Gossip Girl

Season 3 Episode 6

Enough About Eve

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Vanessa desperately trying to have her mom's approval, teams up with Blair to do the honor of delivering the freshman toast at NYU, but what will be the price she has to pay? Dan takes Olivia to meet Rufus and Lily, which leads to all sorts of problems for the new couple. Meanwhile, Serena and Nate team up to help Carter Baizen.moreless

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  • 306

    Okay, I get why people didn't like the episode. I'm guessing Vanessa was the reason why. Even though I do find this character annoying, she actually got some depth here with her mom coming to visit. And we finally got some background, and in a way, it was good for her character.

    I liked every story line in the episode. From Nate & Serena gambling to pay off Carter's debt to Blair's usual scheming ways. I really hope Nate & Serena stay intellectual friends and don't end up hooking up like everyone else on this show. They have a solid bond, but knowing Gossip Girl, I suspect that's exactly what they'll do.

    Vanessa's character has changed a lot. In the first season, she looked down on people who manipulated and schemed like Blair does, but she's actually becoming Blair without even realizing. Chuck & Blair's drama was a bit far-fetched but I did get it.

    Hilary Duff finally showed some character here with her second appearance on the show. Olivia is a character I'm growing to like. Great closeout scene makes for a great well-done episode of Gossip Girl. Nice way to get back on track!moreless
  • Hmm.. where do we go.. from here...

    When I watched this episode, I couldn't help but think way back to season 1, when it all began.

    I mean, bear with me here for a while. There we were, at a fancy high school with rich people who came to the school in limos, wore the best clothes and dindn't mind watching the bill when going out.

    And there it was, a lonely boy who lived in Brooklyn, the typical odd man out to make the show interesting and appealing to the viewers.

    The drama, the conflic. And of course, interesting characters and well written storylines.

    I don't see that anymore..

    Nate. He was one of the best characters during his main arc. When his dad ran away and his family was left with nothing. And he was very humble from the start. It made a very interesting duo with Chuck.

    Chuck, the spoiled and arrogant young man who I might say, has become of the best characters on the show now. He's evolved greatly after his dad died.

    Blair.. yeah, her Queen B act only worked while in high school. At college, it just makes her sad and pathetic. This whole gossip girl thing really doesn't work on college..

    Serena.. she was good when she was with Dan. After their relationship, the writter just throwed her around, with guest stars or recurring guys. They tried to make an arc in the end of season 2 and beginning of this one, when she was trying to get the midia's attention so her dad would notice her. What happened there? It was just dropped.. she stopped trying.. boring.. she isn't doing college, isn't working.. what the hell is she doing anyways?

    Lily and Rufus. I'd say an ok storyline. It was expected they'd get married and move to her place. So it's alright.

    Jenny. I really feel sorry for her. Everyone's left high school and she's the only one left. So she barely has screen time there, just a few minutes per episode so we can see she's the new queen B. Ok

    And her companion is Eric, a character so boring that his absence usually goes by unnoticed.

    Anyways, my point is that this gossip storyline thing was a nice catch. Better even with Dan's struggles in a strange environment. That was basically what made the show great. You took all of those away and you have this now.. which is a stagnant teen drama that keeps repeating itself and "regressing" characters (like a friend said in a review, and I find it very accurate) to try reclying previous behavior instead of evolving the characters..

    Oh well..

  • I'm getting concerned about this show...

    Okay, I'm gonna review this episode a bit more seriously than usual. Gossip Girl is fun to poke fun at because I love it and enjoy doing that... but lately (as in this season, and to some extent the back half of season two) has seen GG take a huge downward turn in quality. This show is only fun to poke fun at if I understand it and it still has its awesome redeeming qualities -- which I don't feel I do at the moment and it doesn't right now. If you're wanting to read a sunshine and roses review this isn't it, I'm not going to pretend this episode was good just because I like this programme and I refuse not to criticise it just because I like it. The criticisms come from wanting it to get better. Warning this is going to be a little ranty... The fact of the matter is, I don't understand what most of the characters are doing. I know on places like TWOP they're having the same issues with season three: Blair acting completely regressed, Nate suddenly wanting to help his granddad, Serena and Carters insta-romance. It all smacks of lazy writing. Where are the motivations? Where are the complexities of season one? I said last week that I've been enjoying season seven of One Tree Hill more than GG this season, it's sad because GG is a better show, there's no doubt about that, yet I feel as if OTH has been much better quality this year than GG. I'm also enjoying OTH and I don't enjoy GG at the moment... I think that's much worse in a way. I can ignore poor writing to an extent if I enjoy something enough but I'm feeling increasingly frustrated with this show.

