Talk about a midseason finale! WOAH! Gossip Girl proved with episode six that it was willing to go wherever it needed to, but maintain the strength and conviction to its characters that it has had through the first five episodes.
It’s not secret that I love Gossip Girl, but I have never been so pissed off at a midseason finale. I have never screamed at my TV and been like OH NO THEY DIDN’T, knowing full well it did. Everyone went THERE and they didn’t back down.
It’s a sign of great television that one feels so many emotions. It’s what makes people keep coming back for more – the investment in the drama, the chaos – the characters. And Gossip Girl definitely has everyone that is watching feeling all sorts of emotions.
There is no character that hasn’t grown in these six episodes, no character that hasn’t made you both love and hate them, and that is the sign of good writing.
Lets break down the drama. Buckle in bitches, shits about to get intense. After all, “Family is anything but easy and no one survives it alone…”
OBIE DON’T MAKE ME HATE YOU
Obie, I want to always love you. You’ve been my favorite. But I have to admit, I want to slap you silly after seeing this episode of Gossip Girl.
We are all intimidated by our parents – especially when we barely know them, they are barely in our lives, and all we want them to do is love us. Obie’s Mom shows up and I am glad we finally get to know about Obie’s family. It’s important that we understand who he is, because I feel like we don’t know about him enough.
But man, I have never seen a man so afraid of disappointing his Mom.
When she arrives back in New York, it’s such a big deal it makes news. And hey, I use the term loosely, cause for these kids social media is news.
There are things that are going on between Zoya and Obie that are kind of awkward. They have placed a distance between themselves and to be honest I am not sure who is more at fault. The thing is, I don’t think Obie knows what he wants. He just likes people wanting him and sharing his interests.
When Zoya asks him when she’s going to meet his Mom, he lies to her and says he probably won’t even see her. Julien tells her to introduce herself – that’s what she had to do. This is kind of all sorts of creepy, but knowing this, I feel like we’re only scratching the surface of who Obie is.
And I don’t think we know him at all.
He hasn’t told his Mom him and Julien have broken up and Zoya has to prove she is who she says that she is. I feel bad for her. She’s somewhat heartbroken.
I have to say this for Zoya – her issue is that she keeps listening to what everyone tells her to be, do, say, etc. So much so that I don’t think that she knows who she is anymore. Moving, new surroundings, new people – it changes you. But if you loose yourself and you don’t pay attention to what is happening in your heart, you loose what people loved about you in the first place.
AUDREY HAS LOST IT
It’s not hard to understand why Audrey has lost it, is more uptight than normal – her Mom tried to take her life. She’s understandably scared and feeling alone.
But Max and Aki are there for her. They are showing up everyday – food, clothing, dragging her away so the staff at the hospital can do their jobs. But Audrey isn’t letting them help her. She’s angry and she’s scared.
I think that part of Audrey feels guilty for not being there for her Mom and their last interactions being less than cordial. She’s scared that their last words to each other will be mean and rude and that her Mom will never get how much she loves her.
Aki and Max tell her that she needs to come to school. She protests, she’s afraid she’ll miss something, but she goes. Even that doesn’t last long though, because she quickly takes off back to the hospital.
Aki has tryout that day after school and so Max says that he’ll go to the hospital and check in on her. The way that these two work together as a team is a beautiful thing. Audrey has a support system around her, and she doesn’t always see it and doesn’t always deserve kindness, but it’s when we’re at our bottom that we need kindness the most.
Julien’s Dad shows his most Dad like he’s ever been, when he confronts her about how she did on her PSAT’s. She knows that she didn’t do well on it, but she also has a million excuses for everything.
Her Dad is trying to teach her the practical side of life, but what she sees is the glitz and glamour that she lives in. She knows he didn’t go to college. But he’s doing fine. And she thinks that she can do the same thing with her brand. And she’s willing and wanting to prove it to him.
I will say this – I am so glad that Julien has seen the power of her brand and that she can do more with it. But I am also put off by her. Why? Because she has coasted and feels like she can continue to coast and it’s sad. I do also know that she’s changing because she’s lost Obie, but she should have been better before.
And she should have been honest with her sister, rather than acting like everything is okay. Julien’s created so many issues in so many lives because she hasn’t seemed to have the capacity to be honest. She can’t even be honest with herself.
