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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Gossip Girl- The Undergraduates review

Confession: We are diehard Chuck and Blair fans, but we did not hate Eva for most of this episode. She is sweet, she’s getting less busted looking, and we feel bad for her in her Cinderella plight. She does fish-out-of-water much better than Dan ever did. Too bad we know “Lonely Girl” has no chance of ever sticking around long enough for us to grow attached to her French arse. We love that Blair is a b*tch again, but we cringed when she told Eva that she needed gloves to hide her “peasant’s hands,” making the friendly Eva look fragile and lost.

In the beginning of the episode, Blair stated that her jealousy issues were over, but we did not believe her. We WISHED we could believe her, because that plot point is so seasons one and two. Scheming Juliet looked way better in this episode, and Serena’s fashion choices are improving. We love her style, but this season has brought some questionable designs so far. We were really feeling her dress that she wore to the episodes obligatory party.

On Serena and Blair trying to get into “Hamilton House”: Why do these girls even want to get into this house? It looks like a festering pot of backstabbing, snootery, and eating disorders. But it must be like girls who join sororities. No judgment. This blogger was in one, and she made a mistake. Instead of going to the nice sorority house, where she felt like she belonged and loved the girls, she went to a “cooler” house. She did not like it, didn’t meet lifelong friends, and basically hung around for the food. Don’t make this mistake, girls. Friendship trumps status. And this is finally a lesson Blair seems to have learned.

Serena handles everything gracefully, as usual.

We feel bad for poor Dan, who got attached to Milo. Georgina came to take Milo away, and there was nothing Dan could do to stop her, because he was not, in fact, the father. He did not react like a normal man:

Dan and Vanessa moved in together. They are as boring as ever. Chuck and Eva moved in together. Blair and Serena moved in together. Huh? Someone tell these girls that this is usually a mistake, especially if your friend runs a lot of drama. Ladies, don’t live with your existing (best) friends. It could ruin your relationships. Get random roommates and get to know people who are different from your usual crew. This blogger ranks that decision in her top five best of all time. (The other blogger has lived with friends who aren't her best friends, and that has worked out for her so far).

We like the new comforting, committed Chuck. We like that he is a “new man.” But who is going to be the show’s bad boy if he sticks with this? We don’t think we want him to relapse, because he’s put the viewers’ sympathies through so much already, especially last season. Nate and Dan need to step up and take this over. That could save the Dan character. We felt bad for Chuck when Eric told Rufus about Chuck’s mistake in the Gossip Girl pilot. We also felt bad for him when he had to tell Eva about his past, but we are proud that he came clean. We are a little annoyed at Eva for running back to him so soon after he dissed her to Rufus. What a dumb dumb.

Finally, we loved the twist that fooled the audience too: Blair and Serena pretending to fight to expose Juliet as a schemer. Jealous Blair, please be gone forever. The ending twist? Meh. It gave us no real information, and we already knew Juliet was up to something.

Episode grade: B+


  1. Poor little Eva. The Upper East Siders are going to eat her alive. She's probably the sweetest French person of all time, too.

    The Blair-Serena moving in situation is going to be awesome. The wonderful thing about frenemies is the memory loss about old drama until it is needed as fodder for new drama. Hilarious and inevitable.

    Couldn't care less about Dan and Vanessa.

    I've maintained from season 1 that Nate has less personality than a stapler, and this episode only reconfirms that theory.

    Are we supposed to know who the dude in prison was? He looks vaguely familiar. I only have the attention span of about 5-6 revolving pretty people on this show to keep them straight.

  2. We don't THINK we've ever seen prison dude, but he looks pretty generic,so we could be wrong.

    Nate? Nate was in this episode?

    Ha. Just kidding. We actually liked his whiny kiss off to Serena. Nate is a nice guy with no personality. Why can't the nice guys on TV be funny at least?