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Gossip Girl recap: That Warm Holiday Feeling

Blair finds new joy in her favorite holiday, while Nate’s father finally shows his family their true value

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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

I wish I could be thankful, TV Watchers, but Jenny still had that horribly harsh hairdo. I don’t think I can swallow any turkey until some changes are made in that department. And, of course, the newly independent girl was causing all sorts of drama. Apparently she’d been living at the Bass apartment for the past week while Lily and Bart were out of town — yet again (are these two on some kind of press tour?). How did Serena and Chuck not notice her? Although, in Chuck’s case, I guess not telling Dan would sort of be like revenge. I love that Lily intervened and arranged a time for Rufus and Jenny to speak. Jenny is really getting some mileage out of that leather motorcycle jacket. Also, where was this girl getting products for her hair? And where was she keeping them? In her sad little sewing machine case? On the plus side, she rocked an adorable mohair, black and white cardigan in her first scene. And I loved, loved, loved that red flannel dress she wore to Thanksgiving. All that said, she was still a beast.

What I can be thankful for is all the Dorota in this episode of Gossip Girl! It was like a big bountiful feast of my favorite domestic servant. Blair was so mean to her (“Who do you work for?!”) and I ate up every bit of it. How genius was it that Dorota’s ring tone for Eleanor was “I’m a Slave 4 U”? Perfection! I just love the idea of Blair and Dorota roaming the Upper East Side together like gypsies. How cute, especially since Dorota was wearing her little maid’s cap! I think if I were in Blair’s position and my mother was marrying a wee man she had only known for like a week, I’d be pretty angry too. It’s a little impetuous. Still, Blair and Cyrus are such a fantastic match. I really hope Wallace Shawn stays around for a long time. It’s nice that Jenny and Blair sort of made up, too. And it even appeared that Jenny and Eleanor managed to patch things up. Blair’s father (John Shea) even turned up at the very end of the episode but sans boyfriend. Did I miss something? Did they break-up?

So Nate’s father has an oceanside house in Dominica? Hello, fancy pants! Most fugitives are hiding out in motels, and this dude is hittin’ the beach with a piña colada. Of course Nate ran into Vanessa at the art gallery because she had “paper work,” i.e., she was jonesin’ to ground some beans. I’m still a little shocked that her winter coat was only one color. I would have thought it’d at least be like a crazy animal print or something with unicorns printed all over it. I’m still a little perplexed by the Captain’s whole extortion plan. He was really going to ransom his family? That feels a little crazy. Also, I have spent many hours ogling Nate’s biceps, so I know how strong that fella is; he could totes take the Captain if push came to shove. Alas, the Captain decided to turn himself in. No more sunset walks on the Dominican beach I guess.

NEXT: Aaron’s possibly flammable greasy hair