Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 17

Carnal Knowledge

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Blair comes up with a devious plan to take down her new teacher, Rachel. Chuck has no recollection of what happened to him when he wakes up in a hotel. Nate and Vanessa try to help Chuck fill in the missing pieces of his night. Meanwhile Dan and Serena try to keep their relationship together as Rufus and Lily grow even closer.moreless

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  • gg // gossip girl

    Gossip Girl 2x17
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    Wasn't as horrible as everyone pegged it out too be. Yes, Dan & Serena broke up for the possibly the fourth time in 2 seasons, but the story lines overall are way better than how they've been as of late. Leighton Meester is still a great actress, but Blair was just intolerable here.

    I kind of predicted the whole Rachel & Dan thing to actually happen. It definitely complicates things what with Rachel coming back to Constance and Serena wanting to work things out. I was actually really interested in this story line, ridiculous as it may be.

    Chuck's story line was very strange and I'm not sure I'm entirely in love with it. Chuck possibly part of some cult? I don't think that's the best overall. Stop giving scenes to Nate & Vanessa if they don't do anything! Honestly, it was just absurd at this point. Actually interested in seeing what's to come.moreless
  • Dan and Serena break up (yes, again), Nate and Vanessa play, Chuck is searching for sth (yes, again), teachers learn sth (how have they been so stupid)...

    This second season has been far less good than first one until now, and at the end of this episode, I caught myself thinking that it had been too much for me this time. It is good sometimes to have characters you really care about, at least you want to check next episode even if only for them. Dan and Serena were these characters. Now their story has become incredibly boring, and Dan has acted so stupidly in last episodes that I really wonder if him going to Yale is realistic at all. Not talking about Blair's behavior that I can't stand anymore, and absolutely useless scenes like those of Nate/Vanessa and the final one when Dan is finally falling into Rachel's arms (bed).

    I can't believe it, but the character I disliked most (and loved to dislike) has become my favorite: Chuck Bass...

    Time for a little less trash and a little more scenario, isn't it?moreless
  • Yet again, the writers of Gossip Girl send a twist our way....

    I was absolutely amazed at the end of this episode. When I end a Gossip Girl episode going "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God" and can't say anything else, I know it's been a great episode. The twist at the end was totally shocking. What's great about this series is that I can't stand Serena- I love Blair- but they always make me feel sorry for Serena when things happen with Dan, and this episode showed no exception. I was absolutely satisfied with this episode-- when I leave an episode feeling shocked and wanting to skip my the required flute recital of one of my colleagues to see this episode, you know it was a good one. A Must See for all of those who love this show.moreless
  • Gossip Girl.. well, well..

    Well, the whole Serena and Dan storyline, how could I say? It's going nowhere.. I mean, of course the writers will do some plot twist so she end up going to Yale as well. Otherwise, Blair, Dan and Nate (?) will attend Yale and Serena will be isolated. And I don't think the writers and producers will make everything brand new (stories, characters) just for her.. or will they?? hmm.. that would be a nice spin-off.. lol

    Dan and the little teacher.. well, it was kinda obvious that they would end up together. I just didn't know if they would do it while she was teaching at Constance or after she changed jobs.. well, I.. we got our answer in this episode..

    Blair is one of the best characters on the show but she's getting really annoying lately.. the exchange with the teacher was painful.. I wonder if she'll be just like that, using the gossip girl and creating rumours about everyone she dislikes at Yale...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Blair sends text message to Gossip Girl using her contraband cell phone: "Lonely Boy and Miss Carr? Mary Kay Letourneau alert!"

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Penelope: B, why are you doing this? Queller will tell Yale you're finished with detention and it's over. This is madness!
      Blair: No! This... is... Constance!

    • Chuck: (to Nate and Vanessa) The Ultimate Private Gentleman's club. I walked through this door and it was...
      Vanessa: the Chuck Bass' version of Narnia?

    • Dan: (to Jenny) Hey, this day is getting weirder by the minute.
      Jenny: Anything you want to tell me?
      Dan: Um, besides I'm glad you're not wearing that raccoon makeup anymore? Because you looked like one of the Incredibles.
      Jenny: Aw, thanks, a lot. And I thought I was the bad seed in the family.
      Dan: (confused) What? Alright, what's going on?

