Gossip Girl

Season 3 Episode 12

The Debarted

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 2009 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

On the anniversary of Bart Bass death, Chuck has to deal with some issues from the past and a car accident disturbs the Upper East Side. Meanwhile, Dan and Vanessa tried to stay in their complicated friendship no matter what. Jenny is accused of beating a classmate, and Eric has to decide which story to beleive.moreless

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  • Something worth it, FINALLY!

    Yey, finally something good this season in Gossip Girl. I was so tired of the extreme ways they used to bring interest back, but this episode proves that no extremes are needed, just a good script and good acting.

    This episode focused on Serena and her choices concerning her relationship with Tripp and Chuck's choices on his life in general. It's the anniversary of Bart Bass's death and Chuck starts to second guess his actions for the past year. For a minute there i feared that it would be the end of Chuck and Blair, but darling Chukles seems to have matured (wow, he must be the only one in this series) and chose not to follow in his father's footsteps when it comes to cruelty and detachement. And (drumrolldrumroll) it seems that his mother is ALIVE! Duuude.moreless
  • Chuck has issues dealing with his father's death. Blair stands by Chuck's side. Serena is in a car accident and Trip leaves her. Maurene gives Rufus the letter that may destroy his marriage with Lily. Serena and Nate might end up together.moreless

    My absolute favorite part of this movie is the end when Chuck finally visits his dad's grave only to find out that his mother didn't die giving birth to him. I can't wait to find out the secret behind that one. I hate Trip and hope he gets what he deserves. Vanessa and Dan need to get together. Nate and Serena need to get together. Lily and Rufus need to talk about things face to face. Glad Jenny and Eric made up but Jenny is walking a dangerous path with this drug business. I love Chuck and Blair all the way!!moreless
  • Tripp Vanderbilt you are a very bad man.

    Serena, Serena, Serena, have you never watched any television the man never leaves his wife for the other women particularly when he's a politician and she's an 18 year old intern (monica luwinski much).

    Leaving her a unconcious in that car was bad horrible inhuman but not unexpected he is cheating politician after all.

    Now the whole Rufus Lilly breaking up thing him going to ask advice from the divorced women in the building come on there not that intresting a story and i like them 100% more when there a couple.

    Jenny what a tangled web we weave when we practise to decieve just say no to drugs, and any other cliche i can say to steer you away from this path but honestly i like the way your going we are actually having some character development yay.

    Chuck seing things isn't a good sign even though we resolved it all in the end with you finding peace with your father, you should still seek help somewhere outside of you girlfriend. Oh and P.S is there anyone out there who didn't realise that Chuck's mummy dearist was alive as soon as Blair told Lilly that Chuck was never allowed to visit his mum's grave.

    Overall a tumoltuos week with many of the most intresting current storylines comming to a close, but hopefully they'll have more for us next week

    see you then.

    XOXO Bellamoreless
  • This is why I love Gossip Girl!

    This was a really great episode. I just love all the drama. And they somehow manage to keep the story real, eventhough the caracters go from good to bad (little J.) and from bad to good (Chuck). In this episode, I really loved Chuck and Blair together. It's just beautiful how she won't let Chuck fall into his old, self-destructive habbits. And omg, what's with the woman at the grave? Is it Chuck's mom? If that's really the case: damn you, Bart Bass, for lying to Chuck all this time and making him beat himself up all those years because he "killed his mother". And, lastly, I really hope things are gonna get real between Serena and Nate. They've been cute together from the very beginning :)moreless
  • Gossip Girl aspires to achieve a certain goal every time a new episode is aired.

    Here we had a self depressing Chuck, a misguided Serena, a sibling rivalry and thorn marriages.

    Now Gossip Girl has taken the road where the end would justify the means and all the other pieces before it could simply fall out of place, so long as everything ends in accordance with the script.

    That is why we have characters poking in and out of episodes without any sort of development or back story as to how they claimed even a second of screen time. We also have characters falling in and out of love like a misused hobby and then there are the marriages that come out corrupt and worn down to the ground.

    Tripp is a very weak character, he claimed to love Serena and protested to overcome whatever trials that came their way, yet he still ran crying to his wife like a little baby. He has shown no real valor of a congressman, nor has he represented himself as the man he claimed to be. Which makes me wonder why anyone would waste time fighting over him? Surprisingly, I liked Maureen over all the melodrama. The letter, which Maureen used as blackmail, claimed that Lily and Serena's father spent some time in a hotel room. That could only mean that nothing 'under the sheets' happened and Lily was not the 'cheating whore' Maureen made her out to be. Solely because Lily was to ready to tell Rufus the truth and she didn't fear the worst for their marriage.

