Gossip Girl Returns Tonight! Where Did We Leave Off and What's Coming Next?
After a month away from our screens, Gossip Girl returns tonight with more scheming, backstabbing, attempted hook-ups and secrets. We will see the return of dastardly Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington) who appears to have done a good deed for Chuck (Ed Westwick), but is all as it seems? Dan (Penn Badgley) and Blair (Leighton Meester) attempt to take their relationship to the next physical level and encounter a number of obstacles along the way, and Ivy (Kaylee DeFer) finds an ally in William (Billy Baldwin). Here is a catch up to see where we left the characters a month ago and what tonight's episode has in store.
Serena: Serena (Blake Lively) hasn't had the best time recently after she declared her love for former boyfriend Dan at Blair's wedding. Not only does Dan not reciprocate these feelings but instead he is attracted to Serena's best friend Blair. It also turns out, despite Blair originally protesting otherwise she also has feelings for Dan. While Serena is upset about this, she has also given Blair her blessing to pursue this relationship.
Family-wise, things are also messed up after her grandmother CeCe (Caroline Lagerfelt) died and left most of her vast fortune to Serena's fake cousin Charlie/Ivy. Serena was not happy about Ivy before this news and she sure wasn't happy after. With Ivy seeking help from Serena's father, you can be sure that these two won't be shopping buddies any time soon.
Serena does, however, want to connect with her real cousin (or half-sister) Lola (Ella Rae Peck) who was not all that taken with the world of her extended family. Can Serena convince Lola that she does want to become the next It Girl? Serena might have a new job beyond a blog at The Spectator as Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) sent the Gossip Girl laptop to Serena with instructions to become the new Gossip Girl; will Serena go through with this?
Dan, Blair and Chuck: In a move that made equal amounts of the audience cheer and throw things at their screens, the last episode ended with Blair going to Dan and choosing him with a kiss. This is after Blair had told Chuck that even though she loves Chuck, at the moment she is not 'in love' with him. Blair has changed her mind rather a lot this season when it comes to which man she has feelings for, and even though Blair and Chuck have been the epic love story of the show, it will be interesting to see where Dan and Blair will go and whether this relationship will have romantic longevity. Tonight the world seems to be conspiring against Dan and Blair, as this pairing continues in screwball comedy fashion, this time in the bedroom department (watch a sneak peek).
Chuck is not happy about Blair and Dan as the new Gossip Girl couple, but he might be distracted thanks to Lily revealing that his uncle Jack Bass could be responsible for Chuck still being alive. Lily told Chuck that, thanks to massive blood loss and Chuck's body rejecting one transfusion, he needed a family member to donate blood and Lily gave the hospital Jack's number. In this sneak peek, Jack seems confused as to why Chuck is so pleased with him. Could there be more to this story? Remember Jack rang Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) on the night of Chuck's accident? What could Diana have to do with all of this?
If you're wondering what the status of Blair's marriage is now...that lays in the hands of Georgina Spark, who will be using all the dirt she has gathered since becoming Gossip Girl to get Blair out of that loveless marriage.
Rufus and Lily: Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Lily (Kelly Rutherford) were kicked out of their apartment after Ivy inherited it from CeCe. This, unsurprisingly, has ruffled some feathers, and Lily is determined to find a way to strip Ivy of all the new assets that she has gained from the will. Lily's method is to find some illegal activity in Ivy's past, but will this be as easy as it sounds considering Ivy has been pretending to be someone else for so long? Lily is also not going to be too happy with her sister Carol (Shelia Kelley) when she finds out that Carol was having an affair with her husband William and William also happens to be the father of Carol's child, Lola.
Ivy and Lola: Despite the fact that Ivy has been impersonating Lola, Lola's sympathy lies with Ivy's rather than her family, who "lie to each other and argue about money." The "lying to each other" part is most definitely true...especially considering who her father actually is. When this secret is finally revealed, will this bring Lola closer to her family or push her further away? Ivy is turning to William (guest star Billy Baldwin) for advice on how to be accepted into the Upper East Side society now that her real identity has been revealed. This being Gossip Girl, he suggests a lavish party.
Nate: Nate (Chace Crawford) is still dating Lola and is still editor atThe Spectator, both of which appear to be going OK before the break. Yes, Nate is part of this lavish world that Lola wants to reject, but it probably helps that he is cute too. When we return, both of these things will be on shaky ground, as Nate needs new investors for The Spectator to stay afloat and a former flame could be both a savior and a problem.
Are you looking forward to Gossip Girl returning tonight? Which storyline are you most excited about? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. For previews, promo photos and a sneak peek at "Con Heir" head here and here.