What more can a guy want than for his favorite characters from Gossip Girl to start college at none other than our very own NYU? I’m already daring Take Back NYU! to start some GG-style NYU parties, similar to the Skins parties that Barbed wire dolls download.co.uk/news/uknews/1580774/Skins-party-wreaks-havoc-in-suburban-street.html”>popped up throughout England.
Not much actually moved forward in the story-lines during this episode. Will Scott reveal himself? How much longer can Chuck and Blair last? What the fuck is wrong with Serena this time? And lastly, will Nate’s second (!) secret affair implode in his face just like the last one? Instead of fast-paced plot, this time we actually get an up-close look at Gossip Girl NYU.
Blair, Vanessa, Dan and Georgina all move into “Ehrlich Residence Hall,” which appears to be on 5th Avenue. If this weren’t dubbed Ehrlich, it would surely be Rubin. Blair tries to become Queen Bee at NYU only to find that the freshies would rather party on a rooftop with Georgina, Dan and some cheap beer. (Personally, I would have jumped in the limo with Blair, and I’m pretty sure most NYU students would choose sushi and saketini over a kegger. I mean, when was the last time any of us saw a keg anyway?)
Nate and Bree continue to have sex and talk about how much their families hate each other. Serena continues her crazy streak and starts annoying the shit out of Chuck while still trying to hook up with Carter. They will really do anything to keep Sebastian Stan on the show.
The episode ends with Blair making her way back uptown to hang out with Serena and climb into bed with Chuck. We also find out that Dan and Georgina had spent the night together on the rooftop (yay for the possibility of a normal Georgina). I almost forgot, no sign of Jenny, but if anyone wants to pretend they haven’t destroyed her hair, look at CWTV’s cast page. They still have a normal photo of her.
Below we call out what they got right and wrong about NYU. Most things were just plain inaccurate. Get it together, CW!
- In the scenes from last week, Georgina goes up to the front desk of some office and requests to room with Blair. Thanks, Georgina, for not telling me sooner that I could have just requested my roommate without her permission. I would have for sure placed myself in Hayden with Mary-Kate and Ashley’s little sister.
- Chuck to Blair while making out on the UES as he sees her off to NYU: “I have to object to you living in the dorms. Fluorescent lighting, communal showers, public school girls. There’s a place for that and it belongs in the back of a video store… It’s not Constance, the only queens at NYU are the ones with tickets to see Liza at Carnegie Hall.” There are definitely no communal showers at NYU, although I think in honor of Blair’s arrival we should reach out to Resident Services and ask them to rethink their policy. I think Chuck officially became the creepy high school boyfriend who hangs around the hot freshman girls’ dorm and pretends that his girlfriend doesn’t think about the new boy living in U-Hall 508A (yes, that’s my freshman dorm room).
- Blair: “When I say the first week of college means scared vulnerable freshman who need someone to guide them, I know what I’m talking about.” You know, she does have a point. I think a Queen B may be what’s needed to keep all those freshmen smoking outside of Weinstein and Brittany from responding to the creepy juniors who try to hit on them.
- Serena to Dan: “NYU is exactly the right place for you.” Oh no. Serena just stereotyped Dan Humphrey as the quintessential NYU student. This was the moment I was dreading. All of his scarves and New Yorker cred have been building to this exact moment when he is finally publicly confirmed a hipster.
- Blair and Georgina’s dorm room is huge. I would say that dorm room is at least the size of two Hayden rooms.
- Georgina tells Blair her parents gave her an ultimatum: Bible Camp or college, so, uh, “Go Bobcats.” Has Gossip Girl finally solved the mystery that us students have been consistently pondering? Are we no longer the Violets and just the Bobcats? I think no matter how hard NYU tries to rebrand their mascot as the Bobcat, at heart we will always be Violets when it comes to sports. Not to mention NYU never actually compensated the girl who came up with the Bobcat…
- Vanessa and Dan bump into Georgina at the bookstore: McNally Jackson bookstore on Prince and Mulberry is not the NYU bookstore, though it’s probably just as expensive.
- No one shows up to Blair’s sushi party. Do you think when the writers wrote this part they were considering the fact that a central memory from every NYU freshmen is sake bombing on Bleecker?
- Blair catches Georgina handing out invites to a party. Hm, why don’t we make photocopies of invites for parties? We do it for clubs! We even have a brand new free copy machine in Kimmel. Oh, wait. We’re terrified of the cops knocking on our door and finding 100+ underage NYUers drinking. Also, haven’t these people heard of Facebook? When was the last time any of us got a physical invite to something other than a wedding?
- It is now important to pause and ask ourselves: would there really be a rooftop party at Ehrlich Residence Hall? Don’t the writers know that in NYU housing we’re forbidden to peak outside of our windows for the slight chance that we might kill ourselves? The roof doors have been cordoned off and our windows have been glued shut due to overactivity from the Bobst Diving Team for years now. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume the party was on the roof of Stuy Town or something.
- Creepy half-brother Scott gets called out for recommending Professor Rifkin for “Art of the World” to Dan. Yes, I had to Google Professor Rifkin, and surprisingly we do have one at NYU (but he teaches in the med school). What made me chuckle more was “Art of the World.” Maybe this is a new class that will fulfill a World Cultures requirement for Tischies.
- Vanessa to Dan via cell: “Hey do you want to meet with me and Scott so we can download about the epicness of last night?” I think that may go down as the worst line ever to appear in Gossip Girl. It sounds like something Diablo Cody would write.
All in all, NYU officially owns Gossip Girl, and the show will now only drive up the rate of bratty midwestern teens lusting after an NYU degree because they think it means glitz and glamour instead of $200,000 of debt. I look forward to seeing where the gossip at NYU takes them next (probably to Asian Pub).