Gossip Girl Review: From the Inside, On the Outs

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Gossip Girl has strayed far from the books that spawned the series in four-plus seasons, but this week's episode served as an homage of sorts to the Upper East Side novels that started it all.

"Memoirs of an Invisible Dan" may be the best episode title to date. The play on words is great, but it's also appropriate. Thanks to his memoir, Lonely Boy is ... well, a really Lonely Boy now.

Save for the reenacted Dan-Blair scene from Inside, which threw gasoline on the fire of Dair soulmate talk, the episode didn't feature any OMG moments, scandals or surprising plot twists.

It was, however, one of the more emotionally heavy and introspective installments to date.

Dearest Daniel

It remains to be seen how Inside shifts the Gossip Girl Season Five narrative, but it may have forever altered the Upper East Siders' opinions of the author, and perspectives of themselves.

Dan's novel certainly hit close to home for his friends (if we can call them that now) and directly affected his relationships with everyone else on the show. The episode felt slow at times, but it was told in a thoughtful, convincing manner. The characters reacted honestly and at times harshly to Humphrey's work, artistic license be damned.

Let's break down how Dan portrayed/slandered each and where they're headed now:

Blair. The good news for Dair fans is that he wrote that they had sex, and that they definitely kissed on screen tonight. The bad news? That kiss, and almost certainly the sex, did not occur.

From his actions this season and last, I think we all knew Dan wishes he could have gone there with Blair and probably would this minute if given the chance. But it was not and is not to be.

Of all the characters, the book had the most direct impact on Blair, who was convinced it was more or less factual and that she did not have to read it as a result ... until Louis beat her to it.

Her royal fiancee believed it was true, and why wouldn't he, given how Blair told him it was, and Dan had him kill the Vanity Fair excerpt. But he came around, thanks to a little help from ...

Chuck. For most of the night, he was the only one unfazed by the book. The return of Charlie Trout was far less of a big deal to him any anyone else, and unlike Blair, he'd actually read it.

But then he stopped to think about it.

You see, Charlie Trout offs himself in Inside. While Chuck tried not to care, he couldn't help but ponder his place in the world and why Dan penned such a sad ending for his bad boy alter ego.

He didn't blame Dan as much as he questioned his own self-worth - it was both fascinating and depressing to see Chuck so vulnerable. It was this soul-searching that led him to reunite Blair and Louis - the second time he's brought their relationship back from the precipice. But is Blair really gone to him for good?

Somehow I doubt it. Especially after their scene on the street.

A Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick Picture

Nate. Poor Nate. So handsome. So maligned. So irrelevant that he and Eric were merged into one character, Derek. Not unlike the show itself in a way. It's like art imitating life ... that is also art.

Fortunately, he's got his job to focus on now ... and will likely be even more easily manipulated by Diana given his disillusionment with ex-friend Dan. This could turn out very badly for both.

Rufus. Almost as an afterthought, we learned in one of the more surprising exchanges of the night that Dan sold out his own dad, calling him a washed up singer turned trophy husband.

Wow, D. That's just cold. How do you even bounce back from that?

Serena. If anything felt out of place tonight, it was the fact that the actions of Serena's fictional character, Sabrina, caused Daniel Day-Lewis to back out of a role he'd agreed to with S' boss.

Come on, writers. It had been like one day, first of all, and for us to believe that DDL's manager would read, care about and punish real-life Serena for this work of fiction is just ridiculous.

That said, the confrontation between Serena and Dan told us a lot about each. She felt wronged by his portrayal of her; His defense about being the truly pathetic character didn't satisfy her.

Did Dan offer a one-dimensional caricature of Serena that made her look particularly flaky? Yes. Is she entitled to be a little upset? Yes. Did he basically call it like it happened? Definitely.

Dan calling her out for thinking everything is about her when he had just ruined Blair's engagement was a telling line. The book may not be entirely non-fiction, but it's rooted in truth.

The truth hurts, and is likely to become even more painful for S now that she's tasked with acquiring the movie rights to Inside. Maybe she should start by shipping him a crate of champagne.

Side note: Dan may have no friends left, but his wallet is certainly benefiting from early reviews and sales ... so much so that he can probably afford his own UES residence before long!

Serena Cleavage

The only side plot was that of Ivy's phone. After Charlie learned it was in Nate's hands and hatched a poorly-acted plot to swipe it back, Diana busted her and has now enlisted her services.

For what, we shall see, but thanks to Diana, Ivy now has fresh motivation to stick around, masquerade as someone else and probably make out with Nate more. Which is ... good I guess?

Diana's endgame is still a mystery. The big potential scandal still out there is B's pregnancy and the envelope she hasn't thrown out. With her claws in Ivy, will she get her hands on that dirt?

Overall, what the episode lacked in excitement, it made up for with emotion, "meta" references, long overdue interactions between characters, and setting up bigger things to come.

That's all for now, but "Memoirs of an Invisible Dan" should give you plenty discuss with TV Fanatic as you hit the comments! Come back tomorrow for news, promos and our Round Table!

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Well i think blair is so forgiving with chuck and so quick in blaming dan is because CHUCK is the one she loves and she cannot cut him out of her life.


