Gossip Girl Rewatch: The Magnificent Archibalds

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Every television show has a holiday they like to focus on and for Gossip Girl that was always Thanksgiving.

Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 11 was all about Blair Waldorf's favorite holiday and the GG families.

The fashion in this episode was really strong.

I remember that black and red plaid dress of Jenny's and how popular it was back in 2008/2009. I loved Blair rocking the usual demure with a hint of the sexy in that stunning green dress. And what would life be without Serena looking a little too sexy at a family celebration?

[to Serena] If you're talking about the dress, I say higher.


Aaron and Serena became official, but she left out pieces of her past which always felt like Serena's major issue with guys. She was always trying to reinvent herself and hide who she used to be and that's probably why so many of them crashed and burned. The only guy that always accepted her was Nate. 

There's also the always back and forth pull between Serena and Dan. It wasn't quite center-stage in this episode, but his clash with Aaron was. Even when fighting with Dan he was so monotonous.

Most of the Humphrey family storyline focused on Jenny wanting to get emancipated. Of course Lily found out and got involved, because she can't resist anything that involves Rufus. 

Lily: I saw your father today.
Jenny: I had a feeling.

Bart's dossiers on the family didn't help the mood either. This was the beginning of Lily's whole big secret storyline, which I was totally shocked by! However, that wasn't for another few episodes.

Blair was pissed off about Cyrus moving in and Eleanor's engagement. Of course she was just throwing her usual spoiled fit. But it was a sweet moment to see Harold show up from France and with his traditional pie.

Nate turning in his father was a way to show us that Nate actually has a deeper side to him. He does the right thing and is a good guy, no matter how hard it would be. At least that's what I think.

Does Nate have a good moral compass?

The Magnificent Archibalds Review

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Rufus: I miss her a lot.
Dan: You know, in all the arguments you two have had, I haven't once heard you tell her that.
Rufus: Oh my God, you're right.
Dan: That's not ... that rare is it?

Dan: You okay with it? Jenny not being with us tonight?
Rufus: If by okay you mean extraordinarily depressed, then yes.