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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 21, "Seder Anything"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 21, "Seder Anything"

So, yippee! Gossip Girl is back! But, um, I think almost every single main character must have taken stupid pills together in some scene that got edited out at the last minute. It's the only way to explain the complete and utter lack of brain power among our Upper East Side crew these days.

Take Serena: The more she reveals about her "marriage," the more it becomes clear that in Serena's head, church + "Si" + guy + drunk in Spain = legally wed. Which isn't totally the way it works. Sigh. But this episode has a lot of funny/cute moments, and all in all I'd say it's pretty entertaining, albeit nutty. Let's chat about it — just


  • That opening My Fair Lady dream sequence with Blair is funny. Leighton does a pretty good Cockney accent.
  • Blair's new plan post-Yale rejection is to be a socialite ("Being a socialite was good enough for Jackie O"), and it looks like Nate Archibald is her ticket.
  • Cyrus offers to get her into NYU with a phone call (these kids getting into schools with phone calls is so obnoxious!) but she turns down his offer and makes some snide comment about experimenting with lesbianism at schools like that. I believe she made the same joke about Brown, as if every school that isn't Yale is like Girls Gone Wild meets Woodstock.
  • Serena's back from Spain, and she and Chuck catch up (". . . and then I realized I'm a 17 year old billionaire with tremendous stamina"). Chuck tells Serena he saw Poppy in town while she was still in Spain, which is our first clue something's up.
  • Blair's big socialite plan is to be on the junior committee for the Whitney and a bridesmaid in Nate's cousin's wedding. She gets denied for both because she's too "new" (pssst — that's blue blood talk for new money).
  • It's hilarious when Nate's all, "I have a surprise for you!" and Blair gets excited, and then the big surprise is that Nate got into Columbia all by himself. If I were Blair, I would have said something like, "For the record, that's not a surprise for me. That is simply news about you."
  • Of course this makes Grandpa Vanderbilt unhappy, and he asks Blair to help convince Nate that Yale is better.
  • OK, question: Nate tells Blair it only took one phone call from grandpa to get him into Yale. So why, when striking a deal with grandpa, didn't Blair go for the gold? Admission to Yale? Hello? Blair is so much smarter than this! She only bargained for her little Whitney thing and to be in the bridal party. But those things were only important to her because they were her back-up plan to Yale.
  • Speaking of dummies: Really, Rufus? You didn't pick up that your son was working the Seder?
  • And also: Really, Dan? You think a catering job here and there will pay for Yale?
  • I know Jenny is a lot tamer now, but her infatuation with board games is bizarre. It's such a far cry from taking pictures of yourself in your bra.
  • Serena thinks she's married Gabriel (who is really creepy and stalks her) and is all stressed out because of this. I love how sleeping with her good friend's man never comes up ever as an issue for her.
  • Hang on a minute: Weren't Vanessa and Chuck into each other last we saw? Where is Vanessa?

In conclusion: Nate forgives Blair for scheming with his grandpa, and she decides to try to go to NYU; Serena's apparently really into creepy stalker Gabriel; Chuck and Jenny finally make up after that thing that happened in the first season that I had to work really hard to remember; and Rufus is going to sell the art gallery so Dan doesn't have to waste his talents "working." Yay, happy endings! And, you know, kind of nuts. Did you think so, too? Sound off!

