Gossip Girl

Season 4 Episode 17

Empire Of The Son

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2011 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Ben's mother comes to the city, forcing the issue between Ben and Serena. Meanwhile, Russell Thorpe tries to destroy Chuck's family legacy, but then he has to risk his daughter Raina, in the process. Also, William van der Woodsen returns to the Upper East Side. Also the tension between Dan and Blair rises to an all new level.moreless

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  • Something fresh and new for us

    This episode had just everything! -Season 2 "flashback"( Bart Bass was more awful than we thought...shocker/sarcasm), but I always like when series remember their pasts somehow. - Parents/Children emotional moments :D Loved when Lily said she was doing all that for Serena.Russell/Raina scene was pretty cute. Chuck and the past with his father(I'm glad they have that all back, I always liked seeing this side of chuck). Even Ben/His mother whole situation showed how intersting these relationships are.

    -Dorota freaking out about Blair having an affair with dan. Come on, who didn't laugh at her facial expression?? priceless

    -Nate/raina relatioship. Fine, I know it's probably temporary, but someone finally likes this guy because of himself! He's always just the handsome guy who walks around and gets the girls...it was nice to see him giving the girl a heartfelt advice, going to watch a game. Nice.



    Let me say a few things before CBs start killing me, hear me out, please:

    I get a lot of people consider Cb epic, endgame(I did, nowadays I just like them without considering that).

    But, we all have to admit that change is not good, it's great. CB fans were asleep all this time (GG was soo boring) but now, they're awake again, ready to fight or realizing that all they needed was another couple.

    Other fans, the ones that didn't ship CB but had to forget about it because it seemed like any GG fan HAD to ship them, are finding options other than CB to ship strongly.

    It's wrong to be mad if the writers want to try another couple. The show isn't about SD or CB but about the characters' lives, like any other life, they don't HAVE to be with anyone... only time will say what will happen. GG isn't in its final season yet!

    Now...about the episode itself

    That final scene was just exciting! Dan wandering in the streets, Blair mocking him, their fear and then the expectation... Blair grabbing him and then ...xoxo

    Couldn't help but scream (happily/anxiously) at the sudden ending!!

    All I can say is that, it's been awhile since I screamed that much bc of GG.moreless
  • No more Raina!

    Am I the only one who just can't stand this character? She's meant to mix things up but I can't decide if its the actress not being a good enough actress or just the character being crap! I find myself wanting to fast forward on the remote every time she is on screen. She is just boring. If it wasn't for Chuck or Nate being in the same scene as her I probably would have.

    However, I love the way these final episodes are building in the intensity towards the season finale. I'm sure as usual it will go out with a bang... but maybe not so literal this time.moreless
Ryan Silverman

Ryan Silverman

Manhattan Assistant D.A.

Guest Star

Marsha Dietlein Bennett

Marsha Dietlein Bennett

Cynthia Sharp

Guest Star

William Baldwin

William Baldwin

Dr. William van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman

Russell Thorpe

Recurring Role

David Call

David Call

Ben Donovan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Blair: What's going on? Is everything okay?
      Dan: I've been walking around the city all night with one all consuming, paralyzing thought.
      Blair: Why am I walking around the city when I live in Brooklyn?
      Dan: What if my dad and Dorota were right? What if there's another reason we're keeping us a secret?
      Blair: Another reason like what?
      Dan: Plausible deniability. Blair, we kept us a secret because we were afraid we're something more.
      Blair: You need to go back to Brooklyn.
      Dan: Not until I know for sure they were wrong. That there is nothing between us.
      Blair: I can guarantee it. But just so you're secure in that knowledge, what did you have in mind?
      Dan: Just one kiss. Then we can know without a doubt.
      Blair: I suppose that would work. One kiss, that's that.
      Dan: One kiss and that's that. So?
      Blair: So. (Blair and Dan stare at each other) Oh, for crying out loud, Humphrey. (Grabs Dan and kisses him)

    • Dorota: I have a sixth sense.
      Blair: You have no sense.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 9, 2011 on ITV2/ITV 2 HD
      Turkey: March 29, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: May 4, 2011 on FEM
      Sweden: May 15, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: March 24, 2012 on Prima LOVE


    • The title of this episode is a reference to the 1987 movie Empire of the Sun starring Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, and Nigel Havers.