News Roundup: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and More

31 03 2010
  • My 90210 reaction post will be delayed due to a screw up with my DVR. My apologies.
  • Last night’s 90210 (1.5 million viewers rounded up) dropped a tiny bit in the ratings compared to last week, hitting a new season- and series-low. If you recall, last week also rounded to 1.5, but the unrounded number this time is even lower (1.480 versus 1.508).
  • EW.com has an interview with Shannen Doherty (Brenda, Beverly Hills 90210) about Dancing With The Stars.
  • Doherty apparently declined to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, which all other eliminated contestants have done in the past, but she did appear on Good Morning America this morning.
  • My colleagues at Gossip Cop had the task of busting another false Doherty rumor.
  • Tiffani Amber Thiessen (Valerie, Beverly Hills 90210) had a baby shower hosted by Naomi Lowde, wife of Jason Priestley (Brandon, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • Thiessen is on the cover of the May issue of Pregnancy magazine.
  • CelebrityBabyScoop.com has an interview with Jennie Garth (Kelly, Beverly Hills 90210).
  • PEOPLE.com has a photo of Jessica Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) in the Op campaign. There’s more on the Op site, including ones featuring Trevor Donovan (Teddy, 90210).
  • One Tree Hill is one of the top 5 shows getting the most votes so far in Kristin’s Save One Show campaign.
  • Twenty-seven percent of “media buyers” surveyed believe One Tree Hill is the veteran show most at-risk for cancellation.
  • Everly, featuring Bethany Joy Galeotti (Haley, One Tree Hill), and Enation, who have been seen and heard on One Tree Hill (and includes Galeotti’s hubby Michael!), have booked a joint concert date for late August in South Dakota. Let’s hope more are coming!
  • SoapNet has an O.C. I.Q. quiz. Unlike the One Tree Hill one, I only got a 7o percent this time! I was told: “You know your OC well enough to hang with the gang at Newport Union, but if you want to crack Harbor High’s inner circle, you might need to brush up.” Ouch.
  • JustJared has–dare I say it–a pretty good interview with Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan, The O.C.).
  • PEOPLE.com has details on the divorce settlement between James Van Der Beek (Dawson, Dawson’s Creek) and his soon-to-be ex-wife.




