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Gossip Girl Season 1 Episode Guide

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Episode 1 – Pilot – Original Air Date – 09/19/2007

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JOSH SCHWARTZ (“THE O.C.”) BRINGS HIS LATEST TEEN DRAMA, “GOSSIP GIRL,” TO THE CW — 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 gossip about their exclusive circle. In the series opener, Gossip Girl is busy spreading the news that “it girl” Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) has returned to Manhattan after a mysterious and self-imposed exile to boarding school. Serena's best friend, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), 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 (Chace Crawford). Penn Badgley, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Mark Piznarski directed the pilot written by executive producers Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (#100).

Musical Artists Featured In The Pilot:

Artist
Song
Peter Bjorn And John    Young Folk
Justin Timberlake What Comes Around Goes Around
The Bravery Time Won't Let Me Go
Timbaland                        The Way I Are
Akon  Don't Matter 
Angels And Airwaves   The Gift 
Who Made Who  Space For Rent 
Matthew Dear  Send You Back
Amy Winehouse  Back To Black

 
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Episode 2 – The Wild Brunch – Original Air Date – 09/26/2007

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THERE'S NOTHING GOSSIP GIRL LIKES MORE THAN A GOOD CAT FIGHT — In the wake of the scandalous Kiss on the Lips party, Serena (Blake Lively) receives an icy cold reception from her best friend Blair (Leighton Meester), who reveals that she knows Serena slept with her boyfriend, Nate (Chace Crawford), before mysteriously running off to boarding school. As if it couldn't get any chillier, Serena decides to take Dan (Penn Badgley) to arch-enemy Chuck's (Ed Westwick) fundraiser brunch at The Palace, and Jenny (Taylor Momsen) seeks advice from Blair, who realizes she may have something to gain by allowing Jenny into her inner circle. Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Mark Piznarski directed the episode written by executive producers Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (#101).

Musical Artists Featured In The Wild Brunch:

Artist
Song
The Broken Remotes           Stick With Me, Kid
Rooney When Did Your Heart Go Missing
Joss Stone Tell Me Bout' It
Gia Farrell  Hit Me Up

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Episode 3 – Poison Ivy – Original Air Date – 10/03/2007

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IVY WEEK EQUALS DRAMA — 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 (Leighton Meester) uncovers a scandalous secret about Serena (Blake Lively) that may not remain a secret much longer. Dan (Penn Badgley) has his heart and future set on the coveted usher position for the Dartmouth rep, only to be beat out by Nate (Chace Crawford), who has no interest in the school despite pressure from his controlling father, The Captain (Sam Robards). Meanwhile, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) bonds with Serena's younger brother, Eric (Connor Paolo), and Rufus (Matthew Settle) must swallow his pride and ask Lily (Kelly Rutherford) for a favor to help his son, Dan. Ed Westwick also stars. J. Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Felicia D. Henderson (#102).

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Episode 4 – Bad News Blair – Original Air Date – 10/10/2007

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FASHION VICTIM — Blair (Leighton Meester) is thrilled when her mother, Eleanor (Margaret Colin), 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 (Blake Lively) moves into the spotlight and Blair is finds herself back in Serena's shadow. Meanwhile, Serena and Dan (Penn Badgley) are reminded once again that they come from two very different worlds, and Nate (Chace Crawford) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) indulge in a boys' weekend to blow off steam after Ivy Week. Taylor Momsen, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. The episode directed by Patrick Norris was written by Joshua Safran (#103).

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Episode 5 – Dare Devil – Original Air Date – 10/17/2007

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SERENA AND DAN GO ON A DATE — Dan (Penn Badgley) makes elaborate plans to impress Serena (Blake Lively) on their first official date.  The same night, Jenny (Taylor Momsen) is invited to the infamous Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) sleepover and finds herself in a high stakes game of “truth or dare.”  Meanwhile, when Lily (Kelly Rutherford) discovers that Eric (Connor Paolo) is missing from his treatment center, she finds herself seeking help from her ex-boyfriend, Rufus (Matthew Settle).  Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick also star.  The episode directed by Jamie Babbit was written by Lenn K. Rosenfeld (#104).

Episode 6 – The Handmaiden's Tale – Original Air Date – 11/07/2007

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MASQUERADE BALL, ANYONE?Dan (Penn Badgley) is torn between two girls when his childhood friend, Vanessa (Jessica Szohr), returns home and declares her feelings for him, just as he and Serena (Blake Lively) are trying to figure out what they mean to each other.  At the infamous masked ball, Blair (Leighton Meester) sends Nate (Chace Crawford) 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 (Taylor Momsen) and Dan sneak into the ball.  Finally, Lily (Kelly Rutherford) asks Rufus (Matthew Settle) to accompany her to an Eleanor Waldorf (Margaret Colin) event in order to make Bart Bass (Robert John Burke) jealous.  “America’s Next Top Model” winner CariDee English makes a cameo as Bart Bass’ date.  The episode was directed by Norman Buckley and written by Jessica Queller (#105). 

