Dan and Blair = Gossip Girl Greatness.
This week we saw that Serena still believes it’s impossible that a guy can say NO to her and spends the whole episode chasing after Ben. While Ben is cute and easy on the eyes I still can’t help but feel like he’s no different from all the other old flames in Serena’s life (i.e. Colin, Carter, Tripp ect… you get my drift?) Also, did anyone else find it odd that Rufus was giving Ben a key to his loft that DAN is currently living in? Is this Rufus’s way of hoping that Serena won’t date Ben because he’s living with Dan? I don’t think Rufus knows Serena very well because she IS the type of person who would go after Ben even though she’s living with the one guy who’s never been bad to her, ever.
Chuck is fooling around with Russell Thorpe’s daughter and she tells him that she doesn’t do games in business or in pleasure (Chuck that is your cue to leave because playing games is your middle name.) I still really don’t know or understand where the Russel Thorpe storyline is headed, except that he wants to take over Bass Industries. Hopefully more of this storyline will get explain in the next episode or two. All we really do know is that while Nate remains as useless as ever his father, The Captain, is being used as pawn in Russell Thorpe’s scheme as he is made CFO of Thorpe Enterprises. This is going to end badly.
Eric decides it’s finally time to act like a spoiled teenager and go all emo and say that no one is listening to him leading him straight down a path to none other than our resident drug dealer hottie, Damian. I have no idea what Damian has planned, but hopefully it’s fun and will involve our resident Upper East Siders gathering together to plan his demise. Well not too much of demise I hope because, I do actually enjoy Damian as a character. Just as long as Jenny Humphrey isn’t involved.
And then there was Dan and Blair.
Oh how I am loving these two and how I love seeing Leighton Meester and Penn Badgely’s chemistry played out so well on our television screen. Who else swooned when we saw these two on a morning stroll discussing which indie movie they’d see next or which art exhibit they thought they should attend while mocking the other at their choices. No mention of Chuck and no mention of Serena; just two FRIENDS having a nice morning stroll discussing intellectual topics and having a nice time together. I-Love-These-Two.
Blair and Dan end up realizing that they have both been given the same Internship at W magazine; Dan was helped out by Lily while Blair worker her butt off by stalking the Editor in Chief of the magazine and sending her resume to every fax machine in the W offices (332 fax machines to be exact.) It was fun to see these two in competition with each other because it lead to some great moments between the two. It was interesting to see how Dan had learned some of Blair’s techniques of sabotage and used them against her to get the Internship he didn’t work hard to get. It was nice to see the roles reversed between these two. Blair actually worked hard to get the internship while Dan coasted on a connection and sabotage (man he really has learned a thing or two from Blair and Serena hasn’t he?) Blair did call Dan “Brooklyn’s Benedict Arnold” after all.
Eventually Dan realized that he is the only one with a conscious on this show and made sure that Blair was given the internship because, as well know, he does have a soft spot for her. We also saw that Blair too has a soft spot for Dan because she didn’t try to sabotage his chances for the internship. IF it was ANYONE else, that wouldn’t be the case, I promise you.
I really do like the buildup these two are getting. Whether or not it leads to romantic relationship, a kiss, or what not; these two have amazing chemistry that the writers realized they can’t ignore. Personally, I think these two work better as BFFs but that’s because I am a Chuck-Blair fan as well. I think the writers are Chuck/Blair fans as well because they gave us a very sweet scene between the two when Chuck saw Blair at the W party and they longingly stared at each other. It also was a reminder that while Dan and Blair have great chemistry as well, it has NOTHING, I repeat NOTHING on Chuck and Blair, and it never will.
Best DAIR quotes of the Night
Blair: OMG. I was just poleaxed by a poor person.
Dan: Epperley asked me to pull the lemon Louis Vuittons.
Blair: Oh. You poor lost lamb. Let me help you.
Dan: I didn’t date Serena van der Woodsen for two years to not come away knowing that those are Marc Jacobs and they’re mustard.
Seriously? That may have been my favorite quote of the night. I laughed so hard when he said that.
Blair: Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be. Just like your scarf suggests that you’d like to sell used cars.
Dan: Vanessa gave me this scarf.
~Case and point Humphrey
Blair: You Williamsburg weasel! I can’t believe you stabbed me in the back.
Dan: I only did it because I thought you did the same to me.
Blair: Hillary Clinton is one of my role models. I do not break treaties, you ass!
Dan: We’re interns. I may not know couture but I know how to collate.
Blair: And I know how to staple, so stay out of my way or I’ll use one to attach your tongue to your shoulder blade.
~Blair then goes on to say hey look there’s Georgina’s “Baby” and Humphrey ACTUALLY looked! MILLLO, we miss you!!