But she’s definitely made Luna happy. She’s been waiting for her to agree to doing collaboration with brands. So setting up those meetings makes Luna excited.
It’s also a good moment for Julien, because her Dad sees just how popular she is. But Julien also doesn’t seem to recognize that her platform being used for good is a right idea, but she still has a lot of growing to do in order to make pease with the past. And even though she’s negotiated that she posts what she wants when she wants, and say over everything – she still will be working with a company – which means that they have a say over EVERYTHING.
THE DINNER FROM HELL
Obie’s Mom has invited Zoya to dinner and she called him to invite herself. He seems apprehensive to have her there.
Aki is bringing Audrey who is having a nervous breakdown and comes looking cute, but not like she should. Aki reminds his Dad that Kiki is still in the hospital and they came from there.
I am happy to know more about Aki and Obie’s family. I think that has been something that has been missing. His Dad is like a media conglomerate and his Mom is so kind and accepting. They both get along and their thing is that Aki is taken care of.
And that’s a beautiful thing.
But his Dad ends up getting grilled by Zoya. So does Obie’s Mom. I am proud that she stands up for herself, but I am also like, you’re 15, shhhh. It’s not about showing the world who you are and what you will put up with. Zoya is being herself, but she’s also forgetting that there is a time and a place for any conversation.
The dinner is a hot mess and you can tell Obie has had it. When they are leaving, he gets news about a lawsuit against his company and Aki becomes very uncomfortable. He leaves and Audrey ends up outing Aki to his parents.
I have to say, I know Audrey is going through a lot but the way that she has disregard for everyone is just so frustrating.
When they are leaving, Zoya and Obie get into a fight, and he leaves her because his Mom calls his name. I’m so frustrated with him and the way he can’t get his shit straight.
We just expect better from Obie.
And Obie’s starting to show that he’s just a fuckboy with total disregard for others. But maybe that is other peoples fault telling him to embrace being the “prince of New York.”
Then again – who we are is our own fault.
He shows up at Julien’s house and asks her to stop interfering in his life. She says she wants him to be happy. But the thing is he has to ask who she wants to be happy.
The thing is I do believe that Julien wants both Obie and Zoya to be happy, but she wants herself to be happy more.
So, Obie takes someones advice, and he’s out there protesting his parents latest development. It’s of course everywhere. And Julien and Zoya both decide to go down and join him.
Both for different reasons and both for the same. They love him.
But Obie loves himself.
It’s crazy to me how last episode I would have defended him to the death. Now, not so much.
When Zoya sees her sister with Obie, she takes off. Julien follows. She does want to have a relationship with both. But regardless, I will say that I am glad that she admits to Zoya that she still loves Obie.
These three can’t get their shit sorted out until they admit what is going on.
Obie’s Mom tried to get him to leave, because more cops were coming. There was no way he was leaving. And when the cops do come he grabs Julien’s hand and runs.
I blame Zoya, Obie, and Julien all for this situation. But I blame Obie because he moved right into a rebound, not admitting his true feelings for Julien. And then again, I don’t even think he knows what he wants.
But he’s excited that this has all changed Julien. And he still cares – he always will. Julien excites him, Zoya challenges him.
And that’s a hard line to walk along.
But when these two are kissing against a wall – I have had it. These shitty Upper East Siders need to be put in their place.
But the shittiest thing to happen at this protest was Aki’s Dad outing his son on TV. All to make himself look better. He’s okay with sacrificing his son. I wanted to like him, but I do not now.
Poor Aki has done nothing but be there for everyone. And now – all he can do is watch everyone betray him.
- I really, really wanted Zoya’s Dad and Kate to work out. But these teachers are too obsessed with the power they have with Gossip Girl.
- I refuse to write about Rafa – except he needs to be fired, caught, and jailed. I hate that he’s doing this to Max. The way that he’s using everyone is disgusting. And the way that he’s using GG – fuck you Rafa.
- Also Rafa is a psycho and I have to admit that Max showed the most growth by being willing to put out a sex tape through GG in order to stop him.
- Kate and the way she’s trying to change GG! Nope.
- I don’t like Jordan making Kate stop seeing Zoya’s Dad!
- WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH THIS THREESOME? HOLY SHIT!
- Why did Aki’s Dad say to stay away from Julien???
Gossip Girl returns to HBO Max this November.