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Gossip Girl Recap: Season Two, Episode Six, "New Haven Can Wait"

Gossip Girl Rundown: Episode Six, "New Haven Can Wait"

On this week's Gossip Girl, the whole gang goes on a field trip to Yale to try to impress the dean and secure admissions. Because suddenly, Yale is the school everyone (save for Jenny and Vanessa) dreams of attending. Dan and Nate conveniently gave up on their previously chosen schools for various reasons, and after a tongue-lashing from Blair about how Brown is "an enclave of trustifarians" and dreadlocked hippies, Serena decides Yale is the place for her, too.

And what criteria is Chuck using to determine what institution of higher learning will help him meet his life goals? Secret societies, of course. All in all, a pretty fun episode, wouldn't you say? Let's chat about it — just


  • I love how Serena has turned into the Paris Hilton of the show (early years Paris, anyway) and is all over the press for being a socialite and in a fashion show. She's a bigger star than her own mother ("Sorry they called you my unidentified friend.").
  • Chuck has so many fun lines based on his thoughts about college it's hard to pick a place to start, but his early conversation with Nate is full of gems like "We are three hours away from horny women's studies majors" and something about creating his own freshman 15.
  • Yale's dean tells Dan he needs more letters of recommendation and should go to the English department to get one. Does this strike anyone else as weird? Why would professors of the school you are attempting to get into recommend you when they don't know you?
  • Chuck and Nate sit around campus waiting for the Yale secret society Skull and Bones to find them. The way they pop out and grab Chuck is so funny!
  • We learn that Nate's dad is basically responsible for any financial hard times these rich kids have endured — like losing a vacation home on the coast — so they all hate him ("He's the new Milken").
  • The Skull and Bones dudes tell Chuck they love him because "rumor has it you’ve slept with more Maxim covers than John Mayer." Lovely.
  • While Nate makes out with a girl who thinks he's Dan and Chuck arranges a party for the secret society, the girls actually work on getting into the school by impressing the dean. He fawns over Serena but finds Blair to be boring. When he asks her for a fun personal anecdote, he cites Serena's story about being in a fashion show. Oh, sure, that would impress the dean of Yale. Sheesh.
  • Blair sort of loses it with the dean after that: "My hair might not sparkle when it catches the light!" Brownnosing her way into his exclusive party via some cat figurines for his secretary was brilliant, though.
  • At the party, Serena corrects Blair in a conversation about an old Pope and later tells Blair she learned that by watching The Tudors.
  • So of course Blair freaks out about Serena winning the Yale war and brings up the guy Serena killed in front of the dean. Ha!
  • Best line Blair screams at Serena: "I’m sick of always looking like Darth Vader next to Sunshine Barbie!"
  • Their fight was crazy mostly because of the bow in Blair's hair. Serena: "I hate your stupid headband!" Blair: "Ow! My headband!"
  • The best part of the night for me is when Chuck tells the Skull and Bones dudes that he basically set up the whole naked girl party to frame them with pictures. Because they're the future leaders of America, this was all part of the plan, as Chuck aims to rule the world one day, I'm sure.

So the girls are friends again (so soon?), Dan and Nate seem to be getting along well, Jenny gets to be home-schooled, and Chuck is brooding. What did you think of last night? Let's discuss!

