Round Table: "The Magnificent Archibalds"

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As fans sound off in our The Magnificent Archibalds" include memorable quotes, sketchy Aaron, Nate's letter to J, random run-ins and touching Thanksgiving moments ...

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?

DANdy: Any interaction between Blair and Derota. I'll go with B's screaming at her housekeeper for "more flour!" in the middle of Blair's phone call with Serena.

Mister Meester: Chuck's passing remark that his "plans for the evening just got hung up in customs." The implication that he was flying in some girl(s) from out of the country to entertain him for a night is hilarious, even by Chuck Bass standards.

Gossip Guy: Haha, I have to give it to my boy Dan this episode. As far as I was concerned his awkward mumbling is perfection when he has to deal with something like Serena's new disgusting boyfriend. Favorite line of his? "Serena's not that big into cheese. You might wanna go with the Wines of Southern France." I just loved his pronunciation.

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2. How sketchy is Aaron Rose?

DANdy: So sketchy, he broke his leg and gravy poured out! Wait... never mind. The dude is almost as shady as he is lucky.

Mister Meester: Quite. He effectively blackmailed Serena to quit drinking in exchange for him dropping the "seeing other girls" thing. Diabolical. He is also completely undeserving of Serena, and doesn't even seem that into her, yet everything he says wraps her around his finger. I hope Dan sabotages him and sweeps S off her feet! Go Derena!

Gossip Guy: Are the writers trying to give me someone to hate more than Vanessa? You guys are coming awfully close. He's so sketchy he probably can't even shave that lame excuse for patchy facial hair that disgustingly grows all over him. I don't even know what that means.

3. Least realistic run-in: Vanessa and Nate outside the gallery, Blair and Jenny on the street, or Serena and that outfit (on a family holiday)?

Mister Meester: Nate and Vanessa. He wanted to return CDs, so he went to the (presumably closed) gallery on Thanksgiving? In Brooklyn, a significant trek from where he lives? It's called the mail, Nate. You used it to write Jenny, remember?

Gossip Guy: OMG, definitely Serena in that outfit for a family function. In the Gossip Girl universe I've come to accept the fact that New York is really only a few square blocks and anyone can run into anyone and be anywhere at once. But a dress so short that I had to press rewind five times just to see if that was butt cheek I was seeing? To a family dinner? Whore. We love you.

DANdy: Blair and Jenny. Not because these two happened to meet on the same sidewalk, but because Blair instantly acted more like Dr. Phil than Regina George. This better not be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. What fun would that be?

4. Most poignant Thanksgiving moment: Jenny returning home and tearing up the papers, Blair reuniting with her dad, or Eric and Lily bonding at the diner?

Gossip Guy: Absolutely Jenny returning home without eyeliner and a stupid mullet hair cut. Couldn't you just feel the Thanksgiving as she was magically transferred into a normal character I'll be able to stand watching again?

DANdy: Eric and Lily. I hope California voters were paying attention to how mature, forgiving and grounded gay people can be.

Mister Meester: I loved when Blair saw her father and came around to Cyrus. Beneath the uptight, often petulant and catty exterior, Blair Waldorf is an old-fashioned sweetheart. This complexity is what makes her one of TV's best characters. Now if we can just get some Chuck-Blair love. It's been a few weeks and the withdrawal symptoms are setting in.

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5. What did Nate's letter to Jenny say?

Gossip Guy: For the purposes of my answer I'm going to ignore the lines we saw in the episode and assume it went something like this: "Dear Jenny, I used you to piss off Vanessa cause she sucks. Love, Man Bangs. P.S. Let's keep the whole statutory rape thing on the d/l. Especially from the cops."

DANdy: Jenny, I care about you more than the latest Biolage bodifying shampoo. While it may reinvigorate my hair and provide my bangs with voluminous body, you lather my heart with kind words, a shoulder to cry on and really dark mascara. Whatever you do, don't let Vanessa read this letter. P.S. Can I borrow your Carrie Underwood CD?

