"So I guess the lesson here, Tripp old buddy, is watch your back!" Tripp almost smiles; maybe it's a kind of freedom. Maureen looks like her wedding has been ruined, which it sort of has; on the other hand, what a great time to have an expendable bridesmaid, so you don't have to worry about kicking Nate the fuck out. Nate toasts, and drinks deep, and Gossip Girl watches Blair's stock drop yet again. Right at that moment, I guess, Dan greets Gabriel at the door and Gossip Girl goes... Well, this is what she said. I have no comment on it, because it's one of the more retarded things she's ever said, but also I'm not sure if it's even like okay to say: "Baruch atah ay dios mio! This Passover is gonna get its own Spanish Inquisition!"
While Cyrus explains Seder ("the Passover supper!") Dan tries to get Serena to come to the foyer. "Not a good time. Cyrus is about to pray," she whispers hilariously, as Cyrus lights the candles, but Dan's insistent. The family stares at her and laughs politely at Cyrus's Passover humor, and she leaves as he finally begins to pray. Eleanor is impressed with exactly zero percent of this tomfoolery.
To her credit, Serena spots and recognizes Gabriel almost immediately. We've heard the story before -- you wake up in a foreign coastal country, lean over and Serena's gone -- but it never gets old. "I called your apartment. The guy who answered said you'd probably be here. He also asked me if I had any hash..." That's my Bass! Dan tries to scoot, but Serena snatches him back and tells Gabe to get out of there, because she's back with Dan. Dan finally gives in, with a loving kind of "this crazy girl" affection, and Gabe's not buying it, but before Serena can force him out, Eleanor shows up and invites him to Seder for literally no reason whatsoever, in order to set up another unnecessary stupid joke: "There's even an empty seat. It's for Elijah, but you can take it."
I was just bitching about the "Right Round" song by Flo Rida, but I kind of like it here, because it hearkens back to Nelly Yuki but also because of the way it's used, which is across and uniting every scene here with a driving, enlivening beat. I mean, there's a vague thread of redemption and whether or not it's earned or even accomplished that goes well with the "right round like a record baby" sentiment, but I don't really think that's why it's here. It's weird, not exactly the sort of music you expect on this show, but I'm reminded of that Rihanna song waaay back a long time ago that was similiarly weird, but did the same energetic binding of situations together. Where was that? Lily had Dan backed into a corner at some function and was reading him the riot act, and somebody was hiding behind a pillar or something, and that song was playing, and it worked. [Though it is a little odd that a song about oral sex/strippers is playing over a seder... but whatever. -- Angel