While New York City is such a major part of the Gossip Girl series, sometimes filming a non-NYC episode helps spice things up.
Such was the case in Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 6 when the characters took off for a school visit to Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.
Fine it was really filmed at Columbia in NYC...but let's pretend we don't know that!
Blair had been dreaming of Yale ever since she was a little girl. I admit that Dorota saying she was proud of her prior to the college visit was a touching little moment that made me love Dorota even more.
Serena was off to follow in Lily's footsteps and visit Brown...until Blair provoked her. I know Blair was sick of her and deathly jealous...I mean what girl wouldn't be jealous of Marc Jacobs naming a bag after her gorgeous best friend? But still Blair felt the need to provoke S and that's when things took a turn for the worse.
Since we're not friends anymore, let me speak frankly. You're not that smart. You lack focus and discipline. Charm is all well and good, but in the real world, knowledge is power. You wouldn't make it past the first round of admissions at Yale no matter how hard you tried.Blair
Little did she know that Serena had been sent a handwritten invitation to interview at Yale. Here's the thing that is total BS: Serena's grades were bad and she was a slacker and party girl until her junior year. She dropped out of boarding school for reasons we don't find out until Gossip Girl season 4.
Is it realistic that Yale would want her because of her socialite status and spot on Page Six?
While I don't actually believe that would happen in real life, what do I know? Besides this is fiction and we're supposed to suspend a little imagination.
What I REALLY can't believe is that Eric Daman (who is normally a genius) dressed Blair in a pea green and mustard suit teacher's outfit for her interview while Serena went stunting like it was Friday night at the hottest restaurant in town with her shirt cut down to there.
I know Serena is the sexpot, but surely she is smarter than to think it's fine to basically have your tits out at a college interview. Appropriate? No. But did she look good? Absolutely, always does.
If we're going to discuss fashion in this episode, the headband that Blair wears to the Dean's party must be mentioned. Not because it's any different than her usual but because of the epic physical fight she and Serena get into outside that leads to Serena ripping off her headband and claiming she hates it.
We don't see the likes of headband hate again until Humphrey introduces Blair to college life in Gossip Girl season 3.
Now can we talk about the awesomeness that was Chuck Bass one-upping Skull & Bones? First of all, it reminded me of that delicious Paul Walker movie The Skulls.
Nate: I thought we were gonna do something. What happened to your master plan of finding the Skull & Bones?
Chuck: You don't find them. They find you.
Of course Chuck would not only outdo the secret society, but he saved Nate, turned them on Dan, and got blackmail in the process ensuring they'd never go after him. Chuck really thinks of it all, doesn't he?
I must say that I admired Nate not letting Dan take the fall for him. He was a dumbass to think he could fight an entire group of guys alone, but he got away with it.
So who had the better storyline in "New Haven Can Wait?" If you can't remember and need to re-watch the episode, remember that you can watch Gossip Girl online at any time!