Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 10

Hi, Society

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 05, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

May I have this dance?

Serena has no intention of attending the upcoming Debutante Ball, until her grandmother, CeCe, announces that she simply must go. Unfortunately, Dan isn't exactly who CeCe wants as an escort for Serena, and she makes her opinion heard loud and clear, causing a rift to form between Serena and Dan. Although they are officially broken up, Nate asks Blair to go to the ball with him. She accepts but only as friends. Then a jealous Nate begins to suspect that Blair is seeing someone else. Meanwhile, social climbing Jenny finds herself faced with the decision of either attending her mother's art opening or following her dreams to the Debutante Ball, even though her parents don't want her to go.moreless

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  • Great villain and great music

    First of all, I do not how many time they spent on making this episode. But it was perfect.

    Blair has a lot of reasons to be angry on her boyfriend Nate, and Chuck is - Chuck. These three are very complicated characters and that makes this triangle is tough for everybody - as Nate and Chuck are really good friends. or not? Celia 'CeCe' Rhodes is a perfect villain. She used every dirty trick she can in order to get what she want. Lilly wasn't able to fight her, and she was her first victim. After 20 years she got a chance to fight back: she helped Serena by bringing Dan, and that was something that even Cece liked. She was beaten, but she has every reason to be happy. That was an epic moment. This amazing scenes were followed by great music: The Pierces - Three Wishes and Timbaland - Apologize ft. OneRepublic. Also, Gossip Girl lines were perfect to make this episode even better.

    Best Gossip Girl episode - ever!moreless
  • 110

    Another good episode of Gossip Girl, I hate to say it, but this is a good show. I was really skeptical before, but I have been pleased with this show. You can't help but feel bad for Chuck, no matter how sinister he gets, he still has feelings. I'm interested in seeing where he's going.

    I'm really liking the Serena & Dan relationship, and I really hope these two make it by the end of the series. Of course there has too be conflict, but this episode made it clear that these two do belong together, as do Rufus & Lilly apparently.

    Jenny is beginning to annoy me now more than ever, her attitude is annoying and the way she treated her mother in this episode was just downright painful to watch. Gossip Girl may have some scenes that drag on for what it seems to be ages, but we always get a great payoff in the end. Good episode.moreless
  • Lie is more pwerful than money...

    You have to realize that gossip girl is one of the charecter based strongest dramas. İ belive it will grow and going to get better than ever be.

    For that show, in this episode we got what we must have. All the stones must be in their right place and that episode showed to us that it would be. i donno or cannot figure out all that gossips in life comes from lies but so when you face the truth and you can't efford to face it, so time comes, and all you gotto do pick up your bags and run.moreless
  • Wow, just wow.

    Amazing episode. This show has something really unique in it. It always manages to amaze me - no matter which episode I watch, the ending always seems to impress me very much. And these music choices - wow... It gave me chills!!!

    Dan & Serena find eachother... ONCE AGAIN! Really, how many times have that happened? But I don't mind, it's always so fun to watch them break up and then get together again.

    Chuck's plan to get Nate out of the picture worked well... seemingly. But unfortunately he ended up on the loser's side. I felt sorry for him - he might be a sort of villain but I just keep thinking AND saying that there's much more to him than what meets the eye.

    Serena's grandmother - what an annoynace, but loved how that concluded. Oh , and the phonecall between Rufus and Lily? Awesome. Allison's days are counted(yay!)

    Lots of plot & Character development going on here that's for sure. But what made this episode the best so far is how well it all played out in the end, and how awesome the montage was... XOXO.moreless
  • bring it on CeCe!

