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Gossip Girl is a teen drama, premiered on September 19, 2007 in the United States on The CW. Gossip Girl is based on the young-adult book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar, and was developed for television by The O.C. creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The series follows the lives of the young, wealthy social elite residing in Upper East Side, Manhattan, and is narrated by an unseen and seemingly omniscient character, "Gossip Girl", whose blog is widely read among the characters.

After the first three episodes were aired, the series received a full season order of twenty-two episodes from The CW. Due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, only thirteen episodes were produced. Once the strike ended, The CW announced five more episodes to be produced and aired in April and May 2008. Despite earning low ratings during the first part of the first season, it was announced in March 2008 that the series was renewed for a second season since it "hits a bulls-eye with The CW's target demographic of females 18 to 34" and the episodes are among the most downloaded on iTunes. When the series began to air again in April, however, The CW stopped offering online streaming on their website in an apparent effort to boost ratings though in July 2008 The CW decided to put back the online streaming of the show's episodes on their website again. On November 9, 2009, Gossip Girl went on hiatus during January and February in order to boost ratings with no repeats in the Spring. Life Unexpected has taken its timeslot. Gossip Girl returns on March 8th with new episodes through May to finish out its third season, it will return in the fall to begin season 4.

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Season 1: 2007–2008

The first season premiered on September 18, 2007 on CTV and September 19, 2007 airing at 8:00 p.m. on The CW, the original broadcast network. Repeats were aired Sundays at 8:00 p.m. before they were moved to their current time slot at 6:00 p.m. by the first season's third episode.

The pilot episode was the first television pilot of the fall 2007 season to be picked up by its network. It received mediocre ratings overall, but performed well in key demographics and is one of the most buzzed-about new shows on the Internet. Its digital video recorder ratings were high, increasing the shows profitability. The Deseret News noted that pilot presented Gossip Girl as milder than a lot of what is shown on MTV, but still warned parents of several scenes in the pilot.

This season was originally intended to have 22 episodes, but due to the Writer's Strike it was shortened to 18 episodes.

After the last episode produced before the writers' strike was aired, The CW moved the series to Monday starting on January 28, with repeats of the first season until the first post-strike episode was aired, after which it continued to be aired on Monday nights.

# Title Directed by Written by U.S. viewers
(in millions)
Original air date
1 (1) "Pilot" Mark Piznarski Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage 3.65 September 19, 2007 (2007-09-19)
Filmed entirely in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, "Gossip Girl" revolves around the privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East side and the anonymous blogger, Gossip Girl, who provides them with the latest rumors about their highly exclusive inner circle. In the series premiere, Gossip Girl is busy spreading the news that "it girl" Serena van der Woodsen has returned to Manhattan after a mysterious and self-imposed exile to boarding school. Serena's best friend, Blair Waldorf, has conflicted feelings about her friend's return since she has enjoyed being the Queen Bee during Serena's absence and might not be ready to relinquish her new position on the social ladder, not to mention the fact that she has always suspected there may be unspoken feelings between Serena and her longtime boyfriend, Nate Archibald. 
2 (2) "The Wild Brunch" Mark Piznarski Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage 2.48[1] September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)

In the wake of the scandalous Kiss on the Lips party, Serena receives an icy cold reception from her best friend Blair, who reveals that she knows Serena slept with her boyfriend, Nate, before mysteriously running off to boarding school. As if it couldn't get any chillier, Serena decides to take Dan to arch-enemy Chuck's fundraiser brunch at The Palace, and Jenny seeks advice from Blair, who realizes she may have something to gain by allowing Jenny into her inner circle.

Title comes from the 1969 movie The Wild Bunch
3 (3) "Poison Ivy" J. Miller Tobin Felicia D. Henderson 2.75[2] October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)

As the Upper East Side teens from Constance Billard and St. Jude's prepare for a much-anticipated visit from the Ivy League representatives, Blair uncovers a scandalous secret about Serena that may not remain a secret much longer. Dan has his heart and future set on the coveted usher position for the Dartmouth rep, only to be beat out by Nate, who has no interest in the school despite pressure from his controlling father, The Captain. Meanwhile, Jenny bonds with Serena's younger brother, Eric, and Rufus must swallow his pride and ask Lily for a favor to help his son, Dan.

Title comes from the 1992 movie Poison Ivy
4 (4) "Bad News Blair" Patrick Norris Joshua Safran 2.80[3] October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)

Blair is thrilled when her mother, Eleanor, chooses her to be the new face of her clothing line. However, Blair's happiness soon turns to feelings of betrayal and jealousy when Serena moves into the spotlight and Blair finds herself back in Serena's shadow. Meanwhile, Serena and Dan are reminded once again that they come from two very different worlds, and Nate and Chuck indulge in a boys' weekend to blow off steam after Ivy Week.

Title comes from the 1976 movie Bad News Bears
5 (5) "Dare Devil" Jamie Babbit Lenn K. Rosenfeld 2.41[4] October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17)

Dan makes elaborate plans to impress Serena on their first official date. The same night, Jenny is invited to the infamous Blair Waldorf sleepover and finds herself in a high stakes game of "truth or dare." Meanwhile, when Lily discovers that Eric (Connor Paolo) is missing from his treatment center, she finds herself seeking help from her ex-boyfriend, Rufus.

