Gossip Girl

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Fever Started Long Ago

Which is the number one way on this show to make sure people stick around, and that goes double for making scary phone calls. Of all the ways an episode has ended in the ten years I have been watching this show, I think this is up there among the very greatest. It is, in its way, up there with "I killed someone," thanks solely to Air Bud's acting. Before Ben is even a yard away, dude's got Eric on speed dial. "Hey," he says softly, "What are you doing right now?" Eric tells him he doesn't want any drugs, and Damien, you can hear the smile in his voice but not how it doesn't quite reach his eyes.

"No," he laughs, "That's not what I meant." And the whole time he's staring into the camera, face filling the frame, just dead inside, ghost of a total stranger, mouth full of spit, just on fire with creepiness. Not creepiness: Direction. Drive. He has the look of a person consumed by purpose. The Christian Bale, the James Spader of it all. The tiny bit of aching need in his voice that Eric would never be able to resist. And when he says he's coming, Damien grins. "Good," he says sweetly, and hangs up.

"Good," he says. To nobody at all. Seriously, that's one of the best all-time GG scenes. I have no idea what it means, where it's headed -- probably somewhere that delivers on this promise in no real way, because it seems like an episode-specific writer or director flourish -- but I have nothing to add, except that sometimes this show will surprise you, even when you think you've seen it all. XOXO.

Next: Florence + The Machine sing my favorite song (or at least a tie with her "Halo" cover on Live Lounge, which you gotta hear immediately if you haven't), and even though last year she was the Dan/Vanessa band both times she showed up I've got fingers crossed it doesn't mean anything. Other than that, I'm not really sure. But I'm very, very excited! This show is great!

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