This week on Gossip Girl, Thanksgiving was celebrated, and Blair summed it up best when she told her mother, "Thanksgiving always has secrets." Indeed it does, Blair, and I'm thankful for that, because it makes for fun drama. This holiday, nearly every major character was involved in some type of drama and confrontation stemming from a secret. And most of those secrets poured out in a gloriously frantic scene at Lily and Rufus' very large Thanksgiving dinner table.
Secrets Among Friends
Surprisingly, ex-friends Jenny and Eric seemed to be getting along at the outset of the holiday, and Jenny even tried to do something nice for Eric by inviting Jonathan over for dinner (Eric just informed her of his breakup). But then Jonathan clued her in to the fact that Eric was the one who orchestrated her sabotage at the cotillion. A shocked Jenny confronted Eric about this, and Eric chose not to back down. He's a man with vengeance on his mind, and he told Jenny to watch her back.
Meanwhile, Dan was also keeping a secret from his BFF Vanessa — only, Dan didn't quite realize he was doing this. Apparently, Dan is in love with Vanessa. It's written all over his face, according to Gabriella and Olivia. And Vanessa noticed that something was different about his face as well, but she didn't figure out what it was. Vanessa was fighting with her mother yet again, so she ran to Dan and leaned on him. It took some work, but Dan managed to get the two of them to make peace after he pointed out to Gabriella that Vanessa simply wanted to get some of the attention Gabriella showered on her many causes. In return for his help, Gabriella offered Dan the cautionary advice to pursue her daughter only if he was sure about his feelings, because "If you break her heart again, your friendship won't survive." Unsure about his feelings, Dan suggested that Gabriella accept an invite to meet Paul's parents (Paul being that theater guy who's the new man in Vanessa's life).
Secrets Among Family
Eleanor made her welcomed first appearance of the season (sadly, Cyrus stayed behind in Paris), and Blair did not like the fact that Eleanor appeared to be making changes to her will. Blair was sure there was some big secret Eleanor was hiding, and as she put more clues together (no champagne, a home-pregnancy test, etc.), Blair was convinced that her mother was going to announce she was pregnant (a "miraculous" event, since Blair oh-so-delicately pointed out that her mom was past child-bearing age). It turned out that Blair's guess was wrong: Eleanor was changing her will because of a new property she acquired in Paris — the place she's permanently moving to. (We so rarely see Eleanor, and now we'll see her even less?!)
So who was the pregnancy test for? Dorota, who's now in a family way. Dorota was very busy this Thanksgiving, decked out in her finest autumn-themed apron that she wore as she served Thanksgiving dinner for Lily (making time and a half wages). She was keeping busy with work and avoiding telling her doorman beau the pregnancy news, anticipating family strive because they're not married and because of their differing Soviet and Polish backgrounds. We didn't get to hear their conversation when she eventually told him the news, but we did get to watch it from a distance, and the dad-to-be seemed very pleased indeed.
Not-so-pleased: Rufus and Cece, who learned that Lily was keeping secrets. Rufus and Eric discovered that Cece is thankfully in very good health — her cancer has been in remission since August. However, this meant that Lily had been using Cece as an excuse (Cece didn't appreciate that) and lying to Rufus when she pretended her mother was still ill as late as October. Rufus confronted Lily, and she lied to him again, saying that she simply stayed away longer to bond with Cece, even though she knew leaving him alone with the kids was unfair. Rufus bought this, but Cece knew it was a lie. She played along, warning Lily against keeping more secrets from Rufus, but Lily insisted it was better that this latest secret remain hidden.
The Not-So-Secret Affair
Lily was not the only one in her family hiding a big secret, as Serena continued her relationship with a married man. Trip told Serena that he was going to leave Maureen, but then he turned around and canceled his special Thanksgiving plans with Serena because "Maureen was a mess."
Their actual affair that hadn't progressed very far as Serena insisted to everyone who knew (Blair, Chuck, Nate — it was becoming less and less of a secret) that she and Trip only shared one kiss...until their make-out session in the hotel elevator. Chuck's security people brought this to Chuck's attention, he showed it to Nate, and Nate gave the evidence to an already-suspicious Maureen. When she saw Serena and Trip laughing in unison at the dinner table, Maureen had all she could take and then showed them the video. She gave Serena an ultimatum: End it now, or "he'll be a political joke and you'll be a punch line."
Serena didn't have a lot of support with her new relationship. Blair and Chuck both suspected Trip would dump her in six months since she was merely "the other woman." Lily shared her insight about how much it hurts to be "left," and she warned Serena that Trip would eventually leave her. She also told her daughter she was no longer welcome in her house if she didn't end things with Trip. And Nate didn't want to see Serena get hurt, but he also wanted Serena for himself, which is why he went behind Chuck's back and put the video from the elevator in Maureen's hands.
A shaken Serena offered Maureen a sincere apology after dinner and promised never to see Trip again. Blair apologized for not being a better friend to Serena and offered her a trip to Paris, which seemed just what Serena needed to get her mind off of things. Encouraged by Chuck, Nate was ready to profess his love to Serena. All seemed to be going well...until Trip reappeared and told Serena he left Maureen (again). Blair gave her the bad advice to join Trip, and then Serena found that letter addressed to her from her father in Bart's old safe. (Was it smart of Lily to hide it there if Serena knows the combination? That's not really "hiding" it, is it?) The letter had been opened, and Serena saw from the postmark that it had arrived several weeks ago.
Whatever was in that letter provoked Serena to tell Lily, "You don't get to judge me, ever again," before taking off to join Trip. As she got to the limo, a teary-eyed Nate reached her and tried to stop her from going off with Trip. Nate's a man of few words, but he got his point across with "Just give me a chance..." So Serena was a woman who had to choose between two Vanderbilts. There was the older man (who doesn't always come across as being all-that-mature) whom she felt a newfound connection with, and the very attractive longtime friend she once hooked up with. I thought they'd leave us hanging until next week, but we got to see that Serena chose Trip. (Did I mention how adorable Nate looked, all teary-eyed and sincere? And still, she chose Trip.)
So Nate was left all alone, until Chuck saw him and asked Blair if she minded him staying behind. Then Chuck, always a good friend, rescued Nate from his torture and suggested they go get drunk. Maureen then went to get her coat (her coat that we saw in an earlier scene was identical to Lily's), and accidentally took Lily's coat by mistake. She put her hand in the pocket and found the letter from Serena's father that Lily hurriedly stuffed in the pocket when Rufus came by. Maureen only needed to glance at the letter to know that she had something very valuable in her hands.
So what damaging info is in that letter? How does it relate to the secret Lily's keeping from Rufus? Did you like the hectic Thanksgiving dinner scene where so many secrets poured out? And in a jam-packed episode, who had the best story line of the night?
This week on Gossip Girl
, Thanksgiving was celebrated, and Blair summed it up best when she told her mother, "Thanksgiving always has secrets." Indeed it does, Blair, and I'm thankful for that, because it makes for fun drama. This holiday, nearly every major character was involved in some type of drama and confrontation stemming from a secret. And most of those secrets poured out in a gloriously frantic scene at Lily and Rufus' very large Thanksgiving dinner table.