Titles comes from the comic book series Daredevil
6 (6) "The Handmaiden's Tale" Norman Buckley Jessica Queller 2.54[5] October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)

Dan is torn between two girls when his childhood friend, Vanessa, returns home and declares her feelings for him, just as he and Serena are trying to figure out what they mean to each other. At the infamous masked ball, Blair sends Nate on a scavenger hunt, but Nate is ultimately still distracted by his feelings for Serena. Although Blair makes it perfectly clear that outsiders are not welcome, a disguised Jenny and Dan sneak into the ball. Finally, Lily asks Rufus to accompany her to an Eleanor Waldorf event in order to make Bart Bass jealous.

Title comes from the 1985 book The Handmaid's Tale
7 (7) "Victor, Victrola" Tony Wharmby K.J. Steinberg 2.52[6] November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07)

After surviving the on-again/off-again nature of their new relationship, Serena and Dan finally acknowledge they are crazy about each other, despite their polar opposite worlds that constantly threaten to pull them apart. Chuck contemplates investing in a burlesque club in the hopes of making his hard-to-please father, Bart, proud of him. Nate confronts his father, The Captain, about the drugs he found in the house, but his father denies having a problem. Jenny discovers a secret her father, Rufus, and mother, Alison, have been keeping from her. Finally, Blair is once again devastated by Nate's actions after Jenny reveals that Nate kissed her by accident thinking she was Serena.

Title comes from the 1982 movie Victor Victoria
8 (8) "Seventeen Candles" Lee Shallat-Chemel Felicia D. Henderson 2.95[7] November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14)

Devastated by the current state of her relationship with Nate and still dealing with the guilt from her recent indiscretion, Blair puts on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and attempts to hide the truth from her friends. Hoping to ease the tension between Serena and Vanessa, Dan takes Vanessa to Blair's party so the girls can have some bonding time, but this only ends up making Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny brings her mom home for a surprise visit, but Rufus may not be ready to forgive and forget. Nate's parents ask him to make a huge sacrifice in an effort to salvage his father's business as he faces charges of embezzlement and fraud.

Title comes from the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles
9 (9) "Blair Waldorf Must Pie!" Mark Piznarski Lenn K. Rosenfeld 2.93[8] November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)

When Dan hears that Serena and her family are spending Thanksgiving alone at The Palace, he naively invites them to spend the holiday with his family, creating an uncomfortable situation for Rufus and Lily whose children are unaware of their complicated romantic history. Meanwhile, Blair's emotions spiral out of control when she learns that her father isn't coming home for Thanksgiving. Nate spends the holiday with his mom and dad, but their awkward dinner quickly goes from bad to worse.

Title comes from the 2006 movie John Tucker Must Die
10 (10) "Hi, Society" Patrick Norris Joshua Safran 2.44[9] December 5, 2007 (2007-12-05)

Serena's plan on not attending the annual Cotillion Ball is sidetracked when her grandmother CeCe persuades her to attend; Nate sees Blair's new buoyant attitude and entrusts Chuck to find out the reason, in which he tells him that she is having an affair with St. Jude's alumni Carter Baizen, creating drama at the Ball. Blair finds out Chuck did this for personal gain and ends their affair, returning to Nate once more and consummating her love to him during a passionate night. Meanwhile, Jenny attends the ball despite it being on the same night as Alison's art gallery opening.

Title comes from the 1956 movie High Society
11 (11) "Roman Holiday" Michael Fields Jessica Queller 1.81[10] December 19, 2007 (2007-12-19)

When Blair's father, Harold, comes home for the holidays with an unexpected guest -- his boyfriend, Roman -- Blair finds it difficult to hide her disappointment and hatches a plan to get rid of Roman for good. Jenny and Vanessa help Serena plan the best Christmas surprise ever for Dan, who may have a surprise of his own in mind for Serena. Chuck texts Blair that Nate has joined him in Monaco, worrying Blair that Chuck may disclose the details of their hook-up. Rufus refuses to remain the understanding husband any longer after Alison's former lover calls the house.

Title comes from the 1953 movie Roman Holiday
12 (12) "School Lies" Tony Wharmby Lenn K. Rosenfeld 2.19[11] January 2, 2008 (2008-01-02)

Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and their entourage break into the school swimming pool for a night of fun, but when a member of their group nearly drowns, the school threatens to expel the person responsible for the break-in. Everyone agrees to keep a secret pact and say nothing, but it ultimately creates major tension between Serena and Dan, who isn't sure he's ready to take the fall for someone else and risk his future. Vanessa is working on a documentary project about private schools and accidentally captures Blair and Chuck discussing their affair. Lily contemplates telling Rufus how she really feels about him.

Title comes from the 1992 movie School Ties
13 (13) "The Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate" Norman Buckley Felicia D. Henderson 2.27[12] January 9, 2008 (2008-01-09)

Gossip Girl takes pleasure in reporting that Serena van der Woodsen was spotted buying pregnancy tests. Of course, on the Upper East Side, the truth is often even juicier and more scandalous than the gossip, and this time is no exception. Later it is revealed that Serena bought the pregnancy tests for Blair, who is unsure of who the father would be - Chuck or Nate. Chuck's jealously over Nate and Blair's reconciliation pushes him to reveal a few home truths to Gossip Girl and knock Queen B off her throne and end his bromance with Nate.

