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'Gossip Girl' - 'It's A Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World' Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted May 4th 2010 10:02AM
Gossip Girl - 0320 - The CW(S03E20) "You wanted to see a Blair Waldorf take-down? Well cross me again, and you'll experience one firsthand." - Blair

Greetings, 'Gossip' junkies; it's been a busy week for our scandalous socialites on the Upper East Side, so there's plenty of dirt to discuss.

Is it just me, or did the fallout from last week's Serena/Jenny showdown seem less nuclear Armageddon and more Cold War anticlimax? Temperatures were definitely icy in the van der-Humphrey household, but the only missiles launched were verbal barbs, and that's no fun -- our blondes were too busy being passive aggressive to get down to the real cat fighting, and now it seems that Jenny's set her sights on the other man in Serena's life instead, albeit for a very different reason.

Speaking of Dr. Daddy, kudos to William Baldwin for injecting just enough charisma into his character to ensure he's not 100 percent slime, though it's a fine line he's walking. He's definitely no McDreamy, maybe we ought to call him McSchemey instead? Oh sure, on paper he looks perfect; doctor without borders, speech-maker extraordinaire, heck, he's even playing matchmaker for his grumpy gay son -- what more could you want in a long-lost father figure?

We still haven't gotten to the bottom of whatever scam he's trying to pull on Lily (and let's face it, if he's trying to win back her heart, there are probably more romantic ways for him to do it than Punking her with cancer) but we can all rest safe now that our new dynamic duo, Bass and Vampira, are on the case.

Lucky for Lily, all that drug-dealing Jenny did with her bad-boy ex-boyfriend has a practical application! ('Gossip Girl': "giving teenagers healthy and sane role models since 2007!") She can tell that William's trying to bamboozle Lily with a sketchy prescription. Too bad for Jenny and Chuck, Lily's current choice of husband isn't looking too squeaky clean right now either; have Rufus and hottie neighbor Holland been canoodling behind closed doors?

Serena sure seems to think so, but we already know that she could make jumping to conclusions an Olympic sport. She's too busy trying to glue her broken family back together, and if it gets Jenny and her anemia-chic makeup out of Serena's bedroom in the process, even better. Just how many times have the Humphreys gone "home to Brooklyn" this season anyway? It seems like they never left.

Nate is back to being an accessory at this point, but what else is new? As long as he stands around looking pretty, I'm not complaining.

He is able to dispense some much needed wisdom to Blair, however. We all knew that NYU and its Vanessa-esque arty types were never going to mix well with Queen B's particular color palette, and it seems Columbia is calling to her. She even has two ready-made acolytes already proficient in the art of the Gossip Girl Blast to play sidekick.

It's clear that the audience (and eventually the writers) long ago recognized that NYU was a non-starter, but it seemed a little convenient that Chuck just happened to secretly submit an application for her in that dastardly Bass way he has, many moons before Columbia ever crossed Blair's mind. Still, even though Blair was returning to her reputation-ruining roots when it came to destroying Jenny, it was nice to see her stick to her guns and refuse to engage with Chuck's attempts to bait her at the Empire. She really is growing up.

But wait, what's that I spy in the bowels of Brooklyn? Do my eyes deceive me, or could it truly be Dan Humphrey making a noble gesture? After acting like his usual insecure, whiny self at the news that Vanessa had scored a life-changing internship with CNN, I was prepared to write Lonely Boy off for the hundredth time -- but an eleventh hour save renewed my faith and may have repaired some of the damage caused by last week's secret-keeping.

I still would've liked to see Vanessa actively choose to take the life-changing internship, rather than waiting for her bitchy boyfriend's blessing, but I take the small victories where I can get them on the Upper East Side. So we're safe from the bloodsucking mismatch of Nate and Jenny, but apparently Vanessa and Dan are set to stagger clumsily onward for a little while longer, destroying all narrative interest in their path. Oh well, only two episodes to go.

Next week, get set for danger, danger Will van der Woodsen! Chuck and Jenny will get their detective on, but it looks like it's Serena who gets to don the snazzy trenchcoat/fedora combo. Until then, my loose-lipped lovelies.

XOXO

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Malfoy Roark

Laura P. You continue to rock. The quote you chose was also my favorite of the night.

May 04 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Laura Prudom

Thank you kindly!

Who can resist Blair when she's plotting? She just makes malevolence look as cute as a button.

May 04 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lauren

i read your recap with kristen bell's voice in my head and it was spot on, love it!
nate needs a story though i agree that i'd be happy with him just standing there.

May 04 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Laura Prudom

Glad you enjoyed it!

The writers never seem to know what to do with poor Nathaniel, not that the books ever had him curing cancer either -- although that could come in handy right now!

May 04 2010 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

"punking her with cancer" hilarious

can't wait to see what comes of Serena getting all Dick Tracy next week.

May 04 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Laura Prudom

She can pull off a trench like nobody's business! I need to rewatch the preview, but it seemed as though they were at an airport too. Very Casablanca.

May 04 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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