    Case in point, lets start with Chuck and Blair since they're my favourites. It seems to me that the writers can handle these two in a relationship although I have to wonder at their lack of screentime and lack of intensity at the moment. You have here the two best actors on the show by a huge mile and what are they doing? Not a whole lot. This episode we basically had Chuck being a mature man and supporting his girlfriend, while Blair the childishly regressed girlfriend manipulated him? I think the manipulations of Blair's part is a natural way for their arc to go, but I WISH they had not sacrificed Blair at the altar of BS for it go that way. Chuck has been characterised well this season for me (who knew he would make such a fantastic boyfriend?) -- I would like more snark though. Blair is the one I have a problem with. Her characterisation has been appalling this season; she's been trying to become queen of NYU, which is inherently stupid in itself because there is no such exisiting social structure in any university. Another reason this characterisation is moronic is because it makes Blair look childish (especially compared to Chuck) and it's a regression of her character -- there's that word again. Blair has been regressed. She is no longer the wonderfully complex, viscous, self-serving, kind hearted, intelligent and insecure girl we met in season one. That has been stripped away from her lately as she's been used for comic relief and asinine plotlines like the one in this episode. In season two Blair said she was over power plays in school when Chuck was going insane and trying to drink himself to death; she realised some things were just more important than status. This was positive character growth and I was pleased to see this occur, yet here she is in college attempting to exert her control?! Awful. If we turn to this episode we see Blair manipulate Chuck, which I didn't mind and think that development is more interesting than a third party to cause drama. This is obviously going to cause them a certain degree of trouble in their relationship. What's sad about the events of this episode is that Chuck loves Blair more than anything in the world; he never would have denied her anything she wanted -- I thought that line where he said he didn't like kissing someone that wasn't Blair said it all. If she had just asked him to help her she could have avoided the damage that machination has now caused them -- I just wish Blair hadn't been written so childish alongside it. Although, no matter what Blair does I could never hate her. I am angry with the writers for being so utterly careless though. Although I did like the Blair dream at the start of the episode, hee. I definately agree with those who believe that this show turns to abhorrent mess when Blair is no longer at the emotional centre of the show -- another reason why season one was so good IMO.

    Now Nate. I like Nate. I can't help it, even after his dubious behaviour during latter season two -- I'm glad that he's back in thick of things although I don't understand his motivations. He seems to change week to week depending upon whatever contrived piece of crap storyline the writers need him for. He's back helping his grandfather in this episode although I cannot fathom why. In season one Nate wanted nothing to do with his parent's lifestyle, which is why he dated Vanessa and is friends with Dan etc. and just generally realised that there was life beyond the UES. That rebellion against the social norm was at the core of his character and his struggles. Now here he is in season three becoming what he was always so determined to avoid. Huh? In season two when we first meet his granddad we see that Nate didn't want approval from him... in that episode in season two Nate suddenly decides he does want granddads approval and continues to flip-flop on this until the finale when he basically said screw it and turned his back on granddaddy (again). Unless I've missed something I don't know why he's suddenly changed his mind yet again and is back to helping his family. It's all very confusing. Maybe if I rewatched the episodes I could see the consistency in Nate's progression but I can't see anything even resembling sense with regards to his character. I thought it was funny that he said 'I have an idea' in this episode... ahahahahahhahahaha! Poor stupid Nate.

    I loved seeing Gina Torres: it's so nice to see Buffy/Angel/Firefly alum back on my TV... erm, computer screen. Now to Vanessa, Vanessa with her terrible terrible hair and even worse personality. I liked her last week and quite rightly predicted the fact that I would soon want to murder her once more! Oh the hatred is back in full force... unbridled and lusting for blood. Usually I just veer unsteadily between sheer indifference, annoyance or outright hatred -- thanks to this episode; I'm back to outright blood boiling hatred. Grr, I do resent having her shoved down my throat so much. The loathsome creature has had more screentime than Chuck, Nate and Jenny this season. She's a supporting cast member stop trying to f*****g make me love her writers; it's not gonna happen. Why bother? I know this tatic. Give her so much screentime that the audience will see her awesomeness and love her WTFever. I really hate her. It reminds of what they tried in season two when they were all 'look Chuck Bass thinks Vanessa is cool! You should like here therefore...' Ugh. Half of the problem with this season has been her amount of screentime to the detriment of the other main characters. Jessica Schorz is beautiful and sweet but I don't like Vanessa or her acting. I will also scream very loudly if Vanessa EVER becomes friends with Blair. As someone else pointed out, how silly has this show gotten that even Vanessa can out-scheme Blair? -- V who is as dumb as a pile of bricks. Dark times my friends dark times. As for the other stuff... I don't mind Hilary Duff, she's cute as a button and I find her very inoffensive compared with some of the dreck this show has been dishing out if late. Dan is fine, I like him after a forever of disliking him: nothing to complain about there. One other thing aggravating me is All About Serena and her tru wuv Carter. Are we really supposed to care? I can't even summon the energy to think about them much less concentrate during their scenes -- the writing, like everything else this season has been mediocre at best. Their feelings for one another don't seem to correlate with what we've seen of them in the past and I'm having a hard time buying what they're selling. I heard a rumour that if CS are well received then Carter will become a regular. I don't like this idea for two reasons: first, we already have a Chuck Bass, we don't need Chuck Bass 2.0, Chuck Bass Lite, or A Chuck Bass for Serena. I'm worried that they'll give precious screentime and storylines that would have gone to Chuck to Carter -- his lesser twin. Secondly, this cast is already so bloated we really do not need another regular who adds nothing new to the story. The show got huge budget cuts after last season and the usually beautiful clothes are already suffering -- these writers do not need any shiny new toys to play with. They need to play with and develop correctly the ones they've already got. Also New York has ceased to be a character on GG. I started noticing the huge lack of NY scenery last season, but it's getting worse now. Gossip Girl is losing everything that made it different and a step above the average teenage drama. Obviously, I'm feeling peeved at this show. I'll stop there because this is getting too long. I just want the writers to wake up and take things a bit more seriously -- this show was once compared to Mad Men. I can't imagine that happening now. xoxomoreless
  • Dreams reflect the ambitions of the subconscious, it makes us assertive about the type of person we want to become but is just not there yet.

