Hey Higher East Siders, phrase is Gossip Lady is leaving Netflix Canada on December 31. Which may solely imply one factor: there’s a GG marathon in your future. The hit CW present, which ran from 2007 to 2012, gave us a lot; from *wonderful* fashion and questionable underage partying to sweeping views of New York Metropolis and iconic Thanksgiving episodes, the world of Gossip Lady really had all of it. Not *fully* ready to hunker down and energy by means of six seasons of wacky, titillating, fully out-of-touch TV in two quick weeks? We don’t blame you. With a few of the earlier seasons of the present boasting as much as 25 (!!) episodes, making an attempt to make it by means of your complete collection, whether or not for the primary or the fifth time, is a large time dedication. Fortunately, we now have you lined. Trying to dive into the Romeo and Juliet-esque world of Dan Humphrey, Serena van der Woodsen and NYC’s elite? Listed here are the episodes you must watch. (Warning: some spoilers forward.)
“The Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
In fact, with a view to get a deal with on any new collection it’s crucial to observe the pilot episode, regardless of how cringe-worthy the standard and appearing could also be in hindsight ( you, Scandal). And the identical rule applies for GG’s inaugural episode. Within the present’s first episode, viewers are launched to all the main gamers, most significantly the Humphrey and van der Woodsen households in addition to queen Blair Waldorf (performed by Leighton Meester) and her important males Chuck Bass (performed by Ed Westwick) and Nate Archibald (performed by the at all times sizzling Chace Crawford). Kicking off with socialite Serena van der Woodsen’s (performed by Blake Full of life) return to New York after leaving the 12 months prior beneath mysterious circumstances (semi-spoiler: she thought she unintentionally killed a person), this episode units up most of the themes that the collection will come to be identified for, together with: class battle, rivalry, underage consuming and intercourse, and Dan Humphrey’s (performed by Penn Badgley) obsession with Serena.
“Hello, Society” (Season 1, Episode 10)
Nearly midway into the primary season of the present, the following must-watch episode serves a heavy dose of what GG does greatest—insanely un-relatable and unlikely shows of grandeur. On this episode, Gossip Lady takes us into debutante season, with Blair and Serena able to make their debut into society. Loads goes on on this episode, however what makes it price a watch are the advances in varied romantic relationships. Blair and Nate *lastly* have intercourse for the primary time (albeit after Blair’s already slept along with his BFF Chuck Bass, unbeknownst to Nate, after all), followers get a bit extra of a backstory into Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey’s previous (as in Lily’s mother forbid them from being collectively), and after initially being thwarted by Serena’s grandma, who doesn’t approve of Dan and his standing in society, Serena and Dan cement their love for one another when Lonely Boy reveals up at cotillion and actually sweeps Serena off her ft in a scene that made my 15-year-old self scream with glee.
Plus, Lily and Dan share loads of tender moments on this episode, which is simply very nice and a small perception into how variety and heat Mrs. van der Woodsen may truly be.
“Desperately Looking for Serena” (Season 1, Episode 15)
For followers of the present, this episode is the true first look into what Serena was supposedly like earlier than she returned to Manhattan as a reformed former social gathering woman. On this episode, Serena’s previous frenemy Georgina Sparks (performed by Michelle Trachtenberg) returns to the usas everyone seems to be furiously finding out for SATs and basically derails S’s complete good woman schtick, coercing her into consuming and even drugging her the night time earlier than the massive examination. This causes a rift between Serena and Dan, with Serena refusing to let Dan know what’s occurring or why she’s so beholden to this previous good friend. (Once more, it’s as a result of she thought she killed somebody which we be taught was one other Georgina set-up.) This episode introduces certainly one of D and S’s main relationship issues: communication points and a lack of expertise one another’s respective worlds.
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“By no means Been Marcused” (Season 2, Episode 2)
It’s summer time and everybody’s within the Hamptons! After being scorned by Chuck on the finish of season 1, Blair is again from Europe with a elaborate pants boyfriend and Nate is having an affair with an older, married girl (who we later discover out is Blair’s boyfriend’s step-mom). This episode is bonkers, particularly as a result of Nate and his older feminine good friend are reported to have met in a ebook membership. As a result of 17-year-old guys who summer time within the Hamptons completely be a part of bookclubs with middle-aged mothers. This storyline serves as the primary of many for Nate that contain an older girl, but it surely’s by far probably the most attention-grabbing. And it’s simply so enjoyable to see everybody tanned and sporting their greatest summer time apparel! This episode additionally marks the primary of many relationship reunions between Dan and Serena. (It’s undoubtedly their most tanned reunion on report.)
