Episode Synopsis: Blair's determined to prove that Chuck's just pretending to be reformed, so she spends the episode being our loveable, clinically insane Blair Bear. Meanwhile, Nate's upset with Diana, so he goes out with Chivy instead. This goes over particularly well with Diana. Complicating matters is the reappearance of Max, Chivy's ex-boyfriend, who has a meet-cute with Serena. The episode culminates at a performance of Sleep No More, which is a real thing. Diana spends the performance proving she has nothing better to do than meddle in the lives of a bunch of 20 year olds. Chivy kisses Max after Diana tells her it's Nate, Blair manipulates Chuck into kissing her to prove he's still Old Chuck, and Serena reacts to being stood up by pouting. The episode culminates with Max seeing Chivy on Gossip Girl, and it's looking like her secret might be coming out sooner rather than later. Oh, and Diana's in cahoots with Nate's grandfather.
I know Chivy's not pretending to pull a Single White Female anymore, but she's still working a lot of Serena's style into her day to day wardrobe. Of course, unlike Serena, Chivy knows how to dress for work.
The two Rhodes girls, on their way to work. I know it might look like Serena's working the corner outside Chivy's office, but they're going to the same meandering plotline. Chivy's Missoni sweater and cowl neck top are cute, young, and perfect for ... whatever it is she does. Serena, on the other hand, is wearing a wildly unflattering high-waist skirt and a vest that is trimmed with what I am pretty sure is a feather boa.
Come on, Chivy. The only way you could avoid your ex-boyfriend was to make out with your boss's boytoy? You couldn't just bend down to adjust your shoe, or look in your purse so your hair blocks your face? I know Nate's foxy, and normally his mouth would be as good a disguise as any, but you have to know you're going to end up on Gossip Girl for it.
I do have to hand it to her, though. She's got the messy Serena side braid thing down, and I really like the chunky ring.
This is a fantastic dress, although I spent most of Chivy's scenes afraid that she was going to experience a wardrobe malfunction. But, in general, it feels very flapper-esque, and I love the pattern on it. Plus, it's sparkly, and that's about all it takes to win me over.
Oh, Serena. Nothing about this outfit is good, except maybe the fact that it's not see-through. The high waist skirt from the first picture is hovering somewhere around the Old Man Latitude, creating a stumpy torso and a dangerously short hemline. While Chivy's chunky stone necklace was kind of funky, Serena's necklace looks like a prop from the Flintstone movie.
And then, of course, there's the boa, which apparently provides enough warmth to let her roam the streets of Manhattan in a tank top when most other people are wearing sweaters and tights.
It's rare that we get to see shoes on TV, and this episode has been full of them. I'm not a fan of Serena's dress, but these shoes are pretty awesome.
The dress, on the other hand, is desperately lacking. Very Serena, of course - cleavage-baring with a chance of macaron exposure - but otherwise uninspired.
Speaking of uninspired ...
A blue shirt that's wrinkled, untucked, and looks like it was pulled off the bedroom floor? How revolutionary. You're going to the office. At least hang your shirt in the bathroom while you shower, to give it a quick steaming. I can't imagine why Diana wouldn't want to be seen out in public with you.
Oh, I'm sorry Nate. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Don't go off pouting with your big boy briefcase, which I'm pretty sure is filled with comic books and candy bars, like Michael Scott's.
If there's one thing Nate does well - and, when it comes to clothes, there really is only one thing - it's mixing jeans with blazers and button downs. It's a nice reminder that Nate can, on occasion, clean himself up.
I don't have a lot to say about Max, other than: is it just me, or does he remind anyone else of Kris Humphries?
A scene opens on a torso. Can you gues whose it is?
Yup. Diana in yet another skintight dress. At least this one isn't shiny and is a little looser in the skirt. In fact, I'm about to say something nice about Diana's dress for a change: I actually like the lacing up the sides of the arms. And I like the color. Her cougarwear might be wearing me down.
Her plotline may be pointless and her wardrobe redundant, but man, Elizabeth Hurley is remarkably well-preserved.
You know you're an important businesswoman when you can take time out of your busy schedule to manipulate your boytoy and all his friends. How does she have nothing better to do with herself? Why is Nate so important to her? Why is she wearing yet another shiny spandex dress?
We may never get that last question answered, but at least we know why she's involved with Nate:
Oh yes. It's Grandfather Vanderbilt, pulling strings like the puppetmaster he continues to be. Until we're given evidence to the contrary, my new theory is that Grandfather Vanderbilt is Gossip Girl.