Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 4

Bad News Blair

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2007 on The CW
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Blair gets excited when her mother chooses her to be the new face of her clothing line. However, Blair's happiness turns quickly into feelings of betrayal and jealousy when Serena takes her spotlight and Blair finds herself back in Serena's shadow. Meanwhile, Serena and Dan remember once again that they come from two very different worlds. Also, Nate and Chuck do a boys weekend to blow off steam after Ivy Week ends.moreless

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  • The serie's first Blair centric episode.

    9.5
    it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect. it's perfect.moreless
  • 104

    7.3
    A bit of a step down from the last 2 episodes just because some scenes just dragged out for too long, and nothing really compared to the confrontations between Serena & Blair in the past 3 episodes, we did get a spat, but I think these two are better as enemies, or frenemies, if you will.



    The Dan/Serena relationship is keeping me tuned in, and the Nate story line was actually interesting this week. So far, Chuck has been quite two-dimensional, but I'm looking forward too an episode focused on him.



    Solid installment, this show still needs room for improvement like who really cares about Rufus & Lilly? But this was still a fine installment regardless, plus, I'm sure this show is at it's high point (as early as season 1, I know).moreless
  • A beautiful episode!!

    8.5
    In my book this was an episode dedicated to friendship. I think it was pleasant. The storyline consisted of three "fronts": Serena's relationship with Dan, Serena and Blair trying to work things out and Chuck and Nate's Lost Weekend. Serena and Dan are on the right track, and finally have Queen Bee's blessing. The whole Serena-Blair thing was very interesting because I think that for the first time GG has given us something actually serious to think about, and I mean mother-daughter relationships. I liked the way the girls took revenge from Elinor and I think that the ending scene, with them taking silly pictures was one of the best in the show. Something happy for once! As for Chuck and Nate, the idea of the Lost Weekend was epic. And this episode is one of the first to prove that there's another side to Bass. I suspect that his good side is even better than the others' good sides.moreless
  • It can't stop getting better now can it?

    9.0
    After the first 15 minutes I would've said this is going to be around 7.5, but the 30 minutes following that were amazing.



    Loved everything about this episode, except maybe Dan's father storyline. It just doesn't fit in and Serena's mother isn't all that great character, so...



    I loved how only in this episode Serena and Blair got REALLY back together. Blair's mother choosing Serena over Blair was... well, cruel, to say at least. I figured it'd happen but, still. I enjoyed how in the beginning Dan distanced himself from Blair(and vica versa) but by the end they finally connected.



    Also, Nate gets conned by an old buddy(it was funny to see Chuck all jealous) but in the end, Chuck comes to the rescue.. I enjoyed that, I want to see more Chuck. He's a bit like Logan on Veronica Mars, at first he just seems to be an **** but with a little character development there's much larger potential to discover regarding his character.



    Overall, lovely episode, the best one so far. Loved Kristen's narration too, especially near the end, the BFF and WTF line was the best one hands down. Nice episode.moreless
  • I loved this episode...

    9.7
    We can see that there is a big differance in Serena's and Blair's friendship. This episode was more interesting with them being friends rather than enemies.



    With every episode I see I like Dan more. He is such a great guy and I think Serena and Dan would make a great couple.



    Blair's Mum is horrible. This episode confirmed it. The business comes first but she could have at least told her that she is not going to keep her as a model and choose her friend over her.



    Chuck saved Nate in this episode altough Nate could not really deserve to be saved as he totally ignored what Chuck told him about his friend.



    There was another fight between Serena and Blair because Serena was blind when Blair's mother was doing the photoshot.



    I like Blair when she was being nice to Dan but I think now she realised that he is a good guy and at the end it's like she wanted him to go out with Serena.moreless
Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Nate Archibald

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Chuck Bass

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lillian "Lily" van der Woodsen

Peter O'Brien

Peter O'Brien

Photographer

Guest Star

Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan

Carter Baizen

Guest Star

Chase Coleman

Chase Coleman

Boy

Guest Star

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang

Katy Farkas

Recurring Role

Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin

Eleanor Waldorf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (36)

    • Photographer: (to Laurel talking about Blair) Who choose this girl?
      Laurel: Eleanor. Why?
      Photographer: She's so prim and stiff. Like a bookcase. It's unnatural.
      Laurel: Yeah, but she looks stunning in the clothes, don't you agree?
      Photographer: Mm-hmm. To my eye, like a goddess. To this eye (camera), blergh. Like a statue.