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Episode 7 -Victor, Victrola – Original Air Date – 11/14/2007

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THINGS ARE HEATING UP BETWEEN SERENA AND DAN — After surviving the on-again/off-again nature of their new relationship, Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) finally acknowledge they are crazy about each other, despite their polar opposite worlds that constantly threaten to pull them apart.  Chuck (Ed Westwick) contemplates investing in a burlesque club in the hopes of making his hard-to-please father, Bart (guest star Robert John Burke), proud of him.  Nate (Chace Crawford) confronts his father, Captain (guest star Sam Robards), about the drugs he found in the house, but his father denies having a problem.  Jenny (Taylor Momsen) discovers a secret her father, Rufus (Matthew Settle), and mother, Alison (guest star Susan Misner), have been keeping from her.  Finally, Blair (Leighton Meester) is once again devastated by Nate’s actions after Jenny reveals that Nate kissed her by accident thinking she was Serena.  The episode was directed by Tony Wharmby and written by K.J. Steinberg (#106).   

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Episode 8 – Seventeen Candles – Original Air Date – 11/14/2007

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IT'S BLAIR'S SEVENTEENTH BIRTHDAY PARTY! — Devastated by the current state of her relationship with Nate (Chace Crawford) and still dealing with the guilt from her recent indiscretion, Blair (Leighton Meester) 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 (Blake Lively) and Vanessa (guest star Jessica Szohr), Dan (Penn Badgley) takes Vanessa to Blair's party so the girls can have some bonding time, but this only ends up making Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny (Taylor Momsen) brings her mom (guest star Susan Misner) home for a surprise visit, but Rufus (Matthew Settle) may not be ready to forgive and forget. Nate's parents (guest stars Sam Robards and Francie Swift) ask him to make a huge sacrifice in an effort to salvage his father's business as he faces charges of embezzlement and fraud. Ed Westwick and Kelly Rutherford also star. The episode was directed by Lee Shallat Chemel and written by Felicia D. Henderson (#107).

Episode 9 – Blair Waldorf Must Pie – Original Air Date – 11/28/2007

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Dan invites Serena and her family to spend the holiday with his family, creating an uncomfortable situation for Rufus and Lily. The children are unaware of their complicated romantic past. Meanwhile, Blair's freaks out when she learns that her father isn't coming home for Thanksgiving. Nate spends the holiday with his family, but their awkward dinner quickly goes from bad to worse. (#108)

Episode 10 – Hi, Society – Original Air Date – 12/05/2007

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MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE? — Serena (Blake Lively) has absolutely no intention of attending the upcoming Debutante Ball, until her grandmother, CeCe (guest star Caroline Lagerfelt), announces that she won't take no for an answer. Unfortunately, Dan (Penn Badgley) isn't exactly what CeCe had in mind in terms of a suitable escort for Serena, and she makes her opinion heard loud and clear, causing a riff between Serena and Dan. Although they are officially broken up, Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate (Chace Crawford) decide to go to the ball together as friends, but a jealous Nate begins to suspect that Blair may already be seeing someone else. Jenny (Taylor Momsen) finds herself torn between attending her mother's (guest star Susan Misner) art opening or following her dreams to the Debutante Ball, even though it's against her parents' wishes. Finally, Rufus (Matthew Settle) learns the real reason Lily (Kelly Rutherford) broke up with him all those years ago. Ed Westwick also stars. The episode was directed by Patrick Norris and written by Joshua Safron (#109).

Episode 11 – Roman Holiday – Original Air Date – 12/19/2007

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CHRISTMAS ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE — When Blair's (Leighton Meester) father, Harold (guest star John Shea), comes home for the holidays with an unexpected guest — his boyfriend, Roman (guest star William Abadie) — Blair finds it difficult to hide her disappointment and hatches a plan to get rid of Roman for good. Jenny (Taylor Momsen) and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) help Serena (Blake Lively) plan the best Christmas surprise ever for Dan (Penn Badgley), who may have a surprise of his own in mind for Serena. Chuck (Ed Westwick) texts Blair that Nate (Chace Crawford) has joined him in Monaco, worrying Blair that Chuck may disclose the details of their hook-up. Rufus (Matthew Settle) refuses to remain the understanding husband any longer after Alison's (guest star Susan Misner) former lover calls the house. Kelly Rutherford also stars. The episode was directed by Michael Fields and written by Jessica Queller (#110).

Episode 12 – School Lies – Original Air Date – 01/02/2008

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IMPROMPTU PARTY AT THE SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL — Serena (Blake Lively), Blair (Leighton Meester), Nate (Chace Crawford), Chuck (Ed Westwick) 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 (Penn Badgley), who isn't sure he's ready to take the fall for someone else and risk his future. Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) is working on a documentary project about private schools and accidentally captures Blair and Chuck discussing their affair. Lily (Kelly Rutherford) contemplates telling Rufus (Matthew Settle) how she really feels about him. Taylor Momsen also stars. The episode was directed by Tony Whamby and written by Lenn K. Rosenfeld (#112).

