Gossip Girl

Season 3 Episode 7

How to Succeed in Bassness

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 26, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Looking for publicity for his new hotel, Chuck moves his club's opening and convinces Serena to assist him in getting the word out. Feeling left out, Blair tries to win Chuck's approval by secretly helping him with a problem concerning the opening night. Meanwhile, Dan get's nervous after watching one of Olivia's infamous sex scenes with her co-star and real-life boyfriend during that time, Patrick Robinson. Jenny is forced to choose between Eric and her new role as Queen Bee, which as a result causes major conflict between the two characters.moreless

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  • 307

    It didn't take long for Gossip Girl to go back to it's usual mediocrity. It only took what.. six-seven episodes? I find it hilarious that people found the last episode bad and this episode good. The focus on Jenny is never a good thing, did anyone else understand her little tantrum in the final scene?

    So she screws over her only true friend, and what does she do, she throws a fit? The Blair & Serena "frenemy" thing has become so tired, I don't even know where to begin. It's nothing we haven't seen before. I also found it annoying that they dragged on the Chuck & Blair fight as long as they did.

    The outcome of it all was as ridiculous as can get. You'd think you'd be proud of Serena at the end there, but the thought of her dating someone for publicity doesn't sound like a great story line to begin with. Overall, just a weak installment of Gossip Girl.moreless
  • Something worth it, finally.

    Do I need to say that Gossip Girl hasn't been that good this season? No, I think we all know. Chuck acts like he's 40, Blair acts like she's 12, Serena is a b**ch Dan is...worse than before and Nate is more insignificant that seasons 1 or 2. However, this episode was satisfactory, it was well thought of. Finally, finally there was some drama in the Chuck-Blair relationship! We see that Chuck has grown up (ok, maybe a little bit too much) and has turned legal, and that he's the mature one in the relationship-who knew? Little J is trying to balance her real self and her job as Queen Bee, but it seems like the Constance royalty seems to be a more tempting choice than hanging out with Eric and his boyfriend. Serena tries to become something, but can she? Nate... Well, Nate is just invisible to me.moreless
  • Halloween seems to be a fever every series is catching lately.

    There may come a point in your life where you would have to choose between what's best for a friend or your boyfriend. Even if you think you would be right choosing one way, you would not be able to avoid hurting someone close to you. Blair had a series of battles on her hands in 'How to Succeed in Bassness'. It made sense why Chuck's desires came over Serena's needs; Chuck was the one who resented her for manipulating him in 'Enough about Eve'. Blair seems to find different ways to make every situation centered around her and she rarely notices how her decisions affect those around her.

    Chuck's desire to open a club circled the entire plot which brought the cast together again. The writers are beginning to form a sense of redundancy when it comes to delivering a storyline for each episode. There is always one main event and all the main characters are centered around it. This episode does explain why the writers chose to omit any advancement with respect to Chuck's restaurant and his idea to place a club. They obviously wanted an episode dealing specifically with Chuck and his business life.

    Serena has been facing her very own series of dilemmas this season. Choosing to break up her ex-boyfriend's blooming relationship over keeping her job would have been messy if she didn't decide to fill Dan and Olivia in on KC's plan of sabotage. Dating a stud like Dan must not be giving Olivia a 'Wow' of a career booster, but it does leave room for gossip. Olivia and Dan's relationship has reached a certain point where there's no where left to go. They've done the 'I like you', 'we're an official couple', but they didn't necessarily 'seal the deal' on their relationship.

    I may have admired their make-out sessions, but the sex scene was less to be desired. Maybe it was the lack of development in their relationship and the validity of them as a couple. I find myself wondering that if Olivia's this 'big star', Dan himself should feel intimidated to go all the way. On the other hand, sleeping with someone famous could be something like a dream come true.

    Lily seems to be playing the mother-card lately for some unlikely characters; Jenny was on top of her list regarding the 'poorly effective' mean-girls attempt. Those girls are either trying too hard or are not even trying at all, I could say the same for Jenny. Blair did tell her that she should marry her country (in this case school) and accept the fact that people would hate her, but the last person Jenny should ever kick in the butt was Eric. Taylor Momsen's take on Jenny somehow reflects the changes in her rock-star lifestyle and her dealings with her band 'Pretty Reckless'. It still doesn't excuse her from trading her appearance of the Jenny we once knew. I really couldn't care for the 'mean attempts' towards Eric and Johnathan, especially since their was enough room on the stairs for Eric to move around.

    Serena and Nate still have leftover issues to deal with, but I actually admire Nate' friendship with Dan, it actually shows a different side to him and lifts the humor in the plot. It was no surprise why Nate admired Olivia's 'Endless Knights', which looked more like a porno than a Vampire film. Dan's reaction to the movie was certainly Classic, faking a cold pushed the limit even further when Olivia called. He should have anticipated that his girlfriend would want to see if he was alright and not wait a matter of days later.


    I am surprised that Jenny didn't see the need to upgrade her sewing machine. Throwing it out obviously meant that she was fully 'Mean Girl' ridden. I only hope she ups it a grade, her previous attempt came off amateur and cheesy.

    Jenny's minions need to go.

    What ever happened to Penelope and the others? I am actually missing their contributions.

    Who filmed Endless Knights? I would take a rain-check on their next film production.

    Dan's dating a movie-star, Serena's dating a forlorn movie-star, who next?

    Olivia wanted to be caught with her hand in the cookie jar, I think she actually posed for that shot.

    Lexa Reviews



    Four Stars

    Grade B+

  • trick or treat give me something good to eat

    I thought this was a really really really good episode so glad, that they didn't break up chuck and blair i love them, and i loved them working together as a team the ending was great, with the old fashioned idea of a key club, I liked to see serina actually working, and not just doing nothing that was good, i thought it was stupid her whole i'm not talking to you blair thing ( so dramatic and just a little bit high school). I am however looking foward to seeing her date a celebrity instead of being the celebrity in the relationship.

    The Nate and Dan bits didn't even bother me as much as usual, which is difernat, i think it's because i like Hilary Duff as his girlfriend. They looked so funny when they were watching the sex scene, i liked Nates line to serina when they went into the party i think it was something like at least i'm on the list not manning the door so funny.

    The only bit i really didn't like were the Jenny bits i felt so sorry for Eric she's turned into such a b**ch i really like her character before but now she just sucks the only thing i can understand is the throwing out of the sewing machine i know it was supposed to be a metaphor for leaving her old life behind but in reality she proberly would throw it out any way, because it is old and she can afford a really good one. Rufus and lilly were cute too tricker treatmoreless
  • ''Tell those treak or treaters that there's no pre-packaged joy for them here...!''

    ''Tell those treak or treaters that there's no pre-packaged joy for them here...!'' Haha...I wanted to start with this hilarious Blair line. This episode was supertastic. Especially with it being a halloween and party themed episode; I am a sucker for halloween and party episodes which Gossip Girl writers do a good job at.

    * Finally, we have the long awaited new Queen Jenny. Her new b*tchy personality is definitely working out, spicing up the show. The old Jenny is gone, hello new Jenny; even though she has more heart than Blair..when she hurt some one she does feel bad.

    * Olivia & Dan - still loving them. Cute and sweet. But I have to say this one thing that I've been cracking up at: Hilary Duff in that Vampire-ish sex scene looked so funny. She looked like she was choking on something. But I love Hilary Duff so I'm not being mean to her. She just didn't do a very good job at this scene. :D

    * The club opening party was b*tching. xD When Chuck & Blair team up to be bad, they definitely become more interesting characters.

    * And lastly Rufus - EWWW!! Nough said. :)

    10 out of 10 for the episode overall. Can't wait for more.moreless
Simon Miller

Simon Miller

Patrick Robinson

Guest Star

Albert Hammond Jr.

Albert Hammond Jr.


