Gossip Girl season premiere recap: Summer Lovin'

From Nate and Serena to Blair and the new guy, fake relationships are all the rage as the Upper East Siders finish their summer of sex and tears with a Hamptons white party, but somehow the real couples still find each other
Ep. 01 | Aired Sep 1, 2008

BLAIR TO BE Surprise, surprise! Meester's character is embracing her queen bee side

Giovanni Rufino

Her paramour Dan, on the other hand, has not so much been mourning as macking. Dan's ditched Serena and his cardigans for some summer hook-ups while shadowing author Jeremiah Harris (Bright Lights, Big City author Jay McInerney). You gotta love the moment when MacInerney checked out Dan's hookup as she walked away.

The other Humphrey, Jenny, has been working sweatshop style for Eleanor Waldorf's crazy-haired assistant, Laurel (Michelle Hurd). Love this woman. Executive producer Stephanie Savage told me earlier this summer that Laurel is GG's Kelly Cutrone character, a nod to the furious fashion pr company head on MTV's The Hills. Although Laurel, unlike Cutrone, wears makeup and tends to her hair. At least Jenny made up with Eric, who is rocking some seriously bad hair lately. Hello! Can't the little guy go to Serena's stylist? His hair is looking way more Jersey Shore than Hamptons. But I kinda want to start calling those two Little J and Little Gay.

Everyone eventually convened at the white party, which should have been called the Egregious Vitamin Water Product Placement Party. Good Lord. Awkward. I'm surprised that there wasn't a Vitamin blimp flying overhead. Still, everyone looked impeccable. Special shout-out must go to the series' costume designer, Eric Daman, for his styling and to whoever crafted that adorable dress that Jenny wore (and Laurel hated). Speaking of which, I love that Little Gay not only knows NYC socialite Tinsley Mortimer but also uses her to make Laurel jealous. Mortimer, though, might want to take a few acting classes at the Learning Annex before another TV gig. It was as if to her Jenny was a puppy wearing a dress: "That is sewwwww sweeeet!"

Elsewhere in the crowd, Serena and Nate had a helluva kiss set to Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi," which I am now officially obsessed with. The look on Catherine's face was fabulous. That cougar was ready to pounce! But, of course, Dan Humphrey showed up, thanks to the now-kindly CeCe having a plus one to the party and, apparently, a tailored men's suit in the closet (Um, there's no way that Gramps van der Woodsen and Dan are the same size.) Also, Dan Humphrey needs to lighten up. True, Serena did kill someone, and that's definitely a barrier to any relationship, but kissing Nate at the White Party is hardly manslaughter. And was Dan rocking the wifebeater a nod to Ryan from The O.C.? I'm onto you, Josh Schwartz!

And, while I suspected there was something up with "James," I had no idea that he was going to reveal that he was British and a lord. I just thought he was another closeted gay guy. But I enjoyed this little twist. (In all fairness, I've seen the first three episodes and know that this twist will become a big old knot very quickly and tons of fun.)

For me, the best scene of the entire episode was the goodbye between Chuck and Blair outside the White Party. From the cinematography to the acting, everything was just fantastic. The capper was Blair holding back the tears and putting on a brave face as Marcus drove up — just heartbreaking.

The adults didn't get much love on this episode. Rufus had pretty lame scenes on his tour bus. Thankfully, there was no impromptu "Tiny Dancer" with the Lincoln Hawk members. And Lily was nowhere to be found. Apparently she and Bart are having one of those summer-long honeymoons.

What did you think of last night's premiere of Gossip Girl? Are you all in already or reserving judgment?

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