Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 16

All About My Brother

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 05, 2008 on The CW
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Georgina informs Serena that she can reveal a deep dark secret from Serena's past, but no one is prepared for what Georgina does next. Blair and Jenny's power struggle continues when each of them start spreading scandalous rumors about each other on Gossip Girl. Dan sees Jenny's new beau, Asher, cheating on her, but Jenny doesn't believe him. Rufus goes to Lily for advice on how to handle Jenny's new behavior. Serena tries to confront Georgina, but she leaves before Serena has a chance. After this Serena says that she and Georgina are not friends.moreless

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  • 116

    7.5
    I really hope that after this episode, the Jenny scenes are kept to a minimum. The fall of Jenny was great to see and I honestly couldn't wait to see Blair destroy her. Her attitude toward her father and Eric was incredibly annoying. Okay, Jenny bashing aside, this was a good episode.



    Michelle Trachtenberg is doing wonders for this show and I really hope someday she becomes a regular on Gossip Girl, she's the girl you love to hate, and everything she does is wildly entertaining. Eric coming out of the closet was very unexpected, who knew he was the guy making out with Asher?



    It was just a great tie in of events, which led us in to Gossip Girl's best cliffhanger yet. When Serena uttered those words, I couldn't help but giggle at the sudden change of tone and music, but that definitely surprised me. Can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • An average episode with a huge bomb or two dropped on the aidience.

    7.0
    I really enjoy GG because of its Bit*chyness (I am a girl after all) - but this episode was not all that. I love the on going power struggle between Queen B and Little Jenny - but lately I have found Jenny to be quite annoying. I know she's dying to fit in and be part of that clique - but it seems that we are loosing the Jenny that we knew in the earlier episodes. It was finally nice to see Jenny being brought down a notch or two by Blair. Eric finally comes out - he's GAY and Jenny's new beau is really Eric's new beau.



    As for Serena the big secret that she's hiding is that she killed someone - we don't know how or why. Just the fact that she killed someone. I wonder how they are going to go forward with this one?? Serena obviously doesn't want to tell anyone about what happened - except for Blair and that too only when she felt completely broken. Georgina also has a damning video of the whole event.



    Is it me or does no one think that Georgina is f*****g crazy???



    I love watching the romance of Lily and Rufus - I do think those two are made for each other and I wonder how long they'll deny their feelings???



    I wasn't too fond of the epi - I just thought that it was a filler so that they could finally get Serena's big secret out. I did however, love to watch Queen B and Little Jenny's power games - but now their over. I guess we'll just have to wait and watch what will happen next.moreless
  • The Queen B is victorious!

    10
    The fall of Little J was so sweet. Of course, Blair put her back to place. Seeing Asher and Jenny being outed was more than enough for me. Asher, from the start, was really unlikeable, even though he did the "bring the hotdogs to you" thing, there was something fishy about him. And Jenny, she was okay in the beginning but when popularity went to her head, she just irritates me more and more. Anyway, I'm not really keen on Vanessa and Nate. Georgina is a scheming b*tch and she's really evil and that's what makes this episode great. She drove Serena nuts, and thus the confession to Blair. I was, WTH!? when Serena admitted her "secret". Anyway, it's nice to finally see Jenny being nice again. The way she treated Rufus before she went to the party was so, whatever. Rufus didn't deserve that. And as for the girls (Hazel, Penelope...) they were still wannabes, and went with who was "powerful" and they moved from Blair to Jenny to Blair. I mean, come on! And the gay bomb, was absolutely fantastic. From the spoilers, I know that Eric's the one who's gay But I didn't expect that they would reveal it that way. One of my favorite episodes.moreless
  • It was a fun episode I was able to enjoy.

    7.0
    Jenny struggles to keep her status in this episode and pulls off all the stops, but being grounded and having no money just doesn't work on her advantage. She gets booted from her circle of friends and let's face it, after theft, that should have happened a long time ago. On a more revealing note, Asher and Eric were an item, which means... Yup! Jenny was just Asher's beard, but now everyone knows and it's just great. Dan and Georgina get a lot closer and that isn't making Serena too happy. Serena also reveals something very shocking at the end of the episode.moreless
  • Great episode since episode 13

    8.5
    I didn't see this coming...REALLY!!Not the fact that Serena's brother is gay(because I read somewhere that one of the characters will turn out to be gay in this season and Serena's brother is at the top of my "guess list"), but because of the revelation of Serena's dark secret that immediately wipe out my curiosity but instantly makes me feel uneasy(yeah,and the background music made it go better...not!).It didn't occur to me that she could do something like that.



