Gossip Girl Review: Giving It Up For Jenny

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Whether you love her or hate her (and many Gossip Girl fans would likely pick the latter), Jenny Humphrey's return to the Upper East Side certainly lived up to the hype.

The aptly-titled "Easy J" saw everybody's favorite, banished raccoon make her way to New York for an interview with Tim Gunn, in hopes of being admitted to Parsons.

It was all part of Chuck's master plan, of course, as the raspy-voiced puppet master played Jenny and Blair like dueling pianos. That is, until J went rogue on everyone.

J is Back

Once Jenny realized Chuck was involved, everything changed.

Knowing Blair would absolutely lose it, Chuck made sure J was spotted all over the island she was forever barred from, and a desperate, borderline-psycho B responded in kind.

Her five-letter, scarlet letter sabotage of Jenny's interview was harsh, even by Blair and minion standards, but J refused to go down without a fight. Also just as Chuck planned.

This being Gossip Girl, things finally boiled over at a high-society event with all the characters present - always convenient - when a fed up J blasted her own damning secret.

This was what Chuck had hoped for: A revealing the tryst that Blair felt would ruin her, without his direct involvement. But Jenny's kiss-off line to both made him regret it.

Give Jenny credit for the ballsy move of sending that blast, then for peacing out of NYC after putting Chuck and Blair in their place a bit. Mutually assured destruction, indeed.

Chuck's right. They're hanging onto the pain. It's time to sign a peace treaty and get on with the hate sex, are we right? That looks to be the direction Chair is headed next.

Their final scene was so terrific mostly for what was not said. After all the schemes and supposed hatred, there are clearly still feelings there, however unspoken (for now).

Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester are both excellent, especially with the rapport they have together. On a related note, is it just us or is J morphing into Taylor Momsen a bit?

Maybe she's just jaded and cynical now, but Jenny was always a sweet girl deep down. Was. Looks like that's long gone. Instead we saw a confident, almost brash J last night.

We're exposed to a lot amount of Taylor (perhaps too much) these days, so it's admittedly hard to view Jenny objectively. But they're starting to look like one and the same.

She's gone for now, again, after her righteous exit. What do you think brings her back for good this winter? We can't believe we're saying this, but we can't wait to find out.

S and C

Colin does a good job keeping his intentions secret. And not staring down.

Elsewhere, the show peeled back another layer to the mystery that is Juliet, and while it might seem frustrating how slowly this is unraveling, you have to love this latest twist.

Colin is somehow in on her plot to ruin Serena? That caught us off guard almost as much as seeing her imprisoned brother the first time. What the heck are these people up to?

We did not see the Colin-Juliet connection coming, as the writers did a nice job of setting up a Serena-oriented plot line/love interest that would have made sense independently.

Whatever they're up to, it had better be good. From how complicated this is becoming, you have to assume we're building toward major drama, with far-reaching consequences.

Your theories are as good as ours at this point. What is Colin writing Juliet checks for? Has he been involved since the beginning? Are his feelings for Serena at all genuine?

What's becoming clearer is that Juliet's grand plan to destroy Serena may be compromised by how much she likes Nate. The facade has shown a few signs of cracking already.

We'd still watch our back if we were S, however (not that her oblivious self has a clue what's going on). If Colin can avoid staring at that cleavage in public, the guy's got game.

We're starting to feel really bad for Nate in all of this. He really likes Juliet, can't see that he's being lied to constantly and now his dad catches a beating in the slammer too?

That last detail led to a sweet father-son scene. Nate's family is almost forgotten about these days, and it was nice to see them together, albeit in far from ideal circumstances.

Not Gossip Girl's finest episode, but a pretty strong one just the same, keeping us entertained throughout the hour and advancing both ongoing story lines significantly.

"Love the Way You Lie" was an appropriate musical choice for the closing montage, both as it relates to Chair and Serena and Nate being used by lovers (or would-be lovers).