“Pret-A-Poor-J” (Season 2, Episode 8)
Enter: Darkish Jenny. As any Gossip Lady fan is aware of, the character of Jenny Humphrey (performed by Taylor Momsen) goes from Brooklyn’s good woman to just about the worst character on the present in report time. There are *a number of* situations all through the collection when Jenny goes over to the darkish aspect, falling sufferer to the attract of the Higher East Aspect and the ability that comes with being on prime. In season 1, we see Little J turn into a imply woman in her quest to get in with Blair and her well-liked crew on the steps of the Met gala. And after a summer time of de-programming, she’s again to her previous self and able to dedicate herself to her ardour for trend design. Nevertheless it’s not lengthy earlier than Jenny begins to go astray once more, quitting her prestigious internship with Blair’s designer mom (which was truly type of justified—her designs have been being ripped off), and going out on her personal. Whereas this iteration of J doesn’t begin off dangerous, per se—Jenny simply desires to begin her design profession!—leaving residence and being impolite AF to Rufus, transferring in with a busy mannequin she barely is aware of and quitting faculty, all so she will be able to begin a trend line at 15—is fairly bratty and chaotic.
By the way in which, you’ll know Jenny has gone to the darkish aspect due to all of the heavy eyeliner and mullet hair she’s sporting.
“The Goodbye Gossip Lady” (Season 2, Episode 25)
Within the second season’s finale episode, everyone seems to be graduating. Serena takes this chance to not solely put on a commencement cap tassel in her hair, but additionally to determine that Gossip Lady has to go down. The outcome? GG releases dust on a few of the largest moments from that 12 months, together with Dan sleeping with a trainer and Blair sleeping with Chuck’s uncle (data that was launched *simply* as Blair and Chuck have been about to get collectively). It’s basically a recap on any scandal from the season that you must know. The highlights of this episode embrace Lily and Rufus *lastly* getting engaged, and Chuck *lastly* telling Blair that he loves her. It’s a surprisingly candy finish to a season of discord between the 2 over these three little phrases.
“The Freshmen” (Season 3, Episode 2)
Serena and co. are off to college! The second episode of the third season units up the brand new dynamics for the present–and our characters’ lives—as a result of they aren’t at Constance anymore. On this episode, it turns into more and more clear that whereas Blair might have been the highest canine in highschool, folks at New York College may care much less about sushi events, limos to Butter and her incessant scheming. They only desire a enjoyable rooftop kegger thrown by Georgina Sparks and to observe Vanessa Abrams’s (performed by Jessica Szohr) indie doc. This can be a nice episode as a result of, for as soon as, the roles are reversed, with Dan lastly being the favored one. We get to see Blair attempt to weasel her strategy to the highest (unsuccessfully), and understand that issues in college gained’t be the identical as they have been in highschool (they usually undoubtedly shouldn’t be). This episode can also be A+ for the actual fact that it’s certainly one of few within the collection the place we get to see Chuck and Blair collectively and truly completely happy (if just for a short time period), and it marks the demise of Blair’s penchant for headbands.
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“They Shoot Humphreys, Don’t They?” (Season 3, Episode 9)
This episode is outlined by two issues: Jenny as soon as once more going over to the darkish aspect and making an attempt to be queen bee of your complete UES (solely this time rocking actually dangerous extensions) and a threesome between Dan, Vanessa and Dan’s new well-known actor girlfriend Olivia (performed by Hilary Duff). Sure, you learn that accurately: Lizzie McGuire has a threesome in this episode!!! The truth that this happens, in addition to the musical build-up to the second when the trio determine to make the leap (that includes a complicated sensual cowl of T.I.’s “No matter You Like”), are 100% the one purpose to observe this episode and solely this episode in season 3. (Oh, and in addition, Dan and his BFF Vanessa’s ongoing sexual and romantic pressure is *lastly* addressed.)
In case you have been questioning, on the time in 2009, this was a scandal with a capital S, with the Dad and mom Tv Council boycotting the episode and calling for it to be eliminated. That’s *so* Gossip Lady!
“The Treasure of Serene Madre” (Season 3, Episode 11)
If Gossip Lady is understood for one factor moreover headbands, it’s their Thanksgiving episodes. A staple of the collection, it’s at all times a assure that Thanksgiving on the uswill be stuffed with pie and tons of drama. And the season 3 Thanksgiving episode isn’t any exception. Set to Imogen Heap’s “What’cha Say,” this scene is peak GG, highlighting all the stress between completely different people in beneath three minutes. Blair thinks her mother is secretly pregnant, Jenny finds out her step-brother Eric sabotaged her cotillion, it’s revealed that Serena’s having an affair with Nate’s married congressman cousin, Vanessa and her absent mother get into it over who has the best to offer parenting recommendation, and CeCe van der Woodsen—Lily’s mother—is simply…there. All the time stirring the pot.