Reaction: Gossip Girl 3.16

31 03 2010

Last Week’s Live-Blog

EPISODE 3.16: The Empire Strikes Jack

  • Previously on: Rufus doesn’t want Jenny spending time with Damian, Jenny announces that she and Damian broke up, Eleanor warns Jenny that if she touches a dress she won’t be allowed back and she touches the dress, Agnes tells Jenny to do her own clothing line, Agnes models, Agnes and Jenny fight, Agnes sets Jenny’s dresses on fire, Dan and Vanessa agree to tell people they are happily together, Elizabeth wants to be as much a part of Chuck’s life as he’ll allow, Chuck asks her to take over operations of the hotel, Jack is pleased they have themselves a hotel
  • The title is a play on the film The Empire Strikes Back.
  • We’re inside Eleanor’s workspace, as people are making and trying on new clothes.
  • Her new line is supposedly “to die for.”
  • Rufus and Jenny are walking somewhere.
  • Jenny asks why they aren’t having brunch at home, since it would be their first since they moved back to Lily’s.
  • Rufus says he doesn’t want her to sulk anymore.
  • She points out that he grounded her.
  • He says he can’t unground her until she proves worthy…so they’re going to Eleanor’s.
  • Eleanor is having a pop-up fashion show for her new line and Rufus asked if Jenny can help out.
  • Jenny reminds him that things didn’t end well last time.
  • Rufus says she should give it another shot since she loves fashion so much.
  • Sweet of him. Jenny, you don’t deserve this.
  • We know it won’t end well, anyway.
  • Why the insist on showing models wearing nothing but underwear is beyond me.
  • Q1: There’s something about waking up on the day of a fashion show.–Blair
  • She is very happy as she strolls into Chuck’s kitchen.
  • She asks him to go uptown with her.
  • He says he’s having brunch with Elizabeth.
  • Blair says she’s happy things are going well between them.
  • Chuck says they both earned each other’s trust and she’s a “natural” at running the “mighty Empire.”
  • Blair wishes him a perfect day as security walks in. She leaves.
  • They tell Chuck to “vacate the premises immediately.”
  • He’s confused–he put his mom in charge but he’s not actually leaving.
  • They say “these orders came from her.”
  • He’s trying to hide his surprise.
  • Q2: My, look who’s risen from the dead.–Eleanor to Jenny
  • Jenny thanks her for the opportunity and says she’s learned a lot in the time has passed.
  • Eleanor says she’s a “firm believer” in second chances.
  • She even rehired Jenny’s “friend.”
  • Cue Agnes walking over. For those don’t remember, she’s played by Willa Holland, aka, The O.C.’s (second) Kaitlin Cooper.
  • Agnes says she’s 90 days sober. Wonder if that’s true.
  • Eleanor instructs Jenny to get Agnes fitted.
  • Q3: I like to see my elves busy.–Eleanor
  • Dan and Vanessa are in an elevator. They are going to tell Rufus and co. about their relationship.
  • They agree that they’re ready and say it’s no big deal.
  • Rufus greets them by calling them “lovebirds.”
  • Serena comes over with an overly-enthusiastic, “Hey, you two” and then Nate comes up.
  • Dan concludes that Nate told them.
  • So Serena is okay with this, too. No memories from the past dredged up. Sorry folks, history needs to be acknowledged, IMO.
  • Everyone is cool and they go to start breakfast.
  • Some dude named Conwell, of Conwell department stars–“the biggest retailer in the entire country,” in GG world–is coming to the fashion show, Eleanor tells Blair.
  • Blair is disappointed that she’s not interested in high-end stores.
  • Eleanor explains that these are hard economic times and Conwell can put her clothing in 5,000 stores.
  • Q4: Where Bristol Palin shops?!–Blair
  • Eleanor realizes that having her UES socialites come to the event may give Conwell the wrong impression.
  • Instead she wants “wholesome American girls.”
  • This could’ve been a smart OTH-esque tie-in with real fans.
  • Instead, she tells Blair to bring her NYU friends.
  • The problem: Blair doesn’t have any.
  • She and Dorota try to cover, saying it’s last-minute and Blair keeps them busy.
  • Q5: Baby beat Dorota’s stomach like Lars from Metallica.–Dorota
  • Eleanor asks for 10-30 girls and she emphasizes how important it is.
  • Blair looks incredibly worried.
  • But, c’mon. Blair has pulled off so much more than this. This should be a piece of cake.
  • Blair realizes she knows one person at NYU that can help. Vanessa?
  • Elizabeth hurriedly walks into Chuck’s hotel room. He asks what’s going on.
  • Jack appears and says he’s can explain.
  • Chuck wants to know what “this leech” is doing in his hotel.
  • Q6: This is Elizabeth’s hotel. You’re just a guest that’s no longer welcome here.–Jack
  • Elizabeth softly apologizes and tells Chuck he needs to leave.
  • He’s dumbfounded.
  • Q7: What the hell is going on here?–Chuck
  • That’s what I’d like to know.
  • Q8: Isn’t it obvious? You’ve been played, Chuckie, from the very beginning. Now, it’s check-out time. We need to get your room ready for, well, me.–Jack
