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Gossip Girl Episode: "Inglorious Bassterds"

Season 3, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Chuck and Blair face a challenging decision, and Dan and Vanessa's relationship hits a snag. Meanwhile, Serena arranges a surprise party for Nate, but Jenny attempts to wreck those plans.
Original Air Date: Apr 5, 2010

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Season 3, Episode 17
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Length: 42:29
Aired: 4/5/2010
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "Inglorious Bassterds" Season 3, Episode 17

The characters on Gossip Girl typically love to play games, and in this week's episode they went above and beyond. Dan and Vanessa engaged in some mutual lying; Serena hosted an Assassin-themed birthday party for Nate; and Chuck and Blair played a very high-stakes game with matters of the heart.

The Liar's Club
Dan was working on a play for his application to Tisch, and Vanessa was working on a script for a class of hers. Typically, they share their work with each other in hopes of getting honest, constructive feedback, but Dan was hesitant to do that now because they're sleeping together. Vanessa thought this was silly and swapped papers with him. So Dan read Vanessa's script, and it was awful. He thought he should lie, but Rufus advised him to be truthful. Dan started to be honest, but when he saw Vanessa's reaction, he lied and told her it was great.

Vanessa then lied and told Dan she hadn't read his play yet. However, Dan soon discovered it in her bag, and she had it covered with red notes. He finally confronted her, and they gave each other critiques of their work. So all was good...or so we thought. Vanessa had an odd expression while hugging Dan after this honest exchange of feedback. Later, we learned that she, too, is applying to one of the few coveted positions in Tisch's writing program — and trying to keep it a secret from everyone, including Dan.

Assassin
Nate loves playing Assassin, so Serena arranged a game with tons of their friends for his birthday. However, she thought it would be even more fun to make it a surprise party, so she told him they were going to some toad benefit instead. Nate, needless to say, was less than thrilled about this, and Serena stole his cell phone so he wouldn't find out about the party. Jenny was clued in to Serena's plan by Eric. (Yes, there was an Eric sighting this week! He even had his own subplot in which he found a new cute boyfriend in the building.) Upon hearing the fact that there would be a "five-hour window" in which Nate would mistakenly think Serena was a bad girlfriend, Jenny seized this opportunity to lure in her prey. She subtly got Nate to ditch his birthday lunch plans with Grandfather, and then she kept exploiting her own traumatic incident from last week (the roofie/bachelor party incident). Jenny ignored the APB posted about Nate on Gossip Girl and got him to go to a movie with her. She finally brought Nate to the party an hour late.

Throughout the party planning, a very pregnant Dorota was hysterical while playing with guns and making sure the cookies were in the shapes of bullets, knives and bombs. Though she didn't win the game, she did win a proposal from her baby daddy, who very sweetly got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.

Jenny was careful not to get killed as she played Assassin with a lot of gusto. Eric tried to confront her about her actions with Nate, but she denied that anything was going on. Serena confronted Nate about why he was so late and why he had been with Jenny, and he told her about what Jenny went through last week and how she needed him. Serena of course understood and told Nate what a good guy he was. And then Jenny "killed" her. So the game was down to just Nate and Jenny, and Jenny surprised Nate with a kiss and "killed" him. Nate was more upset about the kiss than about losing the game, and as they headed back to the party, he asked her, "What the hell was that?" Then he underscored that they were just friends, and Jenny said she got it — before obnoxiously announcing "I won" to the whole party.

Indecent Proposal
Chuck and Blair's dangerous game with Uncle Jack borrowed heavily from the 1993 film Indecent Proposal. To summarize that movie: Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson played a married couple who could use some money, and Robert Redford played a billionaire who offered them $1 million if Moore's character would sleep with him. For this show, swap $1 million with the Empire, Chuck's hotel that now belongs to his uncle. Jack even approached Blair the same way Redford approached Moore in the movie, while she was considering buying an expensive dress. In the dress shop, Jack offered Blair the following proposal: "Chuck can have the Empire. And it wouldn't cost him a thing. Just a night with you."

Now, Jack's already had Blair (on New Year's Eve 2008 to be specific), but Jack loves to toy with people, and he loves watching people fall. Especially Chuck. Plus, Jack is very much like Bart in that he hates seeing Chuck "go soft" because of love. And having his family members call him soft seems to be Chuck's Achilles' heel. Add to that the fact the Empire is so much more than a hotel to Chuck — to him, it represents that his father was wrong about him and that he's not a failure — and things get very complicated.

