Everyone’s favorite Upper East Side teenagers return from their holiday break tonight, as Gossip Girl gears up for the second half of its sophomore season. For those keeping score at home, our cable guide says the episode is titled “In the Realm of the Basses”, a probable play on the controversial 1976 Franco-Japanese film In the Realm of the Senses that deals with death by erotic asphyxiation and castration. Yikes! We doubt any such shenanigans will take place at Constance Billard, but fans can expect to see Chuck’s Uncle Jack show up to help the younger Bass in the wake of his father’s death. (Here’s guessing he’s just as nefarious as every other Bass man that we’ve encountered thus far.) Meanwhile, Uncle Jack won’t be the only person visiting the friendly confines of Manhattan in the upcoming months. Michael Ausiello over at Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Michelle Trachtenberg has signed on to return for multiple episodes as the duplicitous cokehead Georgina Sparks.
When we last saw Georgina she was headed off to reform school, but it didn’t take a genius to figure out that she’d be back again at some point to wreak havoc. We couldn’t be more thrilled! The momentum that Ms. Trachtenberg’s guest staring role helped generate last year sprung Gossip Girl into its breakneck second season. If ever there was an actress born to be a regular cast member on this teen soap, the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is the one. The real joy will be in seeing how the writers tackle the Georgina/Serena battle royale this time around. Last season, Georgina kept trying to drag the newly reformed Serena back down to her level; this year, while Serena is far from the party girl of her “youth”, she has slowly regained her status as Queen Bitch, meaning the current scenario is ripe for conflict.
In other Gossip Girl reportage, Mr. Ausiello also tells us that the crazy rumor about Georgina being the missing love child of Rufus and Lily is mostly bunk–no doubt good news for Dan, since he hooked up with her. In fact, if you believe the commenters who feel they’ve cracked Mr. Ausiello’s military-ready code, the love child is actually going to be male. If we know Josh Schwartz, he’ll have the guy come back into town and fall in love with Blair, just to give Chuck another reason to hate the Humphrey men. Hmmm. That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If Mr. Schwartz ever needs a backup writer, he is more than welcome to give us a call.