Picks and Pans Review: 3 Reasons I Love ... Dorota, Gossip Girl Domestic

updated 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

>1 SHE'S THE BOSS Anyone who watches the CW series knows to look for Zuzanna Szadkowski as Dorota, devoted Polish maid of Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). Sidling in and out of gilded rooms, percolating at the thought of sharing in Blair's glamour, Dorota reliably steals every scene.

2 SHE'S MAID TO ORDER And she fits in beautifully with the show's essential silliness: When meeting Blair on a secret assignment, Dorota wears oversized sunglasses and a black trench coat, but she doesn't remove her telltale lace headband.

3 SHE'S A ROLE MODEL Or Zuzanna Szadkowski is. Let Kelly Rutherford, Blake Lively and Chace Crawford entertain the media with their antics; Szadkowski flies well below the radar. As John Milton wrote, "They also serve who only stand and wait," but to fans, they can also rise to domestic goddess.

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