Title comes from the 1996 movie A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
14 (14) "The Blair Bitch Project" J. Miller Tobin K.J. Steinberg 2.50[13] April 21, 2008 (2008-04-21)

Having been recently dethroned as Queen Bee in the last episode by Gossip Girl, with an assist from scheming "little J", Blair hesitantly returns to school with the support of her BFF, Serena. Meanwhile, Serena struggles to adjust to her new living arrangements with her future step-brother, Chuck, while receiving disturbing packages from an unknown sender. Jenny's drive to be popular hits an all-new time high when she does something illegal to fit in with her new Upper East Side friends.

Title comes from the 1999 movie The Blair Witch Project
15 (15) "Desperately Seeking Serena" Michael Fields Felicia D. Henderson 2.53[14] April 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)

Serena's Upper East Side world is turned upside down when her former partner in all things bad, Georgina Sparks, returns to Manhattan to stir up trouble and Serena's past. When Dan notices that Serena seems preoccupied he jumps to the conclusion that it must have something to do with Serena's new roomie and soon-to-be step-brother, Chuck. Nate finds romance with the last person he was expecting to connect with, Vanessa. Jenny meets a new guy, Asher Hornsby, who just might be her ticket to permanent popularity. Finally, Blair hatches a secret plan to sabotage her biggest rival, Nelly Yuki.

Title comes from the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan
16 (16) "All About My Brother" Janice Cooke Paul Sciarrotta 2.12[15] May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)

Georgina informs Serena that she is prepared to reveal damaging information from Serena's past, but no one is prepared for what Georgina does next. Blair and Jenny escalate their "popularity war" by spreading scandalous rumors about each other through Gossip Girl. Dan witnesses Jenny's new boyfriend, Asher, cheating on her, but Jenny refuses to listen to her brother's warning. Rufus goes to Lily for advice on how to handle Jenny's recent out-of-character behavior.

Title comes from the 1999 movie All About My Mother
17 (17) "Woman on the Verge" Tony Wharmby Joshua Safran 2.71[16] May 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)

As a result of Georgina revealing the true reason that Serena fled Manhattan for boarding school, Serena falls back into her old habits and Blair, Nate and Chuck must put their complicated feelings for each other aside to help their friend. Unfortunately, Serena is too ashamed to share the truth with Dan, leaving him only to assume the worse about his girlfriend. Rufus is thrilled when his band is invited to perform at a Rolling Stone-sponsored concert, but Lily is the last person on earth he expects to see at the performance, especially since her wedding rehearsal dinner is the same night.

Title comes from the 1988 movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
18 (18) "Much 'I Do' About Nothing" Norman Buckley Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage 3.00[17] May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)

With her best friend Serena's life and reputation on the line, Blair decides to take matters into her own hands in dealing with the manipulative and evil Georgina. With Rufus never far from her thoughts, Lily prepares for her wedding day which is destined to be the Upper East Side's social event of the year. Serena finally pours out her heart and the truth about her past to Dan, but will it prove to be too late to save their relationship?

Title comes from the Shakespearean play Much Ado About Nothing

Season 2: 2008–2009

The second season began on September 1, 2008, starting at the end of the summer instead of the more conventional start in the fall along with larger TV networks.

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 (19) "Summer, Kind of Wonderful" J. Miller Tobin Joshua Safran September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01) 3.38[18]

As the summer draws to a close in the Hamptons, Serena and Nate have everyone fooled into thinking they are a couple to cover up the fact that Nate has been hooking up with an older, married woman named Catherine (guest star Madchen Amick). Blair returns from abroad with a hot guy on her arm (guest star Patrick Heusinger), making a very jealous Chuck (Ed Westwick) question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport. Dan has spent the summer assisting a famous author (guest star Jay McInerney), and clearly still has one certain girl on his mind, which results in him going after her. While interning for Eleanor Waldorf's company, Jenny sneaks an invite to a much-coveted Hamptons' White Party at which Eric introduces her to socialite Tinsley Mortimer.

Title comes from the 1987 movie Some Kind of Wonderful
2 (20) "Never Been Marcused" Michael Fields[19] Stephanie Savage[19] September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08) 3.16[20]

Blair is over the moon that she is dating royalty and has every intention of becoming a royal herself, but a scheming Chuck has other plans for Blair and her new love. Meanwhile, Nate learns the downside to having an affair with Catherine when he keeps getting caught in his lies and learns his family has gone bankrupt due to his father jumping bail. Dan and Serena deal with their new found relationship. Serena wants time to figure out what this all means for the two, but she just cannot get Dan out of her thoughts.

Title comes from the 1999 movie Never Been Kissed
3 (21) "The Dark Night" Janice Cooke John Stephens September 15, 2008 (2008-09-15) 3.73[21]

In a humorous twist, Blair questions the lack of passion in her relationship with Marcus, while at the same time Chuck appears to have lost his "passion" for any woman other than Blair. Meanwhile, Nate struggles between his feelings for Vanessa and his more-complicated-by-the-day relationship with Catherine. Jenny risks losing her internship when Eleanor catches Jenny critiquing one of the Eleanor Waldorf designs. Whilst being stuck in a elevator due to the blackout, Dan and Serena talk about their relationship and come to the conclusion that they are totally two different people and that it won't work out for the two.

