Last night, Gossip Girl took a trip down memory lane. As we saw in last week’s episode, Dan and Serena reunited and realized they missed each other’s company (probably because they’re both running thin on friends these days). In “Where The Vile Things Are,” the high school sweethearts, spend some time together – on vespas and inside elevators. Also, Blair reminisces about her high school glory days and comes up with a master plan to rock the fashion world.

The Players:

Episode Title: “Where The Vile Things Are”

Blair gets ready for her mother’s imminent arrival, but is unprepared for the demands she puts upon her. Serena volunteers to help Dan find a new place, but their time together brings up unexpected emotions. With Ivy’s help, Chuck discovers there is evidence incriminating his father in illegal activities and enlists the help of Nate to retrieve it. Meanwhile, Rufus and Ivy are excited about their art gallery opening until they find an empty RSVP list and must scramble to make the event a success.

The Good:

  • Trip Down Memory Lane: We all remember the horrible first date Dan and Serena went on. He tried to impress her by taking her to a fancy restaurant (that he couldn’t afford) when all she wanted was to ride a Vespa and play pool. Serena finally got that ride, and also admitted that she let him win their first game of pool.
  • Chuck is a Cinephile: It turns out Chuck has an amazing memory when it comes to Steven Soderbergh movies, specifically Traffic. His great knowledge of Soderbergh’s catalogue makes him much more likeable.
  • Auction Battle: Lily and Ivy engage in an epic battle at an auction over the rainbow lady painting, which previously belonged to Lily. She doesn’t want Ivy to own anything of hers; and Ivy wants to publicly humiliate Lily. In the middle of their intense auction battle, Chuck swoops in and outbids them both, but then all of them lose to Rufus. [Insert maniacal laugh here] Well, technically Ivy still wins because she’s the one paying for the painting. But still, fun scene!
  • Grace Jones: While reminiscing about high school, Blair realizes that being a bully is just part of her. So, instead of apologizing to Nelly Yuki for the awful things she’s done, she embraces her dark side, or as she calls it, her inner Grace Jones. Now Blair is determined to turn the Upper East Side into her playground. Hell hath no fury like a Blair Waldorf scorned!

Best Lines:

  • “What is this? Downton Abbey? Everyone back to work.” –Eleanor.
  • “My Grace Kelly can defeat my Grace Jones.” –Blair
  • “[Daniel Humprey's] center thesis is correct. You are running my business like you’re still the meanest girl in high school.” –Eleanor
  • “Blair, you tracked me down with your spotted map, and threatened me with the return of Vanessa. You are not mature, polite or professional.” –Dan
  • “And it’s not like you’ve never used Gossip Girl to further your own agenda. Oh wait, oh wait. You were Gossip Girl… for a second.” –Dan
  • “You can’t blackmail your way through business.” –Eleanor

The So-So:

  • Serena and Dan: The writers’ are trying to bring the show back full circle. Maybe we all knew it was just a matter of time before Dan and Serena fell back in love. But is anyone else feeling cheated by their newfound romance? The Vespas and elevators are all nice (for nostalgia), but are we to believe that their relationship can just fall back in to place? People are not rubber bands, they can’t just snap back. Dan and Serena have been through too much. Their relationship cannot be resolved with a kiss and some time in an elevator. We refuse to accept that. 

The Bad:

  • Nelly Yuki Shows Up Again: Why does Nelly Yuki keep showing up? We have nothing against Women’s Wear Daily, but there are other fashion magazines and websites besides WWD. Besides, didn’t anyone tell Blair fashion bloggers are the big thing right now? Get Rumi Neely or Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller on the show. That would make more sense. 

Overall:

These last few episodes of Gossip Girl have been very eventful. From Serena’s breakup with Steven to the leak of her and Dan’s sex tape, the show’s been anything but boring. “Where the Vile Things Are” was mainly about Dan and Serena. So far, we’re having mixed feelings about their revamped relationship, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t curious to see what happens next.

Rating: 8/10

Gossip Girl airs Mondays at 9 p.m on the CW.

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