During “Gossip Girl” Season 1, Episode 3, it-girl Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander) is struggling to get her groove back after her longtime boyfriend Obie Bergmann (Eli Brown) breaks up with her and begins dating her younger half-sister Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak). She tries to move on to no avail, until her friend Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty) offers to take her out for a night of partying to raise her spirits.
During their time out, an intoxicated Julien bonds with a mysterious blonde woman (Elizabeth Lail) by venting about relationship problems. The woman relates to Julien’s struggles: Her boyfriend of one year refuses to go public with their relationship. However, when Julien emerges, she catches the woman with her father Davis (Luke Kirby), who’s supposed to be on a business trip in Berlin.
Thanks to some research, Julien discovers she’s an aspiring musician named Lola Morgan, who just so happens to have caught her Grammy-winning producer father’s eye. Given that Julien and Davis’ relationship was recently strained by the revelation that she and Zoya had been in secret communication for years, Lola’s introduction shook things up even more.