Gossip Girl Review: Shared Enemies, Unlikely Friends

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Gossip Girl has aired terrific mid-season finales in the past, and "The Townie" was no exception, redeeming Serena, Juliet and Ben and casting Lily in the worst possible light.

Who would have guessed Chuck's quote used in the promo, "shared enemies make for some unlikely friends," would have referenced his former stepmother and not Juliet?

This isn't to say Serena's decision-making is strong or that Juliet isn't insane, but Lily's role in Ben's plight was a dark twist - as was her clandestine plan to sell the company.

Ben and Serena

JUST SAY NO: Ironically, Ben may be the only guy who ever did ...

Having pieced together the origin of Juliet’s vendetta against Serena over 10 episodes, last night filled in the remaining blanks via flashbacks from Damien and Serena herself in therapy.

Ben was indeed Serena's teacher at boarding school. They were close, and while no actual statutory rape took place, a real road trip to Vassar (in N.Y. State) sparked that rumor.

A rumor Lily used to her advantage to get Serena back into Constance.

After Lily forged a sworn affidavit, Ben had little choice but to cop a plea, do the time and start over in a few years - and blame S for ruining his existence all the while.

Dan and Blair, who are either being set up as a couple or new BFFs, head to Connecticut to find Juliet and deliver some frontier justice, and the road trip alone made the episode.

When they meet up with Damien Dalgaard at a house party in Cornwall, he admits he sold Juliet the drugs she used to KO Serena and teams up with Dair to get to the bottom of it all.

Driving in her distinctly middle-class Mercury sedan, Juliet sees them and knows the jig is up. She high-tails it back to NYC to "finish this thing." Ben sees Nate in jail (?) and warns him.

Evading the top-notching Ostroff Center security, Juliet waits in Serena's room and confronts her. Only then does S realize how Juliet brought her down, and how her mom is to blame.

What's more amazing than the fact that Lily would do that in the first place was how defiant and unapologetic she was after Serena crashed her party for the board and called her out.

This moment also happens to be when Chuck learns she’s planning to sell Bass Industries, even though she promised to give it back, and she's equally unrepentant about that.

Lily has always been an image-obsessed control freak and a terrible mom, but bogus court documents? Making Juliet Sharp look sympathetic in comparison? That's a new low for L.

And you don't screw over Chuck Bass. It is ON come January.

Poor Serena

JAIL BAIT: Oldest, hottest 10th-grader ever.

After an awkward one-week flash forward, the team parts ways for the holidays. Chuck is off to New Zealand, which is close to Australia. Cue the return of Jack. Shared enemies, indeed.

He also left things on a surly note with Blair, the only one to remain in the city aside from Dan, who somehow turned down a road trip full of sex with Serena and sent her off on her own.

Was there flirty energy between these two or is it just us?

Dan turned down Serena's offer to join her on a soul-searching trip in large part because of what B said about him giving up everything about himself. What was her motive there?

We half expected Dan to have his way with B on the kitchen floor the way they were talking at the end, but things were left up in the air for now. How do you feel about Dair hooking up?

In any case, Serena's trip included a stop to see Ben behind bars after all this time. Whether or not the door is open for Juliet's return is unclear, but this story line may not be over yet.

Some random thoughts before your comments:

  • Cornwall, Conn., is a real town 105 miles north of Manhattan, with a population of 1,434. The Nightly (Knightley?) School does not exist.
  • Damien is the Forrest Gump of Gossip Girl. Dude was everywhere!
  • Love the real-life Katie Cassidy high school pictures at the house.
  • Using the same mailman in 2010 and the 2007 scenes? Nice, CW!
  • Anyone notice all the emails with Dorota in Blair's GMail? LOL.
  • Is Nate's dad really going to be crashing with him at the Empire?
  • Chuck and Jack on the same side? Now that's gonna be good!
  • We knock it sometimes, but how much do you love this show?
  • Who else really missed Vanessa this week?
  • No, seriously, you can speak up.
  • [Crickets]

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LOVEDD THIS EPISODE except for the fact that there was no takedown i mean COME ON!!!!! i wanted juliet to burnn D: cannot wait for the 24th


Nice to see someone else from NZ here! Ha I"ve never seen any rich hot N.Yers either. If only (Ed would show up)!