    • Blair: I have a friend on cyberspace who knows just what to do. (sends tip to Gossip Girl) X.O.X.O.

    • Nate: You're not still thinking about that girl are you?
      Chuck: Her name is Elle. If you must know, I'm late for my chiropracter. Makes the Kama Sutra feel new again.
      Nate: Nice to see you moving on.

    • Blair: (to Dan) The Ladies Room? I knew you and Serena were having problems. I had no clue they were anatomical.

    • Blair: When the truth fails you, you have no choice but to abandon it. Make something up, idiots! With friends like these, who needs friends.

    • Gossip Girl: Every great leader knows, you don't send your girls into the field unarmed. If we know Blair Waldorf, munitions are on their way (referring to cell phones).

    • Miss Queller: New school policy. There will be no cell phone usage during school hours. Every morning before you enter the building you will check your phones.
      Blair: Is this a joke?
      Penelope: I feel nauseus.
      Hazel: Pinch me. I'm in my own worst nightmare.

    • Blair: (to Serena on the phone) Never in my 16,982 hours of schooling have I ever been sentenced to detention.

    • Gossip Girl: (opening voiceover) While Upper East Siders are hitting the snooze button, Blair Waldorf had a rude awakening when the rooster crowed at dawn this morning.

    • Gossip Girl: (closing voiceover) They say every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and once something is set in motion, it can't help but build momentum. One thing is certain on the Upper East Side. What goes around, comes around.

    • Harold Waldorf: Sweetheart, what matters most to me is not what college you go to, it's what kind of a person you grow up to be.

    • Nate: So, the Ultimate Gentlemen's Club was here? Because this place reminds me my aunt's house.
      Chuck: This was the place. I know it.

    • Blair: Ladies, you can get your tiny brains to rest. Once again the world has proven - anything you can do, I can do better.

    • Blair: When the truth fails you, you have no choice, but to abandon it. (angrily) Make something up, idiots.

    • Blair: With friends like these.. who need friends?

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hříšné tajemství (Sinful Secret)

    • For this first 17 episodes, the show was nominated for the 2009 CDG (Costume Designers Guild) Award for "Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series-Contemporary".

    • Kate French (Elle) also worked with Blake Lively (Serena) in the 2006 movie Accepted.

    • Kate French (Elle) also worked with Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) in the 2009 movie Fired Up.

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: April 1, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Norway: May 6, 2009 on TVNorge
      Philippines: May 26, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: May 31, 2009 on Star Channel
      Turkey: December 29, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: January 24, 2010 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: April 4, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Australia: April 29, 2010 on GO!
      Slovakia: June 20, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in this episode:
      "A New Day" by Will.I.Am
      "Evil In" by AN
      "Mission Control" by The Dandy Warhols
      "Coming Home Again" by Needers and Givers
      "Kiss Me Again" by Jessica Lee Mayfield
      "Cut Yourself from Existence" by Brighton, MA
      "With A Heavy Heart" by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

    • Carnal Knowledge: is a legal euphemism used for "sexual intercourse".


    • Blair: I love Damages.

      Damages is FX's legal thriller, set in New York, which stars Glenn Close as America's most reviled litigator.

    • Blair's message to Gossip Girl: "Lonely Boy and Miss Carr? Mary Kay Letourneau alert!"

      Mary Kay Letourneau is former school teacher from Orange County, California and well-known by having affair with her minor student. She even gave birth to two children by him. After serving several years in prison, they both got married.

    • Episode Title: Carnal Knowledge

      Refers to the movie with same title Carnal Knowledge (1971), starring Jack Nicholson as Jonathan and Art Garfunkel as Sandy. The film was directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jules Feiffer. The story is about two pals, who were college roommates, about their sexual and emotional confusion and experience with ladies, since the day that they met at college in the 50's up to the Vietnam era, when they are already adults. This move has faced legal problems because of its content of sexual issues. The public had prejudice and different standards.

      Although this term - Carnal Knowledge - has a very simple explanation. The word carnal derives from latin carnalis, meaning fleshly and the word knowledge in this phrase derives from the Biblical sense of to know, which means to have sexual intercourse with. Sometimes this term is used to describe a rape.