Round Table: "The Magnificent Archibalds"

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As fans sound off in our The Magnificent Archibalds" include memorable quotes, sketchy Aaron, Nate's letter to J, random run-ins and touching Thanksgiving moments ...


1. What was your favorite Gossip Girl quote from the episode?

DANdy: Any interaction between Blair and Derota. I'll go with B's screaming at her housekeeper for "more flour!" in the middle of Blair's phone call with Serena.

Mister Meester: Chuck's passing remark that his "plans for the evening just got hung up in customs." The implication that he was flying in some girl(s) from out of the country to entertain him for a night is hilarious, even by Chuck Bass standards.

Gossip Guy: Haha, I have to give it to my boy Dan this episode. As far as I was concerned his awkward mumbling is perfection when he has to deal with something like Serena's new disgusting boyfriend. Favorite line of his? "Serena's not that big into cheese. You might wanna go with the Wines of Southern France." I just loved his pronunciation.

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2. How sketchy is Aaron Rose?

DANdy: So sketchy, he broke his leg and gravy poured out! Wait... never mind. The dude is almost as shady as he is lucky.

Mister Meester: Quite. He effectively blackmailed Serena to quit drinking in exchange for him dropping the "seeing other girls" thing. Diabolical. He is also completely undeserving of Serena, and doesn't even seem that into her, yet everything he says wraps her around his finger. I hope Dan sabotages him and sweeps S off her feet! Go Derena!

Gossip Guy: Are the writers trying to give me someone to hate more than Vanessa? You guys are coming awfully close. He's so sketchy he probably can't even shave that lame excuse for patchy facial hair that disgustingly grows all over him. I don't even know what that means.

3. Least realistic run-in: Vanessa and Nate outside the gallery, Blair and Jenny on the street, or Serena and that outfit (on a family holiday)?

Mister Meester: Nate and Vanessa. He wanted to return CDs, so he went to the (presumably closed) gallery on Thanksgiving? In Brooklyn, a significant trek from where he lives? It's called the mail, Nate. You used it to write Jenny, remember?

Gossip Guy: OMG, definitely Serena in that outfit for a family function. In the Gossip Girl universe I've come to accept the fact that New York is really only a few square blocks and anyone can run into anyone and be anywhere at once. But a dress so short that I had to press rewind five times just to see if that was butt cheek I was seeing? To a family dinner? Whore. We love you.

DANdy: Blair and Jenny. Not because these two happened to meet on the same sidewalk, but because Blair instantly acted more like Dr. Phil than Regina George. This better not be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. What fun would that be?

4. Most poignant Thanksgiving moment: Jenny returning home and tearing up the papers, Blair reuniting with her dad, or Eric and Lily bonding at the diner?

Gossip Guy: Absolutely Jenny returning home without eyeliner and a stupid mullet hair cut. Couldn't you just feel the Thanksgiving as she was magically transferred into a normal character I'll be able to stand watching again?

DANdy: Eric and Lily. I hope California voters were paying attention to how mature, forgiving and grounded gay people can be.

Mister Meester: I loved when Blair saw her father and came around to Cyrus. Beneath the uptight, often petulant and catty exterior, Blair Waldorf is an old-fashioned sweetheart. This complexity is what makes her one of TV's best characters. Now if we can just get some Chuck-Blair love. It's been a few weeks and the withdrawal symptoms are setting in.

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5. What did Nate's letter to Jenny say?

Gossip Guy: For the purposes of my answer I'm going to ignore the lines we saw in the episode and assume it went something like this: "Dear Jenny, I used you to piss off Vanessa cause she sucks. Love, Man Bangs. P.S. Let's keep the whole statutory rape thing on the d/l. Especially from the cops."

DANdy: Jenny, I care about you more than the latest Biolage bodifying shampoo. While it may reinvigorate my hair and provide my bangs with voluminous body, you lather my heart with kind words, a shoulder to cry on and really dark mascara. Whatever you do, don't let Vanessa read this letter. P.S. Can I borrow your Carrie Underwood CD?

Mister Meester: From what we can make out of the letter, it says something like "I really care about you, but I don’t know what to do." To what does this refer? How he'll make up all the homework from cutting school for weeks? Where he'll wash his hair without water in his apartment? His concern over J's new raccoon makeup? Who's to say.


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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Rufus: I miss her a lot.
Dan: You know, in all the arguments you two have had, I haven't once heard you tell her that.
Rufus: Oh my God, you're right.
Dan: That's not ... that rare is it?

Dan: You okay with it? Jenny not being with us tonight?
Rufus: If by okay you mean extraordinarily depressed, then yes.