    • Dan: I don't know about Serena, Dad. I can't tell if she's worth it.
      Rufus: What do you mean?
      Dan: Well, she's best friends with this girl, Blair Waldorf. Who is basically everything I hate about the Upper East Side distilled into one 95-pound, doe-eyed, bon mots tossing, label-whoring package of girly evil.
      Rufus: (smiles) No one's that bad.
      Dan: She is. I would barely be exaggerating if I told you Medusa wants her withering glare back.
      Rufus: Well, if there is anything I have learnt is that usually there is something beneath the surface with people like that... that make them act like they do.

    • Serena: Britney with the umbrella!...Posh Spice in America!

    • Blair: (about the shop) It's called Nolita, not no showers!

    • Chuck: (to Carter) You are the guy who gave us our first joint; sneaked us into our first club. And you are going to tell me the life of a you tube's film-maker is better than this? (Pause) You invented the Lost weekend.
      Nate: Hey, he gave up parties so he could travel the world.
      Carter: Exactly, the real world. The only thing that matters is who you are, not what you own.
      Chuck: As much as I love the speech about not leading material things from a guy who has that much product in this area. This party is about excess, not exposition. Stop talking, start partying. (grabs two girls) Here is something which doesn't need material. (touching the girl's dresses) In fact is about to come off. (to Nate) Come with me.
      Nate: I think I'll hang out here for a bit.
      Chuck: (not pleased) Fine.

    • Carter: (about playing basketball) Maybe if your Daddy bought you a basketball team instead of a hotel you'd have some skills, uh.
      Chuck: Look, this is the Lost Weekend for Juniors, not Seniors citizens. Go jump into a volcano.

    • Gossip Girl: Hey Upper East Siders, there's nothing Gossip Girl likes more than a surprise. And we hear Blair Waldorf got a two-for-one special. Her mom, Eleanor, who has just returned from Paris, and Serena van der Woodsen. Brunch buddies.

    • Eleanor: (to Blair who is about to eat a croissant) Before you tuck into that, you might find a low-fat yogurt more appealing.

    • Gossip Girl: Doesn't Chuck know that a party isn't a party until someone crashes?

    • Blair: Normally I wouldn't be this close to you without a tetanus shot.
      Dan: My mom kind of left us a couple of months ago. Only my... my dad and my sister don't really see that, 'cause she told us she had to go away for the summer to, uh... to follow her dreams and be an artist. But it's not summer anymore and she's still up there. And that's all she seems to care about right now. Every time I go to see her, I tell myself this time I'm going to tell her what I think. This time I'm going to look her in the eye, and say... either come home or leave for good. And so there I was, just the other day; I was sitting across the table from her, I looked her straight in the eye and I didn't say anything.
      Blair: Why not?
      Dan: I don't know. But I wish I had. 'Cause, even if it didn't change anything, she'd know how I felt.

    • Gossip Girl: Is that a smile we see on B's lips? The spotlight is on her, for once, and S actually helped her get it. I guess miracles can happen.

    • Blair: What are you doing here? (referring to Dan) Do I smell pork... and cheese? (to Serena) Ok, well when you're done with your charity work why don't you come find me.

    • Gossip Girl: Serena and Blair may have plans for the day, but Nate and Chuck are fully booked for the weekend. If they survive it.

    • (About Carter Baizen)
      Chuck: He's not your friend. He can't be trusted.
      Nate: And why is that? 'Cause he doesn't believe what you believe?

    • Chuck: That dream of yours... What is it really? 'Cause I hear you talk about how you don't want to go to Dartmouth, how you don't want to follow in your father's footsteps. But what exactly do you want?
      Nate: All I know is that it's not this.
      Chuck: Well, you had better discover what it is before you throw everything away trying to find it.

    • Chuck: Found it ( holding up a watch), P.J.
      Nate: Can't you just call it a watch?
      Chuck: If it costs more then 10 grand it deserves a proper name.

    • Gossip Girl: The rules for a model the day of a photo shoot are similar to those of the patients pre-surgery. No food, nor drink 12 hours prior, wear comfortable clothing and make sure your affairs are in order. You never know what can go wrong in a flash.

    • Nate: I haven't seen him since he was a senior and we were in eighth grade. Looks intense.
      Chuck: Are you high? He looks like Matthew McConaughey between movies. That guy's a loser.

    • Chuck: (to Nate) Let's go. You can think about your boyfriend inside.

    • Chuck: (to Nate) The real world. Everyone out there wants to be us.

    • Blair: (to Serena's answering machine) Maybe we should crash the shoot, anyway. See who they replaced me with. Make fun of that skinny b!tch.

    • Serena: How was the movie? Did I miss something amazing?
      Dan: Even without the movie.
      Serena: (laughs) Don't be cocky!