    I felt the feud between Jenny and Eric was short lived and a cheap shot on Eric's part. Did it really take two people to plan the big comeback? Maybe the writers have something else stored for the siblings and their truce revealed to be a bluff, who knows. I just don't know how to feel about Jenny's drug-dealer mentality. I am certain if she asked Lily nicely she could have gotten the extra bags, but her problems seem to go beyond that, and without any direction in her life, she would continue going off course. It's even worse since her very own father couldn't pay attention for two minutes, to notice that his little girl is slipping.

    I am actually tired of the whole Blair-Chuck lovie-dovieness. I remember how the Bart death was dealt with and couldn't recall Lily's visit to the hospital, so the closure bit was expressed well for Chuck's sake. I did feel that the whole Bart death was spontaneous last season and Chuck handled the covering of his father in the hospital with maturity. The possibility of him seeing his father had something to do with his lightheaded and drunken states, which led to a sense of delusion. Gearing into the Christmas mood, the ghost mental was a somewhat pun for fun.

    Dan and Olivia did not get their essential closure they needed to officially end as a couple, and even though Dan is admitting his feelings for Vanessa to himself, I couldn't officially root for them. Every character on this show is in and out of relationships, either with each other or someone completely impromptu. The only 'single' characters are probably the youngest of the cast and their relationships with others can be warped and manipulative as well, so there isn't one real couple worth rooting for.

    Since we are all preparing for the Holidays, some our loved series have already taken their mid season break and I could use a break from Gossip Girl for a while, as an early Christmas present. Some of the plots have taken an interesting spin, like Nate's development (hitting Tripp was solid) and Chuck's 'mother'(?), but it's not enough. They are all slight impressions and small twists. The rest of the nonsense (ouch), like Tripp's whining, Serena's naivety, Rufus' spontaneous 'affair' with a spontaneous character and Jenny's rebellion, could really take a hike, because it really drowns out all the plausible elements each episode.

    I am not really expecting much now, there were some points in the episode where I sort of, couldn't really care anymore, but just had to watch it for the sake of just letting you all know how I felt about it, but nothing changes.

    Lexa Reviews



    Three Stars

    Grade C-

Holley Fain

Holley Fain

Maureen van der Bilt

Guest Star

Laura Harring

Laura Harring

Woman at Bart's Gravestone

Guest Star

Sherri Saum

Sherri Saum

Holland Campbell

Guest Star

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Erik van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Bart Bass

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chuck: My father always thought I was weak. And in the moment that mattered most I was. I couldn't be there when he, uh... I left right away. I've been pushing myself to prove him wrong, and pushing you away.
      Blair: I don't think you ran away because you couldn't handle death. I think it's because you couldn't handle feelings. You're not like that anymore. You're strong. You carry people. You carry me. You're becoming a man in a way that your father never was.

    • Nate: What were you thinking, Tripp?
      Tripp: Have you seen her? Is Serena okay?
      Nate: You left her alone in a wrecked car AND YOU MOVED HER? What happened to you, man? You know, you were the good guy. You were the honest one.
      Tripp: Nate, you gotta understand-
      Nate: Oh, I fully understand.
      Tripp: I called 911.
      Nate: Oh, come on. Are you serious? I know we're family, but what you did is unforgivable. The cops are asking questions, I'm telling them the truth.
      Maureen: The truth was Tripp was with me.
      Tripp: I told you to stay in the car.
      Maureen: I think the days of you telling me what to do are behind us, don't you? I've spoken to William. He's got Tripp's back on this one. If anyone starts asking questions, I'm ready with a statement that says Tripp was with me all night.
      Nate: And what about Serena's statement?
      Maureen: With her history of drinking and drugs? Not to mention her unstable family background and the many, many men. In any case, you grandfather is very well liked by the sheriff's department around here. Coming, Tripp? (Walks away)
      Tripp: I'd love to see her. Do you think you could help me- (Nate punches Tripp and he falls down)
      Nate: You stay the hell away from her.

    • Serena: Your asking me to be your husband's mistress?
      Maureen van der Bilt: Its a time honored political tradition. I'm Jacky and your Marilyn.

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