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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 2, "Never Been Marcused"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 2, "Never Been Marcused"

You guys, Gossip Girl is so freaking fun right now. This season is starting off with a bang, don't you think? Last night everyone was back, including Rufus from his band tour, Jenny from playing in the Hamptons with Eric, and Vanessa who has been watching the gallery and decorating it and turning it into a cafe or something.

Also! Dan and Serena are seriously back together (and by "back together" I mean "getting it on") even though they feel like they should think about it a little since they really haven't explored the reasons they broke up. "Thinking" is all in vain, though, because they are both attractive, hot-blooded young teens who are apparently extremely in need of some sexual healing.

Besides Dan and Serena's PDA, the episode truly belonged to Blair, who's decided she's in love with "the Lord" (haha) and hatches a scheme to impress his step-mother the Duchess in order to hang on to him. Which of course means that Chuck had to hatch a scheme of his own to get rid of him. So much to chat about, so let's get started — just


  • First off, that strawberry that Serena seductively ate on the bus home in front of Dan was extraordinarily large, which took away from the sexiness for me and made me laugh. Hello, prop people, can we get the girl a regular-sized berry? How about a cherry?
  • Secondly, Dan was decidedly less annoying this episode! It probably has to do with letting go of his often self-righteous inhibitions and following his crotch heart.
  • Nate's family drama was back, with his dad on the run and his family in serious financial trouble due to the feds constantly buzzing around them. The scene with his mom was funny too — there was a lot of nothing said other than "Don't worry, I'll figure this out" and "No, you don't worry, I'll figure this out."
  • Also, "I'll figure it out, I just need time" was seriously all Nate said the entire episode. Well, that and, "I just need someone to talk to!"
  • And then he sold his body to the Duchess! I felt so dirty at the end when he took an envelope full of money from her, she rubbed his thigh (ew!), and then he made sad eyes out the window.
  • So, backing up for a second, it turns out the Duchess is Marcus's step-mom, and she's doing it with Nate, and Blair and Nate are exes . . . and apparently there's a book club involved or something? You get the drift. As usual, the only person who doesn't know any of this is Dan.
  • Oh yeah, did you see those huge dogs with Nate's mom? Update: Check out PetSugar's post on the dogs!
  • I loved when the Duchess tried to make Blair feel like, OMG, so middle-class. Blair to Serena: "She made Waldorf rhyme with Spears! I might as well go commando!"
  • I really do think Chuck is pretty irresistible when he's doing good deeds. Trying to help Nate was actually pretty cute, even though Nate was mortified by his friend loaning his mom money.
  • Chuck was also trying to strike up a "bromance," as Gossip Girl put it, with Marcus in order to get to his step-mom and ensure she would hate Blair. Doing evil and good in one episode? The dichotomy of Chuck.
  • Lastly, it looks like Vanessa still has a little thing for Nate. Too bad he's now sold his body (and soul?) to the Duchess. XOXO.

OK, so who thinks Nate should give up his low-life dad to the FBI already? How awesome was Blair last night ("Oh my effing God!")? I wonder if now that she isn't insecure about the commitment levels of her new man, he'll become totally uninteresting to her again. Clearly she enjoys the little chess match she has going on with her true love Chuck. And Serena and Dan: Yuck? Get a room? Or totally cute?

