Lady of leisure Serena skipped college to start her career, which, whether in PR or politics, mostly seemed to involve her flirting, pouting, or some sultry combination thereof. After a truly terrible relationship with Nate’s (married) cousin ended in a concussion for S, she finally fell into faithful Nate’s arms — only to be lured away by another man: her duplicitous long-lost father. Nate insisted that her dad’s a dubious character, which earned him a swift kick out of her life. Not able to handle the drama, Serena fled to Paris with B for the summer.
Dan and Vanessa finally found their tribes at NYU. Dan dallied with a movie star and Vanessa made an almost obnoxious number of documentaries, but still found time to hook up with Dan’s secret half brother. After sharing a threesome with Dan’s movie star, the pair finally succumbed to their inevitable nerdy love for each other. They’re the perfect pair: Who else are they going to find that loves obscure cinema and organic produce so much? But then Dan had to go and have a snugglefest with Serena. As if that wasn’t enough trouble in nerd paradise, an extremely prego Georgina showed up and claimed Dan as the Baby Daddy.
And then there’s Poor Little J. Where do we even begin? Jenny became Queen of Constance, dated a drug dealer, became a drug dealer (a pretty good one, actually), was grounded, was roofied, became obsessed with Nate, and was astonishingly evil for a while. Perhaps her darkest hour was when she gave up her v-card to the worst person possible: Chuck Bass. Thanks to Rufus’ paternal concern, she was shipped off to live with her mother — likely the best thing that happened to her all season.
The Gossip Girl gang started their post-high school lives with varying degrees of success. Does the Season 3 finale seem like so long ago? Let us bring you back up to speed!
Chuck and Blair, now a committed couple, chose very different paths toward adulthood. Chuck took up the mantle of leading his father’s company, while Blair swallowed her pride and enrolled at NYU. Unfortunately for them, their high school hijinks didn’t hold water in the real world — the former Queen B was an outcast at boho-chic NYU. As for Chuckles, his supposedly-dead mother’s return threw him for such a loop that he ended up losing his beloved Empire Hotel to his evil Uncle Jack. The only way to get it back? Sell his beloved B down the river. Chuck got the hotel, but he lost Blair, and was left with a broken heart — literally: A Budapest bender left him bleeding out in an alley with a gunshot wound.