The second season of Gossip Girl, an American teen drama based upon the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. Developed for television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Airing on The CW from September 1st 2008 till May 18th 2009 with 25 episodes, including spin-off pilot Valley Girls; focusing on Lily van der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford/Brittany Snow) and her family in Los Angeles in 1983.
Notable Plots Edit
- Blair and Chuck's undeniable love for each other, but while using games for their profit in the relationship.
- Following the aftermath of a breakup on the first day of senior year, Serena rises again as Queen Bee in Constance Billard dethroning Blair.
- The newly created Bass-Van der Woodsen family, known as the wealthiest on the Upper East Side.
- The joining of the Waldorf-Rose families, through the marriage of Eleanor Waldorf and Cyrus Rose. And Blairs undying need of her father's approval.
- Preparing for college life, as graduation grows near.
- Serena befriends socialite, Poppy Lifton.
- The Waldorf fashion show lofts Serena higher on the social ladder.
- Jenny's rebellion from "Little J" and attempting to gain emancipation from her parents during the Thanksgiving holidays.
- Serena's arrest before graduation.
- The discovery of Serena's father, Dr. William Van der Woodsen, location at the beginning of the summer.
- Serena is accepted into Yale, but rejected from Brown.
- Blair's dream of going to Yale is shattered. Leaving her to try to get into NYU on recommendations from her new stepfather, Cyrus Rose.
- Nate's achievement of being accepted at Columbia.
- Dan Humphrey and Vanessa Abrams attending NYU with Blair Waldorf.
- Jenny's fashion line has a promising start and a tragic ending.
- Nate accepts money from the married Dutchess to save his family from debt while sleeping with her.
- Bart Bass's, Chuck's father, who tragically died in the winter. Chuck is severly depressed as a result, a state in which only Blair can pull him from.
- Lily adopted Chuck, becoming his legal guardian, so that he could be named to head of Bass Industries, in his father's place.
- Serena and Dan discover their parents, Lily Bass and Rufus Humphrey, had a lovechild and they are related through their unknown half-brother.
- Lily and Rufus rekindle their old romance following Bart Bass's death.
- Georgina's return under false pretenses, and cruel intentions that follow.
- Nate had a relationship with Blair Waldorf, Jenny Humphrey, and Vanessa Abrams.
- Serena had a relationship with Dan Humphrey (twice), Aaron Rose, and Gabriel Edwards.
- Dan had a relationship with Serena (twice) and a short-lived fling with his teacher Rachel Carr.
- Blair had a relationship with Chuck Bass, Nate Archibald, Carter Baizen, and Lord Marcus Beaton.
- Chuck had a relationship with Blair Waldorf, and a one-night stand with Vanessa Abrams.
- Vanessa had a relationship with Nate Archibald, and a one-night stand with Chuck Bass.
- Jenny had a short-lived fling with Nate Archibald.
Rachel Carr (Only as a guest)
Valley Girls (spin-off pilot)Edit
|01||Summer Kind of Wonderful||September 1, 2008||3.43|
|As the summer draws to a close in the Hamptons, Serena and Nate have everyone fooled into thinking they are a couple; to cover up the fact that Nate has been having an affair with an older, married woman named Catherine. Blair returns from abroad with a hot guy on her arm, making a very jealous Chuck question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport at the beginning of the summer. Dan has spent the summer assisting a famous author, but clearly his mind is preoccupied with thoughts of a certain girl, leading him to go after her. While interning for Eleanor Waldorf's company, Jenny procures an invite to the much-anticipated Hampton's White Party, with the help of Eric van der Woodsen's connections.----
Socialite Tinsley Mortimer makes a cameo appearance. The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "Some Kind of Wonderful."
|02||Never Been Marcused||September 8, 2008||3.25|
|Blair is over the moon that she is dating royalty and ha every intention of becoming a royal herself, but a scheming Chuck has other plans for Blair and her new love, Marcus. Serena and Dan agree to keep their recent hook-ups a secret from their friends and family until they figure out what all this means for their relationship. Meanwhile, Nate learns the downside to having an affair with an older, married woman.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "Never Been Kissed."
