Gossip Girl predicted this week's college cheating scandal
As Lisa Ryan points out, a Season 1 episode of the CW teen series revolved around SAT cheating similar to the allegations that have landed Felicity Huffman in hot water. In one storyline from the episode, Blair Waldorf tries to manipulate her classmate Nelly Yuki into doing poorly on the SATs because Yale only accepts one student from their class each year. There was also another SAT storyline from that episode as well, writes Ryan: "Serena van der Woodsen is a reformed party girl, who is inspired by her boyfriend Dan Humphrey (who is later revealed to be Gossip Girl himself!) to be a better student and actually study for the SATs. But when her former party buddy Georgina Sparks comes back to town, Serena agrees to go out the night before the SATs out of fear that Georgina might reveal her secret (which we later learn is that non-murder). And guess what? Georgina roofies her!!! Before the SATs!!! Oh boy. But never fear, because Serena’s soon-to-be stepbrother Chuck Bass steps up to help her out, or so she thinks. Chuck pays a girl to take the SATs for Serena (without her permission or knowledge, how rude) — just as he had also paid a guy to take the SATs for him."
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