Will they learn the truth - and where will the Upper East Siders go from here?

Tell us, what did you think of last night's Gossip Girl, and what will happen next? Comment below with your thoughts on "Easy J" and all things GG!


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I actually didn't get super annoyed with jenny. Her little twist was a wake up to chair and got them to call the truce.


@kctv In season 1, it shows a flash back of Serena, after the wedding where she sleeps with Nate, going to a hotel room where Georgina and some guys are there. Georgina has set up a camera to get a sextape of Serena and a guy called Pete. Pete begins to 'get it on' with Serena but shes not really into it, so he suggests they do some lines of coke. He does 1 but then starts going into a fit. Serena calls 911 but Georgina says they should bail co of the drugs they could get in trouble. Serena hangs around outside the hotel but she sees Pete come out in a body bag. Thats when she goes to boarding school. She didnt really kill him as such but she feels responsible.
Hope this helps!


haha! i'm so happy you all picked up on the texting from jail...only on gossip girl! Can you please fill me in on what 'murder' serena said she was involved in? I can't remember that from season one...and that would make so much sense if it was while she was in boarding school maybe juliet's brother was enrolled with her? but then why would nate have to be brought into it? If it was only to get close to serena then why did juliet's brother beat Mr.Archibald up? unnecessary act to bring him back? can't wit to see what happens next week. The previews made this next episode look like so much fun! I really hope Colin doesn't keep talking to Juliet and starts liking serena, although it might be nice to see her get screwed over for once because she always gets what she wants.....can't wait to see!


Anyone else think Juliet and her brother have something to do with the "murder" Serena claimed she committed in Season One? I have a feeling that after Season 3 (which I actually liked) GG has rebooted and is going back to its roots, picking up one of the darker strands it started with... Also, best line of the episode - Eric to Jenny: 'How very Gandhi of you" - got to use that sometime!!!!!

Saad khan

I was blown away with Blake lively's excessive Cleavage and those Twins were like Awwwwwwww ... Tim Gunn is rightly is you want to see Fashion put clothes on Blake Lively or I should say Cut them from right angles ;-)


OMFGG I love gossip girl. This episode was so good. Ed and Leighton have amazing chemistry, wish they'd get back together but we all know how they love the games! Love the twist in the Colin/Juliet storyline, great spin but really, texting from prison? Its nice that they ought Nate's dad back, some people from the first 2 seasons have been left behind a bit so it's nice he's back. Even though I can't STAND jenny, i think that she was quite mature in this episode and couldnt help like her a bit more but shes still rank. Cant wait for next weeks episode, bring on the hate sex. As for Vanessa, Vanessa who?


The last scene with Chuck and Blair was great. What a chemistry they have! But I have to admitt that writing whore on her dresses were pure mean, and you just don't do that! Does Blair even know how hard she must have worked on these dresses? And didn't even miss Vanessa, didn't even recognize she was gone! Liked the way that they mixed up the Serena-Colin story with the Juliet story at the end. I'm dying to know what they are destroying her for!!


Great episode because of racoon girl to spice up the heat btw
Cblair great scene at the end.Juliet is such a liar wake up Nate!!!. Serena wears a nice skirt then a boob dress typical!!


I fuckin hate Blair, she is so damn inmature and always acting so childish.
Jenny totally outgrow blair on this one, and its not the first time Blair ruins somebody else just cus of her little schemings. Im sick of her and Chuck.


I for one, quite liked jenny in this episode.
Ive always kind of liked her since season one,
hated her in season three though.
But i think she was a little more mature and adult-like this time around.
Compared to Blair that is.
Blair is so ridiculous. No one seems to see how immature and bipolar she is.

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Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

We're holding on to the pain because it's all we have left. We don't have to. We have a choice.


Serena: No shame. For your information we just stayed up talking.
Blair: Oh. So does this chatty insomniac have a name?
Serena: Colin. The Cab Stealer.
Blair: Oh, well you showed him.