Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 14

In The Realm of the Basses

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Because Chuck is MIA since his father's funeral, his Uncle Jack arrives on the Upper East Side to find and help him. Trying to forget her last conversation with Chuck, Blair focuses on being accepted into the most prestigious ladies club in the city, Colony Club. Jenny returns to Constance Billard and immediately takes on Penelope and her posse of mean girls, but no one is going down without a valiant Gossip Girl-worthy fight.moreless

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  • 214

    Gossip Girl really surprised me with this episode, it slowly but surely is getting better. Still not near as good as last season, but it still is a tolerable show and I liked some story lines here.

    The whole "illegitimate child" thing was a bit unexpected but the story line itself has already been done by 90210, interested to see if Gossip Girl can "do it better" but this story line was a little out of the blue.

    The Chuck & Blair scenes really saved the episode as a whole. I just hope things return to form with them and Chuck becomes his old-self again. The scene on the roof was quite powerful, I liked it.

    Dan & Serena back together... again? I am rooting for this couple but it seems like they were pushed together too early in the series. The Jenny story line wasn't awful, no matter how pointless it was, it still was entertaining. Overall, solid installment.moreless
  • Serena returns minus a boyfriend soon replaced by Dan. Dan finds out he and Serena share a long lost sibling. Blair tries to sober Chuck up while attempting to get into an elite club at Yale. And Jenny fights back against the mean girls of Constance.moreless

    Overall, a good episode full of secrets being revealed and new ones to wonder about. No Nate and Vanessa in this episode, not that it makes much of a difference. The rest of the storylines are pretty average as well as the acting. With the exception of Blair and Chuck, who have some truly touching scenes that will bring a tear to your eye. Blair attempts to keep herself together for her meeting with a prestigious women's club at Yale as Chuck returns even more of a mess than before he left. Ed Westwick continues to make the audience both hate him for his cruelty to Blair and love him as he reveals his true pain over his father's death. Leighton Meester does a fantastic job making Blair seem extremely fragile after telling Chuck she loved him in the last episode while still trying to keep hold of her trademark confident attitude.

    Blair and Chuck make the episode ten times better with top notch acting. This show is so much more because of these actors.moreless
  • Chuck returns, intoxicated as ever. Blair tries to get into a selective club, Serena and Dan rekindle, Rufus gets angry, and Jenny returns to high school, wanting to skip the drama.moreless

    As a Gossip Girl lover, some of this years episodes have disappointed me, as season 1 was insanely epic. But this has restored my faith. First off, Chuck and Blair are my all time favourite couple in all of tv land. How she can just speak to him and understand him and talk to him and convince him to stop. When she says, don't do this to me, I don't care if you do this to yourself, just dont do this to me. That was amazing and I loved it to death!moreless
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    this was the closest possible classification, which I found to describe this episode. Hmm.. it wasn't one of my favorite episode, but nevertheless I put 10, because I kinda like. There was some development, but not as big as I would like. In fact, this episode fulfilled only a part of my expectations. I'd really like to a little more about what the eff Chuck was doing in Bangkok, or at least how he got there, because these 3 seconds of dragging on an unknown drug, probably hash, wasn't anything special. Yeah, as I said I wanted to see more!!! Actually why this was the first time we see Jack. If he's so close relative, why he wasn't on Bart and Lily's wedding day? At least Eric do know him that mean Jack has already been there, but kinda off-screen, everybody [except us!!!] knows him. Sounds strange. Returning to character development, I hope it's understandable that I mean Chuck and Blair, especially if we compare them with C&B of the beginning of season 1 and now. They're totally different people now. If Serena and Dan are siblings that mean they won't be together anymore??? If so, I can say only one word - Yupiii!!! Hate me or love me, but I don't like them together and I kinda don't have any sympathy for Dan.moreless
  • dan learns about what happenedbetween lilly and rufus. blair tries to get through to chuck and jenny finds herself in the role as the school bully

    loved it!!! continuing on the path that the show was on before christmas, the writers gave us another great installment. great writing great story and great acting is what makes this show the best on the cw at the moment.

    chuck is breaking my heart. his downward spiral... im not a fan, but hopefully he will get all of this sillyness out of his system and with the help of blair he will be fine.