    • Eleanor: Now, get some sleep. And I will see you in the morning. We're going to the photo shoot together.
      (Eleanor tucks in Blair and caresses her hair)
      Blair: You haven't done this since I was little.
      Eleanor: You haven't been in bed by ten since you were little.

    • Rufus: I dated a girl like Serena, once. Actually a lot like Serena. And girls like that might be challenging. That's true. And they're complicated, and enigmatic. And usually worth it. And the only way you know for sure is to jump it with both feet.
      Dan: What happened with you?
      Rufus: I swam for a while. 'Till I drowned.
      Dan: Oh. Well, thanks dad. That's a great story.

    • Dan: Isn't that the girl who told the entire school and, oh, several colleges, that you had a drug problem?
      Serena: Yeah. But, you know, Blair can be a little... Blair. (they chuckle) We are actually trying to work things out. Today is our first day hanging out together. Alone.
      Dan: Uh uh.
      Serena: Uh uh. (laughs) So I should probably get back.
      Dan: Yeah, sure.
      Serena: But call me sometime. So we can get together and do that thing you didn't ask me to do.

    • Gossip Girl: This just in, S and B committing a crime of fashion. Who doesn't love a five finger discount, especially if one of those fingers is the middle one... Everyone knows you can't choose your family but you can choose you friends. And in a world ruled by bloodlines and bank accounts, it pays to have a pal. As much as a BFF can make you go WTF, there's no denying we'd all be a little less rich without them. And Serena and Blair? They do best things better than anyone. No, that's not a tear in my eye, it's just allergies. Without you, I'm nothing. Gossip Girl.

    • Serena: I'm sorry you were right.
      Blair: I know.
      Serena: When I got that call, I should have known you had nothing to do with it. I know I should have never pushed you to do this whole thing in the first place.
      Blair: Actually I'm glad you pushed me. It ended up being a very important day for me. I just thought it was going to be more fun.
      Serena: I know, me too. (they hug)

    • Blair: Did you choose Serena over me? (puse) You could've picked a stranger. You didn't have to choose my best friend. Did you think I wouldn't find out?
      Eleanor: I was going to tell you tonight. At dinner. It was no right decision. Uh, there... there wasn't any time. I know you can understand all this. It was mishandled; the whole thing, from top to bottom.
      Blair: Do you actually want me to agree with you?
      Eleanor: Bendel's going to legitimize this company. It'd take everything to the next level. You know how I hard I've worked for that. You have always been my biggest supporter. My biggest fan.
      Blair: I'm your daughter.
      Eleanor: And as my daughter I need you would forgive me. In time. But if my company had lost this deal because of you, I'd never forgive myself.
      Blair: I hope you never do.
      Gossip Girl: You didn't hear it from us, but in every girl's life there comes a moment when she realizes that her mother just might be more messed up than she is.

    • (About the painting)
      Rufus: So, what did you think about it?
      Lily: I thought. (pause) It was extraordinary.

    • (Lily shows up at Rufus' art gallery)
      Lily: How could you?
      (Rufus can't see her, because he is turned)
      Rufus: Actually, I like to see you.
      Lily: This is no joke, Humphrey.
      Rufus: (noticing she's holding the sold painting) What are you doing with that?
      Lily: The question is what were you doing selling it to me!
      Rufus: You... You're Betsy's client.
      Lily: Oh. And you didn't know?
      Rufus: I'm just surprised you hired someone with taste.
      Lily: Oh. Well, I'm equally as shocked because when she said she found something amazing in Brooklyn, your gallery never entered my mind!
      Rufus: You actually recognize art to remember the place.
      Lily: What I recognize is the fact that your wife would not want this hanging in my house.
      Rufus: Alison is a professional artist. She doesn't do background check on prospective buyers. And neither do I. Besides, it has been almost twenty years.
      Lily: And you still don't know what I meant.
      Rufus: (mocking) And you don't know. At all.
      (Pause)
      Lily: Your wife despises me.
      Rufus: (uneasy) I wouldn't... say that.
      Lily: Well, she did. She may have been wearing slip dresses and Doc Martens at that time. But she definitely meant it.
      Rufus: She is not like you. She doesn't hold on that stuff.
      Lily: Why don't you call and ask her? Or are you still giving her her space?