  • Wow, I didn’t think Chuck would find out this early. Interesting.
  • Q9: We hear Chuck’s hotel is hanging on by a thread–and Jack’s pulling all the things.–Gossip Girl
  • There’s gotta be another twist, right?
  • Serena asks Vanessa how her relationship is going.
  • V gushes that it’s easy to be with someone you’ve known your whole life, like S and Nate.
  • A smile-y Serena agrees.
  • This is SO weird to me!
  • When have we ever seen these two get along like this? (Even season 1’s Guitar Hero match was tinged with genuine competitiveness.)
  • Serena says that you have to try new things, though, to avoid a rut.
  • Vanessa agrees.
  • Nate and Dan come over.
  • Nate suggests D and V join them at their fashion show.
  • Dan says they have plans to stay in, as per their ritual.
  • Vanessa looks uneasy, maybe even embarrassed.
  • Jenny is trying to fit an uninterested Agnes, who is too busy texting.
  • Jenny apologizes for what went down last year.
  • Agnes gives her a little dig and Jenny genuinely apologizes again.
  • Agnes softens.
  • Q10: I missed you, bitch!–Agnes
  • They hug. I gag.
  • Damian texts Jenny, saying he needs his “stuff.”
  • Agnes asks what’s up, and Jenny explains she was dating a guy who turned out to be a dealer.
  • Q11: The Sid to your Nancy, that’s awesome!–Agnes
  • Jenny explains he “bailed” when she wouldn’t “whatever.”
  • And now he wants his drugs back.
  • Where are the drugs?
  • Agnes says she can’t let him manipulate her.
  • Why do I have the feeling that Agnes knows Damian? And could be plotting against J? Or is that too Jack and Elizabeth?
  • Agnes snaps Jenny’s phone, calls Damian, and suggests doing a swap at Eleanor’s show.
  • Jenny starts to freak out and Agnes explains it will be a set-up.
  • Damian will show up and Jenny will wave the drugs in front of him but instead of giving it over, she’ll flush it down the toilet and “win back [her] pride.”
  • Jenny thinks it’s “brilliant.” Oh, boy.
  • Serena apologizes to Vanessa for potentially making her feel insecure.
  • Vanessa says she didn’t but she doesn’t want to always do the same thing.
  • Nate overhears and suggests “role play.”
  • Serena suggests doing a “date night inspired by one of his favorite films.”
  • Vanessa thinks it’s a good idea.
  • Nate gets a text, says “Oh my god. We have to find Chuck.”
  • Eleanor tells Jenny how talented she is.
  • She whipped something up in a few hours?
  • Eleanor says after the show is over, they can talk about giving her a “more permanent position with Waldorf designs.”
  • She’s still in high school, mind you.
  • Jenny is humbled. Nice to see.
  • Some random girl–a model?–delivers Jenny the drugs in a purse.
  • So J sent a random girl to her room at Lily’s under the guise of getting a clutch? And it worked?
  • Except Jenny tells Agnes she doesn’t want to go through with it.
  • Q12: This is the first time in weeks I’ve been able to not think about Damian and even longer than that that I’ve been happy.–Jenny
  • So true about the happiness, J. But weren’t you thinking about him earlier when he texted you? And I take it that wasn’t his first text.
  • She says she forgot how much she loves the fashion world and doesn’t want to mess anything up.
  • She’s going to text Damian and tell him to forget it. I’m sure that’ll go over well.
  • Agnes says she understands and was just trying to help, though she is clearly bummed out.
  • Nate, Serena and Blair rush to Chuck in some restaurant, wanting to know what’s going on.
  • Q13: We’ve all been players in a Jack bass plot. The reappearance of my mother. The lawsuit. It’s all been part of an elaborate rouse to get me to sign over my hotel to Elizabeth. You have to admire his handiwork.–Chuck
  • Serena suggests talking to his lawyer BUT his lawyer was in on it! (There were some clues last week.)
  • Chuck says it would take months, anyway, to win back the hotel through a lawsuit.
  • C says he has to talk to Elizabeth alone and convince her to sign the hotel back over to him.
  • Nate asks why he thinks that will work.
  • Chuck explains that this isn’t Elizabeth’s idea. Jack must have “something on her” and he needs to figure out what it is.
  • He leaves.
  • Q14: All this time we thought Chuck got his dark side from his father and it’s his mother who’s evil.–Nate
  • Serena points out that she might not even be his mother. They don’t know if the story she told is true.
  • Blair says they did a DNA test through the NYPD.
  • Nate says Jack could’ve stepped in and have it faked.
  • In the few hours that it took for the test to be done?
  • Unless Jack preemptively took care of it. Always gotta be one step ahead.
  • Q15: Whatever the truth is, Chuck isn’t ready to hear it.–Blair
  • Blair says she has to get ready for a fashion show since she has 30 friends coming. She leaves.
  • Nate asks Serena, “what friends?” LOL
  • Dorota is at NYU. She stops Brandeis, the co-ed call girl (hehe, that’s the name of a Tori Spelling TV movie), from the election night episode earlier this season.
  • Dorota asks her what her hourly rate is and if she has 30 friends.
