After this, we all need plausible deniability

GOSSIP GIRL: 4.05 “Goodbye, Columbia”

Umm what. is. this. crap. This story line is getting way out of hand. Fake STDs, stolen phones, stolen cabs, stolen bottom halves of Juliet’s dresses…?

Many of the characters were actually involved in the same plot line this week! Hurrah! So let me see if I can sum up this doozy of an episode. Juliet starts a rumor that Serena has an STD, and then withholds sex from Nate until he gets tested, which makes Serena angry at Nate for not believing that she’s clean. Nate needs his best girlfriend Dan to come to health services with him, which leads Vanessa to think that the test is for Dan, even though he swears he didn’t sleep with Serena, and makes Vanessa insecure enough to let Juliet talk her into stealing Serena’s phone at the party of the week, which gives Juliet the opportunity to email one of Serena’s professors with an offer to trade sex for grades and then plant the phone in Vanessa’s bag. So as a result, everyone loves Juliet for “exposing” Vanessa, and everyone hates Vanessa. And scene!

As far as Blair and Chuck go, I must say: yawn and double yawn. Blair breaks up Chuck and “his future”, so he takes her TA job away? If the writers weren’t completely sabotaging Chuck’s character, he would be on a plane to Prague to get Eva back, not messing with Blair on the lamest of levels. He is definitely stepping up his game by bringing back Jenny, however. Her Blair smackdown will be better than whatever mewling story line these two had this week.

I am still loving Dan and Nate’s courtship, more specifically how Dan had to make sure the lingerie wasn’t for Nate to wear and how Dan was jonesing for a hug. Hehe.

And now, two rants. Juliet is allegedly worried that Nate has an imaginary STD from Serena? When they “met” he was working his way through Chuck’s black book of prostitutes. I would be more worried about them than some little Gossip Girl post. Also, not sure what the show is saying when Blair gets the assistant position with a prominent businesswoman by getting her a man? What does that mean exactly? Girl power through promises of hot men? Really? They couldn’t have Blair propose an insightful business plan instead of dangling a lawyer in front of her? Meh.

Next week: Jenny! No Vanessa!


Vampire Diaries: Friend or Foe?

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 2.05 “Kill or Be Killed”
Okay. Where to begin? I feel like a lot happened in this episode. First off, Stefan calls a truce with Mason, apologizing for his brother’s behavior. All seems to be well afterwards until Mason informs Liz Forbes that Stefan and Damon are vampires.  “But he is my friend!” was Liz’s reaction, which was mildly amusing. We don’t find out until later, but in order to see if Mason is telling the truth, they spike the lemonade with vervain at yet another town festival/activity/fundraiser (how many times can they celebrate Founder’s Day stuff?). Damon drinks it and Liz sees him getting sick from it.

Meanwhile, Jeremy and Tyler bond over drinks at Tyler’s house with some girls. After discovering Jeremy’s sketchbook of werewolves, Jeremy admits to Tyler that he knows about his family. And Tyler informs Jeremy that he isn’t a werewolf. He will only become one if someone dies at his hands…and there is a close call with this happening at his house, but the girl turns out to be fine after falling down a flight of stairs. But, it does make Tyler give Mason the moonstone that Mason has been looking for because Tyler doesn’t want anything to do with werewolves now.

Later, Damon recovers from the vervain, but Mason lures him and Stefan into the woods where they get shot by Liz and company. It looks like they have them trapped until Caroline and Elena show up and Elena convinces Caroline to rescue them. She does, but it also means that her mother discovers what she really is.  They bring Liz back to the Salvatore residents to wait out the vervain leaving her blood, so they can compel her to forget what happened. But, unfortunately, Caroline overhears her mother saying that she no longer has a daughter leaving Caroline very distraught. She’s now lost Matt and her mother.

At the very end of the episode, Caroline confesses to Elena that Katherine was making her break up Elena and Stefan because she threatened to kill Matt. And Stefan decides to start drinking human blood again to make himself stronger. Although upset with this at first, Elena decides it is for the best and has him drink her blood. And then they make out…

Then the show ends with Mason meeting up with Katherine and giving her the moonstone!! They’ve been conspiring together this whole time.

So what is this moonstone for? And is Katherine just using Mason? I would assume yes since that seems to be her forte. And I don’t think Mason will be living much longer now that he tried to have Stefan and Damon killed. And how will Stefan do drinking human blood? Hopefully he can control himself better this time. I’m looking forward to seeing this play out. And poor Caroline. She didn’t have a good relationship with her mother before and it’s not looking too hopeful now. Maybe she and Matt will get back together relatively soon. I’d like to see that happen.

Chuck and Blair. No limit to the angst!

GOSSIP GIRL: 4.04 “A Touch of Eva”

Oh, Chuck. Oh, my darling. That was just heartbreaking. Ok. From the top.

Chuck is the new Mr. Popular. Eva seems to be bringing out the best in him, and everyone is happy about it. Everyone except Blair, of course. She tried to stir up trouble with the Cartier video. She tried to turn Chuck against Eva by exposing her “waitressing job” for what it really was. And when the truth didn’t work, she just outright lied. Blair, if you were so worried about Chuck’s loosing his heart to the wrong person, and Eva repeatedly came out on top, maybe, just maybe, she was the real deal. Did you ruin it for Chuck because you were jealous that he was finally happy and you weren’t? Or did you do it because you wanted Chuck back? Was this because she, and not you, finally made Chuck a good person? Or did you do it because you are just that awful a person? Whatever Chuck dishes out for you in the upcoming episodes will be your just desserts. His face when he thought that he was unloved, yet again, his run when he realized Blair set him up, and his pleas to Eva not to leave were all just heartbreaking. “Don’t leave. Everybody leaves”.

