Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave
Welcome back to the Upper East Side. Its the morning of the reading of Bart Bass' will. Chuck, still looking comatose, is greeted by his Uncle Jack, a hopelessly devoted Blair, and surprise! Nate Archibald! Thank you!
The family attorney begins by asking if Chuck is ok with his Uncle Jack serving as his legal guardian. After a short exchange in which Chuck asks if he will have a curfew, and if girls can sleep over, he agrees to being in Jack's custody. I have a bad feeling about this . . .
Bart has left 51% of Bass Industries to Chuck, which makes him the majority shareholder, and puts him in control of the company. Jack is in shock, and you can see the wheels turning in his head as he plots a way to alter this outcome.
Meanwhile, Rufus and Lily are in Boston looking for their son. The adopted parents do not want to speak with them, or allow them to see their child. After hearing this, Lily wants to leave Boston. Rufus becomes angry with her, and she responds "I need to leave Boston! I can't be here when I am still in love with you!". BOOM! L-Bomb. Commercial break.
We return to see Rufus and Lily in bed together (again? really?) and reminiscing about old times. Rufus gets a call on his cell phone from the adopted father asking to meet them. When they arrive at the restaurant, the adopted father arrives to share with them that their son Andrew died (complete with a newspaper article announcing the death). He drowned. In the ocean. Just when I was starting to feel relieved, Rufus and Lily depart the restaurant, and in walks the adopted mother asking "Is it over?". To which her husband responds "Yes. We already lost one son, we are not going to lose another". Uh oh.
Back in NYC Jack Bass is plotting the demise of his nephew as CEO of Bass Industries. He starts by convincing Chuck to scratch his planned dinner with Blair (who put on the most incredible blue, beaded dress for the occasion) and spend the night with strippers instead. Everyone knows Chuck can't say no to strippers!
After a wild night, Chuck is in his new office, continuing the party, while a few floors below Blair (at the suggestion of Jack) has planned a celebration brunch for Chuck in honor of his new position. Yup, you can feel it coming.
Of course, some of the board members want to meet Chuck, and evil Uncle Jack suggests Blair take them upstairs to meet him. They open the double doors to his office and - BAM! Reputation ruined. A proud and devious smile creeps across Uncle Jack's face. Apparently their is a "morality clause" in Bart's will. If the board feels Chuck is unfit for the position, the title moves to his legal guardian. Yup. Uncle Jack.
Also at the brunch are Dan, Jenny, Serena and Eric. While their parents have been away, Dan has been avoiding Serena since he isn't supposed to tell her about the long lost lovechild in Boston. Eric and Jenny have been arguing because Jenny always wants to play third musketeer to E and his new boyfriend. Just when the tension couldn't seem to get worse - a Gossip Girl blast (courtesy of Nelly Yuki) shares with everyone that the Van der Woodsens and the Humphreys share a sibling. OUCH.
Lily and Rufus arrive back in Boston and just as Lily says to Rufus "Well, maybe we weren't meant to be a family", they open the doors to Rufus' loft to find all four of their kids sitting together, waiting for them. Camera cuts to Lily and Rufus joining hands. How symbolic.
That night, tail between his legs, Chuck heads over to Blair's with exquisite pink flowers to apologize and ask for her forgiveness. Blair, hurt and perfecting the tactic of tears welling in the eyes, turns him away. Saying "All I wanted was to be there. Then you called me your wife, as if it was the ugliest word in the world. I'm done". Chuck never even gets to step out of the elevator.
Nooooooooooooooo! After weeks of back and forth between Chuck and Blair, I had high hopes for a reconciliation. Blair, serving as the rock Chuck needs. Chuck, learning to lean on her, and take solace in their time alone together. Foiled.
The only good news on the couple front, came from our two MIA cast members, Nate and Vanessa, who are apparently celebrating their two month anniversary over bags of candy from Dylans Candy bar. There was a great scene in the candy bar where the "mini mean girls" reappear to give Dan a hard time about the recent Gossip Girl blast. I find these toddlers hilarious and loved their unexpected pop up.
Did anyone else notice each time Nelly Yuki was on screen, she had on a different pair of glasses? Her eyewear has distracted me for the second week in a row!
In the previews for next week it looks like a new teacher at Constance is going to blemish Blair's transcript with a "B", sending her into college acceptance anxiety, as she has had her sights set on Yale since birth. Looks like a campy episode to come.
You know you love me, XOXO.