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Gossip Girl Episode: "The Empire Strikes Jack"

Season 3, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Blair must make sure Eleanor's latest fashion show is a hit with a particular client, and Rufus volunteers Jenny to help. However, trouble occurs when Jenny sees Agnes is modeling in the show. Meanwhile, conflict arises between Chuck and Jack once again.
Original Air Date: Mar 29, 2010
Guest Cast Willa Holland: Agnes
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Season 3, Episode 16
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Length: 42:17
Aired: 3/29/2010
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "The Empire Strikes Jack" Season 3, Episode 16

This week it was time for another fashion show on Gossip Girl, and these events never fail to entertain. As always, they're about so much more than fashion, and this occasion allowed people to discover who their real friends (and family) were.

Old Friends
Rufus hoped to get Jenny out of her funk by volunteering her to work at Eleanor's latest show. And it worked! As soon as Jenny was surrounded by the hectic backstage scene, her eyes lit up. Though she and Eleanor hadn't parted on the best of terms, Eleanor explained she believed in second chances — and she went so far as to extend her peace offering to Jenny's old friend-turned-enemy Agnes. Jenny was hesitant to renew this friendship, but Agnes won her over and began endearingly calling her "bitch" once again. However, Agnes was faking the whole friends angle. (One way for the writers to make Jenny's character seem sympathetic? Put her in scenes with evil Agnes).

Jenny opened up to Agnes about Damien, which was a big mistake. Agnes devised a plan to get back at him, and Jenny agreed, but then backed down because she didn't want to ruin this second chance she was getting in the fashion industry. The more Eleanor complimented Jenny, the more Agnes wanted to see her fall. Finally, Agnes swiped Damien's old stash from Jenny and had one of her pals drug Jenny's drink, disguised as a toast from Eleanor. Soon, Jenny was totally out of it. Agnes then dropped Jenny off at a bachelor party and told the guys that Jenny was ready to party. Luckily, most of them could see that she was underage and barely conscious, so they didn't touch her — all except for one creepy guy. Jenny received a call from her "big brother" Nate (Dan's completely vacated this role), and he tracked her location and saved her in the nick of time, just as the creepy guy was about to take Jenny home with him.

Nate helped Jenny pull off an "I'm exhausted" cover with Rufus, then gave her a pep talk about how things were going to turn around for her. And just like that, they did! Eleanor texted her that she was hired, so all was well. A very appreciative Jenny thanked Nate, and her eyes lingered on him as he walked away. Eyes that said she wanted him to be something much more than her substitute big brother. Soon, Jenny was checking out updates about Nate and Serena on Gossip Girl.

Friends With Benefits
So just as Dan and Vanessa were about to reluctantly reveal their couple status...they realized everyone already knew, because Nate beat them to the punch. After chatting with Serena, Vanessa worried that she and Dan were stuck in a rut, simply eating noodles and watching a movie every Saturday night. Nate and Serena suggested to Vanessa that she role play and act out Dan's favorite movie. Now, Chuck and Blair definitely could have pulled off this Rear Window scene, and maybe even Nate and Serena, but not Dan and Vanessa. Eventually Rufus crashed their date, but the evening was beyond saving at that point anyway.

So, was this finally the end to these awkward Dan and Vanessa romantic scenes? Of course not! Dan went to her dorm and apologized to her and explained they were so much more than merely friends with benefits. Vanessa ate up every word (along with the pierogies he brought), and so their romance continues.

Bought Friends
Eleanor was hoping to sell her new junior line to Mr. Conwell, a Middle America retailer who owned a chain of Walmart-type stores called Conwell's. So she assigned Blair the task of gathering up 10, 20, even 30 of her buddies from NYU ("wholesome American girls" who like cheap clothes) and bringing them to the fashion show. The only problem was the fact that Blair has no friends at school. Simple solution: She hired some. She got her old prostitute pal Brandise to gather some of her fellow working girls, but this plan didn't work because Mr. Conwell was appalled that hookers were at this show. As Blair started to yell at Brandise for blowing her cover, Brandise explained she didn't slip — Mr. Conwell had recognized Julian, his favorite male prostitute, at the show (Mr. Conwell calls Julian every time he's in NYC). So Blair resorted to one of her old standbys and blackmailed Mr. Conwell into offering to buy Eleanor's line.

