Are Cotillions the New Raves?

Does anyone else think it’s funny that both The OC and Gossip Girl aired episodes centering around a Cotillion? We realize both shows were created by
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Does anyone else think it’s funny that both The OC and Gossip Girl aired episodes centering around a Cotillion? We realize both shows were created by
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Does anyone else think it’s funny that both The OC and Gossip Girl aired episodes centering around a Cotillion? We realize both shows were created by the same guy, Josh Schwartz. Even still, such a random plot coincidence (who goes to a Debutante ball outside of the South? Unless you're like at the Crillion?) caught us off guard. Not only that, but it was difficult to embrace the cotillion fashion - that seemed a lot like the "Masked Ball" fashion, but without the great makeup - woven throughout the episode. Who wants to see Blair Waldorf dressed up like the Bush twins? But back to the Cotillion coincidence - surely there's something else that can happen in a Josh Schwartz show? Or maybe the next thing you know, Serena’s going to shoot Chuck in order to save Nate’s life, and that’s when we’ll know for sure that Gossip Girl may not be the best use of our time. Hopefully it won't happen.