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Gossip Girl Episode: "The Age of Dissonance"

Season 2, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: The kids put on a play, and Serena becomes attracted to the director. Elsewhere, Blair gets crushing news about her future; Dan and Rachel try to stay away from one another; and Chuck seeks help from his adversary, Carter Baizen.
Original Air Date: Mar 16, 2009
Guest Cast Laura Breckenridge: Rachel Carr
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Season 2, Episode 18
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Length: 42:41
Aired: 3/16/2009
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "The Age of Dissonance" Season 2, Episode 18

This week the 12th graders at Constance and St. Jude's participated in their mandatory senior play, the New York high-society set The Age of Innocence. And in the process of getting into character, many of them discovered their true selves.

It feels like ages since we were last treated to a new episode! But we did leave off at a good place, with Dan and Ms. Carr just starting their illicit affair. Since then they've apparently tried to play by the rules and keep their distance, but their passion was too deep and they could no longer help themselves. By means of old-fashioned pen and paper, they planned a rendezvous. However, clumsy wardrobe mistress Jenny dropped the note and Rufus picked it up. He tried to immediately take control of things and showed up at Rachel's place when she was expecting Dan. He said very little, as his mere presence was intimidating enough to her.

He wasn't quite so intimidating to his own son, who copped a hell of an attitude when confronted. Dan pulled the "I'm 18 now, I can do what I want" line. Rufus could have resorted to the old "While you live in my house..." standby, but he didn't. He made a good point about how Dan could get expelled and could lose Yale if word of this relationship got out, but Dan was hearing none of that.

If Dan wanted to know how difficult it was to lose Yale, he could have talked to Blair. Nelly Yuki was in, which meant Blair was out — apparently, someone anonymously called Yale and told them about her teacher-hazing incident, and just like that, Blair's dreams were crushed. Suddenly, she no longer had a problem identifying with her character, Countess Olenska, someone who can't have what she wanted. Of course, when someone does Blair wrong, she has only one thing on her mind: vengeance.

Blair set her sights on her target: Nelly Yuki in a fat suit. Just as she was about to strike, Blair took another bullet: Someone posted on Gossip Girl the secret info about her ex, Marcus, sleeping with his stepmother and Blair knowing about it. Nelly was also surprised by this news, proving to Blair it wasn't Nelly... so it must have been Vanessa!

Blair, now on a rampage, went after V. Only Serena took up for her "friend" Vanessa, which did not please Blair. And then a message went out on Gossip Girl that Serena only got accepted to Yale because she could guarantee them press releases. And this did not please Serena, who assumed Blair was behind this posting. Blair of course wasn't, so it must be...Dan! This was getting confusing. As Blair lamented to Dorota, "Do you know how hard it is to get revenge when your enemy's changing every five minutes?!" (And how funny was it that Penelope's maid costume looked just like Dorota's uniform?!)

Blair and Dan's scene on stage in the carriage was terrific when they were muttering how they really felt in between their lines (those two do have good antagonistic chemistry together). Soon, Nate took this approach to a less subtle level after he forgot his lines on stage. Still hurt by director Julian's critique that he was "empty," Nate broke character and went off on how much he hated this play and how he could truly identify with a character whose family suffered a humiliating scandal.

Nate wasn't only struggling with the play, but he was also struggling in his relationship with Vanessa, fearing they were just too different. He also mistakenly thought that V. had a thing for the pretentious Julian when she was playing Cyrano for Serena, the one who really had a crush on him. Serena often pretends to be something she's not for her boyfriends — perhaps after this latest silly charade she'll stop doing that. Perhaps she'll improve her sense of gaydar as well. And maybe Nate will stop being so insecure after Vanessa called him out on it. He seemed to be ready to end things with her pretty quickly, and she had to be the one to go to him in the end. But when she caught him at home finally watching the film version of The Age of Innocence — well, that was rather sweet.

Also sweet: Dan sharing with Blair that Rachel was the real culprit of all the anonymous calls and evil posts. Super-sleuth Dan once again solved the case and confronted Miss Iowa, who admitted to everything. (Dan caught on faster than me — I didn't realize he had told her so much!) Dan didn't pull any punches when he told Rachel "You crushed my ideals." Not exactly something a teacher wants to hear. And not only did he rat her out to Blair, he also gave B. more ammo: "We had sex in the costume closet, so do whatever you want with that."

So what conniving plot did Blair come up with? Absolutely nothing. Instead, when Rachel commented that she didn't know what kind of person she had become, Blair saw herself in Ms. Carr. She told her that her punishment was to "just live with it," as she was doing. All season, Blair seemed to be slowly working on getting past her mean-girl ways. But now, she seems to think it's a lost cause. "Betrayal's in my nature," she told Serena in the end. And apparently, she now thinks she's only fit to hang out with slime, as it looked like she was about to hook up with Carter, Chuck's arch enemy, at the bar.

This, just as a spurned Chuck was coming crawling back to her, but not finding her at home. I've said little about Chuck because once again, he was trapped with a boring plot line. He was still searching for that secret gentlemen's club that his father belonged to and he finally found Elle, but I don't know Elle well enough to really care about her as a character. He was making plans to be with Elle in Brazil and was shocked to learn that she was just using him for money — when did Chuck get so stupid? Couldn't they have saved this story line for next season and let him do high-school stuff like be in the play with his friends? They have so little time in high school left...

So, are you glad Ms. Carr's going back to Iowa? Are you hoping Chuck will go back to high-school shenanigans? And do you give the seniors' The Age of Innocence performance a thumbs up like Julian's critic buddy, or a thumbs down?

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This week the 12th graders at Constance and St. Jude's participated in their mandatory senior play, the New York high-society set The Age of Innocence. And in the process of getting into character, many of them discovered their true selves.
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