|03||The Dark Night||September 15, 2008||3.73|
|In a humorous twist, Blair questions the lack of passion in her relationship with Marcus, while at the same time Chuck appears to have lost his "passion" for every woman other than Blair. Meanwhile, Nate struggles between his feelings for Vanessa and his extremely complicated relationship with the married Catherine. Jenny risks losing her internship when Eleanor catches Jenny critiques one of Eleanor's designs. Stuck in an elevator due to a blackout, Dan and Serena talk about their relationship and come to the conclusion that they are completely different people and that it would never work out between the two of them.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "The Dark Knight."
|04||The Ex-Files||September 22, 2008||3.33|
|Blair and her minions decide to befriend the new girl Amanda in order to sabotage her. Vanessa discovers a scandalous secret about Catherine and enlists Blair's scheming expertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, once again.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "The X-Files."
|05||The Serena Also Rises||September 29 2008||3.40|
|In the midst of Fashion Week, a furious Blair learns that her mother, Eleanor, at the suggestion of her protege Jenny, has given Serena and her new socialite friend, Poppy Lifton, front row seats to the Eleanor Waldorf Fashion Show. Hurt once again by Serena's popularity and her mother's betrayal, Blair decides to sabotage the show. Meanwhile, Dan starts hanging out with Chuck, but Dan learns the hard way that a walk on the dark side has many risks. Lily discovers a secret that her new husband Bart has been keeping from her.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "The Sun Also Rises."
|06||New Haven Can Wait||October 13, 2008||3.31|
|Following a fight between Blair and Serena, Serena decides to get even by ditching her plans to visit Brown and accepting a personal invitation from the Dean of Yale to visit the school. After discovering that his recommendation letters for Yale were never submitted, Dan frantically tries to figure out a way to salvage any change of getting accepted into the school. While visiting Yale, Chuck is kidnapped by a group of Skull and Bones members and Nate hooks up with a co-ed.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "Heaven Can Make."
|07||Chuck in Real Life||October 20, 2008||3.03|
|Vanessa uses a scandalous picture of Catherine and her stepson Marcus to blackmail Blair into being a nicer person. To which, Blair seeks revenge by enticing Chuck to seduce Vanessa. Eric introduces his new boyfriend Jonathan to Serena and Blair. Lily and Bart throw an extravagant housewarming party and expect their children to make them proud in front of the attending press, but a rebellious Serena is not ready to play by their rules. Meanwhile, Dan and Jenny discover a big secret Nate has been keeping from his friends.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "Dan in Real Life."
|08||Pret-a-Poor-J||October 27, 2008||3.05|
|Jenny befriends a young model, Agnes, who encourages Jenny to explore her wild side, and confront her boss, Eleanor Waldof, who is attempting to "borrow" Jenny's designs. Serena meets an artist, Aaron Rose, whom she has an instant attraction for. Blair attempts to seduce Chuck, but it proves tougher than she ever could have imagined.----
The title of this episode is based off of the movie title, "Prêt-à-Porter."
|09||There Might be Blood||November 3, 2008||3.16|
|Serena invites Aaron to be her guest at a charity gala honoring Lily and Bart, but after discovering the secret that Aaron has been keeping from her, she beings to question whether Aaron is the guy she thought he was. Hoping it will help her chances of getting into Yale, Blair naively agrees to babysit the 15-year-old daughter of a prominent Yale donor. When the teenager proves to be more than a handful and Blair begins to suspect that the events of the evening may end up hurting her chances of getting into the college of her dreams. Meanwhile, Jenny and Agnes plan a guerrilla fashion show that will either launch Jenny's fashion career, or ruin her chances of ever being accepted by the industry.----
The title of the episode is based on the movie title, "There Will Be Blood."
|10||Bonfire of the Vanity||November 10, 2008||2.88|
|Blair does not approve of the new man in her mother's life, Cyrus Rose, and she makes it her mission to break up the lovebirds by any means necessary. Jenny moves in with Agnes as the firneds move forward with their plans for a fashion line. Serena continues to fall for the new guy in her life, Aaron, but she discovers something about him that threatens to end things just as they were getting started. Dan decides to win the trust of Bart Bass in order to learn more about the Bass Empire and expose it to the press. Things heat up after Chuck realizes the true reason Dan is spending so much time around his family.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "Bonfire of the Vanities."
