Gossip Girl recap: Charles in Charge?

Chuck and Blair play a dangerous game with Vanessa's heart, while Dan plays the part of Nate's new BF
Ep. 07 | Aired Oct 20, 2008

GROUNDED CHUCK Between Blair's manipulations, his father's new "family friendly" rules, and a blistering put-down from the senior Bass, the dapper young man found his wings clipped throughout the night

Why doesn't Vanessa have any friends her age besides Dan? Or do anything that's even remotely youthful with her spare time? She's either making mochaccinos or saving beloved Brooklyn landmarks. She should be discovering Facebook or crushing on the Jonas Brothers or something. Clearly, I have no specific ideas about what teens like, but I'm certain they don't involve steaming dairy or obtaining local government forms. Also, what's up with the red jeans?! That's borderline unforgivable in my book. I can see why Blair hates her so much. Although I do love the Brooklyn Inn and can appreciate anyone who shares that love. But before I stray too far away from fashion crimes, I have to say I loved the scene in the Constance Billard courtyard when Blair and her posse reamed one of their young wannabes for wearing tights as pants. I, myself, have wanted to yell out "Tights are not pants!" to more than one passerby on the New York City streets. I'm just glad to see that I'm not alone.

But back to the episode: Blair and Chuck entered into some very Dangerous Liaisons/Cruel Intentions territory as Blair propositioned Mr. Bass to seduce and, thereby, ruin that "troll" Vanessa. It's pretty much the perfect story line for two characters so lacking in any kind of morals or empathy. Watching Chuck attempting to purchase the inn, I wondered if an underage high school kid is really allowed to buy a bar. I guess Chuck had already bought the Victrola, but it would mean that the dude would own a place he couldn't even frequent. The chemistry between Chuck and Vanessa proved to be surprisingly strong, though I don't really believe that they would have fallen for each other so quickly. I do buy Blair getting completely jealous. The final scene between her and Chuck was undeniably hot...and also surprisingly hilarious (Chuck, after Blair wonders what took him so long to arrive: "If you thought that was long, you have no idea what you're in for"). It's good that the two didn't go all the way and that Chuck is now making Blair chase him. The back and forth between these lovers/haters has been the heart of this season so far. But I do wonder how far this "romance" between Chuck and Vanessa will go and if it is actually genuine on his side.

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Do you think Chuck and Vanessa will really get together? What's your opinion on Eric's new boyfriend?

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