After three long months, Gossip Girl finally returned with the first of 10 new episodes. Naturally, a social event (the French Ambassador Dinner) was at the center of things. As for the drama on hand, several relationships were in flux: Nate and Serena were becoming a couple; Jenny was feeling ignored by Damien; Lily and Rufus were hitting a rough patch; and Chuck was hoping to restart a very old relationship.
Taking It Slow
After seasons of teasing us, the writers are finally putting Nate and Serena together. And the two of them were adorably giddy about it. However, they received warnings from both Blair and Dan to take things slowly. Nate decided to take Dan's advice, so he un-invited Serena to the dinner, which was going to be their first official date. Bad move, Nate, because this pissed Serena off so much that she followed Blair's advice to play games and asked Damien if she could be his date to the function. Yes, it turns it's a small world after all: Jenny's drug employer is also Serena's old boarding school buddy.
Losing her ticket as Damien's date meant Jenny was more than happy to volunteer herself as Nate's date. Both Serena and Nate were jealous, but these two are no Chuck and Blair — they don't like playing games for very long. Before the night was through, the two had made up in the coat room, and a naked Serena (whose dress went missing) had to take a stranger's coat in order to leave the event without risking an indecent exposure citation.
Functional Fashion Design
In this episode, the always-creative Jenny learned how to combine her two favorite hobbies: fashion designing and drug dealing. Damien was facing the dilemma of how to get drugs to the French ambassador's daughter (a top client) at the high-security dinner. Jenny saw a jacket in a magazine that sparked the idea to hide the drugs in a jacket by sewing them under some sparkly metal appliqués. Jenny would check the jacket at the coat check, and the ambassador's daughter would pick it up and wear it out.
All was going well until Damien saw an opportunity to pursue Serena, his boarding-school crush. Since Serena wanted to go to the dinner with him (well, use him, but he didn't know that at the time), she would wear the jacket instead of Jenny. One little problem: Serena had no idea she was wearing drugs, and she didn't want to take off the damn jacket. It was funny watching Damien try and get it off her, with no success (alas, Nate was successful...). Damien was ready to throw in the towel on his whole drug-dealing career, when a lucky Jenny spotted the jacket on the floor. She made sure the ambassador's daughter got the jacket, and Damien learned to stop underestimating Jenny.
The Solo Ski Trip
Rufus went on a ski trip alone during the holidays, which meant that things were not going well between him and Lily. When he did get back into town, he crashed with Dan at the loft, but he didn't open up to him too much. (Dan, meanwhile, talked to Nate about reading self-help books on how to navigate his awkward friendship/relationship with Vanessa, who was MIA this episode.) When Rufus finally confronted Lily, he told her he knew she spent time with her ex-husband while she was in Europe and he didn't want any more lies. He asked her point blank if she slept with him and she said no, but she admitted to kissing him. This hurt Rufus enough to send him to visit his favorite neighbor: The same attractive member of the wives' club he'd struck up a friendship with several months ago.
Desperately Seeking Elizabeth
Chuck kept the locket that the mysterious woman dropped at his father's grave, and after bribing a jeweler, he found out that the woman's name was Elizabeth Fisher. He kept trying to see her, but had little luck. He became so obsessed with this endeavor that he blew off Blair's Anna Karenina role-playing plans for sex and later told her to go to the ambassador dinner alone. He eventually apologized for this, and when Blair asked him if this was about "that awful whore" at his father's grave, he explained (as only Chuck can), "I think that whore may be my mother." So Blair blew off her plans to shmooze her way into getting a secret-society charter at NYU and decided to help him track this woman down (this scene showed a lot of growth on both their parts).
When Chuck finally confronted Elizabeth about seeing her at the grave and having the locket, she was very nice, but she had stories and answers for every inquiry: She had a brief relationship with his father a long time ago; she was visiting her own mother's grave nearby; she read that Bart had a son and Chuck resembled him (Chuck pointed out that's not true — he resembles his mother more); Bart must have given lockets to all of his girlfriends. Blair was suspicious that she was lying and shared with Elizabeth the guilt Chuck feels for having "killed" his mother during childbirth. As the episode ended, an upset Chuck told Blair, "I don't have a real mother, Blair. I never will," and Elizabeth was seen holding the other half of the locket, which contained a pictured that looked a lot like a younger version of herself holding a baby.
So, Elizabeth's clearly hiding something: Is she really Evelyn Bass, or is that too simple, and there's some other secret she's hiding? Is Rufus going to have an affair with his neighbor? And are you glad that Nate and Serena are finally together as a couple?
After three long months, Gossip Girl
finally returned with the first of 10 new episodes. Naturally, a social event (the French Ambassador Dinner) was at the center of things. As for the drama on hand, several relationships were in flux: Nate and Serena were becoming a couple; Jenny was feeling ignored by Damien; Lily and Rufus were hitting a rough patch; and Chuck was hoping to restart a very old relationship.