    dan and serena: why should a common sibling be a break up factor for these two? i honestly dont see the problem. its not like they are siblings. and this person isnt even a part of their lives... and the fact that they have a common sibling doesnt make them siblings. i dont see the issue(other than its been kept a secret for so long)

    jenny and eric: loved it, i dont know what izzi, penelope and hazels problem is with jenny. if blair doesnt care, then why should these girls? and i thought that by making a fool out of vanessa, (and jenny making all of their dresses) things would be fine, but i guess these girls have issues.

    where on earth was nate? think that was my only issue with the episode!moreless
Desmond Harrington

Desmond Harrington

Jack Bass

Guest Star

Linda Emond

Linda Emond

Headmistress Queller

Guest Star

Amanda Setton

Amanda Setton


Recurring Role

Yin Chang

Yin Chang

Nelly Yuki

Recurring Role

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Jenny is at the ice cream shop with Eric and Nelly, her roots are really black but then when you see her later on at Chuck's party, her hair is completely blond.

    • Serena has a myspace profile, where the photos of her trip to Buenos Aires have been uploaded. Her user name is ServdW.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Blair:I'm not abandoning Chuck, I'm just saving myself.

    • Jack: Chuck, your father wouldn't want this.
      Chuck: Fortunately, all I know is what he didn't want.. which is me.

    • Gossip Girl: (closing voiceover) Ah me. The year's scarcely turned and already the secrets have begun. Where will it end this time? The new year isn't about what happened, it's about what's to come. But the past is always with us, just waiting to mess with the present. And when it does, I'll be watching. XOXO. Gossip Girl.

    • Dan: What do you know about my dad and Lily?
      Chuck: The cat's out of the bag.
      Dan: I found some numbers. My dad was supposed to be going to Boston to look for an artist. He was apparently visiting some orphanages.
      Chuck: How Dickensian.

    • Chuck: (to Dan) That's the problem with an open invitation. Can't keep out the hoi-polloi.

    • Serena: B. Is everything OK? I came as fast as I could.
      Blair: Fine. False alarm.
      Serena: Wait. What happened?
      Blair: Chuck. He's holed up at Victrola in some Jim Morrison downward spiral. Sad in a way. Luckily it's not my concern.

    • Blair: Chuck. Stop. All this doesn't help. It isn't you.
      Chuck: Wrong. Bart may have been a bastard but he saw me better than anyone. Simply living up to my potential. It's time to let go of your fantasies.

    • Serena: Hey, did Jack find Chuck?
      Blair: Yeah, what was left of him. I'm surprised they made it through customs. Chuck's body odor could have given a contact-high to half of Manhattan.

    • Gossip Girl: (opening voiceover) Gossip Girl here, welcoming you to the new year, when Manhattenites, who flew south for the sun, return to their Park Avenue perches. Which means I have a lot of catching up to do. Word is, Serena van der Woodsen tangoed in the new year in the plazas of Buenos Aires. Guess that means Lonely Boy was all alone when the clock tolled twelve. And what of Little J? Rumor is she's trading runways for hallways. So long high fashion, hello high school.

    • Chuck: (shouts) I'm Chuck Bass. (Pause) No one cares.
      Blair: I do. Don't you understand? I'll always be here, I don't want you going anywhere, I couldn't bear it. So whatever you wanna do to yourself, please don't do that to me. (reaches to Chuck) Please!

    • Jack: Chuck! (Chuck loses the balance)
      Blair: No! (to Jack) You, idiot! You're not surprise him when standing on the edge of the building.

    • Blair: Hey, Eric, have you seen Chuck?
      Eric: A while ago, he said something about wanting to take a view from above.
      Jack: He probably meant upstairs.
      Blair: Clearly you don't know Chuck. He has a thing for the roof tops.

    • Eric: Welcome back! How was Thailand?
      Chuck: I honestly don't remember.
      Eric: You should come home, Chuck.
      Chuck: (grabs a bottle of scotch) I think I'll take in the view from above. It was nice having you as my little brother.

    • Chuck: Lily and her mother kept it as secret, gave the kid away. I imagine your dad just find out. (pointing at Serena) And now there is one more person to tell. Of course as soon as you do, it's over between you and S. But sharing a sibling it's a bit too much.. even for me.

