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Gossip Girl Episode: "The Debarted"

Season 3, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: A year after his father's death, Chuck deals with an issue from the past, and another car accident occurs that involves a member of the Upper East Side. Meanwhile, Dan and Vanessa face the new complexities in their friendship.
Original Air Date: Dec 7, 2009

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Season 3, Episode 12
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Length: 42:18
Aired: 12/7/2009
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "The Debarted" Season 3, Episode 12

This week on Gossip Girl, a car accident occurred on the very same day that Bart Bass' fatal car crash occurred one year ago, and characters dealt with the fallout of both the new and old accidents.

Almost-Christmas Presents
As promised, Eric started striking back against Jenny. He and Kira recruited Sawyer, one of Jenny's minions, to steal Jenny's thunder by carrying the same not-yet-in-stores designer handbag as Jenny. This is a no-no, so Jenny banished Sawyer to walking alone on the other side of the street. Before Eric could get much further with his plan, Jenny gave her two loyal subjects handbags of their own, pretending this was her plan all along and that Sawyer ruined the surprise. Eric wondered where Jenny got the money to do this, and at the very end, we learned how: Jenny's been working for her buddy Damien, the drug dealer.

Meanwhile, Dan also gave Vanessa a present, sort of (I know, I'm stretching the analogy here): He finally told her he loves her. And Vanessa quickly replied, "I love you, too," only she meant it as "You're my best friend, of course I love you — pal." Dan started to explain that's not how he meant it, and Vanessa stopped him with a line about how people sometimes say things they don't mean when they're under stress (and they were in a hospital, after learning Serena had been hurt). So, is Vanessa really over Dan, and really into this new guy Paul? This plot line felt a bit rushed, like there wasn't much room for it in this episode.

The Mistress
Serena officially became Trip's mistress, secretly holed up in his family's country estate. She told him she knew he had a complicated life, but she didn't know just how complicated things were going to get. As soon as Trip left her to have a meeting with Grandfather, it was obvious he was lying. And sure enough, there he was meeting his wife. Trip told Maureen that he cared more about Serena than his career, but that's also a lie — Trip lies to everyone, including himself. Maureen then labeled Serena as a mere "phase" for Trip and said she needed to meet with Serena privately, and Trip of course obliged, because he has no spine.

Serena was shocked to see Maureen, and then Maureen pulled out the letter from Serena's dad. She summarized that anyone who read the letter would assume that Lily "is a cheating whore" who cheated on Rufus with Serena's dad. And she threatened that Rufus would find this out if Serena didn't go along with Maureen's plan for Trip: "You can have him in private, but I get him in public...I'm Jackie, you're Marilyn."

Serena was then finally ready to leave Trip (again). Trip returned home as she stormed out of the mansion, and he pleaded with her to stay. She agreed to let him drive her back to the city, but she didn't want to discuss things.

Then Trip swerved to miss hitting some animals, and he crashed the car.

He got out of the car unharmed, but an unconscious Serena had hit her now-bloody head on the window. So who was the first person Trip called for help? Maureen. Maureen?! How 'bout one of his political advisors, Nate, Grandfather, or one of the many other Vanderbilt relatives who frequent the family parties? No, he called the woman he was supposedly mad at.

After Maureen worked her magic, Serena was now the driver instead of the passenger and Trip had been home all night with Maureen — and in case anyone wanted to challenge this story, she had gotten Grandfather on board with it.

One person who knew the truth was Nate. A bored and lonely Serena had called him from the mansion, and he explained there were no hard feelings between them, even after she chose Trip over him. Nate told her where his hidden pot stash was in the mansion and he informed her that Trip was lying when he claimed to be meeting with Grandfather, because Grandfather was in Bermuda. Not happy with what was going on, Nate headed out to the country estate and came across the accident along the way. Serena had regained consciousness and told Nate that Trip had been driving. Outside the hospital, Nate confronted Trip about moving Serena to the driver's seat. Trip of course acted like the coward he is, leading Nate to punch him (he so deserved that!). Later that night, Serena woke up and saw heroic Nate by her side, asleep in the chair in her hospital room. And Serena seemed happy that he was there.

Before the accident, Serena called Lily and apologized. She told her Maureen had the letter, and Lily said she would tell Rufus everything, like she should have from the beginning. When her mom visited her in the hospital, Serena realized that Lily still hadn't told Rufus everything, and this upset Serena. But that didn't mean that Rufus didn't find out about Lily's secret...

The Trophy Husband
Early in this episode, as Lily rummaged through her closet for the missing letter, she told Rufus that she was glad he was making their family his first priority. But if you read between the lines, you sensed she was annoyed with the fact that he doesn't currently have a job. She then sent him off to some co-op environmental meeting that she was too busy to attend, and he found himself to be the only male there. The ladies were very welcoming, though. He insisted he was not a trophy husband, and one very understanding (and attractive) wife explained to him about how it's a very slippery slope when you start making sacrifices.