Title comes from the 2008 movie The Dark Knight
4 (22) "The Ex Files" Jim McKay Robby Hull September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22) 3.35

Blair and her minions decide to befriend the new girl Amanda (guest star Laura-Leigh) in order to sabotage her. Vanessa discovers a scandalous secret about Catherine and enlists Blair's scheming expertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, once again.

Title comes from the TV series The X-Files
5 (23) "The Serena Also Rises" Patrick Norris Jessica Queller September 29, 2008 (2008-09-29) 3.54[22]

In the midst of Fashion Week, a furious Blair learns that her mother, Eleanor, at the suggestion of her protege Jenny, has given Serena and her new socialite friend, Poppy Lifton (guest star Tamara Feldman), front row seats to the Eleanor Waldorf show. Hurt once again by Serena's popularity and her mother's betrayal, Blair decides to sabotage the show. Meanwhile, Dan starts hanging out with Chuck, but a walk on the dark side always has its risks and Dan learns that the hard way. Lily learns a secret that her new husband Bart has been keeping from her.

Title comes from the 1926 book The Sun Also Rises
6 (24) "New Haven Can Wait" Norman Buckley Alexandra McNally and Joshua Safran October 13, 2008 (2008-10-13) 3.34

After Blair and Serena get into a catfight, Serena decides to get even with Blair, who has always dreamed of attending Yale, by ditching her plans to visit Brown, and instead accepting the Dean of Yale's personal invitation to visit the school. After discovering that none of his recommendation letters for Yale were ever submitted, Dan frantically tries to figure out a way to salvage his chances of getting into the school. While on the Yale campus, Chuck is kidnapped by a group of Skull and Bones members and Nate hooks up with a co-ed.

Title comes from the 1978 movie Heaven Can Wait
7 (25) "Chuck in Real Life" Tony Wharmby Lenn K. Rosenfeld October 20, 2008 (2008-10-20) 3.03[23]

Vanessa uses the scandalous picture of Catherine and Marcus to blackmail Blair into being a nicer person, so Blair seeks revenge by enticing Chuck to seduce Vanessa. Lily and Bart throw an extravagant housewarming party and expect their children to make them proud in front of the attending press, but a rebellious Serena isn't ready to play by their rules. Meanwhile, Dan and Jenny discover a big secret that Nate has been keeping from his friends.

Title comes from the 2007 movie Dan in Real Life
8 (26) "Pret-a-Poor-J" Vondie Curtis-Hall Amanda Lasher October 27, 2008 (2008-10-27) 3.02

Jenny befriends a young model, Agnes (guest star Willa Holland), who encourages Jenny to not only explore her wild side, but also confront her boss, Eleanor Waldorf, who is attempting to "borrow" Jenny's designs. Serena meets an artist, Aaron Rose (guest star John Patrick Amedori), and realizes they have an instant chemistry. Blair attempts to seduce Chuck, but it proves tougher than she ever imagined.

Title comes from the 1994 movie Prêt-à-Porter
9 (27) "There Might Be Blood" Michael Fields Etan Frankel and John Stephens November 3, 2008 (2008-11-03) 3.16

Serena invites Aaron to be her guest at a charity gala honoring Lily and Bart, but after discovering a secret that Aaron has been keeping from her she begins to question whether Aaron is the guy she thought he was. Hoping it will help her chances of getting into Yale, Blair naively agrees to babysit the 15-year-old daughter of a prominent Yale donor, but the teenager proves to be more than a handful and Blair begins to suspect that the evening may actually wind up hurting her chances of getting into the college of her dreams. Meanwhile, Jenny and Agnes plan a guerilla fashion show that will either launch Jenny's star or ruin her chances of ever being accepted by the industry.

Title comes from the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood
10 (28) "Bonfire of the Vanity" David Von Ancken Jessica Queller November 10, 2008 (2008-11-10) 3.01

Blair does not approve of the new man, Cyrus Rose (guest star Wallace Shawn), in her mother's life, so she makes it her mission to break up the lovebirds by any means necessary. Jenny moves in with Agnes as the friends move forward with their plans for a fashion line. Serena continues to fall for the new guy in her life, Aaron, but she learns something about him that threatens to end things just as they are getting really good. Dan decides to win the trust of Bart Bass in order to learn more about the man and possibly write an expose on him for Vanity Fair, but things get heated after Chuck finds out the real reason Dan is spending so much time around his family.

Title comes from the 1987 book The Bonfire of the Vanities
11 (29) "The Magnificent Archibalds" Jean DeSegonzac Joshua Safran November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17) 2.88

Thanksgiving in the Waldorf household finds Blair upset that her mom's new boyfriend, Cyrus, has decided to ruin all her favorite traditions, but that's nothing compared to what's coming next. Lily finds herself trying to broker a peace treaty between Rufus and Jenny who is prepared to cut off all communication with her father if she doesn't get her way. Serena isn't quite ready to come clean with Aaron about her complicated past, but Dan ends up accidentally revealing a few tidbits of his own. Vanessa and Chuck come to their friend's aid when Nate is once again forced to confront his father's abandonment. Finally, Eric discovers a secret that Bart has been keeping from Lily.

