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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 23, "The Wrath of Con"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode 23, "The Wrath of Con"

There's always talk of how manipulative Gossip Girl's Lily can be. Some say she's a bad mom because she's been married a lot and is overly concerned with appearances at the expense of her own children. But I've always thought she seemed cool. Ever since Eric came out of the closet and especially after Bart Bass died, it's been clear Lily has a heart and is protective of her children — even step-children like Chuck.

However, on this week's episode, an uglier side of Lily shows up — and leave it to Serena to be the reason. The fallout that results after Gabriel takes off with Lily's rich friends' money (and Dan's tuition — d'oh!) is fun to watch, as it brings the entire gang together. It's all nonsensical, and everyone has a ridiculous plan riddled with holes, but ultimately, it's super entertaining. It also reveals just how evil and warped Lily can be. Ready to talk about it? Just


  • The show opens with Chuck in the back of a cab, toting around the newly religious Georgina and telling Serena over the phone that he knew Gabriel was a shadester ("His suits never did fit right"). Georgina's so religious, she won't even drink from Chuck's flask with him.
  • Meanwhile Rufus is — I'm not even kidding — humming and telling random people to "have a great day!" because "Serena's boyfriend let me in on an investment that could pay for both your colleges!" Seriously, Rufus, listen to yourself! Any sentence that starts with "Serena's boyfriend" is the most ridiculous sentence of all time.
  • I sort of understand why Serena wouldn't want to tell Lily, but her big idea is so lame. She calls Gabriel to tell him she's pregnant. Oh, brother.
  • I love when Chuck's like, "It's obviously time an expert takes over this operation." I also liked when he wouldn't let Gabriel out of his hotel.
  • What is Dan's deal? He tells on Serena not once, but twice! He rationalizes this because it's his tuition money that's gone — but wouldn't the person to talk to be his own father?
  • Also, what financial-type person leaves a message with a teenager saying the dividends should be on their way?
  • Is it just me or does Eric look adorable when he's warning Rufus not to marry his mom?
  • Which leads me to Lily's "plan." Paying everyone back who lost money to her daughter's boyfriend seems straightforward enough, especially since she can afford it. But paying Rufus dividends forever? Um, that's straight-up insane.
  • And then there's poor Georgina, who just wants to love Jesus but has to go to a set-up lunch with Poppy. I loved when she tells Poppy she's a Charlotte and asks if she's a Carrie and talks about bringing the Internet to poor children so they can watch Kirk Cameron movies.
  • Blair on Poppy: "She's so evil she makes the evil Georgina look like the new Georgina."
  • After Blair lays into Georgina ("You're evil. You know it. I know it. And God knows it, too") she quickly snaps out of her Godly spell and tells Blair, "You can tell Jesus that the b*tch is back."

So Lily sends her own daughter to jail. Harsh. Also, the writers finally offer us a coherent reason why Chuck can't be with Blair: he's way too self-loathing. So he does the thing people do when they love someone and lets her go by telling her it's all a game to him. Liar.

Was Dan wrong to tattle on Serena? Was Serena wrong to try to handle this mess on her own? Is Lily evil? Are you glad Georgina's evil again?