One of my favorite characters has always been LILY. She is one of the only strong and dynamic characters on the show. i HATE Rufus he has zero to no story lines and if it is a fight with Lily it gets boring. My other favorite characters have always been Nate, Blair, and Jenny. I think they need to build Nate's character more. For Jenny they need to bring her back ASAP she is one of the only things that keeps the drama on the UES alive. For Blair I think the only way to bring her and chuck back together is if producers wrote a storyline where she became addicted to cocaine due to Chuck teaming up with the one person who tore them apart at first and having a new girl. This would make Chuck her savior or open storylines for Nate and Dan to do the job. I honestly think this would be one of the best story lines on Gossip Girl yet. PLEASE DO IT


ATTN: KRYSTLE If you sign up as a member here, I can PM you the link showing that Dair is confirmed as a couple.


This was an awesome episode! Loved Damiens "I would as if you were available" haha, as for dair I think it could be interesting.. I'd love to see some Ben and serena but I don't get why he's so calm now when he was so into his revenge like 2 episodes ago.? I love Juliet too Katie Cassidy is a fabulous actress and I hope they keep her, I quite liked her and Nate! As for lily and rufus.. Hopefully a divorce is on the horizon, they're just all wrong for eachother!


The whole nate's dad crashing at the Empire doesn't feel right to me at all.. I have a feeling about that guy, and it's not good AT ALL!


ben and serena HAVE to hook up, PLEASE no more dan!!!

Kimberly anne

I have to admit that this episode took me by surprise. I thought I would hate it because there wasn't going to be much Chair scenes, and indeed I was right, by overall it was great.
Blair and Dan were pretty funny together. I like all their comments and how Blair constantly criticize him. I'm happy that they may this episode a drama and humor fill epsiode, because the last epsiode was too sad. Although I have to question why Blair would stay in New York for the holidays. She didn't go to France for Thanksgiving, so I would think she would be on the first flight there to spend it with Harold and Roman. Speaking of which, I want Harold and Roman to come back. Even though they don't bring drama, but its nice to see the Waldorf family together. The Humphreys can go for all I care. Also, it is getting really hard to believe that Eleanor is gone for tis long. I understand her clothing line is really suscessful, but I would think as the boss she would be able to go home and spend time with Blair.
Nate was useless until Ben talked to him. He was practically his parents guinea pig. He needs a good storyline.
I actually like the scene when Serena came to visit Ben in jail. I feel like they will love each other or that the feelings are still there. She pratically wanted to hug him. I wouldn't mind if he got out of jail and they hook up.
The whole Ben-Juliet-Serena story was really good, but I thought Juliet was let off the hook way to easy. Serena could not have been that nice to let her leave in one piece, and Blair to. I mean, Juliet kicked her out of Columbia and put her in the center, so her future is basically ruined.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jack is back. In a way I'm not as upset this time around because he broke up Chair the last time so it woul dbe stupid for the writers to let him do it again. Plus, I see a future for Dair no matter how much I wish there isn't, so I don't think Blair will come in contact with Jack that much.


Would just like to point out, as a New Zealand girl, that I have never seen a hot, rich New Yorker here. Ever. Aside from that, best episode of Gossip Girl since season 1!


serena dancing 2 soulja boi n 2007 while doin drugs @ boardin school!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahahah she was lyk " hold on this my song"

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Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

You can't show up at a masked ball and not expect at least one social climbing doppelganger to try and impersonate you.


She wants you all to think she's the perfect host and mother and wife, but the truth is she's a selfish liar who will destroy anyone that gets in her way.