Get yourself Gossip Girl edjumacated, friends! Learn about all the cultural references (pop and otherwise) you might have missed during Season 4, Episode 13: “Damien Darko.”  If you don't know, now you know....

Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW ©2010 The CW Network, LLC. Photo: Dan, Blair, and Stefano Tonchi in Season 4, Episode 13: "Damien Darko"

Donnie Darko

This week’s episode title, “Damien Darko,” has cinematic origins as usual. This one comes from the 2001 film Donnie Darko, a surreal cult hit about a teenager (played by a young Jake Gyllenhaal) who has visions of a giant demonic rabbit. We’d find one of those much less creepy than smarmy Damien.

W

In a perfect world, Blair would settle for nothing less than an internship with the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour. In our world, however, she has to settle for a lesser but still fancy women’s mag that is willing to, say, let a CW film crew into their offices. In this case, W was willing to oblige.

Stefano Tonchi

Not only did W’s real offices appear, but the disapproving editor who stepped over Dan and Blair’s catfight? That really was W editor Stefano Tonchi. He probably didn’t look more surprised because he really does have to deal with feuding interns all day.

Lorrie Moore

Blair’s chosen author was real-life novelist and short story writer Lorrie Moore. Moore is the author of the collection Birds of America, which won an O. Henry award, and she’s a creative writing professor in Madison, Wisconsin. In other words, we don’t really see her and Blair being best buds. Although you never know. Maybe she blows all her lecture fees on Manolos.

Jay McInerney

Dan’s author of choice was played by real-life famous author Jay McInerney. McInerney, who appeared in Gossip Girl once before in the beginning of Season 2, is the author of Bright Lights, Big City. Apparently the big city still has him so dazzled that he’s willing to appear on teen soap operas about it.



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