Despite being made into movies over 20 years earlier than the prequel trilogy, the events of the original trilogy begin 19 years after the concluding events of the prequel trilogy. The three movies in the original trilogy are Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode 6: The Return of the Jedi.

The first movie in the trilogy begins with Darth Vader having almost completed his massive space station, known as the Death Star. The Death Star has been built in order to allow Vader and Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious) to crush the growing rebellion against their evil empire.

Vader catches one of the rebellion’s leaders, Princess Leia, who has stolen plans to the Death Star. Luckily, these plans are stored in the droid R2-D2 who, with his partner C-3PO, is able to escape to the planet Tatooine. Here, the droids are found by Luke Skywalker. As Luke is trying to clean up R2-D2 he triggers a message that Leia has left for Obi Wan Kenobi, who happens to live on Tatooine.

Luke and the droids seek out Obi Wan Kenobi. Obi Wan tells Luke of his father’s greatness (initially telling Luke that his father died in a battle with Darth Vader) and begins to teach him about the force. Obi Wan and Luke hire Han Solo and his partner Chewbacca the wookie to take them to join the rebels in their fight against Vader.

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In All About My Brother, a gossip wars flares between Blair and Jenny as each tries to outdo the other with ridiculous and embarrassing half truths. While the gossip war between the two may provide entertainment, it really acts as fuel to the fire when it leads to the revelation of two out of three huge secrets that are dropped in this episode. Serena, Asher and Eric are the ones keeping back secrets, but when Jenny finds herself caught up in the mess she dives right in instead of running the other way. Blair and Georgina play roles that they know best, instigators.

Dan finds out about Asher’s secret relationship, with an unknown male, and tries to warn Jenny after realizing that Asher is not about to own up to it. When Gossip Girl gets wind of the rumor Jenny finds out the truth directly from Asher who makes light of the situation and acts like Jenny was supposed to already know. Instead of walking away from the entire situation Jenny thinks only of keeping up with her friends and decides to play along with Asher.

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Moon River is one of the most memorable songs from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and it is fitting that the Blair’s own Breakfast scene opened with the tunes from Moon River. In fact, all the songs paired to Blair’s scenes are right on. Other songs and groups featured on Gossip Girl in this episode that you should look out for are; Rippin’ Up The Disco by Kylie Minogue, Drive Me Crazy by Miss Eighty 6 and finally On the Run by Classic.

Rippin Up The Disco tears out as Blair heads to the bar at Butter thinking very well of herself and how she has handled her friends and the whole Jenny issue. Drive Me Crazy also plays on as Blair dines by herself at Butter, and finally On The Run begins as Blair waits for the rest of the girls to join her at the restaurant.

Another song that has been getting a lot of buzz is Sour Cherry by the Kills which played as Nate helped Jenny make her way coolly back into the beehive. The snappishly instigating song continued to play as Serena made her way over to Chuck’s place to apologize and reveal that Georgina was back in town. Earlier in the episode Backseat Taxi by Silvermoney plays in the background as Rufus calls Jenny while she is busying making birthday plans with her friends and wanders into Hazel’s mom’s closet.

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Episode 13 is called “A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate”– a thin blue line, that is… like the kind you hope not to see on a teenage pregnancy test. And this particular pregnancy test causes scandal after scandal.

First it’s Serena, caught buying the test and reported by none other than Gossip Girl herself. Dan finds out in about two milliseconds and promises to do the right thing. I knew he was a sweetie pie. He’s a keeper, Serena.

But Serena bought the test is for Blair, who, being the spoiled princess she is, refuses to take it. Because if Miss Princess doesn’t want to be pregnant, then she’s not pregnant. Serena, well-intentioned as she is, can’t seem to mind her own business in the episode; she goes to Chuck to talk about Blair’s potential pregnancy. Chuck says it’s not his.

And Blair eventually gives in and takes the test. Crying, happy, she calls Serena to tell her that the test came out negative. She thinks that’s the end of it, but those of us who have been watching Gossip Girl TV know that it’s not. This kind of gossip doesn’t just die in the rich kid set.

