Gossip Girl's latest installment was a quality one, if only because it featured some backstabbing and scheming - some we saw coming and some we did not - along with a little comic relief and some moments that were so straight-up b!tchy they caught us off guard.
In essence, vintage Gossip Girl at its near-best.
Monday night's episode was all about Chuck's big hotel opening, and its proprietor doing what the episode's title implies - trying to succeed in this business venture.
It wasn't easy. He was mad at Blair over last week's incident, and him being pissed just made Ms. Waldorf determined to make herself feel important and involved.
They ended up patching things up in a believable and enjoyable manner, although she and Serena are now so in a fight, which is also believable in Gossip Girl land.
Meanwhile, Dan and Olivia are still going strong, despite Nate making him watch her uber-sexy vampire trilogy on DVD, which led to the night's funniest moments.
There was also the convoluted nature of Olivia's fake relationship with Endless Nights co-star Patrick Roberts (a blatant Robert Pattinson knockoff). Also realistic.
Jenny Humphrey is officially a sellout. A cold-hearted b!tch of a sellout.
Finally, we have Jenny Humphrey. She is confused, a lost soul. One who can't decide what is more important, ruling the school or being a nice, human being.
Ultimately, she chooses the former, which involves having her minions attack both Eric and his boyfriend Jonathan over the course of an hour. Cold, J. Cold.
While this was upsetting to watch, that was precisely the point, and long-running feuds and inner strife are what makes the show good over the long-haul.
Remember Chuck and Blair's two-season courtship? Exactly. We knew J had that inner b!tch within, and it'll be interesting to see how long it consumes her.
For the complete rundown, here's a recap of "How to Succeed in Bassness" ...
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