Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW © 2010 The CW Network Photo: Juliet at Fashion's Night Out in Episode 4

When will the diabolical, crazy-eyed, suit-jacket-and-minidress-wearing Juliet Sharp return to Gossip Girl? Big brother Ben is still a big part of the show as Serena’s new beau, but is Juliet gone for good?

According to a recent ep, Juliet is “off doing independent study” somewhere. Doesn’t sound like much of a punishment to us for committing (conservatively) fraud, theft, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and assault... But in the world of Gossip Girl, banishment seems to be both a fearsome punishment and a legally binding one — so we’ll go with it. But will her exile stick? We don’t yet know. Katie Cassidy, who plays Juliet, was only signed to appear in thirteen episodes, which she did in the first half of the fourth season.

Our guess: Juliet won’t be returning any time soon. She and Ben were the big antagonists in the first half of season four, and her return would serve as an uncomfortable reminder of how nasty the Sharps can be. Serena’s blissful romance with Ben depends entirely on her forgetfulness about what he tried to do with her.

Luckily for their love story, she has an epically short attention span.

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