Title comes from the 1918 book The Magnificent Ambersons
12 (30) "It's a Wonderful Lie" Patrick Norris Robby Hull December 1, 2008 (2008-12-01) 3.08

For the annual Snowflake Ball, Blair and Chuck make a bet that they can find the ideal dates for each other. Aaron's ex-girlfriend, Lexi (guest star Natalie Knepp), expresses an interest in Dan. Nate, Jenny and Vanessa get into a tangled situation that puts their friendships and hearts on the line.

Title comes from the 1946 movie It's a Wonderful Life
13 (31) "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" Joe Lazarov Stephanie Savage December 8, 2008 (2008-12-08) 3.01

A sudden and tragic event impacts the lives of our favorite Upper East Side teens and their parents. Aaron asks Serena to come with him on a holiday to Argentina; at first she's reluctant to agree, but after a conversation with Dan, she accepts Aaron's offer and goes with him. Dan tries to stop Serena after he realizes he wants to be with her, but she explains that she believes their parents will soon become an item and that she will not stand in her mother's way a second time.

Title comes from the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? 
14 (32) "In the Realm of the Basses" Tony Wharmby John Stephens January 5, 2009 (2009-01-05) 2.96

With Chuck MIA since his father's funeral, Jack (guest star Desmond Harrington) arrives on the Upper East Side to help Chuck pick up the messy pieces, but first he has to find him. Trying her best to forget her last painful exchange with Chuck, Blair focuses her attention on being accepted into the most prestigious ladies club in the city, Colony Club. Jenny returns to Constance Billard and immediately takes on Penelope and her posse of mean girls, but no one is going down without a valiant Gossip Girl-worthy fight. Dan and Serena meet in the hallway at the school and she immediately tells him that her and Aaron broke up 3 hours into their 15 hour flight, she explains she never called him because she wanted to wait for the dust to settle and wanted to know if he still felt the same, Dan responds with a kiss.

Title comes from the 1976 movie In the Realm of the Senses
15 (33) "Gone with the Will" Tricia Block Amanda Lasher January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12) 2.86

With the reading of Bart's will, Chuck, Bart's brother, Jack, and Blair learn the fate of the Bass empire. Rufus and Lily's relationship is strained as Rufus seeks details about the child he never knew he had. Noticing that his father has been acting strangely as of late, Dan does some investigating and uncovers Rufus and Lily's secret, putting him in the awkward situation of deciding what to do with this shocking revelation and who to share it with.

Title comes from the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind
16 (34) "You've Got Yale!" Janice Cooke Joshua Safran January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19) 2.20

It's that stressful time of year when Constance Billard and St. Jude's students find out who is and isn't worthy of early admission to Yale University. Serena bonds with her new Shakespeare teacher, Rachel (guest star Laura Breckenridge), who has no clue the wrath she is about to suffer after giving Blair the first B of her prep school career. Chuck pairs up with an unlikely ally in his war with Jack over Bass Industries.

Title comes from the 1998 movie You've Got Mail
17 (35) "Carrnal Knowledge" Liz Allen Alexandra McNally and Lenn K. Rosenfeld February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02) 2.27

In retaliation for not playing by the unspoken rules of Constance Billard, Blair hatches a plan to bring down her teacher, Rachel, and it's going to be good. After Chuck wakes up in a hotel and only has a minor recollection of what happened the previous evening and who he spent the evening with, Nate and Vanessa tries to help him fill in the missing pieces of what is turning out to be an increasingly intriguing mystery. Dan and Serena break up again because they said that it will never work out.

Title comes from the 1971 movie Carnal Knowledge
18 (36) "The Age of Dissonance" Norman Buckley Jessica Queller March 16, 2009 (2009-03-16) 2.24[24]

The Constance Billard and St. Jude seniors put on a production of The Age of Innocence and find their personal lives mirroring conflicts in the play. Serena develops a crush on the play's director, Julian (guest star Harmon Walsh), and enlists Vanessa's knowledge of theater to help her get the otherwise uninterested guy's attention. Blair receives devastating news about her future that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible. Dan and Rachel agree to stay away from each other in the aftermath of being discovered as more than teacher and student, but find it impossible to keep that promise. Chuck enlists help from an unlikely source, his nemesis Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan).

Title comes from the 1993 movie The Age of Innocence
19 (37) "The Grandfather" J. Miller Tobin Robby Hull and Etan Frankel March 23, 2009 (2009-03-23) 2.20

Devastated by the recent plot twist in her life, Blair turns her back on her predictable Waldorf existence in favor of a more wild and unpredictable lifestyle, causing Serena and Chuck to have serious concerns about their friend. Vanessa convinces Nate that it may be time to forgive and forget when it comes to his mother's Kennedyesque family, The van der Bilts, who abandoned Nate and his mother when they needed them most. In a misguided effort to be completely honest with each other, Lily and Rufus agree to share lists of their past lovers.

