Gossip Girl Review: Ostroff the Wagon

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This week's Gossip Girl episode was grim, slower-paced and more somber than any so far this season, but after the events of the Sinners & Saints party, you can see why.

The show is no stranger to depressing holiday installments, with "Gaslit" now ranking among the darkest. A drugged and missing S will kill any festive Thanksgiving mood.

To sum up: Nate's father is shady, Chuck and Blair make great friends, Serena is troubled, and Katie Cassidy will go down as one of the best villains in Gossip Girl history.

She will go down in a different sense, too. Dair will see to that.

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A TROUBLED YOUNG WOMAN: Juliet's plan was brilliant in its believability.

Waking up in a daze, poor Serena has no idea where she is (a Queens motel) or how she got there, calling 911. At the hospital, Lily commits her eldest child to rehab involuntarily.

We're not sure that's even feasible unless the person is deemed mentally incapable of making their own decisions (see Spears, Britney, circa 2008), but that's what Lily decides.

Perhaps that's why the writers threw in that an antidepressant was found there, so that Serena, an adult, would be deemed a suicide risk and lose control of her own decisions?

In any case, Lily and Blair worry about her "past" and act like this is not all that unusual. To Dan, and viewers, it certainly would be. That's why he's the sole member of Team S.

Dan believes her when she swears she didn't do drugs. Then he breaks her out of rehab and, naturally, before feeling NYC, they regroup at the loft. Lily and Blair find them there.

Worst. Fugitives. Ever.

Whatever his motivations for helping Serena, Dan calls Lily out on her parenting, and she has a moment of clarity ... until Gossip Girl shakes things up with a pic of S doing coke.

Of course, the photo is actually Juliet, the final stage of her plan. Serena can't believe that she did that at the party and can't remember, so she checks herself back into rehab.

Around this time, Jenny and Vanessa are feeling guilty about how far they've taken things, but Juliet convinces them that whatever Serena did after the party is not their fault.

Vanessa cracks and sells out Jenny as the sole culprit. Wow, V. When Jenny goes to confront Juliet, she finds her apartment empty, save for a mask. The pieces come together.

Before accepting her banishment and heading home to Hudson once again, J reports her discovery to Blair. With no Jenny to play double agent, B recruits the other Humphrey.

It's a little unclear why Jenny didn't tell Rufus and Lily, or why Blair sought Dan's help first (he will do anything for Serena), but that's where we stand heading into next week.

Watch out, Juliet. Frontier justice is coming and it's going to end badly for you.

UES Confrontation

THE EVIDENCE: Ashamed, Jenny presents it to her nemesis.

Elsewhere, there were some interesting developments inside jail. Apparently Juliet didn't let Ben in on her plan to drug Serena, and even he thinks that was over the line.

This makes for an interesting twist. Even though this whole thing was his doing, might Ben turn against his own sister in the end? Will Serena and he come face to face?

Ben's cellblock mate, The Captain, also figured prominently in "Gaslit," as Nate begged his mom to give her incarcerated spouse a chance before filing for divorce. She did.

At the end, we learn that Nate's father may have only reached out to the family because he's coming up for parole, and family support may garner the board's sympathy.

Think that was his real motivation? How will Nate respond to this revelation?

Some closing Gossip Girl thoughts before we turn it over for your comments:

  • Juliet is BALLSY for continuing to extort money from Lily after what she pulled. Falling off the radar would be much smarter, but this girl has no inhibitions.
  • When Vanessa walks into Lily and Rufus' for Thanksgiving only to find everyone gone? Unintentional LOL material. V's character summed up in one scene.
  • Chuck and Blair's love story was on the back burner, but still handled beautifully. Just because they can't be friends doesn't mean they aren't. Swoon.
  • Was this the first real screen time of the fall for L and R?
  • It's getting annoying how Jenny keeps leaving for no reason.
  • Aww, french fries on Thanksgiving ... we've come full circle.
  • Dan and Serena's kiss: The first of many? OMG or WTH?
  • Dorota and her baby are sooo cute, right?

What did you think of this week's Gossip Girl? Share your thoughts on "Gaslit" and predictions for next week by leaving comments below!

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    i love Serena and Nate! I really hope they do get back together. They have such great chemistry and he really does love her

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    i loved these episode.. i've been waiting like hell for derena to hook up again.. i'm oozing exitement.. cant wait to watch the next episode..

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    what i don't get is why nobody is pointing out that dan and serena are STEPSIBLINGS!!! which means that them hooking up is like incest! ewwwwwwwwww

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    Goosh, so many big big comments! I actually liked Serena in this episode. She wasn't annoying at all =D
    what can I say? We do not have someone trying to destroy someone every week...
    Oh wait. we do. just not that badly.

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    I hated it. I meant it was stupid! I'm seriously FED-UP of Serena already. The oh-I-can-never-do-anything-wrong + innocent look / even-if-I-have-done-something-wrong, what-can-you-do-about-it look! All of this because she's an attractive rich young blond?? C'mon! And she can NEVER decide which man she wants to be together!!! OMG!!! Just make up your mind!!! Why am I the only one who thinks Serena just uses everybody and throws them away. She's so confused and can never make a good decision in her life. And sorry for using the word, she's totally a slut! How old is she again?? Luckily she's only a TV character. And I also hate the character of Dan and his father. It's like they just wondering around and have nothing better to do in their life. Nate better stays away from Serena, because he looked stupid when he was with her. Yes, Dorota and her baby are very cute! And I like the character of Lily. She looks so chic!

    Ninasmileface

    I loved this episode! It was so intense. Juliet is a better villian than Georgina, and that's incredible. It was nice to see Nate in his own story line for once. I agree with Daphne that Vanessa's character is messed up. She actually used to be okay, when she was with Nate in season 2. Now they just make her the worst character. It's really annoying because I feel like she has the potential to be one of the best characters. Serena's storyline was very interesting and I am a huge Derena shipper so this episode made me happy. I hope they stay together for a while! I do think that it would've been more interesting if Jenny stayed and became a double agent. Overall it was a super dramatic and entertaining episode.

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    Chair forever
    I haven't had a clue about Raina but all I know is that I wish her gone even before she arrives

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    @tati
    well maybe he didn't tell them since he porbs will not get it since like comm on how many people thar did that stuff and gets out in two years. in real life no one gets out for what he did in two years no matter what. so if your not leaving why tell anyone

    Queenbforlife

    Thank you!

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    blairs note to chuck at the end said "Just because we can't be friends doesn't mean we aren't."

    Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

    Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. As always I'll be spending it giving thanks for the bounty of secrets I've harvested from you this year. But leave a place for me at your table. I'll be back for just desserts.

    Gossip Girl

    Your daughter wakes up alone, drugged in an empty motel room, and you don't call the cops? You don't ask if she's OK or what happened? You just have her committed? What kind of mother does that?

    Serena

    Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 10 Music

      Song Artist
    Song Towards The Sun Alexi Murdoch iTunes
    Made-for-us Made For Us Mackintosh Braun iTunes
    Down-underground Down Underground The Liminanas iTunes
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