hard is going to be the big time and B is totally up to it. I also like the idea of recruiting Chuck and Nate into the mix- they may screw each other over, but deep down they are all friends and know and understand one another and will stick together. B channeling early Bette Davis when little J conceeds to her was brilliant too. I totally understand Eric confiding in Chuck too- Chuck is a seen it all, done it all guy, and I can't picture him being grossed out or even slightly ruffled by anything anyone would tell him. He and B are united by an unflappable practicality that makes them very alike. Dan needs to become less clueless fast- has anyone else noticed how much he acts like Rufus at times like theses??? He got all those 'spacey artist' genes on both sides, apparently. He needs to wake up and work harder to figure out what's going on, or he will lose S and look like a total fool in the process. ooh, I can't wait for the next episode!
nillawafer1983 nillawafer1983 9 years
eeb3b, they have definitely strayed from the books with the "Serena's secret" plotline. Nothing like that EVER happened in the books.
eeb3b eeb3b 9 years
i'm still in shock about s's secret. does anyone know how far they have strayed from the original books? I haven't read any of the books, so I was wondering if this is supposed to mirror them, or if they took the idea and ran with it... I also agree with almost everyone that I missed Chuck in this episode!
annietym annietym 9 years
this was a great episode. obviously jenny was ridiculously annoying, but i was so p*ssed with serena and how self-absorbed she is! the part where blair calls her and she says it's important, but serena hangs up on her anyway. also that she is so involved with dan that she ignores blair and her little brother.. she's so selfish and ridiculously weak that she needs someone else to fix all her mistakes? argh but you know what, the characters and their flaws are really what makes the show a lot more realistic and what keeps me coming back every week! also, i predicted everything in this episode except for the whole murderer part.. wtf?
sunlandseagirl sunlandseagirl 9 years
Georgina is the spawn of satan!!!! that's all i have to say.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
I'd been waiting for a breakdown since last night!! This was a great episode, I'm dying to see what happened with S & G!! I love Blair, she's such a great friend to Serena (whom I adore!) I'm kinda nervous for next week, I'm sad that S cheats, but there's got to be more than what the previews suggest. I really do love Little J, she's a spoiled brat, but she's really only doing what she thinks is right, what she thinks she needs to do. Everyone's gone through that point, especially in high school. Anyway, thanks for the breakdown!
junkotokiio junkotokiio 9 years
I didn't even think Serena kill somebody, I was shocked! I just wish she would tell Dan about Georgina being Sara! Can't wait for the next cat fight!
sillysugar sillysugar 9 years
omg that was INSANEEEE. i definitely got teary when little J came home with her tail between her legs. and i absolutely LOVE B. :) she definitely was a gracious winner.. well as gracious as B can get. :P also i agree with buzz that perhaps the person S thinks is dead isn't really dead, because if the person was dead then G would be in big trouble too. if that makes sense? haha anyway i love GG :D
reesiecup reesiecup 9 years
it was a crazy episode! next monday can't come soon enough--i hope serena's superfriends unite to take G down! haha
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
oh, i almost forgot to mention baby brother. it's kinda odd how a 15 year old is THAT sure of his sexuality to the point of kissing his BF in the public, and not having a problem telling everyone (probably all of the most significant kids in the social hierarchy at his school) how gay he is, and how gay Jenny's fake-a*s boyfriend was too. now, i'm all for the gays. but when i was in High school (it was a while ago . . .but not THAT long ago), i knew boys who were gayer than Perez Hilton at a RuPaul concert. and they never just came out. it was almost like they were in denial while everyone else knew they were gay as a Jay-Bird. i just don't see a 15 year old boy (i say boy because 15 year old males are especially slow) being that open with the gay thing. bravo to those who are (high school is hard enough when there is NO attention drawn to you) . . .but i find it kinda unlikely. and baby bro could've found someone cuter to date than Asher. he lives in New York, you're telling me he can't find another gay teen in-the-closet hottie??
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
OMG ... I don't know what else to say. First off LOVE Blair. She is awesome. And Leighton does an amazing job portraying her. Serena needs to grow a spine and try to trust in Dan. Little J got what was coming... haven't liked her... um basically ever. I've always been Team Blair. Don't try to take down Queen B!!!! :D Um G... gosh I hate her... very much so ... haha I will be very happy when Blair takes her down. Can't wait for that!
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I loved Blair tonight. She's such a complicated person and the dress she wore to the party was gorgeous. I love when Jenny is surrendering and Blair says, with a softer expression, "I tried to warn you." At the end she looked absolutely gorgeous and was such a great friend. The Serena thing really slapped me in the face. I was like WHOA WHERE DID THAT COME FROM. I don't think that Serena did anything but she sounded majorly drunk and it was probably an accident (my friend suspects arson) but she's feeling guilty about it. I hate Georgina though. Like from the bottom of my soul. She's so evil.
zazoza zazoza 9 years
i just watched it and the only thing i can honestly say is OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
supertramp supertramp 9 years
caryatid weren't the Shepard's the ones who had the wedding where Nate cheated on Blair with Serena? Cause i'm pretty sure.
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