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Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 5

Dare Devil

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Serena and Dan go on a date!!!

It's their first official date and Dan tries to impress Serena with an elaborate plan for the date, but fails to understand that Serena is happier with beer than champagne. That same night Jenny is invited to the infamous Blair Waldorf sleepover and finds herself in a high stakes game of "Truth or Dare". Meanwhile, Lily finds out that Erik is missing from the treatment center, and she finds herself seeking help from her ex-boyfriend, Rufus.

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  • 105

    A very feel good episode of Gossip Girl, this show still has some kinks to work out though. I didn't like how Jenny is already being corrupted as early as the first couple of episodes, but I kind of like that she has the potential to become the next "Blair." Her character (Jenny) still annoys me to no end though.

    All she really came off as was a wannabe 14 year old that was just trying too hard, I guess that was the intention, but I simply do not like her character. The Dan & Serena development was nice, and we got some subtle humor along the way.

    The absence of Chuck & Nate didn't do this show any harm, which goes to show how unnecessary they are to the show as of now. The bar fight at the end was a little too much, hasn't this happened like three times already? Anyways, overall enjoyable installment.moreless
  • Awesome.

    I have seen this episode before, and that was my first time on watching it, after watching it from the start I think it is better this time around. I don't like Serena's mother, trapping Eric. I love this episode, mostly because Dan and Serena have there offical first date, it was so cute and fun oh and awkward, but that's just Dan. I loved the way Jenny and Blair were this episode and I'm glad Jenny stood up for herself in the end. Gossip Girl hasn't had a bad episode yet. Can't wait to watch more for Gossip Gilr, bring it on.moreless
  • A fun episode with lots of... fun?

    This was a light hearted episode, no real drama here, just lots of fun. I enjoyed the storyline from start to finish, obviously especially Blair's little "pijama party".

    One thing this episode lacked, and thought Iwould just say it was Chuck. I kind of figured he'd only come into play in the show but at least have him in every episode...

    I liked Serena's and Dan's date it was rather fun, at times awkward but that's just Dan. Best part: Dan cancelling his order at the restaurant.

    Also liked that Serena's mother got some development and she's not really irritating anymore. It was much needed. So yes I enjoyed the "parents" storyline this episode, which was arguably the weak point of the show thus far.

    i liked that Jenny stood up for herself in the end. While this was predictable it was still good to see it play out. She, when isn't hanging out with Blair is a witty, strong teenage girl, but with Blair she always is this 5 year old doll, so yea, I loved the ending.

    I also like how twisted Blair's character is. It's just very intriguing... at this point probably more than Serena! Great episode overall .moreless
  • It just keeps getting better!

    What a differance we saw today in Jenny, I guess one can say that Blair really changed her and it's a shame if she turns out to be like Blair as she is such a sweet girl.

    We see the First Kiss between Serena and Dan. I am so happy for those two as they make such a cute couple.

    Lily and Rufus managed to make a bit of peace in this episode as when they meet they are always at each others throat.

    I am really happy that Jenny took Eric out tonight cause he really needed it and it was a wake up call for his mum too, to get him to come home!

    Blair was back to her old self in this episode and it's a shame as when she is a nice person she is a lot better!moreless
  • You're all invited to Blair Waldorf's annual sleepover!

    This was an okay episode. I've always wanted to throw a slumber party like Blair's. Everything was so fabulous and gorgeous I wanted to just go inside my TV. Jenny was sweet and so innocent at the start, but at the end she was like, BAM! Little J no more. It was cool that she was able to twist B's manipulations to her own advantage. I liked Serena and Dan in this ep :D The whole "I'll just have the appetizer as the main" was so funny. A Nate and Chuck-less episode! That's why I only gave it a 9, lol. Blair and Jenny bonding was really cool. I wish they'd bond more often.moreless
Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jenny Humphrey

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Matthew Settle

Matthew Settle

Rufus Humphrey

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lillian "Lily" van der Woodsen

Halley Wegryn Gross

Halley Wegryn Gross


Guest Star

W.A. Walters

W.A. Walters

Dive Bar Patron (Uncredited)

Guest Star

Jaymes Hodges

Jaymes Hodges

Club Manager

Guest Star

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang

Katy Farkas

Recurring Role

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Erik van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (47)