If he sell his dad that is like a ghost on the show... I cant imagen what he put about Jenny!!!!


I think this episode is the best one since the very first few in season one. It was about betrayal, and calling a spade a spade. And no party for a change. I guess they got some real writers back on the show.


I have mixed feelings about this episode.
Since the episode revolved around Dan I found it rather boring. It was in a way predictable right from the beginning that everyone will dislike him by the end. So when the ending did came I wasn't shocked his friends and families outcasted him. I laughed when Rufrus got upset with Dan in the end because the writers are so desperate to give him a purpose that they're trying to make him do the same things as the younger people.
I know Jenny is never coming back but I thought the show should have at least give an excuse as to why she and Dan's mom did not show up for the party just to make the show more realistic.
Nate is now mad about being gay? Get over it. Derek sounds so much more interesting than Nate does right now with his job and damn fling with Diana.
Diana needs to go. She's really boring. If Diana's purpose in the show is to a.) reveal that Charlie is Ivy to everyone or b.) Chuck is really the father c.) Chuck and Blair had sex again between now and the wedding then or d.) all of the above then she needs to hurry up. She is wasting screen time as of right now.
Clearly Charlie and Nate will hook up. Saw that from a mile away. And Dan's hair is really annoying me. what is up with his side bangs if you can even call it that.
I'm glad to see Serena get a kick to her ego. Of course she would be all for Dan's book in the beginning because she thought he would write nice things about her.
I don't see why Blair couldn't have told Serena over the phone that she is pregnant. I mean in season one she called Serena via phone about her pregnancy scare. I do question if the people in New York really knows who Louis is. He comes and goes in the party. Do they not know he is a prince? and seriously what happened to Columbia and NYU???? They're still only juniors in college.
One reason why I was not a fan of this episode is because and I hate to say this but Chuck felt useless. I love Chuck. He is my favorite male character but in this episode he was just sort of there but not really doing much. We all know the best episodes are when Chuck and Blair are at their best together so to not see it tonight lost major points with me. what I hope to come out of this is that chuck finally reflects enough and become a newer version of him that will be ready to fight for Blair.
Im glad Blair put Dan in his place when she said there will never be anything between them besides friendship. Seriously these two cannot get together. I don't even like them as friends. And by saying this it also clears up any speculations as to whether or not Blair and Dan slept together in real life. Now i just want to hear the goods news that chuck really is the father and that we will get a chair wedding before the series ends. Chair all the wayy.


I understand what Dan said he was doing with the book. A satyre. And where I can see what he was trying to say about how the worst character in the book was actually his own but... Come on! I can't believe that he wrote those things about Rufus especially. I mean aside from the whole sex part, the things he wrote about Blair and Serena were true. Okay so maybe Rufus is a bit of a trophy husband but still he's his father, and I can't believe anyone would write such hurtful things about someone who's only ever loved and cared for him. Worst of all, I can't believe that Vanessa would do this to Dan. She read the book, we all saw her reading it! She had to have known what it would do to his life, to his family. She's really the truly pathetic one in all this. Books like these, whoever they are written by or about are just in poor taste. And how incredibly insensitive to write what he wrote about Chuck. I personally like Dan, he's really grown on me over the years but I have always thought he was a judgemental bastard and it would seem as though he will remain so.


Did someone say that Dan decided to take credit for the book because he actually accepts responsibility for his actions? BULLSH*T! When he saw that Noah was blatantly stealing his glory, Dan decided to expose him. That's an obvious truth, because prior to that moment, Dan had done nothing but whine about how it was going to destroy him, and tried anything possible to kill the book. Face it. He is an attention junkie.


It's satire, not satyre. But my main contention is that the whole story of Dan getting this much recognition and acclaim for the book is ludicrous. Books don't get published in such ridiculous fashion, and certainly not this kind of drivel. I realize it's a ditsy TV show and all, and the whole point is to watch without questioning the various nonsense scenarios here and there, but this book writing idea would have been appropriate for a high-school Dan, which is exactly what the original story of Dan's secret book is all about. Not that I care at all for it anyway.


I don't get what all the characters (and possibly some people commenting here) do not understand in the word "satyre?" Maybe if they'd know what it means they wouldn't be so bothered by the book.


I completely agree with you: Dan actually achieved something, accomplished something, in contrast to all the other spoilt characters who get things just because they are rich.
Blair had SOOO much potential to become a working independent woman and look at her now: pregnant in a fairy tale, wanting to be a princess,marriage without love.
The writers must really hate women.


So you think that Blair is ... but you also think Chuck is changing. So now he is the "mature" they no longer match. No good Blair and Chuck just do not mix more. Face it.

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Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

Alessandra: They're coming tonight, right?
Dan: To the book party? No. I haven't exactly mentioned it to them yet. But I'd have to tell them the book exists first.
Alessandra: They don't know? Not any of them?
Dan: No. I'm not sure they're going to like it when they find out.
Alessandra: If they're really your friends they'll be happy to see your star rise. And they should be at the soirée tonight. When everybody learns that Anonymous is actually Daniel Humphrey.

Dan: Quick question: how big can my head get before it explodes?

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