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This past Monday night’s episode of Gossip Girl was the episode entitled Valley Girls, the episode set the stage for the possible GG spinoff of the same title.

In the episode, the gang attended prom, and Lily (Kelly Rutherford) reflected on her teen years in LA.

We’ll start off with the prom scenes.  This story starts off with Lily learning that Serena (Blake Lively) has decided to remain in jail to teach Lily a lesson.  However, Dan (Penn Badgley) convinces Serena that she needs to go to prom.  So, Dan convinces Serena’s grandmother to post her bail, and then he has Jenny (Taylor Momsen) design a gown for Serena for prom.  He then picks her up in a cab and takes her to prom. 

Serena goes to prom

Serena goes to prom

Meanwhile, Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate’s (Chace Crawford) prom plans keep getting destroyed from the limo service they chose to take them to prom all the way to Blair’s prom gown getting destroyed.  However, Blair is presented with a gorgeous gown that she had sketched as a little girl and thinks her father sent it to her.  Blair and Nate get to prom to find out they’ve been nominated from Prom King and Queen.  However, the mean girls are planning on making Nelly Yuki (Yin Chang) the winner as a slap in the face to Blair.  Chuck (Ed Westwick) overhears the mean girls and removes all of the dummy votes for Nelly and replaces them with votes for Blair.   Blair sees Chuck with the Nelly votes in his hand and assumes that he was going to rig the competition so Nelly would win.  Blair and Nate are crowned king and queen, and Chuck admits to Serena that he’s the one that made it so Blair would win and he’s the one who had her dream gown made.  Chuck really loves Blair.  Blair does not learn any of this, but while dancing with Nate she comes to the realization that she and Nate are not meant to be and the two break up.

Blair and Nate break up

Blair and Nate break up

Lily turns to Rufus (Matthew Settle) for advice on how to deal with Serena and with her own mother.  Rufus tells Lily that she is still finding herself and that she needs to make amends with her mother and Serena in order to begin progress.  Lily tries to kiss Rufus, but he turns her down.  However, there is definitely still a chance for these two.

Lily reflects on her past

Lily reflects on her past

While all of the shenanigans are going down, Lily reflects on her teen years.  Teen Lily (Brittany Snow) gets kicked out of boarding school and head to L.A. to see her father (Andrew McCarthy).  He basically rejects her and tries to get her back into boarding school, which she refuses.  Lily’s mother (Cynthia Watros) tells Lily to come home, but Lily also refuses her offer.  Instead, Lily goes looking for her sister, Carol (Krysten Ritter).  She finds Carol, falls for a boy, meets her future husband and kicks the crap out of him, and finds herself in jail with Carol.  Carol and Lily decide to live together and they get released from jail. 

A younger Lily with her father

A younger Lily with her father

Now for my opinions.  First, the good.  The episode was ok.  I liked that Blair and Nate finally ended their relationship.  I liked that we got to see a very sweet side of Chuck.  I liked the cast of Valley Girls.  I loved that Nelly Yuki and Dorota (Zuzanna Szadowski) were both featured. 

Dorota and Blair

Dorota and Blair

What I didn’t like.  I felt like the characterization was all over the place.  I didn’t really feel like the characters would react the way they did to certain situations.  I didn’t like how the mean girls went after Blair when they’ve been worshipping her for years.  I didn’t care for the Valley Girls storyline (though I LOVED the 80’s music!).  I was unhappy that Georgina’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) story was dropped completely for the episode.  It kind of felt like the whole episode was out of continuity with what’s been happening lately.  And it didn’t really make that much sense that Lily would be reflecting on her teen years so much throughout the episode.  It just really wasn’t that good in my opinion.

That said, next week’s episode “The Goodbye Gossip Girl” looks AMAZING!  It’s the season finale, and here’s what we know so far…

Blair and Chuck might be getting back together, Gossip Girl launches gossip that ticks off the Upper East Side Gang, Serena goes after Gossip Girl and finds someone that is connected to GG herself, Dan and Serena’s half brother shows up (but we wont know who he is until the last second of the show), Jenny takes Blair’s spot as queen of Constance Billard now that Blair is graduating, Serena hooks up with someone, and Georgina returns to wrap up her storyline.  Plus it’s graduation!  It should be an exciting hour next week!!!

