Get yourself Gossip Girl edjumacated, friends! Learn about all the cultural references (pop and otherwise) you might have missed during Season 4, Episode 12, “The Kids Are Not All Right.” If you don't know, now you know....

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The Kids Are All Right
The title of this episode comes from the 2010 Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a lesbian couple and Mark Ruffalo as the biological father of their two children. You should check it out. It’s good.

James Franco
Yep, you heard that right: Dan said he was going to a reading by the James Franco. The 127 Hours star and host of the upcoming Oscars is also a recent graduate of the writing MFA program at Columbia and the author of a short story collection called Palo Alto. We’ve read a little of it. We wouldn’t chop off our own arm to get away from it, but meh.

Housing Works Bookstore
On the other hand, Fictional Franco has good taste in venues. The Housing Works Bookstore is a nonprofit bookshop in Nolita whose revenues aid homeless people and victims of AIDS. It’s also one of the best places in the city to catch up-and-coming writers and comedians on their way to stardom. We’re surprised it’s never been mentioned before — the place is wall-to-wall Dan Humphreys.

Patti Blagojevich
Wife of disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, Patti is known for many things — competing on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, being as corrupt as her husband, being a complete freaking embarrassment — but it’s true, her fashion sense is not one of them. No wonder Blair didn’t want to dress her. We wouldn’t even want to touch her.