Gossip Girl Season 3, Episode 2: "The Freshman" - Recap

This week on Gossip Girl, half of the gang headed off to freshman orientation at college, however, Blair and Serena were up to some of their same old high-school tricks as they sought power and revenge, respectively.

Blair in A Different World

Blair Waldorf and college dorms go together about as well as stilettos and plaid flannel - as Chuck tried to point this out to her. But she insisted this move was strategic: She had to live among the peons in order to become their leader. Blair wanted things to be just like they were at Constance, but a large downtown university full of hipsters is very different from a small, elite, uptown private school. And she soon discovered this after she and Dorota gave out Tiffany-filled gift bags and threw a sushi party where only one guest showed. Instead, everyone was down the hall with Georgina, watching Vanessa's documentary about a community garden and scarfing down pizzas. Condescending Blair became known as "the weird girl who threw the fish party."

A desperate Blair had to resort to leaning on Dan to be her date to Georgina's cool rooftop party (how fun are Dan and Blair's scenes together?! Blair: "Dan's a writer?"). Though Dan dislikes her, he did try to help Blair, the kicker being when he took off her headband and threw it away: "No headbands in college, okay." But as Vanessa pointed out (she and Dan are now buds again by the way), Blair was just using him as an inroad because he was liked at NYU, while she was not. And so the tables have turned.

The old Georgina?

As much fun as the Jesus-freak version of Georgina was, she seems to be gone now, perhaps for good. Georgina requested Blair as a roommate and then pretended they just happened to be assigned to room together. Then she befriended Blair's enemies (Vanessa and Dan) and upstaged her at every turn. When Blair tried to retaliate by having Georgina's Bible-camp buddies crash the party, her scheme came off as kind of childish and mean. And then newly popular Dan convinced everyone to stay at the party and drink cheap beer with him, so Blair's plan backfired. Blair was left feeling very alone (well, at least she has Chuck, whom she did crawl home to), while Dan has a bunch of new friends and...Georgina! Those two were last seen kissing, after waking up together on the roof. So where does Dan fit into Georgina's scheme? Is he merely a pawn in her ploy to sabotage Blair, or does Georgina truly like him?

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