The fourth season of Gossip Girl, an American teen drama, consisted of 22 episodes which aired between September 2010 and May 2011. The series was based upon the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar and developed for television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The CW officially renewed the series for a full fourth season on February 16, 2010. Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle all return as series regulars.
Season 4 SummaryEdit
Season four begins with Serena and Blair enjoying their summer in Paris............................................................. Until the unexpected appearance of Chuck Bass, who is using a false name and cozying up to a new girl. Blair has to decide if she wants to fight for Chuck or spend her energy trying to rule Columbia University. Serena needs to choose between Nate and Dan, but Dan is a bit busy coping with his new role as "dad" to Georgina's baby. Georgina later reveals the baby is not his. Stephanie Savage has revealed in an interview that the Dan and Serena story is "reactivated" and sorting through it will become a bigger story. She also revealed that the third season finale "Last Tango, Then Paris" had a big impact on Jenny and she'll be a changed person when she returns. Her return later this season will be "full of drama." The Gossip Girl website was under construction when Serena and Blair returned from Paris and debuted “never before seen technology" when it returned. It is revealed that Juliet is working with her brother to take down Serena, for unknown reasons. Vanessa gets caught in the middle when Juliet sets her up for stealing Serena's phone and sending an incriminating email. Vanessa later leaves town when only Dan believes her, but tells Juliet to watch her back. After Blair ran Chuck's new girlfriend out of town, he pledges war against her. They later decide it's best for both of them that they end their fighting after Jenny posts on Gossip Girl about why she left town. In the next episode, at Blair's 20th birthday party they kissed and have sex. Both Nate and Dan still have feelings for Serena, but don't know what to make of her mixed signals. Serena is taken down by Jenny, Vanessa and Juliet. It is revealed Juliet hates Serena because of what 'She' did to her brother Ben, Serena and Ben are reconciled after Dan and Blair go after Juliet to find out the whole story. Ben has trouble with Damien and Lily, it is unknown why Damien hates him. Jenny leaves for Hudson again after the suspension of Taylor Momsen from the show. Ben and Serena have to overcome their tricky relationship. Vanessa has to work for Dan's forgiveness. Serena and Dan have to work out where they stand and how they each feel about the other. Dan and Blair's unlikely friendship develops further and begins to lead them towards their fate. But as Dan spends more time with Blair, and Blair spends more time with Dan they start to question their friendship and Dan thinks there may be more to the friendship, so he comes to Blair's apartment and say's "Just 1 kiss then we'll know without a doubt" and Blair agree's and they kiss.
After the mid-season term Dan has been waiting a whole week for Blair's text or phone call but has been ignoring him all week so she can figure out who to choose. With the help of Chuck, epperley phoned so she can help her with the fashion book, once chuck finds out someone kissed Blair he goes to brooklen to see Dan and fine out who kissed Blair, but Dan goes on how Blair could be better without Chuck "she's intellegent, she's intuitive, she weeps when she watch's Night's of Cabiria, but if Blair's happy then let her be".
Chuck on the other hand knows that it's Dan who kissed Blair and tells epperly to phone Dan and bring him to the fashion book. so Dan is getting ready, phones Eric for some advice but all Eric can say is u really like her but Dan get's shy and ignores him but comes to the fashion book thinking Blair called him there but they both find out it was all Chuck's idea and all Blair says to Chuck is "Dan may not be royalty but atleast he's not a child." And leaves him all alone and aplologises to Dan for whatever Chuck has done and accepts her apology but has feelings for her but hides it.
Blair' is so happy today beacuse Prince Louisse has came from Monaco just to see her and want to go on a date so they keep it casual and go to vaselka but she meets Dan there and tells him that he cannot mention this to anyone he agrees but when he knows that it's the prince he leaves and leaves his job because the job is to follow the Prince all day but when Blair finds out from the Prince that her friend has to follow him all day and that his parents have found out and bring his PI over to NYU so they have to prove lucien that they are just friends nothing else so she phones Dan and tells him to meet her at Paul Smith (suit and tie shop) she tells him that she found out what he was doing and she has to helphim believe lucien that her and prince louis are just friends and that Dan and Blair have to kiss to show lucien that they are going out first Dan doesn't agree but has to when Blair mentions Chuck already knows and what if he tells Serena about their making out so he has to agree.