Mister Meester: From what we can make out of the letter, it says something like "I really care about you, but I don’t know what to do." To what does this refer? How he'll make up all the homework from cutting school for weeks? Where he'll wash his hair without water in his apartment? His concern over J's new raccoon makeup? Who's to say.

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Mister Meester are you serious? Returning the CDs in person with a thank you note included is such a Nate thing to do. That is not even slightly unrealistic.

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I personally don't hate Vanessa and I wouldn't mind seeing her and Nate together
But that was horrible what she did when she read the letter
I was not expecting that..
But anyway we'll all find out who Nate chooses in the next episode!! I'm soo excited
And Serena and Dan
And Chuck and Blair
And Lily and Rufus
too bad that _____ is gonna die, there was really a good connection going on after Bonfire of Vanity
I'm not saying his/her name, but I'm pretty sure we all know who it's gonna be...

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?
As much as i loved and laughed at Chuck's comment on Serena's dress ( because the dress obviously couldn't get any higher, but chuck likes to think it could) i have to agree with gossip guy, Dan's quote to Aaron "Serena's not that big into cheese. You might wanna go with the Wines of Southern France." the look on his face and the way he said it sounded like he wanted to piss Aaron off and also the way he tried to make it sound like he knows more about Serena then Aaron does 2. How sketchy is Aaron Rose?
Sketchy enough that Serena should dump him and run back to Dan. + the guy looks like a hobo pedophile, honestly who dates more then one girl at once? if there was a guy reference for the word slut, Aaron Rose is it. 3.Least realistic run-in: Vanessa and Nate outside the gallery, Blair and Jenny on the street, or Serena and that outfit (on a family holiday)? No argument, SERENA'S DRESS! and those fish net stockings, eeguuh. She looks like Santa's slutty elf, someone needs to tell her she got her holidays mixed up. The only place that, that dress would be considered appropriate would be at a strip joint, definitely not a family occasion. 4. Most poignant Thanksgiving moment: Jenny returning home and tearing up the papers, Blair reuniting with her dad, or Eric and Lily bonding at the diner? As much as i've hated Jenny the past few weeks, seeing her tear up those papers and tell her dad that she loved him, i let out a sigh of relief. And then the family hug, Dan's face and the happiness in Rufus's eyes, feel good moment. 5. What did Nate's letter to Jenny say? Dear Jenny,
The past few weeks were special and the taste of your lips still comforts my tongue. Please come and visit me sometime in prison, where i will be carrying out my pedophile sentence. Yours truly, Nate.

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?
there were many,
"If you're talking about the dress, I say higher."
"You have my word for all that's worth"
-Chuck
Blair to Serena: Remeber, Serena doesn't share! Serena to Blair: Remember, Blair should learn to.
Blair to dorota : who do u work for? spill the beans! 2. How sketchy is Aaron Rose?
way too sketchy, why is serena even behind him huh? i think she needs to get a life and get dan back. 3. Least realistic run-in: Vanessa and Nate outside the gallery, Blair and Jenny on the street, or Serena and that outfit (on a family holiday)?
blair and jenny - i didnt think blair would just about roam around aimlessly to places where she might find jenny. and elenor showing care to jenny who actually had backanswered her? too much even for holidays 4. Most poignant Thanksgiving moment: Jenny returning home and tearing up the papers, Blair reuniting with her dad, or Eric and Lily bonding at the diner?
all 3 but in order
1. Jenny without makeup and back with her family...
2. blair with her dad.. the background music is sweet
3. lily and eric bonding... i do want to know why lily was in the institution? maybe she had drinking problems after she dumped rufus for money 5. What did Nate's letter to Jenny say? Dear Jenny, I always try to be as honest as i possibly can. Thats kind of hard when you come from a family like mine. Honesty isnt really something i was taught but i ...... (rest of the letter cut in the frame) continued
.....but i can't hide the way i really feel about you. the emotions are too strong for me to just pretend that they don't exist. i think about you all the time. Now that your brother knows about us, i have to stay away from you. But i don't want to. i really care about you. I just don' know what to do. thats what the real letter says.... if i was nate it wud have been
" dear jenny, i hated ur racoon makeup thats why i had to leave town for a few days to escape and ur brother just gave me the right excuse. i also hate vanessa and her weird hairstyle, i mean it always looks like she doesnt comb her hair. i mean i am very much for personal grooming as you know i love my man bangs and use special shampoo to take care of them even when we actually have no money. yeah i am stupid in a way coz even when i know ur bro and dad hate me i still mail u letters to your house knowing that they will bump into it. thats coz i know dan is even more stupid than i am coz he wont read the letter even when he knows he doesnt like me with u or writing letters to you. vanessa stop reading jenny's letter, u have no business reading other people's letter's or manners for that matter. and please go see mr aaron coz even he,like u has no grooming styles and both of u love galleries and arts so u can be together and live happily ever after without bothering the rest of us. oh and jenny btw if the makeup's gone and u have a piled up stock of bio foliage shampoo then give me a call babe, i am all your's" love nate

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5. What did Nate's letter to Jenny say? Dear Jenny:
Now that your brother knows and hates me, your dad would kill me, and Vanessa is also pissed, I decided the safest bet would be to mail a letter to the house where they always are, with my name clearly on it. That way no one would be interested in reading it, and it would surely get to you without problem.
Also, if I don't hear from you immediately, I am going to ask out Vanessa to further complicate things. Love,
Nate

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1. Blair and Serena talking about Aaron and sharing.
2. Aaron is your average 21 yr old guy. Always having random girls. Maybe you guys should visit a college campus.
3. Blair and Jenny, even though Serena is way too classy to have ever worn that dress. And Nate went to find Vanessa, not vice versa. Blair should have torn Jenny a new one for being a bitch. Queen B my ass. That was weak.
4. Blair and her dad. Even though she was being a bitch to her mom. jenny's homecoming was blah. Eric was trying to tell his mom how to act-not cool.
5. Dear Vanessa oops I mean jenny,
I really want to be with you. I wish that I could regain your trust. I'm sorry about having an affair with that old whore. I just had a fling with that kid because she was right there in my face. You were avoiding me. I care about you, V. I hope that you forgive me. P.S. I miss you, V.... ummm, J. Love,
Nate

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Chuck and Nate's reunion was the best part of the show by far. Love those two dudes together. And Nate's 3 scenes where he started tearing up were fab. I can't stand his parents, but I thought he did such a great job reacting to them. Here's to his mom with her creepy eyes never coming back to GG again. Chace is a really good actor - very subtle - which is the best kind of actor. Aaron is nasty and I give Dan props for being the more charming of Serena's two boys. I hate how Aaron thinks he knows Serena when obviously Dan with his "Wines of Southern France" line obviously knows her way better. GO DAN GO!

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Guys guys, I don't do any bashing of characters. It's merely one character I bash on. And her name is Vanessa.

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V is the ultimate loser in the world

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1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode? Dan when he was talking to Aaron "Are we talking about the same girl? Long flowing hair?" it made me laugh, and happy that serena didn't trust him enough to tell him about her past 2. How sketchy is Aaron Rose? SO sketchy he should far far away!! I mean come on!! he can't pull off the man bangs like nate and he's no where near as sweet as dan. when will serena see what a lame-o he is!!! 3. Least realistic run-in: Vanessa and Nate outside the gallery, Blair and Jenny on the street, or Serena and that outfit (on a family holiday)? Blair and Jenny, The only other times they ran into each other was when jenny was interning with elenore and even then it wasn't that often. randomly on the street? really? 4. Most poignant Thanksgiving moment: Jenny returning home and tearing up the papers, Blair reuniting with her dad, or Eric and Lily bonding at the diner? Lily and eric def. it was like last seasons thanksgiving when they bonded like a family. 5. What did Nate's letter to Jenny say? I don't want to know. As much as i don't like V, she is better for nate than some 15 little punk

Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Rufus: I miss her a lot.
Dan: You know, in all the arguments you two have had, I haven't once heard you tell her that.
Rufus: Oh my God, you're right.
Dan: That's not ... that rare is it?

Dan: You okay with it? Jenny not being with us tonight?
Rufus: If by okay you mean extraordinarily depressed, then yes.

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