Seventeen Candles is the 8th episode of the first season and the 8th overall.

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 recently found herself desperately in need of a little unburdening. And who is the man upstairs to discriminate?

-Gossip Girl

Summary Edit

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

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?

Starring Edit

Recurring CastEdit

  • Margaret Colin as Eleanor Waldorf
  • Susan Misner as Alison Humphrey
  • Sam Robards as Howie Archibald
  • Francie Swift as Anne Archibald
  • Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams
  • Nicole Fiscella as Isabel Coates
  • Nan Zhang as Kati Farkas

Guest CastEdit

Soundtrack Edit

  • "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.


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