Between Serena’s purple dress and Chuck kissing a dude, those two elements could have made up the entirety of last night’s Gossip Girl and I would have been thrilled. But there were definitely some plot issues with last night’s episode. I think the problem with much of this season so far is the lack of any kind of tension or stakes. It just feels like a lot of characters are floating around with no real purpose. The best example I’d have to say is Chuck who seems to have zero point now but to cater to every one of Blair’s whims. It’s definitely a problem that can be fixed but I’m hoping it’s sooner rather than later; I sense people are losing their patience.

First of all, this Dan/Olivia romance is severely lacking in any kind of heat. The two seem more like cousins than boyfriend/girlfriend. Olivia does not seem like she would fit in with this crowd. There’s something that seems kinda dumb about her. Also, she wears ill-fitting clothes. If she was a real movie star, lady would hire herself a stylist.

Secondly, when did Vanessa become so academic and propelled by extracurricular activities? Apparently she’s been spending a bunch of time doing other stuff than hanging in the coffee shop which, btw, is all we see her do. And we finally got the chance to meet her mother, who shares her daughter’s passion for patterns and prints. Also, she kinda had the same party-pooper energy as her daughter. Not a parent I need to see visit for a loooong time. I did enjoy Vanessa’s dress at the freshman event though. But speaking of the big parents’ weekend event, the whole microphone stuffed in the purse scheme felt a little Saved by the Bell. I expect more from these teens at this point.

Let’s get to the stuff I did like: Serena’s awesome purple dress. She should wear that everyday. And I kinda enjoyed the poker scenes with Serena and Nate. The twist with the photo of Tripp caught me by surprise, too. My biggest problem with this story line was the whole Carter going to work on oil rig. Um no. Two words that should never be mentioned on Gossip Girl? Oil and rig…unless one of the characters is like, “Why is Jenny dressed like she’s working on an oil rig?” And even that seems like a long shot. It all just seemed so crazy and unintentionally hilarious. Still, the story line kept me entertained. One big question: Are we ever gonna see Nate on campus at Columbia?

And then there was Chuck’s man kiss. Loooooved that whole sequence. Where the hell is Chuck Bass when I saunter up to the bar by myself? Damn. He was so hot in that scene. Loved when Josh asked if he could help him and Chuck responded, “Oh definitely.” Although, Josh needs to learn some better pick-up lines than “Where do you get your hair cut?” Way to kill the mood, NYU guy. But Chuck had the best line of the night when he asked Blair, “-“Did you really think I never kissed a guy before?” Genius. Let’s have some flashbacks ASAP! The fall-out from Blair’s scam at least adds some interest to the Blair/Chuck relationship which is definitely hitting a lull. Next week looks even more juicy as Chuck disinvites Blair from his Halloween party.

Not an outstanding Gossip Girl outing but some solid moments. Bottom line, Chuck should kiss more dudes.

What did you think of last night’s episode, PopWatchers? Are you bored with Dan and Olivia? What did you think of Chuck’s big man smooch?

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