Heya everyone. Last week we only did the audio recap, but this week I also wanted to do a written recap too. Wait for the audio recap later in the day after I run some errands with my sis that broke her pinkie finger and now has to do physiotherapy and she is a minor so I’ve got to accompany her *nods*.
I honestly expected more from this week’s episode. Loved the CB scenes and the whole thing around the Sleep No More play. It made me want to go to NYC and see it. I’m also interested in what Diana is up to… calling Grandfather Vanderbilt? For a moment I thought it was Bart. My heart seriously skipped a beat because my not so secret GG dream would be Bart coming back on the show again.
Whatever, I’ll give this episode a 6.5. I expect better from next week.
What did you think?
Let’s start this recap describing the beautiful “Sabrina” dream Blair had. I have no idea if this movie was one of Blair’s favorites, but since it’s a Audrey Hepburn movie it definitely should be.
This one is one of my favorite Audrey movies. Blair is of course Sabrina Fairchild, the daughter of a chauffeur who is in love with a wealthy man called David. He looks interested in her, but he is engaged so he tries not to be invested much in Sabrina even if he finds her nice and attractive. David’s brother Linus, notices how his bro’s interest in Sabrina may make his engagement with a wealthy woman, go into pieces. He decides to then try to be nice with Sabrina and take her out so that she would try to stop having interest in David. This makes Linus fall in love with her in the end. He realizes it after he gives Sabrina a ticket to go on a cruise to Paris, because Sabrina loved Paris. He understands that he loves her, and reaches her boat before it ships, and they end up together.
In the dream, Chuck was Linus. Like Sabrina, Blair in that moment wasn’t invested in him because she was dazzled by David, but in the end they end up together. May be this an indication that even if now Blair doesn’t trust Chuck’s changes, they will end up together?
Anyway Blair wakes up from her dream and tells Dorota about it. She is scared because in the dream Chuck behaved like a perfect gentleman and this was weird. She doesn’t think the apology he gave to her few days before was true. She thinks Chuck just apologized to ruin her relationship with Louis and to get her back. Blair doesn’t actually realize Chuck is turning into the man that she’d need right now, she doesn’t trust him, this is the problem.
Dorota isn’t of the same opinion, she thinks Chuck was sincere and Blair comments “that’s why English is your second language” (let me roll my eyes at you, B). She picks up the newspaper and Chuck is on the cover, he is also on Gossip Girl’s website… he’s everywhere, and Blair is annoyed by his “faux-lantropy and love for animals”. More than annoyed, Blair, I think you can’t believe Chuck would ever do such things. He is indeed changing.
Blair decides to relax and asks Dorota to pick up the bread to go feeding the ducks.
At the Empire, Nate wonders if Chuck has just got back. Chuck tells him he went to an early charity event, and Nate is surprised to hear this news. “Seriously?” he asks, and Chuck comments that if he does good things he can keep himself busy and so avoid doing bad things instead. Nate seems to have faith in Chuck about this. They talk about Diana and bla bla bla and then Chuck calls Monkey to go out. (His voice sounded so throaty. lol)
Dorota and Blair arrive to Central Park to feed the ducks and find a surprise.
OH! Chuck saved a duck! lol. After paparazzi take pics of him, Blair asks him, startled, what the hell is he doing there since their treaty from 2010 states that the duck pond is her domain… lol Blair, did you forget that Chuck destroyed the treaty right before you pianosexed last year? To remember the treaty, guess you’re just using it as an excuse because you wouldn’t expect Chuck to save an animal. There’s the cute moment of Blair talking to Monkey trying to distract her with its puppy do eyes (haha) and then Chuck explains that the duck was about to be eaten by a labrador since it reached the dog park, so she assumes he had to rescue the duck in front of photographers… I honestly have no idea whether Chuck and Dorota had already agreed about this like about the kiss. It was obvious that Chuck’s gesture was done for publicity.
Chuck leaves and Blair tells Dorota that in her opinion Chuck is trying to manipulate her so that she’ll see how much he became good, and break her relationship with Louis before he gets back to NYC. What she wants to do now is expose his fraud and auto convince herself that he hasn’t changed.
