this episode took the phrase "meta" to a whole new level. The show based on a book series that is all about peering into people's lives from the outside just got another book published by one of its own characters and is soon going to have a movie courtesy of one of its other characters. How many more layers can we add onto this mess? Dan's book sure has the Upper East Side in a tizzy, and no one but Chuck seems to see what good can come of it.
Season 5, Episode 4 ("Memoirs of an Invisible Dan") pitted the reality of our favorite characters and against the fiction, and tonight's best quotes show how blurry that line really is.
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Chuck Bass (to Dan): "The artist must stand alone to observe the crowd, right?"
Who knew that the one thing Chuck Bass might have in common with Vanessa Abrams would be a respect for Dan Humphrey? She would fall off the TV screen if she hadn't already been banished from it last season.
Alessandra Steele (to Dan): "Don't shave. It makes you look like a real writer."
Why didn't someone tell Dan this years ago? He would have gotten published before the show even started!
Louis Grimaldi (to Blair): "I was just reading about how some pregnant women have mood swings. Apparently, they didn't know you before the pregnancy."
Awww, even perfect Prince Charming is learning how to make cutting remarks. Looks like the UES is doing its job, after all.
Diana Payne: "Nobodies don't hide their friends, they advertise them."
Ms. Payne does make a valid point. After all, Dan's currently becoming such a somebody that losing all his friends doesn't even matter. And poor Chuck Bass has barely ever had any friends to advertise in the first place.
Chuck (to Rufus): "I'd never use a belt. I'd use a chartreuse scarf. Much softer."
Leave it to Chuck Bass to have a sense of dark humor about his own fictional death scene.
Serena van der Woodsen: "Wow, I'm pretty sure this is how every murder mystery starts."
See? Serena CAN read, all you disbelievers!
Blair Waldorf (about the book): "It was probably written by some loser who doesn't even know us."
By the end of the episode, that statement is debatable. How well does the author know his subjects after all these years?
Dan: "Stop enjoying this so much."
Chuck: "You wanted me to feel something? That's a feeling."
Chuck and Dan, BFFs. Is everyone else as confused as I am?
Dan: "I'm guessing my dad's about halfway through. Nate's probably on page 20."
Underestimating Nate Archibald's intelligence since day one. Methinks that one of these days, pretty boy is going to rise up and outsmart us all...
Jane: "Not everything is about Serena."
Oh, famous movie producer, how wrong you are... When is everyone going to learn that at the end of the day, everything is about Serena?
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