    I thought this was a very revealing and special episode. being a devoted Gossip Girl fan, I thought this episode was a change of pace. it was about time we have a new (or should I say old) villian in the mix. When grandma CeCe came back and basically revealed to Rufus that Lily had to choose between her family or him, i was shocked. how could someone put her daughter in that sort of position? besides that major story line, the rest of the episode went by pretty fast. i kind of knew blair would get back with nate and break chuck's poor little heart. after the first 5 seconds upon CeCe's arrival, i knew she was going to crush Darena. And with Alison's return (i never really liked her), i think she was a little hard on Jenny. it's like she wanted jenny to prove that she was still herself and not superficial. besides some dead parts, it was a pretty well writen episode. two thumbs up josh!moreless
Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Nate Archibald

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jenny Humphrey

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lillian "Lily" van der Woodsen

Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan

Carter Baizen

Guest Star

Caroline Lagerfelt

Caroline Lagerfelt

Celia "CeCe" Rhoades

Guest Star

Zander Gladish

Zander Gladish

Prince Theodore

Guest Star

Susan Misner

Susan Misner

Alison Humpfrey

Recurring Role

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang

Kati Farkas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Gossip Girl's post at the beginning reads:
      "B and N: It's Over!
      First, Whiterspoon and Phillippe. Then McAdams and Gossling. Now Waldorf and Archibald? Say it isn't so. Blair and Nate have been together for like ever and now they're finally over. Blair was spotted in tears at her 17th birthday over the breakup. It's Blair's party and she can cry if she wants to. And she totally did, in front of all to see.
      XOXO Gossip Girl"

    • This is the second time that Carter Baizen shows up in Nate's map. First Carter fooled Nate in a card game, now Nate believes that Carter is having an affair with Blair.

    • When Chuck sends the video clip of Carter to Gossip Girl, he sends it to the following e-mail address: tips@gossipgirl.net.

    • This is the first time that Blair and Nate have sex together.

    • When the girls are introduced, both of their parents' names are announced, with the exception of Serena, whose mother and grandmother's names are announced instead.

    • Kati Farkas is actually Katia Farkas.

    • Blair's full name is Blair Cornelia Waldorf.

    • Serena's full name is Serena Celia van der Woodsen.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Blair: Jenny, fix my dress and all is forgiven.

    • Allison: Hey! I went thrift store shopping. And I found some great stuff! I got you some black vintage pumps. They're gonna go perfectly with the dress you're gonna wear at the opening.
      Jenny: Mom, the kids I go to school with shop at Saks and Bendel's. I can't be walking around in someone's old shoes.

    • Chuck: (about Carter and Blair) He just told Blair what he's going to do to her later.
      (Nate walks over to Carter)
      Nate: Blair may not know who you really are, but I sure as hell haven't forgotten. (Nate punches Carter)
      Blair: Nate what are you doing?
      Nate: (to Carter, while he is punching him) She's my girlfriend!

    • Nate: With my dad in rehab its like the pressure's finally off of me. You know I can see Blair clearly, and its, I don't know man. think I miss her.
      Chuck: (scoffs)You don't miss her man.

    • Gossip Girl: (scene cuts to Lily looking at Dan and Serena) It's often said that no matter the truth, people see what they want to see. Some people might take a step back and find out they were looking at the same big picture, all along. (scene cuts to CeCe taking prescription pills) Some people might see that their lies have almost caught up to them. (scene cuts to Nate and Blair in bed) Some people may see what was there all along. (scene cuts to Chuck with baggages walking to his limo) And then there are those other people, the ones who run as far as they can so they don't have to look at themselves.
      Chauffer: Where to, Mr. Bass?
      Chuck: (looks at the picture of Blair and Nate on the newspaper) The airport.
      Gossip Girl: And as for me, I can see clearly now. XOXO Gossip Girl.

    • Lily: (answering her phone) We're not supposed to talk, remember?
      Rufus: I-I had to. Your mother came to see me. She mentioned something about why you left me all those years ago.
      Lily: Oh! Yes, well, she made me an offer I couldn't refuse...and I wasn't strong enough, then.
      Rufus: Why didn't you tell me?
      Lily: Oh, come on, you never would have understood.
      Rufus: But if I had known, that you hadn't actually left me for-for him. I-I mean, maybe...
      Lily: Listen, don't. Don't. Don't say it. Don't even think it.
      Rufus: I can't help myself. I never should have let you...let me go.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted -- Chuck Bass losing something no one knew he had to begin with...his heart.

