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]

What did you think of last night's Gossip Girl? Share!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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THIS SHOW NEEDS NEW PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOING TO LEAVE AT THE END OF THE SEASON!!! this dan nate serena thing has been going on since episode 1 of season 1 and im sick of it! dan needs to be with someone new thats not in the regular crowd or be with venessa and be happy with her! i would be ok with nate and serena but i kinda want to see her with ben when he gets out.

Saad-khan

Best Episode of the Season 4 so far... it was just amazing and the flashbacks make me realize How much I love Serena "When she goes Bad" ;-) Damien Damien Damien Hottest thing on the show was Damien who doesn't love the bad boys and when someone is so sexXxy as Kevin Zegers... Oh God, He has to Come Back..
He got the best Quote of the Night!
Eric: What's he doing here? Trying to recruit another virgin to use as your drug mule?
Damien: I'd ask 'are you available' but I have to run.
Serena , Damien and Ben in flashbacks were the highlight of the whole episode that was tastefully done and the chemistry between them just put the whole picture in front of you... Amazing job.
Dair Dair as friends are great but as couple No effing way... it will be puke-able.
Juliet & Ben, are they Gone or will stay? No one knows.
Vanessa and Jenny ... I think ya both just stay Away!
XOXO
Saad G.Khan

Misscuriosity2

I can't wait for Jan 24th, but though...
this episode just didn't convince me that much.
I hated hated Lily, and I hated Chuck in his last scene.
And I kinda hated Dan for not going with Serena.
And I kinda hated Serena for forgiving Juliet immediately.
And : why are Dan and Blair still at the Empire in the ending scene?
And why did the Ostroff Centre just let Serena go when she was supposed to
have a 72-hour-treatment?
I don't really get it...
But I loved the flashbacks!!

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I don't want Juliet to leave!!!! I love Lily and I actually think that it was so complicated to handle Serena that she was brought to make stupid extreme choices . For me, the way Blair acted with Jenny was the same kind of stuff: just disconnected with the reality (even for a TV show kind of reality LOL)

Victrolalover

Dair would be just tasteless! I so hope that's not gonna happen. Delenafanforever, where do you know that for so sure? Check out the spoiler forum here. A very reliable source has spoiled it. EVERYTHING she has spoiled for this season has happened.

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Ewww, Dair. I like Dan and Blair as friends but those two as a couple would just be awkward. I loved this episode. The ending didn't feel like it came out of nowhere. I totally bought the Lily would do something like this. Very believable. I am sad however that Rufus and Lily are having problems again. They are my favorite couple next to Chuck and Blair. I thought the Christmas dinner scene was cute between the 5 of them. They all should have more scenes together.

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The best part was no Vanessa and no Jenny!

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Blair's hook up with Dan means she has already hooked up with the 3 male main characters Serena has only been with Nate and Dan. Will she do the deed with Chuck eventually?

Jeca

i think dair is something we havent see in a while , in funny and relax, and as i guessed ,blair complains and gives the order and dan does,chair is all drama ,love and hate and never stops,derena without the hate but with the criticizing eye of D. but this couples are always so serous ... and with dair, there's no future or obligation or any more than friendship ...so maybe is the perfect excuse to delay chair and derena and make us laugh vote to see juliet again ,she did a great job, we all love and hate her at some point also include damien in my vote... maybe producers could replace V with this 2, even dan knows her future when talked about making vanessa''s room an office.

Reeling

Dair would be just tasteless! I so hope that's not gonna happen. Delenafanforever, where do you know that for so sure?

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.

Blair

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.

Serena
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