    • Serena: (seeing Dan walking up to her with a plate) You're still here?
      Dan: Yeah, well, I thought I couldn't leave without bringing you something from craft service. Um, and, uh, and telling you that I'm sorry I judged you.
      Serena: Well, I'm sorry I gave you reason to. (Dan smiles a little)
      Hey, how about you ask me out again?
      Dan: How about you actually show up?
      Serena: (smiles) Okay. No drama. No disruptions. I promise.
      Dan: You promise? Oh, no! That means it's never gonna happen now.
      Serena: Aah! Okay, quick. I take it back. I unpromise.
      Dan: Friday. 8:00.
      Blair: (walking up to them) I think we can agree to those terms...but you can't wear those shoes. Mmm, or that hair.
      Serena: Blair.
      Dan: (laughs) Oh.
      Serena: Okay, see you then.
      Blair: Eww. (turns away as Serena kisses Dan on the cheek and hugs him)
      Dan: All right. (smiles and walks away)

    • Blair: Serena send you here to talk to me?
      Dan: No, believe it or not, I actually came here myself.
      Blair: (sighs) Normally, I wouldn't be this close to you without a tetanus shot.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted -- Lonely Boy's rude awakening. Upper East Side Queens aren't born at the top. They climb their way up in heels, no matter who they have to tread on to do it.

    • Serena: Blair, wait. Why are you so mad?
      Blair: Why am I mad? You mean, why aren't I furious?! I can't believe for one second I thought that it would be different this time.
      Serena: You thought what would be different?
      Blair: You couldn't deal with the spotlight shining on me for once, could you?
      Serena: What are you talking about? I was told that we were doing this together. What, did you not get my message?
      Blair: What about this morning then? When you glanced at the call sheet, did you see my name on it? When I wasn't in hair and make-up, didn't that seem strange? When the dressing room only had your name on it, what, did you think they just forgot?
      Serena: I was told that you were running late, and they asked me to do some test shots first. Blair, they told me you wanted me here.
      Blair: And you believed them?
      Serena: Look, Blair, I encouraged you to do this. Why would I try to steal something from you that I pushed you to do?
      Blair: Because you take everything from me! Nate, my mom!
      Serena: Blair!
      Blair: You can't even help it. It's who you are. I just thought that maybe this time it would be different. I should have known I'd be wrong.

    • Blair: (Answering Serena's cellphone) Who dare interrupt the van der Woodsen as she teaches?!
      Dan: Dan...Humphrey (as Blair and Serena argue about the phone in the background)
      Blair: Sorry, the number you dialed is no longer is service.
      Serena: Stop it, who is it?
      Blair: I'm doing you a favor.
      Dan: Look I can hear you. Can I just please talk to Serena?
      Blair: Apparently you can, cabbage patch.

    • Chuck: (to his guests) Let me remind you of the rules. As of this moment there is no outside world that I do not show you. You eat what I provide, practice what I preach. Until I say so, the only girls you talk to are the ones I've paid for.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Opět druhá (Second Again)

    • Margaret Colin now takes over from Florencia Lozano as Eleanor Waldorf.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: November 23, 2007 on Zee Cafe
      Latin America: November 29, 2007 on Canal Warner
      Australia: January 8, 2008 on Fox 8
      Norway: January 16, 2008 on TVNorge
      Sweden: February 19, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Philippines: March 4, 2008 on ETC
      Denmark: March 23, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Poland: April 29, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: June 24, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: September 30, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Greece: October 11, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: November 30, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: January 18, 2009 on Cool TV
      Germany: May 9, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: October 10, 2009 on Prima

    • Although credited, Taylor Momsen (Jenny) does not appear in this episode.

    • Music in this episode:
      - "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
      - "Make It Bounce" by Invisible Men
      - "The Focus" by X5
      - "Tambourine" by Eve
      - "Candy Store" by Miss Eighty 6
      - "Till The Sun Comes Up" by Miss Eighty 6
      - "Until You Can't" by Alana D
      - "Bounce Back" by Miss Eighty 6
      - "Habanera (from 'Carmen')" by Bizet
      - "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston

    • Sebastian Stan and Chace Crawford starred together in the 2006 movie The Covenant.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Gossip Girl: Without you, I'm nothing.

      Without You, I'm Nothing is the name of a Placebo album.

    • Posh Spice in America, this refers to Victoria Beckham who moved to America recently with her husband David Beckham.

      Victoria Beckham was nicknamed Posh Spice in the girl band Spice Girls.

    • Serena: Let's do something crazy, like Britney with the umbrella.

      This is a reference to an incident involving Britney Spears in February 2007, where the singer was photographed furiously striking an SUV with an umbrella.

    • Blair standing in front of the jewelery store wearing a short black dress is an allusion to Breakfast at Tiffany's. She's also holding a bag for breakfast and Moon River is playing in the background. Holly Golightly sings this on the fire escape of her apartment in the movie.

    • Episode Title: Bad News Blair

      From the movie, Bad News Bears from 1976 starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. There was a remake in 2005, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden.

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