Lily's latest trouble with Serena takes the elder Van der Woodsen back to her troublesome days with her own mother

By Tim Stack
Updated May 12, 2009 at 04:00 PM EDT
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”Is this the moment where you fall in love with me?” Um yes. And by yes I mean I totally fell in love with Brittany Snow on last night’s Gossip Girl. How great was she? Few ladies can pull of a pleather jacket, polka dot dress, and lace tights but she rocked it. Side note: Owen is totally Emile Hirsch crossed with Luke Grimes from Brothers & Sisters.

Finally, we laid witness to the much-hyped, much-discussed flashback episode of Gossip Girl, that serves as a potential pilot for a spin-off series. That was an exhausting sentence. Luckily, the actual episode was much more pleasurable.

First off, I loved the grainy, sepia-toned coloring for the flashback scenes. It was a nice touch and much preferred to zooming in on Lily’s eyes. And I sort of want the soundtrack to this episode. It was like a mixtape for all of my fave songs. The one thing that did bother me was that while the music was fab the whole thing went a little overboard in the ’80s references. Like did Owen really have to be playing with a Rubik’s cube in the backseat of Carol’s car? Although I will give them props for having CeCe working out to Jane Fonda’s exercise video. True confession: I used to do that same routine with my mom. And yet she still had no idea I was gay.

I think if this ends up being an actual series, they need to dial down the ’80s references a tad.

Also, I love that Andrew McCarthy is having this random resurgence on shows that I love. First it was Lipstick Jungle — R.I.P. Now, it’s Gossip Girl. It’s like Andrew McCarthy is starring in my subconscious. BTW, that’s a great name for a band: ”Please welcome, Andrew McCarthy is Starring in My Subconscious!” Whoever steals that, just please credit me someday.

So we basically got a chance to see that Lily has pretty much always despised her mother and that CeCe was a pretty hein beyotch when Lily was younger. Although, the casting department deserves props for Cynthia Watros as the young CeCe; she looks just like Caroline Lagerfelt, the actress who plays older CeCe.

The story really picked up though when Lily ran away to find her sister, Carol. True confession #2: I was actually on set the day they filmed that No Doubt performance scene which was totally amazing. But it was great to see the entire scene all cut together.

We also got to meet Keith van der Woodsen who may or may not be Serena’s father/uncle/something. Who knows? I’ve never been able to get any answers out of the producers. That party scene was a lot of fun, though. Very Less Than Zero. And I loooved the Rhodes girls’ indignant reactions when that mean party chick told them to go back to the Valley.

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Ultimately, the best scene of the flashback portion was also the best scene of the modern-day section: the final moments between Lily and Carol and Serena and Blair. They had genuine emotion to them and really felt like the different pairs were friends. And when Serena told Blair, ”You’re my sister” I got a little misty. Then again I have allergies so that could have just been some wayward pollen.

Okay, now to the present-day portion of the episode. The big drama there was the whole mother-daughter situation going on with CeCe, Lily, and Serena. First of all, Serena, you’re staying in jail to prove a point? Really? Can’t you just act out like usual or maybe help some dude O.D. like you have in the past? I do not buy her staying in the pokey. But I also don’t really think Lily would have her daughter arrested. That seemed like a stretch. But I get what the producers were trying to do. I have to give a shout out to CeCe’s ”walking outfit,” which was all-pink and included a brooch. I love that she put on a brooch to go walking. Why not? I just don’t remember Lily hating her mother as much as she did in this ep. I mean, I know that CeCe told Rufus a big secret but still. And when CeCe mentioned that ”boy from the Valley” that Lily loved, do we think she meant Owen? Or someone we haven’t met yet? Very interesting.

The other major story line was Blair going to prom. Vitamin Water product placement alert! Did anyone else notice Dorota handing her a ginormous bottle of Vitamin Water? Flashback to the White Party earlier in the season. Anyways, Blair’s dress was BEEEE-YOND. So beautiful. But are we supposed to believe that Jenny manufactured Serena’s dress in like an hour? I was confused.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the mean girls get Blair to vote for Prom Queen by mentioning that a tiara was involved. It’s okay, Blair: I like sparkly things too. One thing, though: Didn’t their prom seem like a big ole drag? Mine was at the Radisson in Kalamazoo, Michigan and seemed a helluva lot more fun.

Can Serena and Dan please start dating other people? They’re really becoming sad. Although, their mutual lack of rhythm as evidenced by their spin on the dance floor sort of makes me think they belong together. No one should have to deal with that. And who the hell was Chuck’s date?

Speaking of Chuck, the whole setting-up-Blair-to-win-thing was cute but almost a little too cute for Chuck. He can’t get too mushy or I’m gonna stop liking him. And that hotel room key he gave to Serena for Blair looked like something from medieval times. What hotel uses keys like that?

And how sad was Jenny and Vanessa’s prom night once Dan totally bailed on them? Although, one thing’s for sure whenever Vanessa’s attendance: I’ll bet there was a whole buffet of coffee drinks! Final thought: Why have we never seen or heard of Lily’s sister, Carol, before? Is CeCe keeping her locked in the basement or something? Theories?

What did you think of last night’s Gossip Girl? Did you enjoy the flashbacks? What’s going to happen in the finale?

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