Gossip Girl

Season 3 Episode 14

The Lady Vanished

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 15, 2010 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Rufus and Lily suspect something bad about Jenny's and Damien's relationship. Chuck learns more about the woman at the cemetery who may or may not be his mother. Meanwhile, Dan and Vanessa struggle with the awkwardness of dating other people.

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  • Chuck confront his mommy (issues), S and N have kitchen fun, Dan and Vanessa hook up, and J gets grounded because of her drug dealing Euro (boy)friend while the Lily/Rufus Cold War escalatesmoreless

    Despite the slight cliche of a thought to be dead mother, I still enjoyed the Chuck aspect of this episode because it continued to help his character grow, even though I did think it was a little unrealistic how one moment Chuck is writing a cheque out to pay his mom to NOT talk to him, and the next he's as happy as the school boy he never was, wanting to share his (messed up) life story with the mother who abandoned him... yeah, guess Chuck's mommy issues have once again made him a slightly overly moody teen (I often forget that technically everyone on GG is only 19)

    At the end of the episode, it becomes obvious that the issues Chuck has with his mother's abandonment are a lead up to Serena's daddy abandonment issues (that we've been bombarded with this whole season). I thought the SereNate moment was very, very sweet at the end, as I am a HUGE SereNate fan, and the fact that they're just so comfortable with each other because they've known each other since they were kids is sweet!

    I also enjoyed the S/N and C/B dynamics. Its like they're double dating and hanging out as best friends all at the same time. And they all just get each other

    Blair's comment on the ease of dating a bad liar in reference to when Nate was trying to get Chuck's phone out of his room was pretty funny(and the S and B double teaming on Nate was cute too) And now with Vanessa and Dan finally hook up this means everyone's pretty much paired for the season (except for Jenny, too bad Eric's gay...)

    Jenny is not my fav character this season at all. Especially now that she's this needy girl who wants danger and Damien... And on top of that she added fuel to the fight between Rufus and Lilymoreless
  • Gossip girl has adopted a cloned feature of single streamed story-lines, without any real development or substance.

    Characters develop overnight personalities and the actual 'Gossip Girl' is now used to relay simple jokes, that we could actually do without, as her story is unexplained. It leaves me wondering whether or not the writers personally chose these stories to insult fan intelligence, or if they are carrying this series down a road where inspiration has lost it's taste.

    I used this episode as the final decision maker behind this conclusive realization. This would possibly be my final Gossip Girl review, as I can no longer tolerate this insult to true viewer quality. It feels as though this series managed to stick pieces of glue and scotch tape to these poor actors and actresses, and the show is surviving on a thin thread not far off the edge.

    I would say that the Chuck-Mother themed probably bore some interest, but had they taken the time last season to develop this plot, as opposed to dropping it in from no where, maybe his mother would not have been so cliched, not to mention Serena's 'Daddy "I'm not looking for you anymore" theme'. Jenny is unbelievably spoiled, but the absence of Rufus and Dan from her life just doesn't make sense . It is almost as if she carries on her own world exterior from everything else and Jenny has played the 'runaway' card already, so nothing is a surprise along that avenue.

    They just ruined Rufus and Lily, the only hope of a real relationship, and over what? The revelation of a kiss from a character we haven't met? I don't care about Rufus' affair or his horrible parenting skills and well everything else screened this hour. Vanessa and Dan well, I guess we wouldn't know.

    I am tired of the same-old as there are far better series I could dedicate my time and appreciation to. I don't want to stare at a screen blankly and hope that things change for the better. It's only best that reality is faced and frankly I need to move on.

    Lexa Reviews



    One Star

    Grade E

  • Okay, color me bored.

    This show is really starting to bore me. I fast-forwarded through every scene with Vanessa and Dan because they are duller than dirt (can somebody give me one reason why Vanessa is even still ON this show?), I did the same with most Serena-and-Nate scenes since they have no chemistry and their relationship has zero believability. And Lily and Rufus haven't been interesting since Bart Bass died...

    My main problem with Serena and Nate is that instead of taking their time to build them up they invented this "true love" thing out of the blue and figure that so long as the characters have "steamy" scenes no one will notice that there's been no build-up. Serena had no feelings at all for Nate just two episodes ago, I mean come on! And Nate? His feelings appeared out of thin air about five episodes ago, so I don't give that much credibility either. They grate as a couple so please don't put me through more scenes with them. And I won't even talk about Vanessa/Dan since they are even worse.

    I always love Chuck and Blair (so long as they're together anyway) but they've had the same storyline for three episodes now. Blair wants Chuck to open up, he pulls away, then decides to lean on her. It was interesting and endearing the first time, semi-so the second time but kind of been-there-done-that this time around. Why aren't they getting the steamy scenes? They actually have chemistry and believability, and are played by two actors who can pull it off. Stop wasting those things on Serena/Nate and Vanessa/Dan and realise where the strength and the heart of the show lies.

    At this point I'm watching the show for two things, the Jenny storyline and Chuck+Blair. But seriously writers, when you're most believable storyline is the "my dead mom got better" one, you're in trouble.moreless
Carrie MacLamore

Carrie MacLamore


Guest Star

Erich Bergen

Erich Bergen

Paul Hoffman

Guest Star

Laura Harring

Laura Harring

Elizabeth Fisher

Guest Star

Kevin Zegers

Kevin Zegers

Damien Daalgard

Recurring Role

Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Blair: (From another room) Oh, God!
      Serena: Oh, God.
      Blair: Chuck!
      Serena: Of course. Not to be outdone.
      Nate: God forbid.
      Blair: Yes! Oh God! Yes! (Nate's phone rings) Don't stop! God! Chuck! Oh God!
      Nate: Hello?
      Chuck: Hey, it's me.
      Nate: Chuck? Where are you?
      Chuck: I'm in a meeting. And look I forgot my cell, can you stick it in my briefcase? (Blair continues to scream)
      Nate: Uh, Blair's sort of in there right now.
      Chuck: Which is why I need you to grab it, she can get curious and right now is not a good time.
      Nate: Yeah, man. Will do.
      Chuck: Great. (Hangs up)
      Blair: Oh, God, Chuck, yes! Right there- (Serena opens the door, she is reading a magazine) Oh. Haven't you ever heard of knocking?

    • Blair:Oh God, I miss that!
      Serena: What?
      Blair: Dating someone who's a horrible liar. So much easier! Chuck didn't want me to see his phone. Hand it over Archibald!

    • Blair: What?
      Serena: Nothing. Your drinks would be nice and some bread for the table.
      Blair: You haven't eaten bread since middle school.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: Chuck Bass breaking bread with his mother. Looks like our little boy lost is found... for now at least. xoxo Gossip Girl

    • Gossip Girl: There comes a time when a dad learns that you can't keep a bad girl down.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Ztracená dáma (The Lost Lady)

    • Featured Music:
      "Left and Right in the Dark" by Julian Casablancas
      "She's on the Move" by Far East Movement
      "Out of the Blue" by Julian Casablancas
      "Ludlow" by Julian Casablancas
      "11th Dimension" by Julian Casablancas
      "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + The Machine
      "Secrets" by One Republic

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 15, 2010 on A
      United Kingdom: March 17, 2010 on ITV2
      Latin America: March 28, 2010 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: April 4, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Norway: April 12, 2010 on FEM
      Turkey: May 4, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: September 12, 2010 on Doma
      Czech Republic: December 4, 2011 on Prima LOVE