Guest Star

Chuck Cooper

Chuck Cooper

Horace Rogers

Guest Star

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Erik van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

Olivia Burke

Recurring Role

Zuzanna Szadkowski

Zuzanna Szadkowski


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It appears Horace the manager of Brooklyn Inn in the season 2 episode Chuck in Real Life is now the working with Chuck on his new hotel. Which means the Brooklyn Inn closed down despite Vanessa trying to save it. But Horace landed on his feet thanks to Chuck.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Nate: I'm surprised Blair isn't here. What, are you guys in another fight?
      Chuck: A fight implies time and energy. It's more of an ongoing detached distrust.

    • Olivia: Dan, that's all acting.
      Dan: Well, reigning blog opinion seems to be that acting with your boyfriend without your clothes on... it's um, you know, it's a sex tape.

    • Serena: You're alone, Nate? What's wrong? You don't have any friends left to screw over?
      Nate: Oh, well, at least I'm on the list and not working the door.

    • Jenny: You know I have to act this way about school stuff. But I'm still your friend. I'm still your sister. We just can't let the worlds get confused.
      Eric: I'm not confused. I want nothing to do with you in either world.

    • Blair: Now do you see I'm trustworthy again?
      Chuck: Blair, you and I both know you will never be completely trustworthy. And I admit it is not my strong suite either, but it's part of what keeps things interesting between us.
      Blair: And why we make a great team...
      Chuck: No, in order to be a team we need to focus our duplicity on others.
      Blair: But what if it's my way of showing you I love you?
      Chuck: Well I can think of better ways.
      (he kisses her)

    • Blair: It's a queen's job to protect her king.

    • Blair: You're still mad from before, it's clouding your judgement.
      Chuck: This isn't about last week, it's about you Blair. It is the reason why I couldn't say I love you. It's not a game, it's because I knew I couldn't trust you.
      Blair: I did this because I love you.
      Chuck: Be that as it may, I have a club to open. And you're no longer invited.

    • Olivia: Serena, tell Dan he should be a musician, not a gangster! (To Dan) You've got no street cred!

    • Blair: Is it safe to assume this visit signals the end of my community service hours?
      Chuck: I wanted to apologise. Last week's incident took longer than anticipated to move past. But since tonight's all about new beginnings, I wanted to put that behind us, and make things right.
      Blair: With gifts...

    • Dorota: Oh Mister Chuck, my goodness! When you are mad at miss Blair, Dorota is very tired. And has to have the...foot bothering. And never sees Vanya, or movies...

    • Blair: It's not like Chuck hasn't kissed a guy before, he said so himself!
      Serena: Did it ever occur to you that maybe it's not about the kiss? Your game is based on trust, and you broke his.
      Blair: Me?! What do you call him pretending he's not mad at me, that is the most untrustworthy thing I've ever seen.

    • Nate: I'm surprised Blair isn't here, what, are you guys in another fight?
      Chuck: A fight implies time and energy, this is more of an on-going detached distrust.

    • Blair: I was thinking an 80s theme... Although shoulder pads can be overwhelming on my delicate frame.
      Chuck: This is a business, not a high school party.
      Blair: I told you I was sorry for my little transgression and you forgave me. Now either make me kiss a girl already, or let's move on!

    • Gossip Girl: Everything returns to the way it was, except for little girls who forget that Halloween only lasts one night, they wear their costumes for so long. Pretty soon, they can't even remember who they were before they put them on... XOXO, Gossip Girl

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jak na Basse (How to Handle Basse)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Philippines: November 3, 2009 on ETC
      United Kingdom: November 18, 2009 on ITV2
      Sweden: November 27, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: December 6, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: January 13, 2010 on Fox8
      Norway: February 15, 2010 on FEM
      Turkey: April 6, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: August 8, 2010 on Doma
      Czech Republic: October 16, 2011 on Prima LOVE

    • Featured Music:
      "Stricly Game" by Harlem Shakes
      "I Saw You Walk In" by Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
      "In Transit (Revisited)" by Albert Hammond Jr.
      "Show Stopper" by Peaches
      "Freshman" by Hollywood Holt
      "Nike Town" by Son of Dave
      "People C'mon" by Delta Spirit

    • Although credited, Jessica Szohr ("Vanessa") didn't appear in this episode.