Sure enough, Blair has to piss Chuck off (she’s very good at this) and he rats her out to Gossip Girl. In true Gossip Girl fashion, the whole school knows in just about three seconds (and you thought you liked cell phones!), and poor Blair is ostracized faster than you can say “teenage mom.” Seeing how quick her friends turn on her almost makes me glad I’m not rich. Almost.

The Queen Bee has been kicked off her throne.

Of course some other things happen in this episode, too. Dan tells Serena he loves her, and Serena has to deal with her emotional issues before she has the guts to tell him she loves him, too. But we know they love each other, as they’re constantly (and sometimes sickeningly) lovey-dovey, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

The big surprises fall elsewhere in the Humphrey family. Jenny’s turning almost as evil as Blair, ratting her affair with Chuck out to Nate. And it looks like she’s gonna be the new Queen Bee. And Rufus is getting popular with the ladies: two dates on one night, and a near-catfight. Good for you, Rufus!

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A&E is the place to watch the latest version of the family reality show genre started by the Osbournes on MTV. However, there are a few major differences between Gene Simmon’s Family Jewels, and the Osbournes, the zany British family led by rocker Ozzy Osbourne and boisterous wife Sharon. The Osbournes enjoyed such a huge audience mainly because the viewers really felt like they were getting a true, fly-on-the-wall view of one of rock’s first families. Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly really never came across as actors; they didn’t need to. Their own reality was so completely odd and unpredictable that watching paint dry in the Osbourne household was a privilege. However, Kiss frontman Gene “The Tongue” Simmons comes across as the lead actor in a show where his family looks to him to identify their individual roles, especially Simmons’ common-law wife, Shannon Tweed, who was once Playboy Playmate of the year. In the premiere episode we see Shannon trying to one up Gene, who announces (to the cameras) that he is planning a surprise party for her birthday. The kids respond to his announcement in a predictable fashion – with disbelief. How on Earth would daddy Gene, whose clueless approach to the real world (we see him bathing the family dog by throwing the dog into the pool and struggling to run a dishwasher), know the very basics of party planning? Also, given the theme of the first episode – that Gene is truly the King of his manse, to whom all must defer – would Gene be unselfish enough to give his time and energy to his common-law wife?

Gene and Shannon have been together for 23 years, and remain (in Gene’s view) “happily unmarried.” We learn quickly that Gene’s reluctance to commit to the woman who has borne both of the couple’s children is a source of amusement to the two teenagers, Nick and Sophie, and a source of distress to Shannon. But, does Gene care? Not if you believe what you see at the outset of the episode. Gene says to the camera “Marriage is an institution. You also have to be committed to it. If that does not sound like a nuthouse,” he says, studying his nails, “nothing does.” Shannon’s answer to Gene’s indifferent attitude is “If someone does not marry you after 23 years, it means you’re a loser.” Could you imagine Sharon Osbourne being so self-effacing? Are you kidding – Sharon was the ultimate matriarch! Shannon’s own teenage son even chimes in to support his wayward father. “It’s good being a bachelor,” he says laughing. Sad. Another future divorcee or serial monogamist in the making, compliments of Gene Simmons.

Gene then takes the cameras along for an all out bachelor night in Vegas. Just for the heck of it, he leaves his family and goes to Hooters. The girls are draped all over Gene, seeing a human cash register because there is not much else to look at. We see the Alpha male at his coolest – driving the bubbleheads around in a limousine all the while spouting out pathetic lines such as, “I believe that I should have as many women as possible and I believe you should have as many women as possible.” Please. I am humiliated for him, and for his whole family who support his delusional reality in which he is front and center. When Gene appears at home, Shannon asks how Vegas was. His reply? “There were lots of boobs and they were all bouncing into each other.” Yawn. At the end of the day, Shannon pulls a big ol’ staged surprise on Gene and plans an ambush wedding. I’m too bored to even write another word about it, but if you’re worried, Gene is still the man, the myth and the unmarried legend. In his own eyes, at least.

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