Seventeen Candles is the 8th episode of the first season and the 8th overall.
"B turning a year older, but not necessarily wiser. Guess Chuck's the gift that keeps on giving. Blow out your candles, B; this'll be better in the dark."- Gossip Girl
It's Blair's 17th Birthday Party! But she's feeling heartbroken and guilty by the current state of her relationship with Nate Archibald and her recent indiscretion but she manages to put on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and attempts to hide her feelings from her friends. Hoping that Serena and Vanessa can bond, Dan takes Vanessa to Blair's birthday party, but this ends up making Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny brings her mother home as a surprise, but Rufus isn't ready to forgive and forget. Finally, Nate's parents ask him to make a huge sacrifice to save his father's business as he faces charges of embezzlement and fraud.
Recap Spoilers aheadEdit
|The Episode starts in a church, and Blair was there confessing about her night with Chuck . She regrets it , and says it was a mistake . When she goes out , she finds Chuck in his Limo . He is trying to get her to get into his car and taking her out to eat breakfast, but she refuses , and threatens him not to tell about the night before . He tells her that he will see her at her 17th birthday party , but she tells him he is officially un-invited . He says it never stopped him before . B walks away .
In a cafe' , Serena and Dan are making out , when suddenly Dan notices Vanessa, who says it is her first day to work in that place . Serena is obviously uncomfortable by Vanessa's presence. Turns out that Dan has told her about him having sex with Serena , which bothered Serena even more .
J comes back home with her mother but Rufus is not sure how to react . Jenny says she asked her to come so they could talk, but when she sees their reaction - half embarrassed, half angry - she kind of tries to make a joke by saying "or not" . Rufus asks to talk to his daughter privately . She says she knows that it wasnt her place to ask her mother to come back, and that he is angry with her for not asking him first . She also says that it is her life too , and she needs her mother with her . Rufus asks her to stop talking because he is not angry . Not at her . She is feeling relieved , but she tells him that he cant be angry with her mom when she's here . If he doesnt do something, nothing is going to change . She asks him to give her a chance, he says he's hungry so they get out of the room to find Alison , Jenny's mother , making them waffles , just the way Rufus likes them . She asks him if he still likes waffles, just to make sure . He tells her " You know me Al. A loyal guy, once he commits something , he sticks with it . " Alison feels uncomfortable with his words , since he was referring to her cheating on him.
Blair decides to call Nate , but her mother walks into the hallway with the newspaper . She drops it at a table and asks her daughter to look at it . Eleanor is worried about her unfinished work (project) with Nate's dad , while her daughter is worried about Nate himself .
At Nate's house , the lawyer is trying to find a solution to the problem, which is his dad getting involved with drugs and all . He is obviously unaware that those blames were true , and Nate is trying to get his dad to ask for a plea . His dad doesnt want to plea, so it wouldnt turn out that he is guilty, and everyone knowing about it .
Dan is back home , and when he finds his mother , he is somehow angry with his father for forgiving her , and is annoyed by her presence . He goes to his room , and when Alison tries to follow him , Rufus says its better to leave him alone right now. After a while , Alison goes to Dan's room and talks to him . He tells her its not just the cheating that he is mad about . He is also mad that she lied to them by telling them she will be back by the end of the summer, when she actually didnt .
At Blair's , Serena is telling Blair that Dan told Vanessa about them having sex . Blair tells her that she doesnt believe that he told her they were gonna do it . Serena says that she told Blair about them having sex . Blair says " That's different, I am a girl. "
"Yeah , well so is she." Serena replies . Then Blair says " Exactly my point. But even if she wasnt, when you get a boyfriend , you become the best friend , and the best friend becomes second best friend "
Nate's mom confronts him and tells him to give Blair her grandmother's ring at Blair's party. Nate asks if this has to do with Mrs. Waldorf and his father's business deal, which his mother responds in the affirmative. Despite Nate's admittance to breaking up with Blair, his mother doesn't really care and manipulates him into thinking this is the only way to help his father.
