‘Gossip Girl’ Episode 6 Recap: “Parentsite”

I hope you’ve cleaned your room and put your bong away, as a result of it’s Mother and father’ Weekend on this week’s Gossip Girl. In an episode aptly dubbed “Parentsite” (extra on that later), the present’s already expansive solid expands even additional: New parental items are launched to lend help and/or trigger bother because the case could also be, whereas the mothers and dads to whom we’ve already been launched add and/or subtract gasoline to varied storyline fires.

We’ll cowl the beforehand recognized dad and mom first, beginning with Kiki, Audrey’s mom. Comatose because the still-unspecified incident that hospitalized her final week, she’s attended to—to a level that has the hospital workers working scared—by her doting daughter; Audrey in flip is cared for by her boyfriend Aki and their mutual hookup Max. When Kiki regains consciousness, she’s all thank-yous and apologies to Audrey, and it appears their relationship is patched up.

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It’s a celebratory temper, then, that finds Audrey making an attempt to patch up a pair of relationships in a single fell swoop. Internet hosting a dinner for her two helpers whereas sporting slightly black costume with a daring décolletage—you could possibly see this one coming from area—she inveigles Aki (extra on him later) and Max into the threesome all three of the characters have in all probability been fantasizing about since Max first struck up his extracurricular shenanigans. It took the unique Gossip Lady a number of seasons to work as much as its one and solely threesome, a comparatively un-daring FFM affair; this iteration of GG is clearly profiting from altering instances and HBO Max’s nonexistent bureau of requirements and practices. Hooray!

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As for Max, he too has purpose to have a good time: So far as he is aware of, he’s each fended off the more and more stalkerish advances of Rafa Caparros—who goes as far as to focus on Max’s father Roy, who fortunately says he discovered what was actually happening and declined—and helped steer Roy to a rapprochement along with his estranged husband Gideon. Perhaps it’s too early within the present for a cad like Max to develop a conscience, however take into account that the unique Gossip Lady made Chuck Bass an tried rapist (a case of artwork unintentionally imitating life, if allegations about a certain actor are too be believed) in its pilot episode earlier than slowly steering him into antihero standing. GGv2.0 determined to simply get on with it already and make Chuck’s equal, Max, a nasty boy with a coronary heart of gold from the soar, and who can blame them? (Caparros additionally targets Max with an STI-rumor leak to Gossip Lady; Max retaliates for all of this by sending a video of the 2 of them having intercourse to GG, although Caparros, who’s weaseled his method again into Kate’s crew by then, deletes it earlier than the remainder of the GG group can do something with it.)

Then there are the persevering with adventures of the nice-guy fathers of Julien and Zoya, Davis and Nick respectively. Davis, upset by Julien’s awful PSAT scores, encourages his daughter to show her influencer gig into one thing that truly makes cash. The end result? A quick dalliance with a Black capitalist of the kind lampooned in Ziwe sketches, which lasts till the ostensibly woke model in query discourages Julien from, y’know, really protesting something. (Extra on that later, too.) Nick, in the meantime, makes an attempt to strike up a romance with Zoya’s tutor Kate Keller, who calls it off when her meddling co-conspirator Jordan makes her notice her obligation to be Gossip Lady should come first.

Which brings us to the brand new batch of ‘rents—a sophisticated bunch, to say the least. In equity, Aki’s mo (performed by Hettienne Park, so nice and so underutilized on Hannibal) looks as if a pleasant sufficient particular person. However his father Roger (performed by fucking Malcolm “A Clockwork Orange” McDowell) is a straight-up Rupert Murdoch manqué, or on the very least a duplicate of Succession‘s Brian Cox’s copy of Murdoch. And he’s in enterprise with Obie’s mom Helena (Lyne Renée), a real-estate mogul whose joint undertaking with Roger on the Brooklyn Navy Yard is the topic of Obie’s dilettante-ish protesting. (Keep in mind “Parentsite”? It’s not only a Parasite pun—the episode really facilities on a website run by the dad and mom, get it?)

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At Julien’s instigation, Zoya invitations herself to the massive household dinner with Obie and his mom, Aki and his dad and mom, and Audrey, who spends a whole lot of the episode badmouthing Zoya till she wants a shoulder to cry on. Additionally at Julien’s instigation, Zoya lets them each know what she actually thinks of them, from Roger’s right-wing media empire to their ploy to tear down a homeless shelter for his or her huge real-estate maneuver. Roger, who’s used to being essentially the most highly effective man in each room he’s in, takes all of it in stride; Obie, nevertheless, is horrified by the scene Zoya makes on the dinner. It’s sufficient to drive the couple aside, and drive Obie proper again into Julien’s arms when she reveals up on the protest earlier than it will get rousted by the usual NYPD protest-breaking goon squad.

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Every part comes full circle when Roger and Helena try to depart the location whereas dodging protestors and press alike. In the course of the disastrous dinner, Zoya grills Roger a couple of discrimination lawsuit centered on his firm’s remedy of LGBTQ+ staff, and the dialog will get so uncomfortable that Aki excuses himself from the desk. One slip of the tongue from Audrey later and each of Aki’s dad and mom notice he’s queer. This offers Roger the proper out when a reporter corners him on his exit from the location and asks him concerning the lawsuit. How might he presumably discriminate in opposition to homosexual staff, he says, when his personal son Aki is homosexual himself? It’s a shitty method to make use of your child for positive. However within the sense that it leads on to your child’s very first MMF threesome, is it actually that dangerous ultimately? Alongside cash, intercourse and social justice are this iteration of Gossip Lady‘s foreign money. That is our final episode earlier than a mid-season hiatus, so go forward and spend all of it, I say!

Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) writes about TV for Rolling Stone, Vulture, The New York Occasions, and anyplace that will have him, actually. He and his household reside on Lengthy Island.

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