So they arrive at the pink party and they have to stay away from each other so that no one at the pink party suspects that Dan and Blair are oing out especially Serena when she tells Dan that lucien has arrived and then they go upstairs and kiss but they don't know that Serena and Charlie have planned if they find out Dan and Blair making out they are gonna post it to gossip girl so Charlie follows them upstairs and records the video and posts it to Gossip Girl when Dan and Blair come downstairs but everyone gets a blast from Gossip Girl but when they check their phones it's a video of them kissing and they try and find serena and explain her everything when they do find her just wants to find out when they kissed last time but all Dan says "there's nothing between us" and he goes, whilse Blair that she and Dan have a real connection, and if she likes it or not, she only likes the prince goes with him.
Charlie on the other hand goes to the loft and tells Dan that she is sorry for what she did. Dan says "It's okay" and It's for the best. Charile says "I saw the kiss and I think you like her", Dan says "Yeah I thought I could handle being friends with her, but I realised tonight I can't", then Charlie says "I know how it feels when someone else goes with the person you want", after that Dan says "Yeah, I just didn't know that the person I would like would be Blair Waldorf".
So in the finale of Gossip Girl they both decide they will be watching movies on their computers whilse Blair will be in Monaco and Dan will be in the Hamptons.
Taylor Momsen's character Jenny only appeared in 4 episodes before being downgraded to a recurring character along with Jessica Szohr's character Vanessa.
It was later announced that the show would stay in its Monday 9:00 p.m. timeslot as a lead-out to 90210. The season premiered on September 13, 2010, to a 1.0 Adults 18-49 rating and 1.84 million viewers. The fourth episode achieved a 1.1 Adults 18-49 rating, the seasons highest rated episode, while episode eleven was the most watched with 2.06 million viewers tuning in. The season concluded on May 16, 2011 with 1.36 million live viewers tuning in. On Metacritic the season has a 75/100 rating, indicating generally positive reviews by critics.
The first half of the season focuses on Juliet, a mysterious girl with a vendetta against Serena. The second half focuses on Chuck's professional struggles trying to keep his father's business from his father's old rival and his relationship with Blair. The season also focuses on Blair's relationship with a prince, Nate revisiting old family problems, the deteriorating friendship between Dan and Vanessa and his growing feelings for Blair, as well as Serena's cousin Charlie and her integration into the Upper East Side.
|01||Belles de Jour||1.83||September 13, 2010|
|Serena and Blair enjoy their summer vacation in Paris trying to take their minds off of home. Meanwhile, Chuck is recovering in Prague after being found and healed by Eva, a French tourist who does not know his real identity. Meanwhile, back in New York, Eleanor helps Lily make arrangements for Fashion's Night Out at the van der Woodsen penthouse and Dan deals with raising Georgina's newborn son Milo, while Nate meets a potential new love interest, Juliet Sharp, whom he asks out on a date.|
|02||Double Identity||1.84||September 20, 2010|
|Serena and Blair run into a different Chuck in Paris, and is reluctant to return to New York with Eva. Back in New York, Juliet suggests to Nate that tricking Vanessa to be with Dan might be the right thing to remove Dan from the Dan-Serena-Nate love triangle. Rufus learns that Dan isn't Milo's father after he checks Georgina and Milo's blood test. Serena convinces Blair to talk Chuck into returning to Manhattan while Dan and Nate prepare to face Serena.|
|03||The Undergraduates||1.78||September 27, 2010|
|Juliet prevents Serena from joining the Hamilton House sorority. Serena and Blair find a way to expose Juliet's sabotaging plans. Georgina finally comes clean to Dan about Milo. Chuck is afraid of introducing Eva to Lily and Rufus, since she doesn't know of all the things he has done in the past.|
|04||Touch of Eva||2.00||October 4, 2010|
|Nate suspects that Juliet is keeping a big secret from him and decides to confront her. Meanwhile, Blair successfully plots to make Chuck and Eva break-up, which leads to him declaring war between them. Dan finds himself torn between his feelings for Serena and Vanessa.|
|05||Goodbye, Columbia||1.78||October 11, 2010|
|Juliet sends a Gossip Girl blast that starts a very damaging rumor about Serena, saying she has an STD. Vanessa becomes worried that Dan and Serena may have slept together and turns to Juliet to help her get answers. After checking Serena's phone, Vanessa discovers than Dan and Serena did not sleep together. Vanessa then becomes collateral damage in Juliet's vendetta against Serena when she frames her for sending an e-mail from Serena's phone to her English professor offering sex for grades. Elsewhere, Chuck threatens Blair's chances to become the powerful businesswoman Martha's (guest star Marilyne Barrett) new assistant.|
