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I have to agree with a recap Jacob wrote on twop a while ago that pointed out that the njbc is basically a myth fabricated by fans based off that scene back in season 1. I mean it's nice idea in theory I guess, 4 friends in an exclusive group who have been together since childhood and are always there for one another...but we've very rarely seen any evidence of this on screen. It was more fanwanked by certain parts of the audience. Perhaps the AJBC would be a better name, the "always judging breakfast club" because that's all they ever seem to do to one another. Actually apart from season one, if one of them is upset, the other members of the "njbc" are usually uncaring and it's usually Dan who has to pick up the pieces. Where was everyone else while Chuck was trying to kill himself at the beginning of this season and couldn't feel anything?Thank you for putting that out there... Just how many times have they proven they are judgemental (Blair calling Serena a slut, Nate telling Chuck his relationship with Blair is 'not normal'...I can name plenty).
Your era is over, and so is that headband
Aww yeah I really miss their takedowns. They haven't had a really good one since Juliet. I was hoping they could all takedown Louie together, but nope. They are growing up though, and I really can't see Blair doing much scheming anymore. My only wish is that they don't continue Serena down this path. She is becoming truely unlikable. Not only by becoming GG now, which makes no sense, but blasting about her closest friends. Pretty much throwing her cousin into the lions den. I feel like her relationship with her friends will be tested. Also why the heck is Nate never around Blair anymore. It's like they aren't even friends.
If it really is the NON-judgemental breakfeast club... than isn't that jugdemental to exclude somebody?
Chuck (Ed Westwick), Nate (Chace Crawford), Blair (Leighton Meester), Serena (Blake Lively) and Lola (guest star Ella Rae Peck) team up to uncover what they think is an explosive secret between Diana (Elizabeth Hurley) and Jack (guest star Desmond Harrington). Meanwhile, Dan (Penn Badgley) is offered a prestigious fellowship in Rome for the summer. Matthew Settle also stars. Bart Wenrich directed the episode written by Jake Coburn
So actually, Juliette, looks like the NJBC aren't excluding people! Lola will tag along for the next big adventure!
And Dan's been with them in the past, too. A great example of NJBC + Dan was the end of season 2.
The NJBC isn't this exclusive club because they want to exclude people... LOL! It's just this set of friends who all grew up together. It's clear that the Archibalds, the Waldorfs, Lily van der Woodsen, and Bart Bass knew each other for a very long time, and I'm sure they've known a lot of others in their circle for just as long. The documentary Born Rich is very interesting; the teen and young adult heirs and heiresses talk about their world and the expectations of it. Season 1 of GG did a great job delving into that, especially the first 13 episodes that everyone agrees were the best of the lot. In their world, it makes sense that Nate and Blair would be quasi-engaged in high school, one could see that Lily was deeply embarrassed by her children's meltdowns, and Chuck was very new money, first generation rich, and they looked down on him for it.
Dan is an essential character in all this, because he gave the rest of us entrance into this exclusive, closed world. Subsequent seasons of GG have been less successful than the first in being this junior, modern-day version of Downton Abbey. But NJBC isn't this exclusive stamp... it just is a label fans use to describe the lifelong friendship among Blair, Chuck, Nate, and Serena.
haha I thought the beatles pic was funny...I'm excited for the upcoming NJBC schemes!! thanks for posting the synopsis Liz :)
This was one of my favorite NJBC moments... Dan, Kati, Iz, Penelope and others are there, but clearly, 3/4s of the NJBC are running things in this particular scene...
You wonder how many times they've done this song and dance since childhood! You can tell it's routine for them. I can see them, 10 years before this, B in her little headband directing how things were going to go so they didn't get in trouble, Serena looking angelic in pigtails and being one of the most devious of all, Chuck smirking above his little bowties and Nate looking adorably Natefused, plotting in the same way... maybe over who broke something. Priceless!
I agree, WW! And you're welcome, Elise... I won't get my hopes up, but I am looking forward to the last few eps of the season!
Through good times and bad...