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Gossip Girl Recap: Season Two, Episode Eight, "Pret-a-Poor-J"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode Eight, "Pret-a-Poor-J"

On this week's Gossip Girl, Jenny gets edgy, you guys! In other words, she piles on the eyeliner and makes some questionable friends. It's all part of Little J coming into her own and finding her way in the cutthroat fashion biz. This time around, she does need someone to save her from herself, though — hmm, is it her dad? Her brother?

The rest of the episode belongs to Blair, who spends the evening longing for Chuck and soliciting love advice from a most unexpected person. Oh, and Serena hovers around Dan a lot, hoping to give the friendship thing the old college try, but it turns out she has another motivation as well. The drama! Ready to discuss? Just


  • First of all, I was just getting my Chinese food situated when the show opened, and I couldn't believe I was basically seeing a Blair masturbation scene. And then Dorota scolds her with "God is always watching," and I knew I hadn't imagined it. So, um, tell me what you thought of that opening! Yowza. We're not in '90s teen dramas anymore, Toto.
  • Then we fly right from Blair's den of self-love over to the wholesome Humphrey pad, where Jenny premieres her new haircut. Yay or nay?
  • And then she has what I'm sure many a female fan of the show has dreamed of: a run-in with a half-naked Nate on his way out of the bathroom. I would have been so stoked as a teenager if my parents let Nate live with us.
  • This doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me: Dan wants to do his best to be a nice guy and stay friends with Serena, so to do that, he has to befriend Blair? The biggest perk of breaking up with Serena for poor Dan is supposed to be ridding himself of her insufferably self-absorbed friends ("You have to help me to destroy Chuck Bass!"). He's a pushover.
  • Dan's advice session with Blair is pretty entertaining, though. Blair: "I have an itch that only Chuck can scratch!" And when she tells Dan she doesn't want to tell Chuck she loves him, Dan responds, "Why don’t you just say it and get what you want? Frat guys have been doing that since forever." I doubt Cappie sees it that way.
  • Jenny just got her dad to let her be home schooled, and then she goes and lets a model (Agnes) talk her into imploding her entire situation with Eleanor? Do you think Jenny had no choice but to stand up for her designs, or should she be humble and wait her turn?
  • Agnes mentioned Nylon magazine a lot last night. Made me feel like it was the definitive arbiter of cool or something.
  • How hilarious is the whole thing with that guy Max taking pictures of the girls in the bar? It gets really awkward when Max just sticks the camera in Jenny's face and snaps away. I would have been like, "Dude. Give the camera a rest."
  • Blair's attempt to throw herself at Chuck, like when she "oops!" spills a drink on his pants and tries to wipe it up, gave way to some amazing Chuck Bass lines: "I gave you a shot, and while your efforts were admirable, I’m bored. You ruined my pants."
  • How do you all like Aaron the artist, the new guy Serena has a crush on? I felt like he was a "meh" in the cute department.
  • Vanessa gets upset with Dan for befriending Blair and tells him about last week's twisted game, concluding that "Chuck wound up being the more human of the two."
  • If Blair's opening scene wasn't boundary pushing enough, the folks of GG thought they'd throw in young teens dancing around in their bras for good measure. Jenny! Those photos are going on the Internet immediately! What generation were you born into that you don't realize how inevitable this is?! Sigh.
  • Nate is concerned, and Jenny doesn't get it! Why is he so concerned? He's not her brother or her dad! Turns out he's into her. Jenny and Nate! Making out! Will they fall in love? Will Vanessa be mad? Will Rufus tolerate Nate in his house now that he's got eyes for his daughter?

Do you like the idea of Aaron and Serena? Were you satisfied with Blair and Chuck's "can't live with you, can't live without you" sad conclusion? Did you see Jenny and Nate coming, or were you surprised? And was it a happy surprise or a bad surprise?

