Gossip Girl
In The Realm Of The Basses

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Where In The Hell Is Chuck Bass? San Diego?

GG's all in a tizz welcoming us to the New Year and scrambling for her namesake. Serena "tangoed in the New Year in the plazas of Buenos Aires," she tells us, but what we see tells us a more important fact: she did it without Aaron-Bobby, clodhopping around in classic Serena style with old guys in those shirts with the ornamental stripe-y things down the sides and some young guys in fedoras. Basically, Serena made the most of what she could with what she had, and what she had was the Buena Vista Social Club of Argentina. "Guess that means Lonelyboy was all alone when the clock tolled twelve." Just like he likes it. Well, they say you spend the year the way you spent New Years, and so far that's been the case for me: I spent the whole time whacked on Robitussin flaking on everybody I know, and ending up in private shadowy corners with various Bad Mistakes from 2008. Which is how I've spent the weeks since then.

"And what of Little J? Rumor is she's given up couture for tartan... Has she also renounced her rebellious ways?" I love Jenny's rebellious ways, and I love the way she twirls into the DUMBO living room in her school uniform, customized with a bit of pink tulle saying a peekaboo hello under her skirt. As if to say, "I'm going back to school because I'm fifteen, but the frustrated fashion designer within cannot be denied." Dan's happy to see her back in the groove, not that he has one of his own; it's a cute scene.

Walking with Eric, coffee in hand, Jenny admits that the most painful part of all this childlike renaissance is the grotesque bathetic joy it brings her awful father. "He actually called Headmistress Queller at home at night on Christmas Eve." That's just so Rufus I can't stand it. Eric's still sort of bewildered about her sudden flip to the Constance side of the equation, leaving Vanessa in her bullshitty autodidactic dust all alone, and Jenny says that Snowflake Ball was so childish and stupid that it made her realize the total lack of accountability that is the best part of childhood was something she sort of missed.

"Blair Waldorf has been spotted making inroads at the Colony Club. With high school nearing its end, has Queen B found a new social ladder to climb?" The Colony Club is real, and we watch her open an invite from them, huge hopeful grin on her face, as Department Of Eagles plays on her behalf: "And when the morning comes/ You don't need to be so honest/ And in the morning come/ You don't need to ask an alibi/ You don't need to breathe so easy..." It's nice to just be a girl. Ask Jenny. I don't know what happened to B on NYE, but I know this look: it's the look of a girl allowing herself to believe she's going to marry Lord Marcus. That she can be normal, stow all the dark and twisty and just be a woman, with the grace of a Kelly and all the lightly a girl can go. And whenever Blair lets herself breathe, you know as well as I do that's when the blood starts running down the walls and the bats turn into dogs with the faces of screaming infants and everything gets really, really bad. And speaking of Chuck Bass...

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