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Gossip Girl Episode: "War at the Roses"

Season 4, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Blair is ill-prepared for an unexpected party guest on her birthday. Meanwhile, Serena and Nate try to put an end to Chuck and Blair's endless games. Singer Robyn performs.
Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2010
Guest Cast Sam Page: Colin
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Season 4, Episode 7
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Length: 42:21
Aired: 11/1/2010
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "War at the Roses" Season 4, Episode 7

This week's episode sees Blair leaving her teen years behind with an over-the-top birthday party, with everyone from the Dean of Columbia to celeb stylist Rachel Zoe on the guest list. Serena struggles with being "just friends" with her professor/neighbor, Colin, and Dan becomes oddly obsessed with getting Jenny back to Manhattan for Rufus and Lily's first anniversary.

The Tables Have Turned

Serena and Nate, fed up with the drama of the Chuck/Blair war, stage an intervention. With their help, Chuck and Blair hammer out the provisions of a treaty that acknowledges the terms of their truce. Yes, you read that right — a treaty for two teenagers caught up in a lover's quarrel.

Rufus and Lily are celebrating their first anniversary, and Dan and Eric want it to be a family affair. They start plotting ways to get Jenny back on "Blair's island." Assuming Blair and Chuck are still at war, they determine that their best course of action is to enlist Chuck to help, since offering Jenny amnesty would be the best way to get under Blair's skin. They fuel the fire by sending a false tip to Gossip Girl saying Blair hooked up with Jack Bass over the summer, assuming Chuck would see the post and be inspired to take down Blair.

Dan drops by Chuck's place to strike a deal, but Blair is there unexpectedly... and they actually seem to be getting along! She even invites him to her birthday party that night. Dan realizes he needs a new course of action, which he finds in the Chuck/Blair treaty Nate leaves in his room unattended.

Eric, as usual, is the voice of reason of the Van der Woodsen/Humphrey clan. He is giving up and encourages Dan to do the same. Dan is determined, however, and is not going down without a fight. Who knew somebody could want Jenny around so badly?

Bad Romance

Serena and Colin are continuing their "friendship" — but only during his office hours. Serena is having a hard time keeping her hands to herself, however, and struggles even more when she finds out he will be attending Blair's birthday party that night as the dean's guest (and why wouldn't he accompany the Dean of Columbia to a student's birthday party? Totally standard procedure...).

Serena doesn't trust herself to be around Colin in a social setting without any hanky panky going on, but she knows the stakes are high with the dean in the same room. She enlists the help of Juliet (didn't she hate her five seconds ago?), who offers to be Serena's date to the party to keep the forbidden romance at bay.

Nate finds out and convinces Serena that he would make a much better buffer than Juliet. Serena calls Juliet to tell her she won't need her services anymore, and the look on Juliet's face makes me afraid that we might see her go all "Carrie-at-the-prom" on Serena at the party.

Juliet walks into Blair's party with Colin, but they quickly ditch each other before anyone sees them together — or so they think. Nate just so happened to see the whole thing while he was lurking around the corner. Nate waits until Colin is alone and confronts him, asking if he is Ben. Colin seems confused, so Nate tries to explain, saying he saw him walk in with Juliet, so he had assumed he was the guy Juliet left him for — Ben.

Colin runs over to Juliet and scolds her for still being in touch with Ben. In the meantime, Nate learns from Blair that the guy he had mistaken for Ben is actually Serena's love interest, Colin. He confronts Juliet about seeing the same guy as Serena, but she argues that Colin is actually her cousin and seems genuinely surprised to find out that he is the infamous professor Serena has been pining over.

Fashion Roadkill

Things seem to be going swimmingly for Blair, who is mixing and mingling with Manhattan's most powerful women, who seemed to have nothing better to do with their busy lives than attend her birthday party. Things take a turn for the worse however, when Dan arranges a presentation of the dirt he found on Blair in the secret treaty. Wait for it, wait for it — it's an embarrassing video of Blair singing "Stand by Your Man" at a karaoke bar! Really, Dan? That's the best you could come up with? Amateur!

Blair is somehow devastated that this information has come to light — and at a party in her honor, no less! She rushes to the front of the room to put a stop to it but knocks over Rachel Zoe in the process, who, in turn, spills chocolate fondue all over her head in her attempt to get back up.

Blair immediately blames Chuck for the ruse, who seems genuinely hurt that she would think so little of him, especially after they had called a cease-fire. Dan admits it was his doing; he had been trying to get back at her for making his sister feel like a criminal in her own house. Rufus witnesses the whole debacle and tells Dan he has turned into "one of them," nodding disapprovingly in the direction of Blair's entire party. Oh no, not the guilt trip, Dad!

Hands-On Approach

Juliet makes a phone call to the prison to tell Ben that Colin is the professor that Serena is involved with. Ben convinces Juliet that she needs to get proof and expose the truth, even if it means taking Colin down with her. She plants a hidden camera in Colin's bookcase that is conveniently in the direct line of vision of Serena and Colin's goodbye makeout session that they swore they wouldn't partake in.

Blair is about to turn in after her emotionally exhausting night, when she sees Chuck creepily lingering in the shadows. He says the treaty is off — that to call a truce, you have to be friends, and you can't be friends with someone that you hate. He says "hate" angrily several more times before he dramatically rips up the treaty and lunges at Blair. Hate sex ensues in a gratuitously racy scene that goes on several seconds longer than necessary.

What did you think of the episode? Is Juliet's game almost over? Are Blair and Chuck on the road to making up? Will Serena's life really be destroyed? Until next time... XOXO.

 

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This week's episode sees Blair leaving her teen years behind with an over-the-top birthday party, with everyone from the Dean of Columbia to celeb stylist Rachel Zoe on the guest list. Serena struggles with being "just friends" with her professor/neighbor, Colin, and Dan becomes oddly obsessed with getting Jenny back to Manhattan for Rufus and Lily's first anniversary.

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