Nate calls Blair and tells her they should get back together because the decisions they made were rather hasty and in the heat of the moment. He really puts the icing on the cake when he tells her he has a special gift that he'll give her at the party. Blair is practically floating on thin air at this point and hangs up on Nate before he can get another word in. She calls the jewelers and it turns out that a diamond necklace has been picked up. She believes that the necklace is what Nate got her, but she is in for a greater surprise.
Dan's mother comes into his room, and Dan gives her a piece of his mind. Nothing much to say on this except that he was a complete bad@ss and gave all the right reasons that his mother should feel guilty for deserting them. Dan then storms out of the room, having the last word. He heads out, and Jenny follows shortly after.
Nate goes to Chuck for advice on what to do with Blair and the ring. Chuck does his best to convince Nate to break up with Blair once and for all, in which Nate asks, "Where's my boy at?" Little does Nate know that his best friend is actually trying to get with his girlfriend. I guess now he'll know how Blair felt...
The next scene shows the birthday party in full swing. Blair and Serena arrive together and meet up with Kati and Is. Serena continues to ask Blair where Nate is, obviously oblivious to Blair's uncomfortableness with the subject. Blair then turns the subject around by asking where Dan is. Just then, Chuck walks in and Serena claims that he must know where he is. Serena calls Chuck over but Blair books it out of there as fast as possible.
Serena texts Dan, asking him where he is. He has been ranting to Vanessa about his family troubles. He tells her he has to go but Vanessa is obviously dismayed with his obvious preference of Serena over her. He says that her and Serena should be good friends and that she hasn't made any effort to get to know her. Vanessa responds by saying that that's going to change tonight because she's going to accompany him to the party so she can spend time with Serena. Dan doesn't think it's a good idea since it's Blair's party, but he brought this on himself.
Blair is on the balcony when Chuck approaches her. She learns that he has feelings for her and he doesn't know what they mean because he's never had butterflies in his stomach before. Blair denies that he could possibly like her. She tells him that those "butterflies have got to be murdered." Chuck then proceeds to say that "it wasn't even that great."
Nate and Jenny see each other while heading into the party and Jenny apologizes for telling Blair about the masquerade. Nate says it's not her fault, that none of the tension between him and Blair really is. He then invites her on a walk since both of them are apprehensive to actually go to the party. Jenny reluctantly agrees.
Dan arrives with Vanessa in tow and Serena is not very pleased, but she hides it well. Serena introduces Vanessa to Blair, which then Blair says, "Oh sweetie. You did not tell me she looked like that. This is such a problem."
Rufus and Alison make up and make out... (ugh why)
Chuck tells Blair that Nate is using her to get to her mother, which Blair strongly denies. She says that whatever Nate is doing, he will call her at midnight on her birthday because he does it every year. Chuck then places a bet that if Nate calls, he'll leave her alone forever, but if he doesn't, Blair has to spend the night with him. Blair doesn't accept the terms, in which Chuck goads her saying, "I though you were sure." Blair then takes the bait and says, "You'll see."
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Memorable Quotes Edit
Blair(to Priest): After being broken up with my boyfriend for exactly 20 minutes, I succumbed to inebriation, performed at a speakeasy, and surrendered my virtue to a self-absorbed ass. The only good news is that he's a total pig who'll act it never happened. Thank god. Sorry. Truthfully I'm not even Catholic.
Alison: I asked if you were okay with me going away and I'd hoped that if there was a problem you would say something.
Dan: Like what? Your daughter's a freshman at a school populated by mean girls and date rapists, I think she needs her mom? Or maybe, my father is madly in love with you and will probably never get over this. Why should I have to tell you this?
Gossip Girl: Speak of the Devil and he doth appear. Wearing his trademark scarf.Careful, B, hell hath no fury like a Chuck Bass scorned
Chuck: What's on your mind?
Nate: It's my mom.
Chuck: Sounds Freudian.
Blair: Losing my virginity to Chuck Bass? None of my friends will ever understand. I'm ready for my punishment. Whatever you and God think is fair. Flogging, fasting, or putting that thing with the teeth around my thigh like Silas.
