I know my enthusiasm about Gossip Girl is always destined to clash on a series of dull episodes, but I’m quite satisfied with what I’ve seen in the latest weeks. After a great wedding episode, I was looking forward to seeing how things would evolve and The Backup Dan  gave me what I wanted – a runaway bride, a Lonely Boy in a shining armour, a shady frenemy and more drama to come in the next episodes (I hope). Dominican Republic plan apart (the nth example of absurdity, a trademark of the show), I really enjoyed the storyline, with Blair who finally accepts her royal destiny and leaves New York with Louis like a sad princess. I don’t know if my dream of seeing Blair and Dan together will be fulfilled, but I like the connection between them so far .
As for Lily, we can see her in some scenes, but unfortunately she sports the same outfit we’ve seen in the previous episode. Funny that in the first scene Rufus and she appear (at the wedding party), they can be seen dancing to Madonna’s Like a Virgin.
After the party, they arrive home with Eleanor Waldorf and Princess Sophie: they would like to spend some more time together, sipping champagne and chatting about the wedding, but things take an unexpected turn, when it comes out that Blair has left the party without Louis and she’s nowhere to be found. In this scene, we can see Lily is wearing a beautiful patchwork coat, which creates a beautiful contrast with her chic party dress.
This coat comes from the fall/winter 2011 collection by Oscar de la Renta. It’s a metallic multi-grid jacquard bracelet sleeve threadwork patchwork piece; its palette – natural brown/beige tones – works well with the dress.
A few minutes after getting home, Lily leaves their guests alone and goes upstairs to change her shoes: she slips out of her Loeffler Randalls and wears a pair of black patent flats.
We can get a rare full-figure shot of her when she meets Lola (the real Charlie) Rhodes again. The girl has been working as a waitress at the wedding party and tells Lily about Nate, who has just dumped her, after realizing she’s got something to hide (he overheard a conversation between Lola and her mother, but she explained it was her boss on the phone). Here, Lily plays the part of Cupid: she calls Nate and tells him to patch things up with the girl.
In this shot, her amazing updo is visible, and so is the back of her Dolce & Gabbana dress.
What do you think of this episode? And what do you think will happen next? I can’t wait to see Valentine’s Day episode!
 The title refers to The Back-Up Plan (2010), a romantic comedy by Alan Poul, starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin.
 Have you noticed their snappy dialogues? They remind me of Blair and Chuck in the first couple of seasons.