Now that Blair’s pregnancy is confirmed, the big question is, who’s the father? Last night’s episode of “Gossip Girl” shows Blair trying to avoid the results of her baby’s paternity test. Dan tries to distract himself with Blair’s problems, but eventually has to deal with his own trouble. Dan has to decide between leaving his novel anonymous or owning up to the work and putting his name on it. And for the first time ever, “Gossip Girl” gets a dog!

The Players:

Episode: “The Jewel of Denial”

Nate must decide whether to cross moral lines at Diana’s request. Dan has figured out who is publishing his book, and seeks help to stop it, but he ends up in the spotlight anyway. Chuck helps Dan come to terms with his fate, just as Dan continues to try to help Chuck break through his emotional block. Serena and Charlie return to the Upper East Side from California. And Blair deals with the paternity of her baby.

The Good:

  • Blair’s Baby Daddy Drama: When life get tough, Blair prefers to ignore it by pretending to live in a parallel universe where everything is perfect. So when it came time to face the paternity of her baby, she did what she would normally do in any stressful situation – shop. Dan and Dorota team up against Blair, and eventually force her to face the results of her paternity test. (SPOILER!) Who is it? Well, here’s the thing, we’re told it’s Louis, but the tension and mystery (and camera focus on the envelope) at the end of the episode suggest that Blair may be lying to us. If that’s the case, then bring it. Blair’s baby daddy drama is totally intriguing.
  • “Gossip Girl” Gets A Dog: Dan gets Chuck a doggy called Monkey. This is absolutely brilliant! Chuck with a dog? The point of it all is to get him to feel something again and now, he’s got a new best friend to keep him company. Now that he knows that Blair is pregnant with Louis’ baby (again, supposedly), he’s going to need that dog to help him get through the pain (oh yeah, he can feel again). One of the best parts of last night’s episode was when a very serious Chuck introduces Monkey to Blair: “Blair meet my dog monkey,” he says, as he takes a drink from his scotch.
  • Written by Dan Humphrey: Dan has always been praised for his “brilliant” writing (we’d never actually seen this said “brilliant” writing though and probably never will). He’s had plenty of chances to get published, but because he’s always afraid to hurt people’s feelings, never has. Luckily, Vanessa submitted his novel and now, Dan is well on his way to be a published author. (SPOILER!) During last night’s episode, he tries to stop this from happening. He seeks out Noah Shapiro to help him kill the novel, but Shapiro has an agenda that ultimately pushes Dan to, claim authorship or let someone else take credit for his work. In next week’s episode we get to see how his novel is going to play out with his high-society friends. It’s going to be an episode you’re not going to want to miss. Will Dan finally get recognized, perhaps even famous? The preview (see below) looks hilarious.
  • Lily, Rufus and the End of Ankle Bracelets (SPOILER!): Lily, a.k.a. Serena’s mom, is done with house arrest. Last season, Lily hit a low point in her life when it was discovered that she sent an innocent man to jail to protect Serena. She was put under house arrest for it, and now, she’s free. Rufus, a.k.a. Dan’s dad a.k.a. “the waffle king”, somehow convinced the judge to set her free (more on that below). As a free woman, the first thing she does is…go to a party, of course! No one is informed about this big event, and when some of the characters do find out, they don’t act surprised. Maybe nothing surprises them anymore. Still, kudos for getting Lily to a fashion party where people start to whisper gossip about her because that’s totally what would happen to someone like Lily.

The So-So:

  • Nate Breaks the Rules: Nate becomes an intern for Diana’s newspaper. As soon as he walks in through the door, she fires all of her staff. According to Diana, she wants to be able to rebuild her newspaper, but also she wants to be able to “celebrate” with Nate whenever she wants. Now that Nate is the only staff member, an opportunity is created to give him something to do, besides stand around looking pretty. Through his new job, he is faced with something morally questionable. Nate has seen, first hand, that bending the rules can lead to a lot of trouble – during season one when his father was being charged with fraud – so seeing him go through these dilemmas can lead to something quite interesting. On the other hand, Nate is not the type to get himself into these sort of situations. He’s honest and considerate, so seeing him act otherwise felt unnatural.
  • Charlie/Ivy: She’s here to stay. Still don’t know where this storyline is headed. Is Charlie/Ivy a friend or a foe of our Upper East-siders? She’s not your typical villain that’s for sure. Still, don’t know much about this to really care.

The Bad:

  • Paternity Test: Didn’t Blair need blood samples from Louis and Chuck to figure out who the father is? How did she get her hands on that paternity test? Seeing Blair struggle to get blood samples from these guys could have been pretty great… just saying.
  • Rufus Does Something, Besides Waffles: How does Rufus, all of a sudden, have enough influence to sway a judge and get Lily her freedom? Not even Lindsay Lohan has that kind of power.


Between Blair’s baby daddy drama and Dan’s debut novel, “Gossip Girl” is anything but boring.

Rating: 7.5/10

Watch “Gossip Girl” Monday nights at 8 p.m. on The CW.


Preview for ‘Memoirs of an Invisible Dan’:

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