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'Gossip Girl' Recap: Sixteen Candles

Jenny's birthday party becomes ground zero for Serena's identity crisis, Nate and Blair's conflict with Chuck and Vanessa, and Rufus and Lily's consideration of living together

PARTY POOPER Jenny acted just like a 16-year-old and pitched a fit when she didn't get her way
Image credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW
PARTY POOPER Jenny acted just like a 16-year-old and pitched a fit when she didn't get her way

'Gossip Girl' recap: It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...

I think it’s a fair statement to say Gossip Girl has been a tad off in these last couple of episodes. It has felt a little too serious and draggy. But the hour of bitchery, fashion, and cute boys I love the most is back, ladies and gents! I thought this was a fun, fun episode that propelled the story forward in interesting ways and actually made me sad that we won’t be seeing any original episodes until April 20.

So, there are two elements that I did not like in this episode: Blair and Nate. But even though their back and forth failed to light any sparks, last night’s GG edition was still incredibly satisfying. I don’t know what it is about Blair and Nate but their pairing just doesn’t do it for me. Last week, they had such a great scene in that ballroom at Nate’s family’s reunion. But this week it just all felt blah. Oh well. Maybe all the snow doused their passion. That’s it — I’ll blame it on the snow. Precipitation always ruins romance.

Wow. Jenny Humprhey is 16 years old. It seems like only yesterday she was skulking around the Brooklyn loft, hanging out with slutty models, and almost having three-ways. By comparison, today she’s almost Mary Poppins. It made me a little sad, though, that she had no friends to invite to her party. But only a little sad. We are talking about annoying little Miss Racoon Eyes after all.

How Victoria Beckham is Poppy now? The bob. The fur vest. The European jaunts. Very Posh Spice. I love how she completely sized up and judged Serena’s current social life. And apparently there is only one pastry shop on the Upper East Side. That place must make a damn good croissant!

When Rufus told the kids that Lily wanted them to come over for breakfast and then she appeared in that tent-like orange top, I was almost certain she was going to reveal she was pregnant. Or incredibly bloated. But no — she just wanted to throw Little J. a sweet 16 party. I honestly don’t know why Jenny wouldn’t immediately jump at the chance for a van der Woodsen party. Hello, fancy! Also, can someone take me to Missoni for my birthday ensemble? That dress was the jam. Fantastic. Even better was the fact that the party brought back the meaner, manipulative Serena. I love that she basically threw the whole party to spite Penelope and the mean girls. My favorite line of the night actually belonged to Miss Penelope: “In the last 20 minutes, I’ve been hit on by 2 Bronfmans and a gay designer. It was totally worth it.”

I definitely noticed The Misshapes amongst the crowd at Little J.’s birthday party and I believe that was noted celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan. As for the rest of the crowd, I found it sort of unbelievable that such a mix would show up after Jenny email blasted Gossip Girl. I mean, aren’t the majority of kids who read that site big ole upper crust snobs, like Penelope and her gang? The hoodlums who showed up to the party looked like the audience for TMZ or something.

NEXT: Chuck and Vanessa get horizontal

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