"Gossip Girl" Recap #1.02: 'The Wild Brunch"
"I always knew you were a whore, I just never took you for a liar, too." You gotta love a vixen with killer lines like that. Blair rears her ugly pretty head again as sparks fly at a ritzy brunch gone wrong and a disgusted Dan abandons Serena.
Serena tries to patch things up with her former BFF Blair who is anything but interested. In fact, Blair confronts her ex pal, with shattering ice in her tone, about the night she slept with her boyfriend Nate.
Meanwhile, goody-two-shoes Dan regrets his dorky behavior on his date with Serena and decides to visit her and ask her to go out with him again. Nate also wants to speak to a suddenly popular Serena, but needs to wait in line with Dan.
Serena's mom is not very happy about her daughter seeing Dan and she meets his father whom she herself had an affair with when they were both young and poor.
In the meantime, as Dan and Nate still wait for Serena, Chuck comes by and clashes with Dan who punched him in the face the other night, while protecting his naive sister. Chuck whose family owns the building clashes with unrepentant Dan who shouts back: "That black eye looks lonely!"
Serena finally arrives and enthusiastically accepts Dan's proposal to spend the day together. Her mother however puts a stop to that and forces Serena to go to the Sunday morning brunch Upper East Siders traditionally attend. Speaking of which, did you see those models posing as sculptures? What a hoot. Anyway, Serena insists that Dan, who had not been invited, comes along.
From the get go, it is clear this was a bad idea. Chuck encourages Blair to sneak away and finally lose her virginity to Nate. Little does she know Nate is really eager to speak to Serena and has arranged that she wait for him in the room upstairs. When they both run into her, all hell breaks loose.
Chuck reveals to Dan what Serena used to be like in her bad girl party days and tells him of her affair with Nate. Dan is finally pushed off the edge when sleazy Chuck calls Serena and Dan's sister sluts and in a classic "O.C." moment punches the spoiled brat right in his potty mouth.
The brunch is over and Dan leaves. He simply can't stand Serena's "friends" and it appears, even the girl he was in love with, may not exactly be the way he had originally imagined her. He has however learned Serena's mom is having an affair with Chuck's dad. But what will the boy do with such information?
The show obviously takes creative liberties with regard to the books it was based on, but then again you wouldn't want it to follow the original storyline page by page, would you? How boring would that be.
The ratings are not that stellar, but The CW often struggles for its place under the Nielsen sun, so hopefully we'll get a full season of guilty pleasure that "Gossip Girl" most certainly promises to be.