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Gossip Girl Recap: Episode 5, "The Serena Also Rises"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode Five, "The Serena Also Rises"

While there was a whole lot of girl-on-girl drama in this week's episode of Gossip Girl, I am mostly concerned with Dan's dive into the dark side. That's right: he's spending time with Chuck. Those two are great together and I actually like earnest, sorta nerdy, talks-too-much Dan more than sappy in-love-with-Serena Dan. And we're learning so much about Chuck's psyche! He puts up such a tough exterior, doesn't he? His daddy issues run pretty deep, and he really wants someone to be his friend (Nate's been falling down on the job). Basically, Chuck needs a hug.

I'm glad the Duke and Duchess and that icky Nate/Duchess drama is behind us, and in its place we now have a new character — the hilariously named socialite Poppy Lipton. Are you ready to chat about it all? Just


  • Did you catch them slipping in Dan wanting to go to Yale now instead of Dartmouth (and the previews in which both Blair and Serena visit Yale)? I think that's a hint at where season three will take place, what do you think?
  • I love having Lily back and I love even more that she has a naked portrait of herself which wants to show. . . her children.
  • Chuck's really perfected lurking in the school courtyard and obsessing over dethroning Blair. Their fight about who has fewer friends reminds me of similar fights I had in say, sixth grade. Although, I do love when Blair pulls in Dan, just because: "The only person with fewer friends than you is Dan Humphrey and at least his lame '90s dad likes him." Poor Rufus, apparently the '90s are lame.
  • Also lame now? Kirsten Dunst, according to the folks working on the seating chart for Elinor's fashion show. She's "so 2007." FYI.
  • OK, Dan's "mentor" guy is kind of cheesy. Maybe the whole "Dan's a published writer" is cheesy to me but regardless, when his mentor instructs Dan to "go find your Bukowski," I laughed a lot.
  • Turns out that Chuck is Dan's Bukowski! Chuck and Dan's initial exchange on this matter is amazing. Dan: "I need to experience new things." Chuck: "Are you gay?" Dan: "I'd like to experience the world of Chuck Bass." Chuck: "You're lucky I'm bored."
  • OK, sorry, more Chuck and Dan. Dan on drugs and booze the first night (what were those pills?) make their limo ride so funny. I love when he excitedly asks, "How do you know so many twins?!" followed by, "My feet are hot, my feet are hot."
  • Blair throws a lot of screamy fits in this episode but this was the best: "Don't ever go to high school, Dorota!"
  • At first I thought Blair was rather intolerable — sabotaging her own mother's fashion show, taking her anger out on Little J, etc. — but ultimately I'll take her bratty evilness over Serena and her "sparkle" any day.
  • Jenny quit school? What?! I think if I were Rufus I'd be a tad more upset.
  • Lily and Bart are creepy together and his box of her secrets is even creepier. What's in the envelope?!
  • And finally, two words: Charlie Trout.

Do you think Jenny is smart to align herself with Blair over Serena? While having Blair on your side can be extremely useful, she turns so easily and once she's your enemy, you're toast. Seems risky. Do you like Dan and Chuck as friends? Do you think Chuck will ever forgive Dan for Charlie Trout? I guess we're picking teams now, too: Serena or Blair? Should Rufus just enroll Jenny into public school so it's cheaper for him when she skips class? Let's discuss!

