It’s was a Rhodes family affair on “Gossip Girl” last night. Whenever these women come together, you never know what’s going to happen, especially when Grandma Cece is in town. Serena continues to occupy her bed, blogging about how fabulous her life, and Charlie’s fate is brought to the forefront. Sadly, the Upper East Siders didn’t come together during ‘Rhodes to Perdition’, but there was a lot of drama and a few Chair moments that made the episode worthwhile.

Let’s go over Monday’s ‘Rhodes to Perdition.’

The Players:

Episode Title: “All The Pretty Sources

Lily, Charlie and Serena eagerly anticipate the Studio 54 party being thrown in grandma CeCe’s honor. Nate takes on a new role at the Spectator, but his first big story turns out to be about someone he knows too well. Blair turns to an unlikely person for help.

The Good:

  • Dan Fights Off the Haters: Dan hasn’t recovered from his brief but painful moment as a successful, young writer. Now he’s traded in fiction for online squabbles – Dan is anonymously fighting off all of his online haters though an avatar he named ‘Danfan’. Where his career is going is hard to tell, but it’s bound to be something exciting. The suspense is slowly building.
  • Nate Takes Over: Last week we said good-bye to cougar lady Diana Payne. She resigned as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, and last night, Nate took over. As soon as he was done giving his “I’m in charge now” speech, one of his reporters jumps at him with a juicy scoop. The problem is that the story is one that involves someone from the Vanderbilt family tree. Nate’s ethics are tested, again. In the end, everything played out in a way that was honest to his character. Nate has always been a fair guy and that showed in what he ended up doing.
  • “Charlie Sheen to Charlie Brown”: Blair desperately tries to figure out the key ingredients to Chuck’s transformation, which leads her to realize that maybe she’s the one who brings out the worst in people. She and Chuck spend some time together, since Louis is once again M.I.A. Chair scenes are always great – there’s no denying that they still love each other.
  • Charlie Rhodes (SPOILERS!): Somehow Charlie was able to convince the gullible Rhodes (Serena included) family that she is Charlie, not Ivy. Although Charlie’s story hasn’t been as intriguing as others, there’s no denying that she’s different from the other guest characters the show gets. She’s not your usual villain (maybe she’s no a villain at all). The big question now is, once her identity is revealed, will the Upper East Siders shun her like they do those other villains? Or will they show her some sympathy?
  • Best Line: Rufus to Dan: “It’s time to leave Inside behind and go outside.”

The So-So:

  • Sister Quarrels: Yawn! That’s what happens when Lily and her sister Carol fight, and make-up. It’s a waste of time to see these two sisters go at it every time they see each other. We get it, they hate each other. And what’s with Lily being so mad at Carol for being a ‘horrible mother’? She’s the one who’s put her own daughter in prison.

Overall:

Even though “Gossip Girl” works best when all of the Upper East Siders come together, last night’s episode had enough good drama and witty lines to keep us entertained.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

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