    • CeCe: That was quite a mess you made. But I was able to clean it up. The Chair has agreed to re-issue your presentation statement in the Committee's Winter Newsletter.
      Serena: I stood up for you.
      CeCe: What are you talking about?
      Serena: With Dan, I defended you.
      CeCe: We'll talk about that later.
      Serena: No, we don't need to talk at all, Grandma. I just want to know one thing; are you even ill?
      CeCe: No. (laughs) But I could be. All those cigarettes and cocktails.
      Serena: Why did you do this?
      CeCe: Oh, Serena. There is so much you don't understand. A woman has to earn the right to create her own rules.
      Serena: Things aren't the way they were when you were young, grandma.
      CeCe: (sees Dan behind Serena and looks impressed) You may be right about that.

    • Blair: Have you seen Nate?
      Chuck: Nate was asked to leave, but here I am.
      Blair: I know that look. That's the look when your plan falls into place. You're enjoying this. You knew Carter was going to my house. You tipped off Gossip Girl. You ruined my cotillion on purpose. You did all this for your own enjoyment and didn't care what it would do to me. Which is exactly why you and I can never work.
      Chuck: Slow down there, Waldorf.
      Blair: You make me sick. This thing between us? It's over...for good.
      Chuck: What? Wait, I didn't mean to...
      Blair: (walking away) Don't talk to me!

    • Dan: What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be...
      Lily: Anywhere but here, yes. So, please listen to me and don't interrupt. Because what I have to say is hard for me.
      Dan: Okay.
      Lily: When I was your age, I would have been lucky to find a guy like you. And I kind of did. But when it came down to it, I thought my mother knew who I was much better than I knew myself. I'm not sure exactly who my daughter was, but I know who she has become since she met you. She returns home every night at a reasonable hour, she doesn't drink, she doesn't do drugs. I dont know if you're responsible for that, but I don't think it's a coincidence. You belong with my daughter and I think everyone should know that. Will you come with me?
      Dan: Yes, Mrs. van der Woodsen, I would love to.
      Lily: Good. And it's Lily.

    • Lily: Oh, you make a fool of the presenter, then you start a brawl. What's next, Serena, "Girl's Gone Wild"?
      Serena: "Serena van der Woodsen wants to work for the Junior League and have two children"?
      Lily: It's a society ball, Serena. You have to represent yourself well.
      Serena: How is it representing myself well if it's all lies? What happened to you between our talk and now? I did this because I knew how important it was for you and grandma, and you said that if I did it I could be myself. You don't really want that, do you?
      Lily: That's not entirely true.
      Serena: All you care about when people look at me is what they think of you. How am I suppose to accept myself, if my own mother doesn't accept me?
      Lily: Oh, honey, of course I accept you.
      Serena: No. No, you don't. But, let me tell you something. If I ever do have those two children, I would never do this to them. I would accept them for who they are, including who they date, no matter what. And I'll make sure they damn well know it. (walks away)

    • Rufus: You're back. What happened?
      Dan: Uh, CeCe won.
      Rufus: She has a habit of doing that.

    • Presenter: Blair Cornelia Waldorf. Daughter of Howard and Eleanor Waldorf, escorted by Nathaniel Archibald, plans to be a member of Yale's Class of 2013. She will continue to summer in South Hampton's and volunteer her time to children's charities.

    • Presenter: Katia Farkas. Daughter of Jonathan and Rose Farkas, escorted by Richard North, hopes to major in neuroscience. And will continue her family's legacy as supporters of the New York's Public Library and Lincoln Center.

    • Blair: (reading Serena's presentation card) "Serena hopes to continue to live on the Upper East Side, devoting her life to volunteering for the Nature Conservancy and Junior League, and have two wonderful children..." (laughs) Make it stop, you sound like me.

    • Blair: (to one of the volunteer helpers) If you don't pull it together, I'm going to go Naomi Campbell on you.

