Gossip Girl” loves to showcase anonymity and secrecy. In last night’s episode, the Upper East Siders went to a charity event where the required accessory was a white mask. Dan was the only one missing out on the action. Now that he’s a published author, he’s got readings to do and empty book stores to visit. So he was off doing that, or he telling people that that’s what he’s doing. Let’s go over the ups and downs of ‘The Big Sleep No More.’

The Players:

Episode Title: “The Big Sleep No More”

Several of our favorite Upper East Siders attend a performance of Punchdrunk’s provocative theater experience, ‘Sleep No More,’ which translates to masks, anonymity and some surprising romantic twists by the end of the evening. Meanwhile, Diana sets her sights on Serena in her quest to ruin Gossip Girl. Dan is out on his book tour, but things aren’t exactly as they appear to his friends and family.

The Good:

  • Chair (SPOILERS!): Chuck’s apology last week was the highlight of the episode, but Blair didn’t fall for it one bit. This week, with Louis being away and all, she was determined to expose Chuck. The first time they run into each other, Chuck is walking Monkey and being photographed doing other good deeds. Blair is on her way to feed the ducks. They have a mild confrontation. The next time, Blair seduces Chuck so that she can prove to herself (right…) that he’s the same old Chuck. In the end, the two share a passionate kiss that only Darota gets to witness.
  • Dan And Failure: Dan has a hard time dealing with failure. We don’t see much of him during this episode, but it’s interesting to see the roller coaster he’s on. He was on top of the world a couple of week’s ago, and now he’s at a very low point. It’ll be interesting to see what he decides to do.
  • Charlie: Charlie’s ghosts are haunting her. Max, her Los Angeles boyfriend that she left behind, tracks her down in New York. Is he going to expose her? Charlie’s story is finally getting interesting.
  • Best Life: Diana to Nate: “Maybe you should have some fun without the pressure of me on top of you all the time.”

The So-So:

  • High School Games: Last week, Diana told Charlie that Nate was hers. (“He’s mine!” she cried). But this week, Diana does a 180 and suggests that she and Nate take a break. So there’s this love triangle going on between Diana and Nate and Charlie, but it feels a lot more High School than it should. Thankfully Nate did point out that this is a bunch of high school nonsense: “Diana tells me she wants to take some time off. Then Charlie kissed me and ran. I mean, I thought we left stuff like that behind in high school.”
  • Diana Always Knows What To Do: Some of Diana’s appeal is that she always knows what to do, but even James Bond needs some time to think things over. Maybe it’s because we’re not entirely sure of who she is (she could be a spy or maybe just someone’s mom), but it’s beginning to feel odd how quickly she adapts to new information. In last night’s episode, she didn’t sweat it once. She always knew what to do to come out on top.
  • Serena’s Advice: Serena gives everyone very good advice but she very seldom follows it. She gives Blair the advice to focus on her relationship with Louis and leave Chuck alone (to deal with his own demons), but yet she’s always making the same mistakes. She tells Blair to deal with her problems, but she’s always sticking her nose into everyone else’s business.

Overall:

Chuck and Blair are the two characters carrying this show forward, right now. Dan is interesting to watch too. Last night we finally got a hint of who Diana might be working for, but it seems way too complicated. Hopefully Diana’s storyline pays off because a lot of time is being spent on this secondary character. Next week, the masks come off!

Rating: 6.5/10

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

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