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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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Poor Dan. His book gets published by his meddling friend, and he basically has to deal with getting credit for writing a captivating story and losing his friends. I really only feel bad for Nate and Chuck. Nate doesn't even get his own character, and Chuck's story in the book is just sad. While Blair has a right to be mad, why would she be dumb enough to make those statements to Louis without reading the book first? He's only suspicious because of her past, and rightfully so. I love Blair, but she should've been smart enough to read the book first before doing damage control. And it was so good to see Serena finally wake up to her selfish immaturity. Her thinking that the book would show her progressing as a person was hilarious. What an idiot.

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Blair is so MEAN TO Dan, it annoys me. The writer should not have teased the DAIR storyline and let it fall like that. Blair is so mean to him, I don't even want them together anymore. She forgives Chuck for everything. and is quick to blame Dan.
I wish Dan finally found a girl who got him... I don't think what he wrote was bad. He just wrote fiction.

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Am I the only one annoyed that Chuck can really only come to the penthouse if Rufus is not around. As far as I am aware Rufus don't pay for that penthouse, and I am pretty sure Chuck lived there first and the whole hotel they live in is still a part of Bass Industries. It was annoying last season cause as I pointed out he can bring and discuss his evil ass daughter but she can not bring up or let her step son (as Lily was widowed not divorced) and adoptive son. Dan did sold people out cause if you are writing about people you know (which as Blair points out that is really all Dan does) they do deserve to know you are doing it. I say this as a writer myself. Dan did a bad job changing people's names so it made it worse and pretty much I think if people did a background search on Dan, it could be easy to figure out who he was talking about.

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I felt really bad for Dan. He would have never published this book if it hadn't been for V. However, I do think it is an interesting storyline but the scene with Rufus was heartbreaking.

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LOL Gia easy ! :D

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This season is so refreshing i'm loving it the show hasn't been this good since s2. I'm loving the new chuck always loved his character since s1 and I enjoy watching most sides of him especially this one. This ep was really good, I understood where serena came from wiv dan she thought he was the only person who thought she was better person than how his book portrayed her, I think she was shocked cos she thought most things that dan would of wrote about her would be nice but it turned most were the complete opposite. And also when louis thought that blair had slept wiv dan and blair dan an serena were all in the room an blair told dan there were no us and never has never will be that would of been another shock and punch in the face for serena as I don't think serena knew that dan had feelings forblair till that moment and to make it worse for her dan practically chased blair out of the room to try and fix things and didn't even care about sorting things out wiv serena he just called her selfish and walked away I'm not a big fan of serena but I really felt for her this episode she really thought dan was the only who actually got to know the real her. Felt a little for nate too, an even rufus. I should of known dan would make the book about him and blair romantically involved and he'd make something ridiculous up about chuck to cut him out of the picture it didn't bother me but that book was about what dan actually thought about some aka serena an blair and he'd write stuff that he hoped would happen like him and blair having sex. Anyway poor dan back where he started lonely boy in brooklyn lol. I'd give this ep 8/10. Chuck owned this ep wiv just his little bit of screen time he had. Hope to see more chair scenes next wk. And wonder what's going to happen wiv dan and serena since s has to suck up to dan so quickly:-)

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Chuck Basstard is the best thing about the show right now. He's moving forward more than any character. I love that he still loves Blair despite her being boring with Louis. Oh, that baby is his. Just sayin' she has a Basstard. Go away Louis. Dan was an ass to his own dad and writing that book about them just shows what a pretentious ass he is. He got what was coming and I laughed. I only wish Chuck would have hired someone to strangle him with a scarf. Better yet, Serean should have hired someone to cut his balls off. He portrayed her terrible because he was mad at her for not worshipping him.

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I did enjoy the episode a lot, but I was only annoyed by the fact that Dan's friends won't respect him for his book. Granted, he did come across as a bastard, but that's his perception of them. His view. It's what he has seen and used it as a writing experience. In all honesty, if my friend wrote a book like that about me and our group of friends, I honestly couldn't care how I was portrayed as I'd be proud of my friend and know that he's written me in the way I am and how he feels. Nevertheless, Dan was right about how he wrote Nate - IRRELEVANT! The guy is useless to the show the past few seasons, so I can see why he is in Dan's book. As for Serena, Dan was right about her too. She's only changed her ways as of this season. Stupid goddamn bitch!
Side note: I WANT MY DAIR!

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theuglytrue i know but still is a big thing.i mean by being a princess she can be a worldwide icon and lets face it high school is just high school and its in the past...

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Chuck was the best and love that he's growing. It;s evident he will get Blair simply by the line of him saying he lost her. Chuck is just stealing the show in the little screentime he's gotten this year. He's putting Blair's happiness above his own and ,yes, Chuck, you will get her and a family in the end. Dair was terrible and I love that Blair put Dan in his place. She doesn't love him ad I think maybe she needs to tattoo it on his forehead so he remembers when he look in the mirror. I find it hilarious fans actually don't think Blair was in character when she was bitchy to Dan. Hey Dair fans this is Blair. This has always been Blair. Welcome to the show.

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?

Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 4 Music

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Quite nice people Quite Nice People Ida Maria iTunes
Ghost in your bed Ghost In Your Bed My Gold Mask iTunes
Song Jacksons Morning Brush Carlin Music