Serena is STILL obsessing. Let it go. Serena’s awful storyline can be summed up as follows. She wants Dan. She wants Nate. Dan is with Vanessa. Nate is “with Juliet”. She tries to woo Dan by wearing some weird cut out dress. She tells him she was coming home to decide between him and Nate, and then (shocker!) he sneers his way back to Vanessa’s waiting arms and the birdcages hanging from her ears.

Please forget whatever I said last week about the pace of Juliet’s storyline. Nothing is revealed. Nate suspects, Juliet lies. Nate believes. Nate suspects. Juliet lies. Nate believes. If Juliet puts the tags back on clothes and fakes living on Park Avenue, where is she (1) getting what had to have been a hefty wad of cash to bribe that doorman and (2) HOW is she handing out keys at the exclusive Hamilton House? Answer me that, show! Soon, please.

And now on to my favorite GG couple: Dan and Nate. Since the premiere, they have had this fantastic, matching-shirt, squee-tastic bromance that has been the highlight of each episode for me. I loved the way Nate whined his way into Dan’s good graces and then guilted the hooker information out of him. I hope they keep this dynamic up.

Next week: Gossip Girl spit chain!

Taking a trip down memory lane…

This is KM filling in for Raked while she is busy getting married and taking her honeymoon! Congrats Raked!!

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 2.04 “Memory Lane”

Anyway, in this episode we learned a little bit more into Katherine and the Salvatore brothers’ past. Stefan manages to trap Katherine in his basement and tries to find out why she is really here. Katherine continues to tell him that she is here because of him. Flashback to 1864 and we see Stefan telling Katherine that he is in love with her before he ever knew she was a vampire. Therefore, Katherine did not compel him to fall in love with her. This scene also shows Katherine using her powers on Damon, which Damon said never happened.

Meanwhile, at Elena’s house, Jenna decided to throw a barbeque. The guest list consisted of herself, Elena, Alaric, Damon, Mason, and Caroline. I thought this was a little random until we learned that Jenna and Mason went to high school together. And of course, Damon and Alaric wanted to learn more about Mason. Damon believed werewolves are not able to touch silver and ends up trying to kill Mason after the party with a silver knife, but surprisingly (or not) this is only a myth, so Mason lives.

And Caroline had a hidden agenda as well. Katherine seems to have gotten to Caroline and is trying to make her break up Stefan and Elena. I must say Caroline made some valid points to Elena about the future of her and Stefan’s relationship. And her plan appears to have worked because at the end of the episode Elena and Stefan get in a fight and appear to have broken up. Although we find out at the very end that the break up was staged to fool Katherine and Caroline.

So, the question remains, will Katherine believe Stefan and Elena are no longer together? Personally, I don’t think she’ll be fooled. And what is going to happen with Mason and Damon now that Damon tried to kill Mason? I’m curious to see how this plays out.

Gossip Girl: They’re baaaaaaack!

GOSSIP GIRL: 4.03 “The Undergraduates”

The girls (and Chuck) are back in town! Let’s see what these crazy kids are up to.

Juliet-gate: My first point of contention: if Juliet and Nate are both members of Hamilton House, then why did he not know her in the restaurant when they “met”? Also, Serena has really been getting her Jessica Fletcher on! First, she figures out the whole Harry Winston diamond heist, and then catches on to Juliet so quickly. Detective Barbie is actually working for me. I was also a big fan of her DvF showdown dress; it gave her this wicked witch of the west vibe when she stormed into the party of the week.

Rufus. (shakes fist at sky!). Since when do you actually want to parent? I get it, your daughter’s honor was tarnished, and you’re upset about the pilot’s roof scene, but is it your “responsibility to make sure no one else’s daughter get hurts like [yours] did”? Spare me.

Oh Lonely Boy, remember when this show was about how you and Jenny were trying to fit into this world? Me too. Sigh. Readers, what were you doing your sophomore year of college? I was fighting with my boyfriend about the fact that I mentioned some guy that I hooked up with in an away message. I wasn’t moving in with him to raise a BABY that wasn’t even his. That said, there is nothing sadder than an empty nursery. I felt so bad.

Eric got a hair cut (!!!) and umm.. a really pink shirt…. Second point of contention: if Eric knew Chuck’s true nature and couldn’t keep it to himself anymore, why was he all buddy buddy with Chuck when Lily and Bart were dating? Don’t the writers have a chart or something? Continuity, people!

Dan and Serena: LOVE the brush-off. love it.

Nate and Serena – double love the brush off. FINALLY. I think I actually said “oh snap” at Nate’s parting line.

What I loved most about this episode, however, is that what would have taken weeks in past seasons was all wrapped up by the credits. The plot is moving much faster this season: Chuck and Fleur Delacour, Dan and Vanessa, Georgina’s Russian hitman escape, Serena figuring out Juliet is evil, etc. Confrontations galore! Lies everywhere! While the season is moving along quickly, they are still pacing the overarching plots well, especially the Juliet one.

My bets are on Fleur’s being a princess. Blair shouldn’t be the only one who gets to star in the GG version of the Prince and the Pauper!