  • Jenny has to bring dresses downstairs. Agnes says she’ll watch J’s stuff.
  • Q16: Careful, J. The show’s about to start and it looks like Eleanor’s line is going to bring a whole new meaning to high fashion.–Gossip Girl
  • Agnes goes into Jenny’s purse and takes the drugs.
  • Q17: Like taking candy from a baby.–Agnes
  • She had that model girl purposefully ask Jenny to help her so Agnes could be alone with the bag.
  • Now we’re at the fashion show. Brandeis and her girls are there. As are Blair and Serena.
  • S tells Blair she wants to do more to help Chuck.
  • Blair insists that they have to do nothing.
  • Q18: You don’t think it’s killing me?–Blair
  • I hope she means to see him in pain rather than to fight the urge to take control and scheme.
  • Q19: “Brandeis, how’s Congressman Wade?” “He’s polling very nice these days.”–Serena and Brandeis
  • Yay, euphemisms!
  • Blair points out who Conwell is and reminds Brandeis that they’re BFFs from NYU.
  • Brandeis says she’s got it.
  • Q20: “What?! My mom said she wanted wholesome American girls.” “So you hired escorts?!”–Blair and Serena
  • Q21: “You couldn’t just tell your mom you don’t have friends at NYU?” “Prostitutes are people, too. And they have a lot of disposable income.”–Serena and Blair
  • Funny but Serena was genuinely making an important point.
  • Will we see more of Blair trying to open up to Eleanor? More of Blair realizing she could use more actual, real friendships?
  • At the loft, Dan is sleeping in a chair.
  • Vanessa wakes him with a kiss. It’s slightly creepy.
  • She’s dressed like housewife from the 50s or something.
  • It’s supposed to be like Hitchcock’s Rear Window, apparently.
  • Everyone is getting ready backstage.
  • Jenny seems to be in charge. Odd, no?
  • She spies Agnes divvying out pills and asks her what she’s doing.
  • Agnes says how J wasn’t going to use them.
  • J asks about her sobriety.
  • Agnes says she needs “the Waldorfs of the world” to thinks she’s sober so she can get hired.
  • Very Alex, ala One Tree Hill.
  • Q22: What are you gonna do? Walk up to Eleanor and tell her a drug dealer dumped your virgin ass and now the rest of her models are high on his stash?–Agnes
  • Jenny says that, yes, she will tell.
  • This is her second chance.
  • Q23: You may not want to change your life but I certainly want to change mine–Jenny
  • Cue Eleanor walking in. Jenny tries to tell her but Eleanor shushes her because the show is about to start.
  • Q24: Can we get these models to do anything? It’s like herding cats!–Eleanor
  • LOL
  • Q25: I think it’s time for Little J to say goodnight.–Agnes…
  • …says to that other blonde girl.
  • Said girl points out that they were going to wait til the after party.
  • Agnes wants to do it “early.”
  • Chuck has his remaining loyal employees bring Elizabeth to him on some random street.
  • Now they’re by some water.
  • He says he doesn’t know how much money Jack has promised her but he’ll double it in exchange for his hotel.
  • I’m torn here: should he be more upset about his hotel or his supposed mother’s betrayal?
  • She says it’s not about money.
  • Chuck asks what it is then, what does Jack have on her.
  • Q26: “I love him. (pause) I know it’s very difficult for you to understand.”–Elizabeth
  • WTF?!?!
  • Q27: “Jack is incapable of love! He is using you! He is stealing my hotel and then he will leave you.” “I know he’s not perfect. But he understands me. He doesn’t judge me. Underneath it all, he’s a kind, loving person.” “What kind of loving person would convince you to do this to me?–Chuck and Elizabeth
  • Q28: “When we started the game, I told myself you were just a stranger. But I didn’t know how much I’d come to care for you.” “So help me. Give me back my hotel.” “I can’t. I’m sorry.” You’re sorry? That’s it?!” “I need Jack. And I believe he loves me.” “If you believe that, then you deserve whatever happens next.”–Elizabeth and Chuck
  • He walks off. They’re both very shaken.
  • So she is his mom? Hm. Do we still believe that?
  • I’m surprised how fast they’re moving through this. I feel like they could’ve and might’ve dragged this out over episodes.
  • But I guess this is setting Chuck up for the remaining 6 episodes.
  • Deadmau5 cameo. The guy who looked like a mouse. I only know this from the Google Alerts telling me so.
  • Nate tells Serena he’s surprised that Blair has so many friends.
  • S tells him they cost $300 an hour. LOL
  • Chuck calls Nate, saying he couldn’t convince Elizabeth.
  • Q29: She thinks she loves Jack. It’s over. The Empire is gone.–Chuck
  • Nate says “maybe not” and wants him to get Jack to the fashion show.
  • I wonder what his plan is.
  • Dan tells Vanessa dinner was great while kind of complaining about it.
  • He insists it was “amazing.”
  • He has a surprise, too. Tickets to some movie marathon.
  • But she wants to do something different and “break out of our rut.”
  • Whoops. Wrong choice of words, V.