    • Dan: Do you see Jenny or your brother?
      Serena: No.
      Amanda: Are you her? Are you Claire?
      Serena: What? No. (Amanda goes and shoves her boyfriend)
      Amanda: Where is she?
      Stockbroker: Baby, what, who, I'm here at the club with the guys. It's guys night. (Goes and pushes Blair) Hey! Excuse me, hello? Where's my phone?
      Dan: Hey, hey let go of her.
      Stockbroker: Who the hell are you?
      Blair: His phone is at our table. If you weren't so drunk and drooling over every girl in this place you would've seen that.
      Amanda: I'm gonna kill you!
      Blair: Oh you must be Amanda right? Well I would think twice before marrying him 'cause he's a pig. (Serena gets between Amanda and Blair)
      Serena: Hey, hey, hey back off of her okay?
      Blair: I don't need you to defend me.
      Jenny: It wasn't even her who called you. It was me.
      Dan: (Looking her up and down) Jenny?
      Amanda: So she's the one with the tongue?
      Dan: Tongue? What are you even doing here your supposed to be at a sleepover.
      Amanda: You made out with a girl from a sleepover?
      Dan: You made out with him?
      Stockbroker: I made out with her. (Points to Blair)
      Blair: Eww. It was a dare.
      Amanda: A dare? What are you children?
      Dan: Yeah pretty much. (Points at Jenny) She's fourteen.
      Amanda and Stockbroker: Fourteen?!
      Stockbroker: Jesus I swear, I had no idea baby. I mean look at her, I mean she's jailbait.
      Dan: What was that?
      Jenny: Dan stay out of it okay? You're just causing more problems than your solving.
      Dan: The only thing causing a problem is the cocktail napkin your wearing.
      Stockbroker: That's what I'm talkin' about!
      Dan: You're not talkin' about anything! (Shoves the stockbroker and they get into a fight)
      Bouncer: Alright, enough! I want all you out before I call the cops.
      Erik: Hey Serena! See, I told you everything's okay.
      Serena: Erik, come on, let's go.
      Gossip Girl: Spotted: big brother to the not-quite rescue. Too bad no one told him you can't save a damsel if she loves her distress.

    • Dan: I don't think Mom is a big fan of surprises. Remember her 30th birthday, with the clown and his llama?

    • (Dan's phone starts vibrating)
      Serena: There's something vibrating in your pocket and I really hope it's your phone.

    • Jenny: (throwing the keys at Blair) Catch!
      Blair (catches them, looking stunned) Jenny? (smiles) Well, well. Looks like you came to play after all. You know this trundle bed is yours. (patting gently an empty bed nearby) Sleep time. You've earned it.
      Jenny: Actually I'm going home, but thanks for inviting. It was a blast.
      Blair: What do you mean you're going home? Nobody ever leaves the sleepover.
      Jenny: I guess there's a first for everything. Uh, and I'm gonna keep the jacket. That's okay with you? (Blair raises her eyebrows, speechless) Monday? Lunch on Met's steps?
      Blair: (in disbelief) Done and done.

    • Jenny: The Humphrey men do casual Friday everyday.

    • Lillian: (notices a photo on the wall and laughs) Are you still the same guy you were when I took this photo?
      Rufus: What? You took that photo? You weren't even at that show!
      Lillian: Oh, excuse me? If I remember the first song was about me. The second one was about your... motorcycle. And then there was the one about... that surf town. What was it?
      Rufus: Saya Lida.

    • Rufus: Why did you give up photography anyway? You loved it so much.
      Lillian: Well, I guess I figured uh... social claim would be more fulfilling. I even remember the black dress I wore that night.
      Rufus: Really?
      Lillian: Yeah.
      Rufus: I think it may have actually been blue.
      Lillian: I thought you said you didn't remember me being there. (Rufus smiles)
      (phone rings)
      Rufus: Can you grab that alone? If it's my son, be nice to him!
      Lillian: (smiles and answers) Hello? Humphrey residence... (Lillian's smile fades away) Hi Allison.

    • Lillian: Thank for babysitting me. And thank you for being such a good friend.
      Rufus: Yeah. It was almost fun.

    • Serena: (referring to Erik) I... I've gotta take him back to the center. So, we should just probably call it the night.
      Dan: What? No, no, no. I'll go with you.
      Serena: No, it's okay. You don't have to.
      Dan: I want to. Come on, let's go.

    • Dan: What is wrong with you? This is not who you are.
      Jenny: And who are you right now? Dad?
      Dan: Uh, we're not doing this right now. We can do this at home. Let's go.
      Jenny: Except I'm not going home. I'm going with my friends.
      Blair: (from the street) Coming, Jenny!
      Jenny: (to Blair) Yeah, one second! (to Dan) Look, all right, I'm sorry that things got out of hand tonight.
      Dan: To say the least.
      Jenny: I know who Blair and those girls are. But I know who I am and I'm not gonna forget this just 'cause I hang out with them.
      Blair: Come on... We're leaving!
      Jenny: (to Blair) I'm coming. (to Dan) Just let me go, please. I mean, I'll be tucked in bed in a half an hour. I promise.
      Dan: Uh, yeah. Yeah, go ahead.
      Jenny: Thank you!