    • Nate: Carter Baizen's dating Blair?!
      Chuck: He's got everyone fooled. Blair thinks he's reformed. He's obviously just toying with her to get to you.
      Nate: Yeah, well, it's working.
      Chuck: We should just wait until we get him in a public place, where everyone who thinks he has changed can see the truth. Then we can get him back for everything he has done to you... and everything he's doing with Blair.
      Nate: Yeah, when is that going to happen, huh?
      Chuck: (sees Carter) I have a feeling it may be sooner than you think.

    • Presenter: And, now I'd like to present Serena Celia van der Woodsen. Daughter of Committee member; Lilian van der Woodsen, granddaughter of Chairwoman emeritus; Celia Catherine Rhodes, escorted by Carter Baizen. Miss van der Woodsen hopes to bed as many billionaires as she can before settling down to-- (crowd laughs) Oh, my God...Sorry.

    • Carter: Nate. Look, I was hoping to see you, I wanted to apologize, put the past behind the past.
      Nate: You don't get to say what goes on here. I'm on to you.

    • Serena: You're early.
      Dan: Well.. Yeah, we need to talk.
      Serena: What's up?
      Dan: Is your grandmother here? Where is she?
      Serena: Oh, yeah. She's in the other room, getting ready with my mom. Why?
      Dan: I gotta be honest about something here. I don't think your grandmother is who you think she is.
      Serena: What are you talking about?
      Dan: I know she got the whole free-spirit act perfected...
      Serena: Act?
      Dan: But I don't think she has your best interests at heart.
      Serena: Where are you going with this, Dan?
      Dan: She came by my dad's gallery today.
      Serena: Well, she probably just wanted to see your mom's art.
      Dan: No, she was trying to buy him off so I wouldn't go with you tonight.
      Serena: No. She wouldn't do something like that.
      Dan: Serena, that's what I'm trying to tell you. That woman is the most manipulative person that I've ever met. She makes your mother look like Gandhi.
      Serena: That's my grandmother you're talking about. I love her.
      Dan: I know, and I'm so sorry. But, maybe you love her so much that you can't see what she's doing. (sighs) I said it. There.
      Serena: Maybe we shouldn't be doing this.
      Dan: Maybe we shouldn't.
      Serena: (voice breaking) I'll talk to you later.

    • Rufus: Little over-dressed for an art show, don't you think?
      Dan: Dad, listen, um, I've been meaning to tell you. I'm sorry.
      Rufus: Don't worry about your mom, I'll take care of it.
      Dan: You don't mind?
      Rufus: No.
      Dan: I thought I'd be grounded when you found out, just like Jenny was. But, I gotta admit, it would be worth it.
      Rufus: I don't mind, at all. Tux looks great. Shoes look great. You look so great, you're gonna make me proud. Show that Celia Rhodes what us Humphrey men are made of.
      Dan: What's going on here, Dad? You're doing that thing again when you act really weird for no reason. It's kind of freaking me out.

    • CeCe: So, I see it's true what they say about the apple and the tree.
      Rufus: Hello, Celia. I'd say "It's nice to see you," but, I know how you hate dishonesty.
      CeCe: It appears that your son is taking my grandaughter to the ball, tonight.
      Rufus: He is?
      CeCe: I'd rather see that not happen. There's a point in being presented properly and you're Daniel is not a proper companion for a girl like Serena. He's a, um, temporary distraction. I need her to focus on her future.
      Rufus: Hers or yours?
      CeCe: I am willing to purchase all the paintings in this gallery in exchange for you convincing your son not to accompany Serena. Before you answer, remember a grown man with children is in a very different position than a young man. Money could be useful now, not to mention how much this sale would mean to your wife's career as an artist.
      Rufus: (sighs) Your money was no good for me, then... and it's still no good with me, now. And you can rest assure that , like me, my son can't be bought.
      CeCe: I can assure you just like her mother, my grandaughter can be.
      Rufus: What do you mean?
      CeCe: All those years ago, I told Lily to choose between you and her inheritance. I'd tell you the end of that story, but I think you know it by heart.