    Blair pegged her Dream the wrong way, she's not the low self worth person she believed she was. Only if she continued down her path of revenge and hate, would she be the Plain Jane she despised?

    Why is Blair headset on plucking power and control as though she could easily pick it from a tree? This vendetta Blair has against herself mirrors her desperation, she doesn't need minions. It isn't high school anymore, people actually carry a mind of their own and would not necessarily respond to empty threats and bullying. In the end Blair lost everything most fond to her and became the same Jane she dreaded.

    The Bette Davis imagery complimented Leighton Meester's cover of 'Bette Davis Eyes'. It is almost profound that Blair's dreams reflect a movie icon. That shows the exact way she perceives life; everything must have a happy ending, but not always does the movie end the way she wants and she cannot control the picture she is shot into. Often times 'All About Eve' is the Blair version of a Nightmare resulting into 'Enough About Eve' already!

    The only thing Blair counted on was Chuck, she really has no one else, especially since Serena became obsessive about Carter as opposed to improving her own life. Still, Blair dug her own graveyard when she traded her boyfriend's kiss (to another man non-the-less) for a measly toast at a freshman dinner. I understand Blair's obsession to be on top, but her motives are pathetic and her aims only land her flat on her face.

    Chuck's compassion is heartbreaking; he would do almost anything for Blair, but he knows the kind of person she is. She would sell even the closest person in her heart for a chance to feel like Queen B again. The mistake Blair made was believing that Chuck's heart was up for sale, love is unconditional. For Blair, earning forgiveness from Chuck would be a lot easier to accomplish than forgiving herself.

    Olivia Burke unfortunately took the spot for the toast and it wasn't even a big deal for her. Hilary Duff's appearance added a certain amusement to the plot, especially when she decided to act like the cliched image of a movie star.

    Olivia - "So anyone famous here? I mean besides me"

    Vanessa placed the screws all over the place here. She approached the situation with the toast exactly the way Blair would have done it; manipulative and twisted. Blair was actually able to bring Vanessa down with her. It was nice seeing Vanessa's side of the family, her mother's opinion actually matters most and it made sense why she wanted to prove something to her. The toast could have opened her mother's mind up for her success in college. Nothing changed in the end, even when she caught Blair in the act of incriminating herself - another Blair-like act. It was so obvious the way Vanessa held her bag with the microphone upright. Blair was so focused on gloating she didn't even notice, but for the viewers that should have been more professional and less predictable.

    No one really got their happy ending, not even Serena and Carter, I was even surprised to see Carter out of harms way. His speech was touching, but I couldn't really get the connection between them, there wasn't anything there to die for. Nate's attempt to bring the Buckley's down just felt out place when Carter showed up unharmed. What was the point of the two bodyguards taking him far away? What he did to the Buckley sister was cruel and even heartless, but the Buckleys are putting to much effort into seeking revenge as opposed to helping her. Carter isn't really worth all the attention they are giving him.

    The creators have a way of giving Nate undeveloped story-lines and pointless plots. So far Nate has had a series of love affairs and now he's campaigning for his grandfather to seek revenge? The writers need to give Nate worthwhile plots that makes sense and fits into the story they are going for, otherwise his character would altogether be ignored.

    This was a slight step up from last weeks 'Rufus Getting Married'. Lily and Rufus seem the exact same as they were before; not that I expect a love shower, but at least something separating their single from their married life.