  • Q30: “We just started dating.” “What do we do now that we didn’t do as friends?” “Are you serious?” “Obviously besides that!”–Dan and Vanessa
  • Q31: I was just trying to put a little mystery into our relationship but if you want to just do the same old thing–Vanessa
  • Rufus interrupts. He came to get something.
  • V tells him to stay.
  • Rufus says it’s obvious this is a date and shouldn’t be like every other night.
  • Eek, Rufus. You don’t know what you just did!
  • Q32: Really? ‘Cause that sounds exactly like what Dan wants.–Vanessa
  • She walks off.
  • Rufus asks what’s going on and Dan says he’s not sure.
  • You’re not sure? It’s pretty clear to me. She wants to do something NEW.
  • Bunch of models, um, modeling.
  • Blair tells Cornwell that everyone looks good in the line.
  • He says the line does speak for itself but he will never carry it if “this is the kind of clientele” it attracts.
  • Blair is shocked.
  • Q33: “What?! It attracts all kinds. Everyone is here!” “I can see that. Apparently even prostitutes.”–Blair and Cornwell
  • Brandeis told him! I guess she wanted to get B back for what went down in November? (My memory is hazy, though. I could just look it up. But eh.)
  • How will Blair explain this to her mom??
  • Agnes is now strutting her stuff.
  • And other models.
  • And Eleanor comes out, takes a bow.
  • The blonde girl from backstage calls Jenny over, saying Eleanor wants to congratulate her. She gives her a glass of champagne or wine or something.
  • Jenny drinks up.
  • Agnes asks if the girl if she gave Jenny one or two. But she gave three!
  • Q34: We hear Eleanor’s show brought down the house. Sounds like a night to remember–if you can.–Gossip Girl
  • Back from commercial and Jenny is already feeling the effects. I wonder how much time has passed.
  • Agnes asks if she’s okay, if the champagne went to her head.
  • Jenny, in her dazed and confused (heh) state, realizes Agnes put something in her drink.
  • Jenny is seeing double of Agnes–lovely–as Agnes explains she wanted “payback” for last year and “Damian’s party favors just fell into [her] lap.”
  • Agnes says she wasn’t going to stand around all day and watch Eleanor and Jenny be BFF.
  • She says she was going to have her own fashion line and change her life but Jenny did it on her own last year.
  • So now…
  • Q35: Cheers to you, J.–Agnes
  • She pushes J and she nearly falls but the other girls catch her.
  • Jack walks over to Nate.
  • Q36: I hear my nephew is ready to cry uncle.–Jack
  • Clever!
  • Nate tells Jack to wait by the bar.
  • Call girls immediately approach.
  • Serena tells Nate now they “just need Jack to be Jack.” Hmmm.
  • Rufus is having dessert with Dan and Vanessa. Awkward.
  • She excuses herself.
  • Q37: I have to tell you, this date is a disaster.–Rufus to Dan
  • He asks what’s going on.
  • Dan explains Vanessa thinks they’re in a rut.
  • Rufus, like Dan earlier, responds that they just started dating.
  • Rufus says they need to talk this through.
  • Q38: She’s Vanessa, you’re Dan. You guys are best friends.–Rufus
  • Will stating the obvious really help here? I think not.
  • Especially since Vanessa just left.
  • Q39: You whore-and-a half! You couldn’t just keep it in your pants!–Blair to Brandeis
  • She explains that Cornwell was going to buy her mom’s line until she ruined it.
  • Brandeis says she didn’t tell Corwell.
  • B asks how did he know, then, that she’s a prostitute.
  • Brandeis says he doesn’t. But he knows Julienne is. One of the other girls.
  • Hm. Can Blair use this to her advantage? Blackmail, perhaps?
  • Oh, it’s JULIAN! A guy! That’s even blackmail-ier!
  • Brandeis apologizes, saying she didn’t know clients would be here.
  • Blair apologizes right back and excuses herself.
  • I don’t know if I believe Brandeis.
  • Blair yells after Cornwell.
  • Q40: “Your little friend, Julian, wanted you to know he’s running late tonight.” “Blair, I have a family.” “So do I, Mr. Corwell. And when you love your family like we both do, you never want to see them get hurt or disappointed. What’s that? You want to take another look at my mother’s line? Of course you can!”–Blair and Cornwell
  • Well played. But the storyline makes me uncomfortable. She could’ve seriously wrecked his life, as we’ve seen with several politicians the last few years.
  • Serena and Nate are walking down the street, talking about their plan: photograph Jack with the hookers, show the pic to Elizabeth and she will realize her mistake and sign the hotel back over to Chuck.
  • Sounds too easy.
  • They approach the limo, old-school camera phone ready.
  • They open the door. Jack is sitting there (fully-clothed) with the women, like he’s been expecting them.
  • I said it was too easy. He probably knew from the start it was a set-up.
  • But Jack has to get what’s coming to him in this episode, right? “The Empire Strikes JACK” “The EMPIRE Strikes Back”–or is it that Jack is striking back at Chuck?
  • Q41: Were you hoping to catch me in a compromising position? A little high school, don’t you think? Leave the plotting to the experts.–Jack
