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'Gossip Girl' recap: Chuck hangs with his father...and meets his mother (maybe)!!

This season of Gossip Girl is turning into a regular family reunion. We’ve met Vanessa’s annoying mother. We learned that Serena’s father had popped back up on the radar. And now we have seen Mother Bass or some lady who has the same taste in flowers. I knew she was still alive! In fact, I called this waaaay back when Chuck and Dan ended up in jail in season 2 and Chuck discussed his mother’s death. I knew it! Of course, I could totally be wrong and this mystery lady, played by Mulholland Drive’s Laura Harring, could end up being his childhood maid or something; she was kinda dressed like Dorota.

It was a very Chuck-ish episode with the action taking place one year after his dad Bart’s death. I’m not sure I completely bought all of Chuck’s brooding and ignoring Blair. Also, I have an extreme aversion to ghosts popping up and conversing with the living. It just never comes off. But I was surprisingly moved by the final moments with Chuck in the hospital, reliving the moment when his father passed away. It was probably one of the more serious and emotional scenes in Gossip Girl history. Oh and most importantly Chuck looked really hot for the entire episode.

The other major focus of the evening was on Serena and Tripp. He is such a dud I cannot handle two women fighting over him. What is the allure? The dude wears hunting gear in his free time. Also, I’m kind of obsessed with the fact that even when Serena’s lounging around the house, she wears low-cut tops, emphasizing her cleavage. Doesn’t this girl ever wanna just wrap herself up in a Snuggie? Or put on a turtleneck? No wonder she was cold! Clearly, not only did Tripp’s cottage not have heat, it didn’t have undergarments either. While we’re on the subject, how the hell could this place not have cable or wi-fi? The dude is a politician! He should at least have access to CNN.

So the big twist — hinted at in the commercials — is that Serena and Tripp get in a fairly major accident after swerving from some wolves. It all felt oddly Twilight-esque to me (it also reminded me of the 1994 Jack Nicholson flick Wolf). I was half-waiting for one of those wolves to bite Tripp and have him go all Jacob. Sadly, that did not happen. What did happen was a poorly conceived cover-up hatched by Tripp and Maureen. First of all, how are they supposed to explain Serena stealing Tripp’s car? I just didn’t buy any of that. Thankfully, it appears the Serena/Tripp affair is coming to an end, evidenced by Nate punching the dude in the face.

I sort of love Rufus as the trophy husband. He’s totally becoming a lady who lunches. But clearly he’s going to launch into some kind of relationship or almost-relationship with this co-op board lady. Meanwhile, Lily was kind of a mess in this episode. She just kept bopping back and forth to different locations. I realize she was a little freaked out because the letter was missing but she seemed a little too spazzy. And it kinda made me sad that she totally forgot the anniversary of Bart’s death. I know he wasn’t the best guy but still! So, personally, I don’t believe anything went on between Lily and Serena’s father but what do you think, PopWatchers? I’m sure they had omelets or something benign like that.

The lumberjack look suits Dan very well. Very, very, very well. He looked adorable in that flannel shirt. But the dude is like a crazy lady magnet. That Willa girl is bizarre. Who seduces someone — while dressed in a gold lamé blouse I might add — with a weird performance art video? I’ll tell you who: crazy ladies. And then the poor guy got totally rejected when he told Vanessa he loved her. Once again, Vanessa, your little pal Paul is clearly a homosexual. Dan is cute, hetero, and has clearly been lifting heavy things. Go for him!

I was hoping for a little more malice in Eric’s plot against Jenny. But it all just added up to some purse sabotage. I looooved Jenny’s coat though. That was something to fight over. And it was nice to see little Kira Abernathy again.

But I think my favorite twist was that Jenny Humphrey is secretly selling drugs with Damien. Yay for Bad Little J. Things are so much more fun when she’s misbehaving. And Damien is a nice addition to the cast although the dude needs to lose the deep v-neck tees. Not a good look.

What did you think of last night’s Gossip Girl? Are Serena and Nate gonna get together? Will Vanessa ever feel the same way for Dan?

Originally posted December 8 2009 — 7:00 AM EST

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