DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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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

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