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"Gossip Girl" Rundown: Episode 3, "Poison Ivy"

"Gossip Girl" Rundown: Episode 3, "Poison Ivy"

Last night's "Gossip Girl" had a lot less underage drinking, but the kids were still able to get themselves in enough trouble without it. It was "Ivy Week" at school (school? Where did that come from?) which means our favorite Junior class had to preen their feathers and show off for the visiting reps from their potential booze-supplying universities. Ah, to be young again. Here are some thoughts on "Poison Ivy":

  • Gotta love the a capella version of "Glamorous" to kick off the show, with sassed up Jenny front and center with different socks than everyone else in the group.
  • As deserves to be called out every single time. I want Serena's hair and I want it now. I'll probably never stop coveting those locks and the person in charge of doing them. Just saying.
  • For most of the episode I was thinking about how last week I said I was "Team Both" and watching this week's I was soooo "Team Neither" (until the end, but more on that later). They both acted pretty heinous.

To read the rest of my thoughts and why I'm already worried about the series just

  • I know its a little stereotype-y and nitpick-y, but did anyone else find Dan's choice of Ivy League schools odd? Dartmouth? In the same vein, Chuck's decision to go with Princeton seems so right, wink.
  • Blair's "sidekicks" are painful. I mean, throw them a bone, writers. They're the only non-Caucasian characters on the show and they're literally basically Blair's poorly accessorized minions. Ugh, most annoying part of the show.
  • Awww, Nate's kind of a dim-witted sweetheart, right? With his predictable daddy issues and doe eyes. He is so going to get his heart broken by Serena in the end, isn't he?
  • Fogey-est Moment Of The Episode: I think it seemed a little inappropriate for the background song to be's "I Got It From My Mama" (lyrics: "Baby where’d you get your body from?/Tell me where’d you get your body from)" showing the high school girls playing field hockey in their little skirts. Though I will say aggressive field hockey Blair is my favorite!
  • All the parents suck on this show. Not a Kiki/Sandy among them. Even Dan's dad doesn't seem all that cool and he's supposed to be the cool one.
  • Serena's little speech about forgiveness after Blair falsely called her out for being an alcoholic/drug addict was a little much, but I guess that's why we're tuning in for a primetime teen drama. Also, while I applauded Serena's attempt to end the feud at the Ivy Mixer, it's so not hers to end.
  • Eric and Jenny are adorable, of course, though she quickly stopped being Blair's new sidekick. Also, are Eric and Jenny the same age? I had the impression he was way younger, like middle school?
  • I worry that they are running through plot lines too quickly. Blair and Serena's maybe reconciliation at the end of this episode felt like it should have been the end of the season. Since I haven't read the books I don't know how many of them we've already worked through, but it feels like "Gossip Girl" may have the curse of the "The OC" where all of the excitement happened at the very beginning and it was all downhill for all the other seasons. Fingers crossed Josh Schwartz learned his lesson.

What did you think about last night's episode? Too much too soon, or am I just paranoid? Gripes? Favorite lines? Do tell.

