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"Gossip Girl" Rundown: Episode 4, "Bad News Blair"

"Gossip Girl" Rundown: Episode 4, "Bad News Blair"

It was another week of debauchery for our favorite Upper East Siders on "Gossip Girl" — well, at least for the boys. Serena and Blair's reconciliation appears to still be in working order after a few road bumps and an understandably wary B. It would appear that these kids never have a quiet weekend just hanging out watching movies with their friends. Oh, and before we move on — big yay for "GG" being the first new show picked up for a whole season. Here are my thoughts:

  • It feels so wrong...but is it just me or was Chuck not completely despicable this episode? I mean, sure he was organizing a "Lost Weekend" for high school boys (must keep reminding myself they're only Juniors in HS) to engage in undetermined amounts of illegal activities. But, he saved Nate from a sticky situation, losing some of his prized possessions without even so much as a second thought.
  • I feel like I am supposed to be on Team Serena, but I can't help kinda seeing Blair's side of things. Though B is no-doubt bitchy, Serena is pretty seriously selfish. And, as Blair pointed out, she doesn't even realize it. Though for a pretty girl, the show did a hilariously good job making it look like Blair can't model to save her life.
  • This episode definitely had the best one liners all season. Among the highlights, "Be Britney with the car," and "He looks like Matthew McConaughey between movies." Love it.

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  • Nate is so pretty, but so, so naive. Though, I will say I laughed out loud at the character of Carter. We've all met a trustafarian or two in our lives, right? Classic Chuck line: "I don't want to hear about not needing material things from a guy with that much product in his hair."
  • Love all the times when Serena and Blair are friends. Shopping heals all ongoing feuds between frenemies. Serena is still pretty bossy, and pretty selfish and totally should have realized what was going on with the photoshoot. And she definitely should have been the one to go talk to her friend and try to make up. Blair is pretty forgiving...or so it seems.
  • The parents on this show suck. I just can't bring myself to care about the Serena's mom/Dan's dad plotline at all. The only one who is even vaguely engaging is Blair's mom, Eleanor Waldorf.
  • We all knew that one of them eventually would have secret family money problems. Should have seen it coming that it would be Nate. Ruh roh, no trust fund!
  • Anyone else find Dan kind of annoying? I mean, I know he's enamored by Serena and feels like he is having his heart trampled on, but he's a little self-pitying. That being said, I have high hopes for next episode when they actually go on a date. Perhaps he is capable of having fun after all.
  • I loved when Dan went to talk to a defeated Blair and she had to get one more half-assed jab in there. Her heart wasn't in it, but she still greeted him with "I usually wouldn't let you this close to me without a tetanus shot." Gotta keep up appearances.
  • The end was great — finally a fun montage of the girls being slightly bad (stealing all the clothes) and adorable in that appropriately high school way. Hmm, something tells me that's not going to last more than 15 minutes into next week's episode.
  • No Jenny? Well, it looks like she'll be the star, though possibly in the backseat of a squad car, next week.

What did you think? Were you kinda liking Chuck, or am I totally a pushover? Do you agree at all that Serena is still not the best friend ever, or is Blair too nasty to ever side with? Highlights? Favorite lines?