Dorota finds Blair few hours later at home, analyzing Chuck’s pros and cons and Louis VS Chuck pros and cons, and it also had a point “good with children” and it said no for Chuck, and said yes for Louis. HOW THE HECK DO YOU KNOW? Have you ever seen one of them around a baby?! HAVE YOU? Auto convincing… denial… bla bla bla. She is annoyed by Blair’s behavior and thinks she is maybe doing this because Blair was upset with Louis before he left. Blair says she forgave him because she got he did what he did against Chuck out of love (SERIOUSLY? I mean… SERIOUSLY?)… Okay not gonna comment further because this Blair is seriously making me roll my eyes.
At the Empire, Chuck informs Nate that on the GG site they opened a poll on whom between Diana and Charlie will end up with Nate. He says apparently the cougar is winning, and Nate tells him he didn’t choose anything and he’s just confused and that he thought he left that stuff back in HS. Chuck comments that maybe they are maturing too fast, and Nate asks him then why is he doing “Phantom of the Opera” sex games?
Chuck explains that the mask is for the benefit screening of Sleep No More he’s sponsoring that night. Everyone of the audience will wear them, and since the set is really big and in the dark, he is sure that he won’t run into Blair and probably regress to his old self. He asks him if he wants a ticket, but apparently Charlie has already got him one.
At the Waldorf’s, Blair is on her bed trying to get where is Chuck at the moment. Serena gets in and wonders why when GG posts something about her, she doesn’t say anything to take it back. Blair complains that even the Chuck Bass Spotted page is broken. Serena wonders why she wants to know where is Chuck, and she explains that is because he wants to destroy her relationship with Louis because he knows it’s vulnerable.
Serena gives an answer I liked and as much as we know, the truth. “The only war Chuck is waging is with his own demons”. She adds he hired a new therapist and he’s doing charity and that she shouldn’t worry about him but work on her relationship with Louis while Chuck will work on himself. Blair believes that Chuck did the party in the dark on purpose to reveal his true self, but Serena isn’t of the same advice. She makes her promise that she won’t bother Chuck, and Blair agrees, but when Serena leaves, Blair calls to get a ticket for the SNM performance.
Finally the party. Chuck gets in and a man tells the audience that the card they’ve got at the entrance is their ticket. If they got an Ace, they’re going to the left. They can’t talk, can’t take photos, can’t talk on the phones. They are free to explore because “curiosity shall be rewareded”.
Chuck has an ace and goes to the left, Blair cheats and takes an ace too and follows him. Dorota comes after Blair and follows them both. Dorota surprises Blair and tells her the trick with the pillows doesn’t work with her (lol) and that she had promised she would not bother Chuck. Blair thinks Chuck is getting away “with a secret double life” but Dorota affirms that she can’t accept the fact that Chuck is good now. Blair thinks that he wants people to think he is good so that he can destroy everything in secret, and distracts Dorota when she sees him walking away from where he was.
Blair finds Chuck in a room eating what it looks like candies, and before she unmasks herself he knows it’s her. She wonders if it was her perfume that made him guess. She tells him she is safe there with the new Chuck Bass, but he wants to go out of the room to see the play. Blair asks him if he remembers when they used to play dress up, and he says he can’t forget. Blair teases him showing the nape of her neck, but he seems to resist. Blair teases him with a red hot candy and then he gives up and they kiss, while Dorota is looking from the corridor.
Blair slaps him and tells him she was right, he hadn’t changed. The apology was fake and bla bla bla and Chuck agrees with her. She leaves him there and Chuck sees Dorota from the outside of the room and then leaves too.
Blair gets back home and she’s all “OMG I WAS RIGHT CHUCK IS AN ASS” but Dorota knows better and texts Chuck a “thank you”.
We see Chuck and Nate in his suite, and Chuck explains that he kissed Blair to set her free. He wanted her to believe he hadn’t changed so that she would move on with her life. Nate comments that is the most selfless thing he’s ever done, and Chuck answers that “I’ve never been more good and less happy about it”. He seems happy but bittersweet about it because it is hard to let people you love go. Imo he’ll get his reward in the future, and Blair will see the change too.
“We all wear different masks for different reasons. Some masks we put on because it’s truly who we want to be. Some we wear because we can’t bear to face what’s really underneath… Or because it’s what someone else needs us to be. And some masks we wear because we hope to stay hidden. But that’s the problem with wearing masks. They can be ripped off at any moment.”