    • (about stealing a jacket at Eleanor Waldorf's)
      Jenny: Blair, it's your mom's store. I mean, you can get everything you want.
      Blair: So can you. Unless you don't want to. Which is totally understandable. And I wouldn't judge you for that.
      Jenny: I don't get it.
      Blair: Then you don't have to do it. It's just a shame 'cause you've come so far.
      Jenny: The jacket?
      Blair: Just the jacket.

    • Gossip Girl: This just in, "Truth or Dare" has gone into overtime. Looks like no one told Little J you don't beat the Waldorf's at their own game.

    • Blair: Uh, call me! (starts get going)
      Serena: Yeah, I will.
      Blair: (turns back) I was talking to Erik! (Serena and Erik smile)

    • Erik: It was worth it. To be out after dark and to talk to someone who wasn't just you or Mom. Even if this is Blair. (to Blair) No offense.
      Blair: None taken.
      Serena: Well, I'm sorry this was the only way. We'll work on Mom, okay?
      Erik: Thanks.

    • Gossip Girl: With everything from trundle beds to truffles in place, all that's missing is sleepover star and Waldorf BFF, Serena Van der Woodsen.

    • (After Blair makes out with that guy in the bar)
      Blair: (holding up the guy's phone) Look what I got! I dare you to call his girlfriend, her name's Amanda.
      Jenny: Done and done. (into phone) Hello? Amanda, hi this is Bl-Claire I just had my tounge down your boyfriend's throat and he neglected to tell me you existed until after it was over. Just thought I'd let you know, he's a real catch!

    • Lily: I have a situation here
      Rufus: A situation, your son is with your daughter and my kid, I trust them, why don't you?
      Lily: Rufus!
      Rufus: Goodbye Lily, always a pleasure.

    • Blair: (about Jenny's new fancy outfit) Even I am impressed.
      Jenny: I don't know. I mean, I don't really... feel right.
      Blair: As my mother always says, fashion knows none about comfort. All that matters is the face you show the world. And your face looks like it's going to Bar Mitzvah. But before we continue the renovation. (hands Jenny a glass) Martini.
      Jenny: Uh, no thanks. I don't like vodka.
      Blair: Well, that's too nice because this is gin. As it should be. It's a party, Jenny.

    • Rufus: You haven't changed a bit. You always have to be in control.
      Lillian: Well, I don't remember you complaining.
      Rufus: I wasn't allowed to. It was one of your rules.
      Lillian: Yeah, well, I may hold the reins a little tight but life is complicated. Especially once you have kids. You know, when they're little you are their whole world and then one day the wall goes up and you're on one side and they're on the other.
      Rufus: Well, they don't like to admit it but they want us to break through.
      Lillian: Yeah, maybe Serena. But Eric... I don't know what he wants.
      Rufus: You've a lot of concerns about a 14-year-old boy breaking curfew.
      Lillian: Well, it's not my curfew. It's breaking. He's been staying at the Ostroff Center.
      Rufus: Ostroff Center? (Lillian nods) Drugs? Drinking?
      Lillian: Uhm no, he is not a bad kid. He is just... Just, uhm... a lonely one.
      Rufus: Depression. Is it bad?
      Lillian: Bad enough to try to kill himself.
      Rufus: I'm sorry.
      Lillian: No, I don't know why. I don't know what I did. Or I didn't do. But... I just don't know what to do to make sure that doesn't happen again.
      Rufus: All you can do is be there for them.

    • Lillian: I will take something to eat. Thank you for offering. (Rufus looks at her) What? You still know how to cook, don't you?

    • Eric: Hey Mom. I'm sorry about tonight.
      Lillian: Oh, we'll talk about it in the morning. After you had a good night sleep in your own bed.
      Eric: I'm going home?
      Lillian: I'm not sure exactly how this is gonna work, you know.
      Eric: I'm not worried. (smiles) It's a good thing I didn't unpack.

