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Gossip Girl Episode: "Remains of the J"

Season 2, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Serena throws Jenny a sweet-16 party, but things get out of hand when Poppy Lifton takes control of the festivities. Elsewhere, Vanessa assists Chuck with a scheme involving Blair and Nate, and Rufus looks for a way to fund Dan's education at Yale when he discovers financial aid is not an option.
Original Air Date: Mar 30, 2009
Guest Cast Armie Hammer: Gabriel
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Season 2, Episode 20
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Length: 42:45
Aired: 3/30/2009
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "The Remains of the J" Season 2, Episode 20

This week on Gossip Girl, Jenny turned 16, and she knew exactly what kind of a party she wanted. However, hostess Serena, thinking mainly of herself, had a different kind of party in mind. Guests Blair, Nate, Chuck and Vanessa acted like they were at a swingers party as they played switcheroo.

It was nice to see Jenny off the backburner for the first time in awhile. At a fun breakfast scene (I love the mass chaos, blended family scenes on this show), Serena and Lily made Jenny a wonderful offer to throw her a lovely Sweet 16 party. An underwhelmed Jenny very politely refused, saying that was more of her scene last year, but not this year. She said she would prefer a small gathering with just a few friends and family, some board games and her dad's chili. I can understand their disappointment, but this Jenny's birthday after all, so it should be her choice. And she was very clear about this. So end of story, right?

Not even close. Serena took it upon herself to un-cancel the caterer and put the big bash back on. As an even bigger bash. Why? Because she's selfish. Globe-trotting society gal Poppy Lifton made Serena feel like a mere high-school kid (as Dan later pointed out, that's exactly what she is for a few more months), and she painted Serena as being stuck in a rut. So Serena decided to use Jenny's birthday party to throw an elegant shindig that would put herself back on the map. All the while, she kept trying to convince herself that she was doing this for Jenny.

Jenny, realizing that Serena "hijacked my party" and didn't really "care what I wanted," decided to fight fire with fire: She posted the party on Gossip Girl and soon had Serena lamenting, "You turned my sophisticated soiree into a teenager rager." And so these two buds had their first fight.

I'm gonna side with Jenny on this one. Serena could throw her own party anytime. I know, she wanted to upstage Penelope's party and she wanted Poppy to be there, but what she did to Jenny was horrible. And since Jenny didn't get anywhere by honestly explaining what she wanted in the first place, I can understand why she posted the party. So I was surprised the way no one stuck up for her after Lily and Rufus came home (nice timing on how they got there just as the cops arrived). Dan was all, "I just tried to keep things under control," and Serena and Eric totally turned on the birthday girl, blaming Jenny for causing things to get out of hand.

Then Serena had the nerve to act like she was the one who was wronged. And she split — first she just left the apartment, upset that her mother yelled at her, and then she left town. For Spain. (Again, she's still in high school, but whatever — sure, go run off to Spain for a week.)

Let me back up to the part where I explained that Lily and Rufus returned home — more specifically, they returned to her home, not their home, as they don't live together. Yet. But they were thinking about it. Partly because they thought maybe it was time for that next step in their relationship (after all, Lily's been a widow for nearly four months now), but also as a matter of economic necessity, as Rufus recently found out that Dan doesn't qualify for financial aid from Yale. After refusing to take a handout from Lily, Rufus was more open to the idea of selling the loft and using that money for Yale.

Dan and Jenny, however, were not at all sold on this idea (and I too was hoping this plan would fall through — I would miss that loft set!). Dan, convinced he'll be away at college, expressed his displeasure by mocking Jenny with his rendition of The Jeffersons' theme song (classic Dan, at his best). Jenny explained point blank, "I choose not to be a Park Avenue princess." Luckily, this home merger was put on hold, thanks to the kids not behaving very Brady-like.

Yet some other mergers happened. Chuck knew that Blair was stopping by Nate's every morning, but Blair insisted it was just platonic. And it was... but Blair wanted more. When Chuck expressed his opinion that she and Nate have no chemistry and lacked the fireworks he shared with her, Blair really took offense, wanting to cross beyond that friendship line with Nate even more.

But first, Nate had to break up with Vanessa. I'm glad he didn't go with just a text message as Blair suggested, but damn, he was kind of cold to Vanessa: "Don't act so surprised, V. You saw this coming." Ouch! This spurred a side of V. we rarely get to see: Vanessa set on revenge (the last time we saw her, she stole Nate's letter to Jenny). I will say, I enjoy seeing this side of her, because so often Vanessa is presented as the grounded, moral character who does the right thing. It's nice to see that she's human and has some flaws.

So Vanessa agreed to Chuck's plan to pretend to hook up with him, hoping to make Blair and Nate jealous. Needless to say, this completely backfired. By the next morning, Chuck and Vanessa woke up in bed together, and Nate had Dorota bring Blair to her favorite spot in the park, so they could share another "first kiss" together.

The park scene was very sweet, and Blair and Nate are indeed very sweet together. Sweet... and boring. Now I've never hid the fact that I'm a Chuck and Blair fan, and I totally respect the opinions of those who are Blair and Nate fans. But I'm still not jumping on that bandwagon and I'll explain why. Blair whined to Dorota when Nate kissed her on the forehead "like a little girl" while in their friendship phrase. But she always seems to act a little girlish around him — like they're not on equal footing. Later, Blair told Dorota that being with Nate was fun and easy. Now, keep in mind that it was Blair's dream to go to Yale, one of the toughest academic colleges in the country. Since when has Blair been into "easy" — she loves a challenge. Earlier, Serena pointed out that Blair being with Nate was drama-free. Can drama queen Blair Waldorf really live without drama?

Moving on to Nate, he got pissed at Vanessa in this episode when she was playing Chuck's game and trying to manipulate Blair. At that point, he said to her: "You wanted to be more like Blair Waldorf? Well congratulations, you succeeded." So, comparing her to Blair was an insult. And now he wants to be with Blair?

As for this episode's other happenings: Chuck and Vanessa do make an interesting pair that could be fun, but how many characters in this small circle of friends and frenemies are going to hook up with each other? The fact that Serena "sort of" knows Poppy's boyfriend will make for an interesting trip to Spain, I'm sure. And what is up with Dan's only "fan" being Lily and Rufus' long-lost son, Scott? Does Scott really know who Dan is, as his adoptive father suspects? And how funny is it that Nate's e-mail password is simply "soccer"?

No new episode until April 20! Until then, do you think Jenny was ungrateful about the party Serena threw for her, or was Serena obnoxious in how she took it over? And are you happy with the new Blair-Nate and Chuck-Vanessa couplings, or do you want to see them switch back?

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This week on Gossip Girl, Jenny turned 16, and she knew exactly what kind of a party she wanted. However, hostess Serena, thinking mainly of herself, had a different kind of party in mind. Guests Blair, Nate, Chuck and Vanessa acted like they were at a swingers party as they played switcheroo.
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