'Gossip Girl' recap: Serena 0; Lisa Loeb 1.

Lisaloeb_lLast week’s rapid-fire revelations (an outing! a sham relationship! amurder confession!) left us with high hopes for Monday night’s episode ofGossip Girl, but the results were definitely a mixed bag. The showstarts with an unexpected mystery: on the night after her bigrevelation, Serena has fallen off the grid. She’s not answering herphone, and no one knows where she is: Not Georgina, whose CruelIntentions shtick is getting a little old; not Dan, who makes a quickstop at home to tease Rufus about his upcoming "Top 10 Forgotten Bandsof the ’90s" concert; and certainly not Serena’s mom, who’s too busyplanning her wedding (which now has its own reality-blurring website at lilyandbart.weddingwindow.com) to even care. But then Blair summons Nate andChuck to her home, where the three of them nurse a well-sauced Serenaback to consciousness and finally extract her secret. At this point, theplot’s already moving a little too fast for its own good, but there’s abrilliant moment in which Nate, Chuck, and Blair stage an impromptu badbehavior contest to convince Serena that whatever she’s done can’tpossibly be worse than things they’ve done in the past. Blair: "I hadsex with [Chuck] in the back of a limo." Nate: "I had sex with [Serena]at a wedding while I was [Blair’s] date." Chuck: "I’m Chuck Bass."Game, set, and match, sir.

And now, finally, the scoop on Serena’s huge, monster, mind-blowing,life-changing secret. On the night when Serena hooked up with Nate, sheheaded back to a hotel room with Georgina, where some guy tried toforce himself on her before fatally ODing on drugs. Aaaaand that’s it.Serena called 911 before leaving the scene with Georgina (who wasafraid of getting caught with blow), and then felt so guilty about thewhole thing that she told her mom to send her to boarding school.Excuse me? THIS is what Serena meant when she said she "killedsomeone"? After all that build up, I was expecting to see somethingmore along the lines of Serena strangling the guy with her lustrousmane. And sadly, things only go downhill from there as Serena developsa severe case of Lazy Writer Syndrome (symptoms include unmotivateddecisions, rash behavior, and out-of-character antics) and lies to Danabout the whole thing for no good reason. Was I the only one havingflashbacks of late-period O.C. here?

addCredit(“Lisa Loeb: Patrick Harbron”)

Thankfully, the show takes a break from the main plot for a goofy jauntto Oldsville, where Rufus is hanging out with none other than Lisa (pictured)at their concert. Yes, the "Stay" songstress makes an actualappearance. Pointless? Absolutely. But I’ll take a Loeb cameo any day Ican get it. (I think "#1 Single" may still be buried somewhere inthe Series Record list on my DVR…) It’s a short-but-sweet bit ofrelief before the the rest of the episode rushes by in a blur. Lily(who found the snuff tape after rifling through her daughter’s clothes)makes Serena apologize to the parents of the guy who died, but we don’teven get to see the moment when Serena must have confessed to her.Georgina is forced by Vanessa to reveal her true identity to Dan, whototally buys it when she says she changed her name to escape a crazyex. Lily kisses Rufus. And then Georgina seduces Dan, just to spite Serena. None of theseevents has any real weight, and it feels a bit like the last 15 minuteswere edited down from what could have been a whole show right there.Packing a lot of action into each episode has always been one of GossipGirl‘s strength, but it doesn’t work when you feel like the charactersare just along for the ride.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Was theepisode overstuffed? Was Serena’s secret a letdown? Is Georgina alreadyoverstaying her welcome? And isn’t it time for a bit more of Chuck andNate?

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  • Mozz

    and just as quickly as I got hooked on the show, “Last week i may add” I was unhooked off of it. What great set up and what a lazy follow through. Rich people are stupid, but i do think i’ll check in on Blair and chuck from time to time, there’s something to be said for a show that turns it’s evil characters into the Heroes… because it’s good characters are so gullable and boring.

  • snoof

    i was very disappointed..i expected a better secret, but eh..and i hope georgina leaves soon. we need more nate, chuck, blair interaction!

  • Lynn

    Overstuffed episode! I was so confused when Lily somehow changed her mind, figured out what happened in the video and decided her daughter was not messed up. And I kept wondering why Dan wasn’t sad about breaking up with Serena – I expected him to be in mourning, not out with his new friend, Sarah. The whole episode moved way too fast.

  • NineDaves

    ah! i miss #1 single! that show was fantastic!

  • Ceballos

    A bit off-topic, but thanks for the “#1 Single” shout out. My favorite part was how Illeana Douglas was randomly friends with Lisa Loeb. I was convinced my girlfriend and I were the only ones watching that show. Well, judging by how it was pulled unexpectedly, the list now reads me, my girlfriend and Adam.

  • Ceballos

    Ok, nevermind. It’s me, my girlfriend, Adam, and NineDaves!

  • mscisluv

    Was this episode a casualty of the writer’s strike or something? This definitely should have been stretched into two or three hours. Plus, the big secret was lame and was resolved so easily. And yeah, I was really confused when Lily (who had only seen half the tape) suddenly had time (at the rehearsal dinner, no less) to figure out the whole story, get Chuck to find the address of the guy’s parents, and whisk Serena away.

    • Mattivan

      eu num cunsigui ve posta msm sem lendega pfv p mina frescurenta eh foda tipo a lendega demora u pokss axa k eh assim facilda uma segurada !!aff … adoru gossip girlchuck e blair em k fika d boa d novs !

  • CW

    In regards to Lily changing her mind, I’m pretty sure Blair explained what was going on to her at the rehearsal dinner. It definitely seemed like a scene or two was cut, but I think that’s how Lily went from sending her to reform school to taking her to the ODer’s parents.

  • GeeMoney

    Yeah, the episode was a letdown, especially because everything was resolved in like, 3 minutes. I agree with everyone who says that we need more Chuck, Nate and Blair interaction. That was the most exciting part about last night’s show!
    Hopefully they will give us a really good season finale.

  • GeeMoney

    And Georgina has officially overstayed her welcome. I might actually stop watching the show if they add Michelle Trachtenberg to the show…. after Buffy, I can’t STAND to watch her in anything.

  • joiada

    Can anyone answer this question – what did Georgina knock off the stairs while she was talking to Dan at the end of the show?

  • cyn

    His phone battery so Serena can’t reach him

  • Lo

    the whole thing was so rushed i actually had to rewind my dvr when lily took serena to the dead boy’s house to see if i missed blair telling her or something… the cut scenes were obvious, and shame on GG for not giving us 2 eps instead of 1, especially since we waited so long for the show to return after the strike…

  • Kerri

    Yeah, I really enjoyed this show in the beginning, but sigh, I’m already wanting to break up with it. It’s getting really ridiculous. At least the OC gave you the warm fuzzies every once in a while. This show is just a bunch of Marissas running around.

  • LisaMama

    I didn’t know where else to put this comment, so here ya go, EW editors: I read the story in this week’s issue about how kid entertainment is big and going to be bigger this summer. You included Gossip Girl, entertainment that I would rate at least PG-13 if not R, in that story along side Hannah Montana, etc., i.e. stuff that is decidedly rated G or PG. Look, I have no problem with older teens watching Gossip Girl and other shows like this. But with it’s wildly inappropriate “OMFG” advertisements, let’s just be clear that this show is NOT for tweens or kids, OK? Please? I don’t think I should have to explain what “OMFG” means to my 11 year old. Oh, and I didn’t like the “OMFG” picture of the FRONT page of EW.com, either. Please use some discernment, EW.com editors!
    Otherwise, good show.

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