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La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I too found Gabriel creepy. He stalks her and shows up uninvited, and then refuses to leave even after Serena begs him to. He tries to embarrass her in front of her friends and family (at a dinner he shouldn't even be at). And yet, she's attracted to him? I will never understand Serena.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
chuck always acts like a a**, but then someone yells at him and puts him in his place. its gettting old, but i love seeing him apologize for being a jerk and realizing that he has friends and family that care for him. serena is a moron. i don't understand why she just can't find this "happy medium" her and lily were discussing. ok sure, go out and party but have a LIMIT. why do you have to get absolutely hammered and hook up w/ everyone's boyfriends every episone?? at least gabriel is cuter than the last tool she dated. the humphrey's are also completely moronic. dan-what middle class kid doesn't have a job to pay for college?? rufus-you better have a plan. blair/nate-i think they will realize they aren't meant to be, but for now they work and they are comfortable together.
Lemerne Lemerne 8 years
I too think they might have hinted to the fact that jenny likes chuck. Puppy eyes don't lie ;) (god i hope i'm wrong!)
emms emms 8 years
In the first scene with Chuck and Serena, Chuck says "I made a slight detour with the boho barista". That was the writers dismissing the Chuck/Vanessa story but they made it hard for anyone to catch!
Anadi Anadi 8 years
I don't know why but I've always loved Nate and Blair together, so I actually enjoyed this episode even if it was a little dumb. However, isn't it always? On a side note Jenny bores me to no end.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
amloveaffair - I'm with you on the dreams. They're a bit ridiculous.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
If the writers and producers are all for ditching the Chuck/Vanessa thing, I'm all for it. I hated it. As for the episode, it was okay, but I'm actually looking forward the next week for the funny looking return of Georgina Sparks.
wendybird33 wendybird33 8 years
How does Nate always manage to come out as the saint when he obviously isn't!?! Nate knows how to use his looks is my only explanation.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I was highly entertained and loved every minute. So happy Vanessa was no where to be seen. As for the stupid pills--I think thats why it was so funny. I think them missing the obvious was why it was hilarious. The ONLY thing that bugged me Buzz mentioned above about Blaire not thinking to have Nate's grandpa call Yale--maybe they thought it was beating a dead horse? In that case--Blaire is growing!!
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
Ok, just one tiny little baby sentence : BRING BACK CHUCK AND BLAIR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (How's that for a rundown of the episode ? :-p)
nessa17 nessa17 8 years
ressiekittty, you are not the only one, i was wondering the ways they were gonna hide her pregnancy. I like that Chuck apologized to Jenny, he is maturing a little bit, blair is the only character who hasn't matured. What is up with Poopy and Gabriel? What happened in the preview? I didnt see it yet.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
The actor playing Gabriel sucks. He reminds me of that really bad soap opera, "Passions".
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
I actually thought Serena's waking up and thinking she was married was TOTALLY in character. If there is not enough actual drama in some people's lives, they generate made-up drama. Also, Lily being upset with S for going to Spain was fairly ludicrous coming from the woman who is constantly abandoning her teen age children. 1)Is anyone else cracking up at the camouflage of Lily's RL pregnancy? Sparkly necklaces, big coats, shopping bags... I am just wondering how they are going to cover it when she gets really huge- will she just happen to be carrying a pup tent around or something?? 2) Rufus looks ghastly. Lily would never be seen with him that way. his corduroy jacket and sweater look needs to retire and his hair is starting to make him look like Shaggy in Scooby Doo. Also, um, what dad DOESN'T want his teenage son to get a job? And yes, how is SELLING the gallery going to help? You sell the gallery, ( in a market where no one is buying mid-level art, is someone buying mid-level art GALLERIES?) and even if that pays for Yale, what do you have to live on??? Did anyone see the irony of Rufus carrying all of Lily's bags from Prada, etc. while he insists that she cannot help with D's college tuition? 3)All of the 'Seder' related stuff was HYSTERICAL. Seriously, I loved it that Dan- who thinks he is so egalitarian and doesn't care about all of this UES stuff-cannot stand the fact that he will have to be seen as a waiter at Blair's house. And the fact that his shirt/vest combo that he wears all the time makes him look like a waiter anyway. And that Rufus couldn't figure OUT that Dan was a waiter for almost the whole meal!! Blair's mom stole the show though- she had me laughing with every stressed-out line. "We have an extra seat. It's for Elijah, but you can have it" I do think Cyrus was too nice though- everyone was actually pretty rude considering it was his religious holiday- his mom was funny too. 4) Gabriel is creepy. I totally think he and Poppy are setting S up with some sort of 'Cruel Intentions/Dangerous Liaisons' kind of deal. Except that S isn't a virgin or sheltered or anything so I don't quite see the point. 5)Lil J... Why exactly was she at Lily's instead of the loft? She made it pretty clear she wanted to stay a Humphrey at the loft. Her BF is boring, and I am not quite getting the board game fetish, but it is pretty funny. I suppose she has to fill the gap left by fashion with something. 6) Chuck was interesting tonight. I think he actually sincerely apologized to J for attacking her. And... if her puppy eyes mean she gets a big old crush on him ( icky, but totally believable in a girl like J) it will set up an interesting scenario where Chuck will have to decide just how evil he actually is or if he will do the right thing and not take advantage of her. 7) Actually kudos for truth telling in this episode- I loved it when J told Chuck that this house was the only place where anyone cared about him. I also loved Chuck telling Nate that Blair was not going to be different and if anything, was changing into a better person and that Nate should love her as she is. 8)Loved watching Nate's screed of a toast at the rehearsal dinner , but totally disagreed with it. Even if his GF did turn his dad in- his dad was GUILTY, so GF deserves a pass for that, even if he is an old SOB. Nate's self-rightousness was uncalled for at that occasion. I was totally waiting for the bride to scream at him and throw him out. I totally would have. but.. poor dippy Nate can't see that cousin Tripp doesn't really like having the favorite grandson back in the family fold and is trying to come between him and the GF. But.. Nate is pretty dumb, so this manipulation is believable. 9) No Dorota!!! :( Still, excellent that D is in love with V the doorman! And she is a COUNTESS back in Poland! Hooray Dorota, come back soon! 10) Yea Georgina at Christian Brainwashing camp next episode!! And talking to Chuck!! Can it possibly get any better???
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I <3 Sirus ... I just think he's such a sweetie ! How awful was everyone's behavior during the sedar??
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Nate's pretty funny with the random emotional outbursts. First he complains about his family in the middle of the play a few weeks back and now in the middle of his grandfather's dinner. I like it, it makes his character less boring. And Blair, ugh! Why didn't she go for Yale? I mean she sabotaged Nelly Yuki's SAT scores last season, this season she babysat that kid that was only like 2 yrs younger than her and now golden opportunity and she doesn't even try for it.
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
Today I noticed that the actor playing Gabriel also plays Morgan on "Reaper"! He's so much more fun as the son of the devil.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I can't explain it, but I freaking loved last night's episode. Maybe I just missed it so much that even a less-than-stellar taste of the UES gets me excited? Could be a great plan by the CW. Anyway, I thought it was fab. I agree Buzz, I wondered why she didn't go for the gusto with G-pa. I think Gabriel is a creeper and can't wait to see how that plays out. And as much as I hate to admit it, I want Blair and Chuck back together. They're just great. And I always wanted Blair to be nicer, but last night when she was all fawn-y and apologetic I was bored. Evil Blair will be back soon, right?
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Yeah this whole episode was annoying due to the stupidity and wow that Gabriel guy was so creepy...
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Oh and am I the only one who hates Blair's little dreams she has? I think they're quite annoying.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I actually liked this episode for the most part. It's a lot better than the past two were! Serena is really annoying but Gabriel is really pretty! I just saw the preview for next week and it looks like it's going to be a good one!
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I am generally really annoyed by the stupid pills, but I think that, as far as Blair using Gramps Vandebildt to get into Yale is concerned, her asking him would be a moot point. Even big wigs really only get to call in ONE favor to get an unqualified candidate into an Ivy League, and Gramps already wasted his on his ungrateful GrandNate. I'm not willing to believe that Serena's stupidity somehow got her into Brown, but I am willing to believe that you can only call in one favor to Yale during each admissions seasons. Maybe next year, Blair. Enjoy reading Beloved six times and experimenting with lesbianism!
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
Gabriel is not that attractive. Sorry. Anyway, Jenny's love of board games is hilarious. I never really noticed until you pointed it out, Buzz! Even though Chuck and Vanessa are weird, I'd rather see more of them than Blair and Nate.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
wytang627 - woopsies! Thanks, all fixed!
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Yes, Chuck pretty much sexually assaulted Jenny. Funny how those things are swept under the rug in Gossip Girl Land. Leighton already confirmed that Blair will be going to NYU. It's a good excuse for keeping her in the city with Nate who's going to Columbia and Chuck who's presumably not going to college.
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