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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 17, "Woman on the Verge"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 17, "Woman on the Verge"

After last week's stunning revelation that Serena killed someone, I had a feeling last night's Gossip Girl was going to be heavy on the drama and light on the one-liners. The best part about last night? The four friends — Nate, Chuck, Blair, and Serena — together facing all the challenges that come with an Upper East Side address and a lot of money. Also, I needed a Jenny break after her social rise and dramatic falls. Hopefully she'll return refreshed and with a little perspective.

A lot went down last night, in real time and in flashbacks to that night when Nate and Serena slept together and Serena ran off to boarding school without saying goodbye to Blair. You can take Geek's quiz here, and then read on:

  • I guessed Georgina was mostly driven by craziness, and the opening scene proved me right. That montage of evil G obsessively calling Serena gave me the willies.
  • Apparently right after Serena told Blair she killed someone, Blair excused herself to grab some Valium to help calm her friend (naturally), and when she returned Serena had left to party again. It's a pattern that's starting to annoy me: Serena spills major secret, goes on crazy bender that involves no less than three dudes at a bar.

To see more musings, including on how Lonelyboy's handling all this,


  • I think Dan still has every right to be upset and hurt by Serena. She keeps talking about goodness and pedestals as justifications for lying, and that can't be healthy.
  • I just cannot believe she told him she slept with someone . . . to protect him? I found myself cursing S for adding another secret to that tangled web she's weaving.
  • Blair summoned Chuck and Nate over to her place to help clean up Serena's hangover with a shower and a lot of bagels. The whole scene struck me as funny, especially when pervy Chuck sneaked a peak of Blair undressing Serena.
  • Meanwhile! Rufus performed at a VH1 "forgotten bands of the '90s" event hosted by Lisa Loeb! Think the show's writers understand they have folks a teensy bit older than the millennials watching?
  • Thumbs up or down on Rufus' singing voice? I think his plaid shirts and scruffy hair say "former rock star" more than his performance.
  • Serena finally told her friends her big secret at the same time Lily watched the video herself. Turns out Serena just witnessed a guy OD on cocaine. It wasn't her drugs; she called 9-1-1, then left the scene. I felt like her friends' facial expressions practically said, "That's not murder, silly!"
  • Loved Blair urging Serena to spill the beans because "We're the non-judging Breakfast Club." I also loved how they confessed their own messed up secrets to make S feel better. All Chuck had to say was "I'm Chuck Bass."
  • Side note: I'm a bit baffled by the Lily/Rufus timeline. Because it's 2008, the latest Dan and Serena could have been born was 1992, which means Rufus and Lily had their love affair . . . when, exactly? If Rufus was at the top of his musical game in the '90s, and that's when Lily was a groupie, that gives them 1990 for canoodling, maybe '91 tops.
  • In the end, Lily and Serena had a touching mother-daughter moment (thanks to Blair) and S's conscience was cleared. Great! Except that Dan still thinks that Serena had sex with someone else. He bought Georgie's crazy story about lying about her name, and it looks likely he will sleep with her. Oh, and Lily and Rufus kissed! I half expected Chuck to pop out of a dark corner and catch them.

    What did you think? Are you still riveted? I'm sad next week is the finale! By the looks of the preview, Serena may finally come out swinging against Georgina. Can't wait!