|11||The Magnificent Archibalds||November 17, 2008||2.89|
|Thanksgiving in the Waldorf household gets off to a rough start as Blair finds that her mother's boyfriend, Cyrus, is getting in the way of her favorite traditions. Lily finds herself trying to broker a peace treaty between Rufus and Jenny who is prepared to cut off all communication with her father if she doesn't get her way. Serena is not quite ready to come clean with Aaron about her complicated past, but Dan ends up accidentally revealing a few tidbits of his own. Vanessa and Chuck come Nate's aid when he is forced, once again, to confront his father's abandonment. Finally, Eric discovers a secret that Bart has been keeping from Lily.----
The title of this episode is based off of the movie title, "The Magnificent Ambersons."
|12||It's a Wonderful Lie||December 1, 2008||3.11|
|For the annual Snowflake Ball, Blair and Chuck make a bet that they can find ideal dates for each other. Aaron's ex-girlfriend, Lexi, expresses an interest in Dan. Nate, Jenny, and Vanessa get into a sticky situation that puts their friendships and hearts on the line.----
Natalie Knepp made a guest star appearance, as Lexi. The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "It's a Wonderful Life."
|13||O Brother, Where Bart Thou?||December 8, 2008||2.99|
|A sudden and tragic event occurs. Blair has something important to say to Chuck, but it is said at a bad time. When Serena decides to travel to Argentina with Aaron, Dan decides to express his feelings for her, but is it too late? Meanwhile, Cyrus and Eleanor get married. And Rufus discovers something that Lily has been keeping from everybody for a long time.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "O Brother, Where Art Thou."
|14||In the Realm of the Basses||January 5, 2009||2.96|
|With Chuck MIA since his father's funeral, Jack arrives on the Upper East Side to assist Chuck with picking up the messy pieces. Trying her best to forget her last painful exchange with Chuck, Blair focuses her attention on being accepted into the most prestigious ladies club in the city, Colony Club. Jenny returns to Constance Billard and immediately takes on Penelope and her posse of mean girls, but no one is going down without a Gossip Girl-worthy fight. Meanwhile, after Serena tells Dan about her recent break-up, they decide to get back together.----
The title of the episode is based off of the movie title, "Ai no corrida (In the Realm of the Senses)."
|15||Gone with the Will||January 12, 2009||2.85|
|With the reading of Bart Bass' will, Chuck, Jack, and Blair learn the fate of the Bass empire. Rufus and Lily's relationship becomes strained as Rufus seeks details about the child he never knew he had. Noticing that his father is acting strange, Dan does some investigating of his own and discovers Rufus and Lily's secret, putting him in a very awkward situation of deciding what to do with the shocking revelation.----
The title of this episode is based off of the movie title, "Gone with the Wind."
|16||You've Got Yale!||January 19, 2009||2.22|
|It's that stressful time of year when Constance Billard and St. Jude's students find out who is and isn't worthy of early admission to Yale University. Serena bonds with her new Shakespeare teacher, Rachel, who has no clue the wrath she is about to suffer after giving Blair the first B of her prep school career. Chuck pairs up with an unlikely ally in his war with Jack over Bass Industries. Meanwhile, Nate and Vanessa have a romantic night at the opera.----
Title based off of the movie You've Got Mail.
|17||Carrnal Knowledge||February 2, 2009||2.31|
|In retaliation for not playing by the unspoken rules of Constance Billard, Blair hatches a plan to bring down her teacher, Rachel. After Chuck wakes up in a hotel and only has a minor recollection of what happened the previous evening, Nate and Vanessa try to help him fill in the missing pieces. Dan and Serena decide to break up. Dan also has sex with Rachel as she is no longer a teacher.----
Title based off of the movie Carnal Knowledge.
