Dr. Estrangeloved , the nineteenth episode of Gossip Girl‘s third season, is really what I’ve been waiting for so long: an episode packed with action, intrigues, break-ups, new characters (yes, Dr. Van der Woodsen is here, at last) and drama, lots of it. I enjoyed it so much because part of the plot is devoted to Lily’s comeback and creates lots of expectations for the episodes to come.
If you have read From the Valley to the Upper East Side posts, you should know my opinion about the third season of the show: it has actually had problems of plot, of characters’ identity, of rhythm, but I think it’s about to stop striving for finding its own voice, because some staples of the previous seasons (Chuck and Blair are enemies again, the past which is haunting Lily) are back. Too bad this change for good has come when the season is about to finish.
Lily is on screen since the beginning of the episode, when she’s sitting on a limo with Serena, heading back home from Palm Beach. We still don’t know what happened there, but all the mystery will soon disappear.
In this scene, Lily is wearing a camel-trimmed white coat and a pair of clip earrings. On her lap we can see a white Marcello bag by Cartier, which was spotted on her at the time of the filming. I like this scene, because mother and daughter are so close, they are cuddling, which is very rare, because their relation has been rocky most of the time.
When they enter Lily’s apartment, Rufus is impatiently waiting for them, and he’s not alone, because William is there, too. They discuss of the reason behind Lily’s mysterious getaways: she has a “very treatable” cancer  and her former husband is curing her. Rufus is not convinced this is the right decision, he would like Lily to be cured by someone else, but Lily and S are sure Will will do anything necessary to heal her.
In this case, Lily is wearing one of her trademark dresses with gathered neckline, absolutely flawless.
As usual, Lily’s jewellery is always perfect for the outfit she’s sporting.
Here, she picked turquoise jewels to brighten the grey dress up. Her Bounkit gold and turquoise beaded clip earrings are exquisite.
When Serena and Will leave the apartment, it’s time for Lily and Rufus to open their hearts and speak about the alarming news concerning Lily’s health. In these scenes, her turquoise cuff bracelet can be seen in all its glory. I admit I have a soft spot for cuff bracelets and this is gorgeous. What I love about Gossip Girl is that it drops the bomb just before the very end of the episode, a very intelligent trick to keep the audience’s expectations for the following episode high: in this case, Will is calling someone on the phone, blackmailing him to write Lily another prescription. The meaning of this is totally unclear, but I guess will get to know more about Dr. Van der Woodsen’s shady characters in the episodes to come.
I am quite disappointed by Lily’s one and only outfit change in the episode, but I’ve found some pictures of Kelly Rutherford attending a fashion event in Los Angeles and this has somehow calmed my craving for more outfits from her.
Last night she attended Gilbert Chagoury Couture launch party in Los Angeles, and sported a lovely outfit, very much in her style. I’d like to see her wearing bright colours more often, because she always sticks to white, which is becoming a little bit predictable. She paired a frilled blouse with wide-leg pants and an embellished wrap.
Thanks to the accessory department, she gave us another Hèrmes moment, because she carried her trusty Birkin bag in Etoupe; she also wore Christian Louboutin Simple patent pumps, diamond stud earrings and a nice Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, from the Magic Alhambra collection. She must really love Van Cleef & Arpels, because she has been wearing their jewelry many times on and off the set.
What do you think of this week’s episode? And what can possibly be the development of Lily’s sub-plot?
 The title refers to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), a Stanley Kubrick film starring Peter Sellers.
 During the episode we get to know the truth: the latest medical tests on Lily are not as good as they were supposed to be.