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As usual, many of you heard and saw things in the last episode of “Gossip Girl” that our cataract-glazed, old eyes and ancient ears did not, like the multiple references to the Greatest Show of Another Time, “Beverly Hills, 90210”, and the Greatest Movie of the Time Just After That But Before This Time, “Cruel Intentions”
— Yet another great moment from an NYmag recap of Gossip Girl. I’m totally in love with Gossip Girl. As Kavya (the only 16 year old I know) put it: “It’s completely ridiculous, but entertaining”. The recaps have become major events, now done in two passes - first the recap written by the magazine, then the recap that collects the best comments made on the original recap. Another highlight: “Vanessa observes and interacts with chuck in a way I find organic, human, and beautiful”. Classic! [Aside: now even the recap of the recap gets a few comments. How many levels of recursion are possible on this show?]
Not only did “A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate” contain our favorite line of the entire season (“You pregnant little hypocrite!”), it was the first to play up the role of Gossip Girl herself and her effect on the character’s lives. Now we understand why they act so crazy! The whispers of the Constance Billard students talking about the latest posts — Slut. I see a bump. WTF does she think she is? Keep your legs closed, Blair — are as scary (if not scarier) than the whispering of the island on Lost, and that place has actual monsters.
— NYMag’s recap of Gossip Girl s01e13 the mid-season finale.
As NYmag.com says “The glory of Gossip Girl is in its implausibility”. They do a recap each week. Here are my highlights from episodes 1-7, in no particular order:
- Rihanna is constantly playing, in every situation.
- Blair: “My father left my mother for a 31-year-old model. A male model.” Plus 10 for awesomeness.
- “Brown doesn’t offer degrees in Slut.” Wait — you can make your own major at Brown. So, Blair, Serena can major in Slut if she wants to. And she can do it Pass/Fail!
- Nate’s dad wants him to go to Dartmouth. He actually calls it the “old alma mater. But Nate, face flickering impressively from “blank” to “blank/tortured” — acting! — says he wants to go “out West.” Presumably so he can join the cast of some other show.
- Serena and Dan are flirting together again. Yay! Oh, and their little siblings are flirting with each other, too. Hm. And wait, their parents have already slept together? Uh-oh, we smell something gross.
- Blair (in a dream) looks in the window and sees Serena, being served tea by Nameless Asian Friend and Nameless Black Friend, each of whom is wearing French maid outfits. … we’re giving it a Plus 1 for the casually racist minorities-in-uniform thing.
- Suited men leer at Blair and Serena. Plus 5. It would be more if homeless men leered, too.
- Plus 2 for Chuck’s amazing line, “He looks like Matthew McConaughey between movies.”
- Near the end, when Serena is setting up a date with a skeptical Dan Humphrey, she says, “I’m hanging up before thou dost protest again!” Plus 3, because really, what teenage girl in the city doesn’t think at some point that she’s Julia Stiles?
- Did anyone notice that during truth or dare, the unnamed Asian and black sidekicks made out? That was as inevitable as Blair’s eventual dramatic second-season “hair change” will be — it just felt right.
- Mrs. van der Woodsen carries an Hermès Birkin bag to Brooklyn with her. Quite frankly, it would be embarrassingly fake if she didn’t.
- Now that we’ve gotten a good look at Erik’s room at the mental institution, we get why he hates it so much. The place is a Pottery Barn nightmare — all lavender walls and chocolate-brown accents and a woody sleigh bed.
- Blair’s sleepover is “the most important event of the season.” Wait, wasn’t the big brunch the most important event of the season? Also, the Ivy mixer?
- Is Vanessa supposed to be black or white? We just don’t know!
- on this show, BLACK GIRLS DON’T SPEAK.
- When Nate’s mom (that’s his mom, right? Not a trophy wife? Everyone on this show looks like they are aged five years apart – including some classmates) finds the coke, as usual, Nate’s eyes dart stupidly from side to side. He has no idea what show (or drug, for that matter) he’s even supposed to be on.
- Jenny gets revenge on Chuck for trying to date-rape her by locking him on the roof in his underwear. Minus 10 because even though chicks always do this in movies, no one ever does this in real life. What is this, Ally McBeal?
- Serena’s mom tells Serena, “You know at your age, you should be playing the field.” Okay, we know Mrs. van der Woodsen is wacked, but urging her daughter to be a ho? Doesn’t she know Serena went through that phase when she was 15? Being 16 is all about long-term relationships!
- We were going to say the football sheets on Dan’s bed are unrealistic — Dan is 18, he’s a cool Brooklyn aesthete, maybe he would have moved on to, like, K-Mart Nautica Collection navy blue? But then we remembered that a few years ago we slept with a guy who had A-Team sheets. And a twin bed. And he was 25.
- This is New York, not Everybody Loves Raymond; you can’t just go wherever you want and expect people to be there to receive you. They’re not going to be at home, they’re at Starbucks, duh.