One Tree Hill Episode Recap: “We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)”

This week’s episode of One Tree Hill was a special one. Chad Michael Murray penned the script himself and transformed our characters back into the 1940’s. Paying homage to classic films of that era, the episode was a tale of love, deceit, murder, mystery and discovery mixing in Tree Hill’s reality with complete fantasy. read more

Gossip Girl Episode Recap: “The Magnificent Archibalds”

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By Jordan Hudson, Zap2it.com

Thanksgiving! Blair bemoans the presence of Cyrus and his relatives and that her dad won’t be coming to America this year. Serena is excited to introduce Aaron to her family, which ooks Blair out, as it does us. Dan approaches to ask if anyone’s seen Jenny, since she isn’t returning his or Rufus’ calls; Serena reveals that Jenny has been spending a lot of time with darling Eric lately. Hey, speaking of! Jenny and Eric meet with a mediator to try to negotiate her emancipation, and Jenny is upset to learn that in the event of a divorce from one’s parents, one’s parents must be notified. Um. Thank God she’s pretty. The Abrams clan is staging a protest at an Indian reservation, so Dan invites Vanessa to Thanksgiving dinner on the condition that she doesn’t have to see Nate or Jenny, meaning that both will be assuredly present. Lily and Bass arrive home from a vacation to a phone call from Rufus looking for Jenny and/or Eric; Lily, seeing Jenny’s bag by the door, quickly hangs up the phone. Anne and Nate Archibald walk into a friend’s apartment to stay for Thanksgiving only to find the Captain is there waiting. Even Gossip Girl knows this is the time to sign off and find cover.

Leightonmeester8_gossipgirl_240 Blair glowers at Cyrus as he devours her traditional pumpkin pie, and even has the chutzpah to criticize her spicing. She tears up to Eleanor that Cyrus wants them to eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, and Eleanor tells her that Cyrus has booked a table at Gramercy Tavern, and that the chef is making all of Blair’s favorite dishes. Awwww. (Also, he is good, isn’t he?) Blair runs to Dorota, who reveals that Cyrus proposed to Eleanor with a bajillionty-carat sapphire ring. Blair’s face turns to absolute fury. Chez Van Der Bass, Lily attempts to cajole J into staying until she works things out with Rufus. Jenny politely excuses herself but leaves her bag, containing her emancipation papers, behind. Dan and Rufus peruse the aisles of Dean and Deluca for Thanksgiving groceries, where they run into Aaron buying a hostess gift for Lily. Dan stammers about how difficult it is to date Serena, and mentions Georgina and Serena’s past addiction issues. Smooth, Humphrey. Real smooth. In the meantime, Blair throws a hissy fit and demands that Dorota leave the house with her, and Nate runs into Vanessa at Rufus’ gallery, dropping off a Pixie’s box set. He apologizes to V for alienating her, and everyone else in his life. Serena asks Chuck to not reveal her “recent history” to Aaron, while wearing honestly the shortest, tightest, most ill-flattering satin skirt in the history of terrible costuming. Aaron, of course, marches in being generally weird and mentions Georgina and oh my god! He’s as judgmental as Dan! Crap. Serena, date grown-ups.

Kellyrutherford2_gossipgirl_240 Lily calls Rufus, and Dan makes a weird face when he sees her name on the caller i.d. She tells Rufus that he needs to come over right away; he, in turn, tells Dan to tell Vanessa not to come over. Vanessa misses Dan’s call because she is being interrogated by the FBI about Nate. Meanwhile, Chuck is ill-advisedly showing his brother the contents of their fathers’ safe; while Eric is excited about the gold bars and the satellite phone, you and I both know he is about to find out something about his mother that nobody knows (except it’s totally something about her and Rufus having a secret baby, right?) Chuck excuses himself to take a call from Vanessa, asking for his help with Nate, and he leaves to meet her at the gallery. The two of them ambush Nate, and introduce him to the FBI agent, who tells him that the Captain is planning to “kidnap” Nate in order to extort ransom from his Vanderbilt in-laws. Chuck and Vanessa tell Nate that he needs to sell his father out for his own freedom and happiness. Nate goes home to confront his father, who admits to the plan. He tells the Captain that if he turns himself in, he will still be his son. Otherwise…not so much.

