Gossip Girl: The Real Deal Report

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Looks like the New York Magazine article that chronicles just how closely each Gossip Girl episode reflects life in The Big Apple will be a weekly feature.


So here's a look at how some real New Yorkers feel about how the show depicts life on the Upper East Side...

All Alone
Okay, We'll Buy It
• According to lady narrator, on the Upper East Side, "Breakfast is brunch, and it comes with Champagne, a dress code, and a hundred of our closest friends." For New Yorkers we know, brunch comes with a hangover, your outfit from last night, and the runs. But we'd like to have it their way!

• Serena is staying at the Palace. Brunch is at the Palace. Chuck and Nate (Chace Crawford) wake up in the Palace. Chuck owns the Palace. If everything on this show is about the Upper East Side, why are they all hanging out at a hotel in midtown?

• The Humphreys are hip and artsy, you know? So they live in Williamsburg. But do real adults with kids live there? We're not so sure. Transition shots before scenes at their loft show the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, which we believe a bit more. Living in Dumbo but saying you live in Williamsburg makes much more sense

Rihanna is constantly playing, in every situation.

That's a Bit Rich
• During the recap of what happened last week, we have a delayed reaction to something. Apparently we're to believe that after her indiscretion with Nate, Serena (Blake Lively) went straight off to Connecticut and enrolled herself in boarding school. Is that even possible? Doubtful. Even Hotchkiss is not that accommodating to the rich.

• Blair descends her staircase in full Mae West garb. She's wearing a translucent dressing gown with bell sleeves and mules and what appears to be one of Alexis Carrington's old teddies. Again with Blair (Leighton Meester) and the lingerie! Maybe the show's stylists think they are really getting at the motivation of the character — fancy undies are yet another way Blair is trying to hold the interest of Nate! Interesting.

But back to reality: New York teenagers may buy their undies at Agent Provocateur, but do they wear them when lying around the house alone?

• Serena's mother visits Papa Humphrey in Williamsburg for we're not sure why. We're also not sure why there are trees in this Williamsburg. The real Williamsburg has very few trees. Life simply does not thrive there. Neither do adolescents, see above.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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