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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 19, "The Grandfather"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 19, "The Grandfather"

I feel like I've seen a million made-for-TV movies about Jackie Kennedy where she accompanies Jack to his family's get-together in Hyannis Port for the first time and it becomes very clear that her future father-in-law will stop at nothing to build an American dynasty.

Apparently, I'm not the only one watching Lifetime movies, because this week's episode of Gossip Girl seems to have been inspired by something similar. We watch Nate's grandpa Vanderbilt (on his mom's side) embrace him despite his father's public scandal. Poor Vanessa (and by "poor" I mean "couldn't be more annoying!") turns out to have way less control over her boyfriend now that the all-powerful family is back in his life.

After last week's disappointing return, I'm happier with this episode, which also includes Blair's existential crisis and lots and lots of Chuck! Let's dig in — just


  • In the middle of Vanessa and Nate discussing their Spring break trip to Eastern Europe, a Vanderbilt cousin named Trip (insert Palin family joke here) pops up to tell Nate that the family loves him and misses him, especially gramps.
  • Nate's all, whatever, there's basketball to watch, but Vanessa swoops in with Control Nate's Life Speech No. 1 and tells him to get over to that family reunion. Ugh, let the man watch basketball!
  • Once they (Vanessa, Nate, and Dan — why?) all get to the family reunion, which takes place in a magic Vanderbilt castle, Trip informs them that grandpa will be landing via helicopter! And when he does, he actually says: "Nathaniel! I'm so delighted you're here! My boy!" And then the whole family claps for the prodigal son's return.
  • Serena tells Chuck that Blair didn't get into Yale, hence the weird behavior of late. Chuck: "The only thing she wanted more than me. That would be painful."
  • I thought the Carter thing with Blair would be longer, but he basically just sleeps with her. Chuck and Serena get rid of him fast, blackmailing him with some secret involving time in Santorini? That'll come up again.
  • Blair is in crisis because she didn't get into Yale and is tired of being a schemer: "Do you know how exhausting it has been being Blair Waldorf for the past 18 years?"
  • Then Serena and Chuck become overly concerned Blair's going to do something really nuts like, oh, say, offer herself up as a prostitute to an exclusive gentleman's club, because that's what rich girls who self-destruct do. (No they don't. They do drugs.)
  • I love the scene where they pester Dorota to tell them where the heck Blair is: "Yes it is old Miss Blair and then new Miss Blair and then it's old Miss Serena and then new Miss Serena — very hard to keep track!"
  • Oh, and note to self: Never attempt to buy Dorota off.
  • I know old-money WASP families tend to have bonkers traditions, but really? A speech when someone lands an internship?
  • In Control Nate's Life Speech No. 2, Vanessa is now peeved that Nate has ambition ("The only thing Nate's ever voted for was American Idol") and lectures him about turning into Trip in five years. She is so condescending! She's basically telling Nate he's a simpleton who should never change, because that's a good plan for a 17-year-old.
  • In the end Nate chooses a future that's, like, ambitious and stuff over flitting around Europe with his high-school girlfriend, leaving Vanessa to sob in Brooklyn to Dan and Jenny ("Why do rich people insist on tiny food?!"). Call the waambulance.
  • Nate and Blair have quite the touching moment in the castle's special empty room. And then they have an even more special moment in Blair's room, with Chuck piecing it together in her foyer.
  • Finally, Serena "b*tch slaps" Dan for having sex with the teacher. Man, that felt good, and I didn't even get to do it.

I much prefer Nate being groomed for the White House (you know, mayor's intern one day, president the next) to him hanging out with Dan and Vanessa in Brooklyn. I'm also OK with Blair taking her place beside him for the moment.

Also: Really, Rufus? First of all, Lily's list isn't all that long (the woman is how old?), and second of all, how is he surprised? She was a groupie and has been married like a million times, of course she's been around the block.

How did you feel about this episode?

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Advah Advah 8 years
@Mnxygrl - heheh I seriously can't explain what happened to my brain then. :? I forgot to add: yay for MGMT! That made me realise we haven't really heard any good soundtrack on the show lately! (remember season 1 and Albert Hammond Jr?!?)
mademoiselleQQ mademoiselleQQ 8 years
I do love season 1 wayyyy... way better... Note to the writers, bring back Cyrus please. Blair'd had been funnier when he's around. And yes, why the writer had no willing to make the plot much longer than 2 episodes. Btw, when ur boyfriend (or x-boyfriend, i had no clue anyway) had slept with ur teacher...You slapped him...then u're smiling...and thats it.... THAT'S IT???!! oh boy oh boy *rolling eyes* I'm complaining...but still diggin' for the next episodes..LOL...I have no life, i'm craving it *wink wink*
mnxygrl mnxygrl 8 years
@Advah hahahahah Harry Potter...I literally cracked up for five minutes over that I heart Blair. I can totally understand where she's coming from. She spent her whole life planning for Yale and that was really the only thing she was living for. Now that's gone, she doesn't know what to do with herself anymore. The scene with her and Nate was really sweet even though I love her with Chuck. It's nice to see Chuck get jealous though after all his player ways.
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
YES, Nate as an aspiring politico...that's fierce! I kept waiting for that snobby cousin or whatever to say something racist to Vanessa, but instead she was very inclusive...kudos for not taking the obvious we-don't-like-you-poor-dark-girl route.
itsa-bitsa itsa-bitsa 8 years
I am soooo over Vanessa. She and Dan are the most self righteous people on the show. They definitely belong together. For a second I had almost forgotten that Blair and Nate were ever together but I like that they might be getting back with each other. Rufus can be such a baby sometimes, Lilly is class all the way. I love her.
scorpion-Tee scorpion-Tee 8 years
OK. I agree with most of the comments that i read about this episode being better than last week. but the one that i thought was kinda off is the fact that after Nate decided to go off to do the internship instead of going to europe, Vanessa took that as "oh, i guess we arent together anymore." I thought wow, i know you are upset because yall planned this trip for so long but that doesnt mean that he doesn't want to be with you..Anywho...Lily and Rufus: now they should have known that what they were doing was going to lead down hill. I wouldnt even do that with my own boyfriend. I wanted to slap the sh** outta Dan when he told Serena that Rachel wasnt even his teacher. Like that made a difference and that what he did was justified. If i was Serena i woulda slapped him again for saying that. Im curious as to how long this Blair and Nate storyline will go on. I dont think too long because if Chuck has any balls he will tell Blair that he loves her in next weeks epi.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
Vanessa was just pissed at Nate b/c now she'll have to come up with the $$$ herself to pay for Europe. all in all, i was annoyed. i liked seeing dan get slapped...that's what i wanted to do to him.
Pop-Champagne Pop-Champagne 8 years
Vanessa sucks. She pretty much told Nate to pick his future or her. And she's not even rich or hot. She wasn't even going to write her SATs until Nate encouraged her. She doesn't know anything about getting ahead/money. She should be stuck in Brooklyn with some poor dude playing the bongo and talk about the meaning of life all day.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
It was a way better episode than last weeks, that's for sure! But there were some pretty lame moments, like the ones you mentioned. I didn't understand why everyone and their dog went to the Vanderbilt family reunion. And when Nate and his Grandpa reunited, I laughed when everyone started clapping. All in all though, better than the previous one.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
"Call the waambulance" !! hahahaha :)
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
I HATE Dan and Vanessa's righteous holier than thou bullshit! I love Dorota I can't get enough of her. and I really think that Gossip Girl is Blair's (Leighton's) show. She dominates. I think she's got the best understanding of the character she is playing and she gets the best material. I never get tired of her! moree blair!
cibele cibele 8 years
missbrooke09, they did a storyline like that (lilly and rufus')on one tree hill too.
cibele cibele 8 years
Loved the episode. GG is getting better now. I agree with Buzz, Dan and Vanessa should definitely get together. She's way too controlling, self righteous and annoying. I mean, the guy's cancelling their vacation, so what? Do it another time. Although i love Blair and Chuck, i think Chuck deserves what Blair's doing. The girl said she loved him a lot of times, was always after him, fighting for him, trying to help and he couldn't care less. It's time for him to suffer a little. And i think Nate it's perfect for that. I thought they had a interesting conversation, they get along very well, very cute actually.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Vanessa is really annoying. And there's been way too much of her in the past couple episodes. I really wish she'd get off of my television screen for good. I can't stand her. I don't see this new Nate/Blair hook-up as long term. They both seem lost right now and I think it's just kind of a comfort thing. I liked the scene where Serena told Chuck to fight for Blair. At the end of the episode, where Chuck went to Blair's, I thought he was going there to tell her that he loved her. He told Dorota that he had something to tell her and it was after his talk with Serena, so it would kind of make sense, right? I think Chuck will tell Blair he loves her by the end of the season. I think they did the Lily/Rufus storyline on Full House. Ha.
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
Actually, there is a Trig Palin. Sarah's son. And there is also a Tripp Palin. Bristol's son. :) Vanessa is so annoying. I don't mind Blair and Nate together but it's not as good as Blair and Chuck!
rippintricycle rippintricycle 8 years
I guess I'm having a memory lapse, but did Dan and Serena ever actually break up? "Carnal Knowledge" ended with her calling him while he slept with Rachel. The next episode they just avoided each other. What am I forgetting/missing?
a-million-suns a-million-suns 8 years
I think Vanessa is ok, I even kind of like her sometimes. I think her heart was in the right place. I agree with her that it doesn't seem like the internship is something Nate actually wants. I do agree she can be irritating sometimes, but her and Dan? That would just emphasize both of the annoying aspects of their personalities so much that I fear I would throw something at the TV (and paying for broken televisions is just no fun). I also agree that the show needs to get it together. It has been so inconsistent.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
That was a pretty decent episode, considering how bad the last one was, but I really hope that these new story lines have continuity. I'm not sure about Blair and Nate together again, but please, don't go all "well, that was nice, but let's never do it again" next week. Same goes for Nate and his new found ambition (?) and for the whole Serena/Carter scandal in Santorini... I think they should focus a little more on Serena again, Blair's dramas about Yale are getting old...
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I loved Blair's dress at the party. I kind of like her reaction, too -- if I'd lost everything I'd spent 18 years working for, I might self destruct too. Rufus annoyed me -- how was he surprised about Lily's list? Seriously? Dorota is hilarious. I need to check out her webisodes.
CYL CYL 8 years
I miss the old Chuck and Blair days where the dialogue was actually good :P
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Please no Nate and Blair! I want Chuck to prevail. Also, I loved the "good cop, Bass cop" line. There are just so many wonderful things you can do with Chuck's name. Also, I loved Dorota's tirade in what I assume was Polish. Don't tick Dorota off!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I really enjoyed this episode. I thought it was heads and shoulders above last week's! I like Nate and Blair together, at least for now. I think they're an interesting pairing. And, I like the new Nate. Overall, a good episode, although the Lily/Rufus storyline did annoy me.
petites-mains petites-mains 8 years
Am I the only one who thought this episode was ridiculous? This whole show has gotten ridiculous. Nate has a different personality in every episode. Not one relationship lasts more than 2 episodes. Serena dumps Dan and throws him under the bus for being with the teacher (before he even was) then she slaps him for hooking up with her? What? Jenny goes from stealing Vanessa's love letter for Nate to saying they are meant for each other? And Chuck and Blair...baaagh enough already! Get together or drop it. And I don't care about Lily and Rufus. At all. Do the writers for this show forget what happened the previous episode and just make up new stuff that think will be "so OMFG scandalous?" GG needs to get it together.
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
@ fleurfairy : I thought as much... :-) I felt like they were all in an after-school special, with the clapping and the big ceremony etc.
Advah Advah 8 years
I can foresee a lot of boring discussions between Nate and Vanessa about hsi family rejecting her and her not accepting who he wants to be, yawn. Also, when Chuck found the jacket in Blair's living room, the first thing that crossed my mind was "OMG Blair's sleeping with Harry Potter!". Then I realised it must be Nate's.. :oy: Btw, Blair was wearing the most gorgeous red lipstick.
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