Gossip Girl, Season 2: "Chuck in Real Life"
Tue Oct 21 2008
Don't ask us what that title really means. None of this feels remotely like real life—and we're totally fine with that. But can we admit to a case of the "mehs" this week? There, we said it.
Josh: so no real clues as to who's getting axed, huh?
Amy: i still think it could be bart.
J: agreed. there is that line he says, right to camera: "i'm in it for the long haul."
A: dun dun DUUUUNNN
J: it would be a shock to me if it wasn't him. i mean i realize we're talking about a human life, but plot plot plot.
A: ha. a “human life.” it's not like we want the actor to die. meanwhile, my favorite GG moment ever: they're ostracizing the girl who committed some egregious horror against the steps crew, and blair yells, "TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS!" if you only knew my hatred of tights-as-pants, josh.
J: i've never seen you in any, so it's all making sense.
A: oh, and they introduced eric's boyfriend!
J: yawn. kind of a noncharacter, no? also, why is eric always so wise? advising serena to give the family a shot; advising lily to not go from "zero to brady" (nice line).
A: he's way too reasonable for a 15-year-old boy.
J: okay. something weird is happening to me regarding blair these days.
A: talk to me.
J: whenever i see her, i…feel really bad for her. even when she's scheming or skulking around. she's no longer powerful, but a victim.
A: a victim of what, though?
J: it's like: oh, no. what are you going to do now that's going to make it even worse for yourself, blair?
A: i feel bad for her too, but at the same time, i wish she would grow up.
J: seriously, i'm like pavlov's dog if that dog pouted instead of drooled. i see blair and i feel awful.
A: if she would only realize that being the queen bee isn’t everything—although this is gossip girl, the magical fairytale land where poor is bad and rich is good and 17-year-old girls somehow have expensive, fancy underpants.
J: or not. or, as serena says, "oops, i forgot to wear underwear.” who says that to a stepfather?
A: that felt pretty creepy.
J: this episode was the closest to cruel intentions of any of them. the sexual "bet" that backfires, the lounging around in pajamas, etc.
A: totally. the whole time, the hubs and i were like, "where's sarah michelle gellar?”
J: and can we put a moratorium on bromance?
A: hate it. like manscape or brangelina.
J: why was is the key dan/nate scene off camera? (when he gets him to come back home)
A: would it have added anything?
J: dan is so sanctimonious, so any opportunity to see him being honestly nice would help.
A: well, that's true.
J: so Brooklyn Inn in da house. three blocks from my apt.
J: yeah. hoyt and bergen. it's a cool bar.
A: is it actually called the brooklyn inn?
J: yup. a madhouse on weekends. but i was there with a friend several months ago on a weeknight and we practically had the whole bar to ourselves.
A: well, expect it to be crazee now.
J: we'll have to fight off vanessas. k. the episode, overall?
A: kind of meh.
A: it felt…boring.
J: not the feeling you want from GG. ultimately, all this chuck/blair “you will never have me” stuff is weird because, well, didn't he already have her? twice?
A: and now he wants to be chased?
J: i don't pretend to understand. even typing this up feels meh.
A: we need a gossip girl intern.
J: any takers, people? we really do.