    Anyways,Georgina Sparks' getting meaner each and everyday.She just love the drama and desperate for old Serena to come back.Having a manipulative friend who holds your darkest secret is just unbearable.If I were Serena,I would have killed her.I mean, she killed someone.So,why this one should be any different?I'm kidding..I'm totally kidding.. But,you know,I am left puzzled when I saw the preview of the coming episode in this very website, I saw Blair,Nate and Chuck asking for Serena to tell them her secret.Didn't she told Blair already that she murdered someone?Are there any more dark secrets or the murder thing is just a joke?Well,we'll just have to watch the coming episode to find out.



    About the relationship between Jenny & Asher,THAT is just twisted.I thought Asher was cheating on Jenny on other girl..but noooo..he did it because he's actually gay and the lover is none other than Serena's brother and Jenny played along for the sake of being in the "IN" group.I actually felt sorry for Jenny as she went too far to establish herself in the popular crowd.That's the struggle of teenagers nowadays as we all know it especially when we are surrounded by posh and popular people.But in the end what's the outcome of it?!Public humiliation and the lost of trust and respect.moreless
Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell

Gossip Girl (Voice) (Uncredited)

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jenny Humphrey

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Matthew Settle

Matthew Settle

Rufus Humphrey

Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg

Georgina Sparks

Guest Star

Jesse Swenson

Jesse Swenson

Asher Hornsby

Guest Star

Yin Chang

Yin Chang

Nelly Yuki

Guest Star

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Erik van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Dreama Walker

Dreama Walker

Hazel

Recurring Role

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Gossip Girl's post at the beginning reads:
      "Is the Bad Girl Back?
      Serena van der Woodsen was seen throwing back so many drinks she'd make Amy Winehouse proud. Word has it S even missed the SAT's because she was too hangover to take the test! WTF is up with that? Well, Gossip Girl isn't going to lie. We're kind of excited to see old Serena back. Because, let's face it, the new Serena was getting to be a bit of a yawn.
      XOXO Gossip Girl"

    • The message that Georgina sends to Serena says:

      S - Memories can fade. A video is forever.

    • Blair's e-mail address is:

      blair_waldorf@constancebillard.org

    • Event on Lily's schedule include:

      9:00 - Mani/Pedi - Red Door Spa
      10:00 - Mark Ingram Atelier - jewelry viewing and selection, final dress fitting
      11:00 - (blank)
      12:00 - Coffee with Louise - last minute details
      1:00 - Preston Bailey - flowers final, approve table settings
      2:00 - Call House & Garden about article - conference call
      3:00 - Meet Jill at Barney's - honeymoon attire
      4:00 - Getaway outfit
      5:00 - Sylvia Weinstock - cake tasting
      6:00 - Godiva
      7:00 - Chocolates for gift bag
      8:00 - Jacques Louis - dinner with William & Charlie - drinks after
      Notes - have Penny send gift to Jenna's for the new baby girl.

    • Dan's text message to Georgina was:

      S - CAN'T MEET TONIGHT. FAMILY DINNER. TOMORROW?

    • Gossip Girl's email address is: tips@gossipgirl.net

    • The four Gs are, Guys, Girlfriends and Gossip Girl.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Serena: What's wrong? You look stressed, even for you.
      Dan: I'm still worried about Jenny.
      Blair: You mean because she's self-obsessed, self-serving, self-centered, self...
      Dan: No, no. I wish it was about her, and her self, but it's more about... who she's with. I can't get through to her. I tried, and she just completely blew me off. And she dissed my pants.
      Blair: Maybe I underestimated her.
      Serena: She's going through a phase, we all went through it. (Looks at Blair) And apparently some of us are still in it.
      Blair: All that matters to Jenny is the four G's. Guys, girlfriends and Gossip Girl.

    • Blair: I'll have Dorota BlackBerry everyone with an itinerary.

    • Blair: Well you put up a good fight...for a freshman.
      Jenny: Thanks.
      Blair: Hope you don't expect to hug.
      Jenny: I don't expect anything anymore.

    • Jenny: (to Blair about being popular) You asked me before if it was all worth it. My answer is it's not.

    • Hazel: It's kinda hard to party after the gay bomb drops.

    • Dan: How are you always so right?
      Serena: Its easy when you're always wrong.

    • Serena: Oh, Sarah again, what is she, your new girlfriend?
      Dan: Yeah, just kidding, but she's new in town, and she does want to meet you.

    • Vanessa: (about Jenny) Give her a break, Asher is her first love.
      Dan: It's infatuation, it's not love.
      Georgina: (as Sarah) Yeah, but to a fifteen-year-old girl, I mean, there really isn't much of a difference.