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Victoryaaa-X3 Victoryaaa-X3 8 years
I luhhhhed Blair's hair in the first season And i wish she would keep it like that instead of straitening it. (BLEH!) Also Chuck is sooooo gorgeous... I liked his hair at the white party. in episode 1 of season 2. :)
xojennifer xojennifer 8 years
I ADORED the first episode.. but anyone canadian here can tell me what channel, and at what time, GG is playing this year? Thats what made me give up on GG last season; they played it on different channels, at different times.. it was hard to keep up, even with digital cable. Thank god I found the episodes on the internet last season, and I also bought it on dvd. But now im trying to keep up with this season, and its not working too good. The first episode played on a monday on CTV, and now it doesn't play on mondays anymore. Someone help? :)
green-gidget green-gidget 8 years
Serena was wearing a camisole like top in this episode that was cream coloured with a couple of orange strips kind of at the top. Does anyone know who designed that top? I loved it!
Advah Advah 8 years
I think the Vanessa/Rufus tension just comes from the fact they're both pretty bad actors. *roll eyes* This being said, great to see some Chuck/Blair drama! The Lord is plainly ridiculous imo, but these two are great. I agree the ending with the Duchess and Nate was pretty disgusting, but that's probably the point. As for Dan and Serena - ewwww. They're so uninteresting, I'd rather see more Blairness! Btw where's Serena's mum?
jessicasky jessicasky 8 years
OBSESSED with that "BW" necklace Blair was wearing!! it's so freakin cute! I have been looking around like crazy for one!I finally found it! you can buy it on this website!! ugh this season is soo good!!
bushra bushra 8 years
sorry, i'm such a late starter with the recaps this week. can the archibald's financial difficulties *really* be resolved with the proceeds of chuck's club or a wad of cash from the duchess?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
If Rufus and Vanessa have some weird love connection thing that happens, I will FREAK out. And not in a good way. Also, the serious annoyance of Dan & Serena is only slightly alleviated by Blair & Chuck. Therefore, I think we need even more of that pair.
norisa norisa 8 years
Loved this episode!
shi shi 8 years
ok but does anyone think that catherine, nates cougar looks a lot like him mom? it just kept creeping me out the whole episode. and it has to be said that nate is turning out to be like the wentworth miller of gossip girl, same look and says the same thing every episode.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Yeah Chuck totally does it for me. What can I say I like bad boys. ;)
geebers geebers 8 years
OH I totally noticed those crazy big dogs. Thanks for the info Buzz. And I wasn't too thrilled with last night's episode. I miss LILY! Her story with Rufus is way more fun than Serena and Dan (can't stand the two). And I have a crush on Chuck.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
For all you who wanted to know more about the dogs -- my girl Pet totally got the job done!
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I'm with you Buzz, I love this season a lot already. First of all yeah that strawberry was big but I think that's the image they were going for, that it would be sexy and also just a little funny. Their relationship is amusing to me and I actually don't care if they do or don't decide to "really get back together". Blair was also fun to watch last night, when she said she loved him I also laughed. BTW, I always enjoy Chuck he's always been attractive to me. Can't believe Nate sold his body for money, I mean sure he did it for his family, but couldn't he have at least taken Chuck's offer instead, it was his friend not some sex crazed cougar.I loved it when Blair walked in.Hilarious. "oh my f-ing god". The best part of the night, seriously wasn't the episode, it was the preview for next week. It was just so sexy. It had everything I love about the show:sex,scandal,seduction, and Chuck & Blair. BTW, I would totally not turn Chuck down if I were Blair.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's so funny that i didn't watch season 1 but i'm really getting into season 2. i'm going to have to get the DVD of the first one. i like the dymanics of all the couples. i think that serena knowa what she wants - but she's not willing to admit it to herself. it's funny to see that she's playing hard to get when it would be so much easier just to give in. blair now has something to hold over duchess's head which is always so nice - and well..i can't wait to see what happens with nate/chuck/family money
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
Don't care how Chuck wears his hair...heck he could put on a Bozo wig and I'd still be flaming out every time him and Blair get to dancing their lust-hate tango. And to think it's only going to get better as evidenced by the next episode.... ((((YUMMMM))))) Oh yeah as for's almost getting too painful to watch Nate...he's still cute, still sweet AND Now he's on sale...YUCK.
elizabee123 elizabee123 8 years
I loved when Gossip Girl did the voiceover about Nate, the Dutchess,Blair, Marcus, and the book club. LOL The whole Vanessa character perplexes me, and yea, there was a little something something going on with Daddy Humphrey. Serena and Dan are snoozeville.
ana-isabel ana-isabel 8 years
I can't wait till next
jenwils jenwils 8 years
Love this show. Love Blair & her outfits. Love Chuck, although I wish he had Ed's real accent ... so sexy! Love that Jenny isn't getting as much screen time - she annoys me.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I am waiting for the episode when Nate kills himself or attempts to.
yeokr yeokr 8 years
i get so tickled whenever chuck and the lord have a scene together because the lord's accent does seem like bs, but ed westwick really is british and he does a good american accent and i get it all mixed up in my head wondering what westwick is thinking when he has to hear the god-awful accent from lord marcus! i like chuck's hair right now because it really adds to his smarmy attitude, like he is trying to turn over a new leaf to win blair but is really going about it in a way far worse than season 1 chuck's evilness.
Lisa871983 Lisa871983 8 years
Why did chuck meet with the dutchess? I saw up until she said I don't usually take meetings with children and then it went to a commercial. What did they talk about?? Can someone help?? I am dying to know
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Is it just me but did you guys really find Oh My Effing God to be such a cool line? I get it that it would be so wrong for Vanessa and Rufus to have anything going on, but really, OMFG? I wouldn't use your name + a curse.. you're wounding my sensibilities here guys. I'm offended. It's sad, I just felt that I needed to speak up.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
Did you guys see Blair and Serena's night gowns near the end? When they bump into Chuck at the kitchen(?) ? Adorable.
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
hollspd...Dan's hotness was in that wifebeater and exposing us to those arms, and that chest! ;) I never got the vibe between Rufus/Vanessa. But...ICK. I hope they never go that way. I really, really can't wait to see Lily back. Her and Rufus have such great chemistry. They need to do that more this season. And more Jenny and Eric. I love them. They're totally cute BFF's. Can't wait til there back at school. Can't wait to see the cattiness back with Blair when she's in her natural surroundings.
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