|06||Easy J||1.88||October 25, 2010|
|Jenny returns to New York for a job interview with Tim Gunn, while Blair puts forth her best efforts to send Little J back to Hudson. After her interview with Tim Gunn is sabotaged by Blair, Jenny reveals on Gossip Girl that she and Chuck slept together. Meanwhile, Serena learns that Colin (guest star Sam Page) is actually her college professor, which puts their relationship in grave danger.|
|07||War at the Roses||1.82||November 1, 2010|
|Blair is caught off guard at her 20th birthday party. Worried that Chuck and Blair might return to their vindictive games, Serena and Nate make the warring exes sign a peace treaty. Dan comes up with a scheme that will allow Jenny to return to the Upper East Side to celebrate Rufus and Lily's anniversary celebration, but his plan ultimately backfires. Serena and Colin try to resist their desires for each other.|
|08||Juliet Doesn't Live Here Anymore||1.78||November 8, 2010|
|Serena continues to resist temptation with her professor Colin, while Blair tries to resist temptation with Chuck. Vanessa joins Juliet's scheme to try to bring down Serena with photos taken of her and Colin in a romantic embrace. Nate discovers that Juliet has been lying about where she lives, and that she is poor. Dan realizes that he still has feelings for Serena.|
|09||The Witches of Bushwick||1.69||November 15, 2010|
|Serena learns that she has until the end of Chuck's Saints & Sinners Masquerade Ball to choose between Dan or Nate. Jenny joins forces with Juliet and Vanessa to take down Serena. Meanwhile, Blair sets her sights on becoming the new face of Anne Archibald's Foundation for Girls, but her relationship with Chuck may be problematic.|
|10||Gaslit||1.96||November 29, 2010|
|Lily, Rufus, Eric, Blair, Dan, and Chuck find themselves at the hospital for an overdose from Serena. Vanessa tries to frame Jenny for Juliet's actions, thus threatening her relationship with her family. Meanwhile, Nate attempts to help his parents put the past behind them and reconcile. After successfully clearing her agenda, Juliet makes a departure from New York City, as well as Vanessa, in fear of potential vengeance from Blair. Jenny discovers Juliet's true intentions towards Serena and gives Blair information that will help her take down Juliet.|
|11||The Townie||2.06||December 6, 2010|
Blair and Dan team up with Damien to find Juliet in her Connecticut hometown through a tip from Gossip Girl. When Juliet spots the trio in her town, she decides to return to New York to finish what she started with Serena. Meanwhile, Nate struggles with allowing his father back into his life when the Captain announces that his parole has been granted. Also, Rufus and Chuck learn Lily is planning to sell Bass Industries. One Week Later, Nate leaves town to be with his paroled father for the winter break, while Chuck leaves for New Zealand to meet with his uncle hoping to find a way to stop Lily from selling his company. Serena creates a plan to help get Ben out of prison.
|12||The Kids Are Not Alright||1.58||January 24, 2011|
|A former associate of Chuck’s father, Russell Thorpe, along with his crafty and headstrong daughter Raina, return to Manhattan with some unfinished business concerning Bass Industries. Serena and Chuck unite against Lily. Meanwhile, Blair realizes that her mother, Eleanor, may be her key to becoming a future CEO. Also, Nate worries that his father, The Captain, is having a little too much fun after his release from prison and is not taking his parole seriously.|
|13||Damien Darko||1.51||January 31, 2011|
|Blair is thrilled to get an internship at W Magazine to further claw her way up the ranks to become a ruling CEO, but her excitement fades when she discovers that Dan has secured one of the coveted positions along with four other top students. Meanwhile, Chuck may have finally met his match with Russell Thorpe, and his daughter Raina, when they announce that they are planning to take over Bass Industries. Serena tries a reconciliation with Ben after his release from prison. Eric engages in suspicious behavior with Damien. Also, Nate receives alarming news about his father’s business prospects when he learns that the Captain and Russell are working together for some nefarious purpose.|
|14||Panic Roommate||1.62||February 7, 2011|
|Blair enlists Nate's help to win over her high-strung boss, Epperly, at W Magazine. Meanwhile, Damien stirs up more drama when he begins playing Eric and Serena against each other in an attempt to get back at Ben. Also, Chuck finds himself torn between business and pleasure with Raina.|
|15||It-Girl Happened One Night||1.32||February 14, 2011|