Photos courtesy of The CW

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k14m k14m 9 years
i love the end part though at central park..haha though they fight again in the next episode then become friends AGAIN haha
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 9 years
I'm catching a marathon on mtv at the moment, and i never thought i would like this show, but im becoming addicted for sure! i think they are going a bit fast with the show, but hopefully they will come up with more! i didnt even know it was based on boooks! this is definitely a show im gonna keep on watching!
mai_shows mai_shows 9 years
can i watch this on the net???
liciababe liciababe 9 years
i loved the dress that S had on at the party and you have a photo of on here ahh i so want it
juiceejuice juiceejuice 9 years
does anyone know who makes the dress s is wearing at the ivy party?
cbombnewell cbombnewell 9 years
I want Serenas boots so bad!!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I saw it!! finally I did like the glamorous song.. but... it was totally inappropriate for a school chorus. Still love the outfits. And I think they're painting Serena too nice... she's supposed to be like Blair or worse, doesn't it? maybe I'm wrong. and... Jenny and Eric sitting on a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g...
ricarocks ricarocks 9 years
oh and that version of glamourous was heinous...a crime against the eardrums
ricarocks ricarocks 9 years
best....episode.....EVER!!!! i cried at the end. and i'm so glad that they reunited because honestly, i don't think i could've taken anymore of their hormonal BS. i mean seriously!!! dear blair your best friend slept with your hollow-headed boyfriend who doesn't even like you. GET OVER IT! dear serena, why do you want to be friends with such a b***h? ps: love your hair...and the clothes... now ditch the brunette!
blueberry07 blueberry07 9 years
Agreed, Buzz. I see Dan at Brown or Yale rather than at Dartmouth.
yxel yxel 9 years
finally got to watch it! definitely an awesome show..i love serena!
yxel yxel 9 years
i haven't seen a single episode of gossip girl since they're not airing it yet here in our country. =(
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I loathed the a capella. I was just a little freaked out. Why oh why would the chorus be singing that anyways? Besides that, I'm annoyed with the two "sidekicks." Why is it that the only minorities are the ones that have to act as complete followers? I understand it's the same in the book but...gah. I'm glad Dan and Serena are back together but I know it won't last since there's a Vanessa now. And we all know Dan and Vanessa are meant to be.
WeirdTxchick WeirdTxchick 9 years
im so addicted to GG i watch it wend. and sunday when it repeats! love love love it!
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
i'm kind of over everyone comparing gg to the oc. i know it was the same guy that created it but cmon. sure, similarities are going to be there no matter what but lets look at gossip girl as it's own show. it is what it is. im a fan.
nikecold nikecold 9 years
LOL nomerz... so did I. It was painful. I mean they did a gret job singing it, but HELLO! this is assembly.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
I thought the "Glamorous" a capella was horrible as well they could have picked another song, it didn't sound right and at an assembly?? Come on now! Anyways this show is good so far, it'll never replace the OC tho. Def Team Blair! Love both Serena and Blair's hair and outfits.
s0sarasaid s0sarasaid 9 years
I think it's unfortunate that Josh Schwartz's two shows got split between two stations (Fox/CW) and the one that is way better (in my humble opinion) ended up on the not-as-universal CW. But no matter. Serena is seemingly the only non-evil blonde on television these days (I can't help but shudder at the thought of toe-heads because of Spencer Pratt now). I was thrown onto a roller coaster of emotion with all of Blair's bitchiness. I have been Team Serena since the first episode. Well, it's sort of up in the air now because of the last scene. Tears were a-flowin... and not just on the screen.
nybella nybella 9 years
this show is such a guilty pleasure.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I thought the "Glamorous" a cappela was horrible! like any HS would ever sing that at an assembly, haha!
demeter demeter 9 years
Oh and the beginning Glamorous song was HORRIBLE! How can anyone think that's good? So awkward and not appropriate for school.
demeter demeter 9 years
I love GG, but it's nowhere near being The OC. It's still my favorite. I hate Serena, Nate has no personality, Blair's adorable and I'm still on her side no matter what. She's so much better in the books too. Nowhere near as heinous.
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
lol...josh needs to tone down a little... but i like this show... not as much as the o.c. but i do not hope it gets cancelled the ratings sucks and the plot is too dirty. but that's what i like in a
Cadet Cadet 9 years
I am soooo Team Serena! (And not just for the hair, haha.) I just feel like Blair is being compltetely selfish. Sure, Serena got drunk and slept with her boyfriend. But at least she had the common sense to feel so much guilt that she had to literally leave the state! What Serena did was an accident. Everything Blair has done has been intentionally hurtful and cruel. From my perspective, I don't see how anyone could be on Team Blair. She has a great wardrobe, but her personality is the pits! Totally immature.
LeninaCrowne LeninaCrowne 9 years
TEAM SERENA! Best episode so far. Hate Blair. Also agree with the lackeys having a bigger role.
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