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 ...


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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Why can't Aaron just say "Yeah" once, instead of his usual Yeah yeah, like normal people do?


I thought the episode was great. I mean I am mssing the C&B chemistry but I am hopeful it will make it that more intense once it actually happens again. Things I liked:
1. Chuck is so great in every scene whether against Eric or V etc. He is such a great character and Ed Westwick truly brings him to life.
2. Eric. I have missed him. He is so witty and a great part of the cast.
3. Jenny without the black eyeliner. I forgot how pretty she is.
4. Nate scenes. It was nice to see that Chace is not just a pretty face, He is a good actor. Emotional scenes.
5. Scenes for next week... looks like it is going to be worth the wait.
6. I feel the same about Blair as I do Chuck. Her character is awesome and I love her one liners and her insecurites. Great acting. Things I didn't like;
1. I know we are meant to love to hate V but really she is an annoying character. I wish they would give us something to like about her. Hasn't happen for me yet.
2. Of all the gorgeous GOOD actors out there could they not find a better love interest for Serena... NOT believable at all.
3. As much aa I love the Lily Rufus dynamic... it is just to far fetched that she runs to Rufus' everytime she has an argument with Bart.


Agree with "Castle" Nate like Jenny or Vanessa because they're lower than him and I think he feels like a superheroe with both instead with B or S they were like superwoman i mean Blair waas the one that shine in the relationship they were Blair and Nate; Queen B and N.. AND with Jenny or V he's the man he is the one in charge the one who shines is common sense that he wants to be the one who has the power in relationship .. I like J&N even i HATE jenny last season i think she's changing .. i 2.13 they'are pictures of J with Penelope Hazel and Isabel isn't interesting? I want moree scenes of B's army we haven't seen too much last season we a lot of scenes of Blair Kati and Isabel and then of Penelope Hazel etc i love seeing B as the Queen .. and CAN somebody tell me what happened to Elise the little girl that was always with jenny?????? .. this episode looks to be a GOOD one because all the REAL coupples seem to come together like D&S C&B and Lily and Rufus and wooooooow! the Fashion looks to be the best


Did anyone else notice that Lily called Eric "E"?? I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?


I just had to say that.


I would prefer V over Arron anyday. and its probabily better and more 'Legal' that V and N get together rather than J and N i'm quite surprised on how well dan is taking S going out with someone else. but knowing Josh Schwartz he will not repeat his mistakes in the O.C. because if D and S (the main characters) aren't together well theres less incentive to watch this show. i cringe everytime that S and the artsy guy kiss. *shudder*


i loved it!!! and the old jenny's back! i'm so glad, but aaron is so ... idk, but i don't like him. at all. and serena's dress was soooo bloody short!!! it would've been better if it was longer though...
but o well! i am so happy atm for all characters because they're finding happiness! espesh blair and her dad, and rufus and jenny i love gossip girl!!! can't wait till the next episode!!! loll
what's it called anyway??? x


god, vanessa is a huge bitch. the forum is for voicing your opinion so i feel free to say that. i mean, she used to be nice now shes even worse than the typical upper east sider coz shes just as bad and pretends to be a goody two shoes! the person im most mad at is nate. first he sends a letter to jenny saying how much he cares, then he asks out vanessa? WTF, does he want to cause as much trouble as possible? i still love nate though, he should choose jenny all the way! the letter:
"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.


To DANdy and MiaMiaMeow- I'm from California as well and I'd guess that about 95% of young voters here were against 8. I don't know anyone that voted for it. It was definitely the conservative, elderly, and others that would never watch Gossip Girl who voted it to pass. We're protesting and signing petitions left and right, though, and it will be overturned! *End off topic rant* :)


Milla, you feel bad for V? You know she's not real, right? = ) Also, character bashing is stupid, I realize this, but this is a public forum in which people are allowed to voice their thoughts. I don't think people should have to censor their opinions on certain characters just because other people disagree or don't want to read about it. Besides no one is being particularly cruel and if they were it wouldn't really matter because the character's are not REAL. My favorite quote (As usual) goes to Blair. "DOROTA! More flour..." is so simple, but so classic B. And Blair would totally have a tradition that includes watching and assessing others make her pie.

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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.