DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
WHEN my hearing finally goes altogether, Gossip Girl will be one show I’ll still be able to watch. And probably still comprehend.
And even if I can’t, it won’t matter, the fashion will be enough. It is fantastic, the most amazing array of clothes and accessories. Divine. You never see anyone in the same outfit twice. And it’s all arranged on gorgeous people who have as their backdrop the beautiful architecture of their Manhattan lifestyle. And Manhattan.
They’re in the middle of a New York winter when we get back tonight after Gossip Girl’s pointless six-week break, and Serena’s been off hunting for the judge whose name is on the affidavit she signed years ago that sent her school teacher Ben Donovan to jail because he had sex with her.
Which he didn’t — her mother faked her signature, and Serena, played by Blake Lively, is now keen to get Ben out of jail. We all are, now that we’ve seen how attractive he is.
Ben is crazy Juliet’s brother. Juliet, who drugged Serena at Chuck Bass’s Saints and Sinners party, and took pictures of her snorting coke and sent them to Gossip Girl.
Only it wasn’t Serena, anybody could see that, apart from Serena, who apparently was unable to recognise herself in a photo. Nearly ruined Serena’s life. She’s out of rehab now, and turned her focus towards Ben’s life, and her mother Lily, whose deviousness, she says, is the gift that keeps on giving. On the other hand, Lily always looks sensational.
But what about Blair, Serena wants to know, what did Blair get up to over her break? ‘‘ Why — what’d you hear?’’ Blair says, instantly looking guiltier than Ben, who isn’t actually guilty.
Serena asks Dan the same thing later, and gets the same response. If only she wasn’t so self-absorbed, Serena might start to wonder why they’re so jumpy. But self-absorbed is the cornerstone of this fab show. Gossip Girl Fox8, 8.35pm
On the hunt: Blake Lively