Of course we have Lily and Rufus coming downstairs with a common "Stop it" liner for Lily throughout the episode. They act like a couple of teenagers unable to keep away from each other for an aching minute.
At one point I was actually was getting tired of their roller coaster relationship, but they reminded me of how much I loved them in the beginning.
When Eric came out with that one-liner towards Lily and Rufus' lust for each other, it completed the cherry on top I always missed in Gossip Girl.
"I would say get a room, but yours is right above mine, please try to remember that!"
Hats off to Connor Paolo (Eric), his scenes always bring about a smile or two.
The Lily-Rufus, Serena-Dan interactions were very awkward. I always wondered why Serena was so uptight about her Mom's relationship with Rufus, but I see where she was coming from. It's very awkward to make out with your boyfriend-living with you-and to have each others parents doing the same thing, under the same roof, knowingly going the further distance.
I was happy for the non Chuck and Blair scenes, they always made Blair soft, and when Blair made the cold reference towards Chuck, I saw the Blair I loved in Season 1.
"He is as dead to me as his father is to him!"
The show does well with Blair who I've grown to admire this Season. 'Leighton Meester' (Blair) has a way of capturing an entire episode and make it her own. In the final scene I actually saw a rage in Blair towards the 'Serena favourite' teacher, which I look really look forward to.
The Chuck and Lily scenes were okay, but when she got that call from Rufus during their scheming, it felt as though it was just placed there to arouse that rage in Chuck. Lily could have resisted saying "Rufus stop it" over the phone. It felt so out of place, especially in front of Chuck. Still we are closed of to the 'sweet nothings' Rufus whispers into Lily's ears.
Jack Bass' short-lived stay was sort of expected, I didn't even know Chuck had an Uncle, but it wasn't mentioned that he didn't have one, so that could easily be possible right.
That attempted assault scene between Jack and Lily was very gripping and sudden. I really wondered why Rufus didn't get a punch in second to Chuck, Rufus should have taken charge of his woman in a heated rage. The Opera really didn't 'suit' him - no
This episode was an interesting turn for 'Gossip Girl' as the storyline continues to take big risks.
The only thing I couldn't care for in this episode was the Nate and Vanessa scenes, they were very boring and unnecessary. It felt as though the writers had no where else to place them and gave them this unimportant storyline and Nate back his money without any sort of development.
I wonder how Chuck moving in would impact on Serena-Dan, especially Dan seeing as they don't agree, oh and would he be so keen to the Rufus-Lily make-out sessions?
Two and a half out of Four Stars