    • Serena: (Dan hugs her) Oh, hey. This is my news. When I was in Buenos Aires.. (Blair interrupts Serena)
      Blair: A postcard would've been fine. I'm really happy for you. I'm going to go vomit now.
      Dan: Happy New Year!
      Serena: She just needs time.

    • Serena: He was probably thinking about you the whole time he was gone.
      Blair: Not unless I was a Thai hooker named Bo.

    • Penelope: The only way Nelly is leaving is in a body bag.

    • Blair: I have to go. That piece of work - Chuck Bass - needs me. And Serena and her mother are wonderful kind of people.
      Lady from the club: Blair, do you know what you're doing?
      Blair: I thought I was leaving high school behind. I guess you never do. Dorota will get your coats.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted at Victrola, Lonely Boy and Chuck Bass having heart to heart. What or who do they have talk about? And will Serena will be the last to know?

    • Gossip Girl: One thing about being on the top of the world.. it gives you a long, long way to fall.

    • Isabel:Blair's leaving us behind, it's like the end of an era.

    • Blair: The circumstances are most extenuating. Can we forgive it this one time?
      Headmistress Queller: (to Chuck) Would you promise me that nothing like this will ever happen again?
      Chuck: (pulls a second joint from his pocket and lights it) For you, Headmistress, anything. Everyone, it's been a pleasure.

    • Gossip Girl: Pop quiz. What do you get when you cross Chuck Bass, a billion dollars and Bart cold in the ground?

    • Jack: What seems to be the problem?
      Headmistress Queller: I found Charles smoking marijuana on school property.
      Chuck: Hash actually. I find it gives a softer high.
      Jack: Sounds to me like the evidence is questionable.

    • Chuck: Uncle Jack, what a surprise. How've you been?
      Jack: Uh-huh, so I take it you don't remember our rickshaw ride down Selon Road? The fifteen hour flight?
      Chuck: ... that was you?

    • Jack: I get Bart dying has been difficult. But the way things've been handled the last couple weeks, you shut away like Gloria Swanson, my nephew MIA in a Thai bordello, my big brother may not've won parent-of-the-year, but I doubt he'd be too happy.
      Lily: Well, you needn't worry yourself anymore. Chuck is my step-son. I'll take care of him.
      Jack: WAS your step-son. And as Chuck's last living relative, I have to say -- I don't feel comfortable leaving him in this situation. (Jack blissfully unconcerned) You should eat. People grieving tend to neglect their health.

    • Jack Bass: Blair, you came to greet us.
      Blair: Not you. Chuck. You said you found him.
      Jack Bass: In Bangkok. He was staying at our hotel there. You hear the term "den of iniquity", but until you really see one --
      Blair: Do you have him or not?

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Říše Bassů (The Realm of the Basses)

    • Taylor Momsen (Jenny) and Desmond Harrington (Jack) also worked together in the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 11, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: March 17, 2009 on Fox8
      Norway: April 15, 2009 on TVNorge
      Philippines: May 5, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: May 16, 2009 on STAR
      Denmark: August 16, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: December 8, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: January 3, 2010 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: March 27, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: June 6, 2010 on Doma

    • Although credited, Chace Crawford (Nate) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) didn't appear.

    • Music in this episode:
      "No One Does It Like You" by Department Of Eagles
      "Who's Cryin' Over Who" by The Temporary Thing
      "Like A Spoke On A Wheel" by The Little Ones
      "Will Scarlet" by Magic Bullets
      "I'm Not Cool" by Sohodolls
      "May Day" by UNKLE ft The Duke Spirit
      "Ricochet!" by Shiny Toy Guns
      "Spanish Ladies (aka "Farewell And Adieu To You")"
      "E.S.T." by White Lies


    • Jack Bass: You shut away like Gloria Swanson.

      Gloria Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) is an American actress, who has won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe. She became more popular after her appearance in the the movie Sunset Boulevard (1950). She has performed in many silent films.

    • Episode Title: In the Realm of the Basses

      Refers to a Japanese movie from 1976, In the Realm of the Senses. This movie is about the relationship between a hotel owner and a maid. It is a fictional and sexually explicit treatment of a true story which occurred in 1930s in Japan.