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Gossip Girl - (S04E07)

Drama . Comedy . Romance

Blair is caught off-guard – and not in a good way – by a surprise guest at her birthday party. Having had enough of Chuck and Blair’s games, Serena and Nate decide to plan an intervention.

Episode Title: War at the Roses
Airs: 2010-11-1 at 09:00 pm
  • Cristina Kinon

    While it remains to be seen if Gossip Girl will take the plot plunge "The O.C." did after its first season, the beginning here is encouraging.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Gossip Girl is eye candy, and mind candy, as pretty as a perfectly prepared martini--one that some nasty, picture-perfect have-it-all may or may not have drugged.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Welcome to the tawdry, tantalizing and altogether terrific world of Gossip Girl.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Packing a sharp designer shiv, this clever saga of haves vs. have-mores proves the East Coast can be as enjoyably sudsy as the West.

    Time Full Review
  • John Maynard

    At times, it's overboard and maybe a bit giggle-inducing, like watching little kids play dress-up. But overboard is exactly where Gossip Girl wants to be--and what viewers must embrace when taking the guilty plunge.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The cast is as good as its target demo, but I admire its fleet pace and sly craft. [21 Sep 2007, p.72]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Some of the lines are witty, and while parents won't approve of all that goes on, the kids talk about much more than they actually do.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Gossip Girl offers a fun, juicy mix of popular music and melodrama.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Your feelings about Gossip Girl will depend on just how guilty you are willing to feel about your guilty pleasures. It can be entertaining to watch adults throw around money, attitude, and alcohol on soap operas; it can be grotesque to see teenagers doing the same things.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's very well-done teen angst, but at the same time made me feel very old and slightly pervy while watching it.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Gossip Girl actually isn't bad by the standards of the medium--with "The Hills" pretty much being the standard--and it's even surprisingly competent.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It's a sleek, glossy, musically enhanced soap opera centered on wealthy, gorgeous high school students who connive and cavort to the sound of Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Peter Bjorn and John, Angels & Airwaves, and Timbaland.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Gossip Girl hardly breaks any new ground.

    Variety Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    The prep-school soap opera Gossip Girl is not as good--that is, not as bad, not quite so fabulously trashy--as the best-selling series of young-adult novels on which it's based.

    Slate Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Gossip Girl should be a good ride, at least until all the characters become more and more likable and there's no conflict or tension anymore, and then you have to kill off the weakest one just to get people to pay any attention.

    Salon Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The main action is pretty much standard soap fare.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Marisa LaScala

    If you strip away the designer shoes and drinks, the show is left with all the hallmarks of a typical teen melodrama.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    But it's not just that the Gossip Girl cast lacks chemistry. Among these characters and threaded through these predictable, thin stories, there's precious little of anything that approaches sweetness, kindness, altruism or heart.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Gossip Girl lacks the heart, humor and sweetness that balanced out the soapy happenings on "The O.C."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • John Leonard

    I don’t care whether Serena (Blake Lively) and Blair (Leighton Meester) can ever be best friends again after what happened with Blair’s boyfriend before Serena ran off to boarding school is not just because I’m an old fart.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    It's one of the worst new series--but for its cardboard acting and writing, not for the morals.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    It's a nasty piece of work filled with underage sex, vulgar, hateful kids and references to young girls that are flat-out ugly and disrespectful.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Slick, cynical teen soap nonsense.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    It's so consumed with its of-the-moment zeitgeist embodiment that it forgets to give its characters any depth beyond their reshaped noses.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Gossip Girl is a bad mix of the popular book series by Cecily von Ziegesar and the production talents of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who made "The O.C."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    I hate it.

    Kansas City Star Full Review

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