Gossip Girl Season 3, Episode 7: 'How to Succeed in Bassness' Review - Featured

There may come a point in your life where you would have to choose between what's best for a friend or your boyfriend. Even if you think you would be right choosing one way, you would not be able to avoid hurting someone close to you.


Blair had a series of battles on her hands in 'How to Succeed in Bassness'. It made sense why Chuck's desires came over Serena's needs; Chuck was the one who resented her for manipulating him in 'Enough about Eve'. Blair seems to find different ways to make every situation centered around her and she rarely notices how her decisions affect those around her.


Chuck's desire to open a club circled the entire plot which brought the cast together again. The writers are beginning to form a sense of redundancy when it comes to delivering a storyline for each episode. There is always one main event and all the main characters are centered around it. This episode does explain why the writers chose to omit any advancement with respect to Chuck's restaurant and his idea to place a club. They obviously wanted an episode dealing specifically with Chuck and his business life.


The Club gave Blair and Chuck the ability to soften their hearts for each other and work as a team. Although I believe Chuck should know Blair well enough to figure out that manipulations would not surpass her, but there is a line Blair should not ever cross. There are not many things anyone could do when it comes to manipulations, deceit and slander, Blair should know well enough that Jack Bass would be the last person Chuck would confide in. I suppose she was desperate enough, Blair doesn't have that many people in her life she trusts, so the first hint of resentment in Chuck's mood made her draw her weapon bruising anyone in her way. Even Serena got bruised; which leaves Chuck as the only person in Blair's life. Can Blair safely say her relationships would last if she doesn't change her childish acts?


Serena has been facing her very own series of dilemmas this season. Choosing to break up her ex-boyfriend's blooming relationship over keeping her job would have been messy if she didn't decide to fill Dan and Olivia in on KC's plan of sabotage. Dating a stud like Dan must not be giving Olivia a 'Wow' of a career booster, but it does leave room for gossip. Olivia and Dan's relationship has reached a certain point where there's nowhere left to go. They've done the 'I like you', 'we're an official couple', but they didn't necessarily 'seal the deal' on their relationship.


I may have admired their make-out sessions, but the sex scene was less to be desired. Maybe it was the lack of development in their relationship and the validity of them as a couple. I find myself wondering that if Olivia's this 'big star', Dan himself should feel intimidated to go all the way. On the other hand, sleeping with someone famous could be something like a dream come true.


Lily seems to be playing the mother-card lately for some unlikely characters; Jenny was on top of her list regarding the 'poorly effective' mean-girls attempt. Those girls are either trying too hard or are not even trying at all, I could say the same for Jenny. Blair did tell her that she should marry her country (in this case school) and accept the fact that people would hate her, but the last person Jenny should ever kick in the butt was Eric. Taylor Momsen's take on Jenny somehow reflects the changes in her rock-star lifestyle and her dealings with her band 'Pretty Reckless'. It still doesn't excuse her from trading her appearance of the Jenny we once knew. I really couldn't care for the 'mean attempts' towards Eric and Johnathan, especially since their was enough room on the stairs for Eric to move around.


'How to Succeed in Bassness' leaned towards the conflict between Chuck and himself. Chuck tries to prove over and over that he's nothing like his father, yet he still bears similar characteristics. He has chosen to settle down with someone he loves or could love very deeply, and he's vested his life into his business. The only problem is that it didn't end well with his father, which is why Chuck becomes so persistent when the fate of his life is unknown. Blair doesn't make things easy for them either. I really want Blair to snap out of whatever trance she is in, stop clinging on to others and become to strong individual I know she is. She needs to focus on the serious part of school life. Sure NYU might not be Yale in her opinion, but that only adds to the thrill of getting to face her challenges.


As much as there were some questionable, head scratching moments, I liked this episode a bit more than last week's. At one point I believed that Blair would have surely kissed a girl to end her feud with Chuck, but maybe he would have loved it too much for it to be punishment.