  • They close the door. Serena is going to find Blair and Nate is calling Chuck. Did they know about the plan?
  • The girls are putting Jenny into a cab when Agnes runs out.
  • Q42: Wait! This little one is not going home just yet. We’re going to see if we can get this girl laid.–Agnes
  • OMG! No! Really?!
  • Q43: Pile in, bitches.–Agnes
  • Nate is just a few feet, away making his call. He thinks he sees Jenny.
  • He calls out to her as the cab drives away.
  • Q44: Spotted: Little J passing out in a taxi. Uht oh. Looks like somebody better call the fashion police.–Gossip Girl
  • Agnes and co. have taken Jenny to a bachelor party!
  • She says Jenny is ready to party and the guys should show her a good time.
  • They push Jenny towards them and the guys catch her and laugh.
  • Seriously? I mean, obvi Nate is going to rescue her. But still.
  • Amy Astley cameo. She’s a Teen Vogue editor.
  • Blair and Conwell go over to Eleanor’s.
  • He says they’d be “honored” to be the line’s “exclusive retailer.”
  • She’s happy…until he says they need to make changes to the hemlines and whatnot–and the name.
  • Q45: “Eleanor Waldorf sounds a bit uppity.” “Excuse me. For the last 28 years, every piece of clothing I have sewn has carried the name Eleanor Waldorf. My clothes are me.” “My store is me. Manhattan is an island in more ways than one. What works for you and yours doesn’t necessarily translate to me and mine.”–Corwell and Eleanor
  • He actually makes a good point. It’s true for the show, too.
  • Blair tries to remind him of “someone.”
  • Eleanor cuts her off. She tells Conwell that they won’t be doing business and wishes him well on his plane back to Salt Lake. (I presume that to be Salt Lake City, Utah. Are they that conservative there?)
  • I can understand wanting to do “every day” style versus designer-esque. But I wouldn’t think he has one of the biggest retailers in the country from being closed-minded.. Anyway.
  • Blair asks Eleanor what she’s doing.
  • E says it was a stupid idea.
  • Q46: I would rather lose the deal than lose myself.–Eleanor
  • Perhaps Chuck should realize that about the hotel. But perhaps Eleanor has more besides this deal, unlike Chuck.
  • Q47: Never hide who you are. Do you remember that?–Eleanor
  • Ah, here’s the real connection this has to the story.
  • Q48: “Everyone at NYU hates me.” “What?” “I have minions, of course, but they’re hardly even worthy of the name.”–Blair and Eleanor
  • Okay, I find it hard to believe that EVERYONE hates her, that she couldn’t make any friends. Though, Blair does need to realize that she needs to work on herself a bit and treat people better.
  • That said, I’m proud of her for admitting this. I hope she learns from it and follows through.
  • She reveals that the people invited tonight are prostitutes.
  • Q49: They’ll be anyone’s friends for the night.–Blair
  • Q50: I was scared to tell you the truth because I didn’t want you to be disappointed in me. I did everything to try and fit in. But I hate it there.–Blair
  • I can understand why she was scared, given their history and the eating disorder and all that. It’s a wonder that she hasn’t started that up again.
  • But did she really do EVERYTHING to try and fit in? No.
  • Eleanor hugs her.
  • Q51: “One of the things that makes Waldorf women so special is that we don’t fit in everywhere.” “I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere.” “That’s because you haven’t found the right place yet. You will.”–Eleanor and Blair
  • A) No one fits in everywhere. B) I’m surprised Blair said that. I would think she would think the only place she fits in is with Chuck.
  • Eleanor walks away, leaving Blair looking comforted.
  • The guys at the bar are having shots and then leaving. One asks about “blondie” and the other says they’ll have the bartender call her a cab.
  • I guess nothing happened.
  • Jenny is fiddling with her phone, though. Who is she calling?
  • Or, someone’s calling her. Nate!
  • He wants to know where she is but she doesn’t know and she feels sick.
  • He uses one of those cool tracking devices on the phone–clearly not the old camera phone from earlier–to find where he is in relation her.
  • She is many blocks south and east of him. That’s all I can really tell. (Which is shameful, considering where I live, but moving on…)
  • He says he’s coming to get her and she tells him to hurry.
  • Umm. He’s gotta be AT LEAST 15 minutes away.
  • One of the guys is eyeing her.
  • Dan goes to Vanessa’s dorm room, asking to talk.
  • He wants to know what happened. Um, Dan, get a clue, buddy!
  • She gives him one…
  • Q52: Don’t you worry we do all the same stuff we did as best friends?–Vanessa
  • Am I really at 52 quotes? This has to be a record. Or I miscounted. The latter is totally possible. And likely.
  • She gives examples. The only thing different now is the sex.
  • Q53: I wanted to do something to say, “Hello! We’re more than friends with benefits.”
  • Dan says things aren’t the same.
  • Q54: And if you give me a chance, I want to take you on the most romantic second first date you’ve ever had.–Dan
