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Gossip Girl Episode: "The Grandfather"

Season 2, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: Spurred by recent changes in her life, Blair seeks out a wilder lifestyle, and this worries Chuck and Serena. Meanwhile, Vanessa suggests that Nate make amends with the Vanderbilts, and Lily and Rufus make lists of their past lovers.
Original Air Date: Mar 23, 2009

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Season 2, Episode 19
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Length: 42:40
Aired: 3/23/2009
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "The Grandfather" Season 2, Episode 19

Like winter melting into spring, three characters on Gossip Girl tried to move forward in their lives this week. But just as spring got lost in the late-falling snow, Lily, Blair and Nate got lost along the way. In the process, we got to glimpse the wild Lily of the past, the self-destructive Blair of the present and the Vanderbilt clone that possibly will be Nate in the future.

Lily and Rufus provided some fun comic relief this week, as well as a cautionary tale of something never to do: make lists of past lovers. It was all Lily's (very bad) idea, after she learned that Becks has also dated Rufus. Soon Lily was deep into page two of her list, and Serena cautioned her not to "drop the yellow pages" on Rufus because it was going to "take him 20 minutes to get through just the '90s" of her list. We learned that among the many lucky gentlemen on that list were the names Slash and Trent Reznor.

When it came time to trade, Rufus passed Lily his tiny index card. Suddenly second-guessing this great idea of hers, Lily handed him only page two and told him it was the whole thing. Eventually, Rufus found the complete list and was unhappy — not that Lily's list was so long, but that she lied. This led to a fight, but thankfully, not a long-lasting one. Soon, Rufus returned to her (even though she admitted the whole mess was her fault) with a different list, one that proved just how well he knew her. And all was forgiven.

Forgiveness wasn't Blair's goal, however. Destruction was. As in destroying the Blair Waldorf of the past, now that her future was looking nothing at all as she has imagined it would. Blair was having a crisis that many people have around her age: when they realize that life doesn't always work out according to plan. Only she was having it on a grander, Blair Waldorf-sized scale. First, she hooked up with Carter and rubbed Chuck's face in it, merely to piss Chuck off. But Carter also served to encourage her newfound bad behavior, which included shoplifting.

There was a brief moment where Blair made an attempt at forgiveness as she went to Dean Miller's house and begged for him to let her into Sarah Lawrence. But the teacher-hazing scandal haunted her still, and she got a "no" from the Dean. Chuck and Serena (nicely teaming up, united in their concern for Blair throughout the episode) convinced Dorota they had no time to play "Where's Waldorf?" An insult from Chuck had Dorota speaking in her native tongue before she gave in and told them where Blair was. They had the fortunate timing to arrive at the Dean's home just as Blair was being rejected, which made things even more humiliating for her.

By the day of the Vanderbilt party, the amount of insults Blair threw around increased in conjunction with the amount of alcohol she consumed. Chuck got in big-brother mode and literally pulled her away from the blue-blood ladies she was trashing. As he tried to remind her that he had recently been in a similar situation, she mocked the drama of his roof theatrics. That was funny, although his loss of his father tops her loss of Yale. Then she threw herself at him, and he once again rejected her because her heart wasn't in it. He commented that he missed the old Blair, and she replied that she'll never be the old Blair again. That would be a shame, because as fun as the new Blair is, she can't hold a candle to the old Blair.

And what about the new Nate? He too had me missing the old Nate. His new side emerged after he reconnected with the Vanderbilts. He was initially reluctant to do this because of how badly they treated him and his mom when the chips were down. This stubborn side of him was somewhat appealing, because at least he had conviction. But at Vanessa's urging, he reconciled with the Vanderbilts at their small family abode. Grandfather flew in via helicopter, and he appeared genuinely happy to see Nate. He turned on the polite charm as he gave middle-class Dan and Vanessa a tour of the estate. Soon Nate was playing touch football in a scene right out of Wedding Crashers or any TV movie about the Kennedys. Then he started sporting the family-crest blazer.

Vanessa kept being supportive, until cousin Tripp told her that Nate would be spending the summer interning at the mayor's office. This meant he would no longer be backpacking through Eastern Europe with her. When she confronted Nate about this, he got all wishy-washy and told her nothing was decided yet. The Grandfather put him on the spot and made an announcement about the internship, and it was a done deal, with Nate talking about the Vanderbilt legacy. I had to agree with Vanessa here — if I thought this was what Nate really wanted, I'd be happy for him. But he's rather like putty — easy to mold. And Grandfather is a powerful, manipulative man. Though Nate is a bit aimless, I think he's truly in need of finding himself, and to do that, he needs to be free from people trying to mold him.

While at the party, Nate and Blair shared a rather sweet scene where they talked about their younger days and how they started going out together when they were 12 or 13. They both talked about feeling lost, and Nate reminded Blair of her favorite old movies she made him watch over and over, because she liked knowing how things would turn out. This shed light on the magnitude of her present crisis. Nate then said "You can't fight against who you are," making his decision to fully accept being a Vanderbilt more clear. Throughout this scene, I couldn't help but think about what great friends these two have become.

So that made the last scene... difficult. First, Nate hadn't officially broken up with Vanessa yet, but he took Blair home to make sure she was OK. Didn't he care how Vanessa was? Then Blair asked him to stay. Now, will he do the same thing as Chuck did — not take advantage of her while she's so vulnerable and not herself? Will he not sleep with her because he needs to see where things are with Vanessa? Will he not ruin their friendship, as well as his friendship with Chuck, because it's taken so long to rebuild all of that? Or will he say screw all that?

Whatever happens, it won't be a secret, because Chuck was downstairs and he found Nate's blazer. I was happy that Chuck took Serena's advice and was finally willing to fight for Blair, perhaps even be ready to tell her those three little words. However, as much as Chuck has hurt Blair, he's really going to have to prove himself to her and be there for her in a major way. But is he too late?

So, wasn't this week better than last week's slightly off episode? Did you like that Serena slapped Dan? Will the Vanderbilts prove to be Nate's downfall, or his salvation? And does revisiting the Nate-Blair-Chuck triangle make for good drama, or should they let that conflict remain in the past and move on?

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Like winter melting into spring, three characters on Gossip Girl tried to move forward in their lives this week. But just as spring got lost in the late-falling snow, Lily, Blair and Nate got lost along the way. In the process, we got to glimpse the wild Lily of the past, the self-destructive Blair of the present and the Vanderbilt clone that possibly will be Nate in the future.
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