Gossip Girl Rewatch (2007)- S2 Pt 3

Happy Thursday! We’re back with another batch of fabulous GG commentary.

We have about 2/5 of Season Two left to explore, so let’s see what is in store for the Upper East Siders!

But first, allow me to rattle off the usual spiel:

  1. All photos are courtesy of Home of the Nutty unless otherwise noted.
  2. There are spoilers throughout. Read at your own risk.

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Episode 11- The Magnificent Archibalds

“Dad, I love you, but if you can’t do the right thing then I can’t respect you.”

-Nate

Random thoughts

  • Who sticks papers in their purse like Jenny did her emancipation papers? Definitely a TV ploy to make sure a character stumbles upon a critical piece of information.
  • I usually love Serena’s style, but her red and yellow ensemble at Thanksgiving dinner is very much giving Ronald McDonald.
  • Why did Dan cover for Serena? More importantly, how could Aaron not pick up on the fact that her own mother confirmed at least some of her old habits when she insisted she have a glass of wine?
  • I see where Nate gets his deer in headlights look from: The Captain. When Nate called him out on his plan, his reaction was a carbon copy of what Nate looks like when he’s dumbfounded.
  • Eyeliner is a symbol of Jenny’s rebellion in this episode. When she comes home to wave her white flag, she’s fresh faced.

Commentary

Poor Nate. He’s got all this going on with his family, and also has problems with his friends on top of that. Not having a support system when things are bleak is difficult. On that note, I’m not sure who I’m more upset with: Nate’s dad for skipping town, or his mom for hiding away in the Hamptons while Nate slummed it in the city.

This may be a hot take, but I truly believe that Bart meant well in looking after his family, his efforts in doing so were just misguided. When you have money and power, what would you do to ensure the kids were alright?

One way drama continues to unfold on a show like this is that no one ever considers closing the loop on their relationships before jumping into new ones. Sure, Nate hadn’t heard from Jenny in weeks, but she’s had her own issues to deal with. Jumping into something with Vanessa before communicating that to Jenny, especially given how close the two of them are, is irresponsible.

Additionally, Jenny hadn’t heard from Nate either, and Vanessa was selfish to withhold that information knowing how upset she was when she caught Jenny and Nate together. It’ll take rewatching the rest of the series to confirm this, but reading and stealing his letter to her crossed the moral event horizon.

Episode 12- It’s a Wonderful Lie

“Blair Waldorf is my best friend. I can handle much.”

-Serena

Random thoughts

  • Vanessa is almost dumber than Nate. How did either of them think that their love affair wouldn’t get blasted on Gossip Girl? I’m going to have to stop including moments like this in future posts because it’s going to get old fast.
  • These Great Value versions of Chuck and Blair that they paired each other with are painstakingly hysterical, especially the Blair doppelgänger.
  • I don’t buy Vanessa and Nate’s relationship. Their connection never felt real to me.

Commentary

Why did Lexi tell Dan that Serena and Aaron were planning to hook up after the Snowflake Ball? More importantly, why did Aaron tell Serena about Lexi’s, ahem, predilections? What was the benefit of either of them knowing that information?

Who exactly did Nate think Jenny was? She’s been immature and reactive since he met her: from trying to be Blair’s mini-me to blatantly defying her father. What did he expect to happen when she learned about him and Vanessa?

I find it hilarious that the prank Jenny plays on Vanessa is to put her in a see-through dress and shine the spotlight on her at the Snowflake Ball. Nowadays, taking fashion risks is pretty normal — no one would so much as bat an eyelash at an ensemble like that. Of course, high society culture tends to skew much more conservatively, at least as it’s presented here, so a similar prank has the potential to be equally effective and humiliating today.

Episode 13- O Brother, Where Bart Thou?

“I am me. And you’re you. We’re Chuck and Blair. Blair and Chuck. The worst thing you’ve ever done, the darkest thought you’ve ever had… I will stand by you through anything.”

-Blair

Random thoughts

  • I bet Lily felt awfully guilty for deciding to leave Bart on the same night that he got into an accident.
  • When Chuck was being dragged to the funeral by Blair and Nate, he looked very pale and had blood red rimmed eyes. Call me morbid, but he would’ve made a pretty convincing Edward Cullen.
  • CYRUS ROSE!!!! He’s so sincere and tender, and he made me cry when he was consoling Blair. It takes a special person to make Blair feel safe enough to be that vulnerable.

Commentary

This episode took me on an emotional whirlwind. It’s nice to see a show like Gossip Girl take a break from the petty drama and show a gentler side of the cast.

It’s convenient that the writers decide to kill Bart off to make way for Lily and Rufus to get together (this may happen in the books, but I didn’t read them). It would’ve been nice to keep him around a little longer for dramatic effect. On the other hand, Bart’s death was a pivotal moment in Chuck’s character development.

Some may say that Lily is despicable for wanting to take off with Rufus so quickly after Bart’s death, but she’d been fighting with her feelings for Rufus before she and Bart even tied the knot. I’m not saying her actions are right or wrong, but one thing’s for certain: it was always Rufus.

Episode 14- In the Realm of the Basses

“I’m not Little J anymore.”

-Jenny

Random thoughts

  • Penelope, Hazel, and Isabel dress way too tacky to be as terrorizing as they are.
  • I find Blair’s urgency in expecting Serena to drop everything whenever she’s in distress highly toxic.

Commentary

I’ve never been the biggest fan of Rufus, but he really gets under my skin in this episode. He can’t just talk in riddles to Dan about how getting back together with Serena isn’t a good idea and think Dan will simply concede, especially when he never seemed to have a problem with them before. You’re gonna have to come better than that, Mr. Humphrey.

At what point is it necessary to “save yourself” as Blair claims she’s doing when Serena insists she’s abandoning Chuck? Sometimes fighting for someone who is as far gone as Chuck is here can do more harm than good, and I think Blair was right to step away.

As we’ve mentioned previously with Nate and the Duchess, the age of consent in New York is 17, so technically these characters could legally sleep with these adults, like Jack Bass or Penelope’s mom’s junior partner. But are we actually supposed to believe that these kids just started getting loose with older people in the past year?

When the show starts, the main characters are high school juniors. Sure, some of them are probably 17, but I imagine a few of them are still 16. Either way, there are a lot of adults on this show who either need jail time or intensive therapy.

Episode 15- Gone with the Will

“I had enough trouble with the idea of Mom and Rufus dating, but now I share a sibling with my boyfriend? That’s a little more hillbilly than I can handle.”

-Serena

Random thoughts

  • It’s amazing how many sensitive conversations these characters will decide to have IN PUBLIC.
  • I hope Eric grew up to be a therapist, because he’s always so understanding in difficult situations.

Commentary

I’m no expert in wealth management, but I find it insane for someone Chuck’s age to have so much access to such an obscene amount of money, even before Bart passed. I know the $1B is in a trust until he turns 18, but that can’t be far away.

Why does Nelly Yuki even want to be involved with the mean girls so badly? When she’s first introduced in season one, she’s a studious nerd who’s trying to ace the SATs. Now, she’s tagging along behind these girls, and for what? Maybe she knows it’s better to be in their good graces than not to be.

Blair is losing her edge here. Her ability to sniff out crap has been diluted in the midst of Chuck’s grief. How could she not know Jack was up to no good with the “surprise party” he insisted she plan for Chuck?

I get “Andrew’s” adoptive parents didn’t want to risk losing another child, but making Lily and Rufus believe he was dead is pretty extreme. Besides, in my opinion, the decision to meet them should ultimately be left up to the son anyway.


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