    • Lillian: So, I made some calls but as it turns out none of my people know your people. Shocking but true. Either Dan Humphrey is an alias or your son is not very popular. Regardless, I need that number.
      Rufus: I realized after I got off the phone with you I could've been a little bit more understanding.
      Lillian: You think-
      Rufus: I called Dan.
      Lillian: Thank you!
      Rufus: And your son's not with them.
      Lillian: He's not?
      Rufus: But Serena got Eric on the phone and he's okay, and Dan said he would phone when they were all together.
      Lillian: And you didn't think to call and tell me all of this?
      Rufus: I was just about to. Now I hate to say this, but why don't you sit and wait here? We should hear from them soon.
      Lillian: Fine. And I'll pass on that non-premium liquor that you're drinking. But I will take something to eat, thank you for offering. (Rufus stares) What? You still know how to cook, don't you?

    • (Rufus calls Allison)
      Alexander: Hello?
      Rufus: (Rufus hangs up, then laughs) What am I? A teenager?

    • Dan: Big shopping day?
      Lillian: I had a lot on my mind. (Dan smiles) So, where are you taking my daughter tonight?
      Dan: I... I don't know. Maybe we'll do a walking tour of New York underground.

    • Dan: (to Rufus) Dad, this is Serena van der Woodsen. I can't just take her to a movie. I want this to be... perfect.

    • Gossip Girl: With Blair's boyfriend Nate helping to close up the family yacht for the season, Blair is free to focus on the most important event of the fall. Her annual sleepover. A tradition since year 2000, each one more decadent than the last. No expense or reputation is spared.

    • Eric: I can't believe it. You want to keep me here forever!
      Lillian: If you still think I'm keeping you here, that just proves how not ready you are to come home. (Pause) Look, we'll talk about this tomorrow.
      Eric: Yeah. You bet we will.

    • Blair: (to her sleepover friends) Uh, a girl's first sleepover. (referring to Jenny) Something she'll never forget. Let's make sure of it.

    • Blair: My answer is usually never say never, but for you I'll make an exception.

    • (Talking about their date plan while playing pool)
      Dan: Slight change of plans
      Serena: No, no, no, no change of plans I like this plan of you teaching me the angles.
      Dan: I know.
      Serena: Remember? Cute girl with total lack of pool skills.
      Dan: I remember, so does the table.

    • Blair: Truth or Dare, oh and you already used your truth.
      Jenny: So dare?

    • Gossip Girl: Word is: Jenny Humphrey killed at Blair Waldorf's sleepover. It was a debut the likes of which haven't been seen since Blair herself. If Blair's got to watch her back, Serena needs to keep an eye on her heart. We hear it may have been stolen by Lonely Boy. Putting out an APB. Gossip Girl.

    • Serena: What were you thinking?
      Blair: He was bored. He wanted to get out and have some fun.
      Serena: So you took him to a bar?
      Blair: He didn't do anything wrong. I thought you'd be happy.
      Serena: I'm not, okay. I can't believe that you did this.
      Eric: (walking up to them) Hey, I wasn't kidnapped, Serena. I left on my own free will. Blair was trying to do me a favor.
      Blair: Told you.
      Serena: Well, it's no favor, Eric. You're in a lot of trouble.
      Eric: Yeah, I know. And you know what? It was worth it.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted -- Big brother to the not quite rescue. Too bad no one told him, you can't save the damsel if she loves her distress.

    • (as Dan and Serena are about to kiss)
      Serena: There's something vibrating in your pocket, and I really hope it's your phone.

    • Rufus: (answering the phone) This better not be my wife.
      Lillian: Rufus! You always answer the phone like that?!

    • (after eating their meals and Dan asks the waiter for the check)
      Serena: Um, actually, I already took care of that earlier.
      Dan: What?
      Serena: Yeah, I, I just charged it on my mom's card. It's not a big deal, don't worry about it.
      Dan: You know, I can pay. It's not like I don't have the money.
      Serena: Yeah, I'm sure you do. You just shouldn't have to spend it here.
      Dan: I don't understand. Did I do something wrong?
      Serena: No. Look, I wanted a date with you, just not the date you thought I wanted. It's fine.
      Dan: Alright, alright. (loosening his tie) Well, then. If it's a real Dan Humphrey date that you want, then it's a real Dan Humphrey date that you're gonna get. Let's go.
      Serena: Really?
      Dan: Yeah. (stands up and offers his arm) Mademoiselle?
      Gossip Girl: Spotted fleeing dessert -- S and Lonely Boy, lighter than air and heading downtown.

    • Blair: Alright, who's ready for a game of Truth or Dare?
      Jenny: Oh, I love Truth or Dare. Once, I had to eat an entire bag of marshmallows.
      Blair: That's nice, Little Humphrey. But, um, that's not how we play.
      Jenny: Well, um, how do you play?
      Jenny (after seeing Isabel and Kati kiss): I think I'll go truth.