    Photos courtesy of The CW

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supertramp supertramp 9 years
Debcorrea I agree that the line isn't new, but I prefer it on Gossip Girl and this is coming from a diehard OC fan. The first time they used it on Gossip Girl was like the 3rd, 4th or 5th episode, you know the one when the colleges are coming. They asked Chuck why he should be chosen to talk to the Yale guy and that was his answer, "I'm Chuck Bass" And he got chosen! That's exactly what I'm gonna say if someone asks me, "Why you?" If it worked for Chuck it can work for me, you never know.
Monoka Monoka 9 years
i hate chuck, why did he do that to blair :( One moment he has me completly, and i am exited he said such beautifull words to BLAIR and then puff, he comes back as the same old jerk :( Dan and serena need to get back togeter, but i guess its gonna be the tipical season, where everithng is against them and they cant get back togeter cause there daiting other people or circumstances and faith WHY!!! also hardly saw any jenny last night, just the big surprice, she will be working with blairs MOM RUFUS!! ill take you :)
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
Chuck is my new favorite. I couldn't stand him in the beginning but now it's hard not to like the guy.
Rouge14 Rouge14 9 years
I found it a bit hard to get back to watching the show after the long break the strike caused but now that I have I'm so enjoying each episode! Every new one is better than the previous one, I really hope the writters are now well paid because they seriously do an amazing job on all these shows, especially on this one, they deserve it, without the stories they write there'd be no shows :(
codancerstar17 codancerstar17 9 years
Yeah... I liked the song Rufus sang. Anyone know what it was called? And the whole "I'm Chuck Bass," thing and everything before it made me break down in tears I was laughing so hard. That's all I talked about this past week.
Beastiegirl5 Beastiegirl5 9 years
Great ep. The "Chuck Bass" line was great, as was the mention of of Georgina swiping Chuck's v-card in the *sixth* grade! And then he calls her a psycho- that's something coming from Chuck! Seriously, Chuck and Blair are the reason I watch this show. But mostly for Chuck. This quote from two weeks ago when he was lighting up in her Serena's bathroom sealed it- Serena- I do not share any of your DNA, nor do I ever wish to. Chuck- Then I suggest you get new hand towels. That was so gross, but so damn funny. Ed gets all the good lines. And Chuck? He's just so...bad.
candiifloss candiifloss 9 years
i love nate nd blair together <3... is there any1 out there hu actually agrees???!!! lol i can c y people like chuck nd blair.. but i think there friendship is more fun with the plotting nd scheming.. i seriously cannot imagine them as a couple.. Why is vanessa on the show so much now???? (annoying) so glad jenny wasnt in this ep.
debcorrea debcorrea 9 years
Love Chuck too, but the "I'm Chuck Bass" line was actually not knew. It was on The OC, first season, eps 12, "The Secret". Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Luke are discussing Luke coming back to school after everyone discovering that his father is gay: Luke: This is gonna be weird. Ryan: Yepp. Luke: Everybody's gonna be staring at me. Talking. Marissa: Yepp. Luke: Maybe I can just blow the whole thing off. Go hit the beach, give everybody time to get it out of their systems. Ryan: It doesn't work like that. It's been months. I'm still the kid from Chino that burnt a house down. Marissa: And I'm still the girl who tried to kill herself in Mexico. Seth: I'm still..the... I'm still Seth Cohen. Since both shows were writing by Josh Schwartz, the joke is kid of old....
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
GeekSugar I'm with you! I wish they would offer that song on iTunes!
"I'm Chuck Bass"...absolutely perfect. It was also extremely awkward when Chuck and Nate got in the elevator together. I was kinda dissapointed by the whole "I killed someone" story. It wasn't even her fault, in a way. It was one of the best episodes in the whole season.
Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 9 years
Alls I gotta say is Rufus/Lily FTW!!!!!
reesiekitty reesiekitty 9 years
Wow- a lot to comment on!! Glad to take a break from Lil J- hopefully she'll be less whiney when she gets back. LOVED CHuck all night long- he really got all the great lines. Also, I loved it that when Dan found them all together and was like " You all hate each other??' Chuck said NO and really meant it. He is Chuck, but I really think he loves these people in his own warped way. Blair was also awesome- I love it when she takes charge! I would love to see more Bluck? Chair? action- there is still obvious chemistry there. And I don't mind Nate and Vanessa. Nate is so born into the in-crowd- but he isn't as cool as Chuck or as rich as Blair, etc. Maybe he just needs to branch out and slum it in Brooklyn for a while to come into his own. And I think V can take care of herself. Dan, Dan Dan.... how dumb are you?? But, in his defense, he is a hurt, horny 17 year old guy, so my answer is ... PRETTY DARN DUMB. So although I find his self-rightous gullibility annoying, it is still pretty believable to me. I think it's funny how both D & V think that they are so grass roots and honest and earnest, etc. and they just are not quite up to playing in the big leagues. G has manipulated them so easily- although I wouldn't put it past V to smack her upside the head, when it's really revaled. But I do think it will be Blair and Chuck who take G down, although it would be good for Serena to do it herself. Lily and Rufus.,.. she is still going to marry Bart Bass. Rufus is ok, but something about him is just too laid back or mopey for me. He had his chance and lost it.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
