Season 1, Episode 4: Bad News Blair

In the past, episode 4 hasn’t ever stood out to me much.  But as I was rewatching it this time, I noticed a bunch of things I hadn’t noticed before.  Here are all of my opinions on this episode!

Although there are dramatic things happening to Nate (realizing that his dad drained $200K out of his bank account after he owed Chuck $10K for losing poker with Carter Baizen) and dramatic things happening with Rufus and Lily, (Lily’s art buyer buying one of Rufus’s wives artwork and returning it due to their weird love triangle all while Lily’s art buyer is trying to hit on Rufus even though he is married) my main focus for this blog post is going to be about Blair.  Blair is known to have done some pretty awful things to people throughout her six seasons and will never go down in history as the nicest character to ever exist.  But after paying close attention to this episode, I kind of have to feel a little bad for her.  Her mother treats her horribly, her father moved to France to be with another man, her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend, and her best friend always steals the attention from her whether she is trying to or not.  Maybe that’s why she has an eating disorder and wants to love Chuck so badly.

To recap the episode, Blair’s mom chooses her to be the face of her new clothing line.  But when she realizes that Serena is much better at modeling than Blair, she goes behind Blair’s back and tricks Serena in to showing up to the photoshoot.  What kind of mom backstabs her daughter like that?

The very first scene in the episode is an Audrey Hepburn themed dream of Blair’s.  (Which every true Gossip Girl fan knows that Blair has plenty of Audrey Hepburn themed dreams)  But this dream goes beyond Blair’s obsession with Audrey Hepburn, it foreshadows the rest of the episode.  In the dream, Blair is standing outside of Bendels trying to get inside when she is told by the guard that she isn’t allowed inside because her name isn’t on the list.  This infuriates Blair because she sees Serena inside the store.  Now wait a minute….. Isn’t this exactly what happens in the episode?  Blair is on the outside of her mother’s circle, and when she tries to get in by being the face of her mother’s clothing line that Bendel is trying to buy, she gets shot down.  But to her surprise, Serena is on the inside of her mother’s circle by being chosen as the face of the clothing line. 

This episode is the first of many episodes where I end up feeling bad for Blair.  But at least she gets her happy ending at the end!!


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