|18||The Age of Dissonance||March 16, 2009||2.33|
|The seniors put on a production of The Age of Innocence and find their personal lives mirroring the play. Serena develops a crush on the play's director, Julian, and enlists Vanessa's knowledge of theater to help her get his attention. Blair receives devastating news about her future that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible. Dan and Rachel agree to stay away from each other in the aftermath of being discovered as more than teacher and student, but find it impossible to keep that promise. Chuck enlists help from an unlikely source, his nemesis Carter Baizen.----
Title based off of the movie The Age of Innocence.
|19||The Grandfather||March 23, 2009||2.25|
|Devastated by the recent plot twist in her life, Blair turns her back on her predictable Waldorf existence in favor of a more wild and unpredictable lifestyle, causing Serena and Chuck to have serious concerns about their friend. Vanessa convinces Nate that it may be time to forgive and forget when it comes to his mother's Kennedyesque family, The van der Bilts, who abandoned Nate and his mother when they needed them most. In a misguided effort to be completely honest with each other, Lily and Rufus agree to share lists of their past lovers.----
Title based off of the movie The Godfather (Part I).
|20||Remains of the J||March 30, 2009||2.45|
|Serena decides to throw Jenny an intimate party for her sixteenth birthday, but things get way out of control when Serena turns the small gathering into a party. Jenny is angry and writes a post to Gossip Girl, turning the party into a huge social event. In a moment of weakness, Vanessa agrees to help Chuck with a scheme having to do with Blair and Nate. Rufus learns that Dan will not receive financial aid at Yale and tries to figure out another way to cover the cost of his education.----
Title based off of the movie The Remains of the Day
|21||Seder Anything||April 20, 2009||2.37|
|Serena returns from her trip to Spain with Poppy and Gabriel. Blair makes a secret deal with Nate's grandfather, William, and Nate learns some disturbing information about his father's arrest. Dan takes a job as a cater-waiter to earn money for college, but is distressed when he discovers the gig is a Passover seder at the Waldorf penthouse and several of his friends and family are guests.----
Title based off of the movie Say Anything
|22||Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes||April 27, 2009||1.97|
|Georgina Sparks returns to the Upper East Side after undergoing a major transformation. Chuck and Nate find themselves at a major crossroads in their relationship as it pertains to their mutual interest in Blair. Serena finds her relationship with Gabriel growing more complicated.----
Title based off of the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
|23||The Wrath of Con||May 4, 2009||2.22|
|Blair pressures Georgina into making amends for her past bad behavior by helping her in a scheme. The rivalry between Nate and Chuck over Blair comes to a head. Lily hatches a secret plan to help Rufus with Dan's college tuition.----
Title based off of the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of the Khan.
|24||Valley Girls||May 11, 2009||2.30|
|In a flashback to the 80s, 17-year-old Lily Rhodes (Brittany Snow) gets kicked out of boarding school and runs away to Los Angeles, reconnecting with her parents, Rick (Andrew McCarthy) and Cece (Cynthia Watros) and sister, Carol (Krysten Ritter). Back in present day, Blair and Nate attend prom together, but the evening doesn't turn out exactly as planned and Chuck and Serena have a little something to do with that. Serena and Lily don't see eye-to-eye over Serena's recent run-in with the law. No Doubt performs in the flashbacks as an 80s band called "Snowed Out".----
Title based off of the movie Valley Girl.
|25||The Goodbye Gossip Girl||May 18, 2009||2.23|
|Gossip Girl decides to liven things up at the Constance Billard and St. Jude's graduation by sending out a shocking and damaging email blast in the midst of the commencement ceremony, stirring Serena to come up with a plan of attack. Lily and Rufus get engaged and move in together. With Blair's blessing, Jenny becomes the new "Queen Bee". Chuck finally admits his love to Blair and the two reconcile. Nate decides to go on the backpacking trip with Vanessa, while Georgina recovers Dan's money and requests Blair for a roommate at NYU. Carter Baizen reveals to Serena where her father is. In the end, Serena is going to Brown, Blair, Dan, Vanessa, and Georgina are going to NYU, and Nate is going to Columbia.----
Title based off of the movie The Goodbye Girl
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