Blair and Dorota march down the street, ignoring Britney’s “Slave 4 U” hailing from Dorota’s Blackberry, heading to feed the ducks at the duck pond. Rufus and Dan arrive Chez Van Der Bass, much to Bart’s and Aaron’s displeasure. Lily shows Rufus the emancipation papers as Aaron and Dan confront Serena; Dan takes the fall to protect  Serena, and Aaron leaves to join his father at Eleanor’s. Eric chooses that moment to enter with all of the Van der Woodsen files, which he found in the safe. Rufus tells Jenny that he won’t contest her emancipation, and that he loves her. Jenny, in true Humphrey fashion, walks away. Annnnnnnnd here Lily and her beautiful children come, trooping down the stairs with their dossiers: Lily tells Bart that she could handle her privacy being violated, but not that of her children. (The kids haven’t read the files, by the way.) Lily takes her kids and goes to “spend the day with her family.” At the diner like last time! Aw. Serena has taken off on an “errand”, and Eric tells his mother that he did read her file. She was institutionalized at the age of 19. Eric feels betrayed that she wasn’t able to tell him before, but is sure that she’ll talk when she’s ready. Lily tearfully asks him how he got so wise, and he straightforwardly responds, “the nanny.” Oh, Eric. Lily grabs her son for a “real” Thanksgiving dinner.

Blakelively4_gossipgirl_240 Serena arrives at the Waldorfs’ looking for Aaron, and discovers that Blair is missing. She gives Aaron her Bart Bass dossier (ooh, strong move, kiddo) and tells Eleanor where Blair is before leaving. Blair and Dorota run into a sobbing Little J on the street, and Blair tells Jenny how lucky she is to have a family who fights for her. Just then, Eleanor pulls up in a cab and wraps her stole around a shivering Jenny. She talks Blair into coming home, and Blair agrees, on the condition that Jenny go home too. The Captain answers the door to surrender to the FBI to save his family while Anne sobs. Downstairs, Vanessa and Chuck wait for Nate outside the Archibald manse, where the electricity is being turned on. Vanessa tells Nate that she still…well, there’s this whole thing with Jenny, and…Nate finally asks her out again, and she twinkles at him before leaving him with his boyfriend Chuck, who takes Nate out to get drunk. Aaron brings back the dossier unread, telling Serena that she will tell him whatever she feels she wants to tell him in due time. Eleanor marches Blair into the house to reveal Harold, who was Cyrus’ surprise: she wasn’t going to tell Harold about the engagement until he approved of Cyrus. Harold has brought a pie from France, and I will be damned if I’m not crying like a little girl right now. Rufus and Dan arrive at home to find Little J, sans horrible eye makeup, ripping up her emancipation papers. And Lily shows up at the door with Eric, telling Rufus that she can’t think of anyplace that feels more like home that his house. Oh my god, I can’t see the computer screen, you guys. Vanessa and Jenny are making up now because their friendship is more important than Nate, and they squeal. But wait…Vanessa sees the letter that Nate sent Jenny in a stack of mail, and opens it, totally trying to kill our Thanksgiving buzz. And Bart leaves his PI a message asking why Lily was institutionalized, while looking up at Rufus’ window.

In two weeks: it looks like some sort of winter formal plus musical beds, plus SOMEONE TOTALLY DIES. OMFG and XOXO.

Well, it has been quite a while (read: never) since this show made me cry, but the last-minute one-two punch of Harold Waldorf plus Lily telling Rufus that he’s her home just absolutely killed me. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have only good things to say about this episode. Heck, GG herself took a night off from the snark. That doesn’t mean that you need to, however…

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Supernatural Casting Spoilers: Meet Teenage Dean “Brock Kelly”!

Supernatural Casting Scoop: Is Teen Dean to Your Liking?

Following this Thursday’s episode, the CW’s Supernatural (like sister show Smallville) is taking a several-week break, returning with new episodes on or around Jan. 15.  That’s the bad news.

The good news is that shortly after the series comes back, fans will get a big treat: a teenaged Dean. And filling Jensen Ackles’ shoes for the flashback will be Brock Kelly, TVGuide.com has learned.

In “After School Special,” which is slated to air Jan. 29, Supernatural will offer a peek at the brothers’ high-school days, with a tentative Sam not looking forward to facing another new social circle as he and Dean are uprooted again by their demon-chasing dad. Luckily, Dean finds time away from necking with a local gal to watch his picked-on kid bro’s back.

Opposite Kelly, Colin Ford will portray young Sam — just as he did in last season’s “A Very Supernatural Christmas.” (A barely teenaged Ridge Canipe tackled Dean back then). This time around, though, Ford will play a few years older than his actual age, while Kelly will close the gap by playing younger than his actual twenty-some years.

Brock’s previous credits include a handful of Days of Our Lives episodes (as “Josh”) and two appearances on last season’s short-lived Viva Laughlin.

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