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Gossip Girl recap: Dramatic License

Blair embodies her school-play role as a downtrodden woman in a way she never imagined, while Dan’s days as teacher’s pet are numbered

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Gossip Girl

TV Show
run date:
Josh Schwartz
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick
Current Status:
Off Air

‘Gossip Girl’ recap: Oh, the drama

Crying. Drinking alone. Staring at a darkened television screen. These are just a few of things I’ve been doing on Mondays since Gossip Girl’s last new episode in February. It clearly hasn’t been easy. I’m sure there those of you out there who also had a difficult GG hiatus. Feel free to share tales of your own personal struggles during the GG-free 8-9 p.m. hour. Now that our show has returned, can I just say, Thank Gucci! Although, I’m not sure this was one of the best outings. It felt a little like the TV equivalent of the Barneys Warehouse sale: There were some choice pieces but a lot of it was fugly and didn’t fit.

Let’s start with what I did like and that was the school production of The Age of Innocence. First of all, their costume budget had to rival that of Australia. Hello, couture! Blair could wear that black ballgown in every single episode and I would be happy. Same for Serena and her feathery ensemble. Normally, I have an almost allergic reaction to feather-adorned outfits (see Paula Abdul’s crazy look on last Tuesday’s American Idol) but I’m totally on board with Serena’s costume. Also, Josh Schwartz had told me that Nelly Yuki in a fat suit was not to be missed and the wise Mr. Schwartz was right again. Watching the crew roll her onstage while relaxing on the chaise lounge was pretty damn hysterical. The lesson learned in all of this? More fat suits on Gossip Girl.

Much of the antics offstage mirrored what was happening onstage, particularly Blair Waldorf’s breakdown. I do like seeing her taken down a notch. It’s always most fun to see Blair claw her way back up. Plus, she’s done so many bad things that it’s inevitable that there would be some backlash. I still think she’ll find a way to get into Yale, don’t you TV Watchers? Blair and Dan’s scene together on stage in the carriage was sorta great. I love that she was basically attacking him when they were supposed to be kissing. Speaking of Miz Blair, I’m feeling like we’re in serious jeopardy of having TOO much Dorota. The best part about her was that she would just appear for a quick scene, utter something hilarious, and then be gone. She’s getting more screen time now than Jenny! I did love though when Dorota and Penelope both sized each other up in their maid costumes.

Vanessa finally didn’t dress like a crazy person! In fact, she was fairly elegant. Looooved that dress she wore to opening night of the play and her neon yellow clutch. Plus, she was actually cool and helpful with Serena and her crush on that big ole gay theater director. But her whole story line with Nate was disappointing. Nate walking in on her coaching Serena through the date and thinking that she was actually flirting with the director was tired. Plus, they broke up but then got back together in the course of like five minutes. Just break up! And Vanessa, please stop filming things like that creepy guy in American Beauty. It is not sexy.

NEXT: Roxanne, Roxanne