Gossip Girl Review: "The Sixteen Year Old Virgin"

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While predictable at times, Monday night's Gossip Girl wasn't always so, and even when it was, it was pretty terrific all around, with some dramatic developments unraveling.

Perhaps what made "The Sixteen Year Old Virgin" stand out most was the integration of every character into the main story lines, with a few side plots intertwined as well.

The goal for most of the gang was simple: Find J and stop her from cashing in her v-card to that sleaze Damien. The title had us wondering all week: Would she ... you know?

We begin our review with the 16-year-old virgin herself ...

Woe is J

(STILL) THE 16-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN: Jenny is, with a little help from Nate.

By grounding Jenny, or trying to, Rufus was driving her right into Damien's arms. Not that he had much of a choice, really. It was up to Serena and Nate to steer her clear of him.

Jenny has been such a wild card since Season One that we absolutely could have seen her going through with it and giving in to the sleaze's advances. But ultimately she did not.

We're proud of J, and of S coaxing her to give her virginity to someone she loves. The situation forced Serena and Nate to revisit their own past, which was tense but compelling.

Serena accused Nate of employing a double standard by insinuating that losing her virginity was a big deal to a girl like Jenny, while for Serena, it was just some bar stool romp.

They worked through it, though, with S expressing regret about her decisions. It was fun to watch these two tackle a real relationship issue and not just get naked for a change.

Also integrated into the search for Jenny were Rufus and Lily, who appear to be working through their own problems, although it's obvious there's more trouble on the horizon.

We learn that Rufus was in fact true to himself and did not actually cheat on Lily. Similarly, his spouse was also true to herself and lied to him yet again about her trip at the end.

It looks like Serena's father is involved in Lily's mother's recovery, which is confusing. Why hide it from Rufus if it's just for her mom's sake? There must be more to it than that.

Do Cece's medical tests involve Lily somehow? Is Dr. van der Woodsen doing something experimental that Rufus wouldn't approve of? Or is L having a full-blown affair with him?

Regardless, you can tell the truth is killing her, and that no matter how good a liar she is, Lily does love Rufus and hates pulling the wool over his eyes. And yet she continues to.

While Dan tried to locate his younger sister, he also tried to establish guidelines in his relationship with Vanessa - friend zones, friends with benefits zones and the like. Fail, Dan.

These two are actually really good together, and it seems they're realizing it's hard to set up zones when you just wanna go all in. It will be very interesting to see where it goes.

Jack Bass is Back

JACK ATTACK: Bart's brother is back and more devious than ever.

Meanwhile, Chuck and Blair were dealing with their own drama in the form of Elizabeth, a sexual harassment lawsuit, a boycott of his hotel and the unwelcome return of Jack.

Something was up from the start with Jack, who suddenly came out of the woodwork insisting he had changed, and even tried to "warn" Chuck about the suspicious Elizabeth.

This was some quality misdirection, because Jack planting the seed in Chuck's mind made him have a DNA test done to establish if she's really his mom. The results say she is.

Why it mattered, aside from Chuck's "mommy issues," was a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Chuck, who stepped down as head of his hotel to avoid a PR nightmare.

The lawsuit is frivolous and we have no idea who's behind it, but he installed Elizabeth as the interim head of the Empire. But at the end, we learn she was working with Jack!

What's unclear is whether the DNA results were falsified, but either way, she and Jack have clearly conspired to oust Chuck. Even though we saw it coming, we sort of didn't.

What were your favorite parts of last night's Gossip Girl? What did you think of "The Sixteen Year Old Virgin" overall? Leave a comment and vote below!

 

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I wish Nate would wake up and realize Serena is really insecure when it comes to relationship stuff. What is he thinking running around trying to save Little J all the while saying stuff that makes Serena feel bad about herself? Clearly, she has a lot of regrets about her past. I want them to work out, but I think she needs someone who isn't judgmental of her behavior. Dan wasn't and Nate isn't right now...either get him to shape up or bring Carter back for her.

