I think we can all agree that Ed Westwick, a.k.a. Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, is universally awesome and one of the best young actors on television right now. That being said, his melodramatic turn as the grieving, embittered son of Bart Bass on last night’s episode was a bit much. Not a single line went by when he didn’t cock his head dramatically or sneer like a bull in Pamplona. The whole thing reeked of Acting 101 Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â as if he were about to unfurl a banner that proclaimed “I AM A THESPIAN! HERE ME ROAR!!!”
I actually don’t blame Westwick as much as I do the director. He should have reined him in, but instead we got a ridiculously over-indulgent mess. Let’s not overlook that Very Dramatic Moment when Chuck lay in Blair’s arms, a solitary tear falling down his cheek. I don’t necessarily have a problem with the waterworks, per se, but the way Chuck lay there so oddly, like a lazy sea lion catching some rays Ã¢â‚¬â€ it was all so deliberate and forced.
Luckily, even though Westwick hit some major acting missteps, the show more than made up for it by a) keeping Vanessa gloriously absent for a full hour, and b) putting Lily front and center for nearly the whole episode. I mean, the writers should have just renamed the show Lilyfest 2008. And yes, that’s a good thing. Kelly Rutherford is also sadly overlooked as an actress, and the truth is that she’s really as close to perfect as can be. Her hostile attack on a tuna tower was worth the price of admission alone.
Sadly, it looks like Lily and Rufufth will not be shacking up after all. Even though it seemed like the two were getting ready to DO IT in a bed & breakfast in Cornwall, NY, the Humphrey paterfamilias had a change of heart when CeCe (who’s back to being bad again) informed him that oh yeah, Lily was preggers with his love child, but uh oh, she went off to France to have a shmish-shmortion. Well, that’s what we assume happened. Everything is still a tad ambiguous. Anyway, this pissed Rufus off to no end Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã‚Â for no real reason, I might add Ã¢â‚¬â€ so it looks like the bang-a-thon will have to wait. It’s probably all for the best. Knowing Rufufth, he’d probably want to DO IT to the sounds of Lincoln Hawk, whose music is now available for purchase (for all you masochists out there).
Of course, the best part of this aborted pork session (no pun intended) was that it totally screwed up Dan’s lame attempt to get back into the glamorous panties of Serena. The two had been growing close again, but thankfully, that awful Aaron guy has kept the dreaded Darena romance from blossoming anew. As you can tell, I don’t care for anemic video artist with the pre-pubescent ‘stache, but as long as he keep stymying Dan, I’m more than happy to have him around. This week, his big bold move was to invite Serena down to Buenos Aires for Christmas (cough, cough, you’re JEWISH, Aaron), but she was a bit hesitant to go along. Was it because she still had feelings for Dan? Or did she merely fear that Aaron would wind up forcing his churrasco down her throat? Either way, don’t cry for her, Argentina, because she decided to go anyway after she discovered that her mom still had feelings for Rufufth. Feeling guilty that last year she had kept the old people separated so that she and Dan could have sex on a cold art gallery floor, Serena decided that now it was her mom’s time for some Humphrey bone-in ribeye action. And so Serena snubbed Dan (who was a bit too slow on the uptake that his dad was in love with Lily), and it was off to the airport in a limo where Aaron attempted to steal the official van der Woodsen neck pillow (to no avail). Of course, if Aaron weren’t so much of an idiot, he’d know that a) JFK most certainly has plenty of those pillows on sale, and b) they’re in far better condition than Serena’s, which was so flat you’d think Dorota had been sitting on it for years on end.
Speaking of Dorota, she was quite excited at the nuptials of Aaron’s father, played by Wallace Shawn (brilliantly, I might add) and Eleanor Waldorf. The two of them together have been pure comic gold, and their wedding was full of joyful, kooky charm. I’m still a bit perplexed as to how Eleanor can be so forgiving to Jenny Humphrey (I really wish the writers would just drop that storyline), and I’m even more perplexed as to how Chuck could sneak into Blair’s room unnoticed, despite the wedding taking place IN THE FOYER, but hey, this is Gossip Girl. Stranger things have happened (you know, like the bizarre subplot between Eric and his LOVAH which resulted in, well, nothing).
Hmmm… did I leave anything out? I guess not. Oh, did anyone else notice Rufufth coming out of the shitter of his apartment? He was in there for an entire scene between Jenny and Dan, popping out only at the end to say a few words. Sounds like somebody needed to drop a deuce before riding the Lily Express.
What did you think of last night’s show? Was Chuck a bit too over the top? And do you think Bart is really dead? And should Rufus care about Lily’s “incident” so much?