The deal was nearly set, until Mr. Conwell told Eleanor that a few changes were necessary: more modest hemline and neckline lengths, as well as a name change, because "Eleanor Waldorf sounds too uppity." And that was the last straw for Eleanor: She beautifully stood up for herself and told him that she didn't want to sell him her line. She then gave Blair the good advice to "never hide who you are" (it's really a shame Eleanor isn't around more often to give Blair much-needed pearls of wisdom and set examples like this for her). Her actions inspired Blair to admit to her mom that she has no friends at NYU and that she hates it there. Eleanor explained to her that "Waldorf women are special because we don't fit in anywhere." Later that night, Blair met some gals from Columbia who dressed a lot like her, and suddenly she envisioned a place where she might feel more at home. Soon, Blair was back in her dorm room hanging up a Columbia pennant, focusing her eyes on a new goal.

Family Ties
Moments after Chuck was telling Blair how much he trusted his newfound mommy, some of his staff entered his hotel room and told him to vacate the building, per Elizabeth's orders. Chuck was puzzled until Uncle Jack entered and cleared up any confusion: "You've been played, Chuckie, from the very beginning." Chuck stood teary-eyed and in shock; Elizabeth seemed a little remorseful; and Jack relished the whole ugly scene. Chuck then summoned the rest of the Fab Four (Blair, Nate and Serena) and got them up to speed, telling them his only hope was to talk to Elizabeth. He tried to do this, but got nowhere with her. He was sure that Jack had something on Elizabeth, but she explained that was not the case — she acted purely out of love for Jack. A hurt Chuck warned her, "If you believe that he loves you, then you deserve whatever happens next."

Chuck then called Nate and told him it was all over, he lost the Empire. Nate and Serena hatched a plan to snap some photos of Jack in a compromising position with some party guests and show them to Elizabeth, but Jack was one step ahead of them and dismissed their plan as being too "high school." Chuck saw Elizabeth again and she told him he was right: She gave Jack an ultimatum, and he chose the hotel over her. She also told Chuck that she wasn't his real mom —his real mom, whether dead or alive, was a much better person than she was. After Chuck left, Jack called her and asked her to reconsider leaving, and even offered her money to stay. From this conversation, we learned that Elizabeth just lied to Chuck because she is in fact his mother! I didn't see that coming — I definitely thought she was just a stranger whom Jack hired. That would have been easier to digest. Leaving him as a baby and allowing him to think she was dead (and that he basically killed her in childbirth) — that was harsh, but she had her reasons, and she admittedly didn't want a child and left him with Bart, who desperately did want him. However, re-entering Chuck's life and totally wrecking it? How can he ever forgive her for that?

As the episode neared its end, Chuck showed up a Blair's door and told her Elizabeth was dead to him and his hotel was gone. But he didn't look at all defeated, and Blair knew this meant he was ready for war with Jack.

Are you happy or sad that Elizabeth is indeed Chuck's mother? Do you like the direction Jenny seems to be heading in regarding pursuing Nate, or would you rather he remain her friend/surrogate big brother? And are Dan and Vanessa winning you over yet as a couple, or does this relationship need to end ASAP?

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This week it was time for another fashion show on Gossip Girl, and these events never fail to entertain. As always, they're about so much more than fashion, and this occasion allowed people to discover who their real friends (and family) were.

Old Friends
Rufus hoped to get Jenny out of her funk by volunteering her to work at Eleanor's latest show. And it worked! As soon as Jenny was surrounded by the hectic backstage scene, her eyes lit up. Though she and Eleanor hadn't parted on the best of terms, Eleanor explained she believed in second chances — and she went so far as to extend her peace offering to Jenny's old friend-turned-enemy Agnes. Jenny was hesitant to renew this friendship, but Agnes won her over and began endearingly calling her "bitch" once again. However, Agnes was faking the whole friends angle. (One way for the writers to make Jenny's character seem sympathetic? Put her in scenes with evil Agnes).
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