    I am definitely not in agreement with the scar left on Blair and Chuck's relationship since Blair's misdeed. At one point I believed that 'Chuck's meeting' was an excuse for another girl in his place, but I prefer a lie to be alone as opposed to getting with someone to drown your sorrows. Does Vanessa and Blair's truce mean that they might be heading into a friend zone-probably not right away, but Blair needs someone in her life since she and Chuck aren't up in arms.

    Olivia is a very interesting character and I really look forward to seeing more of her. I also expect to see more paparazzi coverage of her and Dan's relationship, otherwise her 'status as a movie star' would lose its credibility. A few more screaming fans should also do the trick.

    Not bad. I know its hard to follow Jenny's role at school since Blair and Serena was what brought most of the tension, while Jenny stood in the sidelines, but Jenny also dominated the first portion of the mean girls habit in season one. I definitely want some of that spunk back. It would also be good to see what Hazel and the girls are up to.

    Georgina's absence was not missed here, but I resent the way they dismissed her. This was also not Blair's finest hour, but with a few tweaks and changes this new version of 'Gossip Girl' could be for the best. I just miss the need to feel like punching someone out because their character really hit a nail. Who knows.


    What's up with Serena's wardrobe, has she found a new attachments to shorts.

    I actually believed Chuck when he confessed to kissing a man before. I wouldn't want to see that again.

    Vanessa looked very interesting as Eve.

    The last person I expected to give advice to Blair was Lily. Who else would have done it?

    Jenny's hairstyle wasn't always like that. I prefer the old look.

    Dan gets to kiss a movie-star and act normal about it, what's wrong with that picture.

    Lexa Reviews



    Four Stars

    Grade B-

  • Too much Vanessa-Centric, but a pretty decent episode!

    Too much Vanessa-Centric, but a pretty decent episode!

    I'm liking how Season 3 episodes have been pretty scandalous.

    This episode sucked -- til the last 20 minutes with the toast scenes. Wow those were some intense situations!

    * The first half hour was YAWN boring with the poker business. I don't really even pay attention to the Carter storyline. He's kind of annoying.

    * Vanessa - She was not too bad this week. She's actually not horrible at all this season. I still think she's useless but I did feel sorry for her situation. Blair and her both made mistakes and now they're both suffering.

    * Olive - Loving her so far. She's the best thing that happened to Gossip Girl this season. She and Dan look good, she better stick around til season 4.

    * Chuck's gay kiss was fun to watch haha.

    * Georgina - I guess that was the last of her. Well, she keeps coming and going. I love her evilness but they made her old so easily. Don't bring her back unless its permanently.

    * Lastly: hat I want from the writers is to finally find someone ''good'' for Serena. Dan found one, now it's her turn. Nate/Serena supporters anyone?!

    Overall, 8.5. A Halloween-ish episode next week. Can't wait!moreless
Gina Torres

Gina Torres

Gabriela Abrams

Guest Star

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

Olivia Burke

Guest Star

Neal Bledsoe

Neal Bledsoe

Mr. Ellis

Guest Star

Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan

Carter Baizen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Blair: Chuck!
      Lily: Chuck is gone.
      Blair: But I need to talk to him. I need to explain.
      Lily: Blair whatever you needed him to do, do you really think he would have refused you?
      Blair: No. He'd never say no. To anything. I messed up, didn't I?

    • Chuck: Bad dream? Don't tell me it was "Charade" again, I know how terrifying you find Walter Matthau.
      Blair: Worse. I was in "All About Eve".
      Chuck: That's not a Hepburn movie.
      Blair: I know. I was Bette Davis!I've never been Bette Davis before, I'm Audrey Hepburn!

    • Blair: Are you upset because...you kissed a guy?
      Chuck: I'm upset because I kissed somebody that wasn't you... You really think I've never kissed a guy before?
      Blair: Love me?
      Chuck: Always.

    • Gossip Girl: Fortunately, misery loves company, well, for now at least. XOXO, Gossip Girl

    • Chuck: The people you manipulate, I know how little respect you have for them.
      Blair: But not you. I don't feel that way about you.

    • Lily: Blair, I understand a thing or two about ambitious women, but without trust, you're lost.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dost o Evě (Enough About Eve)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Philippines: October 31, 2009 on ETC
      United Kingdom: November 11, 2009 on ITV2
      Latin America: November 29, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: January 5, 2010 on Fox8
      Norway: February 8, 2010 on FEM
      Turkey: April 6, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: August 8, 2010 on Doma
      Czech Republic: October 9, 2011 on Prima LOVE

    • Featured Music:
      "Achin' to B" by The Replacements
      "Home" by Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros
      "I'm in Love with Your Rock 'n' Roll" by Kish Mauve
      "Cardboard Robot" by Meeting Places
      "See Through You" by Meeting Places
      "Strangers" by Dirty Secrets
      "Unfinished Business" by White Lies
      "The Gentle Rain (RJD2 Remix)" by Astrudo Gilberto