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Episode 13 – The Thin Line Between Chuck And Nate – Original Air Date – 01/09/2008

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Gossip Girl reports that Serena van der Woodsen was seen buying pregnancy tests. Of course, on the Upper East Side, the truth is often even juicier and more scandalous than the gossip. Nate finds out about Blair and Chuck's affair. Everyone else also finds out what happened and Blair's life comes crashing down. Dan struggles to tell Serena those three words. (#111)

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Episode 14 – The Blair Bitch Project – Original Air Date – 04/21/2008

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GOSSIP GIRL IS BACK WITH FIVE NEW EPISODES! — Having been recently dethroned as Queen Bee in the last episode by Gossip Girl, with an assist from scheming “little J” (Taylor Momsen), Blair (Leighton Meester) hesitantly returns to school with the support of her BFF, Serena (Blake Lively). Meanwhile, Serena struggles to adjust to her new living arrangements with her future step-brother, Chuck (Ed Westwick), 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. Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. The episode was directed by J. Miller Tobin and written by KJ Steinberg (#113).

Episode 15 – Desperately Seeking Serena – Original Air Date – 04/28/2008 

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MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG ("BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER") GUEST STARS AS EVIL GEORGINA SPARKS IN A FOUR-EPISODE ARC — Serena's Upper East Side world is turned upside down when her former partner in all things bad, Georgina Sparks (guest star Trachtenberg), returns to Manhattan to stir up trouble and Serena's past. When Dan (Penn Badgley) 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 (Ed Westwick). Nate (Chace Crawford) finds romance with the last person he was expecting to connect with, Vanessa (Jessica Szohr). Jenny (Taylor Momsen) meets a new guy, Asher Hornsby (guest star Jesse Swenson), who just might be her ticket to permanent popularity. Finally, Blair (Leighton Meester) hatches a secret plan to sabotage her biggest rival, Nelly Yuki (guest star Yin Chang). Matthew Settle also stars. The episode was directed by Michael Fields and written by Felicia D. Henderson (#114).

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Episode 16 – All About My Brother – Original Air Date – 05/05/2008

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GEORGINA (GUEST STAR MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) THREATENS TO REVEAL SOMETHING DAMAGING ABOUT SERENA’S PAST / ONE OF OUR UPPER EAST SIDE TEENS REVEALS THAT HE’S GAY — Georgina (guest star Trachtenberg) informs Serena (Blake Lively) that she is prepared to reveal damaging information from Serena’s past, but no one is prepared for what Georgina does next.  Blair (Leighton Meester) and Jenny (Taylor Momsen) escalate their “popularity war” by spreading scandalous rumors about each other through Gossip Girl.  Dan (Penn Badgley) witnesses Jenny’s new boyfriend, Asher (guest star Jesse Swenson), cheating on her, but Jenny refuses to listen to her brother’s warning.  Rufus (Matthew Settle) goes to Lily (Kelly Rutherford) for advice on how to handle Jenny’s recent out-of-character behavior.  Jessica Szohr also stars.  The episode was directed by Janice Cooke and written by Paul Sciarrotta (#115).

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Episode 17 – Woman On The Verge – Original Air Date – 05/12/2008

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GEORGINA (GUEST STAR MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO RUIN SERENA'S LIFE — As a result of Georgina (guest star Trachtenberg) revealing the true reason that Serena (Blake Lively) fled Manhattan for boarding school, Serena falls back into her old habits and Blair (Leighton Meester), Nate (Chace Crawford) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) must put their complicated feelings for each other aside to help their friend. Unfortunately, Serena is too ashamed to share the truth with Dan (Penn Badgley), leaving him only to assume the worse about his girlfriend. Rufus (Matthew Settle) is thrilled when his band is invited to perform at a Rolling Stone-sponsored concert, but Lily (Kelly Rutherford) is the last person on earth he expects to see at the performance, especially since her wedding rehearsal dinner is the same night. Lisa Loeb and famous cake designer Sylvia Weinstock appear in the episode as themselves. Jessica Szohr also stars. The episode was directed by Tony Wharmby and written by Joshua Safran (#116).

 

Episode 18 – Much 'I Do' About Nothing – Original Air Date – 05/19/2008

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THE QUEENS OF MEAN, BLAIR AND GEORGINA, FACE OFF IN THE SEASON FINALE, FEATURING HEIRESS LYDIA HEARST IN A GUEST-STARRING ROLE — With her best friend Serena's (Blake Lively) life and reputation on the line, Blair (Leighton Meester) decides to take matters into her own hands in dealing with the manipulative and evil Georgina Sparks (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg). With Rufus (Matthew Settle) never far from her thoughts, Lily (Kelly Rutherford) 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 (Penn Badgley), but will it prove to be too late to save their relationship? Heiress and model Lydia Hearst guest stars in the episode as Amelia, Lily's interior decorator. Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen, Ed Westwick and Jessica Szohr also star. The episode was directed by Norman Buckley and written by executive producers Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (#117). 

 

 

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