Blair and Serena will be graduating next week!

Blair and Serena will be graduating next week!

So, what did you think of last night’s episode?

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What can I say?  Gossip Girl was AWESOME tonight!  One of the best episodes in the last several weeks.  So many great things to talk about here!  🙂

First off, I loved that Blair’s mother, Eleanor (Margaret Colin) and Cyrus (Wallace Shawn) were featured.  I love those two actors, they are just so funny.  The Passover dinner scenes were fantastic! 

Cyrus Rose and Eleanor Waldorf Rose

Cyrus Rose and Eleanor Waldorf Rose

Next up, the resolution to the Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) story.  It’s about time we got some closure to the story that started between them all the way in the very first episode of season 1.  The original story came straight out of the pages of the Gossip Girl books and I loved it.  I really loved the resolution tonight, and wonder where it’s going to go.  Will Chuck and Jenny become friends?

Jenny Humphrey and Chuck Bass

Jenny Humphrey and Chuck Bass

Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate (Chace Crawford)…wow, what a power couple they are.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a Chuck and Blair fan, but still, Blair and Nate DO have some magic between them.  Such a cute couple, and the scenes between them were great.  Even better was the very first scene between Blair and Nate’s grandfather!  When he was manipulating her into convincing Nate to go to Yale and she turned the tables on him to ensure that not only would he get her into Yale as well, but also put her in his other grandson’s wedding party.  Too bad he turned the tables on her in the end, but she still came out on top.  That’s my Blair!  🙂

Blair Waldorf and Nate Archibald

Blair Waldorf and Nate Archibald

So, Serena (Blake Lively) got married to Gabriel (Armie Hammer) in Spain, huh?  And it looks like Poppy (Tamara Feldman) and Gabriel are setting her up.  Very interesting.  Even more interesting is the return of Michelle Trachtenberg’s Georgina Sparks next week.  Georgina couldn’t have come back at a better time.  Maybe she’ll be the one to put Poppy and Gabriel in their places.  I hear that Georgina and Blair are going to really lock horns this time around. 

Gabriel Serrano and Serena van der Woodsen

Gabriel Serrano and Serena van der Woodsen

I was sad that Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski) didn’t appear tonight, as she is such a scene stealer.  But I hear that Dorota will be hanging around for a long time.  That’s very good news!

Dorota and Blair Waldorf

Dorota and Blair Waldorf

I love any scene that features Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Rufus (Matthew Settle).  Those two are just so awesome and have such great chemistry.  I also love how they’re covering up Kelly Rutherford’s pregnancy on the show.  They’re coming up with some very creative ways to hide that tummy.  🙂

Rufus Humphrey and Lily van der Woodsen Bass

Rufus Humphrey and Lily van der Woodsen Bass

Also missing in action tonight was Vannesa (Jessica Szohr).  I haven’ t been a huge fan of her character on the show, but in the books I loved her.  I’m hoping that Vanessa will get a good storyline soon.  In the books, Vanessa and Dan (Penn Badgley) are the couple to root for, but on the show they’re really pushing us to want Serena with Dan.  I’m starting to feel that Serena and Dan have run their course on the show.  They’ve gotten together and broken up so many times that I can’t keep count.  So, maybe it’s time to see how Vanessa and Dan would work on TV.

Dan Humphrey and Vanessa Abrams

Dan Humphrey and Vanessa Abrams

I can’t wait to see what next week will bring us, especially with Georgina making a big return.  It looks like Georgina found religion and wants to save Chuck!  And it looks like Blair catches Poppy and Gabriel making out behind Serena’s back.  Lots of good stuff, let the games begin! 

Georgina Sparks

Georgina Sparks

Poppy Lifton

Poppy Lifton

Rufus, Lily, Jenny, Nate, Vanessa, Blair, Serena, Dan, and Chuck

Rufus, Lily, Jenny, Nate, Vanessa, Blair, Serena, Dan, and Chuck