Gossip Girl S03E02: The FreshmenPosted by KAT in Gossip Girl
September 22nd, 2009, 11:48 AM
Ah, college: where losers get popular. Last night’s Gossip Girl proved that yes, this is always the case, with the majority of our gang moving into the dorms at NYU.
Blair Waldorf in a dorm room? I suppose the writers want us to suspend disbelief with this one, which I’m more than happy to do. Blair apparently wants to immerse herself in dorm culture so she can conveniently infiltrate the freshman class and once again become the Queen Bee.
Unfortunately, when she arrives, she’s greeted by an unfortunate dorm mate: Georgina Sparks! Georgie’s still doing the whole sweet act, but Blair can see through her and knows it’s war from here on out.
Blair attempts to launch her reign by throwing a fabulous sushi and saketini party for her classmates (side note: don’t sushi/saketinis sound sort of late ’90s?). When no one shows up, she finds out it’s because Georgina invited everyone into their room for pizza and a screening of Vanessa Abrams’s documentary (snooze cruise!). Vanessa, it seems, doesn’t see through Georgina’s act, and has decided to be friends with her.
Meanwhile, college-less businessmna Chuck Bass is attempting to make millions with the proposed purchase of bank and turning into a restaurant - and the vault, a secret nightclub. He seems strangely grown up, both mature in his relationship with Blair and serious about becoming a businessman. Weirded out!
Serena van der Woodsen, on the other hand, is a hot mess. The girl reclaims her bad side and decides to defer Brown for a year, because she lacks the direction and motivation to attend. She’s afraid to tell Rufus Humphrey (still standing in for an absent Lily van der Woodsen) and ends up hiding out at Chuck’s place.
Obviously, Serena ends up ruining a meeting with an investor for Chuck, and he let’s her have it. On her way out the door, he mutters “trainwreck” under his breath, which doesn’t go unheard. The girl packs up and moves her stuff to the Humphrey loft in Brooklyn.
Later, we also find out Chuck has told Rufus that Serena hasn’t gone to Brown after all. This, coupled with the “trainwreck” comment from earlier on, has got our blond babe fumin’. This means war!
Totally boring plotline alert! Nate Archibald is still busy shacking up with family rival Bree Buckley. They decide to stay in all week to find out the personal details about each other that’ll ultimately lead to their demise as a couple. But guess what? They end up just liking each other more! SNOOZE! Not giving this story any more attention.
Back at NYU, Blair realizes she needs the help of the newly-popular Dan Humphrey to navigate college. Quelle horreur! He asks him to be his date to Georgina’s rooftop party and agrees to lose the headband (”No headbands in college, okay?”). At the party, Blair still can’t seem to connect with any of the other students, and plots to take down the popular Georgina. She calls in Georgie’s old Jesus Camp friends (you know, the OMJCers), and announces to the crowd that Georgina only threw the party to convert them all. The plan doesn’t seem to go particularly well, and Dan decides to resuscitate the party by grabbing the mic and encouraging everyone to party and drink cheap beer with him. Dan, the life of the party? Weirded out!
And Blair, foiled again!
Oh, and crazy ole lovechild Scott is there, and he starts acting all weird when another student playfully questions a professor recommendation he made to Vanessa. Is he possibly not an NYU student after all? Is he just there to buddy up with Dan? Loser.
Back at the Humphrey ranch, Serena makes a date with recent semi-beau/past douchebag Carter Basin to have drinks downtown. We soon find out she’s only there to ruin another one of Chuck’s business meetings - which is super bitchy on account of Chuck only told Rufus about her Brown deferral out of concern. Futhermore, Carter realizes she was only using him to mess with Chuck and is PISSED. He tells Serena off.
Ho hum, Serena crawls home and has an h2h with Rufus about Brown, finding herself, blah blah blah, clearly, he’s the father she never had. She then goes off and apologizes to Carter, telling him he’s not her “bad habit,” but someone she trusts and wants. They smooch, yadda yadda.
Now is it just me, or are Serena’s motivations totally unclear this season so far? Is she bad Serena now? Does she actually like Carter? Why the sudden daddy issues? Explain, plz.
Ah, yes. Gossip Girl S03E02 ends with Blair crawling into bed with Chuck (such love!) and Dan waking up on the roof, fully-clothed next to… Georgina?! I like where things are heading.
Drama is afoot, so please, keep watching! Gossip Girl is taking a huge hit in the ratings this season so far, and I’m getting fearful. I don’t think I could stomach another The O.C.-sized disappointment. xoxo!