Desperately Seeking Serena is the 15th episode of the first season and the 15th overall.
There are three things we do alone: we are born, we die, and if we're a high school junior headed for college, we take the SATs. And while the test is said to measure our best traits, preparing for it inevitably brings out the worst. Humanity becomes self doubt, striving becomes obsession. Some are driven to self medication, while others cling to the security of being part of a group. And anyone who's used to bending the rules will find themselves breaking them.
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
Memorable Quotes Edit
Serena: This is not about last year, Georgina, it's about last night!
Georgina: Like you are some innocent bystander who walked in on...
Serena: I'm not talking about it Georgina,okay? And neither are you. If I'm going down, you're going down with me. In the meantime, stay out of my life.
Georgina: I don't need anyone in my life who doesn't want to be there.
Serena: Then we're agreed.
Rufus: You used to cry when I didn't walk you to school.
Jenny: That wasn't me, that was Dan.
Dan: I was six. It was a very emotional time for me, post-tee ball.
Blair: Lucky for us, mental acuity and common sense rarely come in the same package.
Chuck: According to my very reliable sources, Georgina Sparks is nowhere near our fair isle. She's in Switzerland, dating the prince of Belfort.
Serena: There's a prince of Belfort? And she's dating him? Oh, thank God!
Chuck: Now you can enjoy the gifts she mailed you with peace of mind..And maybe Chuck in the room?
Serena: Oh, shoot, except we're siblings!
Chuck: Georgie always brought out the devil in you. Part of me is a little disappointed she's not here.
Gossip Girl(about Georgina): Spotted in the courtyard, S.looking like she's seen a ghost.The ghost of parties past.
Gossip Girl: Spotted: Serena van der Woodsen being given a real life multiple choice question.A) Go home and study.B) Get a good night sleep.C) Call your boyfriend.D) none of the above.Hope that wasn't the wrong answer, S. This test doesn't grade on a curve.
Elise: What are you doing? He's gorgeous.
Jenny: He's a dog-walker. I need a king, not a jester.
Chuck: Serena has food poisoning. She's too sick to come to your playdate.
Dan: Put her on the phone.
Chuck: The bathroom doesn't get reception.
Dan: Somehow I don't believe you.
Chuck: And I'd like to say I'm a little glad about that, but my poor, sick sister has asked for my assistance in the matter, so I'll leave it at this. She's not coming, don't try calling. Humphrey, always a pleasure.
Jenny: I've been thinking, what's the one thing that no one in our group has, not even Blair?
Vanessa: Is there a reason you insist on looking so desperate and needy?
Dan: She's been like that since we were kids. Venomous without provocation.
Vanessa: It's better than being a charity case.
Dan: She's rude too.
Serena: Can you help me?
Chuck: Say you need me.
Chuck: Hearing you scream my name is more than enough.
Nate: Next time your sister's band is in town I want front row seats.
Vanessa: You don't strike me as a Lesbian Punk fan.
Nate: You know I am just offended by how much you underestimate me, Ms. Abrams.
Vanessa: You like punk?
Nate: Oh. I didn't hear you.You said "punk"? Because you had me at "lesbian".
- Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey
- Kristen Bell as Gossip Girl
- Kelly Rutherford as Lily van der Woodsen
- Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey
- Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey
- Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf
- Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams
- Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass
- Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald
- Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen
Special Guest Stars Edit
- Yin Chang as Nelly Yuki
- Dreama Walker as Hazel Williams
- Jesse Swenson as Asher Hornsby
- Emma Demar as Elise Wells
- Jeffrey Omura as Todd Jansen
- Erica Knight as Serena's S.A.T. Replacement
- Jolly Abraham as Waiter
- Jasmin M. Tavarez as Hostess
- Jake Silbermann as Guy #1
Recurring Stars Edit
- Michelle Trachtenberg as Georgina Sparks
- Nicole Fiscella as Isabel Coates
- Amanda Setton as Penelope Shafai
- Zuzanna Szadkowski as Dorota Kishlovsky
- "Do the Panic" by Phantom Planet
- "Campus" by Vampire Weekend
- "Crimewave" by Crystal Castles VS Health
- "Nice Sweet Sexy" by DIFX ft. Imperio & Cru
- "Elevator" by Flo Rida
- "We Started Nothing" by The Ting Tings
Cultural References Edit
- Craigslist - Jenny mentions this advertising company
- Flo Rida - Nelly mentions this rapper
- Itzhak Perlman - Blair mentions this famous violinist
- Kibbutz - Isabel says that she join Kati in the kibbutz in Israel. They are a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture.
- Saks Fifth Avenue - Penelope mentions this fashion company
- Tribeca - Nelly mentions this neighbourhood in lower Manhattan
- Queen Elizabeth - Elise mentions that this queen never had a boyfriend
- Belgium - Serena mentions this european country
- Collegiate School - Elise mentions this prestigious high school
- Hunter College - Serena mentions this public university in New York
- Tel Aviv - Isabel mentions this city, which is located in Israel.
- The Dalton School - Jenny mentions this prestigious high school
- The Sorbonne - An educational institution in France where Nelly attended summer school
- Unity School - Jenny mentions this school in Brooklyn
Food & Drink Edit
- Cosmopolitan - Georgina mentions this cocktail
- Diet Coke - Georgina and Serena drink this together
- Eggs Benedict - Georgina offers this to Serena for breakfast
- Gingko Biloba - Blair mentions this japanese tree, from which the seeds inside the leaves can be blended to make a drink.
- Hot Dog - Jenny is seen buying one on the side of the road
- Lasagne - Rufus makes this for dinner
- Patrón - Georgina mentions this brand of tequila
- Perrier - Georgina mentions this French brand of bottled mineral water
- Souvlaki - Vanessa mentions this Greek food, which consists of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables