Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.) and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.), "Gossip Girl" is a one-hour drama based on the lives of privileged Manhattan prep school teens. The students first learn that Serena van der Woodsen, once the Upper East Side's most notorious party girl, is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives: from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl.
No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop. Even Serena's closest friend, Blair Waldorf, is surprised to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. Keeping track of the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world isn't easy, but it's what Gossip Girl does best.
01 - Yes, Then Zero
In the fifth season premiere, Serena loves her new job in Hollywood, but makes a costly misstep when she tries to impress her boss (recurring guest star MICHAEL MICHELE -- ER, Homicide: Life on the Street, Ali). Chuck and Nate arrive in Los Angeles as the last stop of their trip around the globe, joining Serena at a glamorous Hollywood Hills party, where Nate meets a sexy older woman (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY). Meanwhile, Blair and Louis (recurring guest star HUGO BECKER) return from Monaco and begin planning their royal wedding, but when Louis refuses to stand up to his family and support Blair's choices, his weakness threatens their relationship. Plus, a magazine is planning to run an excerpt of Dan's book until an unlikely ally steps in to help him kill the story.
02 - Beauty and the Feast
Nate reconnects unexpectedly with Diana (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY), who offers him an exciting opportunity. Serena forces Charlie to decide which world she wants to embrace. Dan seeks out Chuck's help to stop the publication of his book, but discovers it is Chuck who needs the help. Meanwhile, Blair's future sister-in-law, Beatrice (recurring guest star ROXANE MESQUIDA -- The Last Mistress, Kaboom), arrives from Monaco, but her motives with Blair may be more than just to get acquainted.
03 - The Jewel of Denial
At Diana's (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) request, Nate must decide whether to cross moral lines. Dan figures out who is publishing his book and seeks help to stop it, but he still ends up in the spotlight. Chuck helps Dan come to terms with his fate, just as Dan continues to try to help Chuck break through his emotional block. Plus, Serena and Charlie return to the Upper East Side from California, and a Jenny Packham fashion show is featured.
04 - Memoirs of an Invisible Dan
After much deliberation, Dan decides to gather Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck, Rufus and Lily to reveal the truth about his book in the hope that they will support him at his book party. Meanwhile, Blair and Louis (recurring guest star HUGO BECKER) enter crisis status after Louis reads Dan's book. Diana (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) learns incriminating information about one of Nate's friends and uses it to her advantage.
05 - The Fasting and the Furious
In the midst of celebrating Yom Kippur with family and friends, Blair and Louis (recurring guest star HUGO BECKER) find themselves in a power struggle with Louis' family. Serena's boss (recurring guest star MICHAEL MICHELE) puts Serena in the awkward position of choosing between her new job and her relationship with Dan. Meanwhile, Diana (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) prepares to debut the New York Spectator, but an unfortunate last-minute surprise delays the launch and Diana expects Nate to do whatever it takes to save the day.
06 - The Big Sleep No More
Blair makes all of her former minions and Charlie compete to secure the coveted bridesmaid spots in her upcoming royal wedding. Nate is tired of keeping his relationship with Diana (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) a secret, so he decides to use Charlie to make Diana jealous. Serena's boss, Jane (recurring guest star MICHAEL MICHELE) is determined to acquire the film rights to Dan's book, so Serena must put her personal feelings about Dan and the book aside in order to close the deal.
07 - I Am Number Nine
Several of our favorite Upper East Siders attend a performance of Punchdrunk's provocative theater experience "Sleep No More," which means masks, anonymity and some surprising romantic twists by the end of the evening. Meanwhile, Diana (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) sets her sights on Serena in her quest to ruin Gossip Girl. Plus, Dan is out on his book tour, but things aren't exactly as they appear to his friends and family.
08 - All the Pretty Sources
Serena is hard at work planning a dream bridal shower for Blair, but it should come as no surprise that Serena has to plant some false information about the shower in order to keep Blair from finding out all the details. Meanwhile, Chuck and Dan decide to spend the day together to distract themselves from the fact that they didn't make the invite list for Blair's shower, and Nate and Serena find a silver bullet in Diana's (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) war against Gossip Girl, but struggle about whether to use it or not.
09 - Rhodes to Perdition
Lily, Charlie and Serena eagerly anticipate the Studio 54 party being thrown in CeCe's (recurring guest star CAROLINE LAGERFELT) honor. Nate takes on a new role at the Spectator, but his first big story turns out to be about someone he knows all too well. Blair turns to an unlikely person for help.
10 - Riding in Town Cars With Boys
Lily throws Charlie a party to officially introduce her to New York society. Meanwhile, Charlie's ex-boyfriend, Max (recurring guest star BRIAN J. SMITH -- SGU Stargate Universe), throws a wrench into Charlie's future as an Upper East Side princess. Dan decides it may be time to tell Blair the truth about his feelings for her.
11 - The End of the Affair?
Through a series of emotional flashbacks, Blair reveals to Serena what really happened in the aftermath of her tragic car accident with Chuck. Meanwhile, Nate discovers information about the accident that suggests possible foul play. Lily is worried by Charlie's long absence and decides to hire a private detective to track her down. VERA WANG makes a cameo as herself at Blair's dress fitting.
12 - Father and the Bride
Blair prepares to celebrate her upcoming royal wedding with a bachelorette party, but others scheme behind her back to make this a night to remember. After discovering the truth behind Chuck and Blair's car accident, Nate joins forces with a surprising ally to gather the evidence. Serena and Dan pretend to be dating again to protect someone close to them.
13 - G.G
The much-anticipated 100th episode will open with a musical dream sequence featuring Serena, Blair and all the men in their lives. Also, while Chuck wrestles with the reality that Blair is about to walk down the aisle with Prince Louis (recurring guest star HUGO BECKER), the return of Georgina Sparks (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) might make the royal affair a royal disaster.
14 - The Backup Dan
Blair must make a difficult decision about her future, the consequences of which could hurt those she loves most. Serena takes the blame for an incident with Gossip Girl in order to protect someone she loves. Georgina (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) smells the scent of scandal and decides to follow its trail.
15 - Crazy, Cupid, Love
It's Valentine's Day on the Upper East Side and Blair can't resist playing cupid for someone she loves. Georgina (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) is intent on stirring up more drama, so she decides to crash Nate's Valentine's Day party. Meanwhile, Serena is shocked by something she witnesses at the party. Musical group ST. VINCENT performs.
16 - Cross Rhodes
Dan feels honored when he learns that comedy troupe Upright Citizen's Brigade is performing excerpts from his book, Inside. Blair tries to prove Serena's suspicions wrong in order to save their friendship. And, on her way out of town, Ivy ends up on a collision course with the van der Woodsens.
17 - The Princess Dowry
Blair thinks a potential loophole may have been found in her pre-nuptial agreement. Chuck and Georgina (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) partner up in a scheme, but it has an unpredictable outcome. Meanwhile, a family crisis brings William van der Woodsen (recurring guest star BILLY BALDWIN) back to the Upper East Side.
18 - Con Heir
Chuck invites Jack (recurring guest star DESMOND HARRINGTON) to town to thank him for saving his life, but finds the trip doesn't go exactly as planned. Blair and Dan attempt to consummate their new relationship -- but unexpected roadblocks get in their way. Meanwhile, Ivy finds an unlikely ally in William (recurring guest star BILLY BALDWIN) in her quest to be accepted on the Upper East Side, and Nate is hopeful a new investor will save his newspaper.
19 - It Girl, Interrupted
Serena decides she is ready to relinquish the spotlight and sets out to make a reluctant Lola (recurring guest star ELLA RAE PECK -- The Good Wife) the next It Girl of the Upper East Side, starting with modeling at a Kiki de Montparnasse party and lingerie show. Meanwhile, Chuck reaches out to Blair for advice about his past, and Diana Payne's (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) return to The Spectator starts a power struggle with Nate.
20 - Salon of the Dead
To celebrate their official coming out as a couple, Blair and Dan host a glamorous British-themed Salon, including guests JULIAN TEPPER and JENNA GRIBBON (founders of The Oracle Club). Lola (recurring guest star ELLA RAE PECK) lands the audition of a lifetime, but Gossip Girl may have other plans for the Upper East Side's latest It Girl. Meanwhile, Lily and Rufus disagree over the best way to handle the Ivy situation, and Serena and Diana (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) face off over secrets they both would prefer remain secrets.
21 - Despicable B
Blair feels like her Upper East Side status might be slipping away and devises a plan to assure that doesn't happen. Meanwhile, Lily throws a family gathering -- including William (recurring guest star BILLY BALDWIN), Carol (recurring guest star SHEILA KELLY) and Lola (recurring guest star ELLA RAE PECK) -- in an attempt to prove the van der Woodsen family is as united as ever. Finally, Nate digs into Diana's (recurring guest star ELIZABETH HURLEY) past and is surprised by what he discovers. New York Social Diary's DAVID PATRICK COLUMBIA appears in the episode as himself.