The kids are back in town but they are no longer kids in the literal sense. They're off to live the college life now and things will never be the same... or will they? Now that Gossip Girl is following them into adult life I have a feeling the same mischief will be on repeat.
Our first glance of our favorite bad boy makes us assume that he has returned to his old ways. We shortly find out however that he and Blair are just back to playing games, even though none of their friends agree. The contradiction in opinion has got them both second guessing and now there's trouble in paradise. We all knew that honeymoon wouldn't last long. I personally don't understand how Blair gets off on Chuck being a tool but that's just me.
You know it's not summer in Gossip Girl land without the Hamptons. Jenny is now living up to her queen status there with Lily's money behind her. It looks as if Dan is living it up too, he's just a little more secretive (or ashamed?) about it which is causing tension between him and the bestest. Vanessa now has a whole storyline of her own going. She is dating someone outside of the circle and it is none other than Dan's half brother! But is Scott just using her to get closer to the Humphrey family? Either way, Vanessa seems to have finally gotten over Nate.
Every summer with Nate seems to lead to a new secret love affair. And there seems to be a pattern of older women with that tradition. Although this time she is not old enough to be his mother, the relationship is still equally scandalous. They don't find out until their return from Europe that they happen to have families that are mortal enemies. Romeo and Juliet sound familiar?
Already from the start there is a juicy Serena secret. We are left wondering for majority of the episode what that is. With the appearance of Carter I was thinking possibly another secret marriage the way Serena was acting. Her made up story about Carter stalking her caused Dan and Blair to unite once again to save her. The pair does make a surprisingly good Serena-saving team. Too bad she didn't need saving. The paparazzi magnet she had become was self inflicted all for the sake of her long lost daddy. I found it slightly anticlimactic that the big secret was that dear old dad didn't want to see his daughter. At least we get to see a softer side of Carter. I wouldn't mind seeing more of his face on the show if you know what I mean.
In the world of the Upper East Side Carter says it best: "old habits die hard", which might be a downfall for the show this season. I need something new and exciting. This episode didn't really give me that spark. It wasn't horrible but there is definite room for improvement. Hopefully when school starts, so will the fun. Tell me what you think.