    • Blair: What was that?
      Chuck: I should ask you the same question. Perfect gentleman? Perfect date? That broken record was a hit last year. Get with the times, he bores you.
      Blair: You almost made a fool of me in front of the New York Times. Which proves my very point; you can't be trusted. Nate is a gentleman. He would never cause a scene.
      Chuck: Never get your blood going, either.
      Blair: Speaking of going, that's what you should do. Carter Baizen is on his way here, right now.
      Chuck: What? What the hell are you doing with Carter Baizen?
      Blair: He left his jacket here yesterday and I'd rather you be gone when he got here. There has been enough scenes for today.

    • CeCe: Do you like it here, Mr. Humphrey?
      Dan: Looks a little bit like a museum, little cold. Although, the water pressure is unparalleled.
      CeCe: That's not what I meant. But, of course, you would make a joke that goes to my point.
      Dan: Excuse me? Did I miss something, here?
      CeCe: Oh, yes. The way you feel? It never goes away. It just gets worse.
      Dan: I'm sorry, I don't quite...
      CeCe: You will always use your dessert fork for your entrée. You will always feel under-dressed, no matter what you wear. At dinner parties, there will be as if there's a language that sounds like Englilsh and you think you speak it, but they don't hear you. And you don't understand them. As time passes, you'll feel that people never see you when they look at you, but wonder merely whether you're Serena's whim or her... charity case. Until the day comes when you realize that girls like Serena don't end up with Dan Humphrey. They end up with the Carters of the world. And people like you, they turn to cocktail party anecdotes of their foolish youth. So, why don't you give it up and spare yourself the pain, hmm? I'm sure Serena will understand.
      Gossip Girl: This just in -- we hear there's a cold war brewing between Lonely Boy and a certain blue blood. We never thought we'd say this ourselves...
      Serena: There you are. What's going on?
      Dan: I'll tell you what's going on. I just became your escort to the ball.
      Gossip Girl: But our money's on Brooklyn for the win.

    • Nate: I just don't get it. I organized everything the way she likes it. I mean, I even made sure my bow tie matched her dress.
      Chuck: Like the book says, "She's just not that into you."

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted -- Nate Archibald learning you don't know a good thing until it's gone...and found someone else.

    • Gossip Girl: Serena van der Woodsen, looks like your invitation just arrived...with strings attached. Come out, come out wherever you are.

    • Blair: What are you doing here, Nate?
      Nate: Well, I, um... Look, you know, after rehearsal I just, uh, I couldn't stop thinking about you. I mean, the ball's something we've talked about doing together since we were, like ten years old. And I've given you every reason to hate me.
      Blair: True. Keep going.
      Nate: And the Prince, he's a great dancer and all. But, is there any chance you'd go with me instead? For old times' sake.
      Blair: Nate, after what you pulled on my birthday, the only thing we should be doing together is moving on.
      Nate: Yeah, I know. (pause) Look, I haven't worn this sweater since forever. I just pulled it off, and I found this. (shows Blair the heart pin)
      Blair: It's my pin. I sewed it there so you would always have my heart on your sleeve.
      Nate: I know. I figured you might want it back or something.
      Blair: No! It was a gift. (considers Nate's offer) The Prince will understand. Maybe we should go to the ball together... as friends.
      Nate: Absolutely.
      Blair: But only as friends.
      Nate: Just friends.

    • Chuck: You looked hot on Prince Theodore's arm, today.
      Blair: Is that what I am to you, just an accessory?
      Chuck: Next to him, yes. On me, you'd be so much more.
      Blair: Well, I can't be on you, remember? You don't want Nate to find out and I don't want anyone to. You have to learn how to behave yourself, first.

