"On the Upper East Side," Gossip Girl explains as though it's not the entire point of the show, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. But once a year, Constance/St. Jude's students shed their usual roles and take on new ones for the senior class play. This year's pick? The Age Of Innocence." Nate and Dan are being silly backstage, gadding about while everybody gets dressed. Nate complains that it's a senior requirement and Nate laughs in this hilarious mincing way -- and Dan giggles approvingly -- about how Chuck got himself diagnosed with acute stage fright to get out of it, but should have gone with mercury poisoning.
I miss the sexy little place Jeremy Piven's brain used to be, before it shit the bed. I don't even know if I can watch Cupid because I loved the old one so much. Man, all I watched on TV that year was Cupid and LA Doctors, and nobody remembers either of them. Now, my favorite shows are this one and Battlestar Galactica. I think the UN could learn a lot from Blair Waldorf, don't you?
In case you have been watching some other show, this week has decided to get real on your ass in the most awesome way. The show's always worn its literary references pretty high on the bodice, but this week is like, "LOOK MOTHERFUCKERS." You have the whole thing in the recaplet about the book Age Of Innocence and the movie and the play all informing each other, and then our kids playing themselves as characters from the play onstage and off, and the fact that they're all playing characters anyway because that's what you call high school, and then on top of it you have the characters playing out parts of the play and casting and recasting each other in scenes from the play, and it's like this... literary teabagging.
But not content to just come out and say, "This is how the show has always been, here's your decoder ring and maybe next time you can play along without having it explained to you in bright colors and unsubtle references and actually engage in your entertainment so that it doesn't rot your fucking brains," the episode also adds a whole other set of references -- to Chekhov's The Seagull -- which are really sort of breathtaking and scary. So you get the over-the-top demonstration of the idea of the show, and the other metafictional references to the way the characters on the show are referenced outside it (Nate can't act, Vanessa is annoying, Serena is retarded, Blair is an alien visitor from Planet Scary), but you also get the part that I like best: the sad, ugly bits of the characters being exposed through entirely other references.