Serena and Nate still have leftover issues to deal with, but I actually admire Nate' friendship with Dan, it actually shows a different side to him and lifts the humor in the plot. It was no surprise why Nate admired Olivia's 'Endless Knights', which looked more like a porno than a Vampire film. Dan's reaction to the movie was certainly Classic, faking a cold pushed the limit even further when Olivia called. He should have anticipated that his girlfriend would want to see if he was alright and not wait a matter of days later.



Highlights:


Rufus' costume was... scary!


I am surprised that Jenny didn't see the need to upgrade her sewing machine. Throwing it out obviously meant that she was fully 'Mean Girl' ridden. I only hope she ups it a grade, her previous attempt came off amateur and cheesy.


Jenny's minions need to go.


What ever happened to Penelope and the others? I am actually missing their contributions.


Who filmed Endless Knights? I would take a rain-check on their next film production.


Dan's dating a movie-star, Serena's dating a forlorn movie-star, whose next?


Olivia wanted to be caught with her hand in the cookie jar, I think she actually posed for that shot.


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Jen51318
Oct 27, 2009 3:24PM EDT

I have to say that I don't look forward to Gossip Girl like I used to, but I did this episode. Then again it may just have been Vanessa's absence that made it more watchable.......

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Oct 27, 2009 3:25PM EDT

I have to say that I don't look forward to Gossip Girl like I used to, but I did this episode. Then again it may just have been Vanessa's absence that made it more watchable.......

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Oct 27, 2009 7:13PM EDT

Good overall episode, though a few parts did annoy me. Jenny in particular. The summary for the episode said that she would have to choose between her relationship with Eric and her status at school. When I read that I thought that it wasn't really much of a choice to make. Of course she would choose Eric. Who cares about being 'Queen of the School' anyway? Didn't she spend the tail end of season 2 mocking them along with Eric. Now she has apparently fully embraced their ways and gone back to the way she was midway through season one? Bad idea, writers.
Serena didn't annoy me as much this week as she had been recently. The start of the season was just stupid but she's gotten better. I wouldn't go so far as to say that her storyline was compelling this week, but it wasn't aggravating like Jenny's.
Dan, what can I say, I really like Dan. Even when he isn't really doing anything new. This was the exact same thing he was doing in season one when the idea of having sex with Serena came up. His little dream where he got advice from Serena and Nate as they screwed on the chair was quite entertaining. This week was the same thing, but minus the funny dream and add a scene with Nate. Which I loved. They have good scenes together, they make a decent pair of friends.
Chuck and Blair this week were, average I suppose. I thought it was entertaining when he shunned Blair saying "My impulsive tendencies have no place in my life as a legitimate businessman." Especially considering all his talk about not wanting to be like his Father. And then at the end when the bartender told him how proud of him his Bart would have been. Poor Chuck.
Blair this week kept up her trend of annoying me. I had high hopes for the bunch of them at NYU but so far, Blair's unyielding need to be Queen just has me facepalming over and over again. Can't she just realize that people aren't going to bow down to her. I can't imagine why she thought she was such hot shit at Constance either. She had four people at her beck and call. That was it. She was Queen of a group of people so small you can count them on one hand. And yet she continues her delusional march toward inevitable failure. I can only hope that the writers never have her accomplish this goal. Rather they should cure her of her stupidity and make her be happy with Chuck. She isn't going to get much else the way she's been lately. She even lost Serena from her friend list. That thing is getting mighty short nowadays.

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Oct 27, 2009 7:32PM EDT

I have watched the episode online because I live in France. Apparently there is a part missing when the video hits 28 minutes. There is an abrupt cut from Rufus giving candies to the kids and Lily thanking the doorman and then the police checking the liquor licence and shutting down the club. Could anyone give me a link to a video which is complete or at least explain what happened please??Thanks!! ;o)

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