In this episode, the ultimate bomb drops on the Upper East Side: Dan finally unveils his book to his friends. Or, actually, "friends."
Dan is shown both at his highest and at his lowest this week. On one hand, his book, Inside, which details the inside lives of members of elite Upper East Siders, was extremely well-received. He garnered excellent reviews and the book shot up the Amazon rankings. He is, essentially, living every writer's dream.
Besides the fact that he is now without friends. The characters in his book are based on Nate, Serena, Chuck, and Blair, and they're not happy about their portrayals. Dan reduced Nate to a minor character (combined with Eric), who is two years younger than everyone else. Oh, and he’s also gay (which Nate is fine with). Serena’s character is strictly a party girl, and Chuck’s character dies after living a lonely life. And then, there’s the relationship between Blair’s character and Dan’s, which involves much more than just kissing.
To top it off, even Rufus is disappointed in Dan, since he was portrayed as a “has-been-turned-trophy-husband who married for money.” Throughout most of the series, Rufus has always been supportive of Dan, so it was especially heartbreaking to see Rufus’s reaction to Dan’s book.
In the background, the Nate/Diana plotline is finally beginning to take off as Diana finds out about Ivy/Charlie’s identity. In order to keep Diana quiet, Ivy agrees to work for her, while Nate is kept in the dark.
In addition, Blair and Louis are going through relationship troubles (again), when Louis sees a Gossip Girl post about Chuck and Blair, reads Inside and assumes things about Blair’s past (again). This particular storyline is wearing thin, but it’s likely that these trust issues will come up again since we are still not certain who the father of Blair’s unborn child is.
This has definitely been one of the saddest episodes of the Gossip Girl series, mainly because Dan’s book revealed the dark sides of all the characters, and they aren’t able to turn away. Chuck finally realizes that he doesn’t want to be alone forever. Serena has to face her past reputation once again. And Dan, most of all, loses everyone close to him in exchange for fame and he doesn’t seem to like the trade.
Dan and Blair kissing, except not really.
Blair: "Your novel seems to be very well punctuated, and I like the font."
Chuck: "I don't want to be the unrepentant bad boy, whom no one cares lives or dies."
Serena (to Dan): “In high school you were the only one who saw me for who I really was, or who I wanted to be…. Do you even remember the girl that you fell in love with, or just that she got so drunk on Thanksgiving that she got grazed by a taxi?”