Title comes from the 1972 movie The Godfather
20 (38) "Remains of the J" Allison Liddi-Brown Sarah Frank-Meltzer March 30, 2009 (2009-03-30) 2.47

Serena decides to throw Jenny an intimate party for her sixteenth birthday, but things get way out of control when Poppy Lifton (guest star Tamara Feldman) turns the small gathering into a huge social event. In a moment of weakness, Vanessa agrees to help Chuck with a scheme having to do with Blair and Nate. Rufus learns that Dan will not receive financial aid at Yale and tries to figure out another way to cover the cost of his education.

Title comes from the 1993 movie The Remains of the Day
21 (39) "Seder Anything" John Stephens Amanda Lasher April 20, 2009 (2009-04-20) 2.36

Serena returns from her trip to Spain with Poppy and Gabriel (guest star Armie Hammer). Blair makes a secret deal with Nate's grandfather, William (guest star James Naughton), and Nate learns some disturbing information about his father's arrest. Dan takes a job as a cater-waiter to earn money for college, but is distressed when he discovers the gig is a Passover seder at the Waldorf penthouse and several of his friends and family are guests.

Title comes from the 1989 movie Say Anything... 
22 (40) "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" Patrick Norris Leila Gerstein April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27) 2.03

Georgina Sparks returns to the Upper East Side after undergoing a major transformation. Chuck and Nate find themselves at a major crossroads in their relationship as it pertains to their mutual interest in Blair. Serena finds her relationship with Gabriel growing more complicated.

Title comes from the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
23 (41) "The Wrath of Con" Janice Cooke Leonard Sara Goodman May 4, 2009 (2009-05-04) 2.22[25]

Blair pressures Georgina into making amends for her past bad behavior by helping her in a scheme. The rivalry between Nate and Chuck over Blair comes to a head. Lily hatches a secret plan to help Rufus with Dan's college tuition.

Title comes from the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
24 (42) "Valley Girls" Mark Piznarski Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage May 11, 2009 (2009-05-11) 2.31[26]

In a flashback to the 80s, 17-year-old Lily Rhodes (Brittany Snow) gets kicked out of boarding school and runs away to Los Angeles, reconnecting with her parents, Rick (Andrew McCarthy) and Cece (Cynthia Watros) and sister, Carol (Krysten Ritter). Back in present day, Blair and Nate attend prom together, but the evening doesn't turn out exactly as planned and Chuck and Serena have a little something to do with that. Serena and Lily don't see eye-to-eye over Serena's recent run-in with the law. No Doubt performs in the flashbacks as an 80s band called "Snowed Out".

Title comes from the 1983 movie Valley Girl
25 (43) "The Goodbye Gossip Girl" Norman Buckley Joshua Safran May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18) 2.24

Gossip Girl decides to liven things up at the Constance Billard and St. Jude's graduation by sending out a shocking and damaging email blast in the midst of the commencement ceremony, stirring Serena to come up with a plan of attack. The mean girls challenge Jenny to throw her hat in the ring to succeed Blair as Queen Bee next year. Lily and Rufus get engaged and move in together. With Blair's blessing, Jenny becomes the new queen. Chuck finally admits his love to Blair and the two reconcile. Nate decides to go on the backpacking trip with Vanessa, while Georgina recovers Dan's money and requests Blair for a roommate at NYU. Carter Baizen reveals to Serena where her father is. In the end Serena is going to Brown, Blair, Dan, Vanessa, and Georgina are going to NYU, and Nate is going to Columbia.

Title comes from the 1977 movie The Goodbye Girl

Season 3: 2009–2010

With its renewal, Gossip Girl returned to The CW on September 14, 2009.[27] The entire cast will return as Blair, Dan and Vanessa attend New York University with Georgina, who will be in at least three episodes. Nate will also stay in New York as he attends Columbia University. Chuck runs his father's company and attempts to carve his own business. Serena was accepted to Brown University in Rhode Island, but Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment of The CW has promised to E! Online that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have "figured out a very clever way to keep them all in New York...." Serena ended up deferring her admission in order to "find herself". The third season began filming on June 29, 2009 in New York City. Joanna Garcia has signed on for a four episode-arc as the new love interest for Chace Crawford. Hilary Duff has also signed on for a seven episode-arc as Olivia Burke, a movie star who enrolls at NYU in search of a traditional college experience and ends up rooming with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr). Jimmy Fallon and Lady Gaga make cameo appearances in the season. Willa Holland is set to appear again as Agnes the girl who transformed Jenny in season 2, as well as Desmond Harrington, who plays Chuck's sinister uncle Jack, in episode 16. Laura Harring has also been cast to play Chuck Bass' mother. William Baldwin will play Serena's missing dad near the end of season 3.[28] It was revealed that Georgina will return in the Season 3 finale. On February 16 2010. CW announced that Gossip Girl would return for a fourth season. This season was originally intended to have 24 episodes, but due to the season's low ratings it was shortened for 22 episodes.

