Notable Plots Edit
- Serena van der Woodsen returns to New York's Upper East side. Why did she leave and why did she return?
- There is a love triangle between Blair Waldorf, Nate Archibald and Serena van der Woodsen.
- There is a love triangle between Nate Archibald, Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass.
- Blair and Serena's "Up-and-down" friendship.
- Serena's little brother, Eric van der Woodsen has problems. He was depressed and suicidal. It is revealed he is also gay.
- Serena's old friend Georgina Sparks comes back to town, bringing with her a whole lot of problems.
- Jenny struggles to become the next Queen Bee, and has the title of Wanna-Be.
- Dan and Serena are together for a full year, until Georgina Sparks turns up and causes damage between the two.
- Blair has sex with both Chuck and Nate this season.
- Nate and Vanessa develop a relationship.
- Jenny has a relationship with Asher Hornsby, who turns out to be gay.
Changes from the book seriesEdit
- Eric van der Woodsen's sexuality and suicide attempts. He is younger than Serena, compared to the books where he is older.
- In the books, Jenny has curly brown hair and a large bust, which make her self conscious.
- Blair Waldorf's younger brother, Tyler is mysteriously absent in the TV Show.
- Vanessa does not have a shaved head in the TV show.
- In the books Dan is a quiet poet and his relationship with Serena is shorter than a year.
- Nate is a pothead in the books, but the TV show rarely shows this.
- Blair and Chuck's romance is not part of the book series storyline.
- Vanessa goes to Constance in the books and lives with Ruby, an absent character in the TV show.
- In the books, Vanessa has relationships other than being with Dan.
- Dan and Jenny live in Brooklyn, while in the books they live in the Upper West Side.
- The way Nate and Serena lose their virginities to each other differs.
- The romantic relationships between Lily and Rufus.
- Lily and Bart getting married.
- Dan and Jenny's mother lives in Prague in the books and is called Jeanette.
- Roman, or any similar character, is not present in the books
- Dan and Serena have a briefer relationship in the books.
|01||Pilot||3.50||September 19, 2007|
|The privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side first learn that Serena van der Woodsen is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives -- from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her website and text messages for the latest scoop. Even Serena's closest friend, Blair Waldorf, is surprised to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan.Once the Upper East Side's most notorious party girl, Serena's reasons for returning are mysterious, although they may have something to do with her younger brother Eric. Whatever the reasons, the change in Serena is obvious, especially to Blair, whose friendship with Serena has always been competitive and difficult.|
|02||The Wild Brunch||2.48||September 26, 2007|
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.
|03||Poison Ivy||2.75||October 3, 2007|
|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 based off of the movie Poison Ivy.
|04||Bad News Blair||2.80||October 10, 2007|
|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 is 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 based off of the movie The Bad News Bears.
|05||Dare Devil||2.41||October 17, 2007|
|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 is missing from his treatment center, she finds herself seeking help from her ex-boyfriend, Rufus.----
Title based off of the movie Daredevil.
|06||The Handmaiden's Tale||2.54||October 24, 2007|
|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 based off of the movie The Handmaid's Tale.
|07||Victor Victrola||2.52||November 7,2007|
|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, 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 based off of the movie Victor Victoria.
|08||Seventeen Candles||2.95||November 14, 2007|
|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 based off of the movie Sixteen Candles.
|09||Blair Waldorf Must Pie||2.93||November 28, 2007|
|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 based off of the movie John Tucker Must Die.
|10||Hi, Society||2.44||December 5,2007|
|Serena has no intention of attending the upcoming Debutante Ball, until her grandmother, CeCe, announces that she simply must go. Although they are officially broken up, Nate asks Blair to go to the ball with him. Meanwhile, social climbing Jenny finds herself faced with the decision of either attending her mother's art opening or following her dreams to the Debutante Ball, even though her parents don't want her to go. Back at the ball Dan tries to tell Serena about CeCe's true intentions and how he thinks she might be hiding something but that only causes her to not go with him.----
Title based off of the movie High Society.
|11||Roman Holiday||1.81||December 19, 2007|
|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.
|12||School Lies||2.19||January 2, 2008|
|Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and the rest of their friends break into the school swimming pool for a night of fun, but when someone nearly dies, the school threatens to expel the person responsible for the break-in. Everyone agrees to keep silent, but this creates major problems between Serena and Dan, because Dan is not ready to take the fall for someone else and risk his future. While working on a documentary project about private schools, Vanessa accidentally captures Blair and Chuck discussing their affair. Meanwhile, Lily tries to tell Rufus how she really feels about him.----
Title based off of the movie School Ties.
|13||A Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate||2.27||January 9, 2008|
|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.----
Title based off of the movie A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
|14||The Blair Bitch Project||2.50||April 21, 2008|
|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 based off of the movie The Blair Witch Project.
|15||Desperately Seeking Serena||2.53||April 28, 2008|
|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 based off of the movie Desperately Seeking Susan.
|16||All About My Brother||2.12||May 5, 2008|
| 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 based off of the movie All About My Mother
|17||Woman on the Verge||2.71||May 12, 2008|
|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 based off of the movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
|18||Much 'I Do' About Nothing||3.00||May 19, 2008|
|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 Sparks. 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? Heiress and model Lydia Hearst guest stars in the episode as Amelia, Lily's interior decorator.----
Title based off of the movie Much Ado About Nothing
- Blair,Serena,Dan,Chuck and Nate are all in their junior year in high school.