'Gossip Girl': Vanessa joins the Dark Side
Blair herself was in top form. Determined to win the honor of giving the freshman toast, she was ready and willing to take down her only known competition, Vanessa. After learning that Olivia, NYU's original choice to give the toast, had decided to accept the offer, Blair saw the perfect opportunity to eliminate both players. At first, it looked as though B's manipulative charm would work. Vanessa's buttons were pushed and soon she was lying to BFF Dan and Olivia in order to play Blair's game and further her own agenda. However, when B offered her beloved Chuck as the sacrificial lamb to sleazy alumni Josh Ellis, I knew she was in over her head. The guys' kiss barely caused a stir, but her act of deception sent shock waves throughout their relationship.
Though Vanessa did end up check-mating Blair in the end (the hidden mike trick never fails!), she still remained the loser. The small taste of power led her to lie to the two most genuine people in her life as well as forsake her own mother, all for a speech that was never hers to give. V may have it, but the whole evil back-stabbing bitch act just isn't a good look for her. There was never any fire in her eyes, any courage in her convictions or any pep in her step when she asserted her dark gifts. We should have known that the spawn of anyone who wears bangle bracelets and overuses agave would never take joy out of a good hit in the jugular. I am, however, interested in what Vanessa and Blair's friendship would be like if they choose to pursue it. Could it be a case of opposites attracting or are we in for another new set of frenemies?
Though Chuck and Blair hit a bump in their relationship, Dan and Olivia look to be flourishing. Olivia's minor Hollywood moment was, in Dan's words, "annoying" but it was all an act. I knew she'd eventually charm the pants off Rufus and Lily, who, by the way, are getting cuter with each episode. Lily's chat with Blair immediately after the toast debacle was brief but priceless (Blair to Lily: "Where did you learn to give a pep talk? Guantanamo?") and I don't even want to start with the "Welcome Back, Kotter" mugs.Time for your thoughts, readers. What did you think of the episode? Do you think Vanessa got what she deserved? Is Blair's deception forgivable or is the beginning of the end for Blair and Chuck? Feel free to share in the comments!
Photo: Guest star Gina Torres as Gabriella Abrams and Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on "Gossip Girl." Credit: the CW.