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The Most Ridiculous Storylines 'Gossip Girl' Writers Ever Came Up With

Updated May 6, 2020 1.8k votes 210 voters 2.7k views14 items

List RulesVote up the 'Gossip Girl' storylines that went off the deep end.

Gossip Girl, one of the most habit-forming shows of the 2000s (and it lives on via Netflix), features storylines that revolve around an elite group of rich kids (and a few less wealthy ones from Brooklyn) who attend a private school on the Upper East Side in New York City. The titular "Gossip Girl" is an anonymous online scribe who chronicles their every move, tabloid-style. The show isn't exactly relatable, yet viewers obsess over the craziest Gossip Girl moments, as well as the lives of these wealthy high schoolers who eventually turn into college students.

From the beginning, the show's details are questionable. High school students attending clubs and drinking at bars could hardly be considered realistic. As the years go on, however, the worst Gossip Girl storylines get more and more ridiculous. Eventually, the insanity of the show is almost too much to follow, much less explain to anyone who hasn't seen every episode.

While plenty of episodes remind viewers why they love the show so much, Gossip Girl's most shocking moments have a lot of fans questioning why they are still watching. Outlandish plots are common on many television series, but the worst Gossip Girl storylines deserve an extra-large eye roll. XOXO, everyone. And after you've voted, make sure to check out these great shows like Gossip Girl!

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    When Prince Louis Pays Chuck's Therapist To Drive Him Insane

    When Prince Louis Pays Chuck's Therapist To Drive Him Insane
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    No one can deny Chuck's growth over the course of the series. He hits a particularly high point when he tells Blair to be with Prince Louis because he brings out the best in her, whereas Chuck only brings out the worst. He even starts to see a therapist to deal with his heartache after losing Blair.

    However, the positivity is short-lived. It's revealed that Louis is actually paying Chuck's therapist. Louis wants her to turn Chuck back into an angry monster so Blair will never love him again. At this point, the Gossip Girl writers apparently discovered that physical aggression just wasn't doing the trick anymore, so they upgraded to psychological torment.

    Thankfully, Louis is found out rather quickly and Chuck doesn't undo all his good progress. Still, interfering with someone's mental healing? That's quite a drastic move. And a therapist succumbing to a bribe? So much for helping people.

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    When Chuck's Business Enemy Tries To Burn Down a Hotel With Blair Inside

    When Chuck's Business Enemy Tries To Burn Down a Hotel With Blair Inside
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    For a group of wealthy and supposedly insulated young adults living on the Upper East Side, the Gossip Girl characters face quite a few life-threatening situations - some of them bordering on preposterous. At the beginning of Season 4, for example, Russell Thorpe, an old enemy of Bart Bass, returns to town. Thorpe interferes with Chuck's business dealings, admitting he wants revenge because Bart slayed his wife. He claims Bart set fire to a building to get the insurance money while Thorpe's wife was still inside.

    Come to find out, Thorpe is lying. Nate and Chuck find evidence that Thorpe set the fire that terminated his wife because she was going to leave him for Bart. Nate reveals that information to Thorpe's daughter, Raina. Angry and vengeful, Thorpe plans to get back at Chuck and Nate by burning down Chuck's new hotel with Blair inside. Chuck manages to save her just in time, and Thorpe is apprehended.

    The real question is: Why are all these wealthy people solving their problems by trying to slay each other? Didn't their expensive educations teach them other ways of handling disagreements? Can't they afford lawyers?

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    When Dan Gets A Story Published in 'The New Yorker' As A High School Junior

    When Dan Gets A Story Published in 'The New Yorker' As A High School Junior
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    According to Gossip Girl, success comes easy in New York City, especially if you're rich. But the success these teens experience is totally unrealistic. No storyline drives that point home more than Dan Humphrey getting a story published in The New Yorker as a high school junior. 

    Dan Humphrey aspires to be a writer, and we're made to believe he has some talent. However, getting a story published in The New Yorker? That we can't believe. The New Yorker is a distinguished magazine with a history of exclusivity. Even well-known writers struggle to have their stories published in its pages. The idea that the magazine would accept a submission from a high school junior is preposterous.

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    When Rufus Loses All Of Dan's College Money In A Ponzi Scheme 

    When Rufus Loses All Of Dan's College Money In A Ponzi Scheme 
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    In Season 2, Serena starts dating Gabriel Edwards, the ex-boyfriend of her friend Poppy Lifton. Gabriel has stayed in touch with Poppy, telling Serena he needs her business contacts so he can set up his new business, which will bring the internet to children abroad. What a noble cause. Too bad it's all a lie. 

    At a party, Gabriel and Poppy have a fight and Gabriel officially cuts off their relationship. Serena feels guilty that he's lost all his business contacts, so she tells him to ask the people at her mom's party to invest. He manages to finagle hundreds of thousands of dollars from the attendees, including Rufus, who gives him all of Dan's college money, which he has earned and saved over a long time. Yet he simply hands over the money. Later, everyone finds out that Gabriel and Poppy are the masterminds behind a Ponzi scheme, and have been lying to everyone. 

     

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