Gossip Girl: Season 4, Episode 17

Empire of the Son (28 Feb. 2011)

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Ben's mother comes to town, forcing issues to the surface between Ben and Serena. Russell Thorpe is determined to destroy Chuck's family legacy, but he risks alienating his daughter, Raina, in the process.



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Cynthia Sharp (as Marsha Dietlein Bennett)


Ben's (recurring guest star DAVID CALL) mother (guest star MARSHA DIETLEIN BENNETT - Little Children) comes to town, forcing issues to the surface between Ben and Serena. Meanwhile, Russell Thorpe (recurring guest star MICHAEL BOATMAN) is determined to destroy Chuck's family legacy, but he risks alienating his daughter, Raina (recurring guest star TIKA SUMPTER), in the process. Plus, recurring guest star BILLY BALDWIN appears as William van der Woodsen, Lily's ex-husband and Serena and Eric's father. Written by Anonymous

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The best episode in 2011 so far!
1 March 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Well i was quite disappointed with the second part of season 4 because the fist part was really good and i had more expectations!Except the storyline with Dan and Blair everything else wasn't really interesting...i mean who cares about Eric's feelings...But this episode changed this!Lily is in dangerous and is facing jail,Chuck learns a dark secret about his father and Ben who i didn't really like him as like many people finally he leaves....But the best part was Blair and Dan, they finally admit that they have chemistry and the end is breathtaking!well its actually a bit weird to see them together but because it's so wrong in so many ways it makes it even better.....now we will wait until April..!

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