apparently Ohio is the 46th happiest state in the country. so that explains my life.
I wanted to watch some GG today and as I turned the pilot on, I couldn’t help asking myself to view it through the endgame reveal that Dan is Gossip Girl. I also couldn’t help but look for other interesting holes the following 5.5 seasons (or the episode itself!) created…
- Structure of ‘Gossip Girl’ – blasts, versus blog, versus narrations. As the show develops, we see Gossip Girl function in a ‘blast’ capacity, like S’s return in the pilot going out as text messages to subscribers. This makes the show’s narration feature odd. They sound like blog posts being read, something that we never see on the GG site in-show.
- Pilot issue: Some shows will reshoot a pilot before airing. Gossip Girl is not one of them. So we see issues like casting (Blair’s mom), character stories, and ‘sets’ that are not used once the show was officially put into production.
- Serena at Grand Central. What is going on here? The show later gives us heaps of backstory about what happened to S from the night she slept with Nate until returning home. Almost. Where was she this summer? If the story about Serena and Ben took place in the spring, then Serena coming back to Constance in the fall had already been negotiated by Lily (something of which I also wonder at being kept quiet, someone would have known Serena was coming back if Lily had to arrange for it). So where was Serena this summer? In 1x10 there is mention that she spent the summer abroad (wanting to show Cece the photos). Even with dysfunctional parenting included, would Lily really do that, let her go off on her own all summer? We’re supposed to believe the motivating factor for Serena’s sudden return is Eric’s attempted suicide, but that doesn’t fit with Serena returning to Constance as per the Ben plot line. She’s also either returning to school the day before it starts (not likely with the party invites bit- someone asked Jenny to make them in art class) or she’s returning after classes already began. Wth?
- When Serena enters the Waldorf townhouse, the gossip swirling around her is great: “…pregnant.” “rehab.” “She looks good.”
- Lily talking about a Murakami print clashing with her sofa. Awesome giggle when Rufus makes a jab about this habit later.
- Cinemagraphic perfection: Serena, Nate, and Blair at 4:30.
- “Who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell.” Shot of Dan on the Gossip Girl site. With his non-existent cat.
- Serena sleeping in Eric’s room at the center. Lily, what are you doing? There’s dysfunctional and then there is what were you doing all night that you didn’t think you should find S and haul her ass home? And then making that snarky comment about wanting your daughter to sleep at home. OMG, no. Just don’t.
- “Eric’s visiting Grandpa in Rhode Island.” Hahaha, what grandfather?? “No, your Aunt Carol in Miami.” HA! Excuse me what? You mean the one who wants to keep her daughter away from the crazy so badly no one knows what she looks like? The one you pretend doesn’t exist in regards to just about everything?
- Jenny on Rufus’s anti-capitalist rants. Something they never again mention taken from the book!Rufus.
- Probably don’t need to comment on the bus scene, do I? Out of all of them: Chuck. Chuck on a bus.
- When Bendel’s still had clothes…
- Jenny on Rufus and fashion: “And Dad’s allergic to department stores.” Even more awesome when you think about the stuff he wears after marrying Lily.
- Chuck: “Happiness does not seem to be on the menu.” ^_^
- Jenny setting up Dan to go to the Palace? Love it. We’re supposed to think she saw the GG blast we just heard in narration, but she was probably actually watching the site for Dan, as he said she helped in early days.
- I personally always found it a bit odd how much more included overall Lily and Rufus were in the central stories than other parents. Their first scene is pretty fun to watch though.
- Jenny’s naivety with Chuck is hard to buy when you know she’s plugged into Gossip Girl. She seems partially prepared for him, but wanting to make a name for herself or not, I don’t think she would have tried to mess with Chuck right off. That said, it could also tie into a failure to have Chuck fully fleshed out as a character as well (something we know the writers had not planned for. Chuck was thought of as a side character initially).
- The champion error of this episode? The timeline!
Timeline Errors: Jenny’s text for the fashion emergency is sent on Sept. 24, 2007, which is a Monday. Okay, good.
So that means the episode opens on a Sunday, then we then see most all of Monday and it is the night on which everything blows up.
The party is on Saturday night, as proclaimed on the Met steps. If Dan ran into Serena at the Palace after she met with Blair (on the steps: Can we meet tonight, 8pm?), did he keep her phone all week?
When Dan returns the phone, they are talking about the Kiss on the Lips party being tonight. Which makes it Saturday.
But, lo, Jenny’s “help” texts concerning Chuck are sent at 9:14pm on September 25, 2007. A…Tuesday.
The cellphone issue, the timestamps, and the overall continuous scenes with other characters (Nate and the Captain mention ‘last night’ then when Nate and Blair meet, they talk about the party ‘tonight’) make the missing Tuesday through Friday quite alarming.
Penelope arrogantly slid into his booth to sit next to him as he glared at her. Her smile was disconcerting and he tried to move to put space between them.
He felt someone coming to sit on the other side of him. He took his eyes off Penelope to look at where Blair had been sitting. But it wasn’t Blair scooting up against him. It was Hazel. His stomach rolled as he tried to keep the distaste off of his face.
“You look so bored, Chuck! It’s not right.” Hazel gave him a syrupy sweet smile.
“We always knew there was a reason Blair didn’t date,” Penelope added. “She must be a horrid girlfriend.”
“Besides not knowing what she’s doing,” Hazel leaned in closer to him. “I know what I’m doing, Chuck.”
“Being a whore?” Chuck barbed.
Hazel tried to laugh it off. “You’re so witty!”
Chuck fought not to audibly groan at her stupidity. He felt Penelope behind him, leaning towards his ear.
“You think Blair will stay with you? Miss Too-Good-For-Anyone. Serena dethroned her for being so arrogant and stuck up.”
“She will,” Chuck growled.
“Can you really be sure?” Hazel gave him a sad smile and shrugged her shoulders.
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