    • Georgina: (as Sarah) Seriously, you and Dan are so sweet to adopt me, I'd be a mess without you guys, more of a mess than I already am.

    • Jenny: (to Erik) Oh my God, wait, do you have a crush on me or something? Don't be embarrassed, it's totally understandable, and not that unexpected actually. I'm flattered, it's just, my heart belongs to Asher. I've gotta go, but text me, okay? (Jenny kisses Erik on the cheek).

    • Gossip Girl: This just in, Asher Hornsby has been spotted locking lips before class but not with his girlfriend. Looks like gentlemen don't prefer blondes, Little J., they prefer other gentlemen. Is this just another round of blanks fired between B. and Little J.? I'm tired of being the bearer of bad grudges. This is the last item that goes to press without proof.

    • Gossip Girl: Don't worry, Little J., the sun'll come out tomorrow, even though your boyfriend did today.

    • Gossip Girl:But the worst thing the truth can do? Is when you finally tell it, it doesn't set you free... but locks you away, forever.
      Serena: Blair?
      Blair: Serena, what are you doing here? It's late.(Serena starts crying) Oh my God. What's happened? What's wrong? Talk to me.
      Serena: I can't.
      Blair: Of course you can.
      Serena: No. No, B, this is the one thing I can't tell you. I can't tell anyone.
      Blair: I'm not anyone, I'm me. You can tell me anything.
      Serena: No I can't. Because then that would make you a part of it. And you can't be a part of this.
      Blair: What are you talking about? You're starting to scare me. Hey, hey, hey. We're sisters. You're my family. What is you, is me. There's nothing you could ever say to make me let go. I love you. What is it?
      Serena: (stares at her for a moment, tears in her eyes) I killed someone.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted, Jenny Humphrey wading in the Met fountain fishing for change. Blair Waldorf seen dallying with an off-duty doorman at the Blarney Stone on a Monday night. It looks like the battle between the Queen B. and Little J. has moved from the streets to the blogs. Who's sending this debasing dish? I have a feeling...

    • Hazel: (after Asher is outed) Now she must know how Vanessa Hudgens feels.

    • Lily: I'm scared. I'm not as tough as it is, you know?

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vše o mém bratrovi (All About My Brother)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: May 21, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Philippines: June 17, 2008 on ETC
      Australia: July 8, 2008 on Fox 8
      Poland: July 22, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: August 5, 2008 on Net 5
      Sweden: October 19, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: November 26, 2008 on TVNorge
      Turkey: December 30, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: January 17, 2009 on Star TV
      Slovakia: January 18, 2009 on Markiza
      Denmark: February 23, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Germany: August 1, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: January 9, 2010 on Prima

    • Although credited, Chace Crawford (Nate) and Ed Westwick (Chuck) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music in this episode:
      - "Good To Be Alive" by Joey Sykes
      - "Cheap & Cheerful" by The Kills
      - "Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 - "Spring": I. Allegro" by Beethoven
      - "Say (All I Need)" by One Republic
      - "Paralyzer" by Finger Eleven
      - "U.R.A. Fever" by The Kills
      - "Shut Up & Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Georgina is reading NFT in the coffee shop.

      NFT stands for Not For Tourists, and is a guide book with sights and shopping for people who live in New York City (or whatever city the person is traveling in). The book is supposed to be for natives, but is usually read by tourists that want to seem like natives.

    • Hazel: (after Asher is outed) Now she must know how Vanessa Hudgens feels.

      Vanessa Hudgens is the actor/singer of High School Musical fame and secretly dated her co-star Zac Efron until their official "coming out" as a couple in one of her videos from her first album.

    • Gossip Girl refers to a same sex kiss between Britney and Madonna.

      She is refering to Britney Spears and Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), where while performing a song shared a kiss.

    • Blair refers to Jenny as Katie Holmes.

      Katie Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who is married to actor Tom Cruise. This reference refers to the many rumours circulating that Tom Cruise is gay like the rumours that Jenny's boyfriend, Asher, is gay

    • Gossip Girl: Don't look so sad little J. The sun will come out tomorrow, even if your boyfriend did today.

      This is an allusion to the Broadway musical, Annie, which included the popular song, "Tomorrow," whose lyrics include, "The sun will come out tomorrow."

    • Episode Title: All About My Brother

      The title of this episode refers to the 1999 film All About My Mother starring Penélope Cruz. The film deals with complex issues such as AIDS, transvestitism, sexual identity, gender, religion, faith, and existentialism, but always with his classical tragicomedy touch, the film presents these serious issues with an edge of dark humour.

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