Gossip Girl

Season 3 Episode 20

It's a Dad, Dad, Dad World

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 03, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Serena's father, Dr. William van der Woodsen, returns to the Upper East Side and ensues conflict with Serena, Lily, and Rufus. Because of Jenny's recent actions, Serena's and Jenny's step-sister bond enxounters an obstacle. Blair finds the college where she belongs when she visits the Colombia campus. Dan discoves another secret that Vanessa has been hiding from him.moreless

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  • Dr. William van der Woodsen uses all the benefits that come with the title. Serena conforms with the stereotypes of being a BLOND!!!

    Doctors consider themselves as Gods and mare mortals sure fortify this status. Serena makes all the bad decisions a person could make in a lifetime. I really don't like her because Rufus conducted himself as a father should have and she treats him as a stranger. How can she even trust the Dr. when he left his family? I don't believe a real father could do this to his children and Serena is stupid enough to indulge herself in fairytales.

    I am happy about the relationship between Lily and Chuck. We can really see, Chuck cares about her and I would like to see more of them in the future. I can't wait to see what will happen to dear Willy then Chuck finds out the mischief behind the treatment. Jenny and Chuck .. a very dangerous pair to mess with. I could see a future relationship ... not a healthy one but extremely dangerous even more so than Blair. Thank God Vanessa will go away because I don't stomach her, she is so false and annoying. Dan and Vanessa are the worst pair.moreless
  • Will comes to town and tries to take back he's family.

    I enjoyed the episode but I have a few things I didn't like. Why can't Lily see it's hurting Rufus with Will back and second this I had a laugh at Vanessa saying she was meeting someone for drinks one can only assume that meant alcoholic drinks for one Vanessa is 19 and in America it is illegal as the age for drinking is 21 and second she is 19 whos says that when they are 19.

    Rufus and Lily need to start being parents Jenny is out of control how can they not see it and Serena needs a good slap for how she is treating the Humphreys.moreless
  • Storylines this week: 'Queen B Returns', 'Blonde vs. Blonde-er', as well as 'My Daddy Issues and Me.'

    In my opinion, "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World" seemed like one of the best of the season. I love when they overlap storylines, and this episode is no exception.

    Seeing Blair return the way she was in seasons one and two is like eating delicious pizza after being hungry for a very long time. It was satisfying and it just felt right; I like the new, mature Blair but with a little "Queen B" on the side. The interaction between Nate and Blair was much appreciated, since I wondered if they had been friends for most of the season. I look forward to seeing how Blair will rule at Columbia like she did at Constance.

    I find the fight between Serena and Jenny extremely entertaining. They have never really fought longer than an episode, and you could see tension between the two blondes ever since in "The Sixteen Year-Old Virgin." It was interesting to see the drug dealing storyline being brought up again, which makes me wonder if Damien will ever make a return appearance.

    Surprisingly, I liked the daddy issue storyline more than I expected. The passive aggressiveness and tension between the entire 'van der Woodsen-Humphrey' family at breakfast was perfectly done. And once again, Eric was awesome. It is good to see that someone is being a little wiser about the situation than Serena and Lily, who almost immediately accept Will.

    Also surprisingly, I did not think Dan and Vanessa were extremely boring. They were borderline boring, yes, but at least there was some good drama and sweet moments instead of the eye-rolling 'Tisch writing' story.

    All in all, this episode was interesting and felt like vintage Gossip Girl. Can't wait for next week!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chuck: I want to apologize. My absence has been inexcusable.
      Lily: Well, I know my situation brings up a lot of issues for you. You've had to deal with so much loss.
      Chuck: But I'm not gonna lose you. I'm here for you, every step of the way.

    • Dr. Van Der Woodsen: I have a lot to make up for.
      Eric: I'm sorry. The window for that closed somewhere between my 12th birthday and, um my suicide attempt.

    • Gossip Girl: What do you say Serena? Who's your daddy? XOXO, Gossip Girl

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Svět patří otcům (The World Belongs to Fathers)

    • Featured Music:
      "Salvation" by Scanners
      "Animal" by Neon Trees
      "Forever Young" by Last Gang
      "Let's See It" by We Are Scientists
      "Audience" by Cold War Kids

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 2, 2010 on 'A'
      United Kingdom: May 5, 2010 on ITV2
      Sweden: May 16, 2010 on Kanal 5
      Norway: May 24, 2010 on FEM
      Turkey: June 15, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: October 3, 2010 on Doma
      Czech Republic: January 15, 2012 on Prima LOVE