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stylysh stylysh 8 years
Is it me or is Nate's character such a smuck! He's either slept with or kissed almost every female character of importance on the show- First as Blair's boyfriend who cheated on her with Serena. Then he dated Vanessa and was having an affair with the Duchess and now Jenny! Seriously- who's left!!I think the only reason they keep writing him in the show is cos he's great eye candy!
whenturtlesfly whenturtlesfly 8 years
haven't had a chance to read thru all the comments (so sorry if this is repeat) but i just got to watch this ep and... barf-o-rama with jenny and nate. ugh! during that whole last scene i was just staring at the screen saying, "oh gross, oh gross!" (yes very mature). now nate has officially been coupled with everyone on the female cast? (and then sum...achem duchess)
tiggles101 tiggles101 8 years
The opening scene with Blair was hilarious! Oh my gosh, even more that Dorota caught her. Talk about getting busted. If Chuck knew what she was doing he'd jump her in an instant. But I doubt Blair's pride and dignity would allow her to go that far. (eek). And I must say, Little J is looking mighty fine this episode. She got hot. She's 15 for Christ sake it's about time she stepped up and tossed away the old Gibson girl. This is the 21st century after all. And as for the whole Jenny and Nate thing, it happened in the book, and I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. Hmmmmm...and I don't understand why people are so freaked out over it. - Yes. She is 16. - Yes. He is 22. - Yes. They are actors and are getting paid more then I will earn in a lifetime to snog one another. It's perfectly understandable that we're jealous, this is Chase we're talking about who has hoards of teenage and older women chasing after him. Hehehe >> Chasing Chase. That's a good one. Anyway... I really enjoyed Blair this episode. She's finally coming out of her superficial bubble. Even if she is still morally broke she's finally admitted she's in love with Chuck so that has to count for something right? And I'm glad they're not going to become the boring old lovey dovey couple. I would lose interest. And Blair and Chuck don't do cute. With the Chuck and Blair (part) resolution thing I can only think of one thing. Is it ever going to end? Is this relationship destined to be another Ryan and Marissa? (groan) Let's hope not. In general, very enjoyable episode. And I can't wait for the next episode. I hope they don't slack in the Chuck and Blair relationship and focus on all the other problems because seriously, the only reason the show is still going is because of those two. They own it. xxoo
Hmorris Hmorris 8 years
This was actually my favorite episode thus far, mainly because of the hilarious Chuck-Blair moments. I agree, Aaron=not so cute. And Dan is constantly apologizing for advice or something he said. He's totally whipped. WIth Jenny, I totally forgot how young she is. And the eyes and hair was like BOOM here is the bad side of me. We'll see how that goes. And only in TV land can a 15 year old land her own label. I'd love that!
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
Jenny's hair was a travesty! It looked like an over processed mullet and what about the hobo chic look she was trying to do?! And for the love of god it looked like she got punched in the eyes with all that eyeliner...i feel like the show is trying to sex her up and it's just not working! The kiss with nate disgusted me too lol...i mean all i could think was she JUST turned 15 and that he's a 23 yr old man!
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
Jenny and Nate: In a word.....NO! Blair and Chuck: Why can't they even try a relationship? They are both so scared and so caught up in playing games that a real and honest relationship seems unfathomable for them!So sad.... The 'I'm so deep and cool' artist: wasn't really doing for me AT ALL! What?! Serena moves from Dan to him...errrr?!! He came off a tad bit know it all and arrogant to me but whatever...
debbie00486 debbie00486 8 years
GG just keeps getting better. I really love it. Blair and Chuck - I just can't get enough. I love them together and they're both really coming into their own with their acting abilities. Jenny - I really like her hair cut. And while I don't think it was smart to quit Elanor's, I do like that she stood up for herself. Elanor should not be stealing her designs. Also yes, the dancing in the bras was too far. I also sort of like Nate and Jenny together, however I don't think it'll go over too well when her dad finds out. Agnes - I really liked Willa Holland in the O.C. so it was nice to see her back on tv. Loved her character. Serena & Aaron - I'm kind of getting sick of Serena. I feel like I've seen it before each episode..not much new with her. I like Aaron but I want to know why he asked her out and then went on the bike with someone else. Dan - Well, I always love Dan, but he should not give advice. He really shouldn't have gone back and fourth on his advice giving. Vanessa - I think it was a little silly to put her in the episode. It wouldn't have made a difference if she was just left out of it.
lovelystate lovelystate 8 years
this was an episode full of mismatched couplings....aaron and serena, nate and jenny, blair and dan... Liked the blair/chuck dynamic again and I loved that they mentioned nylon a million times.
cibele cibele 8 years
Yeahhh, give us more Dan and Blair together. As friends, of course.
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 8 years
Nate and Jenny kissing? Doesn't bother me, these are teenage kids (their real ages are irrelvant IMO, it is acting ppl). But Dan surprised me tonight with Blair (loved the judgement tone comment by Seresna) and Chuck and Blair really moved me. I mean, really moved me, like made my 30 y/o behind cry. I'm sorry, but who hasn't had that 1 person that is like kryptonite? You want to be with him, but you dont. You play games wiht each other,the attraction is ridiculuous, BUT deep down you know if you ever get with him everything would be ruined. Kudos to those two, they really did a great acting job this ep! IMO, Serena needs a new man, gives Dan and Blair more time to bond lol. (I thought Blair wa having a sex dream, but when she woke up I realized she could have been maturbating IF her hands were kept under the sheets. The way she pulled them up when Dorota walked in made me think she was just having a dream and not really doing the deed)
