Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 19 Recap: "Dr. Estrangeloved"

This week on Gossip Girl, we finally got to meet the often talked of but previously not seen Dr. William van der Woodsen (William Baldwin)! And his arrival coincided with many characters getting territorial: Rufus thought William was moving in on his new family; Jenny made a move on Nate; Vanessa took Dan's spot at Tisch; and Chuck tried to stop Blair from moving on.

The Good (?) Doctor

Serena and Rufus were both shocked to see William in town, and then Lily dropped a bomb on them: She's been sick (and was just been pretending that Cece relapsed as a cover). Lily mentioned "the c-word," but we still don't know many details about her illness other than it being some type of cancer. William's been secretly treating her. (William is a doctor - he's not to be confused with music producer Keith, presumably his brother whom we met in last year's '80s flashback episode. In the books, Serena's dad was named William.)

Serena and her dad tried to reconnect (Eric was conveniently in Andover with the debate team), but their 14-year gap between visits made things difficult. After William asked Serena if she wanted to go out for ice cream, he admitted that he didn't really know her too well. Serena thought he just left one day, and William explained that the plan years ago was for the whole family to move to Tibet with him, but that didn't work out and Lily opted for a divorce. Despite the awkward distance, William said he hoped to work on things, and Serena was willing to give him a second chance.

Rufus and William's feud goes way back to the grunge era, and there was no thawing on this front. Rufus kept suggesting that Lily start seeing a new doctor and he came off as being very threatened by William. It wasn't Rufus' most attractive side on display, but the man may be onto something. After bad news came that Lily had relapsed, Lily and Serena both favored Lily staying under William's care. And William then revealed his shady side while on the phone with a mystery person: William said things weren't working and asked this person to write Lily another prescription, threatening blackmail if the person didn't do as told.

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