The Age of Dissonance is the 18th episode of the second season and the 36th overall.
On the Upper East Side, all the world's a stage and the men and women: merely players. But once a year, Constance/St. Jude students shed their usual roles and take on new ones for the senior class play. This year's pick? The Age of Innocence. Before Gossip Girl, there was Edith Wharton. And how little has changed. The same society snobs still reigned, only in corsets and horse drawn carriages.
The Constance Billard and St. Jude seniors have the production of "The Age of Innocence" by Edith Wharton. Fresh out of her relationship with Dan, Serena has a crush on the play's director, Julian, and enlists Vanessa's knowledge of theater to help her get the guy's attention.
Blair finds out that Nelly Yuki was accepted to Yale on early admission and that news of her treatment of Rachel has led her to be rejected from Yale. She goes on a witch-hunt for the person responsible for Yale and Gossip Girl's blast about her sordid relationship with Marcus.
Dan and Rachel agree to stay away from each other for fear being discovered as more than teacher and student, but find it impossible to keep that promise. After being confronted by Rufus about Dan and Blair for the Gossip Girl blasts, Rachel decides to go back to Iowa.
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Dramatis Personae Edit
- Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen
- Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf
- Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey
- Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald
- Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey
- Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass
- Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams
- Kelly Rutherford as Lily van der Woodsen
- Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey