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The Handmaiden's Tale 

Dan's childhood pal Vanessa returns to town and tells him she wants to be more than friends; Blair does her best to keep party crashers out of the masquerade ball, but a disguised Dan and ... See full summary »



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Dan's childhood pal Vanessa returns to town and tells him she wants to be more than friends; Blair does her best to keep party crashers out of the masquerade ball, but a disguised Dan and Jenny sneak in; Lily hopes to provoke jealousy in Bart by asking Rufus to be her date at an event. Written by Anonymous

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24 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Jenny Humphrey: Well, that's all of it.
Blair Waldorf: Thank you so much I don't know what I would've done without you.
Jenny Humphrey: That's okay, yeah it was fun.
Blair Waldorf: I'm glad. It's all part of your education and it looks like your learning, that's a nice bracelet. Vintage right? The diamonds look real.
Jenny Humphrey: That's cause they sort of are. The man at the store lent it to me.
Blair Waldorf: Why would he do that? Oh, oh sweetie you didn't think you were gonna be able to come tonight right?
Jenny Humphrey: I thought, maybe yeah.
Blair Waldorf: Jenny, freshmans don't get to go to the masked ball ...
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Jessica Szohr Makes Her Debut!
17 April 2015 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Dan's world is turned upside down when his childhood friend, Vanessa, returns home unannounced and reveals that she's in love with him. Dan is still bitter over the fact that Vanessa broke his heart and left. Serena invites Dan to the infamous masked ball, but gets discouraged when she hears another woman's (Vanessa) voice in the room. She decides to invite somebody else instead. Blair makes it abundantly clear that Jenny is not to attend the Masked Ball. After getting advice from Vanessa, they both decide to attend the ball in disguise. Blair wants to start over with Nate, but Nate still has feelings for Serena. Things get chaotic when Dan attends the ball in disguise. Meanwhile, Lilly invites Rufus to a party of Blair's Mother to make somebody jealous.

This episode started off slowly, but ended up being a really memorable episode. Vanessa is annoying at first, but she really grows on you. Her bubbly personality is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the love triangle storyline in this one. It made things really intense and emotional. For the first time, I actually thought Dan was a jerk. I completely understood his struggle and what he was going through, but the way he went about it was all wrong. Lying makes things worse! Watching Dan get caught up in a web of lies was a bit heart wrenching to watch. I'm still not fully sure how I feel about Nate. I don't mind him, but he just seems "there" a lot of the time. There are times I'm really into his plight, others where I'm indifferent. I love the way Jenny is evolving. She showed a completely different side in the previous episode, and that is enhanced here. Wait until you see what she does to Chuck! Revenge is sweet. Blair continues to annoy me with her self-absorbed personality. Lilly and Rufus don't have much screen time, but their storyline is really heating up, and I'm enjoying it. The ending is filled with some terrific drama. I love how Serena and Dan are progressing. I'm also anxious to see what they do with Vanessa. I felt Jessica Szohr did an awesome job.


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