Serena returns to the Upper East Side as a wife, thanks to Gabriel and a surplus of rioja. While she tries to avoid Gabriel and seek out an annulment with Cyrus' help, he and Eleanor prepare to host their first Seder together. Invited are Lily and Rufus--better to help Eleanor dodge Cyrus' critical mother--and Dan, in his first job as a cater-waiter. Invited but refusing to appear is Blair, who is determined to win over the Van der Bilt family at Tripp's wedding. Uninvited is Chuck, occupied with sleeping with the entire Bolshoi, and Jenny, who stays back at Lily's to woo a classmate with Monopoly and takeout.
We open the episode with another of Blair's dream sequences--this time from My Fair Lady. In it, she is both the pre and post Eliza. (I just realized that Pygmalion could very well be the original makeover story.)
It's deliciously ironic that Blair not only makes such a great bedraggled Eliza Dolittle, but that she would dream herself as such.
Love this hat on Blair. Maybe she can transition from headbands to hats?
Why so glum, Queen B?
You're sleeping alone, but at least you're sleeping in that wonderfully ruffled black lace nightwear.
Blair's fabulous outfit is what you get when you cross a UES Princess with Mondo Guerra from Project Runway. Her yellow, white, and black patterned blouse is the perfect foil for the black and white polka-dotted skirt. And how amazing does Blair's hair look? Eat your heart out, Duchess of Cambridge.
Blair seems to have developed an obsession with outerwear the color of split pea soup.
The details of this double-breasted jacket are chic, but the color is just plain ugly.
And even worse, she wears it not only to the rehearsal, but the rehearsal dinner!
The dress she dons for the dinner is a vast improvement, though.
I like the high collar and the purple and gray watercolor effect of the fabric.
What isn't so great?
She's apparently developed tumor-like symptoms after too many headbands. A tip for the future: sophisticated dresses and big purple hair bows are not synonymous.
Nate, as Eliza Dolittle's companion, is delightfully polished and handsome.
Even better, there is no blue in sight. Love the ascot and the brownish-gray jacket that brings out the highlights in his hair.
Of course we know that outside of a dreamlike state, Nate is in love with the color blue and employs even the most basic of fashion principles sparsely.
Like in this outfit, in which he dons three seperates he knows a little too well: the peacoat, the sweater, and the bland baby blue button-up.
For his turn as best man at Tripp's wedding, Nathaniel is still incapable of making any overly exciting sartorial decisions.
The pinstripes are vaguely verging on stylish, but just as they're about to kick off a style party, he squashes it with a bland tie and shirt.
The Grandfather, unlike his grandson, cuts a chic figure in another of his shawl collar sweaters.
Does it surprise anyone that this one is blue? Love the pop of color with his yellow tie. If you look close enough, you can see the light blue accents in the pattern. Grandfather Van der Bilt, if he sticks around, might be capable of giving Chuck a run for his money.
His rehearsal attire gave me hope that we might have another eminently stylish male character on this show, but Grandfather's wedding rehearsal suit is just boring. The checkered tie and white shirt is just playing it too safe.
As for the bride and groom, they stumble more than they succeed.
Maureen apparently decides it's not just a wedding rehearsal but a dress rehearsal.
She could just keep this white lace atrocity on and get married in it. Most of the guests might not even notice the difference. Note the headband--it's the only item that saved Blair's tumor from winning the Worst Headband of the Episode award.
Faced with his bride, who wore the most saccharine ensemble in the world, Tripp tried to go edgy with his light pink shirt and contrasting purple and green striped tie.
You, sir, are no Chuck Bass. Go back home and try again.