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Javo Javo 9 years
I LOVE the final dress the one Serena uses, I left me speechless, it is so pretty!!! WA!!! Thats the only reason I would like to have a daughter, to buy her pretty dresses :)!!!
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
Oh and I loved the last green dress.
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
i just can't wait for the yale episode. The show keep getting better and better.
jlr32phl jlr32phl 9 years
shout out to the conor oberst song off his new album during the fashion week montage!
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
Gossip Girl, I love you now. The show has never been better, honestly. I liked the Serena/Dan storyline last season, but now that I see how good this show can get when they're apart, I'm glad they're over. I'm siding with Blair this time, because we can all relate to being insecure (even though Blair has a funny way of dealing with it) over Serena's "I'm so perfect, watch me shine" deal.
tiggles101 tiggles101 9 years
BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! CHARLIE TROUT. HAHAHHA. Oh my. And the professor dude when he was reading Dan's story "This sh*t is giving me cancer." HAHA! And props to Blair for helping Jenny out.
prblms4loki prblms4loki 9 years
CHARLIEEEEEEEEEEEE TROUT HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That made my night. Team Blair, holla! That sparkle speech was just too much. I was like, damn Serena, I can't believe you swallowed Poppy's little speech. I kept waiting to little J to blow up at some point. I was rather disappointed she just delivered that last remark and walked away. A flaming row would've been fun. Also, BART? WTF mate? Blackmailing wives is not okay. Tsktsk.
alexlove alexlove 9 years
Dan + Chuck forever. That is all.
advo advo 9 years
Definitely Team Blair! Blair has been there for Serena all the way, and she has forgiven Serena for her betrayal. Let's not forget about the time when Serena promised "to be there for Blair" and the moment she has problems, she completely bails on Blair. Blair had to take care of everything herself AND Serena's problem. That's a genuine friend. And yes, Blair does come off as selfish, but IMO, it's because she used to Serena ALWAYS taking the spotlight. The photeshoot last year? Eleanor? When they are walking on the street? Serena's automatically the IT-girl, whereas Blair works hard for everything, is it a wonder that Blair's jealous? And what exactly has Serena done to "not outshine" Blair? In the beginning, she told Blair that she wasn't going to take the Queen position away from Blair and what does she do anyway? I hate how Serena NEVER takes responsibility for her own actions. It was like in last episode when Blair invited Amanda to lunch. Serena kept protesting half-heartedly. But in reality, if she really didn't want Blair to do those things, she could had said so. The only Serena has been holding back, is how much of a b*tch she really is. At least Blair owns up to it! And how about the preview for next episode? It's always been known that Serena wanted to go to Brown and now she wants to go to Yale? One thing, is to not hold back on your own "light", another thing is to intentionally steal something away from your best friend. It does not look like Serena is above doing the latter as much as she likes the whole I-am-so-innocent act! And FYI, irl Serena would so not get into Yale!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
sylvdoanx -- absolutely ;-) That's what makes it so much fun to watch.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
A couple days late (thank goodness for DVR) but TEAM BLAIR!!
cibele cibele 9 years
TEAM BLAIR, for sure. And i don't feel bad for Eleanor, she's the worst mother, she's so clueless about ther daughter that she deserves that. Serena is just plain boring. Someone get her a spinoff so i don't have to see her again.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I was totally also thinking...Jenny made her dress to fit herself, so there's no way it would fit Blair? They're both skinny girls, but T-Mom is a rail! I'm always thinking, "This is so unrealistic!" but I can't stop watching anyways!
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 9 years
The only thing my husband and I had to say was "That little brat (Jenny) would be paying me back for her tuition"
sylvdoanx sylvdoanx 9 years
Sigh am I the only one that thinks Gossip Girl storyline has grown more and more unbelievable? But anyway, with bitch vs bitch things are gonna get hotter and juicier!! can't wait :D
manga manga 9 years
I'm watching this now, and I love chuck AND CHUCK SEEMS SO DEPRESSED. and way to go dan, downing those pills without even knowing what the hell was in them?? wow. I can't believe that the two characters that I hated the most in season 1 [ blair and chuck ] are the ones I love the most now AND FEEL SO BAD FOR. I can't believe chuck found that paper. I wanted to cry.
supertramp supertramp 9 years
BTW! I think Bart Bass might be the next Caleb Nichol. In the OC Caleb had hired someone to spy on Julie even before the marriage and showed her pics of her and her lover. I think Bart might be doing the same with maybe a pic of Lily and Rufus.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oh my god I didn't even know that Lily had a naked picture...I must've missed that. I knew that she had some secret, but I didn't know that they had revealed it.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Wow it looks like I'm late to the party. I thought last night was kinda boring. Dan's storyline of shadowing Chuck was boring. Blair was a huge b*tch last night, even more so than normal. Serena was...there. Blake's mumbling annoys the sh*t out of me. I don't think that Jenny could take 2 weeks off of school without getting expelled. I couldn't miss more than 8 days at my private school and my dad ALWAYS had to call in, not write a handwritten note. But I guess this is GG and nothing is realistic on this show.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 9 years
I couldn't help but feel that Blair's reacting to Serena and using her mother show to get back at her, was biting the hand that feeds her. So stupid! The Dan Chuck scenes were the best, but the show really needs to bring in an equal to Chuck to mix things up. Instead of Dan, he was far too naive to play that game. Jenny should have talked to her father and headmaster about fashion week ahead of time, due to her internship I'm sure something could been arranged. The way she went about it was dumb. Her father however, was neglecting her by not noticing that her participation in fashion week was fundamental to her growth as a growing designer!
supertramp supertramp 9 years
I loved this episode so much. Absolutely hilarious filled with backstabbing in the most subtle form. My favorite part of the evening were the Chuck/Dan motives. They were so funny together. "Are you gay?" I also thought they looked brutally hot together but thats another thing. I also loved the Blair moments as usual. Wacthing her complain to Dorota was priceless. Leighton is really good at transitioning her character. I thought the Jenny/ Blair moment was also sweet, she wanted to be her friend because she had to work for everything she got unlike Serena. Aww. And Serena? Well lets just say I like Blair's bitch more than I will ever love that of Serena's. Blair's antics are funny, and Serena's are more selfcentered. But seriously 2 weeks for another episode?
reesiecup reesiecup 9 years
Love the drama! I love both characters, but I can't wait to watch the Serena/Blair showdown! Chuck DOES need a hug--I don't mind obliging :)
Advah Advah 9 years
Oh, just got the Charlie Trout thing too! *blushes* Looks like I'm getting thick.
Advah Advah 9 years
Team Blair too! I'm so tired of Jenny/Serena's self-righteousness, sassyness is much more entertaining! I agree that the ep was much better without Vanessa, she annoys me. I still wish Rufus had been a bit more active, he's possibly the less strict person you can think of and Jenny still treats him like he's her annoying little brother. I did laugh out loud with the Bukowski line, and also the fact Lily supposedly modeled for Mapplethorpe. YEAH RIGHT! Not to mention how the same dress is supposed to fit both Serena and Jenny perfectly - I don't think they have the same curves!
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 9 years
I liked this episode. Blair is so like a child in this one, I wanted to yell to Serena, "She's being misunderstood!" Sparkle Schmarkle. Friends don't leave friends behind. Especially if they both "sparkle" in the first place. I'm just glad Vanessa is not on this one. Haha, I'm sorry, I just don't like her character. I miss Nate though. I wonder where he's gone to while all this fashion week brouhaha is going on. And Chuck, you see a different side of him here. Too bad he was accidentally given Dan's paper on Charlie Trout. Watch your back Dan, Chuck Bass isn't Chuck Bass if there's no revenge involved. I want to strangle Chuck's dad. And my oh my, what's in that envelope? That secret of Lily will play a big part in one of the future episodes, surely. And buzz, you're so spot on on that Yale thing. Seems like we'd be seeing a lot of Yale in the future. Oh and we must not forget Little J. Little J who saved the day (with the models, the seating arrangement, the socialites, the final dress! and how the whole collection/show seems to rely on J's power ultimately). I can't imagine that happening in the real fashion world. Does it? Nah.
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