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Advah Advah 8 years
Cheytown, I think my flatmate uses a site like or something like that. :)
cheytown cheytown 8 years
I missed this episode becuase of work, and I was wondering if anyone knew where to watch the episode online? I would so appreciate it very very very much!!!!!!
yara818 yara818 8 years
I LOVED it!!!....i kinda like every single episode :P but whatever....i really liked when Serena said : i hate Ur stupid headband then Blair: ow my headband......but isn't the dean at Yale supposed to be just the opposite of that??!!:S:S O N LOVE LEIGHTON MEESTER (way more than Blake!)... n chace Crawford is so hot!!!
kourt kourt 8 years
They did make Yale admissions seem like a joke. I loved the headband comment, but there was also a comment about a 'chicken wing' that Blair says but I did not totally catch. I also thought Nate's dad went somewhere else to school, not Yale. ??
Victoryaaa-X3 Victoryaaa-X3 8 years
Chuck Bass is my favourite character. well him and Blair. HE IS SOOO HAWT. and shes so pretty. and they are my favourite couple as well. and yeah Blair is prettier than serena.
geebers geebers 8 years
HA Chuck Bass OWNS YOU. Love it.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
omg... I just wrote a HUGE post and accidentally deleted it... I don't have time to do it again now- crude!!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
Serena is dressing way too slutty in this episode. I couldn't stop staring at her cleavage. Chuck is my absolute favorite. Now he has blackmail on the future presidents and senators :) I just got HD for my cable and Blair is so pretty in HD...Serena, not so much...
qtpie qtpie 8 years
lol! that kiss blair gave the dean was from one of the books!
pargie pargie 8 years
Ha! This ep brought back fond memories of Paul Walker and Pacey for me too, loved The Skulls. This show reminds me of Cruel Intentions and a lot of my faves growing up.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Weird story line, but lots of good lines. "I hate your stupid headband!" was awesome. Did anyone else think it was super mega creepy when Jenny hugged her dad and then lingered there with her arms around his neck? That is not an age when you're so touch feely with your dad. She looked like she was going to kiss him on the lips.
Emmygirl Emmygirl 8 years
I have to say I missed all the great music that usually accompanies GG. But this episodes did amuse me due to Chuck's great (laughable) wardrobe! an his "I own you!" quote, and Serena's "I hate your stupid headband!" Me too!!!
cibele cibele 8 years
Nate is boring. Chuck is better off without him. He only talks about himself or his girls or his dad or his mom. Its always "me". And Serena is annoying as hell. And more annoying than her is this whole thing "Serena is better", "Serena is prettier", "Serena outshines Blair". Blair is the one PRETTY, smart and funny. IMHO Serena is not only kinda ugly, but nothing adorable like they all want us to believe. And if Yale wants people like her, good luck. As far as i know, she doesn't even have good grades.
Anadi Anadi 8 years
I loved this episode, it was way too funny, that's what I liked most about it. I laughed so hard at Serena's headband line. But I also love Blair and Serena's relationship so much that I'm glad they're back to being friends. I have to say that what I liked the most was Dan being tortured and the Skulls coming out of nowhere.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
I thought the episode was pretty funny. Loved all the Chuck scenes of course. He is so funny. Of course my favorite scene was the fight. Hilarious. The headband drama was super duper funny.
CYL CYL 8 years
I love Chuck "I OWN you"
Chica8a Chica8a 8 years
i had to miss the last 20 min of the show :(
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
come on - you guys all know that it's so easy to bribe the dean's assistant with cats from Christies right? i think that a lot of it is fun. but we all forget that all of a sudden vanessa is back, and that little jenny is now home schooled?
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
TheEnchantedOne, in my opinion Henry looked the very yummiest in Tristan & Isolde. Between he and Rufus Sewell, it was difficult to concentrate on James Franco's hotness!
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Even my husband loves this show (though I'm sure he wouldn't want any of his friends to know that!); we look forward to hearty laughs every Monday night. It's so much fun BECAUSE it's so unrealistic. I mean really, would Serena wear jeans and a low-cut top (and then an even lower cut dress) to impress the dean of Yale? I think not. I'm still dying to know what Chuck's dad has on Lily - what's in the envelope??!
indielove indielove 8 years
I love Chuck's outfits. He looked hot. I'm loving the new hair too, as compared to last season.
indielove indielove 8 years
Thanks, Papaver. Weird but I'll go along with it. Sounds like a stupid revenge plot though.
Jammi Jammi 8 years
I agree with everyone on this episode having some huh moments. I don't know what was up with Blair but I found all her outfits while she was at Yale out of character. And I think I like her with the curly hair a lot more, adds some pizazz to her. About Chuck and Nate, I felt so bad for Chuck when he got 'dumped' haha, especially since it was last episode where Blair rubs it in that at least Dan's dad like him, all Nate has/had was Nate. Nate though, he's just there to showcase how sad Chuck is and be eye candy because other than that, I don't really see his point. And I don't care why Blair goes after Vanessa since she bothers me so much, so far all she's done, as someone said, is stalk the Humpreys, given advice they would've reached themselves or created drama while staying on her moral ground. She's sort of like a female Dan but less amusing. Though if Chuck wants to get back on Nate's good side this is not the way to do it.
Papaver Papaver 8 years
This is official description of the next episode: BLAIR CONVINCES CHUCK TO SEDUCE VANESSA — Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) uses the scandalous picture of Catherine and Marcus to blackmail Blair (Leighton Meester) into being a nicer person, so Blair seeks revenge by enticing Chuck (Ed Westwick) to seduce Vanessa. Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Bart (guest star Robert John Burke) throw an extravagant housewarming party and expect their children to make them proud in front of the attending press, but a rebellious Serena (Blake Lively) isn’t ready to play by their rules. Meanwhile, Dan (Penn Badgley) and Jenny (Taylor Momsen) discover a big secret that Nate (Chace Crawford) has been keeping from his friends. Matthew Settle also stars. Tony Wharmby directed the episode written by Lenn K. Rosenfeld
Advah Advah 8 years
Ha sorry Amloveaffair, I wasn't replying to your last post, I just saw it! :)
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