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 (44) "Reversals of Fortune" J. Miller Tobin Joshua Safran September 14, 2009 (2009-09-14) 2.55

As the summer is drawing to a close, Blair and Chuck are madly in love and adjusting to their new "in a relationship" status, breaking all the traditional rules of dating as would be expected. Chuck and Blair play a game where Chuck pretends to be interested in other girls to have Blair humiliate them, showing that she's Chuck's girlfriend. Serena returns from her European adventure back to her old partying ways and has a complicated relationship with Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan). Nate returns from his travels with a mysterious brunette, Bree Buckley (guest star Joanna Garcia) in tow. Rufus, Dan and Jenny spent the summer in the Hamptons, adjusting to the Van Der Woodsens' glamorous lifestyle surprisingly faster than any of them expected. Meanwhile, Vanessa and Scott (guest star Chris Riggi), whenever they get closer without knowing the true identity of this.

Title comes from the 1990 movie Reversal of Fortune
2 (45) "The Freshmen" Norman Buckley Amanda Lasher September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21) 2.09

Blair, who is determined to maintain her Queen status in college, embarks on her first day at NYU, along with Dan and Vanessa. Unfortunately, Georgina turns up as Blair's roommate in the dorms, determined to make Blair a social outcast. As Serena prepares to depart for Brown, she and Chuck have a major falling out, so she recruits Chuck's enemy, Carter, to help her get even. Nate and Bree decide to explore their relationship further, knowing full well it could cause tension between their families who are political rivals. In this episode, Leighton Meester's duet with Cobra Starship "Good Girls Go Bad" is featured.

Title comes from the 1990 movie The Freshman
3 (46) "The Lost Boy" Jean de Segonzac Robert Hull September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28) 2.33

It's an Upper East Side face-off when Blair and Chuck both set their sights on a particular item up for bid at Sotheby's and the personal stakes are high. Serena suspects that Carter may be up to his old habits, Georgina takes an interest in Dan, and Vanessa begins to suspect that something isn't quite right with Scott. Finally, Bree's true intentions are put on show, having to do with Carter.

Title comes from the 1987 movie The Lost Boys
4 (47) "Dan de Fleurette" Mark Piznarski John Stephens October 5, 2009 (2009-10-05) 2.07

It's the first day of school at Constance Billard which means it's also time for Jenny to take her rightful place as the new Queen Bee. Unfortunately for Jenny, Blair is more than happy to intervene when news reaches her that she may be needed back at Constance. Meanwhile, Lily returns home to Rufus and her family to find that things are definitely not as she left them. Plus, a famous movie actress, Olivia Burke (guest star Hilary Duff), enrolls at NYU in hopes of having a somewhat normal college experience, and is assigned to be Vanessa's roommate. Tyra Banks appears as Ursula, an actress co-starring in Olivia's movie and someone who Serena befriends.

Title comes from 1986 movie Jean de Florette
5 (48) "Rufus Getting Married" Ron Fortunato Leila Gerstein October 12, 2009 (2009-10-12) 2.51

Lily and Rufus decide to move up their wedding to the next day, but will someone or something come between them before they become man and wife? Chuck discovers a secret that Carter has been keeping from Serena. Dan and Vanessa are pulled into one of Georgina's schemes. Blair is suspect of Bree and shares her concerns with Nate. Sonic Youth performs "Star Power" at the wedding reception.

Title comes from the 2008 movie Rachel Getting Married
6 (49) "Enough About Eve" John Stephens Jake Coburn October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19) 1.98

Vanessa, hoping to finally win her mother Gabriela's (guest star Gina Torres) approval, desperately vies with Blair for the honor of delivering the freshman toast at NYU, but at what price? Dan invites Olivia to meet Rufus and Lily, which leads to all sorts of problems for the new couple. Serena and Nate team up to help Carter.

Title comes from the 1950 movie All About Eve
7 (50) "How to Succeed in Bassness" Joe Lazarov Sara Goodman October 26, 2009 (2009-10-26) 2.30

In need of publicity for his new hotel, Chuck decides to move up his club's opening and enlists Serena's help to get the word out to her celebrity clients. Feeling left out of the planning, Blair attempts to win Chuck's approval by secretly helping him with a problem concerning opening night. Dan is unnerved when he finally watches one of Olivia's infamous sex scenes with co-star and real-life boyfriend at the time, Patrick Robinson (guest star Simon Miller). Jenny is forced to choose between her relationship with Eric and her new role as Queen Bee. Rufus gets Lily into the Halloween spirit.

Title comes from the 1967 movie How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
8 (51) "The Grandfather: Part II" Mark Piznarski Lenn K. Rosenfeld November 2, 2009 (2009-11-02) 1.92

Olivia says something she regrets during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon's talkshow and tries to keep Dan from finding out. With election day around the corner, Nate suspects his grandfather will stop at nothing to get Trip (guest star Aaron Tveit) elected to congress. In the midst of another feud with Serena, Blair befriends a new "it" girl and takes her to an election night party at Chuck's hotel, hoping to make Serena jealous. Meanwhile, Vanessa becomes upset with Nate because of his schemes during the election.

Title comes from the 1974 movie The Godfather Part II
9 (52) "They Shoot Humphreys, Don't They?" Alison Maclean Amanda Lasher November 9, 2009 (2009-11-09) 2.37

Not satisfied with just being Queen of Constance Billard, Jenny sets her sights on becoming the Queen of all the Upper East Side by landing the hottest escort for Cotillion. Nate and Chuck plot to help Serena and Blair repair their damaged friendship. Dan is upset when Olivia contemplates leaving school for a movie project, so he and Vanessa make a list of all the things that a university would make up, such as a threesome. On the other hand, Blair helps Eric to dethrone Jenny, for it Blair meets Kira Abernathy (guest star Sarah Steele), which would be the new queen.