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catita85 catita85 8 years
I liked this episode, it was entertaining. But Dan Humphrey? Jesus, I can´t stand him. Yuck. Blair and Chuck belong together, I hope some day they find out.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Oh, I am so not into the idea of the flashback episode next week. So not into it. It bugs me when shows do that for some reason. Also, "to each his own holy water" had me cracking up.
ivygreene ivygreene 8 years
This episode hat everything I guiltily watch the show for and it was good to see the scooby gang back together. "without revenge the bible wouldn't be big enough for a pamphlet" lolz!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Agreed--loved the scene with Chuck and Blair--loved it! BUTTT why doesn't Serena say "hey Blair Chuck does love you!" UGH!! I also agree that any episode without Vanessa is great--she's always filler and unnecessary! Lastly, like Buzz said Eric looked great in that scene...I mean wtf why hasn't his hair always looked like that--it is such an improvement I had to do a double take!!!
PinkTink707 PinkTink707 8 years
I want to punch Dan in the face. He is so on my last nerve!!!! Better yet, I want Chuck to punch Dan in the face! That scene with C and B had me - best scene of the episode.
Advah Advah 8 years
Tulipe - Aaron! Worse than Gabriel, but probably just as bad as Poppy! That was one disappointing episode.
YMO YMO 8 years
Also, how tall is the actor who plays Gabriel? Even the taller characters (Serena, Rufus) seemed dwarfed
YMO YMO 8 years
I guess I've grown used to Serena's ditziness, but Dan's getting almost unbearably annoying. I hope they find a way to bring Chuck and Blair back together, they were probably the only characters who weren't irritating this episode. Definitely looking forward to a Georgina/Poppy showdown though.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Serena is a moron with horrible taste in men. Ugh. She just doesn't have a clue. Blair and Chuck are love. That scene with them together was heartbreaking, but I loved it. It was my favourite scene in the entire episode. Yay for no Vanessa. Episodes are always better without her, IMO.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
First of all Serena is stupid. You still want to make it work with a con artist because you think he really likes you? Are you insane. On to the parts I liked did anyone else laugh when Blair said, "That's a Carrie Underwood song." I really enjoyed the Chuck/Blair moments and I totally knew he was gonna let her go because he loved her, only i didn't want to be right. He's really sweet, but I know that one day they'll be together so I'll try not to be really mad. But really? Does she have to be with Nate? She should be independent. Nate should be with Serena since they're both really annoying.
reddani8283 reddani8283 8 years
This is a little off topic, but I loved the ep, but I also loved the necklace that Serena was wearing when Lily gave her the diamond bracelet. Anyone know who its by or where to find it, one one that I similar... Thanks in advance!
Tech Tech 8 years
The best part of this episode was the very end — the chain of "The bitch is back" followed by Serena's mugshots, followed by the AMAZING LOOKING preview of the next episode with young Lily and No Doubt!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
This was the first episode I've enjoyed in a long while. And like everyone else said, Serena is so unbelievably dumb. She's a perfect example to teenage girls of how NOT to be. Even though it was heartbreaking, I liked the scene with Blair and Chuck. If he's willing to let her go, he obvoiusly really really loves her.
piglette33 piglette33 8 years
- why was Georgina bitchin about the Bible money Poppy took? She could easily pawn off Blair's shoes for three times that amount. - I'm kinda bummed Serena and Gabriel weren't officially married, but I do hope we've heard the last of Gabriel's voice. - if I were Lilly, I would not trust any New York cop with returning a family heirloom worth tens of thousands of dollars to me. Did you guys see that? He just took it off Serena's hand and dropped it into a little evidence envelope. That is not how you handle diamonds. - Dan's such a little pansy petal. - Serena's such an inconsiderate fool. - Chuck and Blair need to keep doing what they're doing, as long as they're in screenshots together. - I kinda missed Vanessa this episode. She looked particularly pretty last week, I was curious to see if she was allowed to keep it up.
RachLA RachLA 8 years
I also loved that the whole gang got together to fight Poppy! I don't totally believe Gabriel is innocent. Lily was way wrong to let Poppy get away, and to have Serena arrested. Let's skip grounding and go to jail? I'm scared of evil Georgina next week.
Tulipe Tulipe 8 years
So... Jenny quotes Twilight, Nate is boring, Vanessa is absent (sweeeeeet), Serena is the dumbest person in the universe, Dan is a tattletale, Chuck is generously stupid (but still awesome), Lily is borderline dictatorial, Rufus is childish (what else is new?) and Blair is foolish for thinking she could ever find love & happiness with N. Eric is the only one who makes sense in this show. PS : Small challenge I'm throwing out there - is there any worse actors than Gabriel and Poppy? You have 3 minutes.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I usually like Serena, but she was too moronic on this episode! Who says "just because he took off with all the money doesn't mean the feelings between us weren't real"?? Please! But still, I thought it was a good episode... I loved the Lily twist at the end. The writers did good, it makes perfect sense how Lily is a little more like her mother that she likes to admit. After all, she married four times! As for Georgina, her "good/evil" transitions could be a little smoother, but fun nontheless. I'm curious to see what she'll do to catch Poppy...
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
This episode was so great. I loved Georgina's last parting line. But I half expected her to say, "You can tell Jesus to suck it because the bitch's back!" A little toss to Kathy Griffin...:D
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Watching this particular episode, I could not help but to feel like I'm outgrowing this show. :( Maybe I'm just moody today, but this episode just came off as being especially ridiculous. Serene is just a freaking moron. I never saw a bigger idiot!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I can't believe Lilly got Serena arrested Chuck I knew he was going to say that to Blair because he wants her to be happy but it broke my heart anyway. I will miss good Georgina. That was too funny esp when she first shows up in the episode after Blair says something like "that would take a miracle" And seriously Serena, Gabriel? Who cares if he has the money or not, he was using her the entire time! I would have slapped him if I were her
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to say that last night kept my interest and that's not something that happens all the time. i liked all the turns that it took and i hope that in the next episode or 2 that things get resolved. it's a shame that poppy is the way that she is and i hope that georgina gets her money back...
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