    • Blair (scene cuts to Jenny wearing a red dress): Too Beyoncé.
      Blair (scene cuts to Jenny wearing sunglasses and a big scarf): Too Mary-Kate.
      Blair (scene cuts to Jenny wearing a denim jacket): Too Hannah Montana.

    • Gossip Girl: Here's an inside tip, Little J. The faster you rise, the harder you fall. Hope that Hello Kitty sleeping bag doubles as a parachute.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted on the steps of the Palace -- Cinderella stepping onto a pumpkin instead of her carriage. Lucky for Lonely Boy, there's more than one stable filling our inbox.

    • Lillian: (as Serena and Dan are leaving for their date) Home by one o'clock? Bonus points for twelve forty-five.

    • Dan (explaining to Serena's mom why he never stops talking): I'm sorry. I don't know why I just said anything like that. I have, I have this thing, like a nervous tick. My mouth never stops speaking, in like, ever. In fact when I was a little boy, my mom used to say there was never a word I met that I didn't like. You know what else I like? Your daughter. I, I really like your daughter. (turns around to see Serena wearing a black dress)
      Dan: Wow.

    • Lillian: (referring to Dan) It makes jokes. Cute.

    • Dan: (while Serena is changing her clothes) It's a nice place you and 800 people have got here.
      Serena: Yeah, the, uh, identical surroundings do make you a little crazy after a while. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a secret government experiment.
      Dan: Most government experiments don't have plasma TVs and maid services. Just something I've noticed.

    • Serena: Blair, what are you talking about?
      Blair: S, it's only the most important night of the fall.
      Serena: Oh, the sleepover.
      Blair: I prefer soirée. "Sleepover" is so sophomore year.
      Serena: Wait, you know I can't go to that. I have that plan.
      Blair: Serena, when there's a Waldorf soirée there is nothing else on the social calendar.
      Serena: Blair, the plan is Dan. Remember, the guy you realize is actually a human being and worthy of your time and attention. (turns to Jenny) No offense.
      Jenny: None taken.
      Serena: (turning back to Blair) Look, I'm really sorry. But this date is unbreakable. Maybe we can swing by later or something--
      Blair: I am not a stop-along-the-way, I am a destination. And if you refuse to attend, I'm gonna have to find a replacement. (holding out her hand) Girls, the waiting list.
      Serena: Okay. Well, uh, I should get going. Bye.
      (Blair waves at her with a frown on her face)

    • Blair: Okay, I have a problem. I have a big problem! It starts with a capital RX.
      Nurse: What drugs have you been taking?
      Blair: Caffiene, Nicotine, Cadimine, Disprine, LSD, Driazapam, Flurazepam. All the pams really, I don't discriminate.
      Nurse: Apparently not
      (picks up phone)
      Nurse: Code yellow, floor six. Why don't you wait right here? I'll get a doctor.
      (begining to leave)
      Blair: And I'd love a cappuccino!

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hra na fanty (Forfeits)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: November 30, 2007 on Zee Cafe
      Latin America: December 6, 2007 on WARNER CHANNEL
      Australia: January 15, 2008 on Fox 8
      Norway: January 23, 2008 on TVNorge
      Sweden: February 26, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Denmark: March 30, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Philippines: April 1, 2008 on ETC
      Poland: May 6, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: July 1, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: October 14, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Slovakia: December 7, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: January 25, 2008 on Cool TV
      Germany: May 16, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: October 17, 2009 on Prima

    • Music in this episode:
      - "There's a Pot Brewin" by Little Ones
      - "Brandenberg Concerto No.3 in G Major - BWV 1048: I. Allegro" by Bach
      - "Rockstar LP" by Prima J
      - "Came to Dance" by Candence Blaze
      - "Jezebel (aka "Ringing In My Ears")" by Two Hours Traffic
      - "Whine Up" by Kat Deluna ft Elephant Man
      - "Deals" by All Wrong and The Plans Change
      - "Mama I'm Comin' Home" by Ozzy Osbourne
      - "Get Ur Party On" by Zooland
      - "Something Like That" by Tim (aka Song and Wager)

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


    • Hello Kitty sleeping bag.

      Hello Kitty is a very simply drawn character who was created in 1974 by the Sanrio Company in Tokyo, Japan. Registered in 1976, Hello Kitty is now a globally known trademark.

    • Ninja turtle piggy bank. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a fictional team of four turtle mutants, who are trained by their sensei, Master Splinter, to become skilled Ninja warriors.

    • Episode Title: Dare Devil

      Is from the 2003 movie of the same starring Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and Colin Farrell.