Round Table: "Bonfire of the Vanity"

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As fans sound off in our Bonfire of the Vanity" include memorable quotes, absent characters, Jenny's career aspirations and two father-son tandems (the Rose and Bass boys)...


1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?

DANdy: Blair's rattling off Cyrus' negative attributes, most of all that he's a hugger and has a catchphrase. It's hard to imagine worse if you're Blair.

Mister Meester: I loved Gossip Girl's NYC-themed film/literary name-dropping while dissing J: "Poor little orphan Jenny, looks like she needs a Daddy Warbucks, but Daddy Warbucks don't grow on trees. At least on a tree that grows in Brooklyn."

Gossip Guy: Funny enough the only line that really had me laughing out loud was Blair's "You used the everyday china. Cyrus will think we're just common upper-middle class." What an amazing spoiled brat. I so <3 you Blair. Chuck, bring your A game next week so I can return the weekly quote honors to you.

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2. Will Jenny get her way with this emancipation plan, or have her fashion dreams gone up in flames?

DANdy: Yawn. Do all things J have to be boring and/or nonsensical? Why did she hook up with Nate? Why didn't she stop Agnes from torching her clothes? Where did she sleep after getting kicked out? This story line needs to get better or get auf'd.

Mister Meester: It's fitting that for all the attention paid to Gossip Girl fashion, Jenny should pursue a career in the industry. She just needs to lose the eye-makeup and '80s rocker look and give a little. In return, she'll get a lot of Rufus' support.

Gossip Guy: I hope Rufus steps up and embraces his crazy daughter's fashion dreams. Really Rufus, I'd like to think an artist such as yourself would understand. Sign the damn paperwork. Let her fail. At least she'll be at home for the obligatory "I told you so."

3. Which Rose do you prefer, Cyrus or Aaron?

Mister Meester: Definitely Cyrus. Aaron kind of sketches me out with his mind games, whereas Cyrus, while adept at out-Blairing Blair, has the best of intentions.

Gossip Guy: Eww. I like nothing related to Aaron. Now on the other hand, I knew Cyrus was a mastermind the second I saw him. Did Blair really think she could beat Vizzini, err Cyrus, at a battle of wits? That's a Princess Bride reference for people not as ancient as the Gossip Guy. Give it a rent.

DANdy: Am I missing something with this Aaron character? I keep waiting for the cool, charming artist to sweep Serena off her feet. Instead we've got a sleazy loser with a bad combover who sleeps around - yet still gets Serena in a neglige. Jerk.

4. Where were Nate and Vanessa?

Gossip Guy: First off, I'd like to thank the Round Table for giving me a Vanessa question. I was very nervous when she wasn't in the episode that I wouldn't be able to mention my utter disdain for her. I hate her. I suppose she was off being lame and working the coffee shop and having no friends because she sucks. A lot. Now on to my beautiful man-bangs friend, Nate. Hopefully he was apartment hunting. No man that good looking should have to live without running water and electricity. I got a couch if you need to crash, bro. We watch Gossip Girl every Monday night precisely at 8 if you're going to miss an episode again.

DANdy: Nate was likely with his mom or something, trying to get their situation squared away. Vanessa was likely hiding from my colleague Gossip Guy.

Mister Meester: I really kept waiting for Nate to emerge from an alley just when one of the other characters needed a friend. But alas, he must have been off doing his thing - brooding, combing his hair and chasing girls - on his own.

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5. Will Bart and Chuck repair their relationship?

Gossip Guy: I really hope so! I truly believe in my heart that Chuck is a good person!  Do you see how hard he tries just to get his father's approval. And seriously Bart? I think Dan's pretty cool too, but if my son was Chuck I would embrace the hell out of him. And yeah, we all saw the picture of his mom. She was hot. Get over it. You have Lily now! Could a woman be any more beautiful? Time to get over it and love that awesomeness that is Chuck.

DANdy: The subject of Bart hating Chuck has never been properly explained, which even Bart seemed to acknowledge when he opened up to his son after reading Dan's story. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long-awaited reconciliation.

Mister Meester: The scene at the end was great and I'd love to watch that relationship grow, but if the funeral pics and the theories of many Gossip Girl fans are any indication, the Bass boys may not have much time left together.


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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

Blair: He's totally unsuitable.
Serena: Who?
Blair: Cyrus. He's five feet tall. He has a catchphrase. And he's a hugger. I was expecting Cary Grant and I got Danny DeVito!

Blair: Serena, I called you like 10 times last night! Where have you been?
Serena: I went to the dentist at lunch, and yesterday, I met Aaron in Times Square. B, it was the most romantic thing...
Blair: Who cares about plaque or pretentious artists when your best friend is having a meltdown!