Priest: How about some food for thought instead? Don't drink, keep your clothes on, try avoiding those who might cause you to stray.
Blair: Thank you, Father. That was very good advice.You don't grant birthday wishes, do you?
Priest: I'm a priest, not a genie.
Blair: So do you? Do you... like me?
Chuck: Define "like."
Blair: You have got to be kidding. I do not believe this.
Chuck: How do you think I feel? I haven't slept. I feel sick, like there's something in my stomach. Fluttering.
Blair: Butterflies? Oh no no no. This is not happening.
Chuck: No one is more surprised or ashamed than I am.
Blair: Chuck. You know that I adore all of God’s creatures and the metaphors that they inspire. But those butterflies? Have got to be murdered.
Chuck: Look, if you're done with Blair, be done. Don't cave to your parents’ wishes if they're not your desires.
Nate: Excuse me? Where's my boy? "Seal the deal." "Tap that ass." "Money marries bigger money."
Anne: May I remind you that it was your own rash actions that got us into this predicament.
Nate: We're in this predicament because dad has a drug problem. I was trying to help him.
Anne: Then help him.
Chuck(to Blair): Something this beautiful deserves to be seen on someone worthy of its beauty.
Blair: (to Serena): We ended it. I wanted to tell you, but a part of me thought that if I didn't say it out loud, then it wouldn't be true. It was my birthday wish for us to get back together, but now, I think it's really over.
Gossip Girl: Careful, B. There's no safe wager when you bet on a Bass. You just might lose your shirt... and your pants.
Blair: No one knows that Nate and I broke up, and it's going to stay that way so I can fix this. And I don't think you're best friend would still be your best friend is he knew...
Chuck: If he knew how much I enjoyed the removal of a certain chastity belt in the back of this very limo?
Blair: From this moment forward, the events of last night will never be mentioned again, is that clear?
Chuck: Not as clear as the memory of you purring in my ear, which I have been replaying over and over...
Blair: Well, erase the tape because as far as I'm concerned, it never happened.
Gossip Girl: According to the Catholic Church, mortal sin can only be absolved through the sacred act of confession. But it looks like a certain wasp Princess has rececntly found herself desperately in need of little unburdening. And who is the Man upstairs to discriminate?
Chuck: Look, I care about three things Nathaniel. Money, the pleasures money brings me, and you. I'm just trying to have your back here. Your parents have been controlling you your whole life. If it doesn't end now, when will it ever?
- "One Week of Danger" by The Virgins
- "Your Birthday" by The Shapes
- "Love is Colder Than..." by The Virgins
- "Rich Girls" by The Virgins
- "Feathers" by Two Hours Traffic
- "Nice Buddy" by Puffy Ami Yumi
- "How We Breathe" by Pinback
- "Fernando Pando" by The Virgins
- "Freebird" by CAST
- "Inside Out" by Miss Eighy 6
- "How Does it Feel" by Eskimo Joe
- "Kissing Song" by Dawn Landes
- "Radio Christine" by The Virgins
Cultural References Edit
- Britney Spears - Isabel says to Serena," You went down almost as hard as Britney at the VMA'S."
- Catholicism - Blair goes to church and confesses to the priest her sins, she then mentions that she's not actually catholic.
- Erickson Beamon - Chuck gives Blair the high-end necklace made by this designer.
- Guitar Hero - Vanessa and Serena play this game together
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - Vanessa mentions this american rock band when she says," Skynyrd is meat and potatoes."
- Silas - Blair asks the priest what the punishment will be for her sins, she mentions a torture method used on the historic catholic figure named Silas
- W.A.S.P - Gossip Girl nicknames Blair as a W.A.S.P princess. W.A.S.P were a group of white anglo-saxon protestants who believed their reputation and wealth in society should allow them to control the U.S.A
Food & Drink Edit
- Birthday Cake - A white layered cake decorated with flowers is given to Blair at her party
- Sushi - Seen being made at Blair's japanese themed party
- Waffles - Alison makes waffles for breakfast and the family is seen eating them together with strawberries and syrup. Dan is the only one that doesn't eat them.