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?
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.
|It's Ivy Week and the Upper East Side teens from Constance Billard and St. Jude's are going to meet Ivy League representatives. As tradition has it, the Constance Billard's girls will be in charge of the Friday Night Mixer and the St. Jude's boys will provide the ushers for the visiting representatives. But life is harsh for Junior Elite; not only do they have to worry about Ivy League but they also have to deal with family issues. Blair and her absent mother; Dan and his fears that, when it comes to college, his cleverness won't be able to overcome his family's middle class background; Nate and his controlling freak father, who can't help but remind his son which are the keywords of his future plan: Dartmouth, law school, Blair. Nate tries to reply that maybe he has his own plan, but the Captain doesn't seem that interested in listening to it.
Dan attends the interview in order to get the usher position for the Dartmouth rep; he claims Dartmouth is his dream and that he shares Dartmouth's principles of integrity, responsibility and consideration thanks to St. Jude's and his parents who sacrificed all to let him attend that privileged high school. Nate is definitely less focused. He admits to the interviewer that Dartmouth isn't his first choice; they should definitely let someone more motivated be in charge of the usher position. Who will be chosen? Nate, of course. Unfortunately, as Dan vehemently points out to Serena, it seems like... legacy rules.
And it was really a tough day for Serena. After the umpteenth face-to-face with her mother - and Dan's outburst, as well - she has also to deal with Blair's hostility. From harsh words to a real fight during physical education: it's definitely war between the two it-girls. Blair fakes a leg injury and blames Serena, so the ref orders Serena to leave the field. However, Blair isn't satisfied yet. That's why she asks Chuck to uncover something juicy about her former BFF. And Chuck does see Serena while she is entering Ostroff Treatment Center. In the end, Chuck and Blair assume Serena was there so she could get over some unspecified addiction.
Fresh news. Even though Lillian isn't exactly enthusiastic, the doctor gives Eric permission to spend some time out of the institution, so he is going to join Junior Elite at the Friday mixer. Someone else is attending the mixer: Dan. It turns out Rufus swallowed his pride and asked Lillian, the committee chairwoman, to let his son be part of the mixer. Yep, Dan will be the refreshment committee. Well, Humphrey Jr. is not that pleased about this, but that's it. "I did the best I could", claims Rufus.
Mixer time and it's pretty clear that Serena and Blair's war is anything but ended. Serena is determined to get the Yale representative's attention since Blair has always wanted to attend Yale. Blair isn't that thrilled about Serena's move and neither is Dan, who harshly criticizes her behavior. In his opinion, Serena is just a spoiled brat. Meanwhile, Eric bonds with Jenny and talks to her about his tempted suicide.
After an uneasy talk with the Dartmouth rep, Nate understands that he has no interest at all in attending Dartmouth. Then, Nate tells Dan to get the rep something to drink, so that Dan could have the chance to talk to the Dartmouth rep. And it turns out Humphrey Jr. does impress the guy.
But guess who has just arrived? Doctor Donald Ostroff. And Blair is eager to heat the mixer up. After getting everybody's attention, she claims that as every year their fancy school has chosen to support one local institution. The Ostroff Center - what a coincidence. And this institution does deserve support, since it helped a student of theirs. Then, Blair asks Serena van der Woodsen to join her on stage. Everyone is stunned but the most stunned are definitely the van der Woodsens. Eric wants to tell the truth but Serena doesn't let him and, once on stage, she thanks the Ostroff Center for its precious help. Dan can't believe Serena is in rehab, but Jenny tells him about Eric. Unfortunately, one of the many unwritten laws of the Upper East Side world is that honesty might not be the best policy. Especially, when it comes to Ivy Week, since "'I was a teenage drug addict' is not exactly a winning college essay". Serena feels overwhelmed and storms off. Dan runs after her and says he knows she has just said those words because she wanted to protect her brother. Then, Dan apologizes to Serena for the way he has talked to her lately. Maybe he didn't have the right to judge her, or her world.
At the same time, Lillian wants to take Eric back to the Ostroff Center but there is someone he wants to talk to first. Blair. And Eric's words leave her speechless.
The next day, Dan thanks Rufus for helping him join the mixer. Meanwhile, another father is trying to spend some quality time with his son. The Captain and Nate. Yep, it turns out the Captain arranged a special jogging hour. He, Nate and... the Dartmouth rep.
Jenny pays Eric a visit at Ostroff Center... it looks like a new friendship is blossoming.
Elsewhere, Blair catches up with Serena, holding the letter she wrote to van der Woodsen Jr. when she left for boarding school. Blair's world was falling apart because her father left her mom for another man. And Serena was the only one she wanted to talk to but she was gone, without even saying goodbye. Serena assures Blair she didn't call because of the guilt she felt. Then, Serena claims she is very sorry. And maybe, she isn't the only one; Blair has something to be forgiven too. She says that Eric told her the real reason why Serena was entering the center, when Chuck spotted her. "I guess your family has been going through a hard time too".
"Spotted in Central Park, two white flags waving. Could the Upper East Side piece of court be far off? So, what would it be? Truth or consequences? We all know one nation can't have two Queens. What happens next, only time will tell".
- "Glamorous " Constance Billard Choir
- "I Got It From My Momma " by Will.I.Am
- "Can't Be Happening " by The Marlows
- "Raise Your Hand " by The Lights
- "I Feel It All " by Feist
- "Dusk Till Dawn " by Ladyhawke
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.