Monday, January 30, 2012

Gossip Girl's Clever Pop Culture Cross-Reference a Miss for Most?

First, yes, I have now officially admitted that I watch Gossip Girl. Oh, well. I also watch CNN, Presidential debates and sports...I'm quite the renaissance gal.

There's only been what - a tedious six-month (or more???) build-up - to tonight's episode, in which Blair FINALLY wed Louis?

Blair and Louis at the altar

The storyline was really beside the point though. The gem of this episode was when Dan Humphrey (aka "Lonely Boy," played by Penn Badgley), anticipating a potentially rocky wedding, filled with some surprises, made a reference to "pulling a Braddock," a nod to the EPIC wedding scene in The Graduate, one of my all-time faves.

Dustin Hoffman's "Benjamin Braddock" - "ELAINE! ELAINE!" in The Graduate

As I praised this clever bit of writing, I wondered how many fans in Gossip Girl's demographic (females 12-34 is what I've read on average, though I suspect that 34 needs to be taken down a notch - like 10 years) got the joke. My guess? Not many. Still, nicely played, GG writers. You scored points, including a blog post and a Tweet from me.

On a totally separate note, Observations of a Pop Culture Junkie has been dormant for much of the year. Mea culpa; life got in the way. That's all over now though. Come back, and come back often to hear this blogger's take on everything from the Kartrashians to this weekend's Super Bowl XVLI ads.

To whet your appetite regarding the latter, let's close with a bit of Ferris Bueller...

After all, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."