I loved the storyline with the main four during this episode. Chuck and Blair have become my new favorites after I couldn't stand them in the beginning. They really do stick together and go to bat for each other. I loved the scene between Serena and her mom! It was so sweet. After her talk with Eric, I'm really starting to like her more. And I disagree with Buzz on the whole Dan/Serena thing. Frankly I think he's pretty judgemental and self-righteous. Didn't his own father point that out? I can only imagine what he'd say if he knew about Serena's whole past. She was just protecting him from that. I can't muster a defense for him when he's been more supportive of "Sarah" who he's only known for a matter of weeks. He seems to believe her more since he considers her more like him, unlike Upper East Side Serena. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up when this whole thing unravels. It looks like Serena's gonna end up the better one in this situation.
usafhockey3 usafhockey3 9 years
2 thoughts: 1) thought the editing re: lily finding out her daughter's secret was really choppy.... my rm and i were totally confused for about 2 minutes 2) blake lively needs to step up her acting game. this crying/passive/ridiculous mess is the same reason the OC tanked and they killed off mischa barton. leighton is stealing the show, just like rachel bilson ended up doing. josh schwartz hopefully wont make the same mistake and write serenas character into a corner, but seriously.... SO annoying.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Ok girls I've gone crazy. I had a dream last night that I was friends with Blair and Serena etc. ... Only we didn't have the problems that this Upper East Side seems to have lol!
silvermoon76 silvermoon76 9 years
I can't believe i'm saying this, but Dan was actually annoying me this week. I don't blame him for breaking up with Serena, but I never thought Dan would be so naive as to believe everything Georgina said. I mean, I know he's not well versed in the ways of the upper east side, but this is just stupid. Chuck is <3. Rufus + Lily is is AWESOME!!!!!!!! I'm not so sure about Nate and Vanessa... we'll see how that works out in season 2.
brunchattopshop brunchattopshop 9 years
After that episode, I began to hate Dan. He's such a hypocrite. The episode was such a let down. I found it funny how Serena got over it just like that. I love Blair and Chuck though! As always. :)
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
The episode was a bit of a letdown after last week's episode. They didn't kill anyone. Georgina is so horrible, I cannot stand her. I was really hoping for an all-out war @ the concert between all of them. That would have been amazing. But, they took the predictable route, and of course her & Dan were gone. I'm crossing my fingers that D & G don't sleep together, that it doesn't go any further than the kissing. It looks like D goes back to S next week...I'm hoping, anyway. I'm sad that it's the finale, especially since I only started watching since it came back after the strike. Ah well, I'll have to buy the DVD. ha.
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 9 years
Last weeks episode was so much better=[ I hope the season finale is so much better and Blair&Chuck kick Georginas ass..HARD! Cant wait for next week!!=D
bushra bushra 9 years
geek, i've got that stuck in my head too! chuck had the best lines throughout the episode. dan and vanessa walk around with such a holier than thou attitude, just because blair et al were born into rich families it doesn't mean they're not human! sheesh! serena is definitely better off without dan, it was great to see them together as a group as we really didn't see much of that at the beginning of the season.
em113 em113 9 years
i think my problem with nate and vanessa is that nate (chase crawford) is not a very good actor in general and his lack of chemistry with vanessa makes his acting come off as even more forced. chase is gorgeous but in his scenes with vanessa i couldn't believed the show hired him, i thought he sounded that bad!
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
i'm chuck bass!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I think the best part of the episode was that JENNY WASN'T IN IT AT ALL. She was getting so annoying, I'm just glad that we were able to get a break.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
i thought bart would have followed lily and walked in or spied the kiss
lynbird lynbird 9 years
Ok, Lisa Loeb?! You just know that "Stay" was up like, 300% on iTunes, after that. And really? The guy OD'd. That's it. I was ready for Serena to have stabbed him with a shard of a Baccarat crystal champagne flute, in a coke-fueled rage of self-defense. The Rufus/Lily timeline is throwing me, too. In past episodes they've both name-dropped some bands (Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails are just two off the top of my head.) That fits the late '80s very early '90s time frame, but not by much. Wow. This show makes me feel beyond my 24 years.
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