Hottest. Episode. Yet. Literally. It’s only appropriate that an episode featuring a citywide heat wave would showcase the most incendiary kind of chemistry — and lots of fake perspiration. I can just see production assistants running around with water bottles, misting the cast. “We need more moisture! Penn’s chest needs to glisten!”
Poor Jenny was being worked to the bone by Laurel. I guess none of that White Party bonding has helped their relationship. Speaking of the White (Product Placement) Party, did anyone else notice that Vanessa’s coffee shop has a big ol’ Vitamin Water refrigerator? One of my favorite small moments happened in the beginning when she was carrying all those fabric samples and dropped her phone, but no one would help her — very New York. We don’t have time for things like helping people. Besides, it’s probably just a ruse to get us to buy a mix tape or enroll in a stress test. Then, poor little J. had to clean the atelier for Eleanor’s arrival, including the bathrooms. Can’t Eleanor afford a cleaning lady? Loosen the purse strings, Waldorf.
Nate and Catherine continued to put a classy face on male prostitution with trips to Ralph Lauren, and they seemed to be quite the patrons of the Mercer Hotel. You’d think they’d want to go somewhere a little more discreet than a hotel in a major tourist location (SoHo) that is so heavily favored by celebrities. Also, we learned that sex is the best way to get Nate to reveal secrets, since he completely gave away his father’s hideout location (Dominica) to Catherine. But Nate is never cuter than when he’s with Vanessa. Those two have such a nice chemistry.
Dan and Serena continued to hide their relationship from family and friends, with Dan telling his family that he’s meeting up with his friend “Clyde.” The influence of the Gossip Girl blog was more apparent than ever in this episode: The couple’s relationship was outed on the site and some sassy GG readers verbally assaulted them in the park. That was one of the funniest scenes this series has ever produced (“His mouth kissed Georgina’s. Think about that the next time he…”). I love that the pro-Serena girl looked just like her while the haters resembled Blair.
Chuck was having his own troubles, namely with, well, let’s just call him Lil’ Chuckie. Despite around-the-clock visits from anonymous ladies, Chuck (and Lil’ Chuckie) still couldn’t seal the deal, which was most likely due to his lingering love for Blair. Serena had one of the better lines of the night when she said, “You are not using Blair as sexual Drano.”
Not surprisingly, Blair threw yet another soiree. I’m not really clear on the theme of this one, or if it was timed to something (maybe it was a Last Tuesday Before School Starts Fiesta?). This is fast becoming standard Josh Schwartz-Stephanie Savage material: Pretty much every episode of The O.C. revolved around some kind of ball or cotillion. This party, though, was the setting of what I am on record as saying is the most erotic scene in Gossip Girl history. I’m referring to Chuck and Blair’s first interaction at her party. The way he brushed her neck. And kissed her cheek. And when he pleaded with her, “Have sex with me.” I don’t know about you all, but Tim here needed a fan. Or a cold shower. Those two just keep getting better in terms of their chemistry and relationship. You almost don’t want them to become a couple because they’re so good at sparring.
NEXT: Cougar attack