The mess all starts when C/I’s ex-BF Max decides to up the ante on his blackmailing efforts. Rather than attempting to sell his silence for a measly $50,000, he bumps it up to $500,000. This marks the tipping point. So like extravagantly lined up dominoes (including Serena and Lily), they all fall culminating with Grandma CeCe fainting. But this isn’t the best part. C/I then pulls a Jedi mind trick that even Obi-Wan Kenobi would be proud of.
In other news, now that Nate (Chace Crawford) is running the NY Spectator, he’s immediately stuck with a editorial conundrum. It may be that the wife of his cousin Trip van der Bilt (Aaron Tveit) is having an extra-marital dalliance. So Nate is faced with the conflict of running this new found dirt or honoring his family ties. Lucky for everyone, Nate has strong instinct for investigating all his sources first. The outcome is a surprise only DC and Hollywood could dream up.
And what would a “Gossip Girl” recap be without some Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) drama. Blair is busy trying to figure out the new Chuck so that she can impart this wisdom onto Louis. But Chuck’s not offering the quick fix she’s looking for. Never one to be patient on such matters, she resorts to dragging him to see his therapist for additional insight. It is here that he admits exactly what the cause of his change is. And it’s not something she wants to hear.
When Chuck recaps the therapy session for Nate, Mr. Archibald asks Mr. Bass whether he’s still in love with Blair. “I can’t imagine the day I won’t,” he says.
Uh oh. Uh oh.