Gossip Girl “The Fugitives” Review

The mystery of Bart Bass was solved in “The Fugitives,” this week’s episode of Gossip Girl; it would seem that threats from a business nemesis and a PI on the take were responsible for his drastic decision to fake his own death. And while I find that a little hard to swallow, I’m willing to let it go because what is a melodrama without an unexpected resurrection?

For some (not so) strange reason, Blair couldn’t seem to stay away from Chuck as he searched for a way to keep his father from going back underground. Even though she agreed to go to Rome with Dan for the summer so he could have his girlfriend and his writing program, too, when push came to shove, she skipped out on a couples interview (?!) in favor of helping her (supposedly) former flame.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t gloat about the fact that she doesn’t feel ready yet to say a certain three very important words to Dan, but it does bear mentioning. Could there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Is our long national nightmare almost over? Even Dan is starting to catch on to the fact that something isn’t quite right between them.

But Serena, oddly enough, seems to have set up camp in Dair territory. Maybe it’s just because she feels guilty about her stint as Gossip Girl and is doing everything in her power to make it up to her friends, though. Although…she was pretty quick to jump in and pretend to be Dan’s girlfriend for the interview, while Blair was off helping Chuck; could all of her recent melancholy be about losing Dan to Blair? Although Serena had a few moments of genuine happiness in the episode, it doesn’t seem like it will last for long. Somehow, the real GG got hold of Blair’s diary, specifically a passage that calls her feelings for Dan into question, and the bitch went and thanked Serena for it. So much for BFF’s.

For someone who claims to be above her scheming family members, Lola sure can meddle with the best of them. Thanks to her interfering with Chuck’s plan to expose his father’s nemesis, she and Ivy had to dress up as high-class hookers and pretend to be twins. It was a weird little almost-scene that only served as a means to an end, the end being Bart Bass’s return to the world. To think…had he only enlisted the help of his son and his son’s friends earlier, he would have been able to resume his life years ago. A group of rich kids managed to do in an afternoon what neither him nor Diana could accomplish in, what, two years? Shameful.

Next week is the season finale; will we have some resolution or just a terrible cliffhanger? I tend to lean towards the latter.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know below!