Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 15

Desperately Seeking Serena

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2008 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Serena's world descends into chaos when a former friend, the evil Georgina Sparks returns to town. Dan sees Serena preoccupied and he assumes that it has something to do with Chuck, her soon to be step-brother. Nate connects with the last person he expected, Vanessa.

Hazel and Penelope try to recruit Nelly Yuki to be part of their club but it is not easy. Blair supervises the whole operation and hatches a plan to sabotage her biggest rival, Nelly Yuki. When Nelly breaks down after being reminded of her recent break-up with her boyfriend, the ladies find their way in and Nelly comes to the Waldorf penthouse. Then Blair invites the ex-boyfriend over.

Meanwhile Serena goes out with Georgina, but things get so bad that Serena thinks someone spiked her non alcoholic drink. Jenny develops a crush on a dog-walker, Asher Hornsby, who might be her ticket to permanent popularity.moreless

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  • 115

    A very interesting episode of Gossip Girl, we got the usual cliffhangers, the regular comedic timing, and just some entertaining drama. The SAT's and Blair trying to take down another girl that was taking them wasn't very entertaining, and was probably the weakest plot of the bunch.

    Well that might no be entirely true considering Jenny managed to ruin another episode for me. Where are the writers even going with this character? She serves no purpose other than being incredibly annoying (especially as of late). Nate & Vanessa? Okay, that was random, I hate when two people just hook up for the heck of it, so this was unsettling.

    The Georgina scenes really were fantastic, I love Michelle Trachtenberg, so it was great seeing her here, and I love the fact that she's playing a character as sinister as Georgina, definitely looking forward to future story lines involving Georgina's scheming, definitely not looking forward too Jenny's relationship story lines. Entertaining episode.moreless
  • It was nice, but G ruined it for me.

    G: Serena's old friend, Georgina is back and town and she's out to party. She becomes a major bad influence for Serena and a huge obstacle when it comes to her and Dan's relationship. I really hate G, the actress is horrible, her character is so pointless and she can't get any more annoying.

    Jenny: As all her friends start studying for the SATs, she is forced to go on her own and with that in mind, she finds a king. Her king must be smart, he must be good looking and of course, he must have a lot of money. She finds a guy who fits well with her standards, but remember, you're grounded Little J. Asher seems like an interesting enough addition to the show. I hope Jenny and Blair continue their quarrels.

    Blair: She steals back her circle from Jenny after she has luxuries to offer and other than that, she also has a very big plan to have a higher ranking in her SATs. It was sort of filler-ish, but it wasn't that bad, had its funny moments.

    Nate: Well, Nate is the most normal character on this show and that is why he stands out (how ironic). He starts getting to know Vanessa, you know, Dan's friend. They seem to have chemistry and I see more of them in the future. I like the idea of them getting together, but they aren't the most exciting characters on the show, so it might end up a little dull.moreless
  • Someone from Serena's past is back. She is someone who knows the Serena of old.

    Someone from Serena's past is back. She is someone who knows the Serena of old.

    Serena decided to meet with Georgina, and the first night they went out she was drunk. The next night Georgina told Serena to meet to hear about the new her, and whilst Serena was on the phone she spiked her drink.

    The next morning Serena woke up at Georgina and was risking of missing the SAT's. She called Chuck and he decided to pay someone to take Serena's place. Meanwhile Dan realised that something was wrong.

    Serena is afraid of Georgina. Something happened last year, something that she is afraid of telling even Chuck. Meanwhile Jenny found a guy who can help her become Queen instead of Blair.moreless
  • Everybody has their evil side.

    The infamous Georgina Sparks returns. She is driving Serena crazy. It's like, G has S wrapped around her finger. And it isn't pretty. Poor Serena, waking up not knowing what happened the night before. Ugh, Georgina is twisted. Blair is also twisted, gathering her "army" and they all turn against Nelly Yuki. Nelly however, buys Blair's pseudo-concern, not knowing that B has been scheming to take her down. Not that Nelly's gonna be "Queen", B thinks Nelly has a bigger chance of going to Yale. So thus, she does whatever she can, even taking out the batteries out of Nelly's calculator. I'm not a huge fan of Vanessa and Nate, and never will be. Lol. It was an okay episode.moreless
  • Buffy's little sister stars as Serena's ex-BFF.

    Every time I see Michelle Trachtenberg all I think of is her as Buffy's little sister. In everything she's done. even the Harriet the Spy movie which came out years before she was on Buffy. All I saw all episode was Dawn which threw me waaaay off track. I have to say she did a better job than I expected though. I loved to hate Dawn mostly because she was so annoying, but I love to hate Georgina for totally different reasons. She's deceiving, scheming, and wears great clothes =] and she definitely plotted for Serena to miss the SATs.

    Can't wait to see how she keeps lying to Dan, and telling him she's Sara, and has nothing to do with Serena.moreless
Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jenny Humphrey

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell

Gossip Girl (Voice) (Uncredited)

Matthew Settle

Matthew Settle

Rufus Humphrey

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Chuck Bass

Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg

Georgina Sparks

Guest Star

Jesse Swenson

Jesse Swenson

Asher Hornsby

Guest Star

Yin Chang

Yin Chang

Nelly Yuki

Guest Star

Amanda Setton

Amanda Setton


Recurring Role

Dreama Walker

Dreama Walker


Recurring Role

Zuzanna Szadkowski

Zuzanna Szadkowski


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Blair: Lucky for us, mental acuity and common sense rarely come in the same package.

    • Chuck: (referring to Blair) She really needs to tone down the social niceties. It's embarrassing.
      Serena: Eventually, the two of you are gonna have to work out your issues.
      Chuck: What issues? I'm issue-free. And based on my exhaustive research... So are you.
      Serena: (anxious) Georgina?
      Chuck: According to my very reliable sources, Georgina Sparks is nowhere near our fair isle. She's in Switzerland, dating the prince of Belfort.
      Serena: There's a prince of Belfort? And she's dating him? Oh, thank God!
      Chuck: Now you can enjoy the gifts she mailed you with peace of mind... And maybe Chuck in the room?
      Serena: (shoving him) Oh, shoot, except we're siblings!
      Chuck: Georgie always brought out the devil in you. Part of me is a little disappointed she's not here.
      Serena: (ironically) Mm, I wonder which part.
      Chuck: It's been a while since I saw the old Serena.
      Serena: Well, thanks to her, the new one has to break 2000 on her SATs, so, if you could just go smarm elsewhere...
      Chuck: The offer still stands. I know a lovely little redhead that's just dying to be you for the day...
      Serena: Oh, I'll leave the cheating to you, Chuck. I plan on taking the SATs myself.

    • Serena: This is not about last year Georgina, it's about last night!
      Georgina: Like you are some innocent bystander who walked in on...
      Serena: I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT IT GEORGINA, OKAY?! And neither are you. If I going down, you're going down with me. In the meantime, stay out of my life.
      Georgina: I don't need anyone in my life who doesn't wanna be there.
      Serena: Then we're agreed.

    • Asher: Oh, oh so sorry. Are you okay?
      Jenny: Yeah. (laughs) My lunch isn't though.
      Asher: Uh, let me give you my last dollar.
      Jenny: Oh, I couldn't you shouldn't be walking the streets with no money.
      Asher: Let's just settle for an I.O.U. then.
      Jenny: It's just a hot dog.

    • Dan: Yo, hey, buddy, there you go.
      Georgina: Oh, awww, Georgie hey, bad boy. Sorry he disturbed you.
      Dan: Well, uh, it's fine. I love dogs.
      Georgina: Really. Do you have any?
      Dan: No, uh, we use to have a cat, uh, but you know... sister, allergies.

    • Serena: I gotta wait for Dan. He's stressed, he doesn't do very well with tests so...
      Blair: Performance anxiety?
      Serena: Bye Blair!

    • Blair: (about her practice SAT score)2200.. which means Nelly Yuki probably got 2300.
      Serena: You don't even talk to her. Why do you care how she does?
      Blair: Nelly Yuki has her sights set on Yale, too. What are the odds of them accepting two girls from Constance? And have you seen Nelly Nuki's extracurriculars? I need to kick her well-rounded ass!

    • Gossip Girl: (after Georgina returns and talks to Serena) Spotted in the courtyard, S., looking like she's seen a ghost. The ghost of parties past.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: Serena van der Woodsen being given a real life multiple choice question.
      a) Go home and study.
      b) Get a good night sleep.
      c) Call your boyfriend ...
      or d) none of the above.
      Hope that wasn't the wrong answer, S. This test doesn't grade on a curve.

    • Blair: Ew gross! Incoming, Chuck.

    • Blair: Nelly Yuki must be destroyed!
      Serena: Why do you keep saying her name?
      Blair: Because it's Nelly Yuki!

    • Georgina: (to Serena) So you want to distance yourself from your mistakes by staying away from me.

    • Isabel: So how did you get Todd to play along?
      Blair: Hey Is, what are you doing tonight?
      Isabel: Uh, not Todd.
      Blair: Fine, I guess I'll have to come up with something else.

    • Nelly: Todd's here? Do I have cushion face?
      Isabel: A little.

    • Dan: I can't concentrate.
      Jenny: The sound of your own voice annoying you?

    • Georgina: (to Serena) And do you remember when we ran out of money and I had to flash the bartender?

    • Georgina: (to Serena) You always did know how to leave them wanting more.

    • Elise: What are you doing? He's gorgeous.
      Jenny: He's a dog-walker. I need a king, not a jester.

    • (Serena covers Dan's eyes and kisses him)
      Dan: Oh Chuck, I had no idea you felt that way about me.

    • (phone call)
      Dan: (thinking it's Serena) Hey, I've been wondering where you were.
      Chuck: You mean all of your life?
      Dan: Uh, don't take this the wrong way, Serena, but you sound just like this jackass we know.
      Chuck: Serena has food poisoning. She's too sick to come to your playdate.
      Dan: Put her on the phone.
      Chuck: The bathroom doesn't get reception.
      Dan: Somehow I don't believe you.
      Chuck: And I'd like to say I'm a little glad about that, but my poor, sick sister has asked for my assistance in the matter, so I'll leave it at this. She's not coming, don't try calling. Humphrey, always a pleasure.

    • Rufus: You used to cry when I didn't walk you to school.
      Jenny: That wasn't me, that was Dan.
      Dan: I was six, it was a very emotional time for me, post T-ball.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Sereno, kde jsi? (Serena, Where Are You?)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: May 14, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Philippines: June 10, 2008 on ETC
      Australia: June 24, 2008 on Foxtel Fox8
      Poland: July 15, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: August 5, 2008 on Net 5
      Sweden: October 12, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: November 19, 2008 on TVNorge
      Turkey: December 23, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: December 27, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: January 18, 2009 on Markiza
      Denmark: February 16, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Germany: July 25, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: January 2, 2010 on Prima

    • Music in this episode:
      -"Do the Panic" by Phantom Planet
      -"Campus" by Vampire Weekend
      -"Crimewave" by Crystal Castles VS Health
      -"Nice Sweet Sexy" by DIFX ft. Imperio & Cru
      -"Elevator" by Flo Rida
      -"We Started Nothing" by The Ting Tings

    • Although she is credited, Kelly Rutherford (Lily) does not appear in this episode.


    • Episode Title: Desperately Seeking Serena

      The title of this episode refers to the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan starring Rosanna Arquette as a bored suburban housewife. After accidentally getting hit on the head she wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan, played by Madonna.