  • So tonight was supposed to be their first date? I think I missed that part.
  • She asks where and he says it’s a surprise–clearly ’cause he has no idea–and kisses her. She’s sold, though.
  • Chuck walks up to Elizabeth on the street.
  • Q55: “I hope you didn’t bring me here to gloat over your boyfriend’s loyalty.” “I called you because this afternoon I didn’t have the courage to tell you that I signed the hotel over to Jack. Seeing you made me realize what I’ve done and so I told him he had to make a choice–me or the hotel.” “And what did my uncle say?” “My flight to Zurick leaves at 10. I wanted to say goodbye. I’m sorry. I tried.” “Stay. Not for Jack or the hotel. Stay for me. I already lost my mother once.” “Chuck, I’m not your mother. I don’t know if your real mother is alive or not but I’m sure she loved you very much and that she’s nothing like me.” “You’re right. Because my real mother could never have done to me what you did.”–Chuck and Elizabeth
  • He walks away in tears.
  • Wow. But, again, I have to ask: do we believe her? Maybe she really is his mother but knows she’s hurt him and it’s best that she leaves so she’s just telling him that she’s not really her. No? Okay.
  • But let’s think about how this whole thing start–Chuck spotted her at the grave, she saw him and ran, leaving behind the locket.
  • How did she and Jack know he was going to be there?
  • Maybe that was a happy coincidence? And if it didn’t happen, they would’ve set things in motion some other way?
  • Going over to Bart, for a second, that means that what Chuck did know is indeed true: he has has always hated his son for killing his mom.
  • Sigh. I don’t know how I feel about all this. Need. Time. To. Process.
  • Nate is at the club place, looking around.
  • He overhears one of the guys saying that they need to call the girl a cab and that she looks like she’s 12.
  • Nate, getting all manly, asks what she is.
  • One of the other guys is lifting her up, saying she should leave with him and he lives real close.
  • She mumbles, asking where Nate is.
  • The guy asks if Nate is her BF and says that he shouldn’t have left her.
  • Nate enters, takes Jenny from the guy (who says he was helping her, to which Nate says “sure you were” a lot less pissed off that I would’ve expected) and leads her out.
  • Q56: It seems chivalry isn’t dead after all. Lucky for this damsel in a dress, some things never go out of fashion.–Gossip Girl
  • Nate and Jenny walk into the penthouse. She seems lightyears better, though still far from completely.
  • She’s nervous to see her dad. Nate suggests she claim she’s “exhausted.” I feel like that’s the lamest excuse ever.
  • Rufus comes in, asking how the show was and expressing that he thought she’d be home sooner.
  • She apologizes for being late and says the show was great.
  • Nate says there weren’t any cabs so he walked her home.
  • She says she’s tired and going to “crash.”
  • She seems even lightyears better than she was at the start of this scene.
  • She walks off and Rufus thanks Nate for seeing her home.
  • He starts to leave and realizes he’s still holding Jenny’s bag. Hm.
  • Blair tells S how she told her mom the truth about NYU. Serena says she’s proud or glad or something. Same diff.
  • Q57: Why?! What good does the truth ever do?! My mother can’t help me make friends!–Blair
  • Oh, B. You never do learn, do you?
  • Some girls walk up, asking Blair if she’s, um, Blair.
  • They go to Colombia (like Nate! Supposedly.). And they thought Blair was dead because…
  • Q58: “We haven’t read about on Gossip Girl in forever.” “You read Gossip Girl?” “Of course. Everyone at Columbia does.” “Oh. I love your Loubitons.”–Girl and Blair
  • LOL Blair takes the girl’s headband and flips it around, saying “the bow goes on the right.”
  • Looks like someone found new minions–I mean, friends!
  • I wonder if she’ll transfer to Columbia.
  • And she just asked S what she knows about Columbia. Ha.
  • Nate knocks on Jenny’s door and enters, saying she forgot her purse.
  • Jenny is sitting on her bed, head in hand.
  • Q59: “You okay?” “What’s wrong with me?” “Nothing is wrong with you. What are you talking about?” “Like, how did I end up here?” “Jenny, look at me. Okay, things haven’t been exactly so easy for me, either. But now I’m with Serena and I’m so happy. Things will turn around for you, too.” “Yeah. What if you’re wrong, Nate? What if–“–Nate and Jenny
  • Her phone beeps.
  • It’s Eleanor. A text. Saying she’s hired and wants to have lunch tomorrow.
  • Q60: “Wow.” “See! I hope you learn from this. Mostly, that I’m always right.” “Oh, god, Nate. Thank you so much for tonight.” “You’re welcome.”–Jenny and Nate
  • They hug. He leaves. She gets a shy smile on his face. You know what’s coming next.
  • But at least he said he’s happy with Serena?
  • Dan and Vanessa are eating take-out on her dorm room bed.
  • She points out that if this is his big date, it’s what they always do.
  • He says the difference is now they get to do “this” and he kisses her.