Of course Jack's proposal is revolting, and I wanted to scream to Blair to run — run far, far away from Jack, because Chuck would never forgive you for this, even if you do it for him (surely he was going to find out about it). But I also tried to look at things from her perspective. And the scene in which Chuck snapped at an understanding Blair in her bedroom pretty much sealed the deal. After screaming, he quickly apologized, then sadly declared, "I am everything my father said I was." Blair loved Chuck so much that she saw he needed this hotel to be whole again, and she was willing to sacrifice herself, her morals and her even possibly her relationship with him in order for Chuck to get back his sense of self-worth.

So Blair wore the dress Jack bought, and armed with a contract, she went to him. She also told him that Chuck must never know about this. Jack smiled a smarmy grim of self-satisfaction before kissing Blair as she winced. And then he dismissed her, and their deal was complete. The sex never happened, because as Jack explained, he didn't really want Blair, he wanted to destroy Chuck. And then Jack dropped the bombshell: Blair was merely a pawn, and Chuck was well aware of this deal: "I told Chuck I'd take either the hotel or you. He chose to give me you....He said you wouldn't be able to resist stepping in to save him behind his back."

A devastated Blair confronted Chuck, who explained he couldn't have let Blair in on this game because Jack would have seen through that. Chuck thought he won and got the best of Jack, but he didn't realize how completely heartbroken Blair was. He referenced the speech she once made to him about standing by him through "the worst thing I ever did; the darkest thought I ever had," but this was too low and too dark for Blair. Chuck pointed out that Blair did go up to Jack on her own, and she slapped him, before telling him good-bye.

Chuck and Blair's breakup has been rumored for months, and though I've dreaded it, I knew it had to be something big to really have an impact. And this was big. Damn, Chuck — I did not see that coming! I really didn't think he was aware of Jack's proposal to Blair. I thought Blair would go through with it, and Chuck would find out and be the one devastated. This is probably because throughout their relationship this year, Blair has been the one who has played more games and acted somewhat childish. All season, Chuck has acted wise beyond his years. But when he went up to throw Jack out of the hotel, his naïveté really shined through. When Jack declared victory, Chuck expressed a belief that he and Blair will get past this — as if it wasn't that big a deal. And Jack predicted that Blair has now seen the real Chuck and never will forgive him for this, pointing out that the Empire "is all you have."

I'm a huge Chuck and Blair fan, but I understand the need for the writers to create drama and not let then get dull. I do hope that Chuck is right and Jack is wrong and that Blair eventually forgives him, but I also think Chuck is greatly underestimating how horrible his actions were. I think it's going to take Blair a very long time to forgive him, and Chuck is going to need to do a lot and of work and a lot of growing up to win back her trust.

So, is Vanessa going to take Dan's spot at Tisch — and is she going so far as to sabotage him? How far will Jenny go to get Nate? And do you want Blair to eventually forgive Chuck for using her, or is Chuck's betrayal unforgivable?

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The characters on Gossip Girl typically love to play games, and in this week's episode they went above and beyond. Dan and Vanessa engaged in some mutual lying; Serena hosted an Assassin-themed birthday party for Nate; and Chuck and Blair played a very high-stakes game with matters of the heart.

The Liar's Club
Dan was working on a play for his application to Tisch, and Vanessa was working on a script for a class of hers. Typically, they share their work with each other in hopes of getting honest, constructive feedback, but Dan was hesitant to do that now because they're sleeping together. Vanessa thought this was silly and swapped papers with him. So Dan read Vanessa's script, and it was awful. He thought he should lie, but Rufus advised him to be truthful. Dan started to be honest, but when he saw Vanessa's reaction, he lied and told her it was great.

Vanessa then lied and told Dan she hadn't read his play yet. However, Dan soon discovered it in her bag, and she had it covered with red notes. He finally confronted her, and they gave each other critiques of their work. So all was good...or so we thought. Vanessa had an odd expression while hugging Dan after this honest exchange of feedback. Later, we learned that she, too, is applying to one of the few coveted positions in Tisch's writing program — and trying to keep it a secret from everyone, including Dan. read more

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