Blair, Serena, Chuck, Nate and Dan might’ve graduated high school seasons ago, but they are still making the same mistakes. Last night on “Gossip Girl,” Blair unleashed her inner Queen Bee only to boss around and mistreat her minions (Penelope returns), Serena accidentally ruins a life, like she has done so many times before, Chuck makes a scene, Nate gets whored out, and Dan does what he does best, he jumps to conclusions and hurts somebody’s feelings. The characters are making same mistakes, but this isn’t high school anymore, the stakes are higher now and that means that they have a lot more to loose.

The Players:

Episode Title: “I Am Number Nine

Blair makes all of her former minions and Charlie compete to secure the coveted bridesmaid spots in her upcoming royal wedding. Nate is tired of keeping his relationship with Diana secret, so he decides to use Charlie to make Diana jealous. Serena’s boss is determined to acquire the film rights to Dan’s book, so Serena must put her personal feelings about Dan and the book aside in order to close the deal.

The Good:

  • My Royal Wedding: Blair preps for her Royal Wedding (she actually calls it that and then draws comparisons between her and Kate Middleton). Her first task is to choose a bridesmaid. Serena is obviously the maid of honor, but since she’s too busy playing producer, Blair needs someone else to take on the responsibility. She calls on her minions (and Charlie) and puts them though a mini-boot camp where they have to undergo different tasks that would be likely to happen on the day of the wedding. Only Blair could pull off a thing like this because she has.
  • Clueless Nate: Leave it to Nate to be clueless that Diana has a main squeeze besides him. It’s just who he is. Even though he works in media, he has no clue that his cougar is exclusive with somebody else (it has been all over the tabloids apparently). This eventually leads to some big jealousy thing between Nate and Diana, similar to the one between Nate and Dutchess Beaton in Season 2.
  • Serena, The Life Ruiner (SPOILERS!): The Serena of Season 5 is not the Serena we know and love (and sometimes hate). She’s not a selfish schemer (that’s Blair) . Serena’s always trying to help situations, mind you she always ruins peoples lives in the process, but still, it’s always with a good intention. Last night she tried to help Dan, but her plan backfired and she completely screwed Dan over, unintentionally. While it’s not good to see Dan get kicked off the best seller’s list, it was good to see the old Serena.
  • Chuck’s Honest Apology (SPOILER!): Chuck’s apology to Blair saved this episode from being a soap opera of cliches. It was so honest and beautiful when he showed up to Blair’s house to apologize for everything he ever did to her (not saying ‘I love you’, not waiting for her at the Empire State Building, etc). The moments between Chuck and Blair are really the best. They have unmistakable chemistry.
  • Best Life: “We’re going to Zuckerberg him.” Serena’s boss refers to Dan.

The Bad:

  • Chuck’s Psychoanalysis: Doesn’t it takes years and year of psychoanalysis for a person to figure out their fears? In just a few sessions, Chuck figures out that his biggest fear and deals with it. He gets over it, like it’s nothing.
  • Serena’s Boss (SPOILER!): Why is Serena still working for this freak of a boss? Doesn’t she have any self respect? And why does her boss have to be that evil? She went from being the nicest producer to being an intern’s worst nightmare. Luckily, Serena’s lost her job and that means we won’t be seeing the evil producer anymore.

Overall:

There’s no denying that these characters have matured, but last night’s episode of “Gossip Girl” felt like it was taken straight out of Season 2. The Chuck and Blair scene at the end was a nice touch though.

Rating: 6.5/10

Watch “Gossip Girl” Monday nights at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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