Television Analysis Gossip Girl
1. Gossip Girl , “Gone with the Will”
2. Plot Summary
The episode begins with Blair Waldorf and Jack Bass attending the will reading with Chuck Bass, who has recently lost his father. The late Bass wrote Chuck a letter before he died, and Chuck is presented with the sealed letter. Chuck becomes angry, and refuses to read the letter. He says that he does not want his father to call him a failure once again. Blair snatches the letter away from Chuck’s uncle, Jack. Blair reads the letter, and tells Chuck that his father bequeathed the company (Bass Industries) to him. Chuck claims that he does not want it, and tells his uncle that he can have it. Chuck storms out of the room, and Blair chases after him. Blair convinces Chuck to keep the company. Chuck tells Jack that he changed his mind, and would like to give running the company a try to carry on his father’s legacy. Jack becomes angry with Chuck’s decision, storms out of the office, and warns Chuck about the hardships ahead.
The next day, Blair plans out her dinner with Chuck for later that evening. Jack tracks Blair down to tell her he would like to do something nice for Chuck. Blair agrees to give a brunch the following morning at Bass Industries. As Jack walks away he looks smug. Later in the evening, Jack interferes with Chuck’s plans, by convincing Chuck to go out with him. He tells Chuck that as a Bass he should not have to go running to some wife, referring to Blair. Chuck calls Blair to cancel, claiming that he needs to stay at the office to work late. Jack takes Chuck out with some women he has brought to entertain Chuck. Blair is disappointed and blows out the candles she set on the romantic dinner she has laid out.
The next morning, everyone is at the brunch for Chuck. Chuck himself appears to be missing. When Jack arrives, Blair questions him about Chuck’s whereabouts. Jack ignores her and introduces her to some senior members of the board. Blair smiles, exchanges pleasantries,