Poison Ivy is the 3rd episode of the first season and the 3rd episode overall.

There's plenty of upside to being the spawn of the fabulously wealthy. But the downside? Super successful parents expect nothing less from their offspring. And when it comes to college, that means the Ivies. It's more than just getting into college, it's setting a course for the rest of your life. And for those few who aren't legacies? The pressures are no less. When parents have sacrificed for their children's futures, what kid would want to let them down?

-Gossip Girl

Summary Edit

Constance Billiard and St. Judes and the visiting representatives arrival brings more than just college applications. Cut-throat rivalry is at it's sharpest this week as the students compete for prestigious positions. Blair discovers a shocking but juicy secret about Serena and plots to drop the bomb at the best possible moment. Dan is sure that landing the coveted usher position with the Dartmouth rep will either make or break his future at the school. Unfortunately, it's Nate who nabs the position, despite total disinterest in the school. Meanwhile, Jenny gets close to Serena's younger brother Eric and Rufus asks Lily for a favor.


Starring Edit

Soundtrack Edit

Memorable Quotes Edit

Jenny : We're Humphrey's Dad. Not exactly royalty uptown.

Rufus : You okay with that?

Jenny : No, but I'm used to it.

Blair (to Serena): Aww, too bad you missed the assembly. Not that it matters. Brown doesn't offer degrees in slut.

Blair: If you weren't such a perv, I'm sure the CIA would hire you in a second.

Chuck: Defending my country, now there's a future I never envisioned.

Dan:(about Nate): Last year, I believe he had an original thought. It died of loneliness.

Lily: You know, you shouldn't have stayed at your brother's again. I mean why sleep there? It's not like he can even see you—his eyes are closed.

Serena: Do you have one maternal bone in your entire body?

Chuck: Heard about the field hockey throwdown. All those mouth guards and short skirts. I hope somebody filmed it.

Blair: You're heinous.

Chuck: Women like to pretend they're complicated. I know better.

Gossip Girl: Honesty may be the best policy in some ZIP codes, but not in this one. And not this week. Because "I was a teenage drug addict" is not exactly a winning college essay.

Blair: Dear Serena, My world is falling apart and you're the only one who would understand. My father left my mother for a thirty-one year-old model. A male model. I feel like screaming because I don't have anyone to talk to. You're gone, my dad's gone and Nate's acting weird. Where are you? Why don't you call? Why did you leave without saying goodbye? You're supposed to be my best friend. I miss you so much. Love, Blair.

Bart: Why do you think I do all this? Huh? This party is for you, okay, so you can meet people. You know, become a part of something, make some kind of change.

Chuck: Really? I thought it was another excuse for an open bar and rehiring of the nearly nude statues.

Serena: Yes, Nate. There's nothing wrong with keeping a secret if the truth is gonna hurt someone.

Nate: That's a hell of a way to look at things.

Serena: Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize all of the sudden you're the most honest guy on the planet.

Cultural References Edit

  • Brown University – This university is first mentioned when Serena says she wants to impress a brown representative. Later on, Blair says “ Brown doesn’t offer degrees in slut.”
  • C.I.A – After Chuck shows Blair some pictures he secretly took of Serena, Blair says “ If you weren’t such a perv the C.I.A would hire you in a second.”
  • Dartmouth University - This university is mentioned when Nate's father insists on Nate going to law school there
  • Dr Seuss – Dan says to Nate “ You should mention Dr Seuss.Theodor Geisel is his real name, he went to Dartmouth.
  • J.L.Hall – Dan mentions this author when he says” I’m sure J.L.Hall will be very impressed with your passion for the Dartmouth experience.”      
  • La Perla – Chuck mentions this luxury lingerie brand when he says to Blair, “ Don’t get your La Perla’s in a bunch.”
  • Marlins – Eric mentions this baseball team when he says “ Go Marlins!” to Bart after he asks him about his trip to Miami.      
  • Princeton Tigers – Chuck says to Nate “ They’re the Princeton Tigers for a reason.”
  • Princeton University – Blair mentions a Princeton Game, and later on Chuck says that he wants to get into Princeton.
  • The Lorax – Dan mentions this book when he says to Nate “ Hall got the idea of The Petting Zoo from The Lorax.”
  • The New York Times – J.L.Hall says to Nate “ What did you think of the epilogue? The New York Times called it a cheap cop-out.”
  • University of Southern California - Nate mentions this University when he says to his father," How come everytime I bring up going to U.L.C you act like like it's a joke?"
  • Warner Brothers – J.L.Hall says to Nate about his book “ Warner Bros is making a movie, I think they're going to change the end.”
  • William Faulkner – Dan mentions this writer when he says to Nate “ Just mention how his prose style is influenced by early faulkner.”
  • Yale University – Blair first mentions this University when she says” How am I susposed to hear anything about Yale with all this talk about Serena?” She also says “ Do you remember when Dad gave me his first Yale sweatshirt? I don’t think any piece of clothing has ever fit me more perfectly. Not to mention how adorable I found that bulldog.”

Food & Drink Edit

  • Bolognese – Rufus is seen eating Bolognese for dinner. He says “ I’ve outdone myself with the Bolognese.”
  • Breakfast – Dan and Jenny are first seen being served a plain breakfast made by Rufus,with bowls of cereal and orange juice. On the other hand, Dorota says to Blair “ Eat up. Your mother would want you to have a good breakfast”. She then serves Blair a delicious breakfast on a tray, including yoghurt parfait,grapes, and a muffin.

Gallery Edit

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