Brooklyn or the Upper East Side?
The existential question of Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) or Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) has been plaguing Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) all summer long. As Serena contemplated “great shoulders to cry on” versus “great shoulders,” the Gossip Girl reading public placed their bets with Brooklyn leading the charge. Blair (Leighton Meester) had her own wager on the pool and even said she would be content with her BFF (best friend forever) Serena choosing Dan, as long as Blair was the first to know.
Unfortunately, the stars didn’t line up quite as Serena planned when she landed back in the States. Juliet (Katie Cassidy), the mysterious new woman in Nate’s life, had delivered a harsh life lesson to Serena: life goes on. In a strategic play worthy of Sun Tzu, or Chuck Bass (we’ll get him soon enough), Juliet tells Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) that Dan still has feelings for her. Despite knowing it was a lie, Nate willingly tagged along with Juliet’s game. It didn’t take more than a nudge to land Dan and Vanessa back under the sheets and making love on the couch, while Dan’s purported baby Milo listened on from the other room. Dan eventually confronts Nate, but the two put the white lie behind them over a round of beers on the Humphrey roof.
As for Juliet’s game playing days, they’re over – for now. Nate decided to take charge of his life. At least that’s what he believes. Nate and Juliet ended the Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 2, “Double Identity,” holding hands, while Serena looked on dumbfounded. What’d you expect little Ms. Upper East Side, for two eligible bachelors to wait for you while you had your fun in Paris? The choice between Brooklyn and the Upper East Side was simply not yours to make.
Juliet’s scheme has yet to come to fruition, but we do know that she has bullseye marked on Serena’s head. Which home did Ms. Van der Woodsen ruin to deserve this Juliet’s wrath remains a mystery. Hopefully, it isn’t intertwined with one of Georgina’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) games. That would just be too sick to imagine.
And, now we come to Blair and Chuck (Ed Westwick), formerly known as Chair. Paris may be the place for lovers, but for these time-torn hearts it was the place where they finally made a clean break. Chuck’s attempt to ditch his life as a Bass caught up with him when Serena identified a dead body with Chuck’s passport. As we all knew, Chuck was indeed alive and living the simple life with Eva (Clémence Poésy). When Serena tracked Chuck down, he signed over his worldly goods to Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and tried to make a break for more humble living with Eva. Serena, not to be defeated, robbed Blair from her royal ballroom dance with Louis (Hugo Becker) so that she could convince Chuck that running away from Bass living or his Bass-ets (the Gossip Girl word for assets) was not the way to live life. Blair tells Chuck that she doesn’t love him anymore, but adds, “It wouldn’t be my world without you in it.” In a tear filled moment, the two finally part ways.
Now, Chuck Bass is back – as himself – and he’s taking Eva to the Upper East Side. Is Eva the real deal or is she just another pretender like Georgina or Juliet. Time will tell, and we’ve got an entire season to find out.
One of the best scenes of “Double Identity,” goes to Blair’s parting scene with Louis. She states that her fairy tale life has to come to a close so that she can face the reality she was running from. She hands Louis her shoe and walks off with her other shoe on. Blair turns back, smiles at Louis, and takes off her other shoe leaving Paris barefooted. It was a great scene, for many reasons. For starters, it showed that Blair isn’t one hundred percent money driven nor is she a complete gold digger. It also, showed humility on the part of Blair to walk away barefooted, something she would never have done prior to her emotional roller coaster relationship with Chuck. It looks like all of our Upper East Siders are beginning to evolve, adding promise to Gossip Girl Season 4.