Near the end of the episode, Maureen came to Rufus and gave him the letter from Serena's father, telling him to read it. He then went to visit the attractive trophy wife at a bar, needing to talk to someone who could perhaps sympathize with him.

The Ghost of December Past
We reached the one-year mark of Bart's death, and understandably, Chuck was not doing well with this anniversary. Blair tried to get him to visit his father's grave, but he just got snippy with her. And then he began seeing the ghost of his father. Bart's ghost acted just like he did in life: He called Chuck "a disappointment" and disapproved of Chuck's relationship with Blair, saying that Chuck opening his heart to Blair had made him "soft." He told Chuck to put business above all else, even if it meant displacing homeless people. Bart's ghost basically acted like a little devil on Chuck's shoulder who kept telling him to do bad things.

Believe it or not, Blair was the angel in this scenario, and she kept trying to get Chuck to do good. Often, the devil wins in these situations, and he was winning here. A hungover Chuck stood up Blair for lunch and then yelled at her to leave his place. All season long, Chuck's been riding high with his business and dispensing oh-so-wise nuggets of advice to his friends, so it was a refreshing change to see dark Chuck again. But damn, I forgot just how cruel Chuck can be.

Yet Blair didn't give up, and she went to Lily, asking her to talk to Chuck. (Lily had completely forgotten it was the anniversary of her fourth husband's death, but she gladly used this excuse to explain her odd behavior to Rufus.) So Lily went to Chuck, and she seemed to start to get through to him, as she often can do. But then Serena called her and Lily basically abandoned Chuck when he needed her most.

After ignoring Blair's calls, Chuck finally took one — and it was the call in which Blair informed him that Serena was in the hospital. He immediately told the driver to head for the hospital, and this think-with-your-heart move greatly upset Bart's ghost.

Once in the hospital, Chuck flashed back to a scene we never saw a year ago: Bart was in his hospital bed hooked up to machines, and as Lily explained they would have to turn the machines off, Chuck just ran out of there. This memory was too much for Chuck to take, and he literally slid down to the floor in the hospital hallway. A pajama-wearing Blair who had just left Serena's room came across him and sat down beside him. What then took place was another great Chuck-and-Blair scene, with Blair there for Chuck when he desperately needed her. He told her he was weak one year ago in the hospital, when his father needed him most. She saw a different interpretation to the story: He was someone who once couldn't handle feelings, but who now could; he was someone who was strong and who carried other people, including her, and who was becoming a man in a way that his father never was. An appreciative and teary-eyed Chuck then thanked her as her kissed her head and they walked out of the hospital together.

Thanks to Blair, Chuck was then able to visit his father's grave...and he unexpectedly saw a visitor there. An unfamiliar woman, who called him Charles, and then ran away. She left behind a locket with an "E" on it (Chuck's mother's name was Evelyn) that had Bart's picture in it. She also left yellow roses (Chuck's mom's favorite) at the grave. Blair had told Lily that Bart never took Chuck to his mother's grave or even told him where she was buried (now that's odd) because he thought it was morbid for children to visit cemeteries.

And that's it for new episodes for 2009. In the meantime, did Chuck just see his supposedly-dead mother, or just someone who knew her really well? If it was his mother, why on earth did Bart create such a horrific lie about her being dead when he claimed to have loved her so much? Is Rufus going to get very close with his new trophy wife friend? And are Trip and Maureen out of the picture for good, or will they be back soon?

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This week on Gossip Girl, a car accident occurred on the very same day that Bart Bass' fatal car crash occurred one year ago, and characters dealt with the fallout of both the new and old accidents.

Almost-Christmas Presents
As promised, Eric started striking back against Jenny. He and Kira recruited Sawyer, one of Jenny's minions, to steal Jenny's thunder by carrying the same not-yet-in-stores designer handbag as Jenny. This is a no-no, so Jenny banished Sawyer to walking alone on the other side of the street. Before Eric could get much further with his plan, Jenny gave her two loyal subjects handbags of their own, pretending this was her plan all along and that Sawyer ruined the surprise. Eric wondered where Jenny got the money to do this, and at the very end, we learned how: Jenny's been working for her buddy Damien, the drug dealer.

Meanwhile, Dan also gave Vanessa a present, sort of (I know, I'm stretching the analogy here): He finally told her he loves her. And Vanessa quickly replied, "I love you, too," only she meant it as "You're my best friend, of course I love you — pal." Dan started to explain that's not how he meant it, and Vanessa stopped him with a line about how people sometimes say things they don't mean when they're under stress (and they were in a hospital, after learning Serena had been hurt). So, is Vanessa really over Dan, and really into this new guy Paul? This plot line felt a bit rushed, like there wasn't much room for it in this episode.
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