  • Q61: “And that’s called being friends with benefits.” “No. Because for me, the benefit is that even though we’re doing what we always do, eating perogies and going to see [movies] for the sixth time–” “We’ve only seen him 4 times.” “But now I get to do them with my girlfriend. Which is why just sitting here is the most romantic date I can imagine.” “Humphrey, you just earned yourself some extra benefits.”
  • He moves the food and they kiss. I bet that was his plan all along. LOL
  • Oh, and he needs a haircut. I think I said this last week. Not beginning-of-season-one short but cut for sure.
  • Q62: If you are what you wear, you better dress the part you want. A few lucky lady can do no wrong. Their look? Perfection. And they’ve got accessories to match.–Gossip Girl
  • Nate comes up behind Serena and they happily embrace and then kiss.
  • Will he tell her where he just was?
  • Q63: But most girls get tired of the same old look and they’ll do just about anything to get the hot new piece on their arm.–Gossip Girl
  • Jenny is looking at a post on Gossip Girl that calls Serena and Nate “the golden couple.”
  • So S is still on it but Blair isn’t?
  • And Nate isn’t a “new” piece.
  • Q64: And then there are those with no visions of their own. Thieves of fashion, who will steal the shirt off your back.–Gossip Girl
  • Jack is drinking in the hotel room. He doesn’t look happy. Maybe just contemplative. He picks up his phone.
  • Elizabeth is getting her luggage put in the cab and answers her phone.
  • Q65: “Did you change your mind?” “I was hoping you changed yours. Perhaps you need to see the view from up here. People really do look like ants.” “How did I ever love you?” “If love won’t tempt you, then how ’bout money?” “I’m leaving. And I don’t want anything.” “Where you gonna go? You destroyed your relationship with your son. Who else do you have besides me?” “I told Chuck I wasn’t his mother and that he deserves someone better than me.” “Well, I’ll warn you. You’re taking off just when it’s about to get fun.” “I’m starting over. I’m going to try to be the person I forgot.”
  • She hangs up the phone. Wow. I was right! She is his mom!
  • I wonder what Jack would do with her if she stayed.
  • I bet she’ll be back in season 4.
  • Q66: And always remember, appearances can be deceiving.–Gossip Girl
  • She looks down at her locket, with the picture of Bart one side and (presumably) her and baby Chuck on the other.
  • She tells the cab drive, “Let’s go.”
  • Blair is pinning up a Columbia sign…in her NYU dorm room.
  • There’s a knock at the door. It’s Chuck.
  • Q67: “What happened? Are you okay? Elizabeth–” “Is dead to me. She’s gone.” “And the hotel?” “Lost.” “Oh, Chuck.” “What? You’re sorry? Don’t be. I’m not. I’ve come this far without my mother. I’m not backing down now.” “Well, if it’s a war Jack wants, then it’s a war he’ll get.”–Blair and Chuck
  • And they passionately kiss. Random.
  • Q68: But whatever you wear, always dress to kill. XOXO, Gossip Girl.–Gossip Girl
  • Preview: Chuck tells Jack he wants his hotel back and tells him to name his price, Jack says “There is something that caught my eye, Blair is looking at a card that reads “One last chance to save your man” and it’s signed by Jack. The voiceover says, “The rules of the game are simple.” Blair says, “But if someone does something awful but it’s for love, is it okay?” She takes off her top with a pained expression, lots of quick clips, the voiceover says “There are no rules,” Jenny says, “Where is that place you can’t come back from?” and kisses Nate, Blair says to Jack, “Don’t flatter yourself into thinking I’m going to enjoy this,” Jack is holding Blair close by her hands, Chuck looks peeved (It would be better if this wasn’t a total rip-off of a season 6 Beverly Hills 90210 storyline)

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?





Happy Birthday Jessica Szohr!

31 03 2010

Szohr (Vanessa, Gossip Girl) turns 25 today!

Check out this snippet of Szohr on What I Like About You back in 2004.





News Roundup: Gossip Girl, 90210 and One Tree Hill

30 03 2010




No Live-Blog Tonight

30 03 2010

Due to Passover, I will be unable to live-blog tonight’s 90210.

I will do a reaction post in the coming days.





Spoiler: The Big Tease

30 03 2010

RELEVANT QUESTIONS–DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!

Anything on ‘90210′? – Lisa
This week’s episode might not go over well in Villanova: As Dixon and his birth mom bind over talk of (groan) basketball, a reference is made to the Wildcats being the ones to beat in this year’s NCAA tourney – and I’m being told it won’t get edited out. But I’m cutting the show some slack since the same hour establishes that neither Adri nor Naomi know who Gloria Steinem is, which is all kinds of apropos.

Credit: Fancast





Happy Birthday Ian Ziering!

30 03 2010

Ziering (Steve, Beverly Hills 90210) turns 46 today.

Celebrate by revisiting one of Ziering’s memorable performances on Dancing With The Stars.








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