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Gossip Girl Episode: "The Lady Vanished"

Season 3, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: Jenny's relationship with Damien concerns Rufus and Lily. Meanwhile, Chuck discovers some things about the woman who may be his mother; and Dan and Vanessa try to date other people.
Original Air Date: Mar 15, 2010
Guest Cast Laura Harring
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Season 3, Episode 14
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Length: 42:13
Aired: 3/15/2010
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "The Lady Vanished" Season 3, Episode 14

If a therapist had guest starred Gossip Girl this week, he or she could have been very busy. That's because Serena was projecting her own lost-Daddy issues onto Chuck and his "is my mom alive?" confusion, while Rufus was misdirecting his anger at Lily and their marital troubles onto Jenny and her relationship with Damien. As for Dan and Vanessa? Those two were living in total denial.

Beach Blanket Bingo
So Dan and Vanessa tried to go back to being just friends, and they pretended to date other people. Vanessa called up Paul and asked him to get back together in time for the indoor dorm beach party, and Dan attended the event with some random girl he met in the hallway. Soon they were leaving their dates and sneaking a kiss. Eventually, their dates realized they were being used and left them, and Dan and Vanessa admitted they were both scared to date each other and possibly ruin their friendship — a friendship that had now become so awkward, it was already ruined. Finally, they said what the hell and decided to take a chance on having a romantic relationship with each other. And then they tried something new: Having sex for the first time without a third person.

It was during their scenes that I thought I accidentally flipped my remote control over to Greek on ABC Family. This is Gossip Girl, a show that lets us momentarily escape with the extremely wealthy and their high-class problems at extravagant parties. This means Dan and Vanessa need to stop spending all of their time with each other and start mixing with their upper-crust friends again. If not, we're going to have to suffer through more of these boring dorm parties and uncomfortable Dan and Vanessa scenes.

It's All Relative
Whether Elizabeth was really Chuck's mother weighed heavily on his mind, so Chuck retreated into his closed-off mode as he tried to work through things. Blair was upset he was shutting her out, and before long Chuck caught her, Nate and Serena listening to his phone message from Elizabeth. By that point, he found the other half of her locket and was convinced that she was his mother, yet he decided to move on and be done with her. For once, Blair accepted this and apologized to him for snooping. Serena, however, took on the Blair role of playing games, and she tricked Chuck into meeting Elizabeth at a restaurant.

So Chuck played along and tested Elizabeth by writing her a check. She took it, and therefore she failed his test. Again, Chuck was prepared to cut ties, but Serena wouldn't stop. She talked to Elizabeth, who shared her ugly story with Serena: She was 19, and she and Bart were unmarried and had no money, so they were going to put the baby up for adoption. But once Chuck was born, Bart couldn't go through with it and decided to raise him. Elizabeth wanted no part in this, and she told Bart to tell her son that she was dead thinking this would be easier on the child. Bart paid her to stay away, but she said that was unnecessary, as she had no intentions of ever coming around. Elizabeth then contacted Chuck again to give him his check back and tell him her story. She announced that she was going to stay in town so she could get to know her son. Suddenly, Chuck was acting very un-Chuck-like, beaming with smiles around his newfound mommy. It was a nice sight to see, but I'm not ready to call her Chuck's mom until we some DNA test results. Why? Because he's Chuck Bass, and he usually doesn't get the elusive "fairy-tale ending" that he referred to earlier in this episode.

So why was Serena trying so hard to reunite Chuck and his mom? Blair knew, and soon Nate knew, too, after Serena opened up to him about it: It was all about her father. Serena told Nate how she spent last summer searching for the dad she barely knows, and how he apparently doesn't want to get to know her. Nate was extremely supportive, standing by her side as she left a good-bye message to her dad, telling him she was finally done looking for him and ready to move on.

Drugstore Cowboy
Jenny also had some father-daughter issues to work through, but first, she and Damien had some drugs to hide. They successfully hid them from Lily, who then got the mistaken idea that Damien had spent the night in Jenny's room. Once Rufus was caught up to speed, he announced that he was taking Jenny back to Brooklyn — and that he would be moving back with her. Sure, Rufus has every reason to be worried about Jenny, but clearly his solution showed that he was just begging for an excuse to put some space between him and Lily and their continuing marital woes, and Jenny saw that.

Jenny was also tired of Damien referring to her as "just a friend," and she wanted to prove to him just how much of a bad-ass and risk-taker she was. So as Damien was about to leave the penthouse with the secret stash of drugs, Jenny took the drugs and dumped them on the floor in front of Rufus and Lily. That was indeed gutsy — stupid, but gutsy. As Jenny explained to Damien, "I may be a bitch, but I'm not a little bitch. I told you I wasn't afraid." So once again, Jenny and Damien were subjected to a sit-down, this time about drugs. As Jenny took the blame and Rufus told her he no longer recognized her, Damien finally did exactly what Jenny wanted him to do: He swooped in and rescued her, admitting they were his drugs. He then told a very sad, gut-wrenching story about how they were actually his drug-addict father's pills. I started to believe him, and it turns out that story was true.

However, this didn't change anything: Rufus was still looking to get away from Lily, so getting Jenny away from drug-connected Damien provided him with the perfect cover to do that. In the end, Lily was left all alone. (Where's Eric? Doesn't he still live here? No mention of him at all...) Though Lily did have Rufus' scarf, which the doorman explained Rufus had accidentally left at the attractive neighbor's place. And Rufus was also all alone, waiting for Jenny, who had fled with Lily's OxyCotin and was in Damien's arms, finally kissing him.

So, are you happy that Dan and Vanessa are finally giving romance a shot, or do you think they were better off as friends? Do you believe Elizabeth's story? And what storyline is more compelling: Jenny as a mean girl on the Met steps or as a bad girl dealing drugs with Damien?

 

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If a therapist had guest starred Gossip Girl this week, he or she could have been very busy. That's because Serena was projecting her own lost-Daddy issues onto Chuck and his "is my mom alive?" confusion, while Rufus was misdirecting his anger at Lily and their marital troubles onto Jenny and her relationship with Damien. As for Dan and Vanessa? Those two were living in total denial. read more

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