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k14m k14m 9 years
im so team blair.. i just dont see why serena let something lyk that happen to blair..anyways i love them both!
Lamaze1 Lamaze1 9 years
Gossip Girl is so addicting! It's pathetic, really ):. I started watching the first episode thinking that I'd watch half an episode and get bored out of my mind, but somehow i found myself watching it every week... ._.
nomerz nomerz 9 years
Dan is very brooding and pessimistic in the books, so it doesn't bother me because that's who he is. Dan/Serena are lasting a lot longer than they did in the books. Their relationship didn't go much further than the Kiss on the Lips party. I like the two of them together, but I'm excited for Vanessa. I hope they carry over the things with Blair. It could be pure comedy. Anyway, definitely liked all the one-liners, and the different side of Chuck. I'm excited for next week.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
bellanatella — Vanessa's coming soon! Don't know about Dan's poems, though.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Where are Vanessa and what about Dan's poems? I NEED that shaven-headed rebel.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Team Blair, because I was in her situation with Nate and Serena before. But, if I was on the outside looking in, I'd probably still choose Blair. Who knows, though?
DCStar DCStar 9 years
What a cute wave icon! Thanks for quoting me :)
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
mindbolt... the guy stole chucks babe ruth home run ball and when nate was hustled at poker chuck said the guy could keep it and nate was in the clear.
Monoka Monoka 9 years
im still on blair team, but i hated how in the previous episode, she outed Serena as a drug /alcaholic recovery Again this serena-blair peace is not going to last long i think Blair has something in the works I HATE CHUCK
dopamine dopamine 9 years
Team Serena! Blair is plain mean! And I think we were misled with Dan... Apparently Serena is the love of his life but he doesn't want to bother with her?! Look at Seth with Summer...
yyam084 yyam084 9 years
dan's not annoying he is clearly the funny one there... OOHHHHHHH, how i love this show!!!
Mindbolt Mindbolt 9 years
Is it just me or is there something strange about Chuck's teeth when he talks? Yes, no, anybody? Umm maybe I'm seeing things. Plus he is totally creepy to me but that just means the actor is really good at his job. P:S what "worldly possessions" did he give up for Nate? I'm kinda torn between Blair and Serena. I love that they are totally believable characters though. Because we all know that real women/ young women are not one dimensional. We are complicated. Even the best friends can sometimes be really selfish or bitchy. One just hopes they know when be there we we need them. P.S: I TOTALLY LOVE THIS SHOW!!!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
self focused ** " Serena is certainly self-focused, look how many times she's ditched Dan! And she certainly should have guessed on the photo shoot! Why would Blair have given up the spotlight she so rarely gets? Buzz, you already mentioned all the great lines, but I have to echo that "He looks like Matthew McConaughey in between movies" was definitely my favorite line! " - DCSTAR :wave:
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
lol @ this comment ; "Nate's eyebrows bother me so much. They're so...done up. He looks like Zac Efron!" LMFAO :Rotfl: i like blair more than serena too. i agree with whoever said earlier that shes too self centered. I'm only judging from the show ive never read the books. :)
yxel yxel 9 years
i love serena...she's and mature. i don't think she's selfish at all. i also love blair..i understand why she's like that and all. i love them both. CHUCK! oohh....i totally hated him at the book but i love him in the show! he's so adorable. i love this episode..especially the ending! it's so good to see blair and serena having fun together...and chuck was the man! hehehe...and i loved that jenny wasn't around in this episode! gawd she annoys me!
Liz4aker Liz4aker 9 years
I actually liked Dan better than Serena this episode. I am completely team Blair too. Serena just annoys me too much for words.
demeter demeter 9 years
I agree with comment 1. Team Blair! And I am starting to get tired of Dan. He's so boring! And he's not that cute to me anymore. Oh and Chuck is seriously my second fave character. He's so awesome it's not even funny.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 9 years
Chuck is someone I love to hate. And I'm still on Team Serena. I don't see why people see her as so apparently 'selfish'.
LeninaCrowne LeninaCrowne 9 years
LOVE SERENA. Blair is the selfish b*tch that is insecure from all her 'mommy problems'
Pammy Pammy 9 years
I'm still on TEAM SERENA!
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
i can't wait for next week is all i have to say!
esk4 esk4 9 years
the thing with blair is why would you push your friend to skip a date? ya know, and I mean serena clearly has alot going on herself... I just think blair is trying to get back at serena for "abandoning her" even though she knows, or thinks she knows what serena is going through...
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
DCstar... i have to agree. i'm over the comparison of oc and gg. just let it be already.
spazzydana spazzydana 9 years
In the books blair isnt nearly as bad as she is in the show. They arent showing blairs side of the would you feel if your best friend slept with your boyfriend...if you havent even slept with him yet.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I'm tired of the Marissa/Serena and Summer/Blair comparisons. They LOOK alike, and that's where it ends. I like both girls, but I definitely identify more with Blair, Serena is certainly self-focused, look how many times she's ditched Dan! And she certainly should have guessed on the photo shoot! Why would Blair have given up the spotlight she so rarely gets? Buzz, you already mentioned all the great lines, but I have to echo that "He looks like Matthew McConaughey in between movies" was definitely my favorite line! I don't think any of the characters are written good/bad black/white per se, and I think it was cool that they made Chuck have a caring side that didn't want to see his buddy in trouble. Didn't anybody else see the Carter thing coming? I knew he was bad news!
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