Gossip Girl Review: "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World"

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Serena's daddy issues and Rufus-William tension took up more time than we'd necessarily like last night, but "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World" was surprisingly complex.

The multi-layered involvement of Dr. van der Woodsen in everyone's lives led to quality scenes from many characters and is building to what looks like a great conclusion.

There were flashes of old school Gossip Girl, too, with Blair perpetrating a scheme, Jenny and Serena full-on feuding, and Chuck being the drunk with a heart of gold.

Just go to Haiti! Go, go, go!

That's what hundreds of thousands of fans were probably thinking when they heard of Vanessa's internship possibility, one of the things off-limits for discussion with Dan.

Only Dan and Vanessa would agree to keep secrets from each other to avoid another situation like the Tisch drama, which arose after they kept secrets from each other.

After going back and forth, it appears V will indeed take the CNN gig in Haiti for the next three months (yesssss) which probably means she'll be back in ... September.

Hey, maybe a permanent position will open up and she'll get it!

Vixen J

Sisterhood of the traveling rants

Boy, was Serena on her high horse this week. Plenty of shots of Blake Lively in skin tight dresses (or Ace bandages passing for dresses) helped, but still ... seriously, S?

Inviting mom's ex-husband to breakfast with her family? Wow. Telling Rufus that J is the problem? Double wow. Reclaiming her old room without asking? Are you 12?

Granted, Serena has matured, and Jenny has been a meddling mess. She has a right to be upset, yet it seems a little out of place, as does her instant love for William.

Eric, as always, is the voice of reason, telling him how it is - "I'm gay, and I hate you" - when Serena and Lily blindly accept his reemergence in their lives. Way to go, E!

A big twist comes when Rufus blocks Will from getting a place in their building and Serena takes his side, then Rufus' possible mistress outs their dalliances to Serena.

Rufus therefore becomes ostracized within his own family. Even Eric starts coming around to Will a little after he arranged for a private date with Elliot. Team William?

Not so fast. Fittingly, it's Jenny who makes an alarming discovery ...

A former "client" of J's complains that she was given antibiotics instead of the Oxycontin she wanted. That prompts Jenny to research - on Bing, natch - Lily's medication.

Is William drugging Lily for his own selfish reasons? That's the implication J makes when she enlists Chuck's help. Jenny and Chuck teaming up? This ought to be good!

What's impressive about the story line is how many issues were in play - unsolved mysteries, who's lying, who's mad at who for what reason - and how they intertwine.

We're looking forward to seeing Will's evil ways exposed, but will it be too late for Rufus and Lily? And will Serena continue to self-righteously take her father's side?

Together, they're apart

Last night's developments on the Chuck and Blair front were terrific, even with the couple broken up. Other hot couples come and go, but how can anyone not love Chair?

He's been binging on call girls and booze, but Blair still made an effort to help Chuck and convince him to visit Lily in her time of need. Because she cares. And it worked.

That would have been awesome enough for one week, but it wasn't even all. Blair struggled mightily with her desire to fit in at Columbia ... while still enrolled at NYU.

When Nate calls you out on your scheme, you know you're off your game. Blair was, pretending to be a student 100-plus blocks from where she's actually matriculating.

Love Blair's Hat

Nate busts Blair's ill-fated attempt to pose as a Columbia student.

Amazingly, we later learn that Chuck applied on her behalf, in secret, for a transfer to Columbia, because he knew she'd be too stubborn to herself, and it was accepted.

OMG. Blair Waldorf is an Ivy League girl at last!

Basically, it was perfect, setting the stage for a dramatic reunion in the coming weeks, while also giving us a dose of the backstabbing, manipulative, childish side of Blair.

Which, let's face it, is pretty darn entertaining.

Another strong episode in our opinion, hopefully with an even better payoff awaiting us next. What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Comment away!

 

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the best character in this episode is the blond columbia girl. she possesses the necessary attribute of a GG star- a manipulative opportunista- but while also carrying herself with insurmountable grace and energy. she is truly sweet and truly vicious: and that paradox is what keeps the show alive. bring back the blond columbia girl next season- the show needs use a fresh character! (and i'm not talking about the dangena baby.)

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Chuck told Lilly she was the "picture of health"... not "hell"... It means she looks very healthy. :)

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everybody speaks here like they know so much about life, hating serena and jenny and all that. bravah nobodies! BRAVAH!

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THE HUMPHREYS BELONG TO BROOKLYN, END OF STORY

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I usually liked Serena, but in this episode she was mean. Jenny like mean. Didn't tell Lilly that Rufus called? What, she can do this, but Jenny can't? But I must say I expected that dr. VDW's story wouldn't be happy, otherwise GG wouldn't be drama. I mean Chuck's and Elizabeth's story wasn't happy, and I don't expect this one to be either. I already asked this somewhere else- can please somebody explain me, what Chuck meant by saying: "Lilly is the picture of hell"? I'm not from english spoken country, and I don't understand it... n.

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i really hate serena here. She's awful, I think she's being "too mean" to jenny almost.I don't really like her and still I prefer Jenny over Serena in this episode. Of course, it might have to do with the fact that she is incredibly STUPID. And I hate dr VDW, I hope he dies and I really hope Rufus didn't cheat on Lilly. It's no in his character, he never cheated on his ex-wife, and he loves lilly. But at the same time he's been neglected for so long...
I don't like that Eric softened up to william either. He's @[$@£$@.

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and chuck and lily i lovee their relationship!!! their scene made me cry!

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just saying for all those people who didnt want chuck to get blair into columbia well he didnt all he did was send in a form, blair did all the work to get herselg into columbia, all chuuck did was give her a push and send it himself because she was in denial.
i love chair

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THE QUEEN IS BACK! BLAIR WALDORF IS THE BEST CHARACTER ON GG, THANK GOD THE WRITERS ARE GIVING HER A BETTER STORYLINE! WOOHOOOOO!! BTW, I really hated Serena this episode. She's such a whiny, selfish slut! How dare she do that to Rufus. WHAT A BITCH. Love Eric!! And loved the Lily and Chuck scene too. And way to go Jenny for discovering that something was wrong with Lily's meds. I really hope she and Chuck can out that Doctor VDW! And I hope Vanessa stays in Haiti for good too! :))

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i skipped all the dan/vanessa scenes..they r so boring!...but i loved blair when she said " i dont live with the help" to the girl..that shows that blair is back! and chuck ohh how i love him!...it seems like they r cutting off nate a little bit..i thought serena was the good person saying that rufus isnt her dad when all the while he was the one there for her is just mean!...but all i care about right now is that blair is back..i thought i wanted chuck and blair to get back together soon but now its just i want then apart,,,not in a bad way but in a "lets play a love game" way :p