Episode Synopsis: the entire junior class are keeping their lips zipped after an accident at an illicit pool party leads to the risk of expulsion for all concerned. If no one tells who broke in, no one can be punished – but Dan’s stressing over his scholarship, Serena’s racked with guilt (guess who did the deed), and Vanessa’s got Chuck and Blair in a bind over a videotape which could land both in a lot of hot water with Nate. Let’s roll on with the show...
Blair starts this episode in what is for her, rather a coup: a red polka-dotted two piece which seems eons away from the quite prudish Blair of this season. The top half is a cute halterneck, but the bottom half...I couldn’t get a clear picture, but it appears to be a pair of shorts with a little flouncy skirt over the top. Blair-like? Yes. Sexy? Heck no!
Serena, however, looks ready to do herself proud in this black backless onesie. Its plunging neckline and skinny patent belt showcases her trim figure, while the slightly longer cut on the legs of the suit reduces the risk of any bikini line issues (!) A cute blue cuff is S’s only accessory.
The first shot we get of Nate this episode is as a shadowy Aquaman, attempting to seduce Blair via underwater hijinks. She shoots him down, and I can see why: plain black trunks with a white drawstring are not quite enough to make a girl swoon. Poor N, it’s not his fault he’s so boring; it can’t help to have a best friend with a colour palette so varied that he stalks around like a sex-crazed bowl of fruit.
Oh Chuck, you are my guiding light. In lifeguard-like attire complete with whistle, our favourite bad boy romps home in a red and white striped vest with matching Hawaiian shorts. Only Chuck could pull this off, with or without the Wayfarers he adds to hide from Blair’s reproachful stare. Yum...
Kati and Iz get an honourable mention for rocking these flowered bathing caps. Way to be kitsch, ladies.
As for the Brooklynites, they’re just like fish out of water (if you'll excuse the pun).
Is that Rufus’ shirt, Dan? It’s way too big, and over the top of baggy jeans it verges on ludicrous.
Vanessa is, as ever, a symphony of colour: I like her fuchsia top, but turquoise jeans and an excess of accessories (count – three bracelets, one enormous cocktail ring, one scarf, one necklace, huge gold earrings = identity verified) take away any appeal from its hippie chicness. They also seem to have missed one important detail...IT’S A POOL PARTY!