Also, Dan gets help from Louis in a desperate attempt to prevent his book from being published in a local magazine.It is revealed in this episode that Dorota is pregnant and expecting her second child.
It was announced later that Taylor Momsen, who played Jenny Humphrey since the pilot, and Jessica Szohr, who joined the series as Vanessa Abrams in season one, would not be returning for the fifth season as regulars.
Kaylee De Fer was upgraded to a series regular status in her roles as Serena's cousin, Charlie Rhodes, and aspiring actress/con artist Ivy Dickens.
Ivy, still in character as Charlie, tries to avoid her real identity from an unsuspecting Serena but her plans affects her life in L. Meanwhile, Dan learns that his former mentor, Noah Shapiro, is responsible for publishing his novel.
After his attempts at stopping Noah fail, Dan soon ends up in the spotlight. Unknowingly, Nate is persuaded by the ruthless man-eater Diana (guest star Elizabeth Hurley) to cross moral lines while interviewing a couple at the Jenny Packham fashion show.
After they split, though, their characters were still an item, which Penn recently admitted was a little weird.
While appearing on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” the 28-year-old “Cymbeline” star was asked about his best on-screen kiss. In our opinion, though, Penn’s admission is actually kind of a compliment to Blake.
Penn went on to insist that he and Blake were “consummately professional” during the last two years of “Gossip Girl,” which they filmed after breaking up.
“I think we should both pat ourselves on the back for getting through it — because, you know, anything is complicated in that way, and we handled it,” he said.
Nate reconnects with the mysterious Diana Payne (guest star Elizabeth Hurley), a woman whom he had a fling with in Los Angeles who offers him a job opportunity to work at her publishing company, called Spectator, in New York.
Meanwhile, Dan is desperately in need of help from Chuck to stop his novel from being published, but finds out that Chuck is hiding a secret. Blair's plan doesn't go accordingly; since Beatrice overhears her tell Dan that she's pregnant, not bulimic. Worrying that her identity will be revealed, Ivy decides to start making her own choice by being a part of New York's social society as Charlie.
Unfortunately, though, those relationships don’t always work out (see both examples above), which can make things super awkward if your on-screen characters are still very much together.