Gossip Girl Season Premiere Review: "Belles Du Jour"

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We loved the season premiere of Gossip Girl.

Beginning in an exotic locale in the aftermath of the previous season finale, "Belles Du Jour" continued the trend of seasons two and three, but was superior for several reasons.

First, the Parisian setting marked new territory for the show, specifically for Blair and Serena. For the former, it's a part of her legacy. For the latter, a part of her transition.

Serena and Blair in Paris

The episode did a terrific job of picking up the pieces from last May and charting a course for the new season, splitting time between picturesque Paris and the familiar UES.

For S, that meant turning the page. For B, living with the pain of what Chuck did. Despite being in a place she cherishes so much, the queen still feels out of her element.

That's because the devastation of Chuck's actions still lingers, and despite her best efforts, she can't shake him ... or the fact that she feels trapped in Serena's shadow.

The revelation that S is going to Columbia now certainly didn't help matters.

These two will always be close, but will always be at odds. It's a complex friendship, and we love watching it evolve, especially when it involves the occasional dip in a fountain.

As for Chuck, we learn that he survived the Prague shooting, but what happened this summer remains shrouded in mystery. He has a new companion, Eva, and goes by Henry.

Does he have amnesia? Or has he assumed, subconsciously or otherwise, a new persona, aided by someone who isn't used to his world, and someone who won't judge him?

It was great, in a way, to see so little of Ed Westwick this week. It made his scenes all the more powerful, and added to the intrigue of Henry, Eva and their new life together.

Next week, we'll learn the truth when Chuck's whereabouts alarm Lily and Serena, and Blair will reunite with him in the City of Light, confronting the man who broke her heart.

Outdoor Cafe

Meanwhile, in New York, Nate is taking a page from Chuck’s book - literally - to numb his pain. Except thumbing through the little black Bass book isn't really doing it for him.

It takes a chance run-in with Juliet Sharp (guest star Katie Cassidy) to make him realize that he's not over Serena. We could tell immediately that Juliet has her own agenda.

The question is what. There's chemistry between them, but is it all part of some devious plan to ruin Nate ... or Serena? The final shot of Juliet's bulletin board was awesome.

We thought for a split second that she just might be Gossip Girl herself. While that might be a stretch, Juliet is clearly plotting something elaborate and we're hooked on her.

On the Humphrey front, Jenny is in Hudson, having been banished and/or having fled for her after thwarting Chair's engagement and stabbing about a million fans in the gut.

Dan might wish he could run away. He's LIVING WITH GEORGINA and her baby, who she says is his, and Dan sure acts like he's Milo's dad - although there has been no test.

The fact he's going along with this, and kept it secret from everyone until Vanessa eventually busted him, is dubious to say the least. Does he simply not want to know the truth?

Either way, his sleep-deprived interactions with V provided some of the night's comic relief, and watching disheveled Dan try to keep up his facade and care for Milo is hilarious.

We also can't forget this is Georgina Sparks. Her manipulative powers are well documented. It's still unclear if the baby is a Humphrey, and her actions are beyond suspicious.

Remember how Blair, Dorota and Vanya had her shipped off to Eastern Europe? Well, at one point G has a strange phone conversation in a different language when she's alone.

She is so shady and we love it so hard.

It will be difficult to top three big mysteries set in motion, the introduction of Katie Cassidy and healthy doses of humor and Parisian fashion, but hopefully this is just the beginning of a terrific fourth season. Travail bien fait, Gossip Girl.

What did you think of the Gossip Girl season premiere? What do you think will happen next? Comment below, and vote in our survey if you haven't already ...

 

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Congratulations.. It finally seems as though Gossip Girl will make a comeback this season. I'm excited to see what is in store this season. It'll be interesting. I really don't think Milo is Dan's son. I don't believe it and I can almost guarentee that any story to do with Georgina has some twist and turns. For some reason, I wanna belive Lily and Rufus will adopt Milo when Dan is not the father. Lily seemed a little too comfortable holding Milo.. Not to mention, they have to keep up with Eleanor and Cyrus! :) And obivously, Juliet is working for Gossip Girl and I have no doubt that she is going to turn the UES/UWS upside down. I cannot wait.. She has some tricks up her sleve. Not to mention she is poor as hell and I think that's hilarious. Wait until Blair finds out. You think she hates Vannessa.. Ohhh man! :) I cannot wait for the fourth season. A+ Gossip Girl. You might just have made a wonderful comeback.

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haha good thing i speak russian. georgina's accent was very funny.
at first she said: "don't threaten me" and the second line when rufus called, she said: "i'm working on it!"
in my opinion the premiere was kind of strange, i didn't understand some things, but maybe that's just because i haven't seen gossip girl in a while.
otherwise i really look forward to the fourth season!

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The premiere was really great, I loved it. I'm bilingual (french-english) and I must say that Leighton Meester has a really cute accent. I loved all the part when the shwoed the shopping spree of the girls, but the shop that they showed "Tally Weijl" isnt like an expensive shop is more like a forever 21 kind of shop even cheaper!!!!! @lolofication the song is by a french singer Joyce Jonathan "l'heure avait sonné" What is up w/ this Juliet girl?????

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j'adore gossip girl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Loved this episode, really had some old school Gossip Girl going on there.
Georgina is hilarious and a total biatch! Ditching her son and Dan like that. That girl is one twisted cookie.
I was happy to see Blair open up about her fear of never getting over Chuck - you can't get over a love like theirs in a month or two.
I'm excited to see what's up with this Juliet girl. She didn't make much of an impression up until I saw the board. Creepy!
There was a serious lack of Chuck in the episode but that made me that much more anxious for next week!
Overall, I'm glad GG is back and hope they can keep this up :)

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@lolofication It's a song from Joyce Jonathan called l'heure avait sonné. The premiere was actually really good! I can't wait the next episode to see the confrontation between Chuck and Blair. I've got the feeling that's gonna be epic.Eventhough i'm a huge Chair fan I actually liked Eva's character and the interaction between Chuck and her. She's a very different character. She seems to be very honest,nice and non judging person. She doesn't belong to the upper eastside world and is not a socialclimber either so i think this is gonna be interesting.Plus,I can't wait to discover the new chuck bass.I also felt sad for Blair when she confessed she was still heartbroken. I mean she really deserves to be whith a man for real. Not a puppet to make chuck jaleous (like Marcus or this football player or something from last season) even if at the end i want Chair to get back together. But it would be reaaaly good to see her with someone who is not Nate or chuck or some random puppet guy!
Sorry if my english is not verry accurate but i'm french.And by the way we don't say "travail bien fait" but " bon travail gossip girl"! I have to say that Blair French accent is actually quite good. Leighton Meester did a really good job as always! LOVE GG!!

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loved it, but cant believe they kept Chuck out till the end! he's the life of the show! ♥ Bass! "It was great, in a way, to see so little of Ed Westwick this week"???? no waaayyyyyy! was waiting through to the end for him to come on, and he came on at the END :-( juliet's character is interesting..she's like a more evil, skilled, less pretty Blair- so much mystery with the wall of pics...

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I really hope Dan is the father of that baby.
If not, then that baby is doomed for life.
But Georgina probably does think it is Dan's.
Otherwise, knowing Georgina, she would have terminated.

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I think Juliet is working for Gossip Girl.

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Does anyone know the name of the song that plays when Blair stands in front of the painting?