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'Gossip Girl' Season 4, Episode 19 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 25th 2011 10:00PM
Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley['Gossip Girl' - 'Petty in Pink']

This is your wake-up call, Upper East Siders -- after last week's snoozefest, tonight's 'Gossip Girl' was a return to the show we all know and love. There was scheming, smooching and suspicion, fabulous fashion and, oh yes, round 56 of the Serena versus Blair war.

Though we stopped short of anyone taking a tumble into a fountain, it's clear that the ceasefire has ceased, and B and S are back to backstabbing, both accusing each other of jealousy and rampant egomania (and both kind of having a point).

But despite her BFFrenemy's best efforts, it seems like Blair has captured the heart of her Parisian Prince Charming -- for now, at least.

It both amuses and infuriates me that Serena and Blair are still having exactly the same argument four years later, especially since, as usual, a little honesty would've stymied any misunderstanding, hurt or jealousy. Sigh.

Lonely Boy, meanwhile, is back to being lonely -- Serena doesn't want him, but she's apparently feeling vindictive enough to decide that she doesn't want Blair to have him either, and though he was clearly feeling the heat from their second kiss, Blair seems content to leave him out in the cold.

It seems like no amount of kissing will turn this frog into a prince for our Queen B., especially not when she has bona fide royalty on her arm, but Dan's so smitten, I can't imagine his crush will go unrequited for long. In the meantime, though, he's got Serena's cousin Charlie as an acceptable substitute for the socialite he's jonesing for, and the pair seem to have a lot in common.

Despite the way Charlie's interest was telegraphed from the moment she laid eyes on Dan, their relationship would make a lot of sense -- they were both raised as commoners who have belatedly been thrown in at the deep end of the UES social scene, trying to get a handle on being privileged without getting tangled in the strings that come attached to that wealth.

When Charlie agreed to help Serena out, she clearly had no concept of what she was getting herself into, being treated to a crash-course in stalking, spotting and video recording over the course of her day trailing Dan; she'd make an excellent protégé for Gossip Girl.

In recent interviews, the producers have gone out of their way to emphasize Charlie's sweetness and pure intentions; on one hand, that makes me suspicious -- because when is anyone exactly as they appear on 'Gossip Girl'? -- but on the other, it would be nice to find a character who's all sugar and spice for the whole of their arc, without finding themselves corrupted by the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite.

I'm intrigued to see if the writers can find a way to keep Charlie likable even if she decides to act on her desire for Dan; just as long as we're spared another good girl gone bad cliché, since Vanessa and Little J have already worn that plot thin.

Speaking of questionable life choices, poor Chuck seems to have hit rock bottom (again) following Blair's dismissal last week -- but he pulled himself together enough to help Raina pursue a lead on her long-lost mother. I must admit, I can't really bring myself to care too much about the Bass/Thorpe murder mystery routine, but Nate is still nice to look at, and he even left the suite this week, so we're making progress.

Mommy van der-Bass-Humphrey wasn't allowed to venture quite so far from her apartment, but at least she had a good excuse; the Pink Party might as well have been a costume soirée, since Lily went LiLo this week, with her very own ankle monitor to complete the ensemble.

Eric, as usual, didn't have much to do, but did get the best line of the night: "The only thing thicker than blood is the ink on Page Six." Truer words have never been spoken on the Upper East Side -- and though Lily was definitely in need of a wake-up call after her previously diabolical behavior, I was still cheering for her when she got her catty contemporaries booted from the apartment, if only because Nate's mom has always been as dull as her son and not nearly as pretty.

Vanessa was still skulking around being redundant and stirring up trouble (in that order), but I'd rather have her brand of scheming than Jenny's any day, since Vanessa doesn't have the tendency to turn up looking like she lost a face-painting contest with The Joker. I'm not sure how many episodes I can put up with her attempting to dish the dirt to every member of the 'GG' gang and being rebuffed, though -- I feel like she's been playing that storyline out for the past two years.

Rufus almost had something to do this week, but we know it was all really Eric and Serena's hard work that got the Pink Party moved. Close, but no cigar, Humphrey.

'Gossip Girl' airs Mondays at 9PM ET on The CW.

Do you want to see Dan and Blair together, or should Lonely Boy find a kindred spirit in Charlie instead? How awesome was Blair's ensemble for the Pink Party? Share your thoughts below!

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Why is Vanessa on this show? She serves no purpose at all. I get that she was Dan's old friend, so it still ties him to his old life, but this show has moved on from that. Sure Dan is a little more upper east side and a little less Brooklyn these days, but at his core and compared to the others he is still the most down to earth person on the show. Vanessa hasn't had a decent storyline in a really long time and isn't really necessary any longer.

April 26 2011 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elle mckey

"but Nate is still nice to look at, and he even left the suite this week, so we're making progress"
hahah i was thinking the same thing, BUT he was still in plaid!!

i must say that i haven't been this annoyed with serena since a couple months ago, and before that probably a week. i liked her and her hair at one point, but it's been so long. is it me or did vanessa being irrelevant do something to her looks? she looked horrid when she showed up at dan's, and boy was i happy when he shut the door in her face. i want to know more about this prince. awesome review as always!!

April 26 2011 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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