bella85 bella85 8 years
Oh, I forgot half of what I wanted to say ;) Jenny's new hairdo: No. No. NO! Aaron: He's ok, but he's not a Dan Humphrey. Sigh. I was definitely chuckling a bit during the Blair DIY scene.
bella85 bella85 8 years
I was crying when Chuck and Blair spoke at the end. This was so moving! I think Jenny and Nate don't fit... And I definitely saw this coming. I bet next episode there will be pictures of half naked Jenny on the internet and Rufus will get super mad :)
caramel-latte caramel-latte 8 years
I loved this episode! The only thing I really didn't like? That cover of The Smiths song playing while the girls jump around in their bras. It just injured my heart a little bit. And the cover's trying so hard to be cool when you know what would have been cool? Using the actual Smiths song. Eeesh.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
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Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
kemma kemma 8 years
Yuck to Jenny's new haircut and to Aaron. Trying way too hard to look like edgy designer girl and edgy artist guy. Jenny and Nate together could be cute, although Nate will have been with everyone but Dorata at this point... Blair, Serena, Vanessa, now Jenny. Sure is a player for being the sensitive one. Not sure how I feel about the Blair/ Chuck ending. She was getting a little pathetic in the episode and depressed Chuck was too sad to watch. So getting bak to themselves yet leaving to door open for something in the future seems like smart writing for the show. As much as I'd like them to get together, "dating" Check and Blair might have ruined their storyline. This was they can go back to being partners in crime. Eleanor is so screwed. She's a has been designer with no fresh ideas. Maybe Blair will be headed to the poorhouse?
serenavallentine serenavallentine 8 years
i loved this episode! even though the nate/jenny kiss was hot i had definitely cringe-worthy feelings thinking about the real age difference between those two. ick. i agree with other commenters, could nate be ANY more fickle? he burns through almost a girl a week, however, i guess that might be considered somewhat realistic as i know first hand how ridiculous teenage boys can be. vanessa had like, two lines. shes so unneccesary. get rid of her already, or use her for a more interesting plotline! not feeling aaron/serena so far. i felt like he was a little too 'american apparrel'. wasn't into the dan/serena friendship either. i hope the writers can pull it around and change my mind. LOVE all things chuck/blair. though, i really do think if they would just get them together they could make it work. it wouldn't be a conventional 'make it work' i'm sure they'd break up 1000x a week and get into all sorts of trouble. but hey, its been done before on lots of other shows and it never got boring.
nomerz nomerz 8 years
I think the Nate/Jenny hookup makes more sense to people that have read the books, since it does happen, but it's only for a minute or two. I mean, get it. He's the attractive older guy, she's the young girl trying to figure it all out ... as long as they don't use it to make the storyline about Jenny losing her virginity, I'm ok with it.
berrypeachie berrypeachie 8 years
The movie "Love me if You Dare" reminded me of Chuck and Blair's little love game. Sad, but it just totally brought me to think about that movie. Throughout the whole scene with Jenny, I was wondering if the photographer was going to run out of film or else memory on his camera.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
Oh! Jenny and Nate: EW!
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
OMG Soap, I'm obsessed with Skins too!!! But it sucks because no one in the US has even heard of it! Buzz, you should start watching it! It's amazing!
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I loved the episode, I just don't know how I feel about Jenny's "makeover". It seemed really random to me. I would've gotten it more if she had started hanging out with Agnes, then changed her appearance. The way they did it just seemed random to me. Nate & Jenny? hmmm. Kinda cute, albeit surprising. I loved that Dan was being nice to Blair and trying to help her out. And even though Blair & Chuck screwed with Vanessa, it was kinda mean of Dan. I didn't like how Serena reacted, though. As for Aaron, I think he's totally cute. His teeth are amazing! ha. As always, I can't wait for next week.
cibele cibele 8 years
I think the initial scene was pretty awesome and funny. I loved the Blair and Chuck scenes. But i don't believe it ended. It was just a way of keeping the games on and not trying to be a normal couple like any other. Vanessa is just BORING. Like some have said, she has no point in this show. Her purpose is just to annoy everyone. Nate keeps jumping from one girl to another. Like 2 episodes ago, he was so into Vanessa. Before, the duchess. Damn, one day he loved Serena and then he wanted to get back with Blair. And this thing with Jenny is kinda boring. By the way, is so obvious Jenny is going to have a lot of problems from know on. She is just stupid. And i have to say: i love when Dan and Blair get together. They are funny together. They should put them together more often.
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 8 years
I kind of like edgy Jenny! Aaron is an instant crush for me and I love Blair's lace dress! I also laughed at Blair masterbating to Chuck.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
Oh BTW. i'm a little jealous of Taylor Momsen because she got to make out with one of the hottest guys in the country. I also love, "someone loves chuck bass?" i mean he's not that bad.
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