    • CeCe: Is there a bar in this place?
      Presentor: No!
      CeCe: (turns back to Serena) I should have known I had to bring the party myself. (laughs) So, this must be Daniel.
      Dan: Dan, actually. Dan Humphrey, yeah, hi!
      CeCe: My grandaughter told me that you were delighted when she decided not to make her debut this weekend.
      Serena: Go ahead, tell her what you think. Grandma loves honesty. It's okay.
      Dan: Well, Cotillion just seems antiquated to me. You know, a remnant of a different age.
      CeCe: Well, do go on.
      Dan: People spend all these money to have their daughters basically dance in front of others for attention. When, if, you ask Serena, I bet she'd do that for you right now, free of charge.
      CeCe: The Cotillion teaches the good graces that women should always have in their arsenal.
      Dan: Well, I think Serena's graces are pretty spectacular.

    • Blair: Is your mom mad that you're not being presented?
      Serena: Well, she doesn't really have a leg to stand on since I found out she used to be my boyfriend's father's biggest fan.
      Blair: Yeah.
      Serena: Eww. It sounds so gross when you say it out loud.

    • Nate: So, uh, has Blair mentioned who's escorting her?
      Chuck: Why? Are you having remorse sex fantasies about your ex?
      Nate: What? No.
      Chuck: Don't eff with an effer. I know that look.
      Nate: No, man. It's just everytime I see her lately, something's different. You know, she's lighter, she's happier. (sighs) She's just less--less Blair.
      Chuck: She does have a certain glow about her, doesn't she?

    • Blair: I'm actually glad I'm going with Prince Theodore instead of Nate. The futher we get away from the break-up, the more self-involved I see he was. Always so brooding, so tortured. Ugh. A girl wants Romeo, not Hamlet.
      Serena: Romeo died.
      Blair: Yeah, but he died for something exciting! And I want my Debutante Ball to be something to die for.

    • Gossip Girl: Hey, Upper East Siders! It's that time of year, again. When the mere act of descending a staircase means you're a woman. That's right; Debutante Season. And from what we hear, there's been some changes to the line-up.

    • Nate: (talking to Chuck about Blair) Man, I have to find out if she's seeing someone, it's killing me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vítejte v nóbl společnosti (Welcome to Classy Society)

    • Caroline Lagefelt (CeCe) and Yin Chang (Nelly) also worked together in the episode "The Puncher" of Six Degrees.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: January 4, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Australia: February 19, 2008 on FOX8
      Norway: February 27, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 6, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Denmark: April 27, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Philippines: May 6, 2008 on ETC
      Sweden: May 6, 2008 on Kanal 5
      England: May 29, 2008 on ITV2
      Poland: June 10, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: July 15, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: November 18, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: November 22, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: December 21, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: March 1, 2009 on Cool TV
      Germany: June 20, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: November 21, 2009 on Prima

    • Music in this Episode:
      - "Comin' Home Baby" by The Torme
      - "Secret (Piano Version)" by The Pierces
      - "You're A Wolf" by Sea Wolf (not High Society)
      - "Pretty Please" by Lissa
      - "Four Seasons - Concerto No. 4 'Winter' RV 297, II. Largo" by Vivaldi
      - "What For" by Rooney
      - "Secret" by The Pierces
      - "Three Wishes" by The Pierces
      - "Apologize (Remix)" by OneRepublic


    • Carter: No, I stayed at the Palm Island

      The Palm Islands is a series of artificial islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on which major commercial and residential infrastructure will be constructed.

    • Blair: I love Dubai, Did you stayed at the Burj al Arab?

      The Burj Al Arab is a Luxurious 7 star hotel in Dubai, it shape is a sail of an Arabian vessel.

    • Blair: If you don't pull it together, I'm going to go Naomi Campbell on you.

      Naomi Campbell is a supermodel; who allegedly assaulted a housekeeper in her New York City condo by throwing a Swarovski crystal-encrusted phone at said housekeeper. Campbell subsequently plead to misdemeanor assault, was sentenced to attend anger management classes, and ordered to perform community service.

    • Chuck: Like the book says, she's just not that into you.

      This line is in reference to a New York Times best-seller, He's Just Not That Into You, which is a popular self-improvement book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo and published in 2004. It was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and is the basis for the movie adaptation of the same name, which is currently being filmed; to be released in 2008.

    • Episode Title: Hi Society

      This is a reference to the 1956 film High Society starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra.