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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 22, "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 22, "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

This week's Gossip Girl is a big improvement over last week's, just because things (ridiculous things!) are happening, for once. Chuck and Blair reunite to save Serena, Vanessa and Dan drink together, Nate gets an apartment in Murray Hill, and we learn Rufus is a huge dummy with money. Oh, and Georgina is back, and the girl is saved, which is a very fun twist indeed. I'm excited to talk about this one, so let's get started! Just


  • Blair is still talking smack about NYU ("You know how I feel about ironic facial hair") and even finds a way to toss in the word "patchouli." We get it! Blair thinks every school that's not Yale is full of dirty, stinky hipsters and hippies. Find a new joke.
  • Blair's also allergic to the subway, which is to be expected but is funny nonetheless: "It's full of middle-class professionals!"
  • Meanwhile, Rufus talks money and real estate with his kids. I love how when Rufus is like, "Kids, I can get a good deal if I sell," Dan utters the most ridiculously un-high-school-boy thing to say ever: "You didn't get soaked when the real estate bubble burst?" Such poignant cultural details!
  • Things that creeped me out this episode include Rufus once again inappropriately confiding in Vanessa about money troubles. Are they going to hook up or something?
  • Another thing that creeped me out is this idea of Rufus and Lily going on a double-date with Gabriel and Serena. When they're all hanging out together in the living room, there's a lot of PDA going on from both couples, and I just found it to be icky.
  • How amazing is Chuck's outfit when he's playing basketball with Nate? I think he has on a silk tie underneath a polo shirt with a velour track suit. It's the sweetest basketball getup of all time.
  • How are you all feeling about Nate and Blair together? My brain won't accept it, so when Nate gets possessive and jealous it just weirds me out.
  • It even weirds Chuck out: "If you need to mark your territory so badly, Nathaniel, maybe you should just pee on her." Best line in weeks!
  • Speaking of creepy again: That's what Gabriel is. And I love that Blair is honest with Serena about how shady he is ("North Caroliar") even though she actually doesn't have really solid evidence (the whole Butter thing is laughable).
  • The girls' fight is fun, though. Blair: "He fell in love with you while you were roofied! How romantic!" Serena: "So Chuck and Nate are obsessed with you, but my boyfriend can't stay faithful for seven days?!"
  • I like how Serena's big zinger to Blair is that Nate wasn't always faithful to her. Um. Serena? He cheated with you. Good job trying to prove that Blair is a bad friend for not supporting your relationship, since you sort of committed the ultimate in not supporting a friend's relationship by boinking said friend's boyfriend.
  • How cute are Blair and Chuck waking up in a limo holding hands? What? I found it touching.
  • I love the Georgina religious camp! The prayer circles Chuck walks through, the pastel colors — awesome.

So clearly, Gabriel and Poppy's big plan is to use Serena to steal all the rich people's money. But instead, they're going to just get all of Rufus's money because . . . he is so dumb. What is he thinking?! And why did the mention of Blair's name make Georgina's eyes light up? Revenge? A soul to save? Georgina is back (I know because they played "URA Fever" again)!

What did you guys think of this episode?

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mrsStephanieJ mrsStephanieJ 8 years
I like Blair & Nate, but it's just kind of weird/random that they're together again. I'd be happy with her & Chuck too though. I like how Blair is the main focus this year, I love her! Serena's character is just getting crazy & pointless. I don't see the purpose of Dan & Vanessa on the show anymore. My favorite part was the music at the end! Gives me chills. De ja vu of Serena's confession way back when.
Advah Advah 8 years
Loved the "I thought there was a game, Nate! I saw Dorota wearing a hat!" And Poppy is hands down the worst actress of the year. It's painful. Made me want to slap my monitor.
kc17nov kc17nov 8 years
During the basketball scene, I was on pins and needles waiting for Chuck to shoot the ball. I'm betting money that he shoots like a wuss! But, I still love him.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
ms. brooke, i think the writers are trying to figure out V's purpose also! ugh...i almost can't stand serena anymore!
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Serena is stupid. Rufus is even stupider than Serena, and I didn't even think that was possible. Blair and Chuck are cute. Holding hands in the limo...adorable. Interesting how earlier in the episode, Blair said something along the lines of it not being a relationship if you can't even hold hands...and now they're holding hands. Vanessa is annoying and I hate her. STILL trying to figure out her purpose on the show. I can't warm up to Blair and Nate. The chemistry is seriously lacking. I'm kind of hoping that Georgina really has changed because her character got old so quickly last season.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I loved this episode. Finally, they gave me back the show I loved, the way I loved it. OMJC! I thought the Serena/Blair fights were so funny. Serena had the worst comebacks. Chuck in a velour track suit, equals cute. But not as cute as he & Blair holding hands in the limo. And you're not the only one who's brain can't function Blair & Nate together. They're not supposed to be together, but I can wait for the Bluck reunion. Loved Georgina. She's awesome. & she definitely wants revenge. Did anyone catch the previews for next week? They looked hilarious.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Other than Rufus & Lily, so much better than last weeks. He's dumb with money, and so is she if she agrees to an investment like that BEFORE reading all the fine print. Born-again Georgina is awesome. Bet it won't last next week's episode.
RachLA RachLA 8 years
I was so disappointed when this episode ended! First, I like Blair and Nate together, even though they are a little vanilla. How funny were the "OMJC" shirts at camp? Also, am I the only one who thinks Gabriel has an Andre the Giant voice? It's like too big for his body. Altho he did tower over Rufus.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
The song at the end is "URA Fever" by The Kills.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
These people are really starting to annoy me. Nate just goes straight from the duchess to Vanessa to Jenny back to Vanessa back to Blair and thinks he's in love with all of them? Same with Serena, first Aaron now Gabriel...what happened to taking it slow? And how come in the fight between Blair and Serena Serena had to turn it around so it was about Blair? Isn't that Blair's mo? Chuck was to die for this episode, love him. Love Dan and Vanessa getting drunk. Love born-again Georgina. Oh and one final note: since when does NYU have better financial aid than Yale?
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I don't know why but I'm just getting bored with this show.
kia kia 8 years
I had a hard time believing Dan and Vanessa were actually drinking. I thought it was Reed's Ginger Brew except that it was a 6-pack and not a 4-pack. Whatever they were drinking, I bet it was a boring beer. The best was saying out loud, "ha ha, Chuck is stranded at Jesus camp" to my husband.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 8 years
Chuck's basketball getup is the best thing next to Barney Stinson's sleep suit.
Papaver Papaver 8 years
oh, and I agree with lilkimbo - last week's eppy was so much better.
Papaver Papaver 8 years
Surprisingly I warmed up to Blair&Nate. It's so annoying that Chuck is trying to screw them over again. And he looks fat and greasy - I liked him in first season but now he's just sleazy creep. I was totally expecting Dan&Vanessa to share something more than those beers and bottle of vodka - and it's very unapropriate for Rufus&Vanessa to spend so much time together and talk like they are best friends - ick! Overall, boring episode.
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
A few thoughts : - the ring ? Seriously, do you see Lily ever accepting such an ugly ring ? - so Poppy is suddently this big "investor-linkin'-person", to be trusted whenever and by whomever ? Where is the logic in that ? Poppy is a socialite and certainly has a few connections but ultimately, no businessman will take the risk of investing in her personal friend's business without carefully reviewing it. I mean, we are in a post Madoff, people are cautious. - which means that Serena is stupid, but nothing new under the sun, and Rufus is utterly retarded. "I don't know anything about money but I want to be part of whatever scam my gullible (yet richer so it won't affect her that much) girlfriend falls for ! - by the way, how many times does Serena fall in love per week ? Roughly ? 6, 7 ? - I want Blair and Chuck back together ASAP. Nate is the most boring person on this show (and it includes Vanessa, so there, big insult!) and I don't believe in Georgina's turnaround.
amycullen2 amycullen2 8 years
Love love loved this ep. You highlighted two of my favorite moments! The "If you need to mark your territory so badly, Nathaniel, maybe you should just pee on her. " and the hand holding in the limo. My other fave was when Chuck and Blair accidentally meet up outside Serena's. Love it! I so want Blair and Chuck back together. Sorry Nate/Blair fans. And the "South Carliar" is just gross, I can't stand the way he talks.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I actually disagree, Buzz. I thought last week's episode was much better. I was laughing hysterically during the entire Dan/cater waiter scene. But, this week I found myself rolling my eyes several times. I get that they're setting it up for everyone to be in NYC next year, but the whole Dan can't go to Yale because he can't afford it story is ridiculous. Has he ever heard of student loans?
s0sandrita s0sandrita 8 years
I totally caught on to georgina's eery look at the mention of Blair's name.. I don't trust that girl one bit! and UGH yes!! I'm getting very tired of Rufus. Just ask Lily for the money and get it over with gosh! I'm ok with the whole N+B relationship but they are getting a tad boring.. and Vanessa! just kill her off already.. she's a waste of a good scene! xoxo :)
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Buzz, I was thinking the same thing re Vanessa and Rufus and their inappropriate private conversations. I have the sinking feeling these two are going to hook up. The thought makes me want to gag.
gossipandthecity gossipandthecity 8 years
It even weirds Chuck out: "If you need to mark your territory so badly, Nathaniel, maybe you should just pee on her. haha . loved this one :) I like that Georgina is back and I loooved the limo scene where C&B were holding hands. so sweet
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