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Gossip Girl: Bonfire of the Vanity

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 10th 2008 9:02PM
Gossip Girl
(S02E10) "I wanted a Harry Winston choker for my birthday. Instead, I got a conscience." - Blair

"Bonfire of the Vanity" may not have been the most earth-shattering episode of The CW's Gossip Girl. However, it pushed all current storylines (minus the Nate storyline) a bit forward to prepare for the big twists and turns coming up later this month when November Sweeps wraps up thus sending us in GG hiatus until 2009 arrives.

The highlight of this week's episode was definitely Blair trying to act all grown up. But the icing on the cake was seeing her being out played by toad Cyrus.

As you know, I've never read a Gossip Girl book so I know squat about Cyrus. However, based on this episode alone, I say that the GG Powers That Be did good when casting Wallace Shawn as the man who stole Eleanor's heart. It was funny to see Blair comment on her mother's great taste in men and expecting a Cary Grant-like man to come through the door but ultimately be surprised by a Danny De Vito-like five feet tall hugger of a man who loves throwing his catch phrases around. The facial expression on Blair's face when understanding that the gnome was dating her mother was priceless. That alone was worth the show casting Wallace.

The man looked rather inoffensive throughout the episode and I never expected that he had the brains to out maneuver Blair like that. Yes, he is an attorney and was in the military at one point. But to outwit and outplay Blair requires a crystal ball and a lot of connections. Looks like Cyrus has both resources. Question is, will he be able to outplay Blair in the long run? Only time will tell. For sure, we are in for an entertaining ride as Blair and Cyrus must learn to live under the same roof.

Rufus definitely needs to do something to fix his family. Jenny is still spiraling down and now Dan is willing to push his values away in the hope to get a juicy story. Okay, in the end, Dan did do the right thing by killing the exposé and giving a copy of his short story to Bart but still Dan was ready to hurt Serena's family in order to get published in a big magazine. I don't think we've heard the last of the building set on fire and the death that occurred during the event. After all, Dan's notes are probably still out there, no?

Thanks to Dan giving Bart a copy of the short story he wrote about Chuck, we have seen father and son try to mend their wounds. I suspect it'll be too little too late. Even if they have been living under the same roof, Bart and Chuck have years of being apart to catch up. It was a very touching scene to see Bart open up to Chuck about why he has been distant all these years. Now Chuck needs to swallow his pride and go knock on Dan's door to apologize and thank him for helping Bart get closer.

Other tidbits of interest:

  • "You have an agenda for absolutely everything." - Eleanor to Blair. It's surprising how much Eleanor knows her daughter considering they are not that often together as of late. It seemed to surprise Blair too that Eleanor knew exactly what Blair was plotting to get Cyrus gone.
  • Dorota totally deserves every second of screen time she gets.
  • We learned more about Aaron this week: he likes dating more than one girl at a time and he's Cyrus's son. So what? I'm so bored by his relationship with Serena. Are you?
  • Where are Nate and Vanessa? Okay, Nate is living with his mother (or so he said he was going to do) and Vanessa is probably busy serving coffee but still, they are way more interesting than Aaron.


Gossip Girl' Show & Cast Photos

    Actress Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine Leighton Meester cover party at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

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    Actress Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine Leighton Meester cover party at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

    Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage.com

    Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine/Leighton Meester Event sponsored by Jose Cuervo Platino at Marquee Nightclub on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

    Brian Ach/WireImage.com

    Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine/Leighton Meester Event sponsored by Jose Cuervo Platino at Marquee Nightclub on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

    Brian Ach/WireImage.com

    Leighton Meester attends the Gotham Magazine/Leighton Meester Event sponsored by Jose Cuervo Platino at Marquee Nightclub on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

    Brian Ach/WireImage.com

    Leighton Meester attends a Gotham Magazine celebration at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

    Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic.com

    Leighton Meester attends a Gotham Magazine celebration at Marquee on September 27, 2008 in New York City.

    Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic.com

    Blake Lively on location for "Gossip Girl" on September 22, 2008 in New York City.

    Bobby Bank/WireImage.com

    Cynthia Sparer, Dr. Herbert Pardes, Leighton Meester, Alex Cohen and Pamela W. Barnes attend the Kids for Kids celebrity carnival benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory on September 20, 2008 in New York City.

    Jason Kempin/WireImage.com

    Actress Leighton Meester attends the Kids for Kids celebrity carnival benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory on September 20, 2008 in New York City.

    Jason Kempin/WireImage.com

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Jess

Youth Group is pretty stellar. The music on the show is the best. Have you guys picked up the soundtrack yet? It has some really great bands including my favorite Phantom Planet!

And I agree that Dorota has become an interesting character!

November 12 2008 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

does anybody know where I can get the song What is a life by Youth Group. Ive looked everywhere, its nowhere to be found.. PLease help

November 12 2008 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Glenn

Here you go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OoQ6SHcnZ0

There is a download link in the description field.

November 13 2008 at 7:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Die Queen Shit

Snorena looks like a horse. Stop trying to sell her as the as this hot sex kitten show. Ew. She deserves that rat faced loser Aaron. They need to fall down a sewer and die in their own waste.

November 11 2008 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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SB

I happen to think that Serena is gorgeous, but I agree withyou about Aaron- he is nasty, so ugly. He just looks greasy and dirty. Talk about a downgrade from adorable Dan! What does Serena see in him? He doesnt haveany redeemable qulities or interesting aspects abt him at all, and his art is complete BS- anyone can hang sheet a make a slide show. Who cares?

November 12 2008 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ellie

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/ggmusic

This can be helpful too...

November 11 2008 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RazorD

Anyone know what the song was which was played as Bart was reading Dan's story?

It had the lyrics 'Under that fluorescent light where i made cold calls through the night' - google doesn't even help :(

November 11 2008 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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khamel

i see a bass investment in jenny's clothing line in the future. she needs a sugar daddy, lily liked the guriella fashion show and the bass family owes the archibalds (nate) for saving them the embarrassment.

i'm not sure i can go through thanksgiving and christmas with no gossip girl.

November 11 2008 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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