Serenavdw

I hate how J's storyline is like an exact copy from Serena's. S had G who drugged her. J has A and the same thing happens. It's stupid. And still Nate calls S a slut when Jenny is heading the same way, only she is younger and has people who apparently care about her. When was Nate when Serena was in trouble? Bring back Derena instead of throwing another version of S in jenny.

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I loved chuck and blair s ending scenes.they are amazing together.they make watching gg enjoyable for me.these two have a real chemistry more than everyone on the show.they are growing up together in a real relationship.after these last 3 episodes ı don't think I could stand watching gg whaen they break up.and most of the people seem thinking like me.but they need some joy in the relationship.if they start to be like on s1 and s2,that would bore me.they are more interesting to watch them on s3.chair is better than s1 and s2.enough for chasing .now its time to grow up together.I hope after break up,reunion would make them stronger tan ever.....CHAİR is always the best .

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what is up with lily and the testing after 6 months thing? is it for her or cece?

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umm this article would appear to be "paraphrased" from another one. did you guys write that one? you should specify. if not, you should credit the other source as well...so we know... thanks

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i think lily is sick....but why!?! nooo she better not die or something! why cant the writers just let rufus and lily be happy!!!

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lily is the one who is sick. and that family hates for people to know their personal information so they are using dr. vanderwoodsen to keep it confidential. She doesn't want to worry the family...yawn.
jack is behind the lawsuit-it was what he used to get chuck anxious so he would have to sign over the hotel....the only thing i do believe is that evelyn never met jack those years ago. That may be why he doesn't realize elizabeth IS evelyn. Yet.
When georgina comes back she will be stalking serena-single white female- explains the blonde locks, yes? she may do some residual damage to chuck/blair and vanessa/dan....she can't just have one agenda
chuck and blair will reunite in a romantic old movie kind of way
nate will save jenny from agnes the way he did last season and they will get close which is why jenny will attempt to break serena and nate up..it will end with her realizing she needs her own prince charming
my guesses.

Postergirl

haha loved the way you wrote 'Lily does love Rufus and hates pulling the wool over his eyes. And yet she continues to'
soooo gossip girl

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I KNEW IT ! I hate her .___. /: anyways, I liked the episode,,,, maybe not loved, but it was good.
There was not so much Serenate like in the last one *happy smile*
and just a little bit of Danessa *Another smile*
Lily and Chuck bonding was great :)

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Jack is a BASSterd, make no mistake LOL So--the DNA test. I believe that Jack fed Chuck's doubt about his mother in order to push him to 'prove' it was his mother--the DNA test. By refueling Chuck's doubt with the reminders about seeing his mother in her casket, etc., Jack ensured that Chuck would start doubting the veracity of Elizabeth's story and need absolute proof that she is his mother, hence the DNA test. The other part of the push comes from Eliz. saying that Bart loved purple (planting a seed of doubt again because Chuck believed his father loathed purple--and how could his mother get that wrong) and her feigning upset when she confronted Chuck about going to do the DNA test behind her back. By not giving her blessing for the test, she again flamed the doubts Chuck had. DNA test was faked. If Jack can get a fake liquor license, he can get a fake DNA test result. Interesting that the lawyer was in on this--I guess he wasn't a regular in Bart's long-standing retinue of legal counsel or else he sold out. Next week--Little J gets drugged--wonder what Agnes' 'friends' are gonna do with her :( Also--looks like Blair is gonna come out fighting--and we need to see Blair in all her glory again!

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

There's always a moment a father just can't let himself fear. The moment is little J decides to lose her big V.

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Vanessa: Actually, The dorm is throwing this huge South Beach party today..
Dan: Great, I love parties.
Vanessa: And I'm going with Paul..
Dan: I love Paul!

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 15 Music

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Song So Light Is Her Footfall Air iTunes
Ive-had-the-time-of-my-life (I've Had) The Time of My Life Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes iTunes
Hungry-eyes Hungry Eyes Eric Carmen iTunes
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