Title comes from the 1969 movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
10 (53) "The Last Days of Disco Stick" Tony Wharmby Leila Gerstein November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16) 2.24

Hoping to impress the elitist theater kids at NYU, Blair sets her sights on landing a private concert with the hottest musical performer of the year, Lady Gaga. Dan and Olivia sign up to write and star in a school play, based on an idea by Blair and directed by Vanessa. With Blair out of the picture, Serena turns to Nate to help her get through a difficult situation. As a favor to Chuck, Jenny agrees to hang out with Damien (guest star Kevin Zegers), the son of an ambassador who is staying at Chuck's hotel, but the experience proves to be a lot more intriguing than she expected.

Title comes from the 1998 movie The Last Days of Disco, and from "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga
11 (54) "The Treasure of Serena Madre" Mark Piznarski Robert Hull & Joshua Safran November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30) 2.25

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving on the Upper East Side if there wasn't a serving or two of some major drama for the holiday. Blair suspects her mom has been keeping a big secret from her, but it turns out to be something else entirely. Vanessa is supposed to spend Thanksgiving with her parents, but has a fight with her mom and shows up on Dan's doorstep. Rufus learns that Lily has been lying to him about her mother, Cece. Chuck tells Nate that he has some potentially damaging information about one of their friends. Jenny learns that Eric was behind her very public embarrassment at Cotillion and can't pass up a chance to get even. Serena is put in a very awkward position when her mother invites Tripp and Maureen to join them for Thanksgiving dinner.

Title comes from the 1948 movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
12 (55) "The Debarted" Jason Ensler Stephanie Savage December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07) 2.22

On the anniversary of Bart Bass' death, Chuck wrestles with the dilemma of following his conscience, or that of his father. Thanks to Nate, Serena begins to suspect Trip, who has been keeping contact with Maureen despite his claims and that brings a terrible tragedy. Dan and Vanessa attempt to navigate their newly complicated friendship. Eric and Kira make work his plan to dethrone Jenny. Meanwhile, the relationship between Lily and Rufus deteriorates when he discovers the letter from Serena's father.

Title comes from the 2006 movie The Departed
13 (56) "The Hurt Locket" Tony Wharmby Sara Goodman March 8, 2010 (2010 -03-08) 1.76

Nate and Serena decide to explore the boundaries of their friendship. Blair suspects that Chuck is having problems forgetting about the woman he saw at his father’s grave. Jenny agrees to accompany Damien to a State Dinner but is unaware that he needs her help with a drug exchange. Vanessa and Dan attempt to move past the awkwardness of Dan’s confession of love. Rufus returns from a ski trip and tries his best to avoid Lily.

Title comes from the 2009 movie The Hurt Locker
14 (57) "The Lady Vanished" Andrew McCarthy Amanda Lasher & Robby Hull March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15) 1.72

Rufus and Lily grow suspect of Jenny’s relationship with Damien. Chuck learns more about the woman who may or may not be his mother. Dan and Vanessa struggle through the awkwardness of dating other people.

Title comes from the 1938 movie The Lady Vanishes
15 (58) "The Sixteen Year Old Virgin" Wendy Stanzler Leila Gerstein March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22) TBA

Despite being grounded, Jenny continues to see Damien who tells Jenny that he wants to have sex with her. Lily tells Rufus the big secret she has been keeping from him even though she knows it's a huge risk. Dan and Vanessa explore a new stage of their friendship. Chuck is forced to make an extremely difficult decision about his hotel.

Title comes from the 2005 movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin
16 (59) "The Empire Strikes Jack" Joe Lazarov Jake Coburn March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29) TBA

Chuck finds himself once again at odds with his uncle, Jack Bass. Eleanor puts Blair in charge of making sure her latest fashion show is a huge success with an important client. Rufus attempts to get Jenny back on track by volunteering to have her help with Eleanor’s fashion show, but the opportunity takes a big turn for the worse when Jenny learns that Agnes will be one of the models.

Title comes from the 1980 movie Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
17 (60) "Inglourious Basstards" Jean De Segonzac Lenny Rosenfeld April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) TBA

Chuck and Blair are faced with the most difficult decision they have ever faced as a couple. Serena plans a surprise birthday party for Nate, but Jenny does her best to sabotage Serena’s efforts. Dan and Vanessa’s new relationship hits a bump in the road.

Title comes from the 2009 movie Inglourious Basterds
18 (61) "The Unblairable Lightness of Being" TBA April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) TBA

TBA

Title comes from the 1988 movie The Unbearable Lightness of Being based on the novel of the same name
19 (62) "Dr. Strangeloved" TBA Robert Hull April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19) TBA

TBA

Title comes from the 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove
20 (63) "It’s a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World" TBA April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26) TBA

TBA

Title comes from the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
21 (64) "Ex-Husbands and Wives" Norman Buckley TBA May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03) TBA

TBA

Title comes from the 1992 movie Husbands and Wives
22 (65) "TBA" TBA TBA May 10, 2010 (2010-05-10) TBA
TBA 

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