Watching everybody hash out their ire and storm away from the desk is sort of a dramatic recreation of musical chairs, and it’s GG at its greatest.
“The Debarted” (Season 3, Episode 12)
It’s the one 12 months anniversary of the loss of life of Bart Bass, Chuck’s father (though *spoiler alert* he faked his loss of life), and all the pieces is hectic in everybody’s world. After working away along with her married BF, Tripp van der Bilt, Serena and stated boyfriend get right into a automobile crash, with Tripp calling 911 and leaving the scene. In different information, Rufus learns that Lily might have cheated on him along with her ex, Dan confesses his love for Vanessa (it’s not reciprocated) and Chuck thinks he sees his lifeless mom at his father’s grave. Come for Nate punching his cousin out and the beginning of his relationship with Serena, and keep for one of some very uncommon scenes of Blair and Chuck supporting one another.
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“Double Id” (Season 4, Episode 2)
After being mugged in Paris on the finish of the final season, Chuck wakes up a brand new man, having been saved by a Parisian girl named Eva with whom he immediately falls in love. Elsewhere in Paris, Serena and Blair try to determine their very own romantic woes, with Serena set to move again to the U.S. and making an attempt to determine between Dan and Nate, who’ve each proven curiosity in her. Oh, and Dan reportedly has a son Milo, after Georgina Sparks confirmed up pregnant later within the third season. (ICYMI, Dan and Georgina briefly attached firstly of season 3, and it doesn’t take a genius to determine that Milo isn’t *truly* Dan’s son, one thing Rufus Humphrey figures out in direction of the top of this episode.)
However the primary purpose to observe this episode is the primary purpose to observe this complete present, TBQH: Chuck and Blair. Having screwed Blair over for a lot of the collection, discovering himself in Paris with no ID, Chuck plans to reinvent himself as “an individual somebody may love.” Assembly Chuck on the prepare station in Paris, Blair urges him to come back residence, saying that though she doesn’t love him anymore, “it wouldn’t be my world with out you in it.”
This scene might be one of the vital trustworthy and frank discussions the couple has within the entirety of the collection; and it’s SO clear that they nonetheless love one another however try to do what they suppose is greatest. This episode marks the beginning of greater than a whole season of distance between the pair, however a minimum of they’ll at all times have Paris (and that beautiful crimson robe).
“Father and the Bride” (Season 5, Episode 12)
Blair’s wedding ceremony day is right here! Sure, in case you’re simply catching up on season 5 now, throughout the entrance half of this season, Blair has been wined and dined, fallen in love (type of ) and fallen pregnant by Prince Louis of Monaco. Lengthy story quick: Queen B is aware of she nonetheless loves Chuck and that he’s the love of her life (what’s frickin’ new?), however thinks she might be proud of Prince Louis.
That *is* till her wedding ceremony day when dangerous woman Georgina information Blair confessing her love for Chuck after which performs it for Blair’s future hubby. And the way does he react? By going by means of with the wedding, solely to inform Blair—whereas on the dance ground throughout their first dance as husband and spouse—that their marriage might be fully for present. Uh-oh B, what’s going to you do? (TBH not a lot, apart from getting divorced and briefly relationship Dan, a storyline nobody wanted.)
“New York, I Love You XOXO” (Season 6, Episode 10)
Probably probably the most divisive episode of the present’s run is the collection finale. After six seasons of ups and downs, the notorious Gossip Lady is *lastly* revealed, and it’s not who anybody anticipated. Whether or not or not you’re proud of who the present finally selected is inappropriate (plus, the forged themselves clearly hate the decision, which is truthfully the very best), as a result of the ultimate episode provides us tons of nice closure for our favorite characters. This contains the wedding of *SPOILER ALERT* Blair and Chuck in Central Park (shortly earlier than Chuck is arrested on suspicion of invasion of privateness and slander, as a result of clearly). Belief me, by the top of this watch, one way or the other these two could have turn into the couple you’re *truly* rooting for all through this collection (sorry Serena and Dan), and in case you don’t brazenly weep at Meester’s Blair saying her vows in that crisp ice blue Elie Saab gown, you’re a monster.
Plus, we get a flash ahead to glimpse our favorite character’s lives down the highway, and it’s fairly satisfying.
That’s it for now, UES. Now, we look forward to the upcoming reboot.