|As Russell Thorpe is prepared to takeover Bass Industries, Chuck makes one last attempt to save his father’s company by throwing a Valentine's Day fund raiser, and tries to cut Lily loose from his company and his life. Meanwhile, at W Magazine, a difficult assignment gives Blair the opportunity for a promotion. Elsewhere, Serena struggles with her feelings for Ben against her family's disapproval. Also, Russell fires Nate's father from his company as he is a conflict of interest.|
|16||While You Weren't Sleeping||1.57||February 21, 2011|
|Eric's 18th birthday arrives, along with a drama filled celebration. Damien blackmails Eric with the information he knows about the affidavit Lily forged against Ben. An impatient Blair decides to speed up the time table to jump start her career... but ultimately stretches herself too thin. Meanwhile, Serena is forced to choose between her family and a potential romance with Ben. Chuck and Lily reconcile and team up in order to save Bass Industries from Russell Thorpe. Also, Vanessa returns to apologize to Dan.|
|17||Empire of the Son||1.39|
|Unresolved issues between Ben and Serena come to light when his mother visits. Meanwhile, Russell puts his relationship with Raina at risk by using personal information to blackmail Lily in order to destroy Chuck's family legacy. Russell tells Chuck a devastating secret about his father. Nate and Raina explore their feelings for each other. Lily prepares to face legal consequences for her part in Ben's false imprisonment. William van der Woodsen makes his return to the Upper East Side. And Dan and Blair's relationship reaches a turning point that changes everything.|
|18||The Kids Stay in the Picture||1.43||April 18, 2011|
|William van der Woodsen, along with Lily's mother and sister, CeCe and Carol, come to New York to support Lily as she awaits the consequences of confessing to her crime. Carol's daughter, Charlie, who has been raised away from the glamour and wealth of the Upper East Side, follows her mother to the city to meet the rest of her family. Chuck realizes that he wants to win Blair back. Meanwhile, Dan and Blair deal with the aftermath of their kiss, and are afraid of what it may have meant to them.|
|19||Petty in Pink||1.55||April 25, 2011|
|Serena becomes suspicious of Dan and Blair spending time together, and has Charlie spy on them to find out why. Blair is reunited with Prince Louis Grimaldi whom she met in Paris. Meanwhile, Nate helps Raina find out what happened to her mother, while Chuck’s hopes about his legacy are crushed with the reveal of devastating information from the past. Also, Rufus and Eric try to cheer up Lily by having Lily's annual breast cancer awareness fund raiser party be held at the penthouse.|
|20||The Princesses and the Frog||1.27||May 2, 2011|
|A jealous Serena attempts to use information from Blair's past to threaten her newfound happiness with Prince Louis whose parents disapprove of Blair. After discovering a shocking secret, Nate is torn between his relationship with Raina and his friendship with Chuck. A questionable friendship arises between Charlie and Vanessa.|
|21||Shattered Bass||1.20||May 9, 2011|
|Jack Bass returns to the Upper East Side and helps Chuck, instead of helping Raina destroy him, as he prefers to be the only one to torture his nephew. Meanwhile, Blair receives Princess Sophie's approval to marry Louis , after Cyrus impresses her at a party thrown by Eleanor Waldorf. At Blair's party, Serena confronts Charlie about wearing her clothes without permission, in turn causing Dan to leave with Charlie. They then attend a Constance Billard/St. Judes alumni event together, where they run into former Constance mean girls Isobel and Kati. Chuck, Jack and Nate discover the truth about the fire and tell Russell that if he leaves New York for good, they will keep the secret from Raina. After Raina tells Nate that she won't stop until she makes Chuck feel the pain she has, Nate tells her the truth. Thinking Chuck told her, Russell lures Blair to the rooftop of Constance. Rufus discovers that Charlie has not taken her medication and shows Serena and Vanessa.|
|22||The Wrong Goodbye||1.36||May 16, 2011|
|Georgina Sparks, now married to a friendly but boring business intern to help raise her baby, turns up at the event looking for trouble. Serena and Vanessa reluctantly join forces to find Dan and Charlie, who does not take Dan's rejection of her well. Blair must make a choice between the men in her life when her life is in danger by Russell. Charlie befriends Georgina, who has uncovered a secret about her. Charlie returns to Miami where a shocking twist is revealed: 'Charlie' is actually a 24-year-old, professional con artist named Ivy, who was hired by Carol Rhodes to impersonate Charlie. Also, Dorota is seen throwing out the trash where a positive home pregnancy test lies with the rest of the trash.|