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Gossip Girl Episode: "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad World"

Season 3, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: William's presence in town continues to cause conflict. Meanwhile, tension mounts between Serena and Jenny; Blair checks out campus life at Columbia; and Dan uncovers another secret Vanessa has been hiding.
Original Air Date: May 3, 2010

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Season 3, Episode 20
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Length: 42:20
Aired: 5/3/2010
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Gossip Girl Episode Recap: "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad World" Season 3, Episode 20

This week on Gossip Girl, several characters took steps that could lead to some big transitions in their lives: Vanessa accepted an overseas summer internship, Blair decided to change colleges and William tried to get his family back.

Nothing to Talk About
In the wake of Vanessa's acceptance to Tisch, Dan and Vanessa agreed to make a list of topics they shouldn't discuss. (Did they learn nothing from Lily and Rufus' ill-advised list incident in the past?!) Thankfully, this left them with little to talk about. But then Rufus told Dan that Vanessa was accepting a three-month internship in Haiti. Vanessa eventually decided she wouldn't take it — she claimed she wasn't turning it down for Dan, but for herself, because she didn't want to be apart from him for that long. However, Dan's pretty observant and he saw she really wanted to take this internship. So he basically followed the old adage that goes, "If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it was never yours to keep." He told Vanessa to go to Haiti, and he gave her some stationary so they could write the old-fashioned way. Vanessa was ecstatic, and Dan had a wistful look on his face that revealed he knew he may be losing her.

Nobody Knows You Better
Though Blair and Chuck are no longer a couple, they proved that they know each other better than anyone else, and they know what's good for each other. Much like last week, Chuck was still living in a constant party state of sex and drugs as he hooked up with prostitutes who left their underwear behind. But his actions were no longer about licking his wounds from his breakup with Blair — now he was trying to avoid Lily after learning she had cancer. Nate pleaded with him to go see Lily, but it didn't work. Only Blair's prodding was successful, because she knew his avoidance stemmed from his fear of losing another parent. He eventually went to William's gala event for Lily, and her eyes lit up when she saw him. They both teared up as they hugged. Chuck promised to be there for her, and it was by far the sweetest scene of the episode.

Blair was avoiding some problems of her own, namely, that she hated NYU but was doing nothing to change her situation. For a few days, she went so far as to hang out on Columbia's campus and pretend to go there, but Nate called her on it, and then some of her new Ivy League "friends" got wind of her lies and outed her as a fake Columbia student on Gossip Girl. As luck would have it, Blair just happened to run into a Columbia admissions guy at the bar at William's gala, and he gave her the heads up that her transfer application had been accepted. However, Blair was a little perplexed because she never applied to the school. Good 'ol Nate was there to put the puzzle pieces together: Chuck was behind the whole thing. Months ago, Chuck told Nate he was thinking about filling out a Columbia application for Blair. (Chuck knew she would never do it herself because she had too much pride to admit that NYU was a mistake.) So Chuck went through with it, Blair got in, and then she put the headband-wearing girls who crossed her in their place: "Cross me again, and you'll experience [a Blair Waldorf takedown] firsthand." Ouch!

We Are Family
William continued to try and reconnect with his family, and Serena initially took their bonding time as an opportunity to lie to him and paint a rosier picture of herself. After one of her many arguments with Jenny, she finally decided to tell her dad the truth and admit to the fact that her award in boarding school wasn't for academics but was instead for drinking. William was accepting of her, flaws and all. Things didn't go as smoothly for him with Eric, who really didn't remember William all that well since he left when he was just 2. In an attempt to point out how much of his life his father missed, Eric blurted out that he was gay and that he once attempted suicide, and then he told William it was too late for them to have a relationship. But William was persistent, and when Eric announced he wasn't attending the Columbia event honoring his dad, William arranged to have Eric's boyfriend drop by since he knew Eric was free.

One person William did not win over was Rufus, who went so far as to block William from moving into his and Lily's apartment building. Lily told Rufus he was acting jealous and Serena suggested he not come to William's gala. Rufus did eventually show up, and he dismissed his neighbor Holland so he could get to Lily and reconcile. Their passionate kiss irked William, who then gave a speech about how he regretted walking out on his family and how much he still loved them (looking right at Lily as he said this).

By the end of the evening, Holland shared something with Serena about Rufus (we didn't get to hear the details), and this secret prompted Serena to tell William to fight for Lily. Meanwhile, Rufus was busy telling Lily to get a new doctor, and his distrustfulness led to Lily asking him to go and spend the night at his Brooklyn loft. As if Rufus wasn't having a bad enough evening already, he then overheard a conversation between Jenny and one of her dissatisfied former drug clients. Upon Dan's suggestion, Jenny was at the event to spill the beans to her dad about her drug-dealing past, but him finding out about it by accident made it much worse. Rufus just looked so hurt after that one-two punch from Lily and Jenny.

If Jenny's narcotics-selling past has one bright spot, it's that it led her to do some Internet research on cancer drugs. She began to question William's treatment methods for Lily and then called the one person she thought might be on her side: Chuck, who already seemed suspicious about Lily's diagnosis because he commented that she looked like "the picture of health." And if Chuck had seen the Van der Woodsens in the closing scene, he may have commented that they looked like the picture of the perfect family as Lily, William, Serena and Eric all bonded over hot chocolate...and Lily's husband Rufus was nowhere to be seen.

Are you happy Blair's transferring to Columbia? Do you think William is lying about Lily's illness? And it was implied that Holland told Serena that she and Rufus had an affair — do you think she's exaggerating things or telling the truth?

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This week on Gossip Girl, several characters took steps that could lead to some big transitions in their lives: Vanessa accepted an overseas summer internship, Blair decided to change colleges and William tried to get his family back.

Nothing to Talk About
In the wake of Vanessa's acceptance to Tisch, Dan and Vanessa agreed to make a list of topics they shouldn't discuss. (Did they learn nothing from Lily and Rufus' ill-advised list incident in the past?!) Thankfully, this left them with little to talk about. But then Rufus told Dan that Vanessa was accepting a three-month internship in Haiti. Vanessa eventually decided she wouldn't take it — she claimed she wasn't turning it down for Dan, but for herself, because she didn't want to be apart from him for that long. However, Dan's pretty